On this great route, as varied as any, we will climb two of the Catskill’s 35 highest. Hunter, at 4040′, is the second highest of our mountains and is topped by one of the five restored fire towers in the Park. Needless to say, the views are spectacular. Leavitt, at 3740′ and the most recently designated “high peak”, requires a short bushwhack to find its summit. Our loop will take us up the Devil’s Path and down the Spruceton Trail for a distance of about 9 miles, including the bushwhack. The hike is strenuous and will take about seven hours.
Proper footwear and clothing are a must for this hike. You will likely need snowshoes, microspikes and possibly full crampons. Dress in layers of wicking materials that can be easily taken off and put on. Wear a water and wind resistant outer layer. Hiking poles are suggested. Bring plenty of water or warm beverages and lunch. For more advice about winter hiking read this: https://catskillmountainclub.org/skills-and-info/
The group size is limited. Register no later than 6 PM, March 7 with CMC board member Wendell George at: email@example.com or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, please contact me before 7:30 AM, March 8. Well behaved dogs allowed – please contact me for approval.
Poor weather conditions will postpone this hike, so be sure to check your email or call the leader if inclement weather is forecast.
Directions: From either SR 28 in Shandaken or SR 23A in Lexington, turn onto CR 42 and go to Spruceton Rd. in West Kill. Turn east and travel 6.7 miles, almost to the end of the road. Note well: the large parking area is on the north (left) side of the road .