Catskill 3500: Hunter and Leavitt’s Peak (New Route!)
Today we are doing Hunter and Southwest Hunter a new way. It’s a longer, but gentler route and has a little bit of everything. We’ll start on the Sprucetown trail. It’s a horse trail, which makes it longer but less steep than other approaches. We’ll take our time enjoying the forest and the winter wonderland. At the top of Hunter, we’ll climb the firetower for sweeping views.
After summiting Hunter, we’ll detour off the marked trail and bushwhack over to Southwest Hunter. This mountain was originally known as Leavitt’s Peak and was the last one to officially ‘join’ the Catskill 3500 Club. Will you be the first to locate its summit canister? We’ll then descend on the Devil’s Path before taking another horse trail down the mountain.
Hunter and Southwest Hunter are required peaks for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #2 and #15 Catskill High Peaks (elevation 4,032’ and 3,755’).
- NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guides
- Transportation to and from NYC (if you would like to meet us at the trailhead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount)
- Microspikes or snowshoes, as needed, for participants’ use
- Two Catskill 3500 tall peaks, including a trailless peak
Level: Challenging (Learn More)
Mileage: 9.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Group Size: 2 - 8 adventurers
Check-in Time: 6:30 am
Departure Time: 6:45 am
Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm
While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.