Sunday, February 6, 2022

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’).

What’s included:

  • 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 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


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:30 am

Departure Time: 6:45 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

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.


  • Waterproof hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Buff
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Leg gaiters


  • We will provide any traction devices you need, but if you have your own microspikes/snowshoes/crampons, feel free to bring them
  • Insulating puffy and insulating pants
  • Fleece / mid layer
  • Windproof/waterproof top and bottom layers that can fit over all other layers
  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water (*note* if temperature is below freezing do not bring hydration bladders – will freeze)
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand / foot warmers (optional)
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)