Saturday, April 15, 2023

For today’s adventure we are tackling Hunter Mountain! While all Catskill 3500 peaks are challenging, we are taking a gentler route to the top, so we can enjoy our time on the trail. We’ll also 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 continue on to Hunter’s summit where we’ll visit the highest-elevation fire tower in New York State.

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’).

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 9.25 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:30 am

Departure Time: 6:45 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


Limited spots remaining


  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • 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)