Hike Hunter Mountain via Becker Hollow Trail

New York Becker Hollow Trailhead

Added by

Hike with panoramic views of surrounding mountains including the Hudson Valley, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and if you're lucky, views of southwestern Vermont from the tower.

There are multiple approaches to Hunter Mountain but this is the shortest. From the parking lot, follow the blue trail disks shortly entering a hardwood forest. At approximately 0.3 miles, you will cross over a brook on a footbridge. You will then pass a three-tiered cascade and a 50 foot concrete dam. At 1.8 miles you will reach a sign letting you know, you are at 3500 feet. Shortly after you will reach a junction. Though you can choose to continue following the blue trail you can also follow the yellow Becker Hollow Connector trail which leads you to the fire tower.

Hunter Mountain is the second highest Catskill Mountain standing at 4040 feet. Hunter is part of the Catskill 3500 Club, Northeast 111 and Fire Tower Challenge.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
Read More

How to Get There

4 months ago

Winter Ascent

Did this in late January with my son and his two friends. At the trailhead it was 42 degrees, clear, and no wind. As we ascended we ran into one of the Catskills famous and dangerous microclimates. Half way up and it was 20 degrees, 35 mph steady winds and snowing very hard, creating whiteout conditions. I thought that the kids wouldn't make it and they would die on that mountain. We made it to the fire tower and back. Everyone was so exhausted that I was the only one who could stumble back to the car. No one said a word a word on the way back. To this day I don't think any of the kids parents realized how close their children came to death.

4 months ago

Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

Activities:

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2210 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

More Adventures Nearby

Hike Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve

New York / Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve Trailhead

This preserve consists of 118 acres of protected land including the preserve, a family homestead and working farm.

Rebecca Nichols
6 Saves

Hike Billy's Bald Spot

New York / Trailhead to Billy's Bald Spot

Trailhead The trailhead for this rather basic hike is located on the northwest side of Martin Road near Big Moose Lake. To get here, one first must venture to Eagle Bay, near Old Forge.

Will Sealander
2 Saves

Hike the Eldridge Wilderness Loop

New York / Eldridge Wilderness Parking Lot

Park in the designated lot directly off Troy Rd and begin the loop at the only trail entering the parking area (the lot only holds about 4-5 vehicles).

Jake Sells
8 Saves