Climbed via Becker Hollow Trail from Route 214. A short but steep ascent. There was a fresh coating of snow on the ground over 3500' all the way to the summit. Climbed the fire tower in 40 mile-an-hour winds and in a complete whiteout. No views today.
First Catskill 3500 Peak I climbed - couldn't find the summit canister on Southwest Hunter however...
I took the Becker Hollow trail. There was a sign at the trailhead saying the trail was closed due to heavy blowdowns. I drove all the way from NJ, so I was going no matter what. Well the top of the mountain is just devastated by tree blowdowns. All right in the middle of the trail! You have to take the yellow trail to the fire tower, and then the blue trail to get to the summit. No way you can get to the summit if you go left at the trail junction and take the blue trail. No way! It's going to take an army to clear the trail. I fought my way through. Ripped my shirt all up. You got to be hardcore and determined if you want the summit.
Great hike ! The following day went to Plattclove to climb in the Devils Kitchen..this area is well known for its ski & ice climbing sports ! The views from the tower area were impressive.
Nice fall hike, we were the only people on the trail and the summit views were great sight to see. Trail was a lot of fun.
good hike, saw a cool ass porcupine at the top! he was moving around in slow motion and seemed like a puppet character.
Trial was little muddy and medw the upper part of the Becker Hollow Trail a bit tricky. Clear day with great vews. Temps in the mid 70's on top and slight wind from the north.
Hiked with my husband EastKing and my father! It was a great bonding experience.
Fairly straightforward hike along an old roadbed. Views to the north were good, but the fire tower on the summit was closed off. The trail down into Stony Clove and the Devils' Tombstone area was delightful.
Summer hike was hot and humid and I had a cold. I walked down the ski runs on the north flank of the mountain and enjoyed a beer in the town of Hunter as it was Octoberfest.
The bushwhack to Rusk was awful. I never want to go there again. I was so exhausted I barely made it up the easy road to Hunter's summit.
We were a week too late to catch the best fall leaves. The chair life combination hike is a great way to introduce new people to hiking... especially when they're from NJ and never climbed anything in their lives. The fire tower is an added bonus.
Lots of nice foliage this time of year.
Good fire tower on this one. Have also camped at the lean to overlooking Rusk. Nice peak.
Great views!! Quite windy up in that firetower!
Climbed many times, I was into Land Surveying so I got to spend many days in the mountains.
This hike was a classic loop hike with decent views. A true winner.
Fun hike and an interesting, beautiful contrast to being there in January 2002.
See Chrostoph Wolz's summit log entry for same day.