Greene County Highpoint Trip Report
Hunter Mtn (4,040 ft)
Date: May 22, 2005
Author: Richard Garland
After two great hiking days, this Sunday started out with clouds and a low ceiling
and soon turned into a drizzly, chilly day. However, I decided to climb Hunter
anyway since, although a bit dreary, the weather was by no means threatening
from a safety stand point. I drove down to Tannersville, and turned south on
Route 214 to the Becker Hollow trailhead.
I was on the trail by about 8:45 AM. The trail climbed up to the ridge line and
became steeper. Although this trail was probably the least well built of the
trails I had hiked during the weekend, it was still in good shape and was
generally easy going all the way to the top. By about 3000 feet of elevation,
I entered the cloud ceiling and things were just wet. It wasn't exactly raining
as much as it was dripping.
I reached the summit ridge and followed a wide, nearly-level path that was
graded for horses. Just before 10:30, I reached the summit area with its
lookout tower and ranger cabin. It was chilly and there were absolutely no views.
I stayed only about 7 minutes at the top, had a bite to eat, and started down.
I took a shortcut from the tower down off the ridge on the yellow blazed bypass
trail and then descended the Becker Hollow trail. By the time I reached the bottom,
the drizzle had become constant.
Hike statistics: 4.5 miles, 2,270 feet total elevation gain, 3 hours duration.
Map: NYNJTC map #41 - "Northeastern Catskill Trails"