Greene County Highpoint Trip Report

Hunter Mtn (4,040 ft)

Date: July 7, 2008
Author: Brennan Connelly

via Becker Hollow Trail

I used a compendium of existing trip reports for Hunter and decided to use the Becker Hollow Trail round trip. The trailhead is a bit hard to find, as I blew by it heading northbound on 214, but upon reaching 23A outside of Tannersville, I turned around and found the trailhead about 1.6 miles south of 23A, marked by a small trailhead parking sign.

The trailhead is at 1800 feet and the trail in great shape and well blazed in blue. I found this trail to be almost perfect for my hiking style, as it started off relatively level for the first 0.5 mile and then climbed continuously, although never too steeply, for the remaining 1.6 miles to the ridge. The level stretch offered a nice cool down on the way out as well.

Upon reaching the ridge, somewhere near the true summit, I took a right and followed the yellow blazed trail about 0.4 mile to the fire tower, which offers outstanding views in all directions, as well as a respite from the legions of bugs, due to the breeze. I followed the yellow blazed cut-off trail back down to the Becker Hollow Trail and returned via my ascent route.

In analyzing my topo, the true summit is somewhere off of the trail between the trail junction on the ridge and the tower. I tromped through all of the likely spots and called it good. I never did find the markings on the rock that Dan Case had alluded to in his report, however.

I took around 1 hour and 15 minutes up, at a very leisurely pace, due to jetlag, spend about 30 minutes at the top, and made the descent in 1 hour flat. This was a great way to celebrate playing hooky from work.

Hike statistics: Round-trip distance 5.2 miles, elevation gain 2,300 feet