Hunter Mountain is known for its fire tower and sweeping views of the Catskills region, and nearby Southwest Hunter is an essential add-on. These are the perfect peaks to pack into your winter weekend plans—a great workout that is both challenging and beautiful (not to mention socially-distanced!)
Last weekend, we hit the trail early to bag these peaks. It was overcast and super snowy, but the trail was packed down enough for us to wear the spikes all day (snowshoes and crampons not needed)!
The best part about hiking Hunter and Southwest Hunter is that the elevation is climbed in the first hour or two of the hike—after that, it’s a few ups and downs, but you stay at elevation.
Pay attention to the view on the way down, as the winter trees are bare and the exposures of the surrounding peaks are breathtaking. When the sun was going down at the end of the day, the clouds cleared and we even saw a slice of sunset.
Check out Visit the Catskills for more info on hiking and to plan your visit!