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Sugarloaf Mountain
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This mountain seems to be one of the more popular destinations in the Catskill Park. Numerous bluestone quarries have left building materials behind that have been used by hikers to create elaborate constructions.




Trailhead Coordinates
Name Coordinates
Roaring Kill N42.1512 W74.1315
Prediger Road N42.1339 W74.1043
Platte Clove N42.1338 W74.0819
Mink Hollow  

Quick Look - Sugarloaf from Roaring Kill
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.2 mi. 1840 ft. N42.1311 W74.1506 Google Maps

CHH peak map Turn onto Bloomer Rd. off Route 23A just west of Tannersville. Bloomer Rd. turns into Elka Park Rd. Go to the end to the parking area. Find the yellow-blazed Roaring Kill Trail. This trail ends after only .25 miles. Turn left onto the blue-blazed Pecoy Notch trail. After .7 miles, a view opens at Dibble's Quarry onto Kaaterskill High Peak and the valley below. This quarry is one of the numerous quarries that dot this mountain. At 1.25 miles a meadow that used to be a beaver pond gives you a view of Sugarloaf Mountain. This trail meets the Devil's Path at Pecoy Notch in another .4 miles. Turn right on the Devil's Path and begin some steep ascents for 1.25 miles until you reach the summit of Sugarloaf Mt. (3800 ft.) From here you descend 1 mile on the Devil's Path with some steep areas similar to the ones found on the way up! Turn right on the blue-blazed Mink Hollow trail which continues through several ups and downs for 2.55 miles back to the Roaring Kill trail. Now its only .25 miles back to the car.

CHH peak profile

(The image above is the vertical profile for the route up to the summit. This actually gives a fair idea of the easy hiking a the beginning and the end and the steep areas in-between.)


Quick Look - Elka Park (Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 8.55 mi. 4325 ft. N42 08.28 W64 10.48 Google Maps

CHH peak map In Tannersville take Bloomer Road which is on the Hunter side of town. Continue on Bloomer until the junction with Platte Clove Rd. Bear right here onto Elka Park Rd. Follow the signs to the trail head. The road deteriorates quickly to dirt and the parking is limited. Take the yellow-blazed Roaring Kill trail from the parking area. After only .25 miles this trail branches left to Pecoy Notch and right to the Mink Hollow Trail. Turn right. The trail ascends gently through hardwood forests and, at times, over rock strewn areas. It rolls some with a few ups and downs along the way. In more than one spot hikers have walked off the trail to get a view or collect wood. Watch carefully that you stay on the main trail. In several spot there are views of Plateau Mountain rising on your right. The mountain in quite impressive and this gives you some idea of the climb to come! One lookout is especially nice and allows you to take pictures before a slight descent. Continue for about 2.5 miles to the junction with the red-blazed Devil's Path.

Turn right on the Devil's Path and be prepared for a long, hard climb up to Plateau. Continue for 1 mile and 1200 feet of vertical climb to the lookout near the summit of Plateau. The climb is strenuous with near vertical parts in places. Most of the trail has switchbacks to soften the ascent somewhat. Proceed onward for another .2 miles to the highest point on Plateau. There is little to see from this spot but it is the highest point on the mountain. Retrace your steps to the rock which allows a fine view of Sugarloaf Mountain in front of your and other peaks to the right and left. return to the parking area. When you have rested briefly, retrace your steps to the Mink Hollow trail and get ready for the ascent up Sugarloaf.

The ascent of the Devil's Path up Sugarloaf will remind you a lot of the ascent up Plateau. The vertical gain of 1200 feet is almost identical and the hiking distance is about the same. One mile and 1200 feet may not sound too impressive but the climb itself is quite a challenge made all the more challenging by your recent climb up Plateau. As you ascend and get near the top of the climb a large boulder acts as a lookout to Plateau and the other surrounding peaks and the valley below. This is even more open than the one on Plateau and so the view is better. Once you get to the summit of Sugarloaf there isn't much to see so continue on the Devil's Path toward Twin.

The Devil's Path leads down Sugarloaf and in about 1.2 miles you will be at Pecoy Notch. From here you can turn left on the Pecoy Notch trail and go back to the parking area. Since you are looking for more of a challenge, continue straight ahead on the Devil's Path. The distance is ONLY about .7 miles and the vertical gain is ONLY about 800 feet since Twin has the lowest elevation of the three mountains. These facts belie the difficulty that awaits. This short climb is one of the most challenging in the Catskills. The trail becomes steep almost immediately with several areas of open rock face to negotiate. In several other areas the trail seems to end until you look UP to see a marker almost directly above. These near vertical areas require some leg strength and upper body strength to push and pull your way up. Some views are available as you look over your shoulder back at Sugarloaf but you will be busy climbing and there are better views at the top.

Near the summit of the western peak of Twin the trail flattens and provides some relief from the difficult climb. In this area is a "cave" made by an overhanging rock ledge. Next to the cave the trail continues through a narrow passage which requires a good toehold and handhold to push and pull yourself up. The trail winds briefly and then reaches the summit on an open expanse of rock. This lookout provides GREAT views back to Sugarloaf and Pecoy Notch. In fact the view is very open for a 180 degree or more view of the entire area. The east peak of win is visible and Indian Head can be seen if you walk out onto the ledge. After taking some pictures and relaxing a little retrace your steps back down to Pecoy Notch. The way down is easier than up but still requires great care.

At the junction with the Pecoy Notch trail turn right to get back to the parking area. The trail starts as a scramble over many rocks but softens as you move father down. In about .4 miles is a beaver pond on the left which offers views back to Sugarloaf and Twin. In another .5 miles you arrive at Dibble's Quarry. here hikers have crate oversized chairs out of the discarded bluestone that litters the area. This open area provides unobstructed views of Roundtop, Kaaterskill High Peak and parts of the Hudson Valley. In .7 miles the trail ends at the Roaring Kill Trail. The parking area is only .25 miles away!

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the route up to the summit.)


Quick Look - Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf from Prediger Road
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 9.8 mi. 3424 ft. N42 06.98 W74 06.90 Google Maps

CHH peak map

Turn onto Bloomer Rd. off Route 23A just west of Tannersville. At the Y in the road bear left onto Platte Clove Rd. Continue on this road for about 3.75 miles and turn right on Prediger Rd. Go to the end of the road and turn right onto the access road for the new parking area. The Devil's Path actually begins at the intersection of Prediger Rd and Platte Clove Road! After parking in the new parking area, get on the red-blazed Devil's Path and hike .25 miles to the junction with the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail. Bear right on the Jimmy Dolan Trail. Hike 1.6 miles to Jimmy Dolan Notch.

Turn left and hike the .4 miles to the summit of Indian Head. Retrace your steps back to the Notch and continue straight ahead on the red-marked Devil's Path. About .4 miles of steep climbing brings you to the east peak of Twin Mountain. The view from this rock ledge on a clear day is hard to match anywhere in the Catskills. Since this peak is NOT the highest on Twin, continue another .7 miles to "bag" the higher west peak. This peak also has a nice view. Continue on the Devil's Path to your left. It leads down for about .5 miles to Pecoy Notch which is the gap or col between Twin and Sugarloaf.

Continue on the Devil's Path up Sugarloaf Mountain for about 1.1 miles. There is no view from the summit although there is a lookout if you continue on toward Plateau. Turn around and retrace your steps to the notch. Here you may go over Twin again and back to the car on the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail. This is a hard go so turn left on the blue blazed Pecoy Notch Trail. Walk 1.5 miles to the junction with the Roaring Kill Trail and take this trail for about .4 miles to the parking area. Unfortunately, your car is back on Prediger Road. Turn right on Roaring Kill Rd., left when it joins Dale Lane, right onto Platte Clove Road and then right onto Prediger. This whole distance is about 2.7 miles but it is flat and fast compared to the trek back over Twin!

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the hike. Don't be fooled by the gentle curves. Some of the ascents and descents are very challenging.)


Quick Look - Sugarloaf and Twin from Roaring Kill
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 7.4 mi. 2950 ft. N42 06.98 W74 06.90 Google Maps

CHH peak map

In Tannersville take Bloomer Road which is on the Hunter side of town. Continue on Bloomer until the junction with Platte Clove Rd. Bear right here onto Elka Park Rd. Follow the signs to the trail head. The road deteriorates quickly to dirt and the parking is limited. Take the yellow-blazed Roaring Kill trail from the parking area. In .4 miles this trail ends at the junction with the Mink Hollow Trail and the Pecoy Notch Trail. Bear left on the blue Pecoy Notch Trail and continue 1.5 miles to the red Devil's Path.

Turn left and hike about .7 miles to the west and highest summit of Twin Mountain. There are some nearly vertical areas in this ascent and rock scrambling skills are a must! Near the summit is a cave or rock overhang on the left of the trail. The view from the lookout at the top is nice but nothing compares to the view from the east peak. Continue About .4 miles to the east peak of Twin Mountain. The view from this rock ledge on a clear day is hard to match anywhere in the Catskills. After taking in the view turn around and hike the 1.1 miles back to Pecoy Notch.

Continue on the Devil's Path up Sugarloaf Mountain for about 1.1 miles. There is no view from the summit although there is a lookout if you continue on toward Plateau. Turn around and retrace your steps to the notch. Turn left on the blue blazed Pecoy Notch Trail. Walk 1.5 miles to the junction with the Roaring Kill Trail and take this trail for about .4 miles to the parking area.

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the hike. Don't be fooled by the gentle curves. Some of the ascents and descents are very challenging.)