Hiking Project Logo

Hunter Mountain Loop

  4.1 ( 8 ) Favorite


8.2 mile 13.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,964' 599 m
Descent: -1,973' -601 m
High: 4,008' 1,222 m
Low: 2,098' 640 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Karl W

A loop trail that will bring you to the summit of Hunter Mountain and back down.

Karl W

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall


This is a loop trail that will take you to the summit of Hunter Mountain at 4,040 feet. There is a fire tower at the summit that allows for excellent views.

Need to Know

Part of this route follows the Devil's Path Trail which is known for some gnarly sections, but there was no scrambling required on the stretch used here. Parts are steep though.


You can follow this loop in either direction. One side is a forest road and the other a hiking trail. We went down the road and up the trail - this is the counter clockwise route.

Follow the trail southeast along the blue blazes to the beautiful Diamond Notch waterfall. Then join the red blazed Devil's Path Trail that ascends east and non-stop up to the ridge. The trail will loop south away from the summit before turning east again, gaining elevation the whole time. You should see the Devil's Acre lean-too. Look for the fork where a yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail will branch off east and then turn north. If you stay on the red trail you'll begin descending the other side of the mountain.

Follow the Hunter Mountain Trail to the summit. At the summit there is a fire watchtower that you can ascend for the best views. There will probably be quite a few people here that were not on the trail up (many people take the road up and back down). If you fancy, you can take the trail back down, or continue onto the road and head down to complete the loop.

The road will be blazed blue, but is very obvious as it is an active maintenance road for the fire tower. Partway down you can take a spur north to the top of the Hunter Mountain Ski Area ski lifts. The mountain road does not quite return to the parking area at the Diamond Notch Trailhead so you'll have to hike along the road that you drove in on for a short distance.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Flora & Fauna, History & Background

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.


Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In


Jun 4, 2019
J Kahn
hunter mountain loop and the ski area 11.6mi — 4h 30m
Mar 2, 2019
Owen Szabo
Nice hike, trail wasn't too bad. Unfortunately it was supper foggy at the top, so there really wasn't much of a view from the tower. 9mi — 4h 10m
Sep 2, 2018
Joseph Hubicki
Jul 28, 2018
Anthony Soto
Had a great time over all. Very swampy the day I went. Specifically going down if you went backwards like I did. 8.2mi
Jul 19, 2018
Colleen Troy
Jun 30, 2018
Josh Fults
Oct 28, 2017
Max Esteves
Sep 15, 2017
Tali Gutman
we walked up the fire tower, that was great! the top is only open in the weekend though.

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 8 votes


  4.1 from 8 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Featured Hike Rankings


in New York


207 Views Last Month
3,775 Since Jan 22, 2017



Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking