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Huntersfield
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Huntersfield Mountain is located southwest of Albany, just north of Catskill Preserve, and is about 2.5 hours from the Syracuse area.  Huntersfield Mountain at 3423 feet, is highest point in Schoharie County.  The mountain is located in the southern part of the county along the border with Greene County in the 1325 acre Huntersfield State Forest. 

A section of the 350+ mile, aqua blazed, Long Path once traveled over Huntersfield Mountain, however the trail was rerouted away from the mountain recently. This popular long distance hiking trail is popular with day hikers as well as backpackers. The trail travels from Fort Lee, NJ through the Catskills up to just north of John Boyd Thacher State Park.  Future plans is to have the trail end in the Adirondacks.

Huntersfield Mountain features a lean to and a couple of lookouts with nice views, including a nice view from the lean to that features the northeastern Catskill Mountains.  A steep forest road, known as Jim Cleveland Road, takes you to the ridgeline and the easiest access to the mountain.  This dirt road, although steep in a couple of spots, looks to be a well maintained forest road.  The hike is 1.4 miles to the summit marker on the Long Path with an overall elevation gain of 634 feet.

There are no markers for the trailhead, but you'll know when your there.  If you start back downhill along the road, you just passed it.  Parking is along the shoulder of the road across from an old gravel pit at the level ridgeline of the mountain.  The trail to the summit is actually an old logging road.  This road, although unmarked, is easy to follow (but may be overgrown is spots during the summer).  You'll find the start of this logging road to the right of the old gravel pit, over a pile of dirt & debris (to keep 4x4's out).

Yellow plastic DEC trail markers start just before you reach the lean to.  A loop trail that comes from the Long Path is actually the Huntersfield Mountain Lean To Access Trail.  After taking a break at the lean to, enjoying the view, make sure to continue on to the next view point located a few hundred feet ahead.  This view features Ashland Pinnacle, which the Long Path travels to and features another view west of the summit (for those looking for a longer hike). 

To reach the USGS summit marker, continue to the former junction of the aqua blazed Long Path and turn left on the old Long Path.  The marker is a short distance away.  If you continue along the old Long Path, there is another view point and the trail crosses Jim Cleveland Road.  You could create a loop hike (with a serious elevation change) featuring this hike, the Long Path and dirt Jim Cleveland Road.

To find the trailhead:  From Prattsville, a town that was devasted by flooding in the fall of 2011, take NY 23 to County Route 10.  Turn left on Schrader Road in the small hamlet of West Settlement.  In a real shortwhile, turn right onto a unsigned dirt road next to a scenic pond.  This is Jim Cleveland Road.  Soon you'll pass the DEC sign marking Huntersfield State Forest.  Climb the steep road (driveable by most cars) to the ridgeline.  The gps coordinates of the shoulder parking area is N42 20.960 W74 21.925 for those who have a gps devise.

Look below for a few pictures and a map of this great hike in Schoharie County.

 

Jim Cleveland Road at the ridgeline and gravel pit

Huntersfield Mountain Lean To

View of northeastern Catskill Mountains from lean to

This hike utilizes an old logging road

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