West Kill Mountain
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West Kill Mountain is, with an elevation of approximately 1183 meters (3880 ft) the number six in height of the great Catskill Mountain group. The mountain is accessible via the Devil's Path in Wikipedia called "the toughest hiking trail in the Eastern United States" because of its steeps climbs and its up-and-down-and-up-and down-etc. nature. The trail over West Kill is the most "recent" (1969) extension of the path which begins/ends at the trailhead.
West Kill can be accessed from two sides. Surprisingly the described hikes are often one-way hikes. I decided to just make it a loop hike, outward over the mountain, and back over the state route 6. Which is a dead-end road so not to busy.
The mountain is steep. One starts with an almost continuous 600+ meter (2000+ ft) climb. The summit has two nice view points. One of the two provides a true wide angle view, with great views on some of my previous peaks like Windham High Peak, Blackhead, and Hunter Mountain.
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