West Kill Mountain

West Kill Mountain - Catskills - NY Travel Blog

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Stunning views on (from left to right) Windham High Peak, Thomas Cole, Black Dome, and Black Head. As well as on the ski slopes of Hunter Mountain

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.

View from route 6 up to West Kill Mountain
Another steep descend follows, ending at West Kills Falls. Making it my third time to visit these falls during a hike (see here and here). The wooden bridge over the West Kill Stream had been washed away in the meantime.

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Stunning views on (from left to ri…
Stunning views on (from left to r…
View from route 6 up to West Kill …
View from route 6 up to West Kill…
Rocky environment
Rocky environment
These berries where everywhere
These berries where everywhere
These berries where everywhere
These berries where everywhere
These berries where everywhere
These berries where everywhere
This is the trail!
This is the trail!
Some pretty large rocks
Some pretty large rocks
Some pretty large rocks
Some pretty large rocks
Some pretty large rocks
Some pretty large rocks
Lichen -> clean air!
Lichen -> clean air!
The trail was not steep the whole …
The trail was not steep the whole…
This marks the summit of West Kill…
This marks the summit of West Kil…
Great views
Great views
The whole viewpoint spectrum
The whole viewpoint spectrum
The valley where I started the hike
The valley where I started the hike
Another view on (from left to righ…
Another view on (from left to rig…
West Kill Falls
West Kill Falls
Interesting patterns at the lower …
Interesting patterns at the lower…
Interesting patterns at the lower …
Interesting patterns at the lower…
Interesting patterns at the lower …
Interesting patterns at the lower…
The bridge had completely washed a…
The bridge had completely washed …
The Diamond Notch Lean To
The Diamond Notch Lean To
The Diamond Notch Lean To is well …
The Diamond Notch Lean To is well…
View from route 6 up to West Kill …
View from route 6 up to West Kill…
View from route 6 up to West Kill …
View from route 6 up to West Kill…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
West Kill Mountain - Catskills - NY
photo by: mdalamers