Southwest Hunter Mountain 3740'
SW Hunter Mountain
USGS Map: Hunter
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map: #41/141
Order of Height: 15th at 3740'
Access: Via Bushwhack
Description: Southwest Hunter is an arm of Hunter Mountain. However, the drop between the two peaks meets the Catskill 3500 Club's requirement that there be a 250 foot drop and a half mile distance between summits to be considered a separate peak, so it was recently voted to be a required peak. It was not part of the original requirements for 3500 Club membership as it was overlooked by the club's founders because it is not named on the USGS topo maps.
Southwest Hunter in Summer
The summit is in a thick stand of spruce and balsam, and does not afford a view. The canister is sometimes difficult to find. If you succeed in finding it, please register. The usual bushwhack routes are either from Diamond Notch to the west or from the Devil's Acre Lean-to on the Devil's Path to the east. Try to avoid the summit ridge if coming from the east, as it is very dense.
This peak is also informally called Leavitt Peak, in honor of one of the club's founders.
Hunter Mtn Wild Forest Map (opens in new window)
Links for Southwest Hunter Mountain
Photo credits: Top: Scott Larson | Bottom: Bill Schneider