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West Kill Mountain 3880'

West Kill MountainWest Kill from Hunter Tower

USGS Map:  Lexington

NY-NJ Trail Conference Map:  #41/141

Order of Height: 6th at 3880'

Access:  Via the Devil's Path

Description:  West Kill forms the westernmost high peak along the Devil's Path.  West Kill was one of the last peaks in the Catskills to receive a trail and there is evidence of a bracket from an old 3500 Club canister on a tree near the summit.  The Buck Ridge lookouts just east of the summit provide wonderful views.  The northern lookout overlooks the Spruceton Valley and Rusk Mountain.  

View from Buck Ridge Lookout on West Kill Mountain

View from Buck Ridge Lookout on West Kill Mountain

The southern lookout is at the top of a ledge that provides a spectacular view to the east and south.  From here you can see Hunter Mountain, Southwest Hunter and the other peaks of the Devil's Path to the east. The Blackhead Range and Kaaterskill High Peak are visible to the northeast, and the Burroughs Range is visible to the southeast.  

Access from the west is via the Devil's Path over West West Kill Mountain.  From the east, access is via Spruceton Road and the Devil's Path via Diamond Notch.

West Kill Wilderness Map (opens in new window)

Links for West Kill Mountain New Window

TopoZone (topographic map)

NYSDEC Interactive Locator Map

NYSDEC West Kill Wilderness Area Info

West Kill Mountain - Wikipedia

Devil's Path - Wikipedia

Photo credits: Top: Bill Schneider | Bottom: Kevin Morgan

 

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