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DoubleTop Mountain

Doubletop Mountain

Overview of this Hike:

Distance: 5.4 miles round trip from the DEC Parking Lot (Seagar) on Rt 7A.
Time: Average 5.00 hours round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,874' feet from the DEC Parking Lot to the summit.
Best Time to Hike: When the leaves are not on the trees.
Difficulty: Moderate
VO Map No: bushwack
Catskill Highest: #8
Peak Elevation: 3,860'
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Attractions: Easy bushwack with no ledges
Attractions: Nice walk across valley floor
Attractions: Moderate amount of wildlife
Unattractions: No significant views.
Common Animals: Bear, deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, rabbits, etc.
Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes (none known), Bears (High),
Access Methods: Foot, ski, and snowshoe



Maps, Profile, and GPS files

Doubletop Mountain GPS map




Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):

  • DEC PA - Elevation 1,938 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston).
  • Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28.
  • Go approximately 33 miles west on Rt 28
  • Take a left onto Rt 49A at Highmount (Belleayre Ski Center)
  • Go 5 miles to the end of Rt 49A.
  • Take a LEFT onto Rt 49/7A/Dry Brook Road
  • Go approximately 3-4 miles South on Rt 7A
  • The Seagar DEC Parking lot is at the end of the road



  • Notes about this Hike


    Doubletop Mountain is privately owned, and you need permission to hike this mountain. The most common route is to park at Seagar Parking Lot. Hike about 1.1 miles and then bushwhack up the ridge line to the summit. The beginning of the hike is a little steep. But, most of the way up is a moderate climb. As you approach the top, you will encounter conifer forest. In some places the conifer forest can be fairly thick. The canister on Doubletop Mountain is located on the northwest side the summit. The summit has two distinct summits. The northwest one is considered the actual summit. Some people then bushwhack over to Big Indian Mountain. The descent off Doubletop Mountain to Big Indian can be fairly steep.


    Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.001,938 Seagar DEC Parking Lot
    ~1.052,200 Leave DEC trail and bushwhack up ridge line
    2.703,860 Summit of Doubletop Mountain
    5.401,938 Seagar DEC Parking Lot

    Hike to Doubletop Mountain

    doubletop Mountain seager dec parking lot
    The picture on the left is the DEC parking lot at the end of the road.

    You will see a No Trespassing sign on the right. It does not apply to the trail.
    doubletop Mountain
    doubletop Mountain seager dec parking lot
    The destinations on this sign will not apply to this hike.

    The first mile of this hike is fairly flat. .
    beginning of trail to doubletop Mountain
    doubletop Mountain seager dec parking lot
    At about 9/10 of a mile you will see this waterfall. .

    When you get to 1.1 miles, you can leave the trail. You will then bushwhack up the steep hill. The path up the ridge line will become a little less steep. There are not any difficult ledges to climb.
    leave the trail to bushwhack up to doubletop Mountain
    view of doubletop Mountain summit from the ridge line
    Part way up, you will come to a flat section and you will be able to see the summit of Doubletop Mountain .

    This is the only difficult section to climb up. It is not terrible, and there are several reasonable routes up
    the only difficult section to climb to the summit of doubletop Mountain
    view of doubletop Mountain summit from the ridge line
    As you approach the summit of Doubletop Mountain you will encounter thick conifer forest.

    The summit of Doubletop Mountain.
    the only difficult section to climb to the summit of doubletop Mountain

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