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Leavitt's Peak

Leavitt's Peak

Overview of this Hike:

Distance: 7.07 miles from the very end of Spruceton Road.
Time: Average 5.75 hours round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,635 feet from the DEC Parking Lot and the summit.
Best Time to Hike: Anytime.
Difficulty: Moderate
VO Map No: 35, 32, unmarked
Catskill Highest: #15
Peak Elevation: 3,740'
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Attractions: Nice view of West Kill Falls
Attractions: Nice views from Geiger Point.
Attractions: Excellent hike on unmarked trail to summit
Unattractions: Trail up rocky and long up hill climb
Unattractions: No view from the summit
Dangers: Falling off ledge at Geiger Point
Common Animals: Black bears, Grouse
Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes (None known), Bears (Low-to-Moderate)
Access Methods: Foot and snowshoe



Maps, Profile, and GPS files

Leavitt's Peak GPS map
Leavitt's Peak elevation profile
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin GDB format
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin GPX format
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin TEXT format




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

  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: N42 11.083 W74 16.305 - Elevation is approximately 2,117 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
  • Go approximately 3/4 mile
  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
  • Go approximately 6.6 miles to Cairo, NY
  • Take a LEFT onto Rt 32. McDonalds Rest. on corner.
  • Go approximately 7.7 miles on Rt 32
  • Take a RIGHT onto Rt 23A
  • Go appoximately 22.2 miles to the intersection of Rt 23a and Rt 42 .
  • Go approximately 0.3 miles - Take LEFT and go over bridge (over Schoharie Creek)
  • Go approximately 4.1 miles on Rt 42 (from Rt 23a) to Rt 6 (Spruceton Road)
  • Go approximately 7 miles on Rt 6 (Spruceton Road).
  • About 4 miles down Rt 6 the road will go from a 2-lane road into a 1-lane road. The 1-lane road looks like a private driveway. Continue down the 1-lane road.
  • There are a number of parking lots along this road. The parking lot you are looking is at the very end of the road. GPS: N42 11.083 W74 16.305



  • Special Circumstances about this Hike


    This hike does not have a view from the summit. There is a very limited view from the road just below the summit in the winter. There is a very nice view from Geiger Point on the way up to the summit around 3,450'. The walk from Hunter Loop Trail to the summit is a very nice walk. That part of the hike is exceptional. Some people like to "bag" this peak while doing the Hunter Loop Trail.


    Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.002,105 DEC Parking Lot - N42 11.083 W74 16.305
    0.022,110 DEC Registraion Box is just past the road barrier.
    0.722,298' West Kill Falls and Trail Junction to West Kill Mtn.
    2.303,498' Geiger Point - Nice views of Leavitt's Peak and West Kill Mtn.
    2.773,547 False Trail.
    2.803,553 Unmarked Trail Junction to Leavitt's Peak.
    3.373,635 Trail Junction - climb hill to peak.
    3.503,764 Leavitt's Peak Summit & 3500 Club Canister
    3.643,635 Return to Level road/trail - take left up trail for limited views
    4.533,510 Trail Junction to Hunter Loop - Take Left back to car
    6.402,298 West Kill Falls
    7.032,110 DEC Registration Box
    7.072,105 DEC Parking lot where your car is parked.

    Hike to Leavitt's Peak

    Leavitt's Peak
    If space is available you can park right by the trail head in this picture. If space is not available, then you can park down in the parking lot 1/4 mile back down the road. The gate at the trail head is part of the old Spruceton Road that goes all the way to Lanesville (Rt 214). This part of the road has be changed. The road used to cross the creek about 100 feet past the sign. When you sign in look down at the creek and you can find the old bridge pillars. Make sure you sign in at the registration box. Registration helps bring dollars to the trail you are hiking.

    At mile post 0.72 miles, you will come to a Trail Junction. Right will take you to two trails: (1) will take you to the summit of West Kill Mtn; (2) Will take you down the old Carriage Road to Lanesville, NY (Rt 214). Years ago this was one of the major roads thru the Catskill Mountain. It will take you thru Diamond Notch. Going straight will take you up to Hunter Mtn and Leavitt's Peak. Go STRAIGHT.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the left show you what the trail looks like at the beginning of the trail up to Leavitt's Peak. The trail starts out fairly level, and will increase in steepness until around 3,500 feet. The rock has a lot of loose and round rocks on it. It is a real ankle twister.

    At mile post 2.30 miles (elev 3498') you will come to a small unmarked side trail. If you take a right, you will find Geiger Point about 25 feet from the trail. Geiger point is a small rock ledge with an excellent view of Leavitt's Peak and West Kill Mountain. The drop off Geiger Point is around 75 feet, so don't fall off. If the rock is wet be careful walking on it. It does have a slope off one side. After getting done with the views, continue down the trail. After another 50 vertical feet, you will be on level walking surface.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    At mile post 2.77 miles (elev 3,547') you will come to this picture. After climbing up a hill, you will come to level ground. That is where this picture is. If you look on the right directly after the climb, you will see a "False" trail.
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the left shows the "False" Trail. Do NOT take this trail. Continue down the trail another 200 feet for the real trail.

    The picture on the right shows the real trail to Leavitt's Peak. It is at mile post 2.80. It is an unmarked Trail Junction. Look for a trail marker on the tree with a small rock cairn. This is the trail to Leavitt's Peak.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the left show you what the trail looks like to Leavitt's Peak.

    The picture on the right is another picture of the trail to Leavitt's Peak. The distance from the Hunter Loop Trail to the next trail Junction is 0.57 miles.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the right is the trail junction. It is at mile post 3.77 miles (elev 3,635'). Going left will take you to the summit of Leavitt's Peak. Continuing straight will take you further down the old road. The fairly level path you have been walking on is an old road. You might have noticed the rock walls for the road bed. Go LEFT up the hill to the summit.
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the left show you what the trail looks like on the uphill climb.

    The picture on the right shows you another picture of the trail to the summit.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    The picture on the left show you the summit with the 3500 club canister. Go ahead and register with the pad in the canister.

    After you return back to the Trail Junction, take a LEFT.
    Leavitt's Peak
    Leavitt's Peak
    The road further along Leavitt's Peak is rough, but very nice. At points shortly after the trail junction have limited views all year long. The views are better in the winter when the leaves are not on the trail.

    The road comes to an end when you encounter a rock in the middle of the road. This is where they stopped building the road. You can bushwack past the rock to find more views.

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