Rusk Mountain Wild Forest
The area has a 4-mile long trail that provides a horse-mounting platform at the base as well as atop Hunter Mountain.
From the West: Take St. Hwy. 23 East to Rt. 23A. Follow Rt. 23 A to Lexington. Make a right onto St. Hwy. 42. Follow Rt. 42 to West Kill. Make a left onto County Route 6 in West Kill. Follow County Route 6 all the way to the parking area (turns into one lane dirt road).
From the South: From Kingston, take St. Hwy. 28 to Allaben. Make a right onto St. Hwy. 42. Follow Rt. 42 to West Kill. Make a right onto County Route 6 and proceed as directed above.
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Town of Hunter-Elevation 4,040 feet
This tower has the unique distinction of being located at the highest elevation of any fire tower in New York State. The original tower on Hunter Mountain-constructed of logs-was built in 1909, and was the first of three fire towers constructed in the Catskills that year. The original tower was 40 feet tall, and was replaced with a steel tower 60 feet high in 1917. That tower was originally placed at an elevation of 4,000 feet-a third of a mile from the true summit-but was removed and reset at its present site on the true summit in 1953.
Directions: Take the Spruceton Trail, marked with blue disks, from Greene County Route 6 (Spruceton Hollow Road) in the hamlet of Spruceton. A seven-mile moderately-difficult round trip hike. Or take the yellow-marked trail from the Hunter Mt. Sky Ride when it is open-a moderate four-mile round-trip hike.