Becker Hollow Trail (Written in 2005)
The Becker Hollow Trail can be difficult at several areas. It is a steep ascent to the summit of Hunter Mountain from Becker Hollow. The parking area is located on Route 214. The rocks on the Becker Hollow Trail are arranged like stairs towards the end of the trail towards the top of Hunter Mountain. The first part of Becker Hollow is relatively easy and getting to the footbridge as seen in the the photo gallery where there is a creek and some minor cascades is very easy. The alternative route to the top of Hunter Mountain is Spruceton Trail and that is much easier in my opinion. It also is longer.
The firetower located at the top of Hunter Mountain was closed and locked during visit. One can climb the stairs of the Hunter Mountain Firetower but can not enter the upper room of the firetower.
Info about the Becker Hollow Trail thats leads to the top of Hunter Mountain
The information below about Becker Hollow Trail is from the Catskill Mountain Guide by Peter Kick.
The northern most trailhead along 214 traverses Becker Hollow. This is the shortest route to Hunter summit (2.3 miles), however Becker Hollow is also the steepest. This blue-blazed trail joins a yellow-blazed spur trail just prior to the summit.
The Becker Hollow trail passes a solitary, ruined stone archway at the entrance to the Becker property, crosses open fields, and enters a hemlock woods. It then spans a footbridge. Ahead, off a short, unmarked path to the left (southeast) is an interesting, small concrete dam across Becker Hollow Brook. (Catskill Mountain Guide by Peter Kick)
Becker Hollow Trail (Milage):
to Hunter Mountain (Mtn) Trail and lookouts: 2.05 mi
to Hunter Summit via Hunter Mountain Trail: 2.3 mi
At the Becker Hollow Trailhead along Route 214 is a stone archway as seen in the above photos.
Becker Hollow Trail – Blue Markers
0.00- Start of trail on Stony Clove Road (NY 214), 1 mile north of Devil’s Tombstone Campground.
1.90- Junction with cutoff trail to spring (250′) and Hunter Mtn Fire Tower (.5 mile).
2.05- Trail junction. Trail (Yellow markers) straight ahead leads to lookout over West Kill valley. Trail (Yellow markers) to the left leads to Devil’s Path, Devil’s Tombstone Campground, and Spruceton. Right on Blue marked trail to Hunter Mtn Fire Tower.
2.40- Trail passes over summit before entering the clearing with the fire tower. Excellent views from tower. Junction with Spruceton trail.