Hike Doubletop Mountain Catskills

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 Point Altitude Notes
[masked],938’ Seagar DEC Parking Lot
~1.05 2,200’ Leave DEC trail and bushwhack up ridge line
[masked],860’ Summit of Doubletop Mountain
[masked],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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  • Jerry

    Great hike, could not believe how warm it was and the amount of runoff there was. still want to go back and find the plane boss.

    1 · December 25, 2013

    • Richard L. W.

      We'll go in the summer when there is more day light.

      December 25, 2013

  • Ginnet

    Great hike and excellent company, thank you Richard for hosting and for making sure that my car was able to leave that muddy road!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Zoey

    Great hike with great company!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    Not to hot not too cold just right very little rain but very wet everything.

    December 22, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    Well we had different totals for the hike depending on which gps I beleive either 6.6 miles 2002 elevation gain or 7.5 miles with 2036 feet of elevation gain?

    December 22, 2013

  • Andrea

    Great seeing Richard as usual. Thanks for setting this up and your patience at the horrific stream crossings. See you soon

    2 · December 22, 2013

  • Becky

    I ended up not able to leave in time for the start of the hike...

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Becky

    Folks are visiting and I had to change my plan! Sorry for the late notice. Wish I could be there.

    December 22, 2013

  • Ginnet

    Hey Richard , running 15 min late . Andrea, Alba and me

    December 22, 2013

  • DRay

    Thanks for keeping the hike going Richard! Humbled to admit I'm backing out due to rain.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    We are hiking rain or shine, I am not just a fair weather hiker.

    December 21, 2013

  • Jerry

    Any one looking to car pool from albany or points north?

    December 21, 2013

    • Zoey

      I would like to carpool from Albany. Where would you like to meet?

      December 21, 2013

    • Zoey

      No flat tire,plz!

      December 21, 2013

  • Zoey

    Will anyone want to carpool at Albany ?

    December 21, 2013

    • Jerry

      do you mean anyone but me?

      December 21, 2013

    • Zoey

      Sorry, I didn't see your message when I posted mine.

      December 21, 2013

  • Zoey

    Hi Richard, will you bring your dog this time?

    December 17, 2013

  • Keith

    I see there is a waiting list for this, and I'm not 100% sure I can make it, so I'm going to change my RSVP ahead of time to make room. I'm hiking Seymour Mountain with the Hiking Mates on Saturday, and this time of year (with the road to the trail head closed) that's a 20 mile round trip hike. Considering the amount of snow on the ground, that's likely going to take awhile, so I may be getting back to Albany quite late Saturday (likely after midnight) and I'm not sure whether I'm going to be in any shape to get up and do a Catskill High Peak early the next morning. Ugh - I was really looking forward to this hike, too . . .

    2 · December 19, 2013

  • Darshan S.

    With the recent snowing in Albany, will there be a LOT of snow on Doubletop ? Asking this because may have to make a retreat if it is so. My leg is much better from Saddleback mishap, but don't have enough snowshoeing experience ..

    December 17, 2013

  • dennis b.

    will be climbing Giant/RPR on Saturday...closer to home...have a great day!

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Myself, my husband and my dog would love to come and are on the waitlist. Would anyone be able to carpool with us? We live in downtown Albany at Park and Swan, right off of Lincoln Park. Thanks!

    Amanda[masked]

    December 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for letting me know. I have proper clothing but I will not have snowshoes by then. I will take myself off the waiting list.

      December 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ditto! Hope everyone has an awesome time.

      December 15, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    Everyone should be prepared for winter conditions.

    December 12, 2013

  • bud

    There's a fairly complete plane wreck on Doubletop. It's a twin engine plane at 3,760' on SSW slope of summits. N[masked]
    W[masked]

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • Keith

      Cool (though not for the people in the plane) - I missed that when I previously hiked Doubletop.

      December 3, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    The trailhead is at the end of the road not 5429 or whatever take drybrook to the end that is where the tralhead starts.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Zoey

    I am fine with the date. Just wounder can I bring my dog?

    August 21, 2013

  • Lee F

    Richard, I have little experience to hike in December. Is winter gear needed? In any case, plan as you would like to. I will be in if I am in town. P.S. wish I have a dog to bring.

    August 21, 2013

    • Richard L. W.

      You Should be prepared to bring microspikes or snow shoes.

      August 21, 2013

  • Pam G

    I love to winter hike, and I really like the idea that I can bring my lab....looks like there's other doggies attending. Hopefully when the date is set, I can do!

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    When does everyone what to do this hike? I would like to wait to Dec 22 so it becomes a winter peak for since I will be working on my catskill winter peaks next.

    August 21, 2013

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