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It’s big, it’s challenging, it’s the king of the park — Sugarloaf never disappoints. It’s the most Catskills you can get in a single mountain.

 Sugarloaf Topography

Sugarloaf Details

Height:  3,783ft  (1,153m)

Location:  Central Catskills

Level:  Hardest

Scenic:   Yes 

Trail Type:  Fully Trailed

Canister:  No

 Sugarloaf Weather

Area Forecast

Summit Forecast

This page linked below shows the weather at Sugarloaf’s summit for the next six days.

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Click on the small °F or °C boxes to toggle between US and Metric.

Central Catskills Hiking Trails

Behind the Cave on Twin

Hike Sugarloaf & Twin from Roaring Kill

Any hike that includes Twin Mountain is a great hike. From either side, Twin offers some the funnest ascents in the Catskill Park. The eastern side is tough, with wonderful giant boulders to climb over and classic Devil’s Path terrain that leads up to one of the great ledge views in the Park.

Weird Squid Tree on Sugarloaf

Hike Sugarloaf from Roaring Kill, Clockwise

After signing the register and making your way along the short yellow-blazed connector trail for ¼ mile, you’ll come to an open woods area with signposts pointing straight ahead and to the right. Turning right here begins the counter-clockwise route over Sugarloaf.

About Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain

Split rock passage on Sugarloaf

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 Seasonal Notes for Sugarloaf


Once the cold descends and Sugarloaf gets iced up, its western side is extremely dangerous for hikers. It’s one of the few places in the Catskill Park where you need full crampons, and maybe even technical climbing gear. For these reasons, in winter, Sugarloaf is known locally as “Suicide Mountain”.


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