Height: 1,664ft (507m)
Range: Hudson Highlands
Trail Type: Fully Trailed
Seasonal Notes for Schunemunk
There are three important considerations to hiking Schunemunk Mountain in the late spring through summer and fall.
- Unlike Catskills peaks, which are all treed-in, Schunemunk Mountain’s upper ridges offer a lot of open rock — and therefore hikers have a lot of exposure to contend with. In warmer months, it means hiking across scorching hot conglomerate rock bed for hours. This is definitely a place where you’ll want extra sunscreen, as well as strong SPF clothing. You’ll also want to bring lots of extra water and electrolytes. The terrain is mostly mild, it’s true, but the amount of time you’ll spend out on the open ridges will wear you down. In my case, I really felt these effects. It took a full 24 hrs to recover completely from my first Schunemunk hike.
- Schunemunk is home to many timber rattlesnakes, as well as some copperheads. If you are aware, and leave the snakes alone, they will leave you alone too. Schunemunk is a very popular mountain. There have been lots of rattler sightings, here, but no fatalities reported.
- Lastly: while the trail blazing on both ridges is mostly very good, there are a lot of intersecting trails and unmarked woods roads. And sometimes the blazes are non-existent. It can be confusing. There are seemingly hundreds of helpful cairns on Schunemunk, but there are definitely patches where you’ll have to best-guess your way, or consult your map and compass. Your backcountry navigation skills should be strong. I would not venture here without quality maps and the skills to use them.
Summit Forecast: Schunemunk
The page URL below shows the weather at Schunemunk’s summit for the next six days.
If a foreacast for a peak is not directly available, this page may display a link to a nearby location.
Opens in a new tab/window. Click on the small °F or °C boxes to toggle between US and Metric.
The name “Schunemunk” means “excellent fireplace” in Lenape, and the Lenni Lenape had a village on the northern tip of the mountain. During the American Revolution, the mountain was often the site of skirmishing between Tory and Patriot irregulars. In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma and surrounding territory) under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape now reside in Oklahoma, with some other communities in Wisconsin and Ontario. [Wikipedia]