Hunter Mountain

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TGIF, guys! This week has been insane, I’m deeply in need of some R&R lately. School and classes are really catching up with me, I think I feel a spa day coming on! Thankfully last weekend I actually did end up doing something relaxing. I took a quick road-trip from my college to the Woodstock area of New York, in the Catskills, and took a hike up Hunter Mountain!

It was a beautiful fall day out, and the leaves were just starting to turn. My boyfriend is from the area, so we stopped by his house and picked up his dog to take with us! He loved the hike πŸ™‚

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Β The trail was about 3.8 miles from our base start point to the peak, and much of it was very steep. If you’re new to hiking, I wouldn’t recommend this one- it was basically straight up the whole way! However if you’re an outdoorsy type, this is definitely a trek worth making; the views are absolutely gorgeous. Sturdy shoes are necessary, the trail is very rocky and it’s extremely easy to twist an ankle: I came pretty close a few times! Choose boots with ankle support, and a stick or pole to help you out on the descent isn’t a bad idea either. My boots are Oboz Sawtooths, and you can find them here.

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There’s a fire tower on top of Hunter Mountain that is open to climb most of the year, and if you climb to the top you can see literally for miles and miles! Here are some shots of the gorgeous autumnal views. You can see the Catskill mountains until they meet the sky!Β hunter10
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The firetower and cabin area are maintained by weekend volunteers from the area! They stay in this small cabin and help hikers that come through.

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Β This peak is over 4,000 feet, and the trail we chose was 3.8 miles. We (and the dog!) completed it in just under 2 hours. It was such a beautiful day for a hike, and it felt amazing to make the most of the last few nice outdoor days! Overall, I definitely recommend Hunter Mountain to anyone looking for a fun yet challenging weekend hike. For more pictures from it, check out my Instagram! I’m looking for new bloggers to follow πŸ™‚

Also, to those of you paying attention πŸ˜‰ I’ve chopped my hair off again! I took about 6 inches off, and it just skims my chin now! It was a pretty spur of the moment decision, but it’ll grow back haha. I’m really liking it!

What have you been up to lately? Any fun outdoor adventures? Made any spur of the moment beauty decisions? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Love Kiki

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All opinions are my own; this is not a sponsored post.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy OH-FEST 2015Β or Camino de Santiago 2015

86 thoughts on “Hunter Mountain

  1. Your photos are fantastic. I like to hike as well and have not done any in a while. I don’t think I have done as steep of a hike as this one either but I would be up to the challenge. It sounds like it was a great break from school. I actually prefer that kind of break over a spa appointment. It makes you feel so energized. Thanks for sharing your day with us and your amazing photos. Also, your hair looks great. I like the new length.

    Kathy
    http://www.glamsimplified.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment Kathy! I agree, this kind of break makes you have more energy and feel more optimistic too. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!
      xo Kiki

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  2. Firstly, can I say that first photo of you and your boyfriend and the dog – and you in your beanie – it’s adorable! These photos are STUNNING, I’ve been wanting to go for a hike for a while now! Also, I love, love, love your hair!!! P.S. I can totally relate with classes and study picking up 😦 Good luck with it all!

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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  3. I have defo noticed the hair chop πŸ˜‰ Was just about to comment how awesome your hair looks, girl! πŸ™‚
    That hike looks amazing!!! I would love to do something like that. The weather here has taken a turn to worse so next time might be when it’s nice and snowy or in spring.
    Love the tips for hikers as well. Amazing! Plus, how great is it to hike with a dog? πŸ™‚
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Looks stunning! I love hiking as well and try to get out in nature as often as possible. It really is the best feeling ever with breathtaking scenery and fresh air.

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