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The Devil's Path

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 4.6 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A run that can frequently be like a climb, with lots of straight up and down on roots and rocks.


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23.1

Miles

37.2

KM

70%

Runnable

3,883' 1,183 m

High

1,802' 549 m

Low

8,104' 2,470 m

Up

8,373' 2,552 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

70%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Camping above 3500' is only allowed in winter. No swimming in Notch Lake.

Overview

Frequently called the most dangerous and toughest run in the East, most runners tackle this trail east to west in order to go up the steepest parts. You'll bag five Catskills 3500' peaks along the way: Indian Head Mountain, Twin Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Plateau Mountain, and West Kill Mountain. There are a few lean-tos available to split the run up into an overnight or two. Plenty of viewpoints will reward your efforts.

Need to Know

Map available from njnytc.org. Smileys Taxi will do shuttles: 518-589-6533.

Runner Notes

Lots of roots and rocks on this trail, and it's frequently very steep.

Description

From the Prediger Road trailhead, follow the red NYDEC trail markers. The trail starts out fairly level as you run into the base of the mountain, and becomes steep as you start going up Indian Head Mountain. There are a several steep sections, including chimneys and cliffs, and also several views before you reach the view-less, marker-less summit at 3573'.

Descend Indian Head into Jimmy Dolan Notch, and then start climbing again, up to the summit of Twin Mountain at 3640'. There are a couple of views along the way again, but no view or marker at the summit. Pass by a cave on the descent into Pecoy Notch.

More views mark the climb up Sugarloaf Mountain, and a small cairn marks the summit at 3800'. It is a very steep and rocky descent into Mink Hollow, where a spring and a lean-to can be reached on short side trails.

Continue on the Devil's Path, passing a spring shortly after, and enjoy the views and flat running on top of Plateau Mountain. There is no summit marker again, but you'll pass the summit at 3840'.

Going down Plateau is generally less steep than the trail has been so far, and you end with a fairly level run out to the only road crossing of the trail, Route 214 at Stony Clove Notch. The more difficult eastern half of the trail is now complete!

Cross the street and start climbing up Hunter Mountain. The climb starts out steeply, but you'll actually get to enjoy some switchbacks towards the top of it. From the Devil's Acre lean-to, you can take side trails to either of the two summits on Hunter Mountain. Pass a spring and continue downhill into Diamond Notch. There are falls there, and another lean-to on a side trail.

Start the final climb up West Kill Mountain. You'll pass another spring and a couple of views before the summit, marked with a cairn at 3880'. The trail stays high, passing another spring, until St. Anne's Peak, where you begin the descent into another Mink Hollow, and follow the stream out to the trailhead at Spruceton Road.

History & Background

Part of the trail was first cut in 1929, with more being added in the 1970s.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristin McLane

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  4.6 from 23 votes

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Photos

Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
Clove Notch
Apr 18, 2019 near Manorville, NY
Sherman's Lookout gave us some of the best views of the trip.
Jan 13, 2016 near Manorville, NY
West Kill Falls?
Apr 18, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Plateau Mountain
Jan 13, 2016 near Manorville, NY
Water cascades over Diamond Notch Falls in the dim forest light.
Jan 22, 2017 near Palenville, NY

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