The Devil's Path
ElevationAscent: 8,104' 2,470 m
Descent: -8,373' -2,552 m
High: 3,883' 1,183 m
Low: 1,802' 549 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 70% (35°)
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“A run that can frequently be like a climb, with lots of straight up and down on roots and rocks.”— Kristin McLane
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.
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