Backpack Devil's Path in the Catskills

Rate this Adventure New York Prediger Road Trailhead

Added by Eduardo Gil

A three-day backpacking excursion that kicks ass. Complete with killer prominences throughout 6 (really 7) peaks of the Catskill region in New York.

Devil's Path is roughly more than 24 miles long, althought it feels like an eternity of milage. Going thru the summits of Indian head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, Hunter, and Westkill Mountains.

Its brutal. Its painful, Its unique. Be prepared for anything and everything. You will encounter wild life(bears and snakes for the most part). Weather is unpredictable. Bring everything from something warm to something water resistant and all in between.

Location: Town of Hunter / Town of Lexington, Greene County, New York, USA
Trailheads: Prediger Road (east); Spruceton Road (west)

Highest point: West Kill Mountain, 3,880 ft (1,180 m) which is the longest stretch on milage and the last mountain of your climb
Lowest point: Stony Clove Notch, 2,220 ft (680 m) which feels like your going down to the devils very hell. infinite and long.

Hiking details
Trail difficulty: Strenuous
Season: All
Sights: Northern Catskill Mountains
Hazards Steep, precarious climbs

INDIAN HEAD, TWIN, SUGARLOAF, PLATEAU, HUNTER, AND WEST KILL MOUNTAIN SUMMITS.

"According to officials, someone dies almost every year on Devil's Path, whether from a fall or heart attack" and i'd have to agree. My goal during this hike was conquering trail markers after the first 4 summits. It takes a toll on you depending on your trail shape and how much gear you carry.

Water is essential. You will be drentched in sweat so preprare accordingly. there are plenty of streams at numerous points so have that filter hand and be prepared to vear off desired trail to access it.

First determine whether you'll have a two vehicle (or three) option available for best planning. If so spread them. park one at end of trail, the other at devils campground, and the last at the trail head where you begin. this will be easier on your backpacking load if planned and calculated correctly. If not then call Smileys Transport at (518) 589-6533 to set up accommodations. They charge a hefty 75 dollars (flat rate) to take you to the end of trail to park your vehicle and then transports you to the trail head to begin your journey. Very friendly guy and great advice and pointers if you listen.

Pack List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Stoves and Fuel
  • Tent(s)
  • Water Filter
  • Required
  • Backpacking Pack (Multiday, 50-80L)
  • Down/Synthetic Jacket or Vest (Colder Weather Travel Periods)
  • Electrolyte Drink Mixes (Minimum for 4L)
  • Fleece/Wool Gloves (Colder Weather Travel Periods)
  • Fleece/Wool Hat (Colder Weather Travel Periods)
  • Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
  • Gaiters (Low)
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Large Plastic Garbage Bag
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms (Lightweight, Synthetic)
  • Long Underwear Tops and Bottoms (Midweight, Synthetic, Colder Travel Periods)
  • Pack Rain Cover
  • Personal Bathroom Kit: Toilet Paper, Ziplock Bags, Personal Wipes, Hand Cleaner
  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
  • Personal Mess Kit (Bowl/Plate, Cup, Utensils)
  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Rain Pants (Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Sleeping Bag (20° for Spring and Fall/35°+ for Summer)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm (Small)
  • Water Bottles (Four 1-Quart) or Hydration System Plus One 1-Quart Water Bottle
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots

Recommended

  • Bandana
  • Casual Shoes for Travel and Free Time
  • Hiking Shorts (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses and AccessoriesToiletriesTrekking Poles(very important)OptionalCamera and Accessories(your wont regret it)Insulated Jacket and/or VestTravel PillowWind-Resistant Jacket/Shirt
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

24.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

9000 Feet

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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