The 24.2-mile Devils Path is one of the area’s most popular and challenging shuttle hikes for extended backpacking. Starting at the Prediger Road trailhead, the trail traverses 7 peaks, including Westkill, Sugarloaf, Hunter, and Twin, and boasts a cumulative elevation gain of more than 18,000 ft. on varying and rugged terrain. Plan wisely--there are only four lean-tos at Diamond Notch, Mink Hollow, Devil’s Kitchen, and Devil’s Acre (Hunter). Watch for hand-tooled stones along the trails, fallen from ox-drawn quarry wagons during the early 1800’s. Water sources are limited; a seasonal spring is located near the junction of Devils Path and the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail.
Info: Catskill Mountain Guide (AMC Books); Map: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/do/camping/catskills.html
Hike provided by the Appalachian Mountain Club Event and membership info: www.outdoors.org
TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Manorville Rd. and Platte Clove Rd. in West Saugerties, NY, head northwest on Platte Clove Rd. In 3.2 miles, turn left onto Prediger Rd. Go 0.3 mile to trailhead on right.
End: Take NY 42 S to CR 6 W (Spruceton Rd.) to West Kill Mountain; trailhead on right.