Devil's Path Marathon

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
4:00AM
to 10:00PM
4:00AM to 10:00PM
Arrive by 3:45AM
Intensity
9/10
25.0 miles
8,000 feet
elevation gain
18+
$119

Limited Spaces Remaining
About the trip

The infamous Catskills trail

What We Love

  • Push yourself to your physical limit
  • Take on extreme terrain
  • Supported hike for a greater chance of success
  • Multiple resupply and bail out points

Your Day

Get ready for the most challenging hike of your life: a traverse of the entire Devil's Path in one day. It'll be a painful day of rugged terrain, dramatic vertical drops, Rockies-like elevation gain and an ambitious distance of 25 miles in the Catskill Mountains. The unforgiving path carries the reputation of being one of the toughest trails in the eastern United States. The path requires a great deal of scrambling, reducing the pace of even the strongest hiker to a crawl in certain parts of the trail. The Guides' Choice Series is for experienced hikers and physically fit individuals who are looking to push themselves farther than on the average hike. We have selected specific hikes for our Guides' Choice series based on the demanding trails and long mileage, but also the proximity to contingency routes to ensure a safe and pleasant experience. This series is also perfect for anyone training for a larger event such as a sports competition, marathon, triathlon or alpine summit (i.e. Kilimanjaro). Hiking is one of the best cross-training methods that highlight the need for balance, agility, muscle tone, lung capacity and stamina.

Perfect for:  Physically fit and experienced hikers only

Please note, return time may be later than noted. Expect a late return to NYC.

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Level 9/10
8,000 feet elevation gain
25.0 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
4:00AM to 10:00PMArrive by 3:45AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • Pack a bag of snacks, socks, etc for the halfway resupply. This will be available at the 13 mile checkpoint.
  • At least two liters of water to start. You'll be able to resupply at checkpoints
  • Backpack pack Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Support guides and gear shuttle
  • Resupply points with extra food and beverages
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 5:15 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.

Intensity

Level 9

Strenuous - For advanced and very fit hikers only

If you yearn to touch the sky and think the rewards outweigh the risks and extreme conditions, a Level 9 trip is what you’re looking for. You will be called upon to prove you belong among the best. Only inner fortitude and perseverance will get you and your team to the top and back safely.

Activity

You should be ready for at least ten hours a day of pain, challenge, and constant small victories. Prepare for this by racing in triathlons, training for a marathon and keeping up your hiking skills.

Distances

You should expect to be hiking twelve to thirty miles per day.

Surfaces

On Level 9 trips you will be trekking in rugged mountains with exposed terrain and loose features.

Elevation Change

There could be elevation change of 10,000+ feet per day with some altitude travel likely.

Altitude

Up to 17,000 feet.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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