Eastern Devil's Path

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
5:00AM
to 8:30PM
5:00AM to 8:30PM
Arrive by 4:45AM
Intensity
8/10
13.0 miles
4,000 feet
elevation gain
18+
$109

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About the trip

Take on the infamous trail in winter conditions

What We Love

  • Rugged Catskills Trails
  • Summit four 3500s
  • Challenge yourself
  • Support team of guides with a resupply option

Your Day

You've heard of the Devil's Path. Maybe you know someone who's been crazy enough to try a single-day traverse. The trail is one of the toughest in the country, featuring rugged terrain, dramatic vertical drops, Rockies-like elevation gain and an ambitious distance in the Catskill Mountains. Today, you'll be able to get a taste of the path as you traverse the Eastern half in extreme and challenging conditions. Don't be fooled, though, just because you're only taking on half, doesn't mean you're in for an easy day. You'll face four of the most challenging peaks in the Catksills: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau. 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. Your DO guides will offer support along the way, with a chance to refuel halfway through the day. Ropes may be required for especially icy sections and your guides will provide necessary traction devices.

Please note: Especially icy conditions may require crampons. If so, you'll be given the option to rent a pair for $35/ea.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers, fit adventurers up for a challenge

Info
Level 8/10
4,000 feet elevation gain
13.0 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
5:00AM to 8:30PMArrive by 4:45AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Gaiters
  • Headlamp
  • Extra wool socks on the trail
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Warm hat
  • Weatherproof Gloves
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
  • Water and snack resupply
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 6:15 AM. From there, you will follow your guide to the trailhead. Once you enter the Catskill Mountains, most cell phones do not work. You will be given your guide's cell phone number should you need to reach us the morning of the trip.

 

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. 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. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow 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.

Intensity

Level 8

Vigorous — Recommended for fit travelers with experience

On Level 8 trips you’ll be challenged by some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available on the east coast. These trips are for endurance athletes and those who wish to truly test themselves. These are our hardest day trips and our weekend trips that prepare you for international adventure.

Activity

We will be active for six to nine hours. You can best prepare for a Level 8 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below seven minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

Distances

Level 8 hikes range from twelve to fourteen miles.

Surfaces

We will hike and scramble up numerous peaks with exposed, uneven surfaces, large boulders, and steep ascents/descents. Hiking boots, poles and headlamps are recommended.

Elevation Change

There could be elevation change of up to 3,000 feet per day and possible altitude challenges.

Altitude

Up to 14,000 feet.

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