Guides' Choice: Devil's Path Marathon

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
to 10:00PM
4:00AM to 10:00PM
Arrive by 3:45AM
25.0 miles
8,000 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip


  • Push yourself to your physical limit
  • Take on extreme terrain

  • Supported hike for a greater chance of success

  • Multiple resupply and bail out points


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
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street
4:00AM to 10:00PMArrive by 3:45AM

Pack List

  • Ample snacks
  • A lunch or snack resupply packed in a paper bag and labeled for resupply point
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • A backpack or hydration pack.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Recommended: A change of clothes and shoes for the ride home
  • Layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots or sturdy trail runners with lightweight wool socks
  • Expert guides
  • Support crew
  • Transportation
  • Resupply water and snacks
  • Park permits

Intensity Level

Level 9


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. Over the course of multiple days 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.


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.


You should expect to be hiking twelve to twenty-five miles per day.


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


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


Up to 17,000 feet.

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