3500 Series: Plateau Mountain

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 6:30PM
7:15AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
7.3 miles
1,622 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Hike the 12th highest peak in the Catskills

What We Love

  • Hike on the Devil's Path
  • Stunning views of the Catskills
  • Challenging rock scrambles
  • Beautiful mountaintop pine forests

Your Day

Prepare for a breathtaking day, both in beauty and challenge. We'll set out on the trail and immediately begin our ascent. Our route will link up with the infamous Devil's Path and a tough scramble up to the 3500' elevation point awaits shortly thereafter. Plateau lives up to its name though, as it abruptly levels out for the mile-long stretch along its summit, through the serene mountaintop pine forest. We'll finish with a view out over the northern Catskills before retracing our steps back to the trailhead.

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

Level 7/10
1,622 feet elevation gain
7.3 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:15AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:00AM

Here’s what you need


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
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera


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

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • 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 8:30 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.


Level 7

Vigorous - For Experienced Hikers Only

On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.


You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.


Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.


We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,500 feet per day.


Up to 12,000 feet.


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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