3500 Series: Sugarloaf Mountain

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:15AM
to 7:00PM
7:15AM to 7:00PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
Intensity
7/10
6.7 miles
1,800 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

Summit the 13th Highest Peak in the Catskills

What We Love

  • Challenging terrain
  • Exciting scrambles
  • Stunning views of the Catskills
  • Fascinating history courtesy of your guide

Your Day

Sugarloaf Mountain, at 3,810 feet in elevation, is one of the highest and most dramatic in the Catskills. We choose the lightly traveled trails, ensuring some solitude as we work our way to the peak. Expect some scrambling on your way up the notoriously rocky Devil's Path. The challenge is well worth it, though. From the summit, catch views of Hunter Mountain to the west and Peekamoose to the south. Trust us, with these vistas, you'll be happy to take a break and breathe it all in.

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

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Level 7/10
1,800 feet elevation gain
6.7 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:15AM to 7:00PMArrive by 7:00AM
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
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Wear

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

What's Included

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.

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.

Intensity

Level 7

Vigorous -- For fit, 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.

Activity

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.

Distances

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

Surfaces

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.

Altitude

Up to 12,000 feet.

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