3500 Series: West Kill Mountain

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:00AM
to 7:30PM
7:00AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
Intensity
7/10
6.4 miles
1,700 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

A winter climb of a Catskills peak

What We Love

  • Experience the winter of the Catskills
  • Stunning views of the range
  • Challenging terrain on the Devil's Path
  • An area full of fascinating history

Your Day

West Kill Mountain offers some of the best views in the Catskill mountains - and today you'll work hard to earn them. After setting off, we'll begin on a relatively mild stretch of trail to Diamond Notch Falls. After a quick break at the beautiful falls, we'll begin an unrelenting ascent along the famous Devil's Path. We'll climb over 1200 feet over the next 2.5 miles, through conifer forests and past ancient rock formations before emerging onto the summit with stunning views on both sides. At 3,880', West Kill is the sixth highest mountain in the Catskills and the highest peak climbed on the Devil's Path. As we return back to the trailhead, Diamond Notch Falls will be a welcome site before we head back home, fulfilled from another challenging day on the trail.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers, adventurers seeking a full and challenging day

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Level 7/10
1,700 feet elevation gain
6.4 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:00AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:45AM
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
  • 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
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 8:15 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.

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.

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.

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