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3500 Series: West Kill Mountain

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 7:00PM
7:15AM to 7:00PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
6.4 miles
1,800 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

The sixth highest Catskills peak

What We Love

  • Hike on the famous Devil's Path
  • Challenging terrain and scrambles
  • Scenic vistas of the Catskills
  • Hear history and stories from your guides

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, however, 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 views exposed 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 and will provide a chance to soak our feet before we head back home, fulfilled from another challenging day on the trail.

Perfect for:  Experienced hikers, fit adventurers

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Level 7/10
1,800 feet elevation gain
6.4 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:15AM to 7:00PMArrive 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
  • Extra non-cotton socks on the trail
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • Chapstick
  • Gaiters
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)


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

  • 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 will follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.


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.


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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