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Devil's Path to the Jimmy Dolan Notch Overlook and Twin Mountain Summit

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Catskill State Park

Devil's Path to the Jimmy Dolan Notch Overlook and Twin Mountain Summit is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,748 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
6 days ago

First 1.5 miles are a very slight incline through a forested area over a rocky path. After that is a pretty steep incline including some cool rock scrambles. Jimmy Dolan Notch has some great views. Then more steep climbing up to Twin Mountain South Summit with spectacular views of rolling hills in the distance. This is the best of the 3 outlooks. The path to the North Summit is mostly flat but the view there is partly obscured by trees and there’s not as much room to hang out. Would skip this part next time. Overall a nice hike. Took about 4 hours.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Pretty good once you start climbing. Most of the beginning/ end is a rough root covered and rocky trail which keeps your eyes on the ground. Higher up things get more interesting as you start climbing and the rocks turn to boulders. There are some pretty engaging scramble spots that kept things interesting. The views, as others have said, are fantastic. We hit both parts of Twin Mountain. The views were very similar, but I guess were victims of our own completionism. Not sorry we walked the extra distance.

I loved the views and decent uphill steep section.

Great hike on a hot day. Started very late (5:15pm) on a Friday so the trailhead parking was only half full. Was a nice and comfortable temperature at the summit. Jimmy Dolan Overlook is lovely and worth the tiny walk over to. The Twin Mountain South Summit Overlook steals the show, great > 180 degree views. If you’re short on time the North Summit is similar but with a narrower field of view, so if you aren’t trying to bag the 35er (North Summit) you’re not missing a ton.

Awesome trail, more strenuous and steeper towards the summit, easier the closer you get to the start. Good views. Not too buggy. Trail described well here http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/IH-twin.html

hiking
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

Great hike! Well maintained trail with very few bugs. Took slightly under 4 hours roundtrip. Expect steep incline on the last 1/2 mile to South Mtn

Great trail, great views. Good bang for your buck. South summit of Twin has what you’re looking for — no huge reason to go to the north summit unless you just feel like hiking a bit longer. Easy walking most of the way, with one very steep section. That part is pretty short, though, and well worth it. Trail is very well marked and not too muddy or anything.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

My phone didn’t record most of my ascent :/ I’d say it was a good hike. With a steep stair master like ascent. The south peak summit has better views and was a little less crowded. Bugs didn’t seam to be a huge issue but I would still bring some repellent. Actual time was probably 3 hours to the top. ~6.0 miles with about ~1700 ft elevation gain.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing trail! Bring lots of bug spray & plenty of water as it’s extremely strenuous and most of it is rock scrambling. Brought my dog who was able to climb to the top-but it wasn’t easy. I don’t recommend this trail for small dogs or dogs who are not used to climbing or navigating rocks!

hiking
1 month ago

(I have climbed over 60 to 70 mountains in NY State)--This is one of the best in the Catskills (if considering the balancing of all factors--height, toughness, view's and distance--you get more bang for the buck on everything) --make sure you do both peaks!--Trailhead starts on the end of Prediger Road which can be reached by Ulster County Route 16.--This mountain can be seen in the Southern Catskill area as distinct 2 peaks(Twin) from many miles off-it's nice to see it from the South and say --I climbed that!

Honestly? The perfect hike. Context: mid level climber, 31, decent shape (runs/sports 3x per week). 50 degree farenheit. Day after snow storm. Review: one of the best hikes I’ve done. Tons of different terrain. Strenuous rock scrambles in the last third make it a challenging climb, but Rewarded with beautiful views. Snow at the top up to about an inch, melting fast so parts of the trail were quite muddy. Also possible to keep going after the notch and turn it into a loop!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was twice as long but my phone couldn't pick up the GPS signal so it only recorded the first half. Great hike with amazing views. Very strenuous in parts but they didn't seem to last too long. This hike is doable if you are relatively fit. Also took our kids and dog who managed better than my husband and I.

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

strenuous uphill parts, microspikes a must to reach the summit. beautiful vista about a half mile before the Twin Mtn summit.

Beautiful hike up to Twin’s south peak! Super icy this time of year - bring microspikes to reach the amazing view!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Amazing views! Some parts are moderate, but this is a difficult trail. Great workout. incredible views from South summit, not much of a view from north summit.

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