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Indian Head Mountain, Twin Mountain, Plateau Mountain via Devil's Path

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Catskill State Park

Indian Head Mountain, Twin Mountain, Plateau Mountain via Devil's Path is a 19.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 19.7 mi Elevation gain 8,471 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Paul Mastaj
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Paul Mastaj
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Paul Mastaj
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Kurt Golding
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BackpackingRocky

Don't underestimate this trail! After spending a month this summer in Colorado day hiking 14'ers, thought Devil's Path seemed like a good next challenge. Steep ascents and descents were rough on my hips and knees as I'm not used to lugging around a full 50 pound camping pack. Being solo, I intended to do the loop but ended up making it an out and back with an overnight - 16.3 miles. The trail itself was under tree cover I'd say 98% of the time, very peaceful and bugs were pleasantly a non issue. No sunscreen needed and hat was only to keep the perspiration out of my eyes. Although always partly obstructed, rare opportunities for a view showed off the beautiful tree colors of fall. Found a great camping spot at Mink Hollow behind the lean to and used birch bark to start a fire in a pit already there. Always enjoy a new adventure but this one was a bit underwhelming.

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Doug Seubert
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Wayne Bianchetta
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Running

If there was one word to describe this trail it's unforgiving. Got this done in a day no one part is too bad it's just consistent all the through

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Elinor Tatum
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Wet. A bit muddy.

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Desi Nova
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Rock climbingFlooded

Rough climbs..real burner descents and definitely risky move after a storm! One of the hardest trails in the north east US this hike owns it’s name ! Worth the work!

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Gabrielle T
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

This trail is NO JOKE! I thought I was ready for it but after four mountains (Indian head, twin mountains and sugarloaf) in 12 hours we bailed after staying a night at the mink hollow camp. By the time we got there we were completely done- every muscle aching. It is a mental game. BUT... it was worth every painful step! The sense of accomplishment was amazing! Trails are marked well. Come prepared! You will definitely need good shoes and trekking poles. Idk how some people were doing it without them. It is wet wet wet everywhere! Many people say water sources are limited... they kind of are but if you bring a filter you can reup your water with no issues. Mink hollow lean to and surrounding primitive camp sites were very nice and had all the essentials. We saw one bear the morning after camping but he left us alone after we made a lot of noise. All in all a great experience! Good luck to anybody going out there. It definitely takes cat skills to do even a portion of the devils path. You will understand the name of the trail once you get there lol

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Madeline Healey
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This trail was awesome! And HARD. We did Indian Head, Twin, and Sugarloaf in one day — camping at Mink Hollow nearish the lean to. Spring here (down the trail opposite mink hollow) is flowing well! Headed back out over Sugarloaf and Twin down Jimmy Dolan to the parking area bc of bad weather. Trail not muddy even with some rain.

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Katie Brown
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Christine Frandsen
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Deborah Ragone
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Long path to devils path to Indian head to twin to sugarloaf to plateau to orchard point to notch lake. Took a long time and was hard. This map shows a different option but includes 3 of the peaks I covered and they were hard but doable and very rewarding. Seek the viewpoints. There are some hidden. Use multiple maps to find em. Used two cars. One at each end. Enjoy. Completed 4 of the 3500’s. Epic day.

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Angel Jean
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HikingRocky

Holy moly. Did this hike as a beginner...had to turn around at the shanty instead of looping. Top of the mountain by shanty not as impressive as the hike up, hike up had lots of rocks and dripping water and wildflowers. Make sure you have comfortable, durable shoes and something to eat even if you don’t loop. Saw no views...but again, turned around at the shanty.

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Joseph Spinola
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HikingRockyScramble

Wow! I completed the trail in 12 hours, but it sure was a grinder like never before! It was a high of 87 degrees with a high humidity of 86%. I recommend in the summer to have a source of salt and also water refill stations are extremely limited, so pack accordingly. The trail is really maintained and markered really well, so you shouldn’t have any issues with navigation. Please don’t bring your dog on this adventure it is not suited for pets. If you want to complete it in 1 day your going to have to do some soul digging to keep up with the mental and physical demands. Start before sunrise and you should be able to beat daylight finishing up. The name fits the path extremely well and you’ll see why. Enjoy!!!

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Kyle Nichols
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HikingRockyScramble

Heed the advice in these comments. Bring poles. Don’t underestimate it because it’s only 19.7 miles. The ascents are steep, the descents are steep. Plan out your water. Pack light. Bring bug spray. Enjoy the views, there’s plenty of them and always well earned. Trail is well-marked, you’d have to try to get lost. Anyone trying this in one day, Godspeed. Doable in two days.

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Arun Khosla
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Did it over two days this past weekend. Day1 12 miles, 11 hrs. Day2 14 miles, 10 hrs. If going East to West, good to get to tombstone campground by end of day1 so as to leave less for day2. I did GR20 last year in 8.5 days (42,000 feet ascent and about the same descent) so kind of knew what to expect and DP did not disappoint. I would recommend not doing this on a rainy day as some parts of descent are on tricky downward sloping slabs that are outright dangerous when wet. Special mention: Thank you to the Good Samaritan who left 3 Gallons of bottled water at Rt 214 junction as it allowed us to fill up without having to purify

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Ian DeSoucey
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Rocky

my goodness I was a fool for thinking i could tackle "just 20 miles" in a day. this is a real monster of a hike, one I was foolish enough to do without poles. bring poles, pack light, but bring food and water, you'll need it. the views are worth the work, but even with my mighty cyclist thighs I was spent by the end of the day. devil's path indeed, but this is definitely one of my favorites

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Andrew Loesch
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HikingRocky

this trail is no joke! if you think you can do the loop in one day think again. be prepared to camp atleast one day. bring poles! they make a huge difference on the ups and downs. pack as light as you can but dont skimp on food and water. make sure you have good insoles and have a good plan before you step off. a very challenging hike but the feeling of accomplishment is amazing. views are good and not to many people on the path. have a head lamp also incase you get slowed down by one of the rediculas up inclines and have to hike at night.

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Tiki Calhoun
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Holy cow ! This hike is no joke! We were able to complete it in two days by sacrificing our legs to the hiking gods. Hahaha. But seriously, I suggest being in decent shape and good cardiovascular shape. The declines are horrendous and will destroy even the strongest of legs. Views are incredible and worth the ascents. Good luck to future hikers, it’s a hard hike but fun as hell!

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Ben McCarthy
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Spectacular hike with many different variations offered. The mountain climbing is definitely difficult, but the views and overall experience are worth it. Practical notes: Make sure you plan ahead for water stops (if needed). Try and wear water resistant/proof shoes or boots as the trail can get fairly muddy in places. Hiking with trekking poles will be a huge help.

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