Mink Hollow Devil's Path Loop Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Mink Hollow Devil's Path Loop Trail is a 14.9 mile loop trail located near Willow, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from August until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5150 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

This hike starts out by going up Mink Hollow along a branch of the Beaverkill River. Along the way there are wildflowers and stinging nettles. The trail starts out as gradual but is a very washed out climb to the Col of Plateau and Sugarloaf Mt. Once at the Col you pick up the Devils Path where the trail gets steep and tough due to some of the ledges. Once you hit the 3500ft mark you start to get into the Spruce and Balsam forest. The smell is amazing. Just before the Summit there is a short side trail that leads to a view of the High peaks. Summit elevation is 3810ft.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

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Monday, January 11, 2016

A great time

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Monday, July 14, 2014

I combined Sugarloaf Mtn with Twin since the trail that leads up to Twin after coming down Sugarloaf is only .7 miles and I just couldn't pass it up. I parked at the DEC PA on Roaring Kill Rd (dirt road). Took the Yellow connector trail to the Blue Marked Mink Hollow Trail. At the lookout (2.5 miles from the start) I got turned around and hiked nearly a mile in the direction I just came from. I kept seeing wet foot prints on the rocks going in the opposite direction and couldn't figure out why I hadn't seen that hiker go by me! Finally I pulled out the map and discovered my mistake and also realized those foot prints were my own. I uploaded my track so you can see how much distance I added to my total hike. Anyway, I finally reached the junction of the Mink Hollow Trail and Devil's Path (which leads up the Sugarloaf). Most trail signs state the distances to points further down/up the trail, this one did too, it said 1 mile to the Sugarloaf Summit and THEN added "1200 foot ascent"! Man was it steep. Had the trail to myself and the one lookout that faces Twin, where I had plenty of time to decide about hiking that mountain too. The trail up Twin seems every bit as steep as Sugarloaf only a little shorter but the views are much better. In May of this year I started hiking all of the 3500 footers in the Catskills, Sugarloaf and Twin make 13 and 14. Honestly this hike, while physically taxing, was by far the most enjoyable. Good views from twin and a great sense of accomplishment. Highly recommend.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The hike is riddled with poison ivy so be careful. Boulders were prevalent and prodigious. Honestly reaching the peak was quite anticlimactic. Campgrounds were sparse, with the exception of lean-tos. Water sources were limited.