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Lots of fun! It’s challenging but our 4 year old walked it on his own no problem :) He was a little scared going down at first though. There are definitely some steep parts.

Very pleasant, easy hike. Lovely views throughout.

hiking
10 days ago

Very well marked trail. First mile is difficult, very steep, but after that it's quite easy. Just watch your footing. Lots of roots and muddy patches.

11 days ago

Beautiful view. Short trail but rather steep. Wear shoes with ankle support.

Rated as difficult for good reason

Came up from Mink Hollow in Elka Park. 7.3 miles but all 1,700 ft are gained in the first mile and a half. It was intense and tiring but the summit walk was a long break. Beautiful views from the two main ledges, and the ledge looking south is way bigger than expected

hiking
29 days ago

That first mile is very steep--and if you come back down the same way, the last mile is, too! Poles are a must here, and be prepared to do a light rock climb at 1.1 miles up. But if I could do it, so can you! The views at 1.1 miles are absolutely spectacular, so stay there for a bit and pack yourself on the back for making it up.

It was a great day hiking Indian Head and Twin Mountains. The weather was great as were the views. There was a lot of people on the trails today. The trail wasn’t too steep heading up to the ridge. Very enjoyable hike.

First timer. was not prepared for how steep. hiking straight up the back of Hunter Mountain. it was fun and manageable. Tower was open. Fun to climb to top.

Short route up Hunter....trail gets steep for the last half. Overall an enjoyable hike through the forest. Disappointed Fire tower was closed but still had great views from the stairs leading up to it

This trail can get crowded and there’s plenty of amateur hour nonsense because of the camp ground.

With that said it’s a pretty nice hike. Probably best done on a quiet Tuesday in the spring or fall.

It’s worthwhile to hike past the north point lookouts and up to north mountain where there’s some more ledges and less trafficked picnic spots.

Also, you may wanna skip hiking out to the campground road as walking the road back to the parking lot is kinda a drag.

I’ve only started hiking 2 months ago, about 2-3 times a week and I decided to give this a shot. I was originally going to do the first half of Devil’s path because I wasn’t sure how my body was going to handle it. It took me 7 hours and 12 miles with short breaks on every mountain and random scenic view spots to take pictures according to my AllTrails application which is very accurate by the way. Following AllTrails I hit several mountains starting with indian head, twin south, twin, sugarloaf (which has a herd path to the view point) and Plateau- the one that destroyed my lower back. I got a treat on Plateau, I actually saw a 1-2 year old black bear. As soon as he saw me coming down the mountain he ran up real fast and looked at me from the top. He seem scared.. anyways, I tried to make a video but he was too quick and eventually disappeared. Once I got to my car in Notch Road parking lot, I paid my 6 dollar fee at the rangers office, freshened up and miraculously I still felt capable of pushing a little more. I got my water and poured water on my head to wake up. I jumped back on the trail to hunter mountain. I hiked all the way up to the fire tower which has a very beautiful view. It’s very cold up there btw. I could’ve continued all the way to the end of the trail over west kill mountain but I would be stranded without a car so I just decided to go to the fire tower and return back. I did a total of 20 miles and climbed 6 mountains, I believe about 6-7k in elevation gain. My legs felt great but it was my lower back that was screaming for rest. I have 3 herniated discs and the weight of water and not resting my back for over 12 hours hiking took a hit. That’s my only pain. For the first half, i drank a liter of water, i ate one orange, one apple and half of snack bar. For the second half hunter mountain, I drank 2 water bottles, I ate one orange, one apple, other half of snack bar, 2 slices of white bread and chugged a can of Pepsi for sugar rush. I had an amazing time. Btw, this trail should be rated EXTRA HARD. It is very steep and rocky. Especially, Plateau and hunter.

Once in a lifetime experience! I dedinitely would NOT do it again. It was a great experience & I felt triumphant when I finally came down painfully rocky St. Anne & into West Kill Rd. But finishing the first half w/ Misery was painful, & once done, you realize how appropriately name that path is. To finish Devil's Path, starting day-2 with Hunter was, w/ sharp 2.5-miles of elevation, was no picnic.
You'd have to really, really want to so this to finish the whole thing. I recommend, (1) good shoes, if your boots are pinching you even walking 1 mile, get another pair, (2) keep pack light, (3) bag w/ 1L bladder, avoid anything you have to take out of bag or side pockets, wasted energy. (4) opt for light lunch, ex: PB&J, or half a wrap & avoid feeling full, (5) snacking w/ "fruity" fruits such apple, peach, plums, etc. I personally avoided bananas on the trails but had a bunch at camp grounds. (6) blister care & atheletes tape. (7) Opt for headlamp instead of handheld flashlight. (8) Don't do this path solo. I saw some injuries on the path requiring med assist, it takes over an hr to get the 1st trooper w/o equipment up there, then you get to wait 3, 4, 6 hrs for the equipment guys, the operation is very detailed & lengthy. You don't want to get injured & be alone.
Know the bail-out points that don't require you to take the same treacherous paths back to the beginning. If you really want to finish, minimize your excuses & put your 1st bail-out further on your day's goal. For ex, if yoir goal for day1 is 13 miles, set bail-out at mile 8 or 9. Your heart will drive you to the end once your that far along. But if at 5, it's gping to be hard to be convinced it's "a little bit more."

There was bail-out point on both days (let me add, some die hard hikers do the 25 mile in 1 day. I consider myself quite fit, but could not). Day 1, bail-out was 9.5 miles in. If you can do 9mi, even if your body says, not another step, chances are, your heart will push you to the remaining 4 miles. But the reality is, it is painful, even for the best. So, if you get to 9, you can do it.
Day 2, the bail-out point is apprx. 4 miles in. If you can convince yourself, you need to finish this, you will do it! the reason I know this, is b/c there's no escape in this 7 mile portion of the trek. The elevation to Hunter is so brutal, no one's coming up there to pick you up 1-2-3, unless you want to wait till midnight for parks troopers to come for you.
THE BATTLE IS WON (OR LOST) IN YHR MIND. Sounds cliché, but true. I really enjoyed having my guide around, especially when I could not hide the pain (1st my knee, then the blister in my shoes). But him talking to me & trying to push me onward was taking a toll on my energy level & ability to focus ahead. This may not be the case for everyone... find "your thing." My trick was to keep back from the pack just 2 mins to be able to focus, w/o the talking around me & the sounds of boots & hiking poles. I had another lady behind me who had developed some painful toe blister & had to take it slow & I was trekked along gingerly. I was genuinely worried about her & pause every now & then to make sure she could still see me, but at some point I stopped looking back & just focussed on, literally, the next step ahead of me, not 5 ft, not 10 ft.

It's a great experience. It's in moments of little triumphs that we realize how the heart can push one onward, even when the body doesn't think it can go on another step. I loved the experience but would not do it again! It was like bungee jumping... woooooo! I'm over it!

Good luck!

Certainly lives up to it’s name . It’s challenging with steep ascents , Sharp descents and a lots of slippery rocks to go over .
We parked our car at Prediger rd parking lot and had arrangements to be driven to the western end where we started from the devil’s tomb campground . It took us about 8 1/2 hours to reach back to our car fully exhausted .
Physically demanding , requires some skill but a great Hike !
PS: Wont recommend to attempt it during or even after a rainfall , the rock scrambling could be quite a hurdle

Went here yesterday with a friend. Steep without a doubt, but manageable. It was muddy at times and has some small water falls cutting through the trails which can make for slippery rocks and surfaces. Kind of upset the Fire Tower wasn't open. We decided to head to the ski lift, another 2 miles away down hill. There were tons of view opportunities there and places to sit and eat a snack. I'd suggest hiking to that or doing the other trail to get up there so that you can see the views!

This was our first time on this trail. It was a fantastic challenge - a lot of uphill, pretty steep most of the way (we were drenched in sweat, so bring plenty of water). We enjoyed walking by some beautiful streams. The views from the tower were absolutely incredible. We hiked a couple days after a pretty intense rain, so it was muddy and some of the trail itself had some minor water flow, but that didn’t restrict us. It took us about 3.5 hours from start to finish. We thought we’d see more overlook opportunities, but because this trail is basically scaling the mountain, you’re in the thick of pretty dense tree lines. The tower views were worth every step.

hiking
2 months ago

Tough hike but worth it! The first mile up the mountain is steep and takes a while to climb carefully but the view from the lookout points are amazing!

My husband and I hiked the loop with our dog, camping overnight at Jimmy Dolan Notch. There's been a lot of rain this month, so there was water everywhere, little creeks and waterfalls. We came up via the eastern leg of the loop. It started off fairly easy, but turned into one of the tougher hikes we've done. Several spots where our dog couldn't make the jumps (he's got stubby little legs), and we had to ferry him up the rocks or carry him up balanced on one knee as we pulled ourselves up with tree roots. Not easy with our packs on. Between the challenge of the dog and the fact that our camp stove crapped out on us, we had to call our trip a little short, and we just hiked back down the next morning via the western leg. The descent was easier, the elevation change was definitely steadier on the western side of the loop.

Overall, this was a gorgeous, well-marked hike, and we fully intend to come back (without the doggo) and try it again. Challenging, beautiful, and well worth the drive from NYC.

With overnight gear, this is a trek. Don’t pay attention to the mile markers on the trail - use your gps. Plenty of mis cues. Be prepared for serious ascents and technical descents. Kind of a blast but a mother ef for sure.

Hiked Suagloaf, Plateau, and some of Twin last year. If you're looking for a challenge, I would definitely recommend hiking these mountains. Did it as a day hike and I was there for a good 6-7 hours. I know everyone's skill level is different but this one really pushed my limits.
Be prepared to do some dangerous rock scrambles, which are made even more difficult when wet. And to possibly be very sore the next day,

Lovely hike! Steep at times, but worth the views at the top. Note that you can only see views from the fire tower, but there is a little area where you get a nice view.

It was fine except that when your finished your legs are KILLING you

Relentless incline but beautiful views from the top. Amazing hike!

My very 1st Sunset Hike, spectacular views. Well marked trail. Will be back again before Fall.

camping
2 months ago

Tough as nails. Do not underestimate.

Parked the car at Devil's Tombstone Campground where Smiley's Taxi awaited to take us to the trailhead at Prediger Road. The plan was to do Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau.

Started at 8 am and hit Indian Head first. Everyone said it would be the hardest, but this is incorrect. Read on. The ascent was challenging with several steep sections that required abandoning hiking poles and scrambling on hands and feet. Several breathtaking views await. Descent is moderate.

Next up was Twin mountain. The ascent was shorter than Indian Head's but felt more strenuous in some sections. You will hit the first (lowest) summit of Twin to great views. It's an easy hike to the second, true summit of Twin, good views here as well. The descent from Twin is pretty steep. Kind of an ass kicker. Good footwork is essential here.

Sugarloaf is next. Very steep ascent, where I saw several people I had been bumping into on previous summits start to show signs of exhaustion. The summit is short and nothing to write home about. The descent is pretty steep and will test many. I met groups at the bottom of Sugarloaf that had members call it quits here.

Without a doubt, Plateau is the true test of anyone attempting this hike. Take advantage of the "spring" during the approach to refill water bottles or refresh yourself. The ascent itself is very very challenging, perhaps even more so since it'll be the fourth and last mountain of the day. By the time I reached the summit, which is not memorable at all save for the feeling of relief, I was completely gassed out. Enjoy the flat hiking atop Plateau (~2.2 mi) and get ready for the descent down to campground, which is steep and seems endless.

All in all, a great day and a very enjoyable challenge.

Great trail. The first half is one of the tuffest trails ive hiked. Be ready because there is no ridge line. You have to hike up and down ever single mountain. But the shelters are well kept and adaquitly spread apart.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was an assault on my knees and calves!! Had a great time and there were only a few people on the trail for a Saturday. Hiked in from Devil's Tombstone to the summit, which is marked only with a small cairn and a red disk, no view. Summit is around .5 miles from the junction with the blue blazed trail that comes up from Warner Creek. Beautiful view from the lookout 1.2 miles from Route 214.

We didn’t do the loop. We started and returned via Devil’s Path. Be aware that you need to buy a pass to park here. I’ve been towed in these mountains before and no note was left. I was simply stranded with no cell service and no car. Buy the parking pass! The trail itself is steep, as others described if go you up and/ or down Devil’s path, but the length of the climb is reasonable and doable for anyone that has their mind set on doing it. Loose rocks add to the adventure. Give friends space in case they slip and wear proper hiking shoes with some kind of grip.

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