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New Meetup: Devil's Path Traverse-drivers wanted-Advanced Hike

From: Liz
Sent on: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:09 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Hiking & Nature Meetup!

What: Devil's Path Traverse-drivers wanted-Advanced Hike

When: Friday, September 24,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $8.00 per person

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Lets take on the best that the Catskills have to offer, and traverse the Devil's Path.

The plan is to drive up on Friday night, and spot a car at the end of the trail, filled with gatorade, blankets, and snacks. We have reserved a campsite at the Devil's tombstone campground, for 6 people. Due to the tricky nature of this hike, and the need to reserve campgrounds in advance, please only RSVP if you are sure you can attend. If we have enough people and drivers interested, we will reserve a second campsite, and open the trip up to 12 people.

On Saturday we wake up at 5, pile into a car, and drive to the trailhead at West Kill Mountain. Our aim is to start by 6:00 am, and to finish the hike within 12-14 hours.

Wikipedia describes the Devil's Path as:

The Devil's Path is the name of a mountain range and hiking trail in the Greene County portion of New York's Catskill Mountains. The mountains commonly considered to be part of the Devil's Path are, from west to east, West Kill, Hunter, Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin, and Indian Head.

The name comes from early settlers of the region, who believed the range's craggy cliffs were specially built by the devil so that he alone could climb them and occasionally retreat from the world of men. Today, they are famous for the deep gaps between them, which get lower in elevation as the mountains between them get higher when proceeding westward on the hiking trail.

We will traverse from West to East. The full traverse covers over 24 miles of trail, and nearly 10,000 feet of elevation gain. You may also choose to complete half of the traverse, and spend the afternoon hanging out at the campsite, or checking out other trails in the area.

We would ask that if you choose to join this hike that you have a copy of the Catskills Map Set.

On Sunday, we will either do an easy hike, or we will leave early and drive back to the city.

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