8/22 - 8/24
This is an intermediate/advanced level hike. Participants should have experience hiking more rugged terrain, be able to maintain a pace of around 2 miles per hour, and bring appropriate gear.
UPDATE: Campsite #20 has been booked for 6 people and 2 cars. Additional parking is available. The cost is $7 per person, payable via paypal to [masked]. If you are not using a checking account linked to your paypal account which is free, please pay the paypal fee in addition to the $7. If there are more people, I will book another site accordingly but for now this is first come. This will be one of the last opportunities of the year to stay here while completing the devils path as they are closing early due to fiscal issues.
About: Considered by many the toughest dayhike in the Northeast–and possibly the Lower 48–this 24-mile classic features 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. This hike climbs six significant peaks in the northern Catskills in steep, rocky terrain. The views from its many lookouts easily rival those from the more-crowded high peaks. According to tradition attributed to the area's early Dutch settlers, the range of mountains traversed by the Devil's Path - with their steep, rocky slopes and deep gaps between them - were the devil's private preserve, specially adapted to his cloven hooves, where he could go when desiring to retreat from the world of man.
I am splitting this hike over two days (Eastern section 13 miles and Western section 11 miles) as a trial run for completing it in one day, so it may be suitable for intermediate hikers. Note: This is not a backpacking trip, you only need to carry a day pack for the hikes.
Itinerary: Friday: arrive at campsite in evening. Saturday: Complete Eastern Section (13 miles) and return to campsite. Sunday: Complete Western Section (11 miles) and return home.
Campsite: Devil's Tombstone is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve. It has bathrooms (no showers), water spigots, picnic tables and fireplaces.
Travel: Via car/carpool. It is about 2.5 hours from NYC. You can post on the message board whether you need a ride or are driving. I have space for 3 others in my car. Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/x1qog
Message me with any questions or suggestions.
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