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Catskill, NY: Overlook Trail to Devil's Path Section

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Distance: 15.0 miles


Is this 15-mile shuttle hike in the Catskills the hardest dayhike in America? You decide.

Tackle a stretch of the hardest dayhike in the East, roller-coastering over four peaks on this 15-mile shuttle hike. Backpacker reader James Chrzanowski prefers to skip the trail’s mellower 10.3-mile west end for a shorter but still-tough day. He also warns that "water is more plentiful in spring due to winter melt.”

Take the Overlook Trail from Mead Mountain Road past the remnants of a hotel to join the Devil’s Path. Head west for a steep climb up Indian Head (3,573 feet), Twin (180-degree views), Sugarloaf (3,810 feet), and Plateau (3,850 feet) peaks, then down to Notch Lake where your other car awaits.

Contact: Catskill State Park; nysparks.state.ny.us

-Info provided by James Chrzanowski

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