Devil’s Path

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.

The mountains and the land around them were acquired by the state as Forest Preserve and made part of the Catskill Park in the 1920s and '30s. Today the area is managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as the Indian Head Wilderness Area.

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Map: Plateau Mountain

Map: Plateau Mountain

Plateau Mountain is a mountain located in Greene County, New York. The mountain is part of the Devil's Path range of the Catskill Mountains. Plateau has a two-mile-long summit ridge above 3,500 feet (1,100 m). The highest point is at the southeast end, facing Sugarloaf Mountain to the east across Mink Hollow Notch. The northwest end faces Hunter Mountain to the west across 1,400-ft-deep Stony Clove Notch. Plateau Mountain stands within the watershed of the Hudson River, which drains into New York Bay. It feeds the Hudson by way of Esopus Creek through Stony Clove Creek from its western slopes, and through Beaver Kill from its southeast end. Its southwest slopes drain into Warner Creek, thence into Stony Clove Creek. The northeastern slopes of Plateau drain into Schoharie Creek, thence into the Mohawk River, and the Hudson River. Plateau Mountain is within New York's Catskill State Park. The Devil's Path hiking trail traverses the summit ridge of Plateau. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail through southeastern New York, is contiguous with this stretch of the Devil's Path.

Map: Sugarloaf Mountain

Map: Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is a mountain located in Greene County, New York. The mountain is part of the Devil's Path range of the Catskill Mountains. To the northwest, Sugarloaf is separated from Plateau Mountain by Mink Hollow Notch; to the southeast, Sugarloaf is separated from Twin Mountain by Pecoy Notch.

Sugarloaf Mountain stands within the watershed of the Hudson River, which drains into New York Bay. The northeastern slopes of Sugarloaf Mtn. drain into Schoharie Creek, thence into the Mohawk River, and the Hudson River. The northwestern slopes of Sugarloaf drain into Roaring Kill, thence into Schoharie Creek. The southwestern and southeastern slopes of Sugarloaf drain into Beaver Kill, thence into Esopus Creek, and the Hudson River.

Sugarloaf Mountain is within New York's Catskill State Park. The Devil's Path hiking trail traverses the summit ridge of Sugarloaf. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail through southeastern New York, is contiguous with this stretch of the Devil's Path.