The Devil's Path East is half of the Devil's Path, a hike considered to be one of the most difficult hikes in the New York tristate area. It earns its name from the steep and treacherous elevation change and lack of water. Well-prepared hikers should expect to be rewarded with unparalleled views of the Catskill Mountains.
Devil's Path East begins at the Prediger Road trailhead and ends where the trail crosses State Route 214 at Notch Lake. Smiley Taxi Service offers transportation between trailheads when setting up cars. There is limited cell service in the area, so prepare in advance. Throughout the trail, hikers climb Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau mountains. Over the 11-mile hike, each peak climbs higher than 3,500 feet and contains many grueling ascents. Hikers will find themselves using branches and rocks throughout the climb.
Backpackers are only permitted to camp in a lean-to or below 3,500 feet and beyond 150 feet from the trail and any watersource. Lean-to's are used on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many designated campsites can be found and are marked with fire rings.