On this hike, we'll enjoy breathtaking Catskill Mountain views as we traverse the Warner Creek and Devil's Path trails to Plateau Mountain. Your guide will point out interesting plants, animals, and geologic features that we see along the way.
Where: Plateau Mountain; Edgewood, NY
When: TBD mid-July - Aug
Trip length: 9.25 miles (7.75 trail, 1.5 road); 2200 ft elevation gain.
Joy of accomplishing an extremely challenging hike
This is an all-day hike at a relaxed pace, with lots of opportunity for discussion and taking in the scenery.
We'll hike and scramble our way through the full 9.25 mile loop. We'll gain (and then lose) 2,200 ft of elevation on extremely steep, rocky terrain. We will travel at a relaxed pace, making stops along the way to highlight features of interest, including wildflowers and wildlife. We'll have lunch (provided) at the top of our climb, overlooking stunning views of the Catskill Mountains. Please do note: The Devil's Path is a competitor for the most challenging traverse in all of the northeast and requires both strong legs and arms to ascend its challenging slopes. This will be a day to remember!
*Please review the following before arriving:
Kali Bird, a local ecologist, educator, and guide who loves connecting people with New York's great outdoors.
What You Get
The Inside Scoop on the locals, including mountains, wildflowers, and wildlife
A scientist at hand to tell you what you're looking at, why it matters, and answer your questions
Lunch from a local shop, often one which uses locally sourced and organic ingredients
Freedom to look around without having to pay attention to where you are going
Peace of mind hiking challenging trails with a licensed outdoor guide, trained in Wilderness First Aid
Terrain: Rocky, with extremely steep ascents and descents. Partial road walk section to close the loop.
What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes w/ good grip on the bottom
- Clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty
- Daypack or backpack
- 2.5 Liters of water or 5 water bottles (minimum)
- Layers of clothing
- Windbreaker &/or Waterproof jacket if there's the tiniest chance of rain
- Sun protection
- Camera & or fully-charged cell phone
- Hiking poles
What We Provide
- Eco-groovy Lunch (as local, organic, & sustainable as possible)
- Eco-groovy Snacks
- Bug repellant with DEET
- Group First Aid & Emergency Kit
- Knowledgeable, NYS-licensed guide(s)
Where to Meet
- We will travel from the New Paltz Park & Ride