CATSKILLS DEVIL'S PATH TRAVERSE! *Thanksgiving Weekend*
sam. 24 novembre à 11:00
The Devil's Path is an annual HVH tradition! Every year in Spring and Fall, we head to the Catskills to hike one of the best known, most grueling trails on the east coast! http://www.backpacker.com/january-2011-readers-choice-northeast-new_york-devils_path/destinations/15048 Five peaks over 3500' .. 24 miles .. 9000' of vertical gain! We will start at Prediger Road make our way westwards. The Devils Path winds its way westwards across Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau Mountains then descends down to Devil's Tombstone campground along 214... a good spot for a lunch break. We then ascend the southern flank of Hunter mountain. This is a fairly long ascent of 2 miles, fairly comfortable however due to numerous switchbacks. The next good resting spot is the Hunter Lean-to. After the lean-to, we start the gradual descent down to Diamond Notch Falls, a nice little spot to stop for a snack and relax by the falls. At this point we are three quarters done and it's onto West Kill mountain via a very long ascent. West Kill has some nice views, a nice chance to pause and admire the view. After West Kill it is approximately 2 miles to St. Anne's Peak, mostly downhill. Then a 400' climb to St. Anne's Peak. After St. Anne's it is 1 mile of downhill to the sharp turn the DP makes on its way the parking lot. The last 1.5 miles is an easy descent down to the parking lot. Expect to be hiking for 12-16 hours! This is a day hike! Since we will all be hiking at a different pace, try to find someone in the group who hikes at your pace - don't hike alone! FOLKS SHOULD HAVE SOME LONG DISTANCE (20 miles or more) HIKE EXPERIENCE BEFORE DOING THIS HIKE.. THERE WILL BE NO SWEEP! +++ NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.
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