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Hiking in the Catskills
The 11,500 acre Indian Head Wilderness Area is located in the eastern escarpment of the Catskill Mountains. The area is rugged and has five major peaks located in the Wilderness; Plattekill, Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau Mountains. There are many spectacular views from the peaks. The wilderness has numerous hiking trails including the popular Devil's Path and long distance Long Path. There are three lean to shelters available for those looking for an overnight wilderness adventure.
Look below for information on hiking trails located within the Indian Head Wilderness
- Devils Path (Red Trail Markers) - This trail got its name due to the rugged country which it travels through. The eastern section over the ridge of Indian Head, Twin, and Sugarloaf mountains was first opened in 1930. The westerly continuation over Plateau and Hunter Mountains was opened in 1935. The trail follows the height of land on the range for almost its entire length and beautiful vistas of the Catskill region are enjoyed from numerous viewpoints along the way. The Devil's Path travels nearly 14 miles in Indian Head Wilderness. The views along the trail are amazing with some of the best views in the Catskills. The overall trail is over 25 miles and is a great 3 day backpacking trip for those looking for a hiking adventure in the Catskills.
- Warner Creek Trail (Blue Trail Markers) - This trail coincides with the Long Path and travels from the Devil's Path 10.6 miles to the summit of 2740 foot Mount Tremper and the red marked Mount Tremper Trail in Phoenicia-Mt Tobias Wild Forest.
- Mink Hollow Trail (Blue Trail Markers) - The Mink Hollow Trail travels from the end of Mink Hollow Road in the south up 2.5 miles to the Mink Hollow Lean To and then the Devils Path at 2.6 miles. The trail ends at 5.3 miles at the junction of the Roaring Kill Trail and the Pecoy Notch Trail. A steep bushwhack to one of the Catskill 67, the 3440 foot Olderbark Mountain is normally started from along this trail.
- Pecoy Notch Trail (Blue Trail Markers) - This trail travels 1.75 miles from the junction of the Roaring Kill Trail and Mink Hollow Trail to the Devils Path. Some hikers use this trail, Mink Hollow Trail, Roaring Kill Trail and the Devil's Path to create a 6.8 loop hike featuring Sugarloaf Mountain.
- Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail (Blue Trail Markers) - This trail starts at one spot along the Devils Path and travels 1.6 miles to another spot along the Devil's Path. Some hikers use this trail and the Devils Path to create a 6 mile loop hike featuring Indian Head Mountain.
- Overlook Trail (Blue Trail Markers) - This trail starts off the Devils Path and travels 3.7 miles to the Overlook Spur Trail about 0.4 miles from the summit of Overlook Mountain. It is 2.3 miles to the junction of the Echo Lake Trail.
- Echo Lake Trail (Yellow Trail Markers) - This trail travels 0.7 miles from the Overlook Trail to the remote Echo Lake Lean To. There are five designated campsites near the lake as well.
- Roaring Kill Trail (Yellow Trail Markers) - This trail travels 0.25 miles from a small parking area along Elka Park Road to the junction of the Pecoy Notch Trail and Mink Hollow Trail.
- Old Mink Hollow Road (unmarked) - This old road travels from the Devils Path to Mink Hollow Road on the north side of the wilderness. This route is no longer maintained.
- Silver Hollow Trail (Yellow Trail Markers) - This access trail travels 0.75 miles from the end of Notch inn Road to Warner Creek Trail.
- Long Path (Aqua Blazes) - The aqua blazed Long Path enters Indian Head Wilderness via the Warner Creek Trail and soon coincides with the popular Devils Path off and on before reaching Platte Clove Road, then heading on into Kaaterskill Wild Forest.
DEC sign at the Roaring Kill Trail Trailhead
Access to the Wilderness
The area can be accessed from numerous trailheads. Look below for information on each of the trailheads.
From the North
- Roaring Kill Trail parking area along Elka Park Road, off Platte Clove Road.
- Devil's Path Trailhead parking area at the end of Prediger Road, off Platte Clove Road.
- Long Path Trailhead along Platte Clove Road, where the road becomes a seasonal dirt road.
From the South
- Mink Hollow Trailhead at the end of Mink Hollow Road.
From the West
- At the end of Notch Inn Road off NY 214.
- Devils Path Trailhead off NY 214 just north of the Devils Tombstone Campground.
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