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Backpack the Devil’s Path

October 3, 2023 - October 5, 2023

Experience this 24-mile point-to-point trail near Elka Park, NY that crosses five high peaks and ends near Westkill, NY. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 15 hours to complete. Participants must bring their own pack, tent, sleeping and cooking gear and food. This is a three-day event in a remote environment with limited access to roads and services.

Event Duration: 24 miles, and 15-20 hours over the course of three days

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

Leader(s): Rick Roberts

Bring: food and water for a two-night, three-day backpacking trip and everything else needed for overnight camping.

Registration required by 09/29/2023 .  ** All participants must call the event leader (Rick) at 607 746-9694 prior to registering by using the form below
Click on: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/devils-path-east-to-west–3
for more information.

PLEASE contact the leader and cancel if you are not able to come as others may want to take your place.

Group size is limited to 12 so register early.

Fee:  No.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Additional Information:  * All participants must call the event leader (Rick) at 607 746-9694 prior to registering.

Questions about this event can be directed to:  Rick Roberts, event leader at 607 746-9694 or hikerrick2000@yahoo.com

Covid-19 Guidelines:   We ask participants to socially distance,  to be vaccinated and to cancel if they or members of their household are or have been ill with covid-like symptoms within the past ten days.   Other guidelines may apply, depending on event. The event leader will inform participants.

Driving Directions:


From the NYS Thruway Exit 20 (Saugerties) take State Route 212 west to Blue Mountain Road. Blue Mountain Road is 2 miles from the junction of Routes 212 and 32 and 2.3 miles from the junction of Route 212 and the northbound thruway exit. Turn right on Blue Mountain Road (Co. Hwy 35), go 1.4 miles, and turn left onto West Saugerties Road (Co. Hwy 33.) Take this road (it will steepen at 2.6 miles) 5.1 and turn left onto Prediger Road. The trail head is at the end of the extended portion of this road.

GPS coordinates:  42.1339936, -74.10436286

After you press “Submit” below the registration form, you will see a screen that says “Your registration has been submitted”. If you do not, an error has occurred. Please resubmit, being sure to complete all fields. You should receive a message from the leader acknowledging your registration.

Register:  Complete and submit this form to register.

Register to Backpack the Devil's Path


October 3, 2023
October 5, 2023
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Rick Roberts
(607) 746-9694


Prediger Road 42.1339936, -74.10436286