The NYSDEC has announced on its web site a section of Devil’s Path is closed until further notice due to vandalism. The closure is from Pecoy Notch to the summit of Twin Mountain. This act comes not long after another unlawful event of illegal blazing on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks and a wildfire at 3,100′ on Blackhead Mountain’s in the Catskills due to an unattended/abandon campfire. Those events did not close the trails. Below is the current statement from the DEC on the Twin Mountain event.
Regarding the Twin Mountain event on Devil’s Path, please plan accordingly. DEC contact information for the Indian Head Wilderness can be found at the bottom of the page.
Portion of Temporary Trail Closure in Town of Hunter, Green County
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that effective immediately, a temporary closure is now in place for a section of the Devil’s Path trail, beginning from the Pecoy Notch trail to the Twin Mountain summit. The temporary closure area is located within the Indian Head Wilderness Area in the Town of Hunter, Greene County. View a map of the closure area (PDF).
The temporary closure was put into effect after recent vandalism of the steel rungs that were installed in August 2019. The vandalism has created a safety hazard for visitors utilizing this section of trail.
Although the Devil’s Path trail will be closed on the western approach to Twin Mountain, visitors may still access the summit from the east utilizing the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail from Prediger Road or via the Devil’s Path from Indian Head Mountain.
DEC will announce when the trail is reopened.
|Indian Head Wilderness|
|Contact Information:||DEC Region 4 Stamford
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (607) 652-7365;
Backcountry Emergency: (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-408-5850 or dial 911
|Location:||Towns of Saugerties and Woodstock in Ulster County, and the Town of Hunter in Greene County|
|Map:||Map of the Indian Head Wilderness|
|Amenities:||Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Hunter, Tannersville, and Woodstock.|
|Weather:||Sugarloaf Mountain Weather|
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