This route was shared with us by a legendary Catskills backwoodsman, and it was better than he described. Smoother traveling than the trailed approach to this portion of the Devil's Path. We will find ourselves comfortably walking along the ridge, enjoying stunning views of the valleys and ridges that run alongside us. We will emerge on the wild side of the Devil's Path having enjoyed a peaceful traverse, in an otherwise harsh, and unforgiving landscape.
Since the 1930's this ridge has sat quietly in silence. Thanks to our ceaseless explorations we have discovered a great route to this peaceful, old mountainside settlement. The remnants of farms dot the southern edge of the ridge. These pieces of history are like bookmarks in time, giving us a glimpse as to what was there long ago. They are surrounded by open meadows, and fern glades. Which provide us sweeping views of the Southwestern Catskills, and wonderfully serene place to call home for the night.
Named for the Dunkerbark Club that once managed the forest, and woods roads that lace the lower slopes, and affectionately called the Dunkebar (Dunk ah bar) by locals. This trail takes us to a location that seems to want to stay forgotten. Once a major route to and from the old settlement of Woodstock this route faded in to obscurity, and was twice slated to be revived as a hiking trail, only to slip quietly from the minds of planners. Today this trail, and the forest around it sit peacefully below the high peaks, waiting to be discovered.
Start your New Year of with some peace and quiet. Just shy of Canada, the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness, is normally active with campers, and anglers. However, when the water freezes, and the temps drop, only the hardiest come out to enjoy the natural splendor of the northern Adirondacks. just imagine how peaceful it will be!!!
Do you ever wonder what hell would look like if it were to freeze over... Well, it is stunningly beautiful. This landscape can literally swallow you whole. Steeped in folklore, and superstition, this awe inspiring valley, with its towering waterfalls, and countless plunge pools, sits in the shadow of the Devil's Path. True to its name it has claimed the lives of more than a few unsuspecting travelers throughout the years. The early Dutch settlers believed it was where the Devil resided. This is a trip that is far too beautiful to describe, and one that you should certainly not attempt without an intimate knowledge of the valley. Our guides have traversed this harsh landscape numerous times in all seasons, and can lead you safely to some of the most awe inspiring scenery in all of the Catskills.
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We are offering this series with our partners from Destination Backcountry Adventures. They are providing transportation, with pick options in Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Click the link below to book a ride with them, or email WillSoter@upstateadventureguides.com to arrange a pick up from to bus or train station.