The pristine waters of this enchanted tributary are surrounded by one of the most unique forests in all of the Catskills. This is a place that gave birth to legends, and is steeped in layers of rich history. The No Name Brook will serve as our access to unlocking the peace & solitude of this remote wilderness. Our camp will be more reminiscent of an Adirondack camp complete with paddling, and the occasional portage.
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.
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 quietly 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.
Relax it is August, and there is no need to kill yourself climbing to the top of a high peak for a view. There is plenty of spectacular scenery to be found along the tributaries that lace the hollows of the Catskills. The scenery in this hollow is so varied, and the water so refreshing that we will never grow tired of exploring.
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 old farms dot the southern edge of the ridge. These remnants of history are like bookmarks in time, and they are surrounded by open meadows. Which provide us sweeping views of the Southwestern Catskills, and wonderfully serene place to call home for the night.