Hike the Devil’s Path
Catskill Forest Preserve, United States
This 23.6 mile hike through intense vertical rises and drops, seven backbreaking summits, and a 18,000 foot elevation gain is no walk in the park. In fact, it is aptly considered the toughest hike on the U.S. East Coast. There are no switchbacks, so the hike requires plenty of scrambling and resourcefully finding handholds in case of an emergency. Devil’s Path can be dangerous, especially when wet or icy, but with the right precautions, it’s simply a challenging hike with endless views of deciduous trees, even though it’s only 3 hours from Manhattan.