The Andes Rail Trail offers a great winter snowshoe hike. After just under a mile on the old rail bed which follows the Tremperskill, the trail heads up the Bullet Hole Spur gradually, switching back below the summit of Hemlock Knoll. As it levels and passes through a succession of interesting features including a spruce plantation and a hemlock grove, it drops down into the Bullet Hole with its eponymous creek rushing below. This hike is suitable for everyone, including kids. Proper traction wear, including snowshoes and/or crampons, is required.
This hike is being cross-promoted by the Catskill Brewery as part of their Winter Carnival on February 16-17. Craft breweries have become a great addition to life in the Catskills. You can find them at 672 Old Rte 17, Livingston Manor, NY.
Event Duration: 4 miles, 3 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Leader(s): Wendell George
Bring: Good hiking shoes, snacks, plenty to drink, snowshoes, crampons. Hiking poles are recommended. Dress in moisture wicking layers.
Registration required by February 16. Register by contacting the leader. See below.
Group size is limited to 15, so register early.
Dogs allowed: Well behaved dogs are welcome. Please bring a leash.
Additional Information: if any
Questions about this event can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-586-6273. Be sure to provide a way to reach you the morning of the hike in case plans need to be changed. If you cannot attend, please notify the leader as soon as possible so we will not wait for you unnecessarily and so others may join us if space is available.
Driving Directions: From SR 28 in Andes turn west onto Cabin Hill Road/CR2. Drive about a tenth of a mile to the parking lot on the south side of the highway. Go around the railroad station to the parking area.
GPS: 42°11’15.3″N 74°47’19.5″W