Ann Roberti

Welcome to the Catskill Mountain Club

Looking up Kaaterskill Clove from Palenville Overlook with Indian Head in the foreground.

Founded in 2004, the year of the 100th Anniversary of the Catskill Park, the CMC has dedicated itself to providing a broad range of non-motorized outdoor recreational activities to its members, to residents and to visitors in the Catskills. Whether you hike, camp, kayak, canoe, snowshoe, ski, or cycle, the CMC offers activities to meet your interests.

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 AM | Hike to Trout Pond from Campbell Brook Rd.

Saturday, March 18, 9:00 AM | Winter Hike on Wittenberg from Woodland Valley

 

 

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Sunday, August 14th 10:00 AM | Hike the Shavertown Trail

Hike the Shavertown Trail near the Pepacton Reservoir’s Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on Sunday August 14 at 10:00 as part of the 90th Andes Community Days.  After a good climb for the first mile there will be a beautiful view overlooking the reservoir.  We will enjoy the view and walk around Snake Pond.  If the group is inclined, we will  continue up an easier climb for a 3.3 mile loop returning to the pond.  The upper loop is an nice second growth forest and lots of nice rock formations.  This is an enjoyable hike for almost everyone; please come and join us. The total distance 2.3 or 5.3 miles.

This paddle is part of Andes Community Day events.  See more by clicking here.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks or lunch.

Registration not required, direct questions to news@catskillmountainclub.org

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Directions: From SR 28 in Margaretville turn left on SR 30.  Continue 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge. Turn right and park at the upper parking area by the boat launch.

From Livingston Manor, take the Beaverkill Road, to Barkaboon Road pass Little Pond continue to the Shavertown Bridge turn right across bridge and left to the upper parking area by boat launch.

Sunday, August 14th 1 pm | Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Ann Roberti for a scenic paddle on this recently opened NYC reservoir. Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business.  We will launch promptly at 1PM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge. 

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. Many vendors store boats on site, requiring only that you visit the store to pay and to pick up paddles and PFDs. For more information on regulations, please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

Pre-register and questions to Ann Roberti at news@catskillmountainclub.org.

This paddle is part of Andes Community Day events.  See more by clicking here.

Directions: From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge,  turning north onto CR 1 just before crossing the bridge. The Boat Launch is on the left.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Saturday, May 28, 11 AM | Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Bob Moses for a scenic paddle on this recently opened NYC reservoir. Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business.  We will launch promptly at 11AM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge.

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. Many vendors store boats on site, requiring only that you visit the store to pay and to pick up paddles and PFDs. For more information on regulations, please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

Pre-register and questions to Bob Moses at rmoses@delhitel.net.

Directions: From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge,  turning north onto CR 1 just before crossing the bridge. The Boat Launch is on the left.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

 

Saturday, May 7, 9 AM | Community Fit Day Hike on Delhi Trails

Delhi trail viewCelebrate  Delhi’s Community Fit Day by joining Amy Beveridge and Sarah Kellogg on a guided hike of the Bulldog Run Loop of the Delhi Trails. Amy was instrumental in building these trails and can give you the back story of their creation.

Amy and Sarah will meet hikers in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and comfortable clothes. Bring bottled water. The trail is moderate level, however, the pace will be slow.    2.4 miles.

Contact Amy with questions; Amy can be reached at albeveridge04@gmail.com or call 607-278-5461.

Driving Directions: 565 Andes Rd, Delhi, NY 13753 (Rt 28). Across the road from O’Connor Hospital

Now Available! Maps of CMC built trails on your iPhone and Android devices!

MapbannerUsing the free PDF Maps App for iPhone or Android from Avenza, and the CMC’s free maps available in their map store, you can now follow your route as you hike the trails built by the Catskill Mountain Club: the Palmer Hill Trail, Shavertown Trail, Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur, the Delhi Trails and soon, the Bramley Mountain Trail.  There is also a beta version for Windows phones.

find out more….

 

 

Watershed Steward Program

cannonsville2Many of us who paddle the Pepacton Reservoir frequently tout its many charms to other paddlers and would-be paddlers.  We also pick up litter and debris we find, and help people who want to know how they can paddle, sail or fish on the Reservoir.  The DEP is looking for people who are interested in doing this in a more formal manner, as part of their pilot Watershed Stewards Program.   If you’d like to join us and become part of this program, click here to learn more and then contact

Lydia Lewis at the DEP at (845) 340-7855 or llewis@dep.nyc.gov

We hope to see you at the training session on March 30th at 6:30 at the Catskill Watershed Corp. in Margaretville.

The January 2016 Newsletter is out!

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4th Annual “Christmas Decorating is for the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail, Sunday, December 13th at noon

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for the 4th Annual “Christmas Decorating is for the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail, Sunday, December 13th at noon.

‘Tis the Season, and we’re planning our annual “Feed the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail. Join us on Sunday December 13 at 12 noon. Meet at the Andes Rail Trail on Cabin Hill Road, just outside the village. Bring something that will feed the birds, to hang on the tree in the field just passed the boardwalk. We’ll spread cheer amongst ourselves and at the same time help to soften the extreme hardness of the Catskill winters.

After the hike we will enjoy snacks at the newly restored Train Station. Bring something to share (holiday treats, snacks, goodies, drinks).

Leashed, well behaved dogs are welcome.

RSVP to aroberti@catskill.net

Great Start to Lark in the Park 2015

AnnAndScreetchOwlThe first day of the Catskills Lark in the Park 2015 was rainy and raw, causing some events to be postponed or cancelled.  The would-be Pepacton paddlers headed instead to Woodchuck Lodge with hopes of clearing weather and a late afternoon paddle after getting an up close look at many wonderful birds.  We didn’t get to paddle, but we had a great time seeing and learning about Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, Screetch Owls, Red Tail Hawks, Broad Wing Hawks and Kestrels.  A couple of us even got a turn holding owls!

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for Sunday’s events….here are a few pictures from the bird program and the Shavertown Trail Hike.  Here is Annie Mardiney, Wildlife Rehabilitator with a few of her charges:

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The Shavertown Trail

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Tickets for Annual Dinner now on sale! October 4th, 5 pm

The CMC will be holding its 4th Annual Dinner event on Sunday evening, October 4th, at 5:00 pm.  We’ll again be celebrating at the Catamount Restaurant at the Emerson Resort on NYS Rte. 28 in Mt. Tremper, NY. This event coincides with the 11th annual Catskill Lark in the Park, which begins October 4th.  Click here to learn more about the dinner, speakers and raffle itemsgoldeneagle!

We’ve entered the double digits in the Catskills All Trails Challenge!

Congratulations to our Catskills All Trails Challenge Finishers!

#1 David White
#2 Ralph Bressler
#3 Carol White
#4 Mike Dwyer
#5 Ellen Dwyer
#6 George Grzyb
#7 Laura Smith
#8 Ken Morgan
#9 Mark Petrie
#10 Tom Martone
#11 Jim Bryden
#12 Laurel Bryden
#13 Heather Rolland
#14 Rick Taylor
#15 Steve Emanuel

If you’d like to know more about this great milestone of Catskills Hiking, read more …..

The Summer Newsletter is here

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Sunday, August 16th, 11 AM — Paddle the Pepacton Reservoir

P5252675Join Ann Roberti of the CMC as we celebrate the Great Outdoor Experience Festival with a paddle on the scenic Pepacton Reservoir.

Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business. We will launch promptly at 11 AM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge.

Pre-register and questions to Ann Roberti at aroberti@catskill.net

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. For more information on regulations please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

Directions: From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the left, just after turning right onto CR 1.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Saturday August 8th, 2 pm, Hike the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur

FernGladesmJoin the Catskill Mountain Club on an Andes Community Day walk on the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur.  The hike begins at 2pm to give participants time to enjoy the parade, fun, food and other goings on around Andes for Community Day.

The group will walk on the railbed portion of the trail and will then separate into two groups, one continuing on the Bullet Hole Spur and another returning to the trailhead.

2 miles round trip for railbed only portion, 4 miles round trip for rail trail and Bullet Hole Spurt.

No advanced registration necessary — just show up at the trailhead on Cabin Hill Road at 2:00 pm.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road/CR 2 just past the flashing red light in downtown Andes

Learn more about the Trail

Very Limited Access to Kaaterskill Falls

The DEC is currently working to improve public safety at Kaaterskill Falls after several deaths in recent years.   They ask that you avoid going to the Falls entirely this summer.

The Laurel House Road Trail and parking area will be closed for the remainder of the summer and fall. You can still access the falls from 23A however the trail past the wooden fence is closed, anyone found either past the fence or on the Laurel House road side will be ticketed by the DEC.

This is to allow the DEC to build new stairs and other improvements that will make Kaaterskill Falls a safer and more enjoyable experience for all.  Please give the DEC and contractors the space they need for yours and their safety.  Work should be completed by the end of the work season, keep checking the trail update page for the latest information.

More details on the work and the closures can be found here:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/102427.html

Our friends at the Watershed Post have compiled a list of other great places to visit —

10 Catskill Mountain Waterfalls to Visit

Places to swim in the Catskills

And we have our own list of 20 Favorite Hikes as well as a more complete list of Outdoor Activities by Catskill Region — Hiking, Cycling, etc.

 

The Finger Lakes Trail in the Catskills – Talk and Hike! June 6th

On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6th at 1:00pm, Rick Roberts, Catskill Mountain Club President and Catskill Maintenance Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) will be at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, NY to present an overview of the 90-mile section of the trail as is makes its way through the Catskills.

The talk will touch on the history of the 570-mile FLT, the governing body of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, and the highlights of the FLT in the Catskills, starting near the Cannonsville reservoir and ending near Slide Mt. Items to be handed out will include maps of the Catskill portion of the FLT, information cards, and copies of the Finger Lakes Trail News.

To reserve a seat, call Lisa at 845 439 5507. Directions available at www.morgan-outdoors.com. This free public event is sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club, with support from Morgan Outdoors.

Following the talk Rick will lead a 2.5 mile hike to Split Rock along the FLT section comprising the Mary Smith and Pelnor Hollow Trails. This hike is relatively easy with only one steep section as we near the Split Rock overlook. The hike will start at the Mary Smith trailhead on Holliday/Berry Brook Rd. at approximately 2:30 pm.

Morgan Outdoors will lend Leki hiking poles at no cost to the first 6 people who reserve them in celebration of National Trails Day.

May 29th, 11 am. Grand Opening and hike for the new FLT, Pines Lookout Fire Tower Trail

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting and hike for the new FLT, Pines Lookout Fire Tower Trail.   Location:  Intersection of NYS Rte 10 and NYS Rte 268 on the Cannonsville Reservoir, 12 miles west of Walton on Rte 10.  The hike is a 7 mile loop with strenuous sections and an elevation gain of 1000′.

Monday – Memorial Day, May 25th 2 pm– Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Ann Roberti for a scenic paddle on this NYC reservoir. Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business. We will launch promptly at 2 PM  from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge. Pre-register and questions to Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. For more information on regulations please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

Directions: From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the left, just after turning right onto CR 1.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 1:00 PM – Community Fit Day Hike

Join CMC Board Member Amy Beveridge for a Community Fit Day Hike.

Delhi, NY, Hike the Delhi Trails, Bulldog Run Loop (2.3 miles) This hike is geared toward everyone from the beginner to avid hiker. The terrain is a moderately difficult; hikers should expect two strenuous short inclines to start and a wooded path with trees lining both sides of the trail for most of the way. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sturdy footwear, comfortable clothes, and bring a bottle of water. Leave no trace rules (If you carry it in, you carry it out) will be reviewed prior to the hike and obeyed during the event. This hike is part of Delhi’s Community Fit Day.  A donation for the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society is strongly encouraged. Suggested items for donation include: paper towels, non clumping cat litter, cash/check.

R.S.V.P to Amy Beveridge at (607) 278-5461 or email albeveridge04@gmail.com.

For more information about Community Fit Day Details visit http://www.clasiladies.com/community-fit-day.html.

For details and a map of the Delhi Trails, click here

Meet at 1 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church,  Andes Road/Rt 28, Delhi, NY

 

 

Fun morning watching birds!

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An intrepid group of bird enthusiasts turned out for the spring bird watching hike on the Andes Rail Trail.  The highlight: we were treated to many flashes of the ruby crown of the Ruby Crowned Kinglet.   The full list of the birds sighted and heard is available in this checklist.  Thank you Andy Mason for a great morning!

Andes birdwalk  Checklist 4-26-2015

May is Schoharie Watershed Month — with lots of events to celebrate

Now in its sixth year, Schoharie Watershed Month (May)  offers a series of free events to celebrate the region’s beauty and natural resources.  Presented by Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District and New York City Department of Environmental Protection — and in partnership with many area organizations and individuals — the events will focus on water quality and watershed appreciation throughout the Schoharie Basin.

There are plenty of great events and workshops. Of particular interest to CMC members might be:

Saturday, May 23rd – Paddle the Schoharie Reservoir! Catskill Outback Adventures will provide kayaks and canoes and lead this trip from Snyder’s Cove on opening weekend. Registration required. Space is limited. Contact Michelle Yost (518) 589-6871 or michelle@gcswcd.com.

Saturday May 30th – Hike Bearpen Mountain. 9 AM – 2 PM.   Join Peter Manning for this 7-mile hike with panoramic views of the Schoharie Watershed. Moderate – Difficult. Bring lunch. Registration required by 5/29: localtouristpqm@gmail.com (Rain date: May 31st).

Saturday May 30th – “The Schoharie Basin and Its Ice Age History” Bob and Johanna Titus tell the story of how glaciers shaped the Schoharie Basin and created its most scenic views. 6 PM at the Mountaintop Historical Society, 5132 Route 23A, Haines Falls.  The Tituses gave an entertaining and informative presentation at a CMC dinner a couple of years ago  — this talk is sure to be great.

Read More Here.    For complete activity listings with descriptions, updates, sponsors, and other details please visit www.catskillstreams.org or contact the Schoharie Watershed Program of Greene County SWCD at (518) 589-6871 or michelle@gcswcd.com.

 

Sunday, April 26th, 8 AM – Bird Watching Hike on the Andes Rail Trail

Join us as we host Andy Mason of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society for a spring bird walk on the Andes Rail Trail!

The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc. has scheduled a spring bird walk on the Andes Rail Trail for Sun. April 26.  Returning spring migrants including warblers, thrushes, flycatchers as well as resident species can be expected.  Participants should meet at the Depot St. trailhead at 8 a.m.  The walk will last approximately two hours.

For further information, contact Andy Mason, (607) 652-2162, AndyMason@earthling.net.

Andy will be speaking at the Andes Round Table on April 1st, giving us a preview of the birds we will see when spring finally does arrive

 

Celebrate National Walking Day with a walk on the Andes Rail Trail — Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 — No Foolin’!

The Catskill Mountain Club is celebrating National Walking Day by taking a lunchtime walk on the Andes Rail Trail.   Come and join us!

Various Delaware County organizations are also celebrating — find out more by visiting the GetOutAndWalk.org website.

 

Hiking in the Catskills now? Be prepared to break trail wherever you go….previous tracks get covered up almost immediately.

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Hardy CMC members braved the cold to cross country ski at Mountain Trails in Tannersville, Presidents’ Day 2015

We did have the sense to postpone it to Monday from Sunday though.

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Ice Skating, anyone?

Ice skating is another wonderful family activity, as well as great exercise.  You don’t need to know what a salchow is to have a great time out on the ice.

The Town of Delhi, in Delaware County, opened an ice skating rink last year, and it is in frozen operation right now. The rink is located in Sheldon Park near Delware Academy.  The Town of Delhi website says “Ice Skating 2015 Opening Day – Saturday, January 10 — Borrow skates for free on site…or just stand by the fire and watch the cool kids skate”.

Another area rink was just opened in Downsville, in Pepaction Park. Two Downsville women who created the Best Dam 5k in 2013 have turned their efforts and the money raised by the run, to create a free public skating rink.  The Oneonta Daily Star has more details on this terrific effort, here.

Other area rinks are:

  • Badgley Park in the Village of Middleburgh
  • Livingston Manor rink  in Rotary Park on Pleasant Street in Livingston Manor — it has a Facebook page!  (Pleasant St. is one block southwest of the stoplight on Main Street)
  • Hodges Pond, Oneonta —  ice conditions can be checked by calling 607-432-7997
  • Windham Adventure Park
  • If your taste in rinks goes more to the indoor, well groomed rinks, Saugerties has what you’re looking for in the Kiwanis Arena
  • The Empire State Plaza in Albany has turned into Empire Skate Plaza.
  • Mohonk Mountain House, in New Paltz,  has a refrigerated rink in their Pavillion
  • Of course, if you don’t mind travelling further afield, Lake Placid has many skating options

Note that except for the Saugerties and Mohonk indoor rinks, these rinks are subject to the vagaries of our weather.   Ice conditions aren’t guaranteed. Some of these rinks have contacts to call to check conditions and others you’ll have to chance.  Many, but not all, of the above rinks are free to skate.

If you know of any other ice skating rinks in the Catskill region, please let us know!

Andes Rail Trail recipient of PTNY Grant

Immediate Release
Catskill Mountain Club
January  30, 2015
Contact:  Ann Roberti 845-676-3643

The Catskill Mountain Club and Andes Works! announce that they are the recipient of an additional grant from Parks and Trails New York for work on the Andes Rail Trail.  Grant funds were received from PTNY in December to allow the groups to purchase and install a trail registration box and three interpretive signs for the Andes Rail Trail.

The registration box, built by Andes resident Fred Reckner, has already been installed on the trail and is recording the comings and goings as well as comments of users of the trail.  The information garnered from the trail registers is invaluable for planning trail maintenance, for future trail building projects and to support discussions with town governments, business leaders and communities about the benefits of these trails.

“I have always wanted to have an interpretive sign near the old train turntable on the Rail Trail to show trail users how the operators of the train turned the locomotives 180 degrees using only human power and well-designed mechanisms.  It is a fascinating piece of history on the trail that people pass without even noticing” says  Ann Roberti, the CMC leader of the Rail Trail project.   “Having an interpretive sign with pictures and a description of the turntable will be a wonderful addition to the trail.”

Also planned are signs focusing on additional history as well as the flora and fauna of the trail.

The Andes Rail Trail has previously received grants from Parks and Trails NY which funded the construction of the kiosk and roadside sign as well as the printing of an informational brochure and map.

For more information about the Andes Rail Trail, see the link in Where to Go, above.  To learn about becoming a member  of the Catskill Mountain Club, click on the Join/Renew/Donate link above.   To volunteer for our trail building/trail maintenance work, email Wendell  at catskillmountainclub.org.

 

Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00p.m – Snowshoe celebration on the Delhi Trails

Help our Board Member, Amy Beveridge, celebrate her birthday on the trail she spearheaded in Delhi!

Amy Beveridge will lead a hike / snowshoe celebration for her birthday on the Bulldog Run Trail. Meet in the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot Delhi.  (If the lot is full, park across the street at O’Connor Hospital). The trail is moderate with some steepness. Snowshoes may be required (bring in case–will not be provided).  Only well behaved dogs allowed.  Amy will be bringing her dog.

While everyone is welcome, winter hiking can be dangerous: dress in layers. Wear boots, bring hats, mittens/gloves and snowshoes. Bring water and a snack.

Amy reserves the right to decline anyone deemed unprepared for inclement weather or current trail conditions.

R.S.V.P to Amy at albeveridge04@gmail.com or call 607-278-5461.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00p.m.

Rock Rift Fire Tower Hike – Thursday Dec 18th 10 am

Hike the new FLT trail to the fire tower, 7 miles, a bit strenuous.  Well behaved dogs permitted.

Keep in mind that  winter hiking can be dangerous: dress in layers. Wear boots, bring hats, mittens/gloves and snowshoes. Bring water and lunch.

Directions-  Take NYS Rte 10 or 206 to Walton.  Follow Rte. 10 thru Walton, west to the Cannonsville Reservoir for approximately 9-10 miles to the intersection of NYS Rte 268 and the bridge over the Reservoir.  PArking is on the north side of the bridge.  A FLT trail sign is in the parking area.  Contact Rick Roberts at 607 746-9694 for more info.  The area has limited cell coverage.

Thursday Dec 18th 10 am.

Let it snow!

Img_4033trailIt is really amazing out here in the mountains now!   Now that the first real snow has arrived in the Catskills, it’s time to break out the snowshoes and cross country skis, grab your camera and get out there!

With the right equipment, anyone can have an amazing time!

 

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snowshoesIf your idea of snowshoes is still oversize wooden tennis rackets, you have to look again.  Snowshoeing is easier and more fun than ever.  New snowshoes are lighter and have teeth to keep the traction on the uphills.  Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, the Storehouse in Phoenicia and Mountain Trails in Tannersville are some local outfitters that rent snowshoes, a great way to give it a try.  You can snowshoe just about anywhere you can hike, but  Rail Trails are great for snow shoeing and  Palmer Hill and Shavertown are places we’ve enjoyed lately.

Cross Country Skiing has also seen improvements in equipment.  Again, you can rent equipment to give it a try — cross country skiing is free at Belleayre Mountain and ski rentals are available at Jimmy’s Ski Shop at the base of Belleayre.  Other great places to ski for free are the Catskills Scenic Trail (packed down by snowmobiles — you’ll be sharing the trail with these courteous folks who have a different idea of outdoor recreation from us) and the Andes Rail Trail.    Mountain Trails in Tannersville has ski rentals and groomed trails.  And new, this winter, the Storehouse in Phoenicia is renting skis.

CMC Board Member and NYNJ Trail Conference Senior Program Coordinator, Jeff Senterman, has some great winter hiking tips in the blog, Adventures in the Outdoors.

The NYNJ Trail Conference maintains a Catskill Mountain Trail conditions page here, and the 3500 Club has a summary of winter trailhead parking area plowing here – keep in mind it may not be 100% accurate any given year — you should always carry a shovel because you might even need to dig out of a parking area after your hike.

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Skiing on the Catskill Scenic Trail in Stamford

Don’t let cold and snow keep you from the trails!

snowshoeingPalmerHillwiththeDEPIf you don’t know what the lucky few of us already know, that hiking in the winter is a different and glorious experience, come and learn more  at the Winter Gear and Gab at Spillian in Fleischmanns on December 14th from 1 to 4 pm.   This event is free and open to the public but you must register by Friday 12/12/2014 (see below).

Avid Catskills hiker, CMC Board Member and Trail Conference Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator, Heather Rolland, will present a short program exploring getting started and getting inspired to get outside this winter, with a focus on gear, safety, and special concerns for kids and dogs while in the great outdoors.

Will Soter, the NYNJTC’s Trails Chair for the southern Catskills, will lead a walk on the Spillian grounds, and discuss the many volunteer opportunities available on local trails.

Local outfitters Kenco The Work & Play Outfitter, Catskill Mountain Storehouse and Morgan Outdoors will be on hand to answer questions about winter gear, offer suggestions for must haves and stocking stuffers, and yes – they will have a wonderful array of great stuff to help you get outside and play.

Refreshments will be served.

With the right gear, anyone can enjoy getting out this winter!

This event is free and open to the public.  Please register by emailing Heather, calling the Trail Conference’s Catskills regional office at 518.628.4243 or by registering on the NYNJTC website.

See more about this event on facebook.

Photo above courtesy of the NYC DEP — CMC members snow shoeing at Palmer Hill Trail on November 29, 2014

 

November 2014 Newsletter is available now!

see our newest and most interesting newsletter yet!

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It’s “gun” season

Saturday, November 15th was the first day of “regular” deer hunting season, which continues until December 7th. It is followed by muzzle loading and late bow season which go from 12/8 to 12/16.

That doesn’t mean you have to stay out of the woods for these 4 weeks. You can continue to hike if you follow some common sense practices in hunting season:

• Avoid hiking close to dawn and dusk when hunters are more likely to be in the woods
• Wear blaze orange – hats, pack covers, jackets, etc. Do not wear white, which can be mistaken for the flash of a deer’s tail.
• Don’t forget about orange for your pets as well.
• Stay on trails. This is not the best time of year to bushwhack in areas open to hunting.
• Hike where deer, and therefore hunters, are less likely to be found. Don’t hike in areas that you know are popular with hunters.
• If you hear hunters or gunshots, announce in a loud but polite voice, “Hikers on Trail”

Opening weekend is always the busiest for hunters so consider hiking where hunting isn’t allowed. Check nearby state park regulations here and also check propertiess held by land conservancy organizations.

There is no hunting allowed on the newly opened Delhi Trails, a wonderful hiking experience!   Check it out if you have not hiked it yet.  Click here to see more about the Delhi Trails.

If you haven’t tried the Walkway over the Hudson, it’s another great hunting season option. The walkway is 1.3 miles and it is connected to a 3.5 mile paved trail west of the Hudson River and 13 miles east of the Hudson.

New events will be added soon.

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The Fall Newsletter — CMC Dinner,Catskills Lark in the Park!

The CMC fall newsletter is out — read about the upcoming CMC dinner, October 12th, and the Catskills Lark in the Park….

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Join us on August 30th, at 2 PM for the opening of the new Delhi Trails

Join us in Delhi for the official opening of the new Delhi Trails.   Meet at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot at 2:00 p.m. and join Catskill Mountain Club members and volunteers as they lead guided hikes on the four miles of much anticipated, newly established hiking trails.

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An interactive map of the new trails is here.

Map software provided by  www.MappingSupport.com

 

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 30th at 1 pm for the dedication of the interpretive plaque at Palmer Hill

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Join us for the dedication of this beautiful and informative sign.  The sign was generously paid for by Thomas and Janet Losavio in memory of their son, Thomas

Another CMC Trail Opening! Join us on August 30th at 2 pm in Delhi to celebrate the creation of the newest trail.

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August 15, 2014  –  The CMC, in partnership with key community members and organizations including Village, Town, and the School boards, Immanuel Lutheran Church and O’Connor Hospital created this lovely multi-route trail system.  Meet at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot at 2:00 p.m. and join Catskill Mountain Club members and volunteers as they lead guided hikes on the four miles of much anticipated, newly established hiking trails.

The Delhi hiking trails consist of over four miles of hiking trails, named for beloved characters in the classic 1959 children’s novel My Side of Mountain which was set in Delhi.

Read more about the Delhi Trails here in the press release

The NYC DEP highlights CMC trails in Newsletter

coverDEPNewsletter July 21, 2014  –  The Shavertown Trail made the cover of the DEP’s Watershed Recreation Newsletter.

To read the full story, click the image and go to page 7.

Maps of Palmer Hill, Shavertown and Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur available here!

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You can now print your own map of The Palmer Hill Trail, the Shavertown Trail and the Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur.   You can also see them live and interactive!

 

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Driving directions to the three trails can be found here

 

Map software provided by  www.MappingSupport.com

Catskill Forest Festival — July 26th, 10:00am – 4:00 pm

Our friends at the Catskills Forest Association are hosting the 5th Annual Catskill Forest Festival on Saturday, July 26th at the  Pavilion in the Village of Margaretville,  Delaware County.   This is always an entertaining and informative event celebrating our region’s forests.   FREE ADMISSION.

The event features:

  • Maple Producers
  • Wood Products
  • Forestry Equipment
  • Firewood Processor & Sawmill
  • Forest Management Education &   Services
  • Arts & Crafts Made From the Forest
  • Recreation Vendors
  • Game of Logging Competition
  • Food and Beverage Tent

Hope to see you there!

One more day! Official Opening of the Palmer Hill Trail — Saturday, June 7th at 2:00 PM

Img_3001IntersectionSignCome on out and join the CMC in celebrating National Trails Day at the opening of our newest cooperative venture: the Palmer Hill Trail! The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) will open a new hiking trail on Palmer Hill on June 7, 2014 at 2 o’clock.

The trail, which was designed, built and will be maintained by the Catskill Mountain Club, features spectacular views for most of its 3.7 length. The trailhead is located just off Route 28, with parking available at the existing scenic overlook site on Finkle Road. It’s a really special hike – glorious views, extensive stone walls and old foundations, and more open sky than Montana. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you have to hike the Palmer Hill trail to appreciate the incredible diversity the Catskill region offers. See photos of the trail and learn more about it  here….

DEP announces the Palmer Hill Trail Opening here.

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Walking the meadows of the Palmer Hill Trail

After the opening “ceremony” and hike, we’re going to hang out and bask in the afterglow (or is that the bonfire we’re feeling)  at the after party at Spillian in Fleischmanns. Spillian, along with co-sponsors the NY-NJ Trail Conference  and the Catskill Mountain Club, will serve as the celebration headquarters for all of the trails opening in the area.  Enjoy the bonfire and back slapping celebrating National Trails Day and the great work that has been done this year to make more trails accessible to people in the region.  Free and open to the public, with a special invitations all hikers and trail-builders from all of the trails that are opening on this holiday.  Kansas City style BBQ available for $9 and a cash bar.  Reservations requested. http://spillian.com/events/national-trails-day/

Check out the CMC Spring 2014 newsletter

May 15, 2014  –  The Spring Newsletter is here!  We invite you to read here. There’s a great article on hiking with your dog, a book review, updates on the club goings on and the announcement of our new Lifetime Membership!   And news about the great new CMC wicking shirts and caps

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Invasive Species Cleanup Along River In Delhi May 3rd 10am

The Village of Delhi is in the process of designing a riverwalk along the West Branch of the Delaware. Currently, there are significant patches of Japanese Knotweed growing in the area.  As a first step to removing this invasive species and restoring native plant material, we would like to do a clean-up of the river bank, specifically targeting the Knotweed.

The knotweed removal will take place on Saturday May 3rd, starting at 10 am. Some tools will be provided, but please bring a rake and/or clippers if you have them.  We will meet at the basketball court in the village, behind Streat Foods and the Village parking lot.  The site is a little bit muddy right now, so prepare accordingly!  Thank you!

Learn more about the Riverwalk project here:  delhiriverwalk.wordpress.com and their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/delhiriverwalk

Work set to begin on new Palmer Hill Trail in Andes

IMG_2773smallSizeApril 15, 2014  –  This is the view you’ll have at the start of the Palmer Hill Trail.   Yesterday the CMC got approval from the DEP for the route we’ve planned, and work will begin on the trail very soon. The Palmer Hill trail will be a very different Catskills hiking experience, taking you through beautiful open fields with ancient trees and stone walls in addition to wooded portions. At the right time of year you can even find a snack as there are several great apple trees near the trail.

Look for the grand opening of this trail on June 7th! If you are interested in helping with trail building and haven’t already signed up as a trail worker, please email Wendell@CatskillMountainClub.org.

Wonderful article on our new Andes trails in Kaatskill Life

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April 10, 2014  –  A big Thank You to Peter Senterman and Kaatskill Life for this great article on the Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur and the Shavertown Trail.

The article states: “All in all, this is one of the nicest trails in the area, interesting in its variety, and a comfortable trail for those who like to wander in the woods. It is short enough to walk in a couple of hours, and interesting enough for repeated visits. The Catskill Mountain Club did a superb job with this trail. Congratulations!”

We couldn’t agree more!

Hopefully they’ll like the coming Palmer Hill trail just as much.

(click the picture or here to read the article)

Discover & Explore the NEW Andes Rail Trail
by Pete Senterman
Reprinted with permission from Kaatskill Life, Spring 2014

 

Spring wildflowers — they’ll be here soon — are you ready? Garden Talk on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM

If you can’t make the Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike Sunday, April 27 with our man of the woods, Howard Raab, or if you can and want to be knowledgeably prepared, you might want to attend the the Garden Talk on spring wildflowers four days earlier in Delhi.

Hosted by the Delhi Beautification Committee

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Native Northeastern Spring Wildflowers
Guest Speaker: Lisa Tessier of SUNY Delhi
7:00 PM, Wednesday,  April 23, 2014
Also hear about: New community garden, hiking and walking trails; spring & summer plantings; 2014 holiday decorations; and more
Location:  United Ministry of Delhi,  Court House Square, Lower Level, Macintosh Hall

Refreshments
Will be served; no charge

With ice on the streams, the reservoirs still frozen, celebrate the opening of fishing season with an Open House APRIL 12, 2014, 1-3 PM

Fishermen, check out the Open House at the Jerry Bartlett Memorial Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library

Check out the new interactive website featuring a “match the hatch” function,  see demonstrations of fly tying, book sale and more.

If you’re a Catskills angler and you can’t go, be sure to check their website for  the cool digital “hatch chart” of the insects the trout are eating, the artificial flies that best imitate those insects, and when and where to fish the trout.  It also offers a history of angling on the Esopus Creek, the natural history of local trout species, recipes for tieing the flies that match the hatch, and more. The content is available on all devices, so users can access it on a desktop or laptop, or carry it with them via tablet or smartphone.

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Fantastic Day at Kaaterskill Falls, Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point

 

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March 16, 2014  –  Sunday’s trip to Kaaterskill Falls and the North Lake area couldn’t have been better….see for yourself!    You’ll think “Hudson River School” looking at quite a number of the pictures.

 

 

 

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