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CMC EVENTS CALENDAR

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March 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2
3 4 5 6 7

10:00 AM

Koop Road

8 9
10 11 12 13 14

9:30 AM

Balsam Mountain

15 16
17 18 19 20 21 Spring Equinox

10:00 AM

Split Rock in the Pepacton Range

22 23
24 25 26 27 28

10:00 AM

Hike to Trout Pond

29 30

10:00 AM

CMC at the Catskills Great Outdoor Expo

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Hiking the Pepacton Range

Pepacton Range

The Pepacton Range in the distance from Bramley Mountain

Hiking the Pepacton Range
by Wendell George and Mike Kudish

Last July 7th forest historian Dr. Michael Kudish and I set out on a hike intended to allow me to hike a section of the Quick Lake Trail that I needed in order to meet the All Trails Challenge requirements. Having hiked everything else in the area, I was determined to avoid the 14 mile out and back from Frick Pond to Quick Lake. I decided to bushwhack from Shin Creek Road in the north and it was my good luck that Mike was eager to hike that route since it was an area he had not explored. The Shin Creek ravine was deep and steep, but the hike through the woods was pretty short. Once we were across, we followed the ridge to Hodge Pond Mountain and the Quick Lake Trail. After an unremarkable hike to an almost dried up Quick Lake, we set out on the return ‘whack from Junkyard Junction. This time we stayed too far east and ended up hiking through wetlands that were host to thick, chest high brush. Angling back towards the ridge, we came out at exactly the spot we had entered from, which was good because we had scouted the creek for the easiest crossing.

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Hike the Mongaup Loop | Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:00 AM

Mongaup PondStarting at the suspension bridge over the scenic Beaver Kill, we’ll hike to Mongaup Pond via the Mongaup – Hardenburgh trail. We’ll return via the Mongaup – Willowemoc and Long Pond Beaver Kill Ridge trails. Along the way, we’ll summit two Catskill Hundred Highest mountains: Willowemoc (3224 ft) and Sand Pond (3062 ft).

For those working on the Catskills All Trails Challenge, this hike completes the Mongaup – Hardenburgh, and Mongaup – Willowemoc trails, and the portion of the Long Pond Beaver Kill Ridge trail North of Flugertown Rd.

Event Duration: 18 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult due to length

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Visit the CMC at the Catskills Great Outdoor Expo | Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Hike Bramley Mountain | Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_3768Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive.  Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings.

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

Leader: Andes Hikers

Bring: good hiking shoes, snacks, plenty to drink, ice traction device and snowshoes depending on conditions. Hiking poles recommended. Maps available at the trailhead.

Registration required by April 24, 2019.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 12, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  Yes, well behaved only.

Questions about this event and registrations can be directed to:  wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or call 845-586-6273. Provide contact information for the morning of the hike. Please be sure to notify the leader asap if you will need to cancel your registration.

Driving Directions:  The trailhead is located on Glen Burnie Rd. in Delhi, 0.7 miles south of CR 18  and 3.3 miles north of SR 28.

GPS coordinates: 42°17’57.5″N 74°50’09.6″W;  42.2993, -74.8360

Cabot Mountain Hike | Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_2684At 2976′, Cabot Mountain in the Pepacton Range is just a few feet under the cut off for a Catskills 100 highest peak. This hike is a steady climb to a nice view overlooking Little Pond and the mountains beyond.

Event Duration: 3.7 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Leader(s):  Andes Hikers

Bring:  good hiking shoes, traction device, something to drink, lunch or snacks, wear layered moisture wicking clothing that will keep you comfortable and warm. Hiking poles and gaiters are recommended.

Registration required by April 3rd, 2019:  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Dogs allowed:  Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Registration and Questions about this event can be directed to: Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.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.

Driving Directions:

From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go about 3 miles to the intersection of these two highways and turn southwest (left) onto SR 30. Follow SR 30 to the Shavertown Bridge. Continue across the bridge on SR 30 2.4 miles to Beech Hill Rd. Turn south and go about 3 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left.

From Livingston Manor, take Old Route 17 to a slight right onto Beaverkill Road for 8.8 miles, turn left onto Beech Hill Road. Go  2.6 miles to the trailhead on the right.

GPS: 42°03’02.0″N 74°46’44.5″W;  42.050550, -74.779034

We’ll spot cars here and go to Big Pond to begin the hike.

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Hike to Trout Pond | Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_0843Trout Pond is a picturesque and pristine little lake surrounded by hills. It’s a nice moderate hike south from Campbell Mountain in the Pepacton Range over a couple of rolling hills and down to the lakeside lean-to. From there we can continue on for 1.4 miles to Russell Brook Falls.


Event Duration: 7.5 miles; 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike to Split Rock in the Pepacton Range | Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_4700 Split RockJoin us for this hike to Split Rock on Brock Mountain in the Pepacton Range.  There’s a nice view to be had.  After spotting cars at Holiday and Berry Brook Rd., we’ll start at Cat Hollow Rd. / SR206, crossing Flat Rock on the way.  Bring micro-crampons and maybe snowshoes, depending on conditions.

Event Duration:  6.3 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Balsam Mountain Hike from Rider Hollow | Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:30 AM

IMG_2066Snowshoe hike to 3607′ Balsam Mountain at a moderate pace. One of our favorite Catskill hikes, this loop has a bit of everything. There are a few water crossings, so waterproof boots, gaiters, extra wool socks and hiking poles are a must. There will be a nice view down the Esopus Valley from near the summit. This is a required winter peak for 3500 Club qualifications.

Event Duration: 5.2 miles, 6 hours

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Hike in a little known DEP parcel near Highmount | Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:00 AM

We’ll explore a little known DEP parcel with some very nice water features and woods,  including a pond, stream, waterfall and pools. This is a short hike but we’ll take it slow and enjoy the scenery. We’ll grab lunch afterwards.

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Hike the Palmer Hill Trail | Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:00 AM

snowshoeingPalmerHillwiththeDEPWe kick off a new series of Thursday hikes on the Palmer Hill Trail in Andes. Known for its wide open views, the trail is situated on lands sitting in a high mountain pass on the slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain. We’ll start and end at the spectacular panorama of the western Catskills high peaks.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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2019 Past Events Calendar

January 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

New Year’s Day

10:30

First Day Hike in Kelly Hollow

2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10

Postponed due to weather

Dry Brook Ridge Hike/Snowshoe

 

11 12
13  14 15 16   17 18 19

10:00 AM

Bramley Mountain Hike

20 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

22 23 24 25 26
27 28   29 30

Postponed due to weather

Winnisook Lake Mountain Bushwhack

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February 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2

8 AM

Blackhead Range from Colgate Lake to Barnum Rd.

3 4 5  Chinese New Year

Catskill Park Day

6 7 8 9
 
10 11 12 13

9:00 AM

Postponed

Winnisook Lake Mountain Bushwhack

14 15 16
17 

10:00 AM

Andes Rail Trail

18  President’s Day 19 20 21  22
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27 28

10:00 AM

Palmer Hill


 

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Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur | Sunday, February 17, 2019 10 AM

ART winterThe 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

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Level of Difficulty:  Easy, Easy-Moderate, Moderate, Moderate-Difficult, Difficult. Bushwhack

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Bring: good hiking shoes, lunch, snacks, bug spray, plenty to drink, map and compass (recommended),

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Dogs allowed:  No; Yes, only with permission of event leader;  Yes, leashed only; Yes

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Winnisook Lake Mountain Bushwhack | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9 AM Postponed due to weather.

Winnisook Lake (#56) Mountain is one of the Catskills 100 Highest.  The western summit of WLM is home to the Catskills “Stonehenge”.  This hike requires a bushwhack (no herd path) that can be very steep. Hikers should have off trail winter experience and full winter equipment since deep snow and ice are expected. The hike will be led by Alan Via, author of The Catskill 67 hiking guide.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult. Bushwhack

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Catskill Park Day | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

NYS Capitol in winter_commonsimageTwo weeks from tomorrow on Tuesday, February 5th the CMC and our many partners in the Catskill Park Coalition will head up to Albany on Catskill Park Day. Our purpose is to talk to legislators, the governor and officials at the DEC about the recreational needs of our region, including stewardship of the Catskill Park, aid to our communities, protection of our environment, conservation and many other things that impact on the health and quality of our area’s great outdoor spaces.

Click here for a summary of our goals and how you can help advance them, even if you can’t go to Albany. Find the contact info for your legislators and for the Governor and give them a call or write a letter supporting our requests. And please join us on February 5th as we make our case to our state’s leaders. Thanks in advance for helping to protect and improve the Catskill Park!

For more info, contact us at wendell@catskillmountianclub.org.
Register to go, get contact info and find a sample letter here.
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Hike Bramley Mountain | Saturday, January 19, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_3768Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive.  Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings.

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Blackhead Range from Colgate Lake to Barnum Rd. | Saturday, February 2, 2019 8 AM

Blackhead range winterWe’ll hike (or snowshoe) the Blackhead Range, starting at Colgate Lake and finishing at Barnum Rd. We’ll summit three 3500+ foot peaks: Thomas Cole, Black Dome and Blackhead. By starting at Colgate Lake we’ll get that trail to the Escarpment Trail plus the Escarpment section that crosses Arizona Mountain, a 3400′ peak. Perfect for All Trails Challenge hikers and 3500 Club hikers.

A car shuttle is required. To avoid getting cold, we’ll maintain a steady, moderately quick pace with brief breaks. There will be no long lunch break. Because of the early sunset, headlamps are required. Snowshoes and/or traction aids may be required based on expected conditions.

Event Duration: 12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Dry Brook Ridge Hike | Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00 AM

IMG_0770 Dry Brook Valley from Doubletop We’ll hike (or snowshoe) the 9.6 mile section of the Dry Brook Ridge trail from Mill Brook Road to Margaretville. A car shuttle is required. We’ll leave car(s) at the hike endpoint (https://goo.gl/maps/HEiNyk3n3h42) and drive to the Mill Brook parking area (https://goo.gl/maps/shyr2jJrpsQ2) to start. To avoid getting cold, our pace will be moderately quick with brief stops. There will not be a long lunch stop.

Event Duration: 10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Hike Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain | Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:30 AM

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Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge from Slide Mountain

From the hairpin turn on Rt 47, we’ll hike (or snowshoe) over Giant Ledge and Panther, finishing at the Fox Hollow parking area. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy some of the best views in the Catskills. We’ll complete the entire Giant Ledge – Panther – Fox Hollow Trail, and a short section of the Phoenicia – East Branch Trail. This hike will satisfy one of the Catskill 3500 Club’s winter peak requirements.

 

Event Duration: 8.2 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

 

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Regular Big Game Hunting Season Begins Soon – Hike Safely at These No Hunting Locations

Beginning November 17th and lasting through December 9th, the popular regular deer and bear hunting season means that everyone who goes into the woods in the Catskills needs to be aware, be alert and ALWAYS BE DRESSED IN ORANGE (dogs included). Whether you are on forest preserve, state forest or NYCDEP lands, the three week period during which hunters are permitted to use rifles is a time for added care.

Alternatives where hunting is not permitted do exist. Most are not within the Catskills proper, but all are close enough to make a day trip practical. It is advisable to wear orange even when hiking on these trails. The added precaution affords peace of mind.
Listed below are 16 great places to get outdoors where hunting is not permitted. We suggest that you consider exploring new territory or revisiting your favorites. Happy Trails!

Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur (in Andes)
Bear Mountain State Park (near West Point)
Black Creek Preserve (near Esopus)
Delhi Trails (in Delhi)

Ferncliff Forest & Fire Tower (Rhinebeck)
Harriman State Park (near Harriman)
High Banks Preserve (near Ulster Park)
Highland Lakes State Park (near Middletown)
Mills-Norrie State Park (near Staatsburg)
Minnewaska State Park Preserve* (near New Paltz)
Riddell State Park (near Laurens/Oneonta)

Thacher State Park** (near Voorheesville)
The Willows at Brandow’s Point (Athens)
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (Kingston to Gardiner)
Walkway Over the Hudson & 
Franny Reese State Park (can be combined) (Poughkeepsie/Highland)

The North-South Lake Day Use Area is one place in the Catskill Park where hunting is not permitted. Be aware that the area does not include Kaaterskill Falls or the Escarpment Trail to the south of the intensive use area. It does extend on all trails north to Badman Cave.

*No bear season. For deer seasons, no hunting in the vicinity of hiking trails – check map here: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/Minnewaska2017HuntingMapMinnewaska.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0c-LusE0CwKNafcBrJidoc2K73nagbtsEll1HXmv4a3iyKKLo-aSllsJY

**hunting allowed in a some areas. See map for details: https://parks.ny.gov/…/ThacherThacherStateParkHuntingMap.pdf

First Day Hike in Kelly Hollow | Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Join the CMC for a First Day hike in partnership with the NYSDEC. We’ll celebrate the New Year with an exploration of the winter beauty of remote and wild Kelly Hollow in the western Catskills. The trail passes through a nice variety of terrain and forests before reaching an old beaver pond and a lean-to near the high point. This is an easy-moderate hike. With luck, we’ll have good conditions for snowshoeing.

Event Duration:  3 miles, 3.5 hours     Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Woodland Watershed Hike Pine Hill Walk n Talk | Monday, November 12, 9:30 AM

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Birch Creek in Pine Hill

A short walk to observe the many water features of Pine Hill; we’ll cross 3 different streams over historic stone bridges, and check out one of the main springs in this small hamlet. Discussion to follow at the library about the importance of pure spring water in the history of the town. Books and DVDs relating to the Watershed and reservoirs of the area will be available to take out from the library.

Event Duration:  2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

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Woodland Watershed Hike on Phoenicia’s Tanbark Trail | Monday, November 5, 9:30 AM

Phoenicia from tan bark trailA short but steep and challenging hike up above Phoenicia where we can observe the hamlet of Phoenicia and the nearby Esopus Creek. There will be a discussion of the history of the former leather tanning industry, and the importance of clean water.

This hike is partnering with the Morton Memorial Library 22 Elm Street in Pine Hill.

Event Duration:  2.2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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A Watershed Woodland Walk on the Pine Hill Rail Trail | Monday, October 29, 9:30 AM

A short woodland walk following part of the Ulster/Delaware rail trail, heading to a small spring in a clearing, passing the site of the historic Crystal Springs bottling facility.
Brief discussion about the history of Crystal Springs Water Company and the importance of protecting the waterways in our area.

This hike is partnering with the Morton Memorial Library 22 Elm Street in Pine Hill.

Event Duration:  2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

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Watershed Woodland Walk across the Ashokan Reservoir | Monday, October 22, 9:30 AM

Ashokan Reservoir panorama (from wikipediaWe’ll be crossing the Ashokan Reservoir on a paved promenade with stunning views of the reservoir and mountains, possibly an eagle! A brief session of yoga stretches and a discussion about the recent and past history of the reservoir and the hamlets that preceded it will be included.

Event Duration:  5 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

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New Trail/New Hike on the River to Ridge Trail | Friday, October 19, 10:30 AM

MohonkA new six-mile loop trail connecting the village of New Paltz to the Shawangunk Ridge has recently opened and the Andes Hikers of the CMC are planning to check it out. Built by the Open Space Institute, the trail is a multi-use hiking and cycling path.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Watershed Woodland Hike with Yoga | Monday, October 15, 9 AM

Summertime vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

Shavertown vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

A moderate hike suitable for novice hikers leads to a spectacular view of the Pepacton reservoir and a scenic pond where we will have a short yoga stretch, and a brief discussion of the recent and past history of the reservoir, including the towns that used to populate the area.

Event Duration:  2.5 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate, 760′ ascent

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POSTPONED: Pine Hill – West Branch Trail End to End | Saturday, October 27, 8 AM

Hike the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail’s entire length while summiting three high peaks: Big Indian, Eagle and Balsam Mountains.  The hike passes the stream side Biscuit Brook lean-to before climbing steeply to Big Indian. From there it’s a ridgeline hike to Balsam before descending from Belleayre’s false summit into Pine Hill.

This is a challenging 15 mile hike with over 3100 feet of climbing. Headlamps are required since we’ll be finishing after dark. Depending on the pace of the group, the hike could take  longer than the estimated 12 hours.

Event Duration:  15 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike | Tuesday, October 9, 9:15 AM

We’ll hike to the summit of Kaaterskill High Peak. Our route will include marked trails, unmarked trails, bushwhacking and interesting scrambles. We’ll have lunch at Hurricane Ledge, with one of the best views in the Catskills; and we’ll visit the sites of 2 plane crashes. Our pace will be moderate with frequent, short snack/water breaks. This hike is listed as difficult because of the scrambles, and the bushwhack.

Event Duration: 8 miles, 6-8 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult; Bushwhack

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It’s time for the CMC’s ANNUAL DINNER and RAFFLE! | Sunday, October 14, 5 PM

This year’s party will take place on Sunday, October 14 at the Emerson Resort’s Catamount Restaurant in Mount Tremper. We’ll begin at 5 PM with a chance to talk to fellow members and guests while munching appetizers and enjoying a beverage from the bar. You can enjoy the views of Tremper Mountain while listening to the Esopus Creek from the expansive deck. Following the three course dinner, we’ll hear noted guide book authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney give a presentation based on the recently published book Rambles to Remarkable Rocks, the perfect introduction to some new destinations for Catskills hikers. Russ is well known for his Catskill Region Waterfall Guide and other titles covering hiking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Hudson River Valley, as well as the Taconics and Berkshires.

This year’s raffle offers another great line up of prizes including two Osprey day packs, a Thule kayak roof rack, snowshoes, artwork by naturalist Jack Mesick and a day rental for two of a kayak for a run down the East Branch of the Delaware. You do not have to be present to win, so purchase your tickets online or at the dinner. All proceeds go to help support the CMC’s work.
Get your RAFFLE tickets here: http://catskillmountainclub.org/…/2018-raffle-dinner-prizes/
Make DINNER RESERVATIONS here: http://catskillmountainclub.org/e…/tickets-for-annual-dinner

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Hike the Trail on the old U&D RR in Pine Hill | Tuesday, September 4, 4 PM

Meet at the Pine Hill Community Center for a short hike on the rail trail in Pine Hill; optional $5 yoga class to follow at the Pine Hill Community Center.

Event Duration:  1.5 miles, 1 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Slide Mountain with Yoga on Top | Wednesday, August 15, 9:00 AM

Slide Mountain from the south

Slide from Denning is the perfect way to do this summit in Summer! Come join us for this less used but pretty ascent via the Phoenicia-East Branch and Curtis-Ormsbee Trails, enjoying some great views of the Southern High Peaks.

Bring a small towel to sit on for some fun yoga on the Catskills highest peak! The hike leader is an experienced yoga teacher. Enjoy a moderate pace for this summer hike.

Event Duration: 11.2 miles,  8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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The First Annual CMC Picnic was a Perfect Way to Spent a Beautiful Summer’s Day!

We had a great day for the first Annual CMC Picnic yesterday. The weather quickly warmed up and the skies stayed sunny for most of the day, making for a great day to swim or just sit at the beach. We all agreed that Belleayre Beach was a perfect place to get together. The grounds are beautiful, the facilities well kept and the lake and surrounding mountains are a great setting. We had some good corn hole and bocce ball matches, and a great hike at Rochester Hollow to begin the day. With Rick Roberts, CMC president, at the grill, the burgers and hotdogs were excellent eating with lots of great homemade side dishes and plenty of desserts to top it all off.

With great company, it was a nice way to spend a summer’s day. We hope to see many more of you at next year’s festivities!

Accessible Outdoor Recreation Destinations in and around the Catskills

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Accessible Trail at Little Pond Campground

Most of us take for granted the almost endless opportunities we have to get out into the great outdoors. Whether we’re hitting the trail, casting for trout, paddling, or going rogue by ‘whacking our way into the unknown, we know well how important that chance to connect with nature is. And we appreciate it deeply.

For some of us, getting that feeling isn’t so easy. Our friends and family members who have limited mobility need and deserve resources that can accommodate them so they can get out and experience that connection with nature, too. The Americans with Disabilities Act has encouraged the development of infrastructure to make getting out easier. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, other governmental agencies and even some non-governmental organizations have accessible facilities all around the Catskills, including trails, fishing areas, water access points, picnic pads, camping pads, pavilions and restrooms. Recent improvements have been completed at Kenneth Wilson Campground, a DEC facility in the Town of Woodstock and the DEC has filed notice for comments on a plan to improve and add to the accessible facilities at the North-South Lake Campground near Haines Falls. Accessible attractions also include iconic spots like Kaaterskill Falls and the Ashokan Reservoir Promenade. For travelers, easy to get to trails and other amenities can be found at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper.

Here are links to pages that list where many of these facilities are located.

NYSDEC Accessible Recreation Destinations listed by county.

Accessible Catskills Hiking, Camping and Outdoors

NYS Parks – search by the park name or location and look for the “Amenities and Activities” section.

Hike the Long Path from Peekamoose Rd. to Upper Cherrytown Rd. | Saturday, August 18, 8:00 AM

Vernooy Falls

We’ll hike the section of the Long Path from Peekamoose Rd to Upper Cherrytown Rd. The first 1.1 miles will be a steep 1150 foot climb from Peekamoose Rd to Bangle Hill. After that we’ll have about 8.4 miles of relatively easy hiking. If it’s hot, we should have an opportunity to cool off at Vernooy Falls, 1.7 miles from the end of the hike. Our pace will be moderate with frequent, short snack/water breaks.

Event Duration:  9.5 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Balsam Lake Fire Tower and Millbrook Mountain* | Sunday, August 12, 9:00 AM

Balsam Lake Mt. Fire Tower from Mill Brook Ridge Trail

*Note the change in the route.
Hike with us to the Balsam Lake Fire Tower and Millbrook Mountain from using the  Beaverkill Rd. approach.  Enjoy scrambles and views. Do a fire tower! We may do the bushwhack to Woodpecker Ridge.  A fun day hike! For experienced hikers.
Poor weather will redate this hike.

Event Duration: 10 miles,  8 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Explore the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve | Postponed, date tbd

This hike will be lead by noted naturalist Dr. Michael Kudish.  Although not difficult in terms of miles, Mike will give much talk about flora, fauna and the history of the land and its use.   We will also check out some shrub thickets near steep outcrops that may or may not be first growth. Expect a bit of science!

Event Duration:   4-5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Paddle the Pepacton | Sunday, August 12, 1:00 PM

P5260785smExperience 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. Bring your own CANOE or KAYAK (it must be steam cleaned prior to putting it in the reservoir — see more below) or rent from a local business that has kayaks stored on site. 

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Hike the Escarpment’s Windham and Burnt Knob | Wednesday, August 29, 8:30 AM

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Blackhead Range from Acra Point

Hike this lovely western section of the Escarpment to Windham High Peak via Burnt Knob and Acra Point.  Come enjoy ups and downs and fabulous views! Perfect hike to do some All Trails and get a high peak, too.  Not for beginners or pets.

 

Event Duration: 10.5 miles,  8 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Woodland Hike with Yoga: Giant Ledge | Monday, August 6, 9:00 AM

From Giant Ledge by WG

From Giant Ledge

This moderately difficult climb up to Giant Ledge will include a short Yoga session at the viewpoint, one of the prettiest and most expansive in the Catskills.  It’s the perfect place to combine yoga with the beauty of nature. Take your memories home with you and use them again and again to set the mood for meditation or for stretching after a busy day.

Event Duration:  3.5 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Boot-brush Unveiling and Hike at the Shavertown Trail | Friday, July 13, 10:30 AM

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DEP TO UNVEIL BOOT BRUSH STATION AND HOST COMMUNITY HIKE AT SHAVERTOWN TRAIL IN DELAWARE COUNTY

Boot brush, designed to combat invasive species, is among the first in the Catskills

DEP will also co-host community hike at Shavertown on July 13 with Catskill Mountain Club

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will co-host a community hike and unveil its new boot-brush station at the Shavertown Trail near Pepacton Reservoir on July 13. The event, which is free and open to all, will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Catskill Mountain Club and DEP will lead the hike, which will take participants along a new section of the trail that was recently constructed by volunteers.

The event will begin at the trailhead on County Route 1 in Andes, just north of its intersection with Route 30. DEP this month installed a boot-brush station at the trailhead to help minimize the spread of invasive species. The station is among the first of its kind in the Catskills. It includes a mounted brush on which hikers can clean their boots, information to help identify several invasive species that are approaching the region, and a gravel pad that is intended to trap any seeds that might get brushed off.

The boot-brush station will help prevent the spread of many types of invasive species, especially invasive plants such as bittersweet and barberry. Invasive plants cannot move far on their own. Even wind-dispersed seeds generally do not blow too far. Most new infestations are started by people who unintentionally move the seeds through recreational activities such as hiking, hunting or fishing. That’s why boot-brush stations are becoming more common throughout New York, especially in the northern and western parts of the state where outdoor recreation is popular. Continue reading

Catskills All Trails Challenge: Adding the New Overlook Mountain Trails

There are two recent additions to the trail system on Overlook Mountain. The Meads Meadow Trail and the Overloop Trail provide new easy to moderate hikes that loop north off the Overlook Spur Trail, which has been extended to the new Meads Meadow Trailhead parking area. Together they add 1.8 miles of new trails. Going forward, those trails are being added to the list of trails that must be hiked in order to complete the All Trails Challenge requirements. With their inclusion their are now 347 miles of designated hiking trails that must be hiked to receive your cetificate, patch and shirt. More Happy Hiking!

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Announcing the First Annual CMC Picnic | Saturday, July 28, 10 AM – 5 PM

Belleayre Beach

Belleayre Beach

The CMC’s first annual picnic will be held on Saturday, July 28 at Belleayre Beach in the heart of the Catskills. The picnic, which is open to CMC members and their guests, will feature local hikes, games, swimming and paddling. Hikes to the summit of Belleayre or at Rochester Hollow will start the day, beginning at 10 AM and returning to the lake in the early afternoon. Snacks, yard games, swimming, paddling (boats and boards can be rented on site) and fishing (NYS license required) will be available all day.  After the hikes we’ll have a picnic, with hamburgers, hotdogs and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the CMC (vegetarian options will be served). All parties should bring a dish to share. You may bring beer and wine (not allowed on the beach).

Not a current member?  Join or renew below. We hope to see you there!

What you need to know:

Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake is a state owned and operated facility in the village of Pine Hill. It features a beach, rental kayaks and lifeguards on duty. It serves as the trailhead for the Giggle Hollow Trail.

The picnic is free for all CMC members, including individuals and families with children up to 18 years old. Family and significant others who are not CMC members are welcome to attend for a fee of $5 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Please pay by cash or check at the sign-in table when you arrive.

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Lunch at 2:00 PM.

Registration is required by July 23rd(Click the link to go to the registration page.)

Park Entrance Fee: $14 per car with up to seven passengers, or $5 per person if you walk in. (Parking outside the gate is limited.)

Paddling rental fee: $15 per hour, or bring your same-day steam cleaned boat. (Click here for a list of approved steam cleaners.) PFDs required.

What you’ll need:

If you’re hiking, bring good hiking shoes and comfortable clothing, plenty of water and a snack. Hiking poles are suggested.

Swim suits, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Change of clothes and folding chairs, if desired.

A dish to share. Organizers will ask for a side dish, a dessert or a salad.

Questions can be directed to Rick Roberts at hikerrick2000@yahoo.com

Driving Directions: Belleayre Lake is on Friendship Manor Road and is visible from SR 28 in Pine Hill. Coming from the east it is just before the entrance into Pine Hill. From the west on SR 28 it is 1 mile past Galli-Curci Road (to Belleayre Ski Center) in Highmount.

Hike to Huckleberry Point | Wednesday, August 22,11:30 AM

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Devil’s Path Range from Huckleberry Point

The hike to Huckleberry Point is one of the most satisfying in the Catskills,  While it’s a short and moderately difficult trail, it’s in one of the most famously rugged parts of the Catskills, beginning at the Devil’s Kitchen and reaching its stunning destination on the escarpment ledges high above the deep valleys below.  The breathtaking views of the ancient mountains of the eastern Devil’s Path Range will make you thankful you came, whether you’ve been before or not.  Truly a bucket list hike.  We’ll sit for awhile and enjoy the views while we picnic.

 

Event Duration:   4.8 miles,  4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Woodland Hike with Yoga: Shavertown Trail to Snake Pond | Friday, July 13, 9:00 AM

Summertime vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

Summertime vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

A moderately challenging climb with a short yoga session at the Snake Pond vista on the recently rerouted Shavertown Trail.  The views of the Pepacton Reservoir are widely admired, and the area around the pond is a great place for birding, with sightings of cedar waxwings, blackbirds, blue herons and Baltimore orioles among others.

Event Duration:  3 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Hike to Quick Lake and Hodge Pond Mountain | Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 AM

IMG_2530We’ll hike 7.2 miles on the Quick Lake Trail to the Quick Lake shelter. After lunch we’ll retrace our path about 1/4 mile beyond Coyote Junction before bushwhacking about 1 mile (with about 200 ft elevation gain) over Hodge Pond Mountain (#99 of Catskill Hundred Highest) to Junkyard Junction. From Junkyard Junction we’ll follow the Flynn Trail 3.3 miles to the parking area. Our pace will be moderate, and we’ll have frequent, short water/snack breaks. This hike is listed as difficult because of the length (14.5 miles) and the unpredictable nature of the short bushwhack.

Event Duration:  14.5 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult due to length, Bushwhack

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Hike Bramley Mountain | Thursday, July 12, 10:00 AM

Slide, Pisgah, Balsam Lake Mountains

Slide, Pisgah, Balsam Lake Mountains

Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive. Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings.

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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