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CMC EVENTS CALENDAR

Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer – Palmer Hill Photography

 

July 2018

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Monday

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Saturday

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Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

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9:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain

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8:30 AM Escarpment Trail at Kaaterskill Clove and Hardytown LP Traverse

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10:00 AM

Bramley Mountain Trail

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9:00 AM

Woodland Hike with Yoga: Shavertown Trail to Snake Pond

10:30

Boot-brush Unveiling and Hike at the Shavertown Trail with the NYCDEP

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10:00 AM

Map and Compass Workshop: Essential Knowledge

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10:00 AM

Explore Plattekill State Forest: South Plattekill and Round Top

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Hiking the Bluelines: Explore Rochester Hollow Creek

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9:30 AM

Hike to Huckleberry Point

 

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10:00 AM

Explore the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve

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10:00 AM-5:00 PM

CMC Annual Picnic

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Wood Sorrel

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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 | Thursday, July 26, 10:00 AM

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 1, 8:30 AM

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Blackhead Range from Acra Point

Hike this lovely western section of the Escarpment returning by Batavia Notch.

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.
Poor weather will redate hike.

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

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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, July 25, 9:30 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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Bring: good hiking shoes, lunch, snacks, bug spray, plenty to drink, map and compass (recommended),

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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

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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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Trail Maintenance on the Delhi Trails | Saturday, June 9, 8:30 AM

Enjoy fresh country air and great conversation in a relaxed work environment. Come for as little or long as you can.

Event Duration:  about 4 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Alder Lake, Cradle Rock Ridge & Balsam Lake Fire Tower | Saturday, June 30, 8:00 AM

IMG_4032From the Alder Lake parking area, we’ll hike 2.6 miles to the Beaver Meadow lean-to (via the Southern half of the Alder Lake loop). After a snack we’ll leave the trail and bushwhack 1.3 miles to Cradle Rock Ridge (3160 feet, Catskill Hundred Highest #68). After returning to the lean-to, and another snack, we’ll continue along the Mill Brook Ridge trail 5.4 miles to the junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain trail. Turning North .25 miles, we’ll summit Balsam Lake Mountain (3723 feet). After visiting the fire tower we’ll descend 1.75 miles to the Balsam Lake parking area. Our pace will be moderate and we’ll have frequent, short water/snack stops. This hike is listed as difficult because of its length (13 miles), the unpredictable nature of the bushwhack to Cradle Rock Ridge, and the steep terrain descending from Balsam Lake Mountain.

If the weather is hot, we’ll have an optional swim in Alder Lake after the hike.

 

Event Duration:  13 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult  — Bushwhack

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Map and Compass Workshop: Essential Knowledge | Sunday, July 15, 10:00 AM

858_map-compassMany hikers have become reliant on their gps unit or their smartphone to navigate in the mountains. They work great until they don’t, then you’re up a creek without a paddle unless you have these millenia old tools. They only weigh a couple of ounces, so don’t be concerned about adding to your burden. They are among the most valuable tools you will carry.  Knowing how to use them can save your day, or even save your life.

CMC Board member Will Soter is a NYSDEC licensed guide. This free hands on Map and Compass class will cover the basics of reading a map, plotting a course on a map, following a course in the field, recording a path of travel, and locating yourself on the map.

Participants should bring a baseplate compass.

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Alder Lake, Cradle Rock Ridge & Balsam Lake Fire Tower | Saturday, June 30, 8:00 AM

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Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

From the Alder Lake parking area, we’ll hike 2.6 miles to the Beaver Meadow lean-to (via the Southern half of the Alder Lake loop). After a snack we’ll leave the trail and bushwhack 1.3 miles to Cradle Rock Ridge (3160 feet, Catskill Hundred Highest #68). After returning to the lean-to, and another snack, we’ll continue along the Mill Brook Ridge trail 5.4 miles to the junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain trail. Turning North .25 miles, we’ll summit Balsam Lake Mountain (3723 feet). After visiting the fire tower we’ll descend 1.75 miles to the Balsam Lake parking area. Our pace will be moderate and we’ll have frequent, short water/snack stops. This hike is listed as difficult because of its length (13 miles), the unpredictable nature of the bushwhack to Cradle Rock Ridge, and the steep terrain descending from Balsam Lake Mountain.

Event Duration:  13 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Difficult, Bushwhack
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Southern Plattekill and Round Top | CANCELLED

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From South Plattekill

South Plattekill and Round Top are two of the Catskills 100 highest – just over 3000ft.  There is an old road that circles just below these two peaks (we may or may not actually summit either of them).  North Plattekill – the ski area – is also accessable from this road. we plan to spot a car and do a 5 or 6 mile circle. There may be some bushwhacking.

Event Duration:  5 miles, 5-6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail | Sunday, June 17, 10:00 AM

Follow Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member, and David Lucas, volunteers for NY/NJ Trail Conference, as they inspect and clear the trails they adopted for the NY/NJ TC. We’ll hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 year old bog, to arrive to a beautiful look out of the Pepacton Reservoir. The return will be on the German Hollow trail.

Wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes, bring water and food and dress in layers for comfort. If you also want to help with the cleaning of the trail, bring hand tools, gloves and eye protection.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

 

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Leave No Trace Awareness Hike | Saturday, June 23, 9:00 AM

CMC Board member Will Soter is a NYSDEC licensed guide and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.  He will demonstrate techniques for educating and influencing those we hike with, as well as those we meet.  For those of us who have grown up enjoying the outdoors or have been enjoying them for awhile, we can easily mistake our common experiences for common knowledge.  While our efforts to behave as stewards of the resources while we recreate are important, we cannot do it all.  So it is important to be able to influence those around us.  We will explore several techniques that allow us to educate and empower others to make changes in how they enjoy their time in the woods.  We will discuss our own journey of discovering how we impact the resources we use for enjoyment, and we will review the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Family Friendly Hike on Bramley Mountain | Sunday, June 10, 12:00 PM

Southeast from Bramley Mountain

Southeast from Bramley Mountain

Join NYSDEC licensed guide Will Soter for a tour of the CMC’s newest trail. The Bramley Mountain Trail is located on a NYC DEP parcel in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina.  This is the part of the Catskills where the mountains are smaller, rounder and gentler under foot. There is also a greater sense of the scale of the landscape as the views from the summits and the valleys include more wide open sky compared to the deep narrow valleys of the eastern Catskill High Peaks.  The complete loop visits the 2817′ summit with its site of a former fire tower, a beautiful abandoned bluestone quarry, and the impressive cliffs and caves that lie between.  The hike to the quarry is on a woods road with little elevation gain, making an easy hike of about 0.9 miles.  After the quarry, the trail continues as a footpath designed to gradually ascend about 1.2 miles through mixed hardwoods while passing stone walls and many impressive rock outcroppings and cliffs, some with caves.  The Summit Trail, a 1.8 mile long direct hike to the top with its views to the west and to the southern high peaks, Mount Pisgah and the mountains traversed by the Finger Lakes Trail, has some steep pitches alternating with long gentle climbs.  We will be hiking the Quarry Trail to the top and descending on the Summit Trail to get the best views of all the sights this trail has to offer.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult

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Guided Hike on the Trails at the CIC | Saturday, June 9, 10:30 AM

IMG_3954If you’re unfamiliar with the trails on the Catskill Interpretive Center grounds or are just looking for an opportunity to explore them more thoroughly, CMC Executive Director Wendell George will lead a hike on the entire system as part of the Get Outdoors Day events on June 9th.  Join us for a look at the CIC’s sculpture and interpretive trail, a short representative hike in the Catskill woods and a hike out to the Esopus Creek, a notable trout fishing stream which ffeds water into NYC’s Ashokan Reservoir.  Much of the hike is on ADA accessible trails.

Woodland Hike with Yoga: Kelly Hollow Beaver Pond | Wednesday, June 20, 12:00 PM

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Kelly Hollow pond and lean-to

A relaxed woodland hike with a short yoga session at the Beaver Pond on the beautiful Kelly Hollow Trail.

Event Duration:  3 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Balsam and Belleayre: From Mine Hollow to Lost Clove | Saturday, June 16, 8:30 AM

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Balsam and Belleayre from Slide

Truly this is when Belleayre and Balsam Mountain are the most lovely, as Spring turns to Summer here. The plant life and views are wonderful. Sometimes you get to see the shy animals and birds that live here, too, as we traverse from Mine Hollow across the mountain tops to descend on Lost Clove.

Event Duration:  8 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Landscaping with Non-Invasive Plants / iMapInvasives Training | Saturday, June 2, 9:30 AM

Learn about best choices for landscaping your yard without introducing invasive ornamentals.

The fight against invasive species in the Catskills and throughout New York is a high priority. the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership is the local agency for this effort. If you would like to volunteer to help, you can get started by attending a CRISP iMapInvasives workshop at the Catskill Interpretive Center on June 2.

Become part of New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. All interested groups are encouraged to help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and control efforts. You can even use your smartphone to report new findings. The NY Natural Heritage Program will offer free sessions throughout the state this spring, with beginner and advanced levels, plus identification sessions at some of the locations. Visit www.nyimapinvasives.org for schedule details and registration, and contact imapinvasives@nynhp.org with general questions.

We hope you wll get involved with this critical effort to protect our forests and native species.

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iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that supports efforts to protect New York State from invasive species. Learn about the program and become trained to contribute data by attending an iMapInvasives training session!

When: June 2, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 Route 28

Mt. Tremper, NY 12457

Agenda:

9:30am‐10am – Gather and coffee
10:00am‐11:00 am‐ Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Plants

11:00 am ‐ 12:00pm – Basic iMapInvasives and iMap Mobile app
12:00 pm ‐ 12:30 pm – Brown bag lunch
12:30 pm ‐ 2:00pm – Site visit and how to submit invasive species using the

Mobile App.
To Register: visit www.NYiMapInvasives.org

Questions? Contact:

imapinvasives@nynhp.org

The Invasive Species Database Program is supported by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund through a contract with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

www.NYimapinvasives.org

National Trails Day Hike on Ticeteneyck Mountain | Saturday, June 2, 9:30 AM

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Ticeteneyck Mountain

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a community hike to the summit of Ticeteneyck Mountain on June 2 to celebrate National Trails Day. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Catskill Interpretive Center, located at 5096 Route 28 in Mount Tremper.  Led by DEP and DEC staff, the CMC is happy to co-host this event.

 

 

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Ticeteneyck Mountain from Thomas Cole

Hikers will learn about the principles of Leave No Trace, the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, and Ashokan Reservoir’s role in providing clean drinking water to New York City. Ticeteneyck Mountain is located in Ulster County along the town border of Olive and Woodstock. This moderate hike will comprise a 3.5-mile round trip. The hike follows old woods roads and ridgelines that open to spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains,Shawangunk Mountains and Ashokan Reservoir.

Because the event is limited to 15 people, participants must pre-register by clicking here or by visiting DEP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nycwatershed. Participants are also encouraged to bring water, snacks or lunch, and wear proper attire for hiking.

 

Thru Hike German Hollow and Dry Brook Ridge to Huckleberry Loop | Sunday, June 3, 8:30 AM

IMG_0065This traverse/shuttle will ascend up German Hollow with spring flowers to Dry Brook Ridge. We will check out the new shelter and go on to views on Dry Brook over the Pepacton. Then we will return north to the Huckleberry Loop Trail and descend to our parked cars.

Event Duration:  9.5 miles, 7.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Ashokan High Point | Thursday, June 21, 10:00 AM

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Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

This is a fairly long lollypop hike (loop at the end of a stick) with great views of the Askokan Reservoir and the Burroughs Range. The hike passes the wreckage of small plane. Most of hike is relatively easy, but there are some steep pitches. The trail follows the Kanape Brook for more than half the hike.

Event Duration:  8.1 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Balsam Mountain from Rider Hollow | Thursday, May 31, 10:00 AM

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Balsam Mountain Vista

With great rewards for the effort, this is one of the most representative hikes of the Catskills. The relatively short loop takes in lovely streams, waterfalls, huge hemlocks, some steep and rocky terrain, and a tremendous vista.

Event Duration:  5.1 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Hike the Shavertown Trail | Thursday, May 17, 10:00 AM

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Pond on Shavertown Trail

The Shavertown Trail begins with a moderately difficult climb to a woods road. From there it climbs gently to a lovely pond and beautiful views of the mountains over the Pepacton Reservoir. Beyond the pond is a moderately easy hike to a short loop ending, followed by the return hike.

This will be one of the last opportunities to hike the full trail until late this year due to a planned forestry project that will necessitate closing the trail above the pond for several months.

Event Duration:  5.3 miles,  4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate; 800′ elevation gain.

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Ashokan High Point & Little Rocky | Saturday, May 26, 8:00 AM

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The Burroughs Range from Ashokan High Point

This hike combines a 9 mile trail loop to Ashokan High Point (3080 feet, Catskill Hundred Highest #83) with a 5+ mile bushwhack to Little Rocky (3015 feet, CHH #95) and a short bushwhack to Little Ashokan. If the weather is clear we’ll have great views of Ashokan Reservoir and several high peaks. We’ll visit the site of a WW II trainer crash. Our pace will be moderate, and we’ll have frequent, short water/snack breaks. This hike is listed as difficult because of its length (about 15 miles), and because of the the unpredictable nature of the bushwhack to Little Rocky.

Event Duration:  15 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult  — Bushwhack

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Sunday, May 13, 10:30 AM

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Rochester Hollow Trail

Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of an estate. Along the way is a memorial plaque to Catskills’ native son, naturalist and widely read author John Burroughs.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike the Palmer Hill Trail | Thursday, April 26, 10:00 AM

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Palmer Hill

Get out for an early Spring hike on the Palmer Hill Trails. The always great views, including to the western high peaks, will be even better with the leaves off the trees.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Escarpment Trail at Kaaterskill Clove and Hardytown LP Traverse | Sunday, July 8, 9:00 AM

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This hike follows the ESCARPMENT above Kaaterskill Clove, with views across the clove and out to the Hudson River Valley. We’ll follow the Harding Road Trail down the slopes of South Mountain.

Do join us for a lovely hike full of fabulous views and wildflowers! Hike about 7.2 miles over steep terrain with many views and scrambles. The yellow marked White Road sectionwill be included for All Trails Challenge hikers. See NYNJTC map #141 map and inset.

Event Duration:  7.2 miles, 6-7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Andes Rail Trail Gets Some Big Improvements

April 10, 2018

IMG_5326Parking has always been a bit tricky for visitors to the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur, but no longer. There has been a great improvement to the parking situation thanks to the Town of Andes, landscaper Mel Bellar and CMC board member Ann Roberti. The entrance to the Trail and to the historic train station has been opened up and improved so that parking is now available adjacent to the trailhead. The trailhead itself has a newly redesignedIMG_5323 entrance. The parking area was paved with crushed stone by LaFever Excavating. While there, they generously donated work to improve a long existing drainage problem on the trail. The CMC thanks all those involved in these projects for a great job.

Hike to Split Rock | Thursday, May 10, 10:00 am

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Split Rock

Nice spring walk out to Split Rock and return. Just a short hike for a spring day. Spring ephemeral wildflowers may be in bloom.

Event Duration:  3 miles, 2.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike @ Kelly Hollow | Sunday, May 13th, 11:00 AM

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Trout Lily

This a chance to find and identify the beautiful Spring Ephemeral wildflowers which are so named because they appear above ground in early spring when they flower and fruit and then die back into the ground, all in a short period before the trees have had a chance to leaf out. Most hikers never see these flowers because they wait for late spring or summer to get into the woods. We will look for Trillium, Spring beauties, Trout Lily, Hepatica, Violets, Squirrel Corn, Dutchman’s Britches, Jack-In-The-Pulpit and many others. We may also find some early mushrooms.

Kelly Hollow is one of the most beautiful short trails in the Catskills with rocky streams and waterfalls. It has a combination of coniferous and deciduous forests with the remains of a lovely beaver pond near a lean-to at the top. The trail is an easy to moderate loop of about 4 miles. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to (there is a privy nearby.) Continue reading

Hiking the Bluelines: Cascade Brook to Panther Mountain/Giant Ledge | Saturday, October 13, 9:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Cascade Brook to Panther Mountain/Giant Ledge. Rating: Difficult. Meeting Place: Giant Ledge PA. The hike will include walking down CR47 to Cascade Brook (~1 mile) to reach the stream route up Panther Mountain then walking along the left descending side of the stream to stay on NYS land for the first 0.5 miles. After that, the hike stays in the stream drainage until it disappears in the talus below Panther’s summit. The route up Panther will be along a SW-trending ridge to the summit view point. From there the return hike is via trail to Giant Ledge and back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7 miles.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2-3 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; headlamp (recommended)/flashlight, bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by October 11.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 8, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions: Meeting Place: Giant Ledge PA.

From SR 28 in Big Indian, go south 7.3 miles on Oliverea/Frost Valley Rd./Rte. 47 to the parking area on the right.

Hiking the Bluelines: An Exploration of Woodland Creek’s Headwaters | Saturday, September 15, 8:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

An exploration of Woodland Creek’s headwaters TBD. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Woodland Valley Campground PA. The plan will be to bushwhack across the base of the Wittenberg along NYS land to the headwater reaches of Woodland Creek. From there, the assembled group will pick a route up any of the several branches of Woodland Creek, potentially ascending Slide, Cornell or Wittenberg; or just turning around and heading back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7-12 miles.

Event Duration:  7-12 miles, 11 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Most Difficult, Bushwhack

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2-3 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; headlamp (recommended)/flashlight, bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by September 13.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 8, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions: Meeting Place: Woodland Valley Campground PA.

From SR 28 in Phoenicia, go west to Woodland Valley Rd and turn south. Cross the Esopus Creek bridge and turn right. Go 5 miles to the parking area. Be sure to pay the day use fee at the DEC office.

Hiking the Bluelines: Explore East Branch Neversink River Headwaters and Slide Mountain | Saturday, August 4, 8:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Explore East Branch Neversink River Headwaters and Slide Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Denning PA in the Town of Denning. The hike will start at the East Branch-Phoenicia trail to access the East Branch Neversink River valley. Depending on the ability and interest of the participants we will hike up the East Branch Neversink River or the Deer Shanty Brook toward Slide Mountain. The hike will focus on exploring the valley and stream environment and may include a bushwack summit of Slide Mountain if it seems feasible.  Total Distance is variable; assume a minimum 7 miles.

Event Duration:   7+ miles, 11 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by August 2.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 10, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions:  Meeting place:  Denning parking area.

From SR 28 in Big Indian go south on CR 47/Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. about 20 miles to Claryville. Turn east onto Denning Rd. and continue about 8 miles to the parking area.

From SR 55 just west of Grahamsville, turn north 4 miles to Claryville.  Turn east onto Denning Rd. and continue about 8 miles to the parking area.

Hiking the Bluelines: Family Friendly Exploration of Kanape Brook | Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Family friendly exploration of Kanape Brook with a possible visit to the summit of Ashokan High Point. Rating: Moderate. Meeting Place: Kanape Brook PA in the Town of Olive. The hike will include stopping at specific locations along the brook to observe channel and riparian forest conditions. Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists! Total Distance: ~3 miles for the stream (out and back) or 7-8 if including Ashokan High Point.

Event Duration:   3-8 miles tbd, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by June 21.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 10, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions:  Meeting Place: Kanape Brook PA

From SR 28 in Boiceville, go south 5.6 miles on Rte. 28A to West Shokan. Turn west onto Watson Hollow Rd./ Rte. 42. Go 4 miles to parking area on the right.

Hiking the Bluelines: West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain | Saturday, July 7, 9:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain. Most Difficult. Meeting place: West Kill Trailhead. This hike is likely to be the most challenging and should only be attempted by those capable of hiking in the Catskill’s most rugged terrain. This will involve hiking the West Kill stream corridor up the drainage toward the summit of Hunter Mountain.  The approach to Hunter’s summit will involve very steep terrain in thick balsam forest (what fun!). If Hunter is summited, the hike may take a trail back down or, if adventure prevails take another stream back down. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 7-10 miles depending upon the route.

Event Duration:  7-10 miles, 11 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Most Difficult

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by July 5.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 10, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions:  West Kill Trailhead at the end of Spruceton Rd. From CR 42 in West Kill turn east into the Spruceton Valley. CR 42 intersects SR 28 in Shandaken and SR 23A in Lexington.

Hiking the Bluelines: Family Friendly Exploration Hike to Rochester Hollow Creek | Cancelled

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Explore Rochester Hollow Creek. Rating: Moderate. Meeting place: Rochester Hollow PA in the Town of Shandaken. This will involve meeting at the Rochester Hollow parking area and taking the trail up the valley for approximately 1.5 miles and then returning back to the parking area by way of the stream.  The hike will include stopping at specific locations to observe stream channel and riparian forest conditions.  Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, Loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists!  Total Distance: ~ 3 miles.

Event Duration:   3 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by July 19.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 10, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions:  From SR 28 in Big Indian go west about 1 mile to Matyas Rd. Turn north to the parking area.

Hiking the Bluelines: Biscuit Brook to Fir Mountain | Saturday, June 2, 8 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Biscuit Brook to Fir Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Biscuit Brook trailhead. This will involve hiking the Biscuit Brook trail to the NYS land/Frost Valley land boundary and then following the stream corridor to the col between Big Indian and Fir Mountains. If Fir Mountain is summited the return trip will be by herdpath and trail back to the Biscuit Brook trailhead, or if adventure prevails the unnamed stream between Fir and Spruce Mountains. There will be ongoing research in this watershed by Colorado State University so we may get some fresh insights into Catskill stream geomorphology! Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose boulders and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 8-10 miles depending upon the route.

Event Duration:  8-10 miles, hours

Level of Difficulty:  Most Difficult, Bushwhack

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2-3 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; headlamp (recommended)/flashlight, bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by May 31.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 8, so register early. NOTE: This hike is full.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions:  Meet at the Biscuit Brook Trailhead.

From the North: Turn south from SR 28 in Big Indian onto Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd./ Rte. 47. Go 12.6 miles to the trailhead parking on the left.

From the South: From SR 55 turn north on Claryville Rd. to Claryville. Continue north on Rte. 157 to Rte. 47/ Frost Valley Rd., and then go 6.7 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Hiking the Bluelines: Hunter Brook or West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain | Saturday, May 12, 8:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Hunter Brook or West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain. Most Difficult. Meeting place: Spruceton Trailhead. This hike is likely to be the most challenging and should only be attempted by those capable of hiking in the Catskill’s most rugged terrain. This will involve hiking the Hunter Brook or West Kill stream corridor up the drainage toward the summit of Hunter Mountain. The approach to Hunter’s summit will involve very steep terrain in thick balsam forest (what fun!). If Hunter is summited, the hike may take a trail back down or, if adventure prevails take another stream back down. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 7-10 miles depending upon the route.

Event Duration:  7-10 miles, hours

Level of Difficulty:  Most Difficult, Bushwhack

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2-3 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; headlamp (recommended)/flashlight, bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by May 10.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 8, so register early.  NOTE: This hike is full.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to: Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions: Meet at the Spruceton Trail trailhead. From CR 47 in West Kill, turn east onto Spruceton Rd. and continue 6.7 miles to the trailhead.

Hiking the Bluelines: Bear Hole Brook to Van Wyck Mountain | Saturday, May 5, 8:00 AM

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaroThis is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

Bear Hole Brook to Van Wyck Mountain. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Bear Hole Brook PA on Ulster County Route 42 (Peekamoose Road). The inaugural Bluelines hike will include stream-whacking up Bear Hole Brook to access the Catskill Divide between Van Wyck and Table Mountains. The return trip will be via the Van Wyck ridge. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 6-8 miles depending upon the route.

Event Duration:  6-8 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty: Most Difficult, Bushwhack

Leader(s): Team Danger Girl

Bring: lunch, snacks, beverages (2-3 qts).; boots and clothes suitable for bush and stream whacking; optional shoes for walking in streams; headlamp (recommended)/flashlight, bug protection/repellant.

Registration required by May 3.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 8, so register early.  NOTE: This hike is full.

Dogs allowed:  No.

Questions about this event can be directed to:  Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com

Driving Directions: Meet at Bear Hole Brook PA on Ulster County Route 42 (Peekamoose Road).

From the North: Take Rte. 28A to West Shokan turn west onto Watson Hollow Rd. (CR 42). 10 miles to the trailhead.

From the South: Turn north from SR 55/55A towards Sundown. Continue on Peekamoose Rd. 3 miles to the trailhead.

 

Hiking the Bluelines: Exploring Catskill Mountain Streams

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaro

Diamond Notch Falls

This is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

See event listing links below for details. Contact Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com with questions about the hikes and to register.

The proposed hikes and schedule are subject to change:

May 5  8AM – Dark

Bear Hole Brook to Van Wyck Mountain. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Bear Hole Brook PA on Ulster County Route 42 (Peekamoose Road). The inaugural Bluelines hike will include stream-whacking up Bear Hole Brook to access the Catskill Divide between Van Wyck and Table Mountains. The return trip will be via the Van Wyck ridge. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 6-8 miles depending upon the route.  NOTE: This hike is full.

June 2  8AM – Dark

Biscuit Brook to Fir Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Biscuit Brook trailhead. This will involve hiking the Biscuit Brook trail to the NYS land/Frost Valley land boundary and then following the stream corridor to the col between Big Indian and Fir Mountains. If Fir Mountain is summited the return trip will be by herdpath and trail back to the Biscuit Brook trailhead, or if adventure prevails the unnamed stream between Fir and Spruce Mountains. There will be ongoing research in this watershed by Colorado State University so we may get some fresh insights into Catskill stream geomorphology! Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose boulders and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 8-10 miles depending upon the route.  NOTE: This hike is full.

June 23 10AM – 4PM

Explore Kanape Brook watershed to the summit of Ashokan High Point. Rating: Moderate. Meeting Place: Kanape Brook PA in the Town of Olive. The hike will include stopping at specific locations along the brook to observe channel and riparian forest conditions. Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation.  Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists!  Total Distance: ~3 miles for the stream (out and back) or 7-8 if including Ashokan High Point.

July 7 9AM – Dark

West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain. Most Difficult. Meeting place: West Kill Trailhead. This hike is likely to be the most challenging and should only be attempted by those capable of hiking in the Catskill’s most rugged terrain. This will involve hiking the West Kill stream corridor up the drainage toward the summit of Hunter Mountain.  The approach to Hunter’s summit will involve very steep terrain in thick balsam forest (what fun!). If Hunter is summited, the hike may take a trail back down or, if adventure prevails take another stream back down. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 7-10 miles depending upon the route.

July 21 10AM – 4PM

Explore Rochester Hollow Creek. Rating: Moderate. Meeting place: Rochester Hollow PA in the Town of Shandaken. This will involve meeting at the Rochester Hollow parking area and taking the trail up the valley for approximately 1.5 miles and then returning back to the parking area by way of the stream.  The hike will include stopping at specific locations to observe stream channel and riparian forest conditions.  Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, Loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists!  Total Distance: ~ 3 miles.

August 4 8AM – 7PM

Explore East Branch Neversink River Headwaters and Slide Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Denning PA in the Town of Denning. The hike will start at the East Branch-Phoenicia trail to access the East Branch Neversink River valley. Depending on the ability and interest of the participants we will hike up the East Branch Neversink River or the Deer Shanty Brook toward Slide Mountain. The hike will focus on exploring the valley and stream environment and may include a bushwack summit of Slide Mountain if it seems feasible.  Total Distance is variable; assume a minimum 7 miles.

September 15 8AM – 7PM

An exploration of Woodland Creek’s headwaters TBD. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Woodland Valley Campground PA. The plan will be to bushwhack across the base of the Wittenberg along NYS land to the headwater reaches of Woodland Creek. From there, the assembled group will pick a route up any of the several branches of Woodland Creek, potentially ascending Slide, Cornell or Wittenberg; or just turning around and heading back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7-12 miles.

October 13 9AM – 6PM

Cascade Brook to Panther Mountain/Giant Ledge. Rating: Difficult. Meeting Place: Giant Ledge PA. The hike will include walking down CR47 to Cascade Brook (~1 mile) to reach the stream route up Panther Mountain then walking along the left descending side of the stream to stay on NYS land for the first 0.5 miles. After that, the hike stays in the stream drainage until it disappears in the talus below Panther’s summit. The route up Panther will be along a SW-trending ridge to the summit view point. From there the return hike is via trail to Giant Ledge and back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7 miles.

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Catskills: Places to Go for Hiking, Camping, Cycling, Kayaking, XC Skiing, Fishing & more

The Catskill Mountain Region is Over 6,000 Square Miles….Where Should You Begin?

Are you new to the Catskills or not familiar with the location of our public lands and recreational resources? Looking for some good suggestions on where to go hiking, camping, boating, cycling, fishing, or cross-country skiing in the Catskills? In a region larger than the state of Connecticut, here are some suggestions to get you started.

NOTE: The NYSDEC has developed several accessible recreation facilities in the Catskills for individuals with disabilities. For a complete list go to the DEC’s Accessible Recreation Destinations page and search their lists for Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.

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Choose a vicinity below to view some of the many outdoor pursuits in the Catskill Mountain region.
In the Park
NORTHERN  SOUTHERN  WESTERN

Outside the Park
NORTHEAST          NORTHWEST         SOUTHEAST         SOUTHWEST
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NORTHERN Catskill Park

Strenuous Hikes:

  • Blackhead Range – Traverse the three high peaks that define the skyline of the northern Catskill Park; Thomas Cole (elev. 3,940′), Blackhead (elev. 3,940′), and Black Dome (elev. 3,980′). Mileage approx. 5-6 miles one-way depending on route. Scenic view points. NY/NJ TC Catskills Trail Map #41.
  • Devil’s Path – Doing even a small chunk of the 23-mile Devil’s Path can be considered an extremely strenuous hike, however the rewards are numerous and unforgettable. Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Twin are signature Catskill high peaks, and Plateau, Southwest Hunter, and Westkill Mountains will give you a better workout than you could ever pay for at a gym. Once you make it up to the spruce-fir summits, all of your troubles will disappear in the breeze. Amazing vistas from bluestone ledges will turn you into a romantic such as the likes of Thomas Cole and Washington Irving.

Moderate Hikes:

  • Dibble’s Quarry and Pecoy Notch – A moderate hike of 1.9 miles one-way will take you through classic Catskills northern hardwood forest and typical rock outcrops, then to an abandoned bluestone quarry with modern-day charm, on to a tumbling stream through a hemlock ravine, up to a high-mountain beaver meadow, and finally to the rugged notch between Twin and Sugarloaf Mountains (elevation gain 1,000’).. More ambitious hikers can ascend the Devil’s Path to the summits on either side of the notch. Scenic views at Dibble’s Quarry and summits of Twin and Sugarloaf Mountains. NY/NJ TC Catskills Trail Map #41.
  • Huckleberry Point – Hike from the magical Platte Clove up onto the lower flanks of Kaaterskill High Peak and then out to a rocky promontory with fantastic views of the Hudson Valley, Platte Clove, and Indian Head Range. 2.5 miles one-way; gradual ascents. NY/NJ TC Catskills Trail Map #41

Easy Hikes:

  • Catskill Mountain House Site and Artists Rock – Accessed via North-South Lake State Campground, this is arguably the foremost classic scenic view in the Catskill Park (along with the view of North-South Lake and South Mountain from North Mountain). The Catskill Mountain House Site is a short stroll from the parking areas at the campground and boasts an incredible panorama of the Hudson Valley. Artists Rock (0.5-mile from campground), Boulder Rock (0.75-mile from campground), and Sunset Rock (1.3-miles from campground) also have great views. This legendary area was America’s first great tourist destination and was visited by president’s, artists and the rich and powerful for over a century. NY/NJ TC Catskills Trail Map #40 and #41.
  • Diamond Notch Falls – At the end of Spruceton Road park in the area on the right. Hike up the Diamond Notch Trail along the West Kill for .7 miles to the falls. This is a great place for a picnic or to just explore and sit around.

Primitive Camping:

  • Elm Ridge Lean-to in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest
  • Devil’s Acre Lean-to in the Hunter-West Kill Wilderness

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center

Ice Skating

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Colgate Lake – Enjoy scenic views of the Blackhead Range while paddling lazily on this pretty out-of-the-way lake. This lake supports trout. NY/NJ TC Catskills Trail Map #41.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Schoharie Creek from Lexington to Prattsville. Nine miles of flatwater and Class I-III rapids flowing through a beautiful valley. See if you can spot a bald eagle looking for trout.

Trout Fishing:

  • Schoharie Creek
  • West Kill

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Lake Rip Van Winkle in Tannersville
  • Colgate Lake in Greene County
  • Note: Colgate Lake is an Accessible Recreation Destination site. See link above.

Mountain Biking:

  • Hunter Mountain Ski Area
  • Ski Windham
  • Elm Ridge Wild Forest

Cycling:

  • Moderate: The ride in Spruceton Valley from CR 42 to the head of the valley is one of the most beautiful and pleasant rides in the Catskills. Light traffic and nearly flat terrain with mountain ranges on both the north and south sides of the valley make for a wonderful outing.15 miles, round trip.
  • Feeling fiesty? Ride over Deep Notch from the hamlet of Shandaken for a full day’s outing.
  • Bonus: At the end of the road, leave your bike and hike .7 miles along the West Kill to Diamond Notch Falls.
  • Strenuous: CR 23C in the Towns of Jewett and Hunter offers spectacular scenery and rolling terrain on a quiet country road. 25 miles round trip. Have a meal and a brew in Tannersville at the end of your trip.

SOUTHERN Catskill Park

Strenuous Hikes:

  • Table and Peekamoose Mountains – Start in from the end of Denning Road, for a hike of 3.9 miles one-way to the summit of Table Mountain (elevation gain 1,700′), and another 0.85-mile brings you to the summit of Peekamoose. Alternate approach is 3.9 miles one-way to summit of Peekamoose Mountain, from Peekamoose Road (Ulster Co. Rt. 42)., (elevation gain 2,640′). Enjoy the magic kingdom of the spruce-fir forest that crowns our highest Catskill peaks.
  • Wittenberg Mountain – This is a tough hike with an enormous pay-off. Starting at the Woodland Valley Parking Area ( pay fee from mid-May to mid-October), hike up the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail 3.9 miles to the summit. The spectacular views over the Ashokan Reservoir and to the Devil’s Path Range are to die for. The summit elevaton is 3780′ with a climb of 2430′.

Moderate Hikes:

  • Giant Ledge – Arguably the most “bang for the buck” in the Catskills, a short hike with some huffing and puffing is rewarded by breathtaking views on a series of 250′ high open ledges. To the east are views of the nearby Burroughs Range and to the west views of the high peaks of the Big Indian Wilderness. 3 miles out and back.
  • Bonus: Go in late May to early June for the pinxsters (azaleas) growing out of the ledges. Find bunchberries, yellow clintonia and more along the trail.

Easy Hikes:

  • Red Hill Fire Tower – A 1.35-mile hike through a pleasant forest, uphill but not too steep, leads you to the Red Hill Fire Tower. Thanks to volunteer efforts, the tower is now completely restored and open to the public. Enjoy 360-degree views of the mountains. The old ranger cabin, open on most weekends in summer, now has old photographs and other interpretive material about the days when the tower was used by the State for spotting forest fires.
  • Ashokan Reservoir – Hike on a paved trail along the south shore of the reservoir over a dam and on a berm. The views to the Devil’s Path Trail on the east end of the hike and to the Burroughs Range west of the reservoir are stunning. Watch the bald eagles fishing and soaring. Round trip between the parking areas on SR 28A is about 5½ miles.

Primitive Camping:

  • Biscuit Brook lean-to in the Big Indian Wilderness
  • Rochester Hollow lean-to in the Shandaken Wild Forest
  • Note: The Rochester Hollow lean-to is an Accessible Recreation Destination site. See link above.

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Rochester Hollow in Big Indian. This beautiful trail offers excellent skiing for the intermediate skier.
  • Belleayre Mountain Ski Area. There are trails for beginners and for those with advanced skills.

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Mongaup Pond – A 120 acre lake, the largest in the Catskills other than the NYC reservoirs, complete with a campground, swimming and boat rentals for paddling.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • The Esopus Creek has several good places to put in/take out. Conditions can be easy to difficult depending on water depth, with releases from a NYC water supply tunnel at Allaben common for the summer weekends.  Class II-III rapids.

Trout Fishing:

  • Willowemoc Creek– One of the legendary trout streams that made the Catskills famous for trout fishing beginning in the mid to late-1800’s. The “Willow” is natural, free-flowing river that holds some beautiful fish and beautiful surroundings. Public fishing areas can be found at several sections along the course of the river. Generally typical Catskills fly hatches and fly patterns, according to the time of the season. Some sections open year round for catch and release only. Don’t forget to visit the non-profit Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, between Livingston Manor and Roscoe to learn about our rich Catskill Mountains fly fishing heritage.

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Mongaup Pond (see above)

Mountain Biking:

  • Belleayre Mountain Ski Area – no lifts for bicycles at this time, but ORDA is working on making that feature available.
  • Willowemoc Wild Forest – The trail system around Frick and Hodge Ponds and out to Quick Lake is extensive. The more appropriate snowmobile trails are open to mountain biking, but so are hiking trails. Use caution and be ready to yield to hikers.

Cycling:

  • Moderate: Woodland Valley Rd. from Phoenicia out and back. A beautiful, peaceful ride in one of the Catskills most beautiful valleys. 12.6 miles round trip.
  • Strenuous: Ride CR 47 (Oliverea-Slide Mtn.-Frost Valley Rd.) from Big Indian to SR 55 just south of Claryville. Go east to SR55A towards Sundown and continue to West Shokan on the Sundown-Peekamoose-Watson Hollow Rd. Turn north on SR28A to Boiceville and then northwest on SR 28, returning to Big Indian. Significant climbing, 64 miles.

WESTERN Catskill Park

Strenuous Hikes:

  • Dry Brook Ridge from Margaretville to Mill Brook Rd. This is a high ridge hike with long views west to the Pepacton Reservoir from several ledges. 9.6 miles.
  • Balsam Lake Mountain – By continuing south on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail another 2.2 miles to the junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain Trail you can climb this Catskills high peak (3720′) which treats you to a fire tower on its summit.
  • Bonus: Go on the weekend (spring through fall) and gain access to the fire tower cab and the interpretive knowledge of its keepers.

Moderate Hikes:

  • Kelly Hollow – A nice loop trail through both serene hardwoods and deep dark Norway spruce plantations. Lean-to for camping next to a small beaver pond.

Easy Hikes:

  • Alder Lake – Once you see what a beautiful place Alder Lake is, you’ll want to keep it to yourself. A bowl in the mountains, surrounded by State land. Great for canoeing, tent camping, and brook trout fishing. A one-mile loop trail circles the lake, mostly flat and dry. The old abandoned Coykendall mansion looking over the lake is quickly succumbing to a sad state of decay, but is still architecturally interesting. A spectacular place when the fall foliage peaks.
  • Waneta Lake – A pretty little lake that most people drive by without giving a second thought to. Hike over the “stepping stones” on the dam, and look for a yellow trail on the far side of the lake, leading to a handful of designated tent camping sites.

Primitive Camping:

  • Beaver Meadow lean-to in the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
  • Trout Pond lean-to in the Cherry Ridge Wild Forest
  • Note: The Trout Pond lean-to is an Accessible Recreation Destination site. See link above.

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Kelly Hollow in the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest is a designated cross country ski area. Intermediate to advanced.

Ice Skating

  • Livingston Manor rink in Rotary Park on Pleasant Street in Livingson Manor — it has a Facebook page! (Pleasant Street is one block southwest of the stoplight on Main Street)

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Big Pond – A real find for those who have never traveled down Barkaboom Road. The beautiful mountain setting of this medium-sized, deep lake will keep you coming back, as will the bald eagles and great fishing. Open for trout fishing year-round, which makes Big Pond a Catskills hot-spot for ice-fishing in winter. Pitch your tent at one of four designated campsites.
  • Alder Lake – A medium sized pond that is perfect for casual paddling. The launch is a short distance from the parking area. There have been regular bald eagle sightings as well as other water fowl. A good place for a swim, too.
  • Pepacton Reservoir — newly opened by the NYC DEP, the Pepacton, along with the Schoharie, Neversink and Cannonsville reservoirs, are great places to do flat water paddling.   Serenity and wildlife abound on these reservoirs.  Boat rentals are available locally or, if you have your own boat it must be steam cleaned before bringing it to the launch site.   Read more about the reservoir boating program here, and the Pepacton specifically hereincluding information on rentals and steam cleaning vendors.  Get or renew your DEP Access Permit here.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • East Branch Delaware River
    • Above the Pepaction reservoir you can paddle the slow moving East Branch into or out of Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville for a quiet scenic tour.  Boat rentals available at Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm.
    • Below the Pepacton Reservoir, water releases from the keep this river flowing steady even during dry summer months. Release water is very cold, which helps the healthy population of wild trout, but can make for painful swimming or wading in bare skin, at least in the upper stretches. A classic 5-mile float trip is from Rt. 206/30 bridge just above Downsville to the bridge in Shinhopple. Canoe/kayak rental available in Downsville.

Trout Fishing:

  • Beaverkill River – Steeped in lore and legend, the Beaverkill is the preeminent American trout stream. It is the river that made the Catskills famous as the birthplace of American fly-fishing. Very little public access upstream of Roscoe, but many places to get on the river below Roscoe. Many fly shops and guides in the area. Best to fish at off-peak times when you can find some elbow room. River supports a great wild population of trout, mostly browns, but also rainbows and brookies.
  • Pepacton Reservoir – The biggest brown trout in the Catskills, and perhaps the east, swim in the Pepacton. The reservoir is part of the New York City water supply system, and requires a permit to access. Fish from shore or rowboat just about anywhere in the spring, then go deep during the summer. Live bait fish (usually sawbellies) and shiny spoons (most notably Krocodiles) are proven methods. Water levels fluctuate depending on seasonal rainfall fluctuations. Beware of mercury contamination and other State health advisories.

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Pepacton Reservoir – When the hot summer weather slows down the trout fishing, many anglers turn their attention to hard-fighting “bronzebacks” (smallmouth bass) of the Pepacton and other NYC reservoirs. Cruise the shoreline with fly or spinning rod, looking for good structure such as rock ledges and drop- offs. Access permit required; shore fishing or rowboats only. Water levels fluctuate depending on seasonal rainfall fluctuations; beware of mercury contamination and other State health advisories.
  • Waneta Lake in the Willowemoc Wild Forest – see above    Note: Waneta Lake is an Accessible Recreation Destination site. See link above.

Mountain Biking:

  • Snow-mobile Trail off Morton Hill Road – Ride 2.5 miles one-way on an old road bed to the unnamed peaks north of Morton Hill.

Cycling:

  • Moderate: Ride from the parking area just south and west of the intersection of SR 28 and Reservoir Rd. to the Shavertown Bridge on a quiet back road. This gently rolling route offers spectacular views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains. 10 miles one way. Complete you trip by returning the via the same route or cross the bridge and follow SR 30 back to Reservoir Rd. and your car. Loop 19.7 miles.
  • Strenuous: Ride a complete loop around the Pepacton Reservoir. This route has significant climbing on its northern section. Start at the SR28/30 intersection west of Margaretville and ride to Downville, using the roads that hug the north side of the reservoir. Then travel back to your starting point via SR 30, BWS Road 8, Reservoir Rd. and SR 28/30. 51 miles.

NORTHEASTERN Catskill Region
(Outside the Catskill Park)

Strenuous Hikes:

  • The Long Path – Strenuous hikes along a portion of the Long Path from ROute 23 west in Windham to Huntersfield Road in Prattsville. Approximately 15 miles over 8 mountains.

Moderate Hikes:

  • Vroman’s Nose – The scenic gem of Schoharie County, this conspicuous promontory juts out over the pastoral Schoharie Creek Valley and provides fantastic views of some of New York’s best farmland. This preserve, maintained by the non-profit Vroman’s Nose Corporation, has dramatic ledges, an interesting geological history, and lies along the Long Path. Off NYS Rt. 30, near Middleburg.

Easy Hikes:

Primitive Camping:

  • Huntersfield Mountain Lean-to – The lean-to is located just below the summit of Huntersfield Mountain. The Long Path leads to the yellow-blazed NYSDEC trail that circles the summit and to the lean-to.
  • Eminence State Forest Complex – The lean-to within the 12,000-acre Eminence State Forest can be reached by taking Route 30 north to West Fulton Road. Head west to Rossman Hill Road, and west on Rossman Hill Road to Burnt Hill Road. Make a left turn to reach the Lean-to. The Long Path is nearby.

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Catskill Scenic Trail from Roxbury to Bloomville in Delaware County. Multiple access points, so customize your ski trip.

Ice Skating

  • Badgley Park in the Village of Middleburgh
  • If your taste in rinks goes more to the indoor, well groomed rinks, Saugerties has what you’re looking for in the Kiwanis Arena

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoirs – The lower reservoir, accessed from Mine Kill State Park is less restrictive to use than the upper reservoir. You can check regulations and access information here.
  • Pepacton Reservoir — newly opened by the NYC DEP, the Pepacton, along with the Schoharie, Neversink and Cannonsville reservoirs, are great places to do flat water paddling.   Serenity and wildlife abound on these reservoirs.  Boat rentals are available locally or, if you have your own boat it must be steam cleaned before bringing it to the launch site.   Read more about the reservoir boating program here, and the Pepacton specifically here.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • East Branch of the Delaware River – The trip Halcottsville to Margaretville is about 5 miles. Below Margaretville you will enter the regulated waters of the NYC DEP, permit required. (See our page on DEP regulations.)  Boat rentals are available in Halcottsville and in Arkville as well as farther upstream in Roxbury. Check for stream conditions. Class I-II rapids.

Trout Fishing:

  • The East Branch of the Delaware River and some of its tributaries below Halcottsville have about 5 miles of public fishing rights.

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Lower Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir. – see above

Mountain Biking:

  • Mine Kill State Park – 8 miles of trails.

Cycling:

  • Easy: Catskill Scenic Trail from Roxbury north and west to Bloomville.
  • Moderately easy: CR 36 in Roxbury is a lightly traveled, gently rolling road passing through scenic farmlands.

NORTHWESTERN Catskill Region
(Outside the Catskill Park)

Strenuous Hikes:

  • Bearpen and Vly Mountains are the only two of the 35 Catskill High Peaks that are located outside of the Park. They are usually climbed on the same hike.

Moderate Hikes:

  • Mount Utsayantha –  Climb to spectacular views on this 3214′ peak with a wooden fire tower.

Easy Hikes:

  • Emmons Pond Bog – A preserve owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, with a hiking trail in easy walking distance from the road. Approach through a meadow with many wildflowers, then walk through the shrubby edge of the pond before stepping out onto a short boardwalk through the bog mat that surrounds the pond. See pitcher plants and other bog vegetation.
  • The history of the pond and bog date back 11,000 years when the retreat of the last glacier left a drepression which was soon filled with water. Sphagnum moss and other bog plants grew in the shallow water around the edge of the pond. Plant materials broke down slowly because of the acidity and low temperature of the water. As a result, the plant materials accumulated to form a floating doughnut-shaped mat around the pond. Beavers dammed the outlet stream in the late 1970s, so the bog mat is now ringed with water.
  • In the beginning of the trail there is a sign-in box and interpretive signs. The trail is easy and is marked with orange markers and is 1.4 mi long, circles the pond in a counter-clockwise direction. Southside Drive, 4 miles southeast of Oneonta in the Town of Davenport.
  • Catskill Scenic Rail Trail – The scenic rolling hills and rich agricultural lands of the Delaware River Valley will surround you as you walk or bike on this gentle-grade path. Choose a stretch from the 20 miles of rail trail between Bloomville and Grand Gorge, or try out the newly completed 5.5-mile section from Grand Gorge to Roxbury.

Primitive Camping:

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Catskill Scenic Trail – see above

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Schoharie Reservoir – One of the four NYC reservoirs open for recreational boating. is a great places to do flat water paddling.   Serenity and wildlife abound on these reservoirs.  Boat rentals are available locally or, if you have your own boat it must be steam cleaned before bringing it to the launch site.   Read more about the reservoir boating program here, and the Schoharie specifically here, including information on rentals and steam cleaning vendors.
  • Susquehanna River – between Oneonta and Cooperstown, the Susquehanna is a wide lazy river, perfect for a relaxing day in your canoe, kayak or maybe even a stand up paddleboard.   Boat rentals and other info available in Portlandville.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • West Branch Delaware River – Spring rains and snow-melt make for a fun run on this meandering river through the beautiful rolling hills of Delaware County. Hold on tight to your paddle through the quick bends, and share the long flats with kingfishers, mergansers, herons, osprey, and bald eagles. A classic trip is from Bloomville or Delhi to Hamden. Put in at public bridges. River can be too low to float during drought months. Canoe rental available in Walton and the 18 mile trip from Delhi has Class I-II rapids. Oh, and don’t forget to buy some local maple syrup!

Trout Fishing:

  • West Branch Delaware River – Good fishing in both the farm country of the upper West Branch, and the tailwater river below the Cannonsville Reservoir. River below Deposit, and down into Main Stem of the Delaware below Hancock is one of the few places in the east where you can hire a guide to take you in a drift boat. Lots of public access points. The Delaware system is noted for its wild rainbows.

Warm-water Fishing:

Mountain Biking:

  • Ski Plattekill – This ski area offers fast action on the downhill slopes; serviced with chair lifts. Check their web site for rates and various events and competitions.

Cycling:

  • Catskill Scenic Rail Trail – see above

SOUTHEASTERN Catskill Region
(Outside the Catskill Park)

Strenuous Hikes:

Moderate Hikes:

  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Loop hike from Lake Minnewaska south to Gertrude’s Nose then north to Millbrook Mountain and back to the start. Stunning open views, white cliffs, dwarf pines and wild blueberries in season.

Easy Hikes:

  • Mohonk Preserve Carriage Trails – Take a stroll along the under-cliff or over-cliff carriage trails in the Trapps section of the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge. Enjoy the mountain laurel when it’s in bloomin spring, pick blueberries when they’re ripe in fall, and watch rock-climbers whenever the rocks are dry. Mohonk Preserve day pass or season pass required.

Primitive Camping:

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • Mohonk Preserve – see above
  • Minnewaska State Park and Preserve – Extensive network of groomed trails.

Ice Skating

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Bashakill Wetland – A very unique and important wetland, the Bashakill is a part of a large protected area and tributary of the Nevesink River. The wetland is nestled between the Shawangunk Ridge and the Neversink Highlands, and offers a beautiful meandering paddling opportunity. Check with the non-profit Bashakill Area Association for guided outings led by professional botanists and other nature enthusiasts.

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Wallkill River – Gentle north flowing river. Gardiner north to New Paltz and on to Sturgeon Pool near Rosendale and just south of the confluence with the Rondout Creek.
  • Neversink Reservoir — newly opened by the NYC DEP, the Neversink , along with the Schoharie, Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs, are great places to do flat water paddling.   Serenity and wildlife abound on these reservoirs.  Boat rentals are available locally or, if you have your own boat it must be steam cleaned before bringing it to the launch site.   Read more about the reservoir boating program here, and the Neversink specifically hereincluding information on rentals and steam cleaning vendors.

Trout Fishing:

  • Rondout Creek (upper) – Sections of the Rondout Creek below the Rondout Reservoir and down through Ellenville are stocked each year and generally remain cold enough to support trout. Temperatures begin to rise downstream of Ellenville.

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Rondout Creek (lower) – The flat-water sections of the Rondout, upstream of High Falls, make for great places to try your hand at largemouth bass, crappies, and sunfish.

Mountain Biking:

  • Vernooy State Forest – A recent addition to the State’s land-holdings, the Vernooey State Forest outside of Ellenville is a great connector between the Catskills and Shawangunks. Several dirt roads make for relaxing mountain bikes rides with little or no other traffic.
  • Lippman Park in Wawarsing. Built and maintained by enthusiasts.

Cycling:

  • Wallkill Valley Rail Trail – Gentle-grade trail awaits those want to embark on a day-trip between Kingston and Gardiner. 24 miles of completed rail trail in all. Multiple access points. Nearby bike shops in Gardiner, New Paltz and Rosendale.
  • Bonus: The recently opened section north of Rosendale crosses the 150′ high Rosendale Trestle and passes through the historic Rosendale Cement mining operations and factory ruins.
  • Minnewaska State Park Preserve – miles of carriage roads.
  • Bonus: Marvel at Awosting Falls near the park entrance and then ride out to Lake Awosting for a swim.

SOUTHWESTERN Catskill Region
(Outside the Catskill Park)

Strenuous Hikes:

  • Neversink Unique Area – Explore a secret treasure of the Catskill region – the Neversink Gorge. The Neversink is a wild and beautiful river, and here it flows through an out-of-the-way valley, over waterfalls and through thick forests. Trails of 1 to 3 miles one-way lead to the river, and then bush-whacking can be the best way to truly explore the river’s secrets.

Moderate Hikes:

  • O & W Rail Trail – Two completed sections, one from Hurleyville to South Fallsburg, and one from Woodridge to Mountaindale, offer a relaxing stroll or bike ride.
  • Rock Rift Fire Tower Trail  –   A brand new rail trail added to the Fingerlakes Trail system, alongside the Cannonsville Reservoir — Click here for full details and maps

Easy Hikes:

  • Crystal Lake Loop Trail – A relaxing loop hike around a beautiful hidden lake.
  • Rock Rift Rail Trail  7.8 miles.  – A brand new rail trail added to the Fingerlakes Trail system, alongside the Cannonsville Reservoir — Click here for full details and maps

Primitive Camping:

Cross-Country Skiing:

  • O & W Rail Trail – see above

Ice Skating:

  • Hodges Pond, Oneonta — ice conditions can be checked by calling 607-432-7997

Flatwater Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Crystal Lake in the Crystal Lake Wild Forest – A 32 acre lake with a boat launch and a hiking trail.
  • Cannonsville Reservoir — the first reservoir opened to recreational boating by the NYC DEP, the Cannonsville , along with the Schoharie, Pepacton and Neverskink reservoirs, are great places to do flat water paddling.  Electric trolling motors are also allowed on only this reservoir.    Serenity and wildlife abound on these reservoirs.  Boat rentals are available locally or, if you have your own boat it must be steam cleaned before bringing it to the launch site.   Read more about the reservoir boating program here, and the Cannonsville specifically here, including information on rentals and steam cleaning vendors.

River Canoeing/Kayaking:

  • Delaware River – Designated a National Scenic and Recreational River, the Delaware is a classic float trip. Start in Hancock or any number of other public access points and flat as little as one or two miles, or as many as 10, 20, 50, or even 100 or more. The main-stem Delaware is the largest un-dammed river in the east, and boasts a healthy population of bald eagles and many game-fish species. Private outfitters rent canoes and kayaks, and run campgrounds and guided trips. Keep your eyes out for bald eagles! Hancock to Port Jervis has some Class I-II rapids.

Trout Fishing:

  • Delaware River – The main-stem Delaware is the largest un-dammed river in the east, and supports a healthy population of naturally spawning brown, rainbow, and brook trout. One of the few good trout rivers in the east that can be floated in a rowboat or driftboat. Several fly shops and professional guides available in the area. The big river can be intimidating, so don’t hesitate to seek professional advice on the best fishing tactics.

Warm-water Fishing:

  • Delaware River – When the water temperatures rise in the downstream portions of the Delaware, many fisherman turn to black bass, walleye, and shad.

Mountain Biking:

  • Walnut Mountain Park is a town owned park located in Liberty and consists of 265 acres. On the second highest mountain in Sullivan County, it has trails of varied difficulty. Open May 1 through September 30.

Cycling: