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Saturday, May 17, 9 AM – Hike Mt. Pleasant and Romer Mountain

Mt. Pleasant, though only a little over 2800′, is highly visible to Catskill visitors. It’s very prominent location makes it a landmark from Mt Tremper, Wittenberg and a number of other Catskill summits. Mt Pleasant is one of those  ‘I wonder what mountain that is’ peaks, as it sits on the south side of  NY28, towering over the hamlet of the same name. Continue reading

Saturday, May 17 – Mount Tremper Hike and Fire Tower Volunteer Training

Mount Tremper Fire Tower is perched high above Phoenicia, circled by the tallest mountains in the Catskills, and looks out to the Hudson Valley. Volunteer Interpreters with the Catskill Fire Tower Project open the cab at the top of the fire tower on weekend days from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, giving hikers a chance to enjoy the view from inside the cab and learn about the fire tower.

On Saturday, May 17, we will hike to the summit of Mount Tremper for Volunteer Interpreter Training. It is a two-hour training with a nice chance for lunch at the fire tower. This ‘Difficult’ hike is three miles each way, a six-mile day, and ascends 2,000 feet.

Whether you are interested in volunteering for the fire tower this season, or you would like to join the group for a good hike, a visit to the fire tower, and a chance to learn a little about Catskill fire towers, join us for this fun day on Mount Tremper.

Contact Jonathan Mogelever for training day details: jmogelever@catskillcenter.org  or call 845-586-2611. Registration required by Thursday, May 15.

Thursday, May 15, 9 AM – Southern Pine Hill – West Branch Trail Maintenance to Big Indian Mountain

The CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew will be working on the southern end of the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail next. Join us and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers for this maintenance hike from the Biscuit Brook trailhead to Big Indian Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers and pruners and a longer blade folding saw if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you. Continue reading

Monday, May 12, Noon – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues, Part II

The CMC will continue our work constructing the two new trails at the soon to be opened DEP’s Palmer Hill parcel. With its open terrain and spectacular views, it will be sure to please the Catskill hiker accustomed to our wooded trails.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Sunday, May 11, 11 AM – Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike: Second Chance

You are invited to you to join with CMC board member Howard Raab for the fourth Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike at Kelly Hollow on Sunday, May 11. Our first such hike was an overwhelming success, so we’re offering a slightly later opportunity which promises even more to see.

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. Continue reading

Saturday, May 10, 4 PM – Hike at Bluestone Wild Forest/Onteora Lake

As part of Trailfest at Kenco Outfitters, the CMC will lead a hike in the eastern Catskills’ Bluestone Wild Forest. Among the features of the area is Onteora Lake. The hike through mixed forest is an easy one, suitable for hikers of all ages including children. John Exter, a past CMC board member, will lead the hike. Meet at the CMC/Catskill Center Trailfest table at 3:45 for the short drive to the trailhead.

Wear good hiking boots and comfortable clothing. Bring a quart of water and maybe a snack. About 3.4 miles and 2 hours.

Directions: Kenco is located at the junction of SR 28 and Hurley Mountain Rd. in Kingston, about ½ mile west of US 209.  Bluestone WF/Onteora Lake Parking Area is off SR 28, approximately 3 miles west of Kenco.

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues

The CMC will continue our work constructing the two new trails at the soon to be opened DEP’s Palmer Hill parcel. With its open terrain and spectacular views, it will be sure to please the Catskill hiker accustomed to our wooded trails.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Tuesday, May 6, 9 AM – Western Black Dome Trail Maintenance to Thomas Cole

The CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew will be working on the western end of the Black Dome Trail next. Join us and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers for this maintenance hike over the Camel’s Hump and on to Thomas Cole Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers and pruners and a longer blade folding saw if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you. Continue reading

Saturday, May 3, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Begins!

The CMC and its CMC/NYNJTC trail crew will begin building the Palmer Hill trails this coming Saturday. This will be our second project in partnership with the NYCDEP. It’s going to be a trail unlike any other in the Catskills, with lots of hiking through open meadows and with one of the best views in the Catskills.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Friday, May 2, 9 AM – Balsam Mountain Trail Maintenance

We’ll begin our CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew trail maintenance for 2014 on the Pine Hill-West Branch trail loop over Balsam Mountain, beginning at Rider Hollow.

We’ll be looking for fallen limbs and trees to cut and remove, cleaning out the leaves from waterbars and lopping off limbs that have protruded over the trail. At this time of year, we’ll have the added pleasure of looking for early wildflowers and seeing the views through trees that haven’t leafed out yet. Continue reading

Mothers’ Day Weekend – Wildflowers Along the Route of an Historic Hike – From our friends at the CNPS and the MTHS in partnership with the Torrey Botanical Society and the Olive Natural Heritage Society

Joel Fry-MTHS-CNPS2Our friends at the Catskill Native Plant Society and the Mountain Top Historical Society have announced a hike that will be of interest to all who love wildflowers and other flora and to those who love history. The hike will follow the path of 18th century botanist and author John Bartram and his son, William, as they explored the Catskills in 1753.  There will be a lecture Saturday evening. Click on the image to learn more.

 

Sunday, April 27, 11 AM – Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike

Join with CMC board member Howard Raab for the fourth Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike at Kelly Hollow.

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. Continue reading

Thursday, April 17, 9 AM – Three Peaks via the Long Path: Bangle, Samson and Spencer’s Ledge

IMG_2376rJoin us as we venture off the beaten path. Natures spectacular beauty will greet us even before we arrive at the trailhead. The drive down Peekamoose Rd. is stunning with waterfalls pouring from the valley walls into the creek that parallels  the road. We will follow the Long Path south, and then east up to Bangle Hill.  The first mile or so of the hike will yield the majority of our elevation. Our effort will be rewarded with wonderful views across the valley towards Van Wyck, Table, and Peekamoose. The trail will ease as we turn east, then we will leave the trail behind for a gradual climb to the first of our trailless summits, Samson Mtn.  From here we can expect (weather permitting of course) views to our north and west. Continue reading

Sunday, April 13, 10 AM – Spring Waterfall Hike in Kaaterskill Clove

Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand - 1849Since John Bartram’s visit in 1753, Kaaterskill Falls, New York’s highest at 260′, has been the Catskills most famous waterfall.  Painted by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and numerous other members of the Hudson River School and invoked by writers of myth and nature such as Bryant, Cooper and Irving, Kaaterskill is an icon of American Romanticism.

Nearby, and so impressive that many visitors never get to Kaaterskill Falls because they are fooled by its majesty into thinking that they have arrived, Bastion Falls sits roadside at the curve in the road near the foot of Kaaterskill’s deeply carved gorge.

 

Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand – 1849

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Our Friends at CRISP are Seeking Volunteers to Help Fight Aquatic Invasive Species in the Catskills

2014BoatStewards (2) March 5, 2014  –  CRISP is gearing up to educate the public about the problem of aquatic invasive species in the Catskills. Find out how you can help by volunteering for a few days this summer. You’ll be providing a public service and learning some skills while gaining valuable experience, too.

Click on the image for more information.

Temporarily Restricted Parking at Woodland Valley P.A. Beginning April 14

The DEC has announced that, beginning April 14, part of the parking area at Woodland Valley will be closed for at least two weeks to allow for the removal of ash trees infested with emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that attacks and kills ash trees. For those planning to hike the Burroughs Range or on the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail, alternative parking is available at other parking areas. For more information see the April 14 update on the NYNJTC’s Catskills Hiking Trail Status and Conditions page.

 

CMC comments on NYSDEC draft amendment to the Bluestone W.F. UMP

Marck 1, 2014  –  The DEC is proposing to make several improvements in the Bluestone Wild Forest. They are:

1) Construct and mark a new 2.5 mile mountain bike trail to be located within the Jockey Hill section of the unit.
2) Update the official trail network of the unit by designating appropriate trails and re-routing or closing inappropriate trails.
3) Manage Onteora Lake as a warm water recreational fishery.

We believe that the changes proposed by the NYSDEC are all very positive, and will greatly enhance this tremendous resource in the eastern Catskill Mountain region. These proposed changes will benefit the user groups that frequent these lands and waters, and likely invite additional users. We feel that the changes proposed by the NYSDEC will adequately balance this use and the protection of the natural resources within the Blue Stone Wild Forest.

 

CMC Participates in Catskill Park Awareness Day

March 1, 2014  –  On Tuesday, February 25 the CMC participated in Catskill Park Awareness Day by traveling to Albany to talk with our representatives in state government. Along with delegates from 35 other organizations that have banded together in the new Catskill Park Coalition, four members of the CMC board went to speak on behalf of programs that are focussed on improving the economy of the Catskills and on the stewardship of the Catskill Park. Continue reading

“How Wolves Change Rivers”

“How Wolves Change Rivers” is a short video about the restoration of ecological systems. This beautiful video may give you a deeper appreciation of the connectedness in all of nature.

From Sustainable Man.

CMC Comments on Proposed NYSDEC Black Bear Management Plan

February 10, 2014  –  The Catskill Mountain Club has issued a comment regarding the proposed NYSDEC black bear management plan. While supporting several initiatives to better manage the black bear population in the Catskills including an increased bag limit and greater promotion of the sport of bear hunting, the CMC opposes the creation of a new black bear hunting season. If approved, the current proposal by the DEC would establish a new hunting season that would run from the first Saturday after Labor Day for 16 days. The new season would coincide with one of the most used and beloved times of the year for hikers and many other outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Continue reading

Alder Lake Parking Area Closed Until Spring

2013Cat142_AlderLakeClosingMap courtesy of the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference

February 10, 2014  –  Due to a significant accumulation of ice and snow on the access road into the Alder Lake Parking Area, the lower gate at the entrance has been locked.  The DEC estimates that the lot will be closed to cars until early spring. However, the area remains open for non-motorized activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and XC skiing. Exercise caution while parking on the side of the road and observe town laws regarding winter parking regulations. Alder Lake is located in the southwestern Catskills within the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest.

Saturday, March 8, 9:00 AM – Hunter and Leavitt (SW Hunter)

On this great route, as varied as any, we will climb two of the Catskill’s 35 highest.  Hunter, at 4040′, is the second highest of our mountains and is topped by one of the five restored fire towers in the Park. Needless to say, the views are spectacular. Leavitt, at 3740′ and the most recently designated “high peak”, requires a short bushwhack to find its summit. Our loop will take us up the Devil’s Path and down the Spruceton Trail for a distance of about 9 miles, including the bushwhack. The hike is strenuous and will take about seven hours.

Proper footwear and clothing are a must for this hike. You will likely need snowshoes, microspikes and possibly full crampons. Dress in layers of wicking materials that can be easily taken off and put on. Wear a water and wind resistant outer layer. Hiking poles are suggested. Bring plenty of water or warm beverages and lunch. For more advice about winter hiking read this: http://catskillmountainclub.org/events/skills-and-info/

The group size is limited. Register no later than 6 PM, March 7 with CMC board member Wendell George at: wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, please contact me before 7:30 AM, March 8. Well behaved dogs allowed – please contact me for approval.

Poor weather conditions will postpone this hike, so be sure to check your email or call the leader if inclement weather is forecast.

Directions: From either SR 28 in Shandaken or SR 23A in Lexington, turn onto CR 42 and go to Spruceton Rd. in West Kill. Turn east and travel 6.7 miles, almost to the end of the road. Note well: the large parking area is on the north (left) side of the road .

Sunday, March 2, 9:45 AM – Alder Lake to the Beaver Meadow

If you just like being out in the snow, this will be one of your favorite hikes. Rambling ups and downs, ruins, a gorgeous lake and a trek to Beaver Meadow. This is a wonderful snowshoe. Bring poles and microspikes.  Plan to bring warm drinks, water and snacks. Dress in warm layers; you may want handwarmers. Well behaved dogs welcome. Call for meeting time.
POOR WEATHER will cancel this Catskill Hike. (Call between 7-8 evening before hike for poor weather decisions). Limited registration open two weeks before hike. MUST leave a reachable phone #  and full name, please. NO EMAIL after Friday at 6:30 pm, call thereafter at 845 216 2021.
Come join the FUN!
Contact Deanna Felicetta at:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com  or (845)216-2021.

Directions: From the south/west the best access is old RT. 17 to State Rd 151/152 known as Johnson/Beaverkill Road. This will become State Rd 54. From the North take Barkaboom Road past Big Pond to 54. At State Road 54 turn left and head NE. On 54 all will travel until reaching Turnwood. Here 54 MAKES A LEFT turn North and becomes Alder Road. Travel a few miles until public road ends at Parking for Mary Smith Trail.
Note that in winter park road is Closed, so please do not plan on driving on from this point. Park at Alder Rd Parking.

Saturday, February 15, 10 AM – Cross Country Skiing at Mountain Trails

The Catskills have a great cross country ski area located right in Tannersville. Mountain Trails has 35-kilometers of groomed, track-set trails with a nice variety of terrain and beautiful scenery. All levels of cross country skier can join us–we can break-up into different groups according to skill level.
Meet at 10 AM at the main lodge, it’s located on the west end of Tannersville, and plan to spend as much of the day as you would like. Mountain Trails charges a $20 track fee. Ski rentals are available for an additional charge. We will break for lunch at 12:30. For directions and ski area information visit www.mtntrails.com.
Lack of snow will cancel. Please sign-up by Noon on Friday, February 14, to confirm snow conditions. Contact: Jonathan Mogelever at jmogelever@gmail.com or call 845-586-2611.
COST: $20.  No dogs. Bring lunch and something to drink, or a light lunch is available at the lodge.

DIRECTIONS:  Mountain Trails is on Route 23A: on the west end of Tannersville—North side of the street. For detailed directions go to www.mtntrails.com

Friday, February 7th, 8:30AM – Windham High Peak

Join CMC members and NYS licensed guides Will Soter & Alex Marra as we climb Windham High Peak to its stunning summit views of the Hudson Valley and, on a clear day, four mountain ranges. We’ll hike along the Escarpment Trail over Burnt Knob on a through hike, starting and ending in the Black Dome Valley. Wear good boots and bring lunch and plenty of water. Dress in layers for your comfort. Weather conditions may vary greatly during the hike. It can be quite windy, and cold at the summit. Keep this is mind when selecting layers. Additionally, a traction device such as crampons, or micro spikes are required!  The hike is about 7 miles. Moderately strenuous. Registration is limited to 11. Well behaved dogs allowed. Register by February  6th by contacting CMC member Will Soter at upstateadventureguides@gmail.com or call 845-399-9948 
 
Directions: From SR 23 in Windham or SR 23A in Hunter turn onto CR 296. Travel to Maplecrest Rd. in Hensonville and turn East going 2.1 miles to Big Hollow Rd. Turn NE 1.8 miles to Peck Rd. We’ll meet and spot cars before proceeding to the trailhead.

Sunday, February 2, 8:45 AM – Slide Mountain

One of the Catskills most beautiful Winter hikes, and a great hike for experienced winter hikers. Hikers must plan to have snowshoes, full crampons, poles and microspikes for this hike. Plan to bring warm drinks, water and good snacks. Dress in warm layers, hand warmers suggested. Bring a flashlight just in case, as daylight is short. No dogs on this hike. Call for meeting time.
POOR WEATHER will cancel this Catskill Hike. (Call Between 7-8 evening before hike for weather decisions)  NO EMAIL AFTER 6:30 pm Friday before hike. Call thereafter at 845 216 2021. Registration open two weeks before hike. MUST leave a reachable phone # and full name, please. Limit 12 hikers.  See you on the trail!
Contact Deanna Felicetta at:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com  or (845)216-2021.

Directions: Meet at the Slide Mountain Parking Area (P.A) on Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. (CR 47). From SR 28 in Big Indian turn south onto Oliverea Rd. (becomes Frost Valley Rd.) and proceed about 10 miles to the Slide Mtn. P.A. (It will be past the hairpin turn at the Giant Ledge P.A.) From SR 55 west of Grahamsville turn north onto Claryville Rd. (CR19) and proceed 4.6 miles to Frost Valley Rd. in Claryville. Turn left (north) and proceed 10.6 miles to the Slide Mtn. P.A. (It will be past the Biscuit Brook P.A.)

Sunday, January 19, 11:30 AM – Hike Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah is the site of a former ski area in Andes. It’s one of the highest peaks in Delaware County and is the westernmost of the 3000 footers in the Catskills. We’ll climb an abandoned ski trail, getting great views.

There may be snow and/or ice, so bring snowshoes and a traction device such as Microspikes. Dress in layers of clothing made from a wicking material and expect the possibility of a steady wind and cold temperatures. Also bring plenty of water and lunch or a snack for the summit stop. Total climb is about 1000′ with a one way distance of about 1 mile to the summit and then we’ll do a bit of exploring.

To register, call Wendell George at 845-254-4546 or email wendell@catskillmountainclub.org.

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes turn north on Gladstone Hollow Rd. and continue 2.8 miles to Grommeck Rd. Turn right and go to the old ski lodge parking lot.

 

 

Thursday, January 16, 8:00pm – Full Moon hike on the Andes Rail Trail

Please join members of the Catskill Mountain Club for a full moon hike/snow-shoe on the fabulous Andes Rail Trail on Thursday, January 16.We’ll meet at the entry kiosk at 8:00pm and proceed for one mile to the beginning of the “Bullet Hole Spur” where those that wish to continue, will go on to complete the whole 3.9 mile round trip. We ask that noise be kept to a minimum while we are passing near occupied dwellings.Well behaved dogs are welcome but should be leashed. Be sure to dress appropriately for cold weather. To register contact Howard Raab at: howardjraab@gmail.com or 845-586-3112.

Directions: The Town of Andes is located on SR 28 between Margaretville and Delhi in Delaware County, NY.

Here is a description of the trail from “Andes Works”:The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages.

The trail starts at the beautiful pergola and gate, at 266 Depot Street.  Pass the historic Depot Building, erected in 1907. The first section of the trail continues for one very flat mile (2 miles round trip) along the old rail bed, and provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views. In June 2013, the Bullet Hole Spur addition to the hiking trail was opened. The Spur extends the rail trail an additional 2.2 miles, bringing the option of the total walk to 3.9 miles round trip. The Spur climbs the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek. The Spur is a bit more strenuous…there are a couple of well-designed moderately steep sections but they are followed by relatively flat sections so you get a nice breather after working a little harder.

A Beautiful Night on the Trail

A large group joined the CMC on Thursday, January 16 for a Full Moon hike at the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur. With a little fresh snow to help light the way, no wind, moderate temperatures and the moon peeping through the clouds regularly, we had near perfect conditions for this varied and lovely hike. Thirteen of us set out at 8 PM from the trailhead in the old village of Andes and hiked for nearly a mile paralleling the course of the Trempers Kill as it makes its way towards the Pepacton Reservoir. Along the way we were able to admire the light on the hills on the other side of the valley and listen to the sounds of the stream. We then hiked up and away from the rail trail through mixed forest types on a loop passing by open fields and through a deep hemlock woods. We were thrilled to hear an owl announcing its presence and then a pack of coyotes howling at some distance across the valley. As we neared the end, the skies cleared and we walked the rest of our way without the use of our headlamps, guided by the bright light reflecting off the snow and our tracks. A perfect ending to a perfect night.

The Catskill Mountain Club News for Fall/Winter is Here

November 17, 2014  –  The CMC has a newly published newsletter which we invite you to read here. Along with a report on a very successful year of accomplishments, it contains information about hiking in both the hunting season and winter. Check out the photos and the useful information about how you can receive our news and announcements directly in your inbox. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, December 8, 10 AM – Hike on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Join the CMC as we hike on the WVRT across the newly opened Rosendale Trestle, which stands 150 feet above the Rondout Creek and spans 940 feet in the former village of Rosendale.  Much of this northern section of the 24.2 mile trail is new, including the section north of Rosendale through the Williams Lake property and on to Kingston.

We’ll begin our hike in the Binnewater Lakes district north of Rosendale. From there we’ll hike south past Joppenbergh Mountain and across the trestle to the bustling Village of New Paltz, with it’s Huguenot Historic District. We will spot cars in New Paltz, and anyone so inclined can get a late lunch at one of the village’s many good restaurants after the hike.

The number of participants is limited. Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. We will hike together, so please be prepared to stay with the group. Wear sturdy shoes and bring enough water for your (and your dog’s) needs. About 12 miles.

Email or call CMC board member Wendell George by Friday, December 6 to reserve a spot. If you need to cancel, please let me know by Sunday at 8 AM. Contacts: wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546.

Directions: We will meet in New Paltz at the Huguenot Historical Society parking lot located on Broadhead Av. just west of SR 32. We’ll spot cars and drive to Dewitt Mills Rd., just south of Kingston, and park .6 miles west of SR 32.

Friday, December 6, 7 PM – NOT A CMC EVENT?

So why is this here, you might ask. Because the Catskill Native Plant Society is going to present a talk by our friend Dr. Mike Kudish. And we hiked with Molly Marquand, CRISP coordinator at the Catskill Center and a co-founder of the CNPS, twice this year; first in search of invasive species and then in search of what should be growing in our forests. We were impressed. And you will be, too.
Come out to hear Mike and meet Molly as they help raise funds to get a website off the ground for the CNPS. We need it, and you will find your time and money well spent. No charge, but a hat will be passed.

CNPS flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Somewhat Limited Hike Schedule During Hunting Season

As has been noted in another article on our website, November 16 marks the beginning of hunting in the Catskill region for big game using high powered rifles. While that article offers several important and common sense guidelines for safer hiking during this three week period and the following week of muzzleloader and bow hunting season, the CMC will offer fewer hikes during this period. We will schedule some hikes for areas where hunting is not allowed and we’ll resume a regular schedule of events after the close of the season on December 17. Check our Upcoming Events page for the most current schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails during the winter. Until then, safe and happy trails!

Friday, November 15, 6 PM – Full Moon Hike on the Shavertown Trail

Join Wendell George and the CMC for a full moon hike on the Shavertown Trail. We’ll bring snacks and hot drinks to enjoy as we view the moon rising over the pond and reservoir. The open space will allow us unrestricted views as we look for the mountains and craters on our distant companion and bathe in its ethereal light. Wear good boots and bring a headlamp. Two miles of hiking on moderate to easy terrain.

Register no later than Nov. 14 by email to wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or call 845-254-4546. Please cancel by 4 PM on Nov. 15.  Well behaved dogs allowed. Rain cancels.

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

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

 

Sunday, November 10, 9 AM – Mt. Tobias

Mt Tobias is the 2,520ft mountain located south of NY212 and just west of Cooper Lake. There are roads snaking up its south side, but much of the forest above those roads is impeded by laurel. We’re going a different way, following an old woods road for part of the ascent as we swing around the tall, interesting cliffs guarding the summit to find a slightly more ‘relaxed’ route for the last 500′ to the wooded top. Along the way we’ll get a look at a pole stand that appears to have been an meadow, before the final ‘whack to the summit. This is a strenuous hike for bushwhackers who don’t mind a little exploring as we’ll be checking out another woods road high on the mountain that we didn’t get to last winter.

Being November, hikers are expected to have Microspikes in their packs, weather appropriate boots and clothing (no cotton, please), and be agreeable to staying with the group for the entire hike.

Round trip: 3.5 to 4miles with 1,500ft of ascent. We’ll likely be in the woods for 6 hours which should give us time for a couple of short breaks, summit lunch, and a little exploration. Group size will be limited and rain cancels. Experienced, well behaved dogs – only by prior approval of leader.

Leader: Alan Via Peakbagr100@gmail.com

Registration: No later than 11/7.  Cancel by email to Alan Via no later than Saturday, 11/9;  or last minute by phone to Wendell George at 845-254-4546 before 8 AM on Sunday.

Directions: On SR 212 east of Mt. Tremper and west of Woodstock in Willow, park on the roadside about .1 miles west of Sickler Rd. past the curve.

 

Monday, November 4, 11:00 AM – Kelly Hollow Trail Maintenance

Please join the CMC trail crew for a maintenance hike. We’ll do light work and remove a few blowdowns on this easy hike out to a Beaver Pond. Bring work gloves and loppers, pruners or shears. We’ll eat at the lean-to.

Rain postpones. If in doubt call before 10:00 Monday morning. Please register by contacting Howard Raab at howardjraab@gmail.com or (845) 586-3112.

Directions: From SR 28 west of Margaretville, turn left and then right (west) onto the NYC reservoir road (across SR 28 from the Old School House). Go 3.7 miles and turn left on Millbrook Road for 5.3 miles to the trail-head parking area on the right.

From Andes, drive south on CR1 to the Shavertown Bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto the city reservoir road. Go 2.2 miles and left again at the sign for Big Pond, staying with the reservoir. Drive 4.6 miles to Mill Brook Rd. and turn right 5.3 miles to the Kelly Hollow P.A. on the right.

From SR 28 in Highmount, turn west onto Galli-Curci Rd. and go 5.4 miles to Dry Brook Rd. Turn left (south) and go 1.4 miles to Mill Brook Rd. Turn right (west) 6.6 miles to the Kelly Hollow P. A. on the left.

Saturday, November 2, 9 AM – West Kill Mountain

Join CMC board member Wendell George as we summit West Kill Mountain, one of the Catskill’s highest peaks at 3880′. We’ll begin our hike at the head of the beautiful Spruceton Valley and hike first to Diamond Notch Falls. Crossing the West Kill, we will climb the mountain to Buck Ridge, where we’ll eat lunch and marvel at the views before continuing to the summit. We’ll then retrace out steps. This is a strenuous hike with some sustained climbing. 6.4 miles out and back and about 6 hours.

Be sure to bring Microspikes in case of early ice. Wear good boots and dress in layers for your comfort. No cotton please, as it holds moisture and can lead to hypothermia. Bring lunch and at least a quart of water. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Register by Nov. 1 by email at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or calling 845-254-4546. Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. If you need to cancel at the last minute, contact me by 8 AM on the day of the hike.

Directions: From either SR 28 in Shandaken or SR 23A in Lexington, turn onto CR 42 and go to Spruceton Rd. in West Kill. Turn east and travel 6.8 miles to the end of the road. Note well: the parking area is on the south (right) side of the road,

The CMC Joins with Partners to Build the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Catskill Interpretive CenterAugust 31, 2014  –  Watch for it! At long last and after the tireless efforts of many parties, most notably those of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who championed the cause and secured funding from HUD, the Catskills are about to get the go to place for information about the park and region that has been needed for so many years. The CMC is proud to join with founding partners, including the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Friends of the Catskill Interpretive Center, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as well as Catskill Mountainkeeper in a public/private partnership that will manage, operate and staff the facility. The CIC will be located on SR 28 in Mt. Tremper. Projected groundbreaking will be in Spring, 2014. The Center is expected to open in Fall, 2014.

Friday, August 30, Noon – Shavertown Trail Dedication

August 30. 2013

In a milestone achievement, the Catskill Mountain Club is proud to invite you to attend the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Shavertown Trail on New York City Department of Environmental Protection watershed property in the Town of Andes.  NYCDEP has opened many properties to the public for recreational use during the past several years. Most notably until now have been the openings of four of the six Catskills reservoirs to recreational boating. Now, for the first time, the DEP has allowed the development of a hiking trail on its property in partnership with the Town of Andes and the CMC. The CMC has constructed and will maintain this trail of 2.6 miles and will continue to partner with the NYCDEP in the construction of trails on other parcels throughout the Catskill watershed.

The trail is a rather gentle hike for the Catskills, climbing moderately from the trailhead to a woods road than rises gradually to the end loop of the trail. Along the way lies a small pond in a clearing that offers spectacular views of the Pepacton Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

Please join us on this momentous day as we celebrate our partnership, our work and the idea that these publicly held lands are the perfect place for the public to enjoy the beauty and solace of these sublime and ancient mountains.

The ceremony will be held in the parking area at the entrance to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch. Afterwards, you are encouraged to cross the highway to the trailhead and take a hike with us!

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes take CR 1 south to the site of the ceremony on the right and just before the bridge. Proceed left onto SR 30 and park in the lot to the right.

From SR 28/30 in Margaretville take the left hand turn onto SR 30 at the intersection of the highways about 3 miles west of town. Drive to the parking area on the left just before the bridge.

From SR 30 in Downsville take the highway to the Shavertown Bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately look for the site of the ceremony to the left. Park in the lot to the right after crossing the bridge.

NOTE: Park in the parking area across SR 30 from the site of the ceremony. This lot on SR 30 is on the north side of the bridge and to the east of the site of the ceremony.

New Hiking Trail Added to the Andes Rail Trail

August 23, 2014  –  This sprinAndes RT smg brought the completion of the Bullet Hole Spur that extends the Andes Rail Trail an additional 2.2 miles, bringing the option of the total walk to 3.9 miles round trip.

The Spur climbs Hemlock Knoll, the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, magnificent rock outcroppings, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek.   It is really a beautiful trail, giving the hiker a bit of many different Catskills environments. The Spur is more strenuous than the flat railbed, climbing 250 feet in a half mile, but switchbacks and stone steps help out.  The steep sections are followed by relatively flat areas so you get a nice break after working a little harder.

Trailhead located at 266 Depot Street, Andes

Wednesday, August 14, 5:30 PM – Beat the Wednesday Hump Day Slump hike #2

Join Us for a hike on the Catskill Scenic Trail. The hike will depart from the parking area located on St Rte 10 east of the hamlet of Bloomville, NY. The walk will start at 5:30p.m. Distance will depend on the inclination of the group; expect 4-6 miles round trip! Please bring water and a flash light. This is an easy hike on level terrain. Event will be canceled if it rains. Leashed dogs who get along with other dogs are allowed. Contact Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com subject line “hike” with any questions.

Saturday, August 10, 1 PM – Andes Rail Trail

We’ll walk one mile each way on our beautiful trail. If the group is so inclined, we will continue on the Bullet Hole Spur woodland hiking trail that continues for another mile, making for a 4 mile round trip hike. Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road at 1:00 pm. Contact: annroberti@yahoo.com for more info.

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

Thursday, July 25, 9:00 AM – Trail Maintenance of the Seager and Pine Hill-West Branch Trails

These sections of trail are maintained by the CMC and we need your help. We’ll start up the Seager Trail, cross Eagle and Haynes mountains on the high and remote Catskill Divide and come down the Oliverea-Mapledale Trail to Rider Hollow. We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have plenty of tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. No dogs due to safety concerns. Rain cancels. Register by Wednesday, July 17 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, contact me by 7:30 AM Thursday.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 5.1 miles to Dry Brook Rd. and turn left/south. Drive 4.2 miles to the Seager P.A. at the end of the road.
From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 8.9 miles to the Seager P.A. at the end of the road.

Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30 PM –  Beat the Wednesday Hump Day Slump hiking series

Join Us for a hike on the Andes Rail Trail. We’ll walk one mile each way on our beautiful trail. If the group is inclined, we will continue on the Bullet Hole Spur woodland hiking trail that continues for another mile, making a 4 mile round trip hike! Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Rd (AKA Cty Hwy 2) at 5:30p.m.. Bring water and a flash light. Event will be canceled if it rains, leashed dogs who get along with other dogs allowed. Contact Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com subject line “hike” with any questions

Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 AM – Kelly Hollow Hike

Hi hikers. Please join CMC board member Howard Raab for a hike on the Kelly Hollow trail. This is one of the most beautiful short trails in the Catskills with cold mountain streams and a combination of coniferous and deciduous forests and an active beaver pond near the lean-to (yes, we may also see a beaver or two!) It is located on Millbrook Road in the town of Middletown, NYNJ Trail Conference map #42, F-5,6. The trail is an easy to moderate loop of about 4 miles with a lean-to and privy at the top. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to. Dogs are welcome.
This hike will be limited to 12 people. Please register by email or phone. We will cancel in case of steady rain. If in doubt call before 10:00 Sun. morning. Contact: howardjraab@gmail.com, (845) 586-3112.
We will meet at the Old Schoolhouse 2.2 miles west of Margaretville at 10:30 am or at the trail-head at 11:00 am.

Directions to trail-head: Go right (west) on the NYC reservoir road across Rt.28 from the Old School House for 3.7 miles. Then left on Millbrook Road for 5.3 miles to the trail-head parking area on the right.

Friday, July 5, 10 AM – Rochester Hollow

The Rochester Hollow Trail follows a stream through beautiful forest to the site of an abandoned estate. This is a moderate hike with a gradual climb up the hollow. Longtime CMC member John Wadlin will lead a hike of 2 ½ to 3 hours. Bring water and a snack. Well behaved dogs allowed.  Please pre-register by e-mail to jjwadlin@rwhm.com.

Directions: Drive to Matyas Road on the north side of Rt. 28 east of Pine Hill and west of the Peekamoose restaurant in Big Indian.  The parking area is ¼ mile in on the road.

Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM – Balsam Mountain

We’ll hike a loop route over Balsam, following trails that border and cross the Rider Hollow and Mine Hollow streams and ascend through ancient hemlocks and steep scrambles to the Catskill Divide. We’ll visit a stunning view of the Esopus Valley and the nearby summit rock before descending. The hike is 5.2 miles and will take about 6 hours. Wear good boots and bring plenty of water. We’ll eat at the overlook. Strenuous. Well behaved dogs welcome. Register by June 21 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 5 miles to Rider Hollow Rd. and turn left/east. Drive to the parking area at the end of the road.
From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 4.7 miles to Todd Mountain Rd. Turn left and go .5 miles to Rider Hollow Rd., turn right and follow to the end of the road.

Wednesday, June 19, 9 AM – Frick Pond and Hodge Pond area trail maintenance

The Catskill Roving Crew needs your help on this coming Wednesday, June 19. We’re going to work on the newly adopted trails around the beautiful Frick and Hodge Ponds in the Willowemoc Wild Forest. On this visit, we’ll work on clearing a few blowdowns, cutting back the understory and cutting grasses and summer growth from the road beds that comprise a good deal of the trails in the area.

The trailhead is about 30 miles and 45 minutes from Big Indian and approximately the same from the Shavertown Bridge in Andes. Please come give us a hand if you can.

No dogs due to safety concerns.  Rain cancels. Bring a good lunch and plenty of water. Bring a favorite tool or we’ll have tools to lend.

Reply to this email or call Wendell George at 845-254-4546 by the day before the hike. If you find that you need to cancel, call by 7:15 AM on the day of the hike – as early as 6 AM is fine.

Directions: From Rt. 17 use Exit 96/Livingston Manor. Take Debruce Rd. 6 miles east to Mongaup Rd. Turn north onto Mongaup Rd. 2.5 miles to Beech Mountain Rd. Frick Pond P.A. is about .3 miles.

From Rt. 28 in Big Indian turn south onto Oliverea/Frost Valley Rd. and go 19.3 miles to Round Pond Rd., about 1 mile north of Claryville. Follow Round Pond Rd./Willowemoc Rd. 11.6 miles to Mongaup Rd. Turn north onto Mongaup Rd. 2.5 miles to Beech Mountain Rd. Frick Pond P.A. is about .3 miles. For anyone who might want to carpool from Big Indian, let me know.

 

 

Saturday, June 8, 10AM – Shavertown DEP Parcel

Come help as we complete the first cooperative project between the NYCDEP and the CMC. DEP has opened to public access a number of its properties and the CMC is working to develop hiking trails on the finest of these. Shavertown will be the first of these efforts to be finished as we do final trail clearing and needed improvements. This is a beautiful parcel featuring a pond, fabulous reservoir views and a long woods road walk through varied, mature forest. The hike is easy to moderate. Come for the day and bring work gloves and pruners, lopers or shears. Also bring plenty of water and a lunch or snack. No dogs on this trail work hike due to safety considerations. To register contact either Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546 or Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com or 845-676-3643 by June 7.

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes turn S onto CR 1 and go 8 miles to parking just before the Shavertown Bridge at SR 30. From SR 28 in Margaretville go W 3 miles to SR 30. Turn SW and go 8 miles to parking just past the bridge on CR 1.

Wednesday, June 5, 9 AM – Pine Hill – West Branch Trail maintenance

We’ll be doing trail maintenance on the Biscuit Brook to Big Indian section of the PH-WB trail on Wednesday, the 5th of June. The first part, into the lean-to, is fine so we’ll focus on the upper trail. I’m told it’s not too bad, but there are some blowdowns and some prickers to whack. Hope you can give us a hand.

No dogs due to safety concerns. Bring a good lunch and plenty of water. This will be an all day hike.

*Where: Biscuit Brook P.A. on CR47/Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. South from SR 28 in Big Indian for about 12.6 miles. (Past the Slide Mtn. P.A.)
*When:  Wednesday, June 5 at 9 AM
*How:  Call or email Wendell George at (845) 254-4546 or wgeorgeny@earthlink.net by Tuesday, June 4. Please call by 8 AM to cancel if you have committed to come.
*Rain cancels.