Past Events

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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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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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

Leader(s): Bob Moses

Bring: good hiking shoes, lunch, bug spray, something to drink

Registration required by May 9.  Register by contacting the leader. See below.

Group size is limited to 12, so register early.

Dogs allowed:  Yes, only with permission of event leader

Questions about this event can be directed to:  rmoses@delhitel.net

Driving Directions:  From Margaretville: Take SR 28/30 west and turn on SR 30 at Dunraven towards Downsville. Go 15.2 miles and turn left on to Holiday Brook Rd. Go 2.9 miles to the top of the hill, Parking area on the left.
4256 Holiday Brook Rd
Roscoe, NY 12776

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

Past Events Calendar – 2018

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Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer – Palmer Hill Photography

January 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 New Year’s Day

CANCELED – Hike Vroman’s Nose

POSTPONED – Hike to Split Rock

2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

11 12 13
14

RESCHEDULED

10:00 AM Hike Big Pond to Alder Lake

15 M L King Day
16 17

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

18 19 20
21 22 23 24

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

25 26 27
28

10:00 AM Hike Big Pond to Alder Lake

29 30 31

11:30 AM – CANCELLED

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3

POSTPONED

9:30 AM –

Hike Balsam Lake Mountain

4 5 6

Catskill Park Day

7

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

8 9 10

8:00 AM –

Balsam and Eagle Hike

11 12 13 14

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

15 16  Chinese New Year
17
10:00 AM Alder Lake to Beaver Meadow Hike
18 19  Presidents Day

20 21

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

22 23 24
25 26 27 28

11:30 AM

Hike on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill

 

March 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3

8:30 AM – Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Snowshoe

4

9:30 AM

POSTPONED until September Hike Balsam Lake Mountain

5 6 7 8 9 10
11 

DST begins

9:00 AM

Family Friendly Hike on the Palmer Hill Trail

12 13 14 15 16 17

11:00 AM – Kelly Hollow Hike

18 19 20  Spring Equinox 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Passover

9:00 AM – Woodhull & Van Wyck Hike

10:00 AM – Hike the Huckleberry Loop Trail

 

April 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Easter 2 3 4 5 6 7
8

10:00 AM

Hike the Shavertown Trail

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9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25

8:00 AM –

Hike the Quick Lake Trail

26

10:00 AM

Hike the Palmer Hill Trails

27
 
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Catskill Park Day 2018: A Call to Action

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In only a few days the CMC and its Catskill Park Coalition partners will go to Albany for our annual Catskill Park Day. We’ll meet with our elected representatives, including the Governor and members of the legislature, to press for action on the policy priorities we have identified for 2018.

If you are not able to travel with us to Albany for Catskill Park Day, there’s a way to speak up and speak out right from the comfort of your home or office. By raising your voice, you amplify our message and add power to its effectiveness.

You can either send Governor Cuomo a brief letter of support for the priorities of the Catskill Mountain Club and its Catskill Park Coalition partners, or you can call the Governor’s office and give a brief message of support.

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Below are the specific requests made by the CPC for 2018. Simply glance at them, pick one or two that resonates with you and place your call telling the assistant who answers what you would like the Governor to support.

If you prefer to write a note, we have provided a link to the form used by the Governor’s office. You can simply copy and paste the message we have written below or edit it to suit your preferences.

We have had good results over the past several years and anticipate continued success with support from folks like you who love the Catskills and care about its future.

Thank you for your efforts!

Phone number of the Governor’s office: (518) 474-8390   Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Link to the Governor’s email system: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Sample letter:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing today to respectfully ask that you give your support to the priorities for the Catskill Park and region as expressed by the Catskill Mountain Club and its fellow members of the Catskill Park Coalition.

The Catskill Park is one of our nation’s great natural assets, encompassing hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine wilderness and sparkling clean waters. It is home to huge communities of rare wildlife and to one of the most diverse forests in the world. And it is one of New York’s greatest outdoor recreational areas, along with the Adirondack Park.

Please support the continuing improvements to the Catskills environment and Park infrastructure that allow members of the public to experience the great outdoors in all its glory in a way that is both safe and sustainable.

Sincerely,

Saturday, February 17, 10 AM | Alder Lake to Beaver Meadow

IMG_3739We will meet at the entrance to Alder Lake and hike around Alder Lake and over a couple of hills to Beaver Meadow lean-to. It is a nice snowshoe if snow permits. The beavers are back in Alder Lake and will by their lodge on the way to the Lean-to.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 4.25 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Saturday, February 10, 8 AM | Balsam & Eagle Hike

IMG_2066Snowshoe hike to two 3500 peaks, Balsam & Eagle, at a slow to moderate pace. There will be a nice view from the approach to Balsam Mountain. For those working on the Catskill All Trails Challenge, this hike will complete the Seager – Big Indian trail, and the Mine Hollow trail; and will cover part of the Pine Hill – West Branch trail, and a very small part of the Oliverea – Mapledale trail.

Event Duration: 8.6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult Continue reading

Winter Walk on the U&D RR Trail in Pine Hill | Wednesday, January 10, 11:30am

This event repeats every Wednesday through February, 2018.

Meet at the Pine Hill Community Center for a short winter walk or snowshoe on the nearby rail trail.
Snowshoes and/or traction devices and warm layers of clothing required for the walk.
Repeats on Wednesdays January and February 2018

Event Duration:  2.5 miles, 1.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate Continue reading

Big Pond to Alder Lake Hike | Sunday, January 28, 10 am

IMG_4978Join us for what will hopefully be a snowshoe hike between Big Pond and Alder Lake and return. It is a nice walk over several rolling hills and past an old homestead.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 4.25 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate Continue reading

CANCELLED – Vroman’s Nose First Day Hike | Monday, January 1, 2018, 6:30 a.m.

NOTE: This hike was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Join us for New York 1st Day Hike at Sun Rise over Schoharie Valley on the First morning of the New Year. It is an enjoyable climb up the top and we will spend at least an hour on top, dress warm.IMG_2639

Event Duration:  1.9 miles, 2:20 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate Continue reading

Hike to Split Rock via Mary Smith Trail | Monday, January 1 – POSTPONED due to Weather

IMG_4700 Split RockRick Roberts will lead a hike to Split Rock along the Finger Lakes Trail section comprising the Mary Smith Trail.  This hike is relatively easy with only one steep section as we near the Split Rock overlook.  The hike will start at the Mary Smith trailhead on Holliday/Berry Brook Rd. at approximately 12:30 pm. This hike is part of a nationwide effort aimed at beginning hikers call “FIRST DAY HIKES”.  For more FIRST DAY hikes go to www.parks.ny.gov.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Continue reading

September 30th through October 9th — Catskills Lark in the Park

Visit the Lark website for events during the 10 days of Catskills Lark In the Park — events are being added continually….

Hike on the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) | Sunday July 23, 2017 8:00 am

Come discover this section of the FLT from the Downsville Covered Bridge to NYS Rte 206, with a side trip on the Trout Pond trail to Campbell Mt. Road and back. Pass Campbell Mt. Lean-to and old farm ruins near Rte 206.

Event Duration:  8.6 miles,  6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

Leader(s): Deanna Felicetta

Bring: lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, something to drink, etc.

Registration required by July 19.  Registration limited.  Must provide full name, email AND REACHABLE phone to register. Hike leader has limited email after Friday the21st.
To register, call  Deanna (845) 216-2021 or email  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com

Group size is limited so register early

Dogs allowed:  No

Questions about this event can be directed to:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or 845 216-2021, leader

Meet at Campbell Mt. trail head on Rte 206 for car shuttle to Downsville

Driving Directions: From Margaretville: take NYS Rte 28 west to NYS Rte 30. Then Rte 30 west to intersection of NYS Rte 206. South on 206 approx 2 miles to trail head and parking area on the on the right. Look for DEC trail head sign.

From Roscoe: Take NYS Rte 206 north 10 miles to trail head and parking area on the on the left. Look for DEC trail head sign.

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Sunday, August 13th 10:00 AM | Hike the Shavertown Trail

Hike to Snake Pond on the Shavertown Trail near the Pepacton Reservoir’s Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on Sunday August 14 at 10:00 as part of the 91st Andes Community Days.  (Check out the festivities in town August 13th!)

After a good climb for the first mile there will be a beautiful view overlooking the reservoir.  We will enjoy the view and walk around Snake Pond.   The total distance 2.3.

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

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks or lunch.

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

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

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

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

Sunday, August 13th, 1:00 PM | Paddle the Pepacton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hike the FLT from Alder Lake to Cabot Mountain | Sunday August 20, 2017 8:00 am – CANCELLED

We will enjoy a variety of woods terrain from Alder Lake , stopping by Big Pond and then on to climb the Touch-Me-Not trail to Cabot Mt., finishing at Beech Hill Rd. Come enjoy the wild flowers and summer with us.

Event Duration:  7 miles,  6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

Leader(s): Deanna Felicetta

Bring: lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, something to drink

Registration required by August 16.  Registration limited.  Must provide full name, email AND REACHABLE phone to register. Hike leader has limited email after Friday the 18th.
To register, call  Deanna (845) 216-2021 or email  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com

Group size is limited so register early

Dogs allowed:  No

Questions about this event can be directed to:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or 845 216-2021, leader

Meet at Alder Lake Parking area for car shuttle

Driving Directions: From Margaretville: take NYS Rte 28 west to NYS Rte 30. Then Rte 30 west to long bridge over the Pepacton Reservoir. Cross bridge and take immediate left onto Barkaboon Rd. Follow Barkaboon to the end at Beaverkill Rd. Then left on Beaverkill to Alder Creek Rd. on Left. Alder Creek road to Alder Lake parking

From Livingston Manor: Exit 96 off of NYS 17 to Old Rte 17. Old 17 then becomes Beaverkill Rd. Take Beaver kill Rd. to Alder Creek Rd. on Left. Alder Creek road to Alder Lake parking . Total 16 miles

Trail Maintenance on Delhi Trails | Saturday, June 17th 8:30 AM

Join the CMC trail crew this Saturday, June 17th from 8:30 to noon for a trail maintenance hike on the Delhi Hiking Trails. Meet at Sheldon Park located on Sheldon Drive, Delhi, NY for assignment. Please R.S.V.P to Amy Beveridge at 607-437-6671.

Please bring water, wear appropriate footwear (sneakers or boots), and no dogs are allowed on this maintenance hike.

 

Delhi Trails Hike for Community Fit Day | Saturday, May 6th 9:00 am

Amy Beveridge will lead a hike on Delhi Trails as part of the Cardio Club’s Community Fit Day events.

Meet at 9:00AM in Sheldon Park, located at the end of Sheldon Drive, Delhi, NY. (By the school, ice rink, community garden). The hike will take the Sheldon Park Trail head on the Gribley trail to the vista, there participants may turn back to Sheldon Drive or continue on the Gribley Trail to the Lutheran Church trail head and walk the road back their cars.

This trail is moderate, with a steep incline for the first .5 mile. Participants should be prepared for a slow pace at the start of the hike, bring water, wear sturdy footwear, and plan for a 2 hour fund adventure.

Leashed, friendly dogs are allowed however not encouraged on this hike.

Contact Amy Beveridge via cell at 607-437-6671 for questions.

 

Saturday, April 8th, 9:00 AM | Balsam Mt. via Lost Clove & McKinley Hollow

Hike to Balsam Mt. (3600’) from Lost Clove to McKinley Hollow. (NYNJTC Map 142)

Event Duration: 7.0 miles, 5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Leader(s): Rick Roberts
Bring: lunch, plenty of water, adequate footwear
Registration by April 6th by contacting Rick Roberts at hikerrick2000@yahoo.com or 607 746-9694
Dogs allowed: Yes .
Questions about this event can be directed to: Rick Roberts at hikerrick2000@yahoo.com or 607 746-9694

Driving Directions: Meet at the end of Lost Clove off Co. Rd. 47 . Cars will then be spotted at McKinley Rd. NYS Rte. 28 to Co. Rte 47 at Big Indian. South on Co Rte 47 1 mile to Lost Clove Rd. on the right. Follow Lost Clove to the end.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lost+Clove+Rd,+Big+Indian,+NY+12410

Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 AM | Cabot Mountain

From Beech Hill Road Trail Head on the East Side of the road we will follow a section of the Finger Lakes Trail to Cabot Mountain look out over Little Pond, about 3 miles. After the hike I would like to inspect my section of the FLT from Mary Smith Road to the same Parking Area on Beech Hill Road, 2.3 miles, around 2 hours.

Event Duration: 3.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Leader(s): Bob Moses
Bring: lunch, water, adequate footwear
Registration by April 14th by contacting Bob at rmoses@delhidel.net
Dogs allowed: Yes .
Questions about this event can be directed to: Bob rmoses@delhidel.net
Driving Directions: Margaretville NY, Rt 30 towards Downsville, 10.7 miles, turn left on to Beech Hill Road, 3.8 miles, P.A. is on the left a little way over the top of the mountain.From Livingston Manor, NY, take old route 17 and a slight right onto Beaverkill Road for 8.8 miles, turn left onto Beech Hill Road, 2.6 miles on the right. 2282 Beech Hill Rd, Andes, NY 13731 https://www.google.com/maps/place/2282+Beech+Hill+Rd,+Andes,+NY+13731

Join us at the People’s Rally for our Planet | April 29th 11am – 1 pm

Look for the Catskill Mountain Club table at the rally.

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Sunday, April 30th, 10:00 AM | Trail Maintenance on Section 2 of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail

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 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful look out of the Pepacton Reservoir. The return will be on to 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: 6.0 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Leader(s): Laura Battelani
Bring: lunch, plenty of water, adequate footwear. If planning to help with maintenance, please bring hand tools
Registration by April 29th by contacting Laura at bodyworx@catskill.net/(845) 586-3101
Dogs allowed: No
Questions about this event can be directed to: bodyworx@catskill.net/(845) 586-3101
Driving Directions:
On Route 28, 40 miles from Kingston, Village of Margaretville. Half mile after the blinking light, turn right at the intersection. Meeting is at the car wash.

Saturday, May 27, 11 AM | Paddle the Pepacton

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 26, 10 AM | Late Winter Tree ID Hike in Stone Ridge

IMG_0755-2Erwin Karl of CMC will join Mid Hudson Mycological Association and member Mira Fink as we embark on a late-winter tree identification hike along the O & W Rail Trail in Stone Ridge. The task of identifying trees may be more challenging before leaf-out, but there are many clues based on bark, shape, location and leaf litter, to name a few. There is a good chance we will also see some bracket or crust fungi, as well as remnants of annual plants. Continue reading

Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30 AM – Hike the Shavertown Trail

Celebrate National Trails day with a hike of the beautiful Shavertown Trail, located near the Pepacton Reservoir’s Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch.  After a good climb for the first mile there will be a beautiful view overlooking the reservoir.  We will enjoy the view and walk around Snake Pond.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack or lunch.

Registration required.  Email bodyworx@catskill.net by Thursday, June 1st.

Well behaved dogs are welcome

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

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

 

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

IMG_0843Please join me for a nice snowshoe, hopefully.  Bring other traction footwear appropriate for the conditions and weather. We will start from the Parking Area on Campbell Brook Rd.. It is nice moderate hike over a couple of rolling hills down to the lean-to at Trout Pond (Cable Lake). From there we can continue on for 1.4 miles to Russell Brook Falls. Continue reading

Saturday, June 3 | Help Fight New York’s Battle Against Invasive Species

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Asian Long Horned Beetle

The New York Natural Heritage Program has announced its 2017 schedule of training sessions for the iMapInvasives project. You can help fight invasive species issues around the state by identifying the locations and status of incidents of many types of invasives that threaten New York’s naturally occurring species and can cause problems such as erosion, massive mortality of trees, navigation difficulties in waterways and recreational access problems.  So grab your smartphone or gps unit and pitch in.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the state, including here in the Catskills. Check it out.

2017 iMapInvasives Announcement and Schedule

Sunday, June 4th 12:00 noon | Learn about the Fingerlakes Trail and Hike it to Balsam Lake Fire Tower – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Meet at Morgan Outdoors, in Livingston Manor, for a brief intro to NY’s longest trail, the Finger Lakes Trail, which passes through the Catskills. Meet Rick Roberts, the FLT Coordinator for the Catskill section (90 miles of trail), who constructed several connecting trail sections in our area.

After a short talk we will drive to Balsam Lake Mountain trailhead to hike to Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower, on a section of the Finger Lakes Trail. Great views at the summit. Bring snack or lunch to enjoy on the summit.   (optional loop hike is 4.4 miles roundtrip if you descend the trail heading east, making a triangle).

RSVP for both events by calling Morgan Outdoors at 845 439-5507. The hike is optional.

Event Duration: 3.5 round trip

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult

Leader(s): Rick Roberts

Bring: what to bring.   Lunch

Registration by June 3rd, by calling Morgan Outdoors at 845 439-5507

Dogs allowed: Yes

Questions about this event can be directed to: hikerrick20000@yahoo.com

Driving Directions:   Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. Livingston Manor, NY 12758

 

Saturday, June 10th, 10 AM – 5th Anniversary Hike on the Andes Rail Trail

It’s the 5th Anniversary of the opening of the  Andes Rail Trail.  We will be celebrating with a hike on the Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur.  It’s a beautiful time on the trail, with loads of wildflowers and lush views.

The group will walk on the railbed portion of the trail and continue on the Bullet Hole Spur.  Those who do not want to do the more strenuous Bullet Hole Spur can return to the trailhead.

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

No advanced registration necessary — just show up at the trailhead on Cabin Hill Road at 10:00 am.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road/CR 2 just past the flashing red light in downtown Andes.  Park in town or on the grass on the west shoulder of Cabin Hill Road.

 

Sunday, June 11th, 10:00 AM | Trail Maintenance on Section2 of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail

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 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful look out of the Pepacton Reservoir. The return will be on to 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: 6.0 miles, 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Leader(s): Laura Battelani
Bring: lunch, plenty of water, adequate footwear. If planning to help with maintenance, please bring hand tools
Registration by June 5th by contacting Laura at bodyworx@catskill.net/(845) 586-3101
Dogs allowed: No
Questions about this event can be directed to: bodyworx@catskill.net/(845) 586-3101
Driving Directions:
On Route 28, 40 miles from Kingston, Village of Margaretville. Half mile after the blinking light, turn right at the intersection. Meeting is at the car wash.

Sunday, July 2, 11 AM | Paddle the Pepacton — POSTPONED — NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM | Bramley Mountain Trails

IMG_3767Join the Catskill Mountain Club on a hike on the recently opened Bramley Mountain Trail. We have a few markers and a sign to put up and thought we’d make a fun hike out of it.  We’ll visit 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. We’ll hike about .9 miles to the quarry on a woods road with little elevation gain. After the quarry, we’ll continue on the steeper trail that ascends about 1.2 miles through mixed hardwoods while passing stone walls and many impressive rock outcroppings and cliffs, some with caves. The hike will descend the mountain on the Summit Trail, a 1.8 mile long direct hike on old woods roads, with its views to the west and to the southern high peaks and Mount Pisgah.  It has some steep pitches alternating with long gentle climbs. This route (Quarry Trail up, Summit Trail down) offers the best views of all the sights this trail has to offer.

The Bramley Mountain Trail is the fifth addition to the hiking options in the Catskills designed and built by the Catskill Mountain Club. It is located on a NYC DEP parcel in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina, totaling about 4 miles in length. Continue reading

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

Hike to Mt. Wittenberg (3780 ft.), starting in Woodland Valley. Enjoy great view from the top looking down the Esopus Creek all the way to Ashokan Reservoir. If time allows, we will proceed to Mt Cornell (3680 ft.). Either way we return on the same trail to Woodland Valley. Warm clothing and micro spikes or crampons are highly recommended. It is a tough climb for small dogs so if you bring one keep this in mind.

Pre-registration required by Feb. 12. Group size is limited. Contact Rick Roberts at hikerrick2000@yahoo.com or (607) 746-9694.

This is a strenuous hike. Bring lunch and snacks. Bring snowshoes and microspikes or other traction footwear. Full crampons may be desired on certain steep sectionsIMG_0644z. Poles will be helpful.

Well behaved dogs are allowed. Due to the hike’s difficulty, bringing small dogs is not recommended.

 

Directions: NYS Rte. 28 to Phoenicia Village. Use High St. from the south side of the Bridge St. Bridge. (The Woodland Valley Bridge is closed.) Follow it west about 1 mile to Woodland Valley Rd. and then stay left (south) about 6 miles to the DEC campground. Park in the parking area (no fees during off season).

Saturday, February 18, 12:00 PM | Hike on Rail Bed in Pine Hill to Cathedral Glen and Belleayre Lake

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Join CMC board member Erwin Karl to explore the old rail bed through Pine Hill.  There is little change in elevation making the hike moderately easy even if recent snows necessitate use of snowshoes. In addition to hiking/snowshoeing, we will stop to ID and discuss some of the edible and medicinal fungi and plants which can be found throughout the year in the forests of the Catskills. Continue reading

Friday, November 4, 12:40 PM | Hike Campbell Mountain

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View from Mary Smith Trail

One of the less used trails in the Catskills passes over Campbell Mountain and is coaligned with the FLT for part of its path. With leaves down, this western Catskills hike will offer nice views through open woods. Continue reading

Sunday, November 13, 10 AM | Trail Maintenance on Section 2 of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail

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. Hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 years old bog, to arrive at a beautiful look out over the Pepacton Reservoir. The return will be on the German Hollow trail. Continue reading

Thursday, September 22, 9 AM | Black Dome Range Trail maintenance to Camel’s Hump

IMG_1533The CMC’s Catskills Roving Trail Crew will be working with the Rip van Winkle Hikers on the western end of the Black Dome Range Trail next. Join us for this maintenance hike to the Camel’s Hump. 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

Thursday, September 15, 9 AM – Maintenance of the Long Path on Kaaterskill HP

IMG_3341Working with the RVW Hikers, the CMC’s Roving Trail Crew will help maintain the Long Path from Palenville to Poet’s Ledge. The trail crosses the south rim of Kaaterskill Clove, offering great views to South Mountain and the Hudson Valley. 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. Continue reading

Thursday, September 8, 9 AM – Maintenance on the Seager and PW Trails to Big Indian Mtn.

IMG_2052crThese trails are maintained by the CMC/NYNJTC Catskill Roving Trail Crew. We’ll hike out on the Seager Trail and go to the ridge where we’ll turn south and work to Big Indian Mountain. 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. Continue reading

Thursday, September 1, 9 AM – Trail Maintenance on Balsam Mountain

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View from Balsam

Following last week’s hike to Eagle, the CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew will do trail maintenance on the Pine Hill-West Branch and Oliverea-Mapledale trails 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 some blackberries to cut back, too. Continue reading

Thursday, August 25, 9 AM – Maintenance on the PW Trail over Eagle Mountain

IMG_2051crJoin us to work on these trails that are maintained by the CMC’s Catskill Roving Trail Crew. We’ll meet at the Rider Hollow Trailhead and then go to Seager to begin our hike. We’ll hike to the ridge where we’ll turn north and work over Eagle and Haynes Mountains. We’ll be clearing blowdowns 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. Continue reading

Sunday, September 4 | Through Hike Across Panther and Giant Ledge

Giant ledges on Panther in FallThis hike is to be a full traverse of Panther and the scenic Giant Ledges. One of the best hikes in the Catskills, it offers a full range of treats for an experienced hiker.  A lovely combination of ups, downs and wonderful scrambles offering a variety of woods and some fabulous views. This is one of my favorite late Summer hikes and I love company, so come join me for a fun day! Continue reading

Bramley Mountain Trail Opens

Bramleyopening8On July 29 the CMC’s newly constructed hiking trail on Bramley Mountain in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina officially opened to the public. Built on NYC DEP lands, the 4 mile trail is open year round.
The ceremony began with comments by DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Pucci and CMC President Rick Roberts. Each spoke about the importance of DEP’s efforts to open its lands to public recreational use. Among the benefits of greater access are increased options for a range of low impact outdoor activities, economic growth due to increased visitorship and improved health for community members due to the proximity of attractive recreational options.
Following the ribbon cutting, the laBramleyopening5rge crowd headed off for the inaugural hike. Some participants chose to take the easy hike to the quarry and then return to the parking area, while others continued up the trail. After we reached the summit and enjoyed the views we took a little break for lunch or a snack, only to be surprised by a brief shower that chased us off the top. As we descended, we ate raspberries growing beside the trail and noticed that the blackberries will be rippening soon. There are tons of them, so we’ll be back for the feast in a few weeks.
Bramleyopening1The Bramley Mountain Trail is one of five that the CMC has built over the last five years. To celebrate that work and for the convenience of hikers, we’ve published a brochure that provides a map and describes each of them. Look for it at the trail registers, in visitor information sites in the villages and at the Catskill Interpretive Center on State Route 28 in Mt. Tremper.
Click here for WBNG News coverage:
  http://www.wbng.com/news/local/A-new-hiking-trail-opens-at-Bramley-Mountain–388708722.html?vid=a

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

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

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

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks or lunch.

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

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

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

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

Sunday, August 14th 1 pm | Paddle the Pepacton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 9, 2 PM | Hike Plattekill Mt. from the Ski Center Lodge

In conjunction with the NYS Outdoor EXPO, CMC President Rick Roberts is leading a hike up Plattekill Mt. using existing ski trails. Beautiful views at the top. This moderately difficult hike is about 2.5 miles long with 800′ gain.

Wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Directions: Take NYS Route 28 to NYS Route 30 in Margarettville . Go north approximately 8 miles and turn west onto Cold Spring Road. Or take NYS Route 23 to Grand Gorge and turn south onto Route 30. Go 11 miles and turn west onto Cold Spring Road.  Follow signs to Ski Plattekill  – 3 miles off Route 30.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 | Balsam to Belleayre

IMG_1628Hike to Balsam and Belleayre Mountains. Views and more!.
Lovely 10 mile hike for experienced hikers and those seeking 3500 peaks, all trails and hundred highest! There is a lovely but serious climb up McKenley Hollow. We will traverse Balsam Mountain and go on to Belleayre where we will side track to see the sights from the ski mountain area, then end with a decent on the Cathedral Glen Trail. Come join the fun outdoors this summer! Continue reading

Thursday, June 16, 9 AM | Bramley Mountain Trail Construction One More Time

Bramley view wnwcrOn this trip we will finish the clearing of the trails and views. We’ll assess our work with an eye for small problems, checking areas where we have made improvements to be sure that they are in good condition after recent rainstorms and light use by the crew. We’ll have some tools to lend, but bring sturdy shears and/or loppers, if you have them. Work gloves will be useful. Continue reading