Past Events

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

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

Summertime vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

Summertime vista (courtesy of Lillian Browne)

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

Event Duration:  3 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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

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

Event Duration:  14.5 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult due to length, Bushwhack

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

Slide, Pisgah, Balsam Lake Mountains

Slide, Pisgah, Balsam Lake Mountains

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

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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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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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

Ticeteneyck Mountain

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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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

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

POSTPONED

Hike the Quick Lake Trail

26

10:00 AM

Hike the Palmer Hill Trails

27
 
29 30

 

May 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

1 2 3 4 5

8:00 AM

Hiking the Blue Lines: An Exploration of Catskill Streams – Bear Hole Brook to Van Wyck Mountain

6

POSTPONED to May 13th

11:00 AM

Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike @ Kelly Hollow

7 8 9 10

10:00 AM

Hike to Split Rock

11 12

POSTPONED

8:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: An Exploration of Catskill Streams – Hunter Brook or West Kill to Hunter Mtn.

13 Mother’s Day

10:30 AM

Rochester Hollow Hike

14 15 16  Ramadan 17

10:00 AM

Hike the Shavertown Trail

18 19

Rescheduled to June 24

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

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

8:00 AM

Ashokan High Point & Little Rocky Hike

11:00 AM

Paddle the Pepacton

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27 28  Memorial Day 29 30 31

10:00 AM

Balsam Mountain from Rider Hollow

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Foam- flower

 

 

 

June 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Eastern Red Columbine

Eastern Red Columbine

1 2

8:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: An Exploration of Catskill Streams – Biscuit Brook to Fir Mtn.

9:00 AM

Hike Ticeteneyck Mountain on National Trails Day!

3

8:30 AM

Thru Hike German Hollow to Dry Brook Ridge and the Huckleberry Loop Trail

4 5 6 7 8 9

8:30 AM

Trail Maintenance on the Delhi Trails

10:30 AM

Guided Hike on the Trails at the CIC – ADA Accessible

 

10

12:00 PM

Family Friendly Hike on Bramley Mountain

11 12 13 14 15 16

8:30 AM

Balsam and Belleayre: From  Mine Hollow to Lost Clove

17 Father’s Day

10:00 AM

Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail

18 19 20

12:00 PM

Woodland Hike with Yoga: Kelly Hollow Beaver Pond

21 

Summer Solstice

10:00 AM

Hike to Ashokan High Point

9:00 AM

Beecher Lake Vista Clearing with the DEC

22
23

9:00 AM

Leave No Trace Awareness Hike

10:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: Kanape Brook to Ashokan High Point

24

 

25 26

 

27

9:00 AM –

Hike the Quick Lake Trail

 

28

Rescheduled to July 19

Explore Plattekill State Forest: South Plattekill and Round Top

29 30

8:00 AM

Hike to Alder Lake, Cradle Rock Ridge & Balsam Lake Fire Tower

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Ragged Robin

 

 

July 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

2 3 4 Independence Day 5 6 7

9:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain

8

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

9 10 11 12

10:00 AM

Bramley Mountain Trail

13

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

14
15

10:00 AM

Map and Compass Workshop: Essential Knowledge

16 17 18 19

10:00 AM

Explore Plattekill State Forest: South Plattekill and Round Top

20 21

Cancelled

Hiking the Bluelines: Explore Rochester Hollow Creek

22 23 24 25

Postponed to August 22

9:30 AM

Hike to Huckleberry Point

 

26

Postponed to August 2

10:00 AM

Explore the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve

27 28

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

CMC Annual Picnic

29 30 31

Wood Sorrel

 

August 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Devil’s Paintbrush

 

1

Postponed – rain

Hike the Escarpment’s Windham and Burnt Knob

2

Postponed – rain

Explore the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve

3 4

Cancelled – rain

Hiking the Bluelines:  Explore the East Branch Neversink River Headwaters and Slide Mountain

5 6

9:00 AM

Woodland Hike with Yoga: Giant Ledge

7 8 9 10 11
12

Postponed

Balsam Lake Fire Tower and Millbrook Mountain

1:00 PM

Paddle the Pepacton

13 14 15

9:00 AM

Slide Mountain from Denning

16 17 18

 

19 20 21 22

11:30 AM

Hike to Huckleberry Point

23 24 25

8:00 AM

Hike the Long Path from Peekamoose Rd to Upper Cherrytown Rd.

 

26 27 28 29

8:30  AM

Windham High Peak via Burnt Knob and Acra Point

30 31

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Pale Touch-me-not

 

September 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Crown Vetch

1
2 3    Labor Day 4

4:00 PM

Hike the Trail on the old U&D RR in Pine Hill  – with optional Yoga

5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15

8:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: An Exploration of Catskill Streams – Exploration of Woodland Creek’s Headwaters

16 17 18 19 Yom Kippur
20 21 22
23  Autumn Equinox 24 25 26 27 28 29 

Catskills Lark in the Park

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Catskills Lark in the Park

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October 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Catskills Lark in the Park

2

Catskills Lark in the Park

3

Catskills Lark in the Park

4

Catskills Lark in the Park

5

Catskills Lark in the Park

6

Catskills Lark in the Park

7

Catskills Lark in the Park

Columbus Day

Catskills Lark in the Park

9

9:15 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak Hike

10 11 12 13

9:00 AM

Hiking the Bluelines: An Exploration of Catskill Streams – Cascade Brook to Panther Mtn. & Giant Ledge

14

5 PM

CMC Annual Dinner and Raffle

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Saturday, March 31, 8:00 AM | Woodhull Mountain & Van Wyck Mountain Hike

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Van Wyck, Woodhull, Red Hill from Slide

This bushwhack will visit two Catskill Hundred Highest peaks, Woodhull & Van Wyck Mountains. We’ll travel at a slow to moderate pace. There will be excellent views of several nearby high peaks, and we’ll visit two plane crash sites.

 

Event Duration:  7 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult — Bushwhack

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Sunday, March 11, 9:00 AM | Family Friendly Hike on the Palmer Hill Trail

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Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer

Join NYSDEC Licensed Guide Will Soter for this family friendly hike along the Palmer Hill Trail. This is the first of a series of hikes, in which Will hopes to highlight some of his favorite family friendly adventures. Will would also like to showcase the great efforts of the Catskill Mountain Club, that has worked to open recreational access in the Catskills. The Palmer Hill Trail is the third trail created by the Catskill Mountain Club, and the second in partnership with the NYC DEP. The Catskill Mountain Club created this trail from design to construction, taking great care to highlight the splendid views for most of its 3.7 mile length.

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Saturday, March 31, 10 AM | Huckleberry Loop Trail

DSC03459fromLauraFrom the trailhead on Hill Road in Margaretville, we will have a nice spring walk to the lookout over the reservoir. On the way we will pass a bog which is only 700+ years old. At the lookout, you can see the way we hiked up the hill and the Pepacton Reservoir in the distance.

Event Duration:  6.6 miles, 5.25 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Saturday, March 17, 11:00 AM | Kelly Hollow Hike

beaverDamSectionIMG_2721Join us on this nice loop hike past a huge spruce plantation, waterfalls and out to an old beaver pond.  We’ll stop at the adjacent lean-to for lunch.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 2.25 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Paddle the Pepacton | Saturday, May 26, 11 AM

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. 

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 by Friday, May 25th by emailing 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.

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Sunday, April 8th 10:00 AM | Hike the Shavertown Trail

Hikers heading back after enjoying the view

Hike the Shavertown Trail 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.  If the group is inclined, we will continue up an easier climb for a 3.3 mile loop returning to the pond and then back to the parking area. The upper loop is an nice second growth forest and beautiful rock formations.  This is an enjoyable hike for almost everyone. The total distance 2.3 or 5.3 miles.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks or lunch.

Register by April 6th by emailing aroberti@catskill.net.

Well behaved dogs with permission of the hike leader (email aroberti@catskill.net).

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.

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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, March 3, 8:30 AM | Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Snowshoe

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Hunter Mtn.

Snowshoe at a slow to moderate pace to Southwest Hunter and Hunter Mountains. Excellent views from the Fire Tower, and Geiger Point. For those working on the Catskill All Trails Challenge, we’ll complete the Spruceton and Hunter Mountain trails, and will cover a part of the Devil’s Path. We’ll reach Southwest Hunter via a 3/4 mile unmarked trail off of the Devil’s Path. After the hike, a mile down the road on our way home, we can warm up by the fire at the West Kill Brewing tap room.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 8 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult
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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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Sunday, March 4, 9:30 AM | Balsam Lake Mountain

BLM winterThis great hike will begin on Mill Brook Rd. and follow the Dry Brook Ridge Trail to the BLM summit with its iconic fire tower. The hike will continue, completing the loop and returning to the starting point. Expect rewarding views and hope for a good base to permit snowshoeing.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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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

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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

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

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Event Duration:  7 miles, 4.25 hours

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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

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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

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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.
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