Past Events

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

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

IMG_1752rFollowing 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

Lucky Rescue on the Pepacton Leaves Victim Chipper

swimming chippy rBoaters at the CMC’s season opening May 28 chippy on bow rPaddle the Pepacton event rescued a chipmunk found struggling far from shore in the cold reservoir waters. We’ve seen beavers, deer, bears and other four-legged bathers in the past, but never before a chipmunk.

 

After picking the chippy out of the water, the rescuers paddled to shore with it sitting on the bow of a kayak as it watched the land approach. As soon as they were within jumping distance, the chipmunk leapt and scampered off into the woods, safe and dry.

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One can only the amazed that it managed to avoid being eaten by one of the many bald eagles or huge trout that call the Pepacton home. Now that’s a lucky day!

Saturday, May 28, 11 AM | Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Bob Moses 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 Bob Moses at rmoses@delhitel.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, June 4, 1:30 PM | National Trails Day Hike: Alder Lake to Big Pond on the FLT

IMG_4036rHike between two semi-remote Catskill Ponds along the Finger Lakes Trail. Along the way we will pass stone foundations and stone walls from a hundred year old farmstead.

1:30 PM- Meet and leave a car at Big Pond on the Barkaboom Rd. then drive to Alder Lake (15 mins) to start the hike. Both Alder Lake and Big Pond have DEC, 1st come, primitive camping sites surrounding the lakes. Excellent for an overnite camping and hiking adventure.

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2:00 PM- Meet at Alder Lake Parking area and take an optional, unguided hike around the Lake (approx. 1.5 miles). Or join the longer 4 mile hike to Big Pond.

Thanks to Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors for sponsoring this event. Continue reading

Thursday, May 26, 9 AM | Building the Porcupine Caves Trail on Bramley Mountain

Bramley cliffsThe Porcupine Caves Trail, last of the three trails being constructed on Bramley Mountain, is well on it’s way to completion – the route is laid out, the blowdown and views are cut, the clearing is done, much of the sidehilling is done and a bit of stone step setting has been completed.

Now we need to clear the path of leaves, lose rocks, small limbs, and take care of minor problems hidden underneath them. At a little over 1 mile long, we need a good sized crew of trail builders to bring bow rakes and help clean the trailbed from the summit to the quarry. Bring work gloves, plenty to drink and lunch. Along the way you’ll enjoy a preview of the great views and features. You may even see a porcupine or two and spotted salamanders. Continue reading

Sunday, May 22 at 10:00 AM | Trail Maintenance on Section 2 of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail

IMG_0065rFollow 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 to a beautiful look out of the Pepacton Reservoir. The return will be on the German Hollow trail. Continue reading

Saturday, May 28, 8 AM | Hike Balsam Lake Mountain to Alder Lake

IMG_4032rOne of my favorite western Catskills hikes and I love company, so come join me. The hike has lovely combination of walking, ups, downs , scrambles and some grand views.  Note: this hike is for experienced hikers as the hike is about 9 miles, strenuous and at a steady pace. Great for peakbaggers and CATs Trail seekers.It is by far the prettiest way to enjoy this 3500 peak. Continue reading

Saturday, May 21, 1 PM | Training for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Identification and Reporting

Join Dan Snider of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) for a field training in the identification of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid infestations and how to report your findings. HWA is a big threat to or Catskill forests. There are ways to limit the damage, but monitoring the forests for up-to-date conditions is essential. As a hiker, fisherman, birder ot other outdoor enthusiast, you will be able to make a significant impact on the success of the effort to control and eradicate these pests.

The event will take place at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center on SR 28 in Mount Tremper.

Thursday, May 19, 9 AM – Maintenance of the Long Path on Kaaterskill HP

Join the RVW Hikers and the CMC Catskill Roving Trail Crew to help maintain the Long Path from the snowmobile trail intersection to Wildcat Falls. 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. Bring your favorite pruners, shears or loppers. Continue reading

Thursday, May 12, 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, May 5, 9 AM | Black Dome Range Trail maintenance to Camel’s Hump

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The Blackhead Range from Westkill Mountain

The CMC’s Catskills Roving Trail Crew will be working on the western end of the Black Dome Range Trail next. Join us and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers 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

Saturday, May 7, 9:30 AM | Help Build the Bramley Mountain Trail

BramleyroadsidesignThe parking area is improved, the new trail section is flagged, and now it’s time to finish the construction of the CMC’s 5th trail (and 3rd on DEP land). This new trail will be a major addition to the hiking options in the Catskills. When finished, it will visit the summit site of a former fire tower, the site of a significant bluestone quarry and the impressive cliffs and caves that lie between.

The design of the trail will ascend to the summit gradually, providing a scenic and sustainable path for hikers. On this work day we will widen and level the path wherever the slope is too great for hiking comfortably. Sidehilling requires careful planning, special tools and precise work, so we will have tools available and will provide instruction in the methods and skills needed. Continue reading

Saturday, May 7, 9 AM | Community Fit Day Hike on Delhi Trails

Delhi trail viewCelebrate  Delhi’s Community Fit Day by joining Amy Beveridge and Sarah Kellogg on a guided hike of the Bulldog Run Loop of the Delhi Trails. Amy was instrumental in building these trails and can give you the back story of their creation.

Amy and Sarah will meet hikers in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

Hikers should wear sturdy footwear and comfortable clothes. Bring bottled water. The trail is moderate level, however, the pace will be slow.    2.4 miles.

Contact Amy with questions; Amy can be reached at albeveridge04@gmail.com or call 607-278-5461.

Driving Directions: 565 Andes Rd, Delhi, NY 13753 (Rt 28). Across the road from O’Connor Hospital

Sunday, May 8th at 11:00 AM | Sixth Annual Ephemeral Wild Flower Hike At Kelly Hollow

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Trout Lily

There’s no need to bring flowers to mom when you can bring mom to the flowers this Mother’s Day. You are invited to join with CMC board members for the Sixth Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike. 

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

Saturday, May 14, 1 PM | Help Stop Alien Invasive Species from Eating the Catskills’ Forests!

HWA at Willow point 4 smallYes, you read that right. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer are causing a massive loss of two of the Catskills’ most important tree species. Already well established, these pests are expanding their territory rapidly. We’ve got to stop them or the resulting devastation will change the character of our forests and their viability as habitats for many of the amimals that live in them forever. Come to this lecture and workshop (and look for our May 21 event, too) to learn about the urgency of acting now. Learn what’s happening and how you can help stop it. Only if the hiking community and area residents get involved can we be successful in protecting the Catskills from losing these trees that have defined the region for centuries.

Mark C. Whitmore, forest entomologist at Cornell University, will present a program on controlling the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the status of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Catskills. The event will be held at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper on May 14 at 1 PM.
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Thursday, April 21, 9:30 AM | Maintenance of the Mill Brook Ridge Trail

IMG_4049crThis great trail has been neglected for a few years and needs attention!  The trail connects Alder Lake and Balsam Lake Mountain via the Mill Brook Ridge, which is just a bit under 3500′ itself. It’s a great hike, but the trail has become ovegrown, especially in its mid-section. We’ll hike in from both the Alder Lake trailhead and from the Beaverkill Rd. trailhead, working until we meet. Please give us a hand and we’ll put this trail back in shape. Happily, our friend and crew member Terry Shultz has agreed to adopt the trail, so when we’ve finished it’ll stay in good shape. Continue reading

Sunday, March 20, 10 AM | Big Pond to Cabot Mountain: Touch-me-not Trail and more

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Join the CMC as we hike this great 7.5 mile hike from Big Pond to Cabot Mountain, with it’s wonderful view to Little Pond. After summitting, we’ll complete the trails that loop around Little Pond before returning to the Touch-me-not Trail and to Big Pond. This is a difficult hike with some significant climbing. Be sure to dress in layered, moisture wicking clothing and wear good hiking boots. Snowshoes, microspikes and crampons may be needed, so be sure to bring them. Gaiters are always good to have in snow. Bring plenty of water or hot beverages, lunch and snacks. This will be a full day hike. Continue reading

Sunday, February 7th | Gorgeous ALDER LAKE and Beaver Meadow Hike

P1080422If you just like being out in the winter snow this will be one of your favorite hikes. Rambling up and down, old stone ruins, a gorgeous lake and a trek to Beaver Meadow and Shelter. This is a wonderful hike or snowshoe. Can be a little strenuous, but we go at a good pace. Bring poles and microspikes( snowshoes just in case, as last year they were essential!!!) Plan to bring warm drinks, water and snacks. Dress in warm layers, may want to have handwarmers. This is a regular club hike for the winter, and we always have a great time! Continue reading

Catskill Park Awareness Day 2016 – A Time for Action

IMG_2783On February 9, the CMC and some 30 partner organizations of the Catskill Park Coalition will head to Albany to deliver a call to action to our state government leaders. The message will focus their attention on the needs and aspirations of our region and, especially those of the Catskill Park.

Even while we suffered massive cuts in funding for stewardship, planning and capital improvements during the recent great recession, we have had a huge increase in usage. Economic realities that saw many people focus their travel plans closer to home have now combined with increases in visitors from around the world. From feature articles naming the Catskills one of the top “must visit” destinations in the world (see here and here) to Governor Cuomo’s recently announced initiative to spend $5M on advertising to promote the Catskills worldwide, we realize that these important achievements mean that we must rise to the occasion to meet the challenges that the increased use of our recreational assets will bring. On the basis of this knowledge, we are seeking funding for a number of programs and initiatives that will help address these needs.

Please take a look at our list of priorities on the web page linked to here. You will find a sample letter that you can use to send a message of support to your state legislators. You’ll also find a petition to sign that will be delivered with our requests. Your support is crucial to our success, so please act now. It will take a few minutes to inform yourself and act, but the positive results for the Catskills that we love will last for years.

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS | Hike Slide Mountain, the Catskills Highest

IMG_0825What better way to begin the new 2016 than to hike up Slide Mountain, highest in the Catskills at 4180 feet. Lovely trek up to great views. We will do the hike as a loop and enjoy a varied terrain. Plan to have all winter gear as microspikes, snowshoes, poles and maybe crampons, if needed. Dress in suitable winter gear and in layers. Have lots to drink, maybe something hot and SNACKS! Hike must be cancelled if poor weather. Hike is a little over 7 miles. Slide is a must see hike and we plan to have a full day outdoors and enjoy it there. See you on the trail! Continue reading

4th Annual “Christmas Decorating is for the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail, Sunday, December 13th at noon

Join the Catskill Mountain Club for the 4th Annual “Christmas Decorating is for the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail, Sunday, December 13th at noon.

‘Tis the Season, and we’re planning our annual “Feed the Birds Hike” on the Andes Rail Trail. Join us on Sunday December 13 at 12 noon. Meet at the Andes Rail Trail on Cabin Hill Road, just outside the village. Bring something that will feed the birds, to hang on the tree in the field just passed the boardwalk. We’ll spread cheer amongst ourselves and at the same time help to soften the extreme hardness of the Catskill winters.

After the hike we will enjoy snacks at the newly restored Train Station. Bring something to share (holiday treats, snacks, goodies, drinks).

Leashed, well behaved dogs are welcome.

RSVP to aroberti@catskill.net

New Year’s Eve | Historical Walking Tour and 1,000 Mile Challenge Celebration

SKMBT_C25315120400351Join CMC board member Amy Beveridge and event co-sponsor O’Connor Hospital in Delhi for a special New Year’s Eve celebration. Check out this Facebook page for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Catskills Lark in the Park Bonus Photo

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From Giant Ledge looking across Woodland Valley – ABosch

The leaves are mostly gone here in the Catskills now. There may be a little color left towards the Hudson River, but up in the mountains about the only leaves still on deciduous trees are on beech and oak.

 

So what better time to post this stunning photo taken during the Catskills Lark in the Park and shared with the CMC by Adam Bosch of the NYC DEP? He was visiting Giant Ledge on a gorgeous day and snapped this view across Woodland Valley.

You missed the Lark? Enjoy the picture and then mark your calendar for next year’s Lark events, scheduled for October 1 – 10.

In the meantime, get those snowshoes, crampons and skis ready. It’s almost time to play in the Catskills winter wonderland!

Second Saturdays at the Catskill Interpretive Center | November 14, 1 PM

 

IMG_3952The Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) announces that a new monthly lecture series named “Second Saturdays” will present it’s first event on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00 PM. This series was inspired by the success of a September presentation about John Burroughs given by Dr. Bill Birns.

Hunting in the Catskills will be the topic of the presentation and discussion offered by local sportsman and licensed guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski, owner of Catskill Outdoor Adventures. He will lead the conversation about Catskills hunting traditions, heritage, and the information needed to know how to enjoy hunting in the Catskills today.

Learn about the species hunted, prerequisites for hunting including hunter training and safety courses, licenses and permitting, and access to hunting lands including DEC and DEP lands and maps.

Know how to plan your hunting trip, including clothing and gear, game restrictions, and knowing your limits. Meet others who have long experience in tracking, creating blinds and building tree stands. Ensure that you know how to handle and preserve your harvest.

“For many people, hunting is not just a sport. Hunting can be a way of life, putting a person in touch with nature” notes Mr. Somelofski. Catskill Outdoor Adventures offers fishing, hunting and photography excursions to remote and semi-remote sections of the Catskills. “Our remote trips are specially tailored for every person – from the office worker to the hearty outdoorsman. Catskill Outdoor Adventures enables any person to get back to nature.”

The Catskill Mountain Club is an operating partner of the CIC.

Great Start to Lark in the Park 2015

AnnAndScreetchOwlThe first day of the Catskills Lark in the Park 2015 was rainy and raw, causing some events to be postponed or cancelled.  The would-be Pepacton paddlers headed instead to Woodchuck Lodge with hopes of clearing weather and a late afternoon paddle after getting an up close look at many wonderful birds.  We didn’t get to paddle, but we had a great time seeing and learning about Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, Screetch Owls, Red Tail Hawks, Broad Wing Hawks and Kestrels.  A couple of us even got a turn holding owls!

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for Sunday’s events….here are a few pictures from the bird program and the Shavertown Trail Hike.  Here is Annie Mardiney, Wildlife Rehabilitator with a few of her charges:

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The Shavertown Trail

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Tickets for Annual Dinner now on sale! October 4th, 5 pm

The CMC will be holding its 4th Annual Dinner event on Sunday evening, October 4th, at 5:00 pm.  We’ll again be celebrating at the Catamount Restaurant at the Emerson Resort on NYS Rte. 28 in Mt. Tremper, NY. This event coincides with the 11th annual Catskill Lark in the Park, which begins October 4th.  Click here to learn more about the dinner, speakers and raffle itemsgoldeneagle!

Fall hike to Belleayre Ridge

View from Belleayre Ridge

View from Belleayre Ridge

The weather couldn’t have been finer for the Catskill Mountain Club’s recent hike to Belleayre Ridge. The views from the deck of Sunset Lodge to the south and at the top of the ski trails to the north were clear and cloud free. Continue reading