Upcoming Events

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.

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

asian longhorned beetle

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

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

 

Tuesday, June 6th, 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.

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.   Check back again as we continue to plan for this fun Anniversary.

Sunday, July 2, 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.

Notice

Hiking, paddling, bike riding and other outdoor recreational activities are potentially dangerous and could result in injury or even death. This website provides information about recreation in the Catskill Region, but persons using this resource are responsible for anticipating possible dangers and appraising their physical ability.

Other Catskill Region Events

Don’t see a scheduled event that works for you? Try the schedules of these other Catskill area hiking clubs and organizations.

ripxsmallerRip Van Winkle Hikers  The Rip Van Winkle Hikers Club was organized in February 1991 “to promote and foster interest in the sport of hiking”. Hikes range from the more challenging to the purely scenic or historical, including in the Catskill high peaks and in the Hudson Valley.

 

C3500ClogoCatskill 3500 Club  The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962 to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to anyone who has climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation. The club’s schedule appears in their newsletter, The Canister.

nynjtclogosmallNew York-New Jersey Trail Conference  The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference builds, maintains and protects 2,000 miles of trail in New York & New Jersey, including 29 lean-tos and over 200 miles of trails in the Catskills, by mobilizing volunteers. Learn more about Catskill programs and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

TCHC patchTriple Cities Hiking Club  The Binghamton based Triple Cities Hiking Club has been active since 1947 in promoting access to hiking opportunities. Hikes are scheduled on most weekends throughout the year and range in degree of challenge from easy outings to very strenuous hikes, including in the Catskills.

fltlogosmallerFinger Lakes Trail Conference  The FLTC was founded in 1962. It works in cooperation with its members and various organizations to develop and maintain a premier hiking trail system in New York. Learn more about the trail and find out how to help.

FatsintheCatsFats in the Cats Bicycle Club  The Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club, an IMBA Chapter, promotes cycling advocacy, trail building, trail maintenance and community service. Since 1994, the club has been advocating, stewarding and improving many of the best places to ride a mountain bike in New York’s Catskill Park and Hudson Valley Region. In addition, the club organizes group rides and gives away dozens of bikes to needy kids every holiday season.