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CMC EVENTS CALENDAR

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December 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

7:45 AM

Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike

8

9:00 AM

Hike in Riddell State Park

9 10 11 12

8:15 AM

Ashokan Rail Trail End to End (pending work completion)

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15 16 17

7:45 AM

Hunter, SW Hunter (Leavitt) ,  & Rusk

18 19 20

9:45 AM

Hike Plateau and Sugarloaf Mountains

21 Winter Solstice

9:00 AM

Ashokan Quarry Trail First Hike

 

22 23  Chanukah 24 25  Christmas Day
26  Kwanzaa 27 28
29 30 31 New Year’s Day

8:00

First Day Hike at Ashokan High Point

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Ashokan Quarry Trail First Hike | Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 10 AM

Vista including the Burroughs Range

We’re happy to announce a soft opening First Hike on the new Ashokan Quarry Trail to introduce you to it!  Afterwards, the trail will be open to the public for hiking according to NYCDEP regulations. (You can find those in our Skills and Info menu.)  In Spring the DEP and CMC will welcome the public with an official opening ceremony.

The AQT is located on the Acorn Hill Parcel in Olivebridge. The quarry was one of several used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Interpretive signage has been installed along the route.

Only two miles long and with an easy climb to the rim of the quarry, the AQT offers an easy hike with historic interest and fabulous views stretching from Ashokan High Point to North Dome and Ticeteneyck Mountains. Features include abandoned infrastructure, the long quarry, a lovely mountain laurel path, and a mixed hardwood and white pine forest.

                            Map by Liz Cruz       Click to open in a separate window and print.

 

The trail is located 0.2 miles west of the Promenade parking lot which provides access to the dam and its fabulous views over the reservoir.  Located south of the reservoir, the AQT will eventually be linked to the new Ashokan Rail Trail via the Promenade.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead, just off Rte. 23A. When full, please use the promenade lot.

Event Duration:  2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

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Hike Plateau and Sugarloaf | Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

We’ll hike two Catskills high peaks, Plateau (3835′) and Sugarloaf (3783′), with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  6 miles;  5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Hunter, SW Hunter (Leavitt) and Rusk | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Hunter Mountain and its fire tower from Westkill

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 3 Catskills peeks: Rusk (3686′), Hunter (4030′), and SW Hunter (3753′), with a total ascent of about 3100′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views from the Hunter Fire Tower.

Event Duration:  12 miles; 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Ashokan Rail Trail End to End | Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:15 AM

From the Ashokan Rail Trail.                 –Courtesy Friends of the ART

The new Ashokan Rail Trail has been met with resounding approval. It will be open for its entire length very soon and we will hike it end to end to celebrate its opening.  Following the north side of the Ashokan Reservoir, the multi-use trail provides great views along its route. These NYCDEP lands were closed to the public except for fishing and hunting until the trail opened a few weeks ago, so we will enjoy the availability of this route following the long abandoned Ulster and Delaware Railroad for the first time in decades.

Event Duration:  11.5 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate, due to length

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Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:45AM

Lone and Table Mountains

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 6 Catskills peeks: Friday (3692′), Balsam Cap (3608′), Rocky (3487′), Lone (3700′), Table (3825′), and Peekamoose (3819′), with a total ascent of about 4500′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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First Day Hike on Ashokan High Point | Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

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Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

Ashokan High Point (3086′) is a prominent mountain in the eastern Catskills overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and the Burroughs Range. Elevation gain is about 2000′.  Most of hike is relatively easy, but there are some steep pitches. The trail follows the Kanape Brook for more than half the hike.

This hike is co-hosted by the CMC and the Catskills Visitor Center and sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Event Duration:  7.6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Hike in Riddell State Park | Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Robert V. Riddell State Park offers more than 2,000 acres of fields and forested woodlands located in the Susquehanna River Valley. We will hike through the southern section of the park from SR 28 to the Hartwick College Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

NOTE: Hunting is not permitted in Riddell Park.

Event Duration:  4.9 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike the Delhi Trails | Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 9:00AM

The Delhi Trails are named for in honor of Jean Craighead George’s beloved books My Side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain, each set in the Catskills. We will hike a loop consisting of the Gribley and Frightful’s Falls Trails. Be prepared for some steep sections as we ascend to the ridge twice. We’ll have some nice views of the Village of Delhi along the way.

Note: Hunting is not permitted on Delhi Trails lands.

Event Duration:  4.3 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Fir, Big Indian, Eagle & Balsam Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Balsam summit in winter.

We’ll do a long challenging hike/bushwhack traversing Fir (3629′), Big Indian (3699′), Eagle (3583′) & Balsam.(3607′), with about 3350′ elevation gain. This is one of the longest high ridge hikes in the Catskills. Nice views can be had now that leaves are down.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike | Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

We’ll hike/snowshoe to Kaaterskill High Peak (Ascent 1700′, Elevation 3652′). Our route will include trails, easy bushwhacks with opportunity to practice compass skills, fun scrambles, spectacular views and 2 plane crash sites.

Don’t forget to wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate – Difficult

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike | Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Blackhead Range from the Escarpment Trail

This 14+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse Windham High Peak (3525′), Blackhead (3940′), Black Dome (3994′) and Thomas Cole (3953′). We’ll encounter beautiful forests, and spectacular views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Shawangunks – Castle Point Carriage Trail | Postponed

Catskills from Castle Point, Shawangunks

The carriage roads in Minnewaska Stage Park and Preserve are beautifully maintained for hiking, biking and xc skiing. The views from Castle Point along the Shawangunk Ridge are spectacular. Although the ‘Gunks are only a few miles east of the Catskills, they are an entirely different geological formation with a distinctly different plant community, including dwarf pines. The Wallkill River Valley to the east is an important migration route for raptors and other birds. Join us for a hike in this nearby area.

Event Duration:  9 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Thursday, October 24, 10:00 AM

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA    Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of the Colonel Rochester 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 to Huckleberry Point | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 10 AM

Devil’s Path Range from Huckleberry Point

The hike to Huckleberry Point is one of the most satisfying in the Catskills, While it’s a short and moderately difficult trail, it’s in one of the most famously rugged parts of the Catskills, beginning at the Devil’s Kitchen and reaching its stunning destination on the escarpment ledges high above the deep valleys below. The breathtaking views of the ancient mountains of the eastern Devil’s Path Range will make you thankful you came, whether you’ve been before or not. Truly a bucket list hike. We’ll sit for awhile and enjoy the views while we picnic.

Event Duration:  4.8 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Deanna Felicetta

Bring: Dress and bring attire/gear for varied temperatures of the season. Have appropriate footwear. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water!!!

Registration required by November 5th.  Use registration form below to register.

Group size is limited to 12 so register early.

Fee:  No

Dogs allowed:  Yes, only with permission of event leader. Bring a leash for when needed.

Additional Information: PLEASE contact  leader and cancel if you are not able to come as others may want to. Remember we hike together for safety and FUN!

Questions about this event can be directed to:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or call 845-216 2021 and NO TEXTING PLEASE!  Leave name and number. Please contact leader if you need to cancel.

Driving Directions: 

From Exit 20 of the NYS Thruway:  Go west 2.1 miles on CR 212 to Blue Mountan Rd,/Rte.35. Turn north 1.4 miles to W. Saugerties Rd./Rte. 33 and turn west. Go 1.9 miles to Platte Clove Rd. and continue straight up the clove. Follow for 2.4 miles until you reach the parking area on the right.

From Tannerville:  Just west of town, turn onto Bloomer Rd, and follow it as it becomes Platte Clove Rd. for 6.3 miles until you reach the parking area on the left.

See NY/NJTC trail map # 141.

Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Table Mountain

This is a long, difficult hike, with no viable bailout route. We’ll encounter steep terrain, dense fir, and blowdown. We’ll begin with a bushwhack to the 4 most remote Catskills high peaks, and finish with a trail hike to 2 others. Several of the peaks have excellent views. At times the bushwhack will be very challenging.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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16th Annual Lark in the Park | October 5th – 14th, 2019

Lark in the Park view from Giant Ledge

The Lark in the Park is coming soon.  As usual, we will host many events over a 10 day celebration of the Catskill Park. Whether you prefer hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, art, science, cultural studies, fishing, service, yoga or more, we’ll have something for you. Wheelchair accessible events included.

Check it all out at catskillslark.org

Belleayre Mountain via Lost Clove and Giggle Hollow | October 2, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

After lunch on the deck at Sunset Lodge on Belleayre Ridge

We’ll hike the Lost Clove trail to the junction with the Pine Hill – West Branch trail, turn left, and continue past the site of the former Belleayre Fire Tower to the junction with the Mine Hollow trail. Then we’ll retrace our way back past the Lost Clove trail, and will descend on the Giggle Hollow trail.

All Trails Challenge hikers take note.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Campbell Mountain, Little Spring Brook, & Pelnor Hollow | September 25. 2019 @ 8 AM

View from the Pelnor Hollow Trail

This will be a double shuttle hike. First we’ll hike the Little Spring Brook, and Pelnor Hollow trails. Then we’ll start from Berry Brook Rd, and hike West on the Mary Smith trail, repeat a section of Pelnor Hollow, and complete the Campbell Mountain trail.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Balsam Mountain | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Balsam Mountain Vista

At about 5 miles, Balsam is one of the shortest of the 3500 peak hikes. Great views from near the summit.  Plenty of bang for your buck.  A lollypop loop hike with short in-and-out stick at the beginning and end. Somewhat strenuous – about 1600 feet of vertical gain.

Event Duration:  5.2 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult

 

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Quick Lake Area Hike | Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 8 AM

Quick Lake

This marathon hike is designed for those working on the Catskills All Trails Challenge, and will complete all of the required trails near Quick Lake on Map 144. Our route will consist of 2 loops from the parking area. The first (14.05 mile) loop will complete the Quick Lake and Flynn trails. The second (6.35 mile) loop will complete the Big Rock and Loggers Loop trails.

 

Event Duration:  20.4 miles, 14 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hunter Mountain Fire Tower on the Devil’s Path | Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Hunter and its fire tower as seen from Westkill

The fire tower on Hunter Mountain with its sweeping views is the highest in the Catskills at over 4000′.  This hike is part of a summer series that will traverse the entire Devil’s Path. With Indian Head and Twin already covered, look next for Sugarloaf and Plateau and then Westkill and St. Anne’s Peak.

 

Event Duration:  7.5  miles, 6-7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hiking the Bluelines: Exploring Catskill Mountain Streams

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Diamond Notch Falls

This is a series of nine hikes sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) and led by Team Danger Girl (TDG), a Catskill Mountain-based hiking group. Join members of TDG for a scientific and exploratory engagement with Catskill mountain streams. Dorcinda Knauth and Dany Davis will lead this series of off trail explorations. Dany is a geologist with 17 years of experience studying Catskill Mountain streams and will lead the scientific part of these explorations. Other environmental scientists may join some of the hikes. The theme of these hikes can be along the lines of the saying “the journey is the destination”. In other words, the purpose of these hikes is not to put peaks in a collection bag, so the summit is not the ultimate destination. Instead, the hikes will focus on landscape interpretation, exploring wild sections of popular mountains by following the paths of streams, collecting data for a regional Catskill streams study, and maybe getting to the top of a mountain on some of the hikes.

There will be two categories of hikes: off trail adventurous explorations and trail-side family friendly engagements with streams. Both categories will include plenty of time sharing observations of the stream channel, ecosystem and riparian environment. We will stop often for discussions on the role of streams in the mountains, collecting some data on the stream’s shape and condition, as well as sharing lessons in landscape interpretation.

The family friendly hikes will focus on hands-on engagement in studying a stream at specific stream locations, walking the stream channel corridor to observe changes (expect to get wet) and encourage hikers to appreciate the role of streams in the Catskill environment. If children join, it would be best for the children to be school age and capable of hiking a couple of miles. These hikes will be limited to 10 participants plus the hike leaders (maximum group size is 12-14 depending on the hike).

The adventurous off trail explorations will be stream corridor bushwhacks up/down wild Catskill mountain terrain with some trail hiking. Science will be a central part of these hikes and there may be more stream data collection than in the family friendly hikes. The hikes are rated “Most Difficult” due to the variability of the headwater stream terrain, hiking in steep boulder streams, plenty of downed trees, and the ever present unknown one encounters when heading up/down a steep mountain drainage. Each of these hikes will have a mountain summit destination in mind; however, the science and exploration is the primary goal. Conditions may preclude getting to the top of the mountain. The hikes will be limited to 6-8 people plus the hike leaders (no more than 8-10 hikers total). Please note: your hike leaders will not have previously hiked some of these routes so obstacles to forward progress are unknown for some of these hikes – that is part of the adventure. Each hiker will need to consider themselves expert in off trail hiking in mountains. Footwear should be capable of hiking in and out of water (no sandals!).

See event listing links below for details. Contact Dany Davis at wddavis2@gmail.com with questions about the hikes and to register.

The proposed hikes and schedule are subject to change:

May 5  8AM – Dark

Bear Hole Brook to Van Wyck Mountain. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Bear Hole Brook PA on Ulster County Route 42 (Peekamoose Road). The inaugural Bluelines hike will include stream-whacking up Bear Hole Brook to access the Catskill Divide between Van Wyck and Table Mountains. The return trip will be via the Van Wyck ridge. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 6-8 miles depending upon the route.  NOTE: This hike is full.

June 2  8AM – Dark

Biscuit Brook to Fir Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Biscuit Brook trailhead. This will involve hiking the Biscuit Brook trail to the NYS land/Frost Valley land boundary and then following the stream corridor to the col between Big Indian and Fir Mountains. If Fir Mountain is summited the return trip will be by herdpath and trail back to the Biscuit Brook trailhead, or if adventure prevails the unnamed stream between Fir and Spruce Mountains. There will be ongoing research in this watershed by Colorado State University so we may get some fresh insights into Catskill stream geomorphology! Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose boulders and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 8-10 miles depending upon the route.  NOTE: This hike is full.

June 23 10AM – 4PM

Explore Kanape Brook watershed to the summit of Ashokan High Point. Rating: Moderate. Meeting Place: Kanape Brook PA in the Town of Olive. The hike will include stopping at specific locations along the brook to observe channel and riparian forest conditions. Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation.  Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists!  Total Distance: ~3 miles for the stream (out and back) or 7-8 if including Ashokan High Point.

July 7 9AM – Dark

West Kill stream to Hunter Mountain. Most Difficult. Meeting place: West Kill Trailhead. This hike is likely to be the most challenging and should only be attempted by those capable of hiking in the Catskill’s most rugged terrain. This will involve hiking the West Kill stream corridor up the drainage toward the summit of Hunter Mountain.  The approach to Hunter’s summit will involve very steep terrain in thick balsam forest (what fun!). If Hunter is summited, the hike may take a trail back down or, if adventure prevails take another stream back down. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: 7-10 miles depending upon the route.

July 21 10AM – 4PM

Explore Rochester Hollow Creek. Rating: Moderate. Meeting place: Rochester Hollow PA in the Town of Shandaken. This will involve meeting at the Rochester Hollow parking area and taking the trail up the valley for approximately 1.5 miles and then returning back to the parking area by way of the stream.  The hike will include stopping at specific locations to observe stream channel and riparian forest conditions.  Data collection will be part of the activities for a local study, and participants will be shown techniques for participation. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, Loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, and very excitable stream scientists!  Total Distance: ~ 3 miles.

August 4 8AM – 7PM

Explore East Branch Neversink River Headwaters and Slide Mountain. Rating: Difficult. Meeting place: Denning PA in the Town of Denning. The hike will start at the East Branch-Phoenicia trail to access the East Branch Neversink River valley. Depending on the ability and interest of the participants we will hike up the East Branch Neversink River or the Deer Shanty Brook toward Slide Mountain. The hike will focus on exploring the valley and stream environment and may include a bushwack summit of Slide Mountain if it seems feasible.  Total Distance is variable; assume a minimum 7 miles.

September 15 8AM – 7PM

An exploration of Woodland Creek’s headwaters TBD. Rating: Most Difficult. Meeting Place: Woodland Valley Campground PA. The plan will be to bushwhack across the base of the Wittenberg along NYS land to the headwater reaches of Woodland Creek. From there, the assembled group will pick a route up any of the several branches of Woodland Creek, potentially ascending Slide, Cornell or Wittenberg; or just turning around and heading back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, stinging nettles, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7-12 miles.

October 13 9AM – 6PM

Cascade Brook to Panther Mountain/Giant Ledge. Rating: Difficult. Meeting Place: Giant Ledge PA. The hike will include walking down CR47 to Cascade Brook (~1 mile) to reach the stream route up Panther Mountain then walking along the left descending side of the stream to stay on NYS land for the first 0.5 miles. After that, the hike stays in the stream drainage until it disappears in the talus below Panther’s summit. The route up Panther will be along a SW-trending ridge to the summit view point. From there the return hike is via trail to Giant Ledge and back to the PA. Be prepared for biting insects, loose rocks and other stream scrambling hazards, thick forest, cliffy bits and Catskill yetis. Total Distance: ~7 miles.

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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.