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June 2019

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Postponed

East Wildcat Bushwhack

 

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9:30 AM

Outdoors Day Hike on the Tanbark Trail

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8:20 AM

Hiking the DP on Twin and Indian Head

9:30 AM

Pre-Father’s Day Paddle on the Delaware

11:00 AM

Biking Along the West Branch of the Delaware

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10:00 AM

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

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9:30 AM

Looking for Mountain Laurel on AHP

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8:00 AM

Long Path Hike – Peekamoose Rd to Trails End Rd.

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Hike the Blackhead Range

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Long Path – Peekamoose to Upper Cherrytown | Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Vernooy Falls

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6.4 miles to Vernooy Falls, then dropping another 500 feet in the last 1.7 miles. If the weather cooperates we’ll stop for a swim at Vernoy Falls.

Event Duration:  9.65 miles,  9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Alder Lake to Mill Brook Ridge and Balsam Lake Mountain | Saturday, July 6, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Balsam Lake Mt. Fire Tower from Mill Brook Ridge Trail

From the Alder Lake parking area, we’ll loop around Alder Lake, and continue on the Mill Brook Ridge trail to junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain trail. We’ll detour South on BLM to the Southern junction with Dry Brook Ridge trail, then return & continue over the BLM summit (with spectacular views from the fire tower) to the Northern junction with the DBR trail. (At this point we’ll have the option of detouring to Graham, adding 4 miles.) We’ll finish by heading South on the DBR trail to the Balsam Lake parking area.

Event Duration:  12 miles,  12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Long Path Hike – Peekamoose Rd to Trails End Rd. | Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6 miles.

Event Duration:  7.25 miles,  7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail | Sunday, June 16. 2019 @ 10:00 AM

View from Dry Brook Ridge towards the Pepacton Reservoir.

Please join us on our Spring Trail Maintenance Hike on Dry Brook Ridge in Margaretville New York. We will carpool to the Huckleberry Brook spur and climb approximately 1500 feet in a moderate climb and do light work clearing the trail and making sure things are tidy on Dry Brook Ridge.We’ll hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful lookout of the Pepacton Reservoir. We will relax and have mid-day lunch at the overlook, with beautiful western views of the Western Catskills.
In the afternoon, we will return on the German Hollow Trail, maintaining along the way.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Pre-Father’s Day Paddle on the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Paddle from Delhi to Hamden on the west branch of the Delaware.  Kids bring your dad or dad bring your kids in celebration of Father’s Day!

Event Duration:  8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Looking for Mountain Laurel on AHP | Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

Ashokan High Point is one of the best known mountains in the Catskills due to its prominent location next to the Ashokan Reservoir.  At 3081′, it ranks in the Catskills Highest Hundred with an ascent of over 2000 feet.  But perhaps it’s as well known for the mountain laurel stands that occupy its slopes. We’ll be looking for them as we climb through the progress of their bloom from early to late.  Hikers should be prepared for a challenging climb during the last mile or so.

Raindate:  Sunday, June 23rd

Event Duration:  9 miles,  8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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East Wildcat Bushwhack | Postponed

The Wildcats seen over a shoulder of Slide Mountain above Frost Valley.

We’ll meet at the Slide Mt parking area on CR47, beginning on the Slide Mt trail, then continuing toward the intersection at the Curtis-Ormsbee monument. From near the intersection we’ll begin our bushwhack, over East Wildcat’s sub-summits to the wooded main summit. The Wildcats form a long ridge rising to 3340′, a Catskills Hundred Highest peak.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult, Bushwhack

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Biking Along the West Branch of the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 11 AM

This will be a relaxed-paced bike ride using both roads and trails from Delhi to South Kortright and back. We’ll head out County Route 18 from Delhi to South Kortright. In South Kortright, we’ll get on the Catskill Scenic Rail Trail and head back to Bloomville. From there, we’ll use River Road to get back to Route 18 and then we’ll head back to Delhi.

Much of this route is alongside the Delaware River and, on the road portion, there are rolling hills and open views of the western foothills of the Catskills. The Catskill Scenic Rail Trail lives up to its name, but it is uneven and can be muddy. Road bikes will not work on this trail.

Event Duration: 28 miles; 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Hiking the DP on Twin and Indian Head | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 8:20 AM

A wonderfully challenging mountain section of the Devil’s Path with views you will be sure to remember!  We will enjoy Dibbles Quarry, and great scrambles up to the two tops of Twin Mountain.  From Twin we will traverse over and down to Jimmy Dolan Notch. From here we will again climb to elevation and reach Indian Head.  Lovely Views of Hudson area as you hike the Devil’s Path!

We will descend down to Platte Clove Road and falls. Hike is great fun for experienced hikers seeking a challenge. Pace safe and moderate but moving along. Bring plenty to drink and energy snacks. It is a full day’s hike. Hikers must be prepared. Dress in layers and allow for cooler peak tops. Do come join our fun day on the Devils Path!

POOR WEATHER will cancel this hike (will be rescheduled).

Event Duration: 8 miles, 8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Views from the Watershed | July 13th and August 3rd, 10 AM – 4 PM

Ashokan Reservoir spillway

The CMC is excited to announce that tickets for the much anticipated “Views from the Watershed” tours of the NYC Catskill and Delaware watersheds are now available for purchase. Tour dates are Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, August 3rd.

Led by watershed educator and artist Lize Mogel and featuring special guests including historians Diane Galusha, Marianne Greenfield and CMC president Rick Roberts, the all-day bus tours will explore the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC water supply in the Catskills. Hear stories of the water system from the multiple perspectives of people who live and work in it, and who manage it. These tours are a great opportunity for newer or part-time residents of the Catskills and for visitors to learn more about the past, present, and future of how water shapes their environment.

The tour begins and ends at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper. With stops at the Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs and sites in between, the tour will visit several points of interest as it winds through the scenic Catskill Park. Be sure to bring a camera! Lunch will be available for pre-purchase to be eaten at a stop along the way.

These tours are supported in part by an education grant awarded by the Catskill Watershed Corp. to the Catskill Mountain Club.

For more information visit Walking the Watershed.

Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center | June 8th, 9:30 AM

Hike the Tanbark Trail with the CMC.

This moderate hike is about 2 miles long.    We’ll meet at the CVC at 9:30 and travel together to the trailhead from there.  The hike should last about two hours and along the way we’ll visit two nice viewpoints.  After the hike we’ll come back to the Visitor Center for refreshments and to participate in the festivities there.

Please bring something to drink. Dress for comfort and wear good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are suggested.

This event is limited to 15 hikers.  Please register by contacting wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or by calling 845-586-6273.

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Hike to Split Rock in the Pepacton Range | Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_4700 Split RockJoin us for a Memorial Day hike to Split Rock on Brock Mountain in the Pepacton Range.  There’s a nice view to be had.  After spotting cars at Holiday and Berry Brook Rd., we’ll start at Cat Hollow Rd. / SR206, crossing Flat Rock on the way.  Approximately 1600′ ascent.

Event Duration:  6.3 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Winnisook Lake Mountain Bushwhack | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9 AM Postponed due to weather.

Winnisook Lake (#56) Mountain is one of the Catskills 100 Highest.  The western summit of WLM is home to the Catskills “Stonehenge”.  This hike requires a bushwhack (no herd path) that can be very steep. Hikers should have off trail winter experience and full winter equipment since deep snow and ice are expected. The hike will be led by Alan Via, author of The Catskill 67 hiking guide.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult. Bushwhack

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Dry Brook Ridge Hike | Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:00 AM

IMG_0770 Dry Brook Valley from Doubletop We’ll hike (or snowshoe) the 9.6 mile section of the Dry Brook Ridge trail from Mill Brook Road to Margaretville. A car shuttle is required. We’ll leave car(s) at the hike endpoint (https://goo.gl/maps/HEiNyk3n3h42) and drive to the Mill Brook parking area (https://goo.gl/maps/shyr2jJrpsQ2) to start. Our pace will be moderate with brief stops. There will not be a long lunch stop.

Event Duration: 10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Hiking the Bluelines: Exploring Catskill Mountain Streams

Diamond Notch Falls-MikeTodaro

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.

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.