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Welcome to the Catskill Mountain Club

Looking up Kaaterskill Clove from Palenville Overlook with Indian Head in the foreground.

 

Founded in 2004, the year of the 100th Anniversary of the Catskill Park, the CMC has dedicated itself to providing a broad range of non-motorized outdoor recreational activities to its members, to residents and to visitors in the Catskills. Whether you hike, camp, kayak, canoe, snowshoe, ski, or cycle, the CMC offers activities to meet your interests.

 

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Groomed Cross Country Trails at Delhi Golf Course

The enjoyment of classic cross-country skiing is greatly enhanced by skiing on a groomed surface. These conditions are made possible by proper grooming equipment to prepare the snow. Fortunately, SUNY Delhi College has acquired a specialized utility vehicle with snow treads and a classic track setter. The result is a quality trail system at the college’s Golf Course, which is open to the public at no cost. David DeForest, Assistant Professor in Applied Sciences, is the leading force in maintaining the trails each winter. The trails begin at the Bluestone Pub and Restaurant at the foot of Scotch Mountain Road (off Arbor Hill Road). There are about four miles of trails with easy and intermediate loops. They are situated in a peaceful setting that includes two crossings of the Little Delaware River and great views of Bell Hill. Complete grooming of the trail system takes about three hours, while re-grooming is also conducted to keep the surface and tracks clean and firm. This promotes the skiing experience because the recessed tracks allow the skier to look around, enjoy the scenery, and maintain good form, instead of trudging through snow.

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The 18th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park will be Saturday, October 2nd through Monday, October 11th, 2021

But it will be different again this year.  Due to COVID’s continued effects, we will be having just a small roster of in-person outdoor events and a number of virtual events. Keep checking the Catskills Lark In the Park website to see the events as they are added. Right now we have scheduled

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Paddle the Pepacton, Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 11:00 am

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Ann Roberti for a scenic paddle. 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 11 AM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge.

Duration:  We’ll paddle about 4 miles and the trip will take 3-4 hours including a lunch break.

Bring: drinks, lunch or snacks, sunscreen and a life jacket.

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 https://cwconline.org/reservoir-boating/ and https://cwconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-Pepacton-PDF-for-Web.pdf

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Andes Rail Trail gets some love….

“The Andes rail-trail in its four short miles offered me beauty, quiet, history, and it made me laugh.”

Thank you, Susan Barnett and Hudson Valley One for this wonderful article on the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur.

Click on the first page, below, to see the whole article.  Here thanks to permission from Susan Barnett.

Summer 2020 Newsletter

The Summer edition of the CMC News is available here.  Check it out for stories about Volunteers, summer in the woods, news about the Club and about recreational opportunities in the Catskills region.

Sustainable and Safe Hiking Practices During the Pandemic and Beyond

Simple Rules to Help Everyone Stay Safe

During the Pandemic:

  • Stay close to home.  Driving to distant sites increases the likelihood of spreading the disease.
  • Keep a 6 foot distance between you and other hikers (except those in your household)
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.
  • Do not expect to use any bathroom or other facilities.
  • Do not share equipment except with members of your household.
  • Take care when signing in to use your own pen or sanitize your hands immediately after signing. Only have one party member sign in per group.
  • Do not share rides except with members of your household.
  • Leash your dogs and practice social distancing rules with them.

Guidelines for all times:

  • Avoid high use areas or go at off times.
  • If the parking lot is full, visit a different location. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas.
  • Alert others as you pass or step to the side to let other hikers pass.
  • Be sure to sign in at the registration box.
  • Practice tick prevention and check for ticks after your outing at all times. Tick borne diseases are always possible and can cause serious illness.

We are thankful to first responders and essential workers. Please show your appreciation by maintaining a six foot distance from others while shopping and by wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. The virus can be transmitted days before symptoms appear, as well as by asymptomatic people shedding the virus.

2018 Past Events Calendar

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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

Ragged Robin

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

30

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

15

9 or 9:30 AM

Watershed Woodland Hike with Yoga at the Shavertown Trail

16 17 18 19

10:30 AM

New Trail/New Hike on the River to Ridge Trail in New Paltz

20
21 22

9 or 9:30 AM

Watershed Woodland Walk with Yoga across the Ashokan Reservoir

23 24 25 26 27

POSTPONED

End to End Hike on the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail

28 29

9:30

Watershed Woodland Hike: Pine Hill Rail Trail

30 31   Halloween

 

November 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1 2 3

8:30 AM

Trail Maintenance on the Delhi Trails

DST ends 5

9:30AM

Watershed Woodland Hike Phoenicia: The Tanbark Trail

6 7 8

10 AM

Trail Building on the Ashokan Quarry Trail

 

9 10
11Veterans’ Day 12  Veterans’ Day Observed

9:30 AM

Watershed Walk through Pine Hill: Springs and Creeks

13 14 15 16 17

Regular Big Game Hunting Season Begins:

List of Hikes Where Hunting is not Permitted

18 19 20 21 22Thanksgiving 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30

 

 

December 2018

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1
2 Chanukah 4 5 6 7 8
9

Regular Big Game Hunting Season Ends at Sundown

 

10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21  Winter Solstice 22
23 24 25  Christmas 26  Kwanzaa 27 28 29

8:30 AM

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain

30 31 1  

New Year’s Day

10:30 AM

First Day Hike in Kelly Hollow

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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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