Michael Drillinger

Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike @ Kelly Hollow PART TWO | Saturday, May 14th, 2022 @ 11 AM

This is a chance to find and identify the beautiful Spring ephemeral wildflowers which are so named because they appear in early spring when they flower and fruit and then die back, 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 Breeches, Jack-In-The-Pulpit and many others. We may also find some early mushrooms and ramps. 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 a lovely abandoned beaver pond near a lean-to at the top.

 

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Giant Ledge and Panther | Saturday, July 9, 8:30 AM

This 6.5 mile moderate out and back hike to Panther (3,720 ft) is rewarded with outstanding views at the several ledges that we encounter. The ascent is gradual with a few short steep areas. After the first 0.75 miles, we’ll reach Giant Ledge, one of several ledges. In the next 0.9 miles, we’ll arrive at the summit of Panther where the view of the valleys below is limited. We’ll continue a little more to a viewpoint after the summit of Panther to break for lunch.

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Westkill Hike, Saturday, 7/30/2022, 8:30 AM

This is a 6.5-mile out-and-back hike up to Westkill (3,881 ft.) We’ll take the easy and flat Diamond Notch Trail (blue). After we cross the bridge, we’ll take the Devil’s Path (red) which ascends quickly and steeply but not too strenuous. I find this section of the Devil’s Path easier than the other sections. After about 1.4 miles, we’ll reach an interesting rock that could be used as a shelter. Another 0.9 miles brings us to a very nice viewpoint, Buck Ridge lookouts, to the north, east and south. The next 0.1 miles, we’ll be at the summit of Westkill. We’ll retrace our steps and make a stop at Diamond Notch Falls before our return to our cars.

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Table and Peekamoose, Saturday, August, 27, 2022 @8:30 AM

This is a less than 9-mile out-and-back hike to Table (3,837 ft.) and Peekamoose (3,843 ft.). We’ll take the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail (yellow) fairly flat for about 1.2 miles until we reach the Peekamoose Table Trail (blue), turning right as we head down to the East Branch of the Neversink River and Deer Shanty Brook. In 0.3 miles, we’ll cross a log bridge as the trail heads toward Table Mountain. There are several smaller hills to cross before climbing the main ascent. There are a couple of viewpoints and the last 0.2 miles are a little steep as we arrive at the summit of Table. The next 0.8 miles takes us to Peekamoose, in which the drop into the Col between the two mountains is minimal. We’ll break for lunch at the very nice viewpoint near the summit of Peekamoose. Plan to be at the trailhead by 8:30 AM.

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Sugarloaf, Saturday, 9/10/2022, 8:30am

Sugarloaf, Saturday, 9/10/2022, 8:30am

This is a 6+ loop mile up to Sugarloaf (3,810 ft.). We’ll take the Roaring Kill Trail (yellow) for 0.25 miles until we reach the junction where we’ll bear right on the Mink Hollow Trail (blue). We’ll turn left onto the Devil’s Path (red). The about 1-mile ascent up Sugarloaf is challenging and has a vertical gain of 1200 feet, consisting of some rock scrambles in both the ascent and descent. We’ll break/lunch at the viewpoint. We’ll continue on the Devil’s Path on the descent, steep and challenging in spots for 1.2 miles until we reach Pecoy Notch trail (blue). Along the way on the Pecoy Notch Trail, we’ll encounter a meadow/beaver pond and Dibble’s Quarry. Shortly afterwards, we’ll arrive at the Roaring Kill Trail for our return to the cars. Continue reading

Twin and Indian Head | Saturday, September 17, 2022, 8:30 AM

Twin and Indian Head | Saturday, September 17, 2022, 8:30 AM

This is a 7-mile hike up to Twin (3,650 ft.) and Indian Head (3,573 ft.). We’re going to do a T. We’ll take the Devil’s Path trail (red) for 0.25 miles to the junction of Jimmy Notch Trail for 1.6 miles to the notch; then we’ll turn right to head over to Twin where we’ll see very nice views from the east peak. The view from this rock ledge is one of the better views and hard to match anywhere in the Catskills. We’ll continue for 0.7 miles to the west peak of Twin. From there, we’ll retrace our steps to Jimmy Notch and continue straight for 0.4 miles to the summit of Indian Head as we retrace our steps and return to our cars at the trailhead on Prediger Road. This hike is challenging hiking parts of the Devil’s Path with some scrambles. Continue reading

Hike Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

Hike Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM

7+mile moderate hike to Windham (3,524 ft) from Route 23. We’ll take the Escarpment Trail (blue) to the summit and back. The ascent never gets very steep but it is constant as the trail passes through mostly hardwood forests to a trail junction of the Elm Ridge Trail. A few switchbacks along the way, moderate what might be a steeper ascent.

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Hike Dry Brook Ridge | Monday, October 3 | 8:30 AM

Hike Dry Brook Ridge | Monday, October 3 | 8:30 AM

Enjoy a 7-8-mile out-and-back hike from Hill Road to the ledges along the higher portions of the ridge. This hike is rated moderate to difficult and is expected to take 4 hours. Please bring your own brunch and beverage.

Event Duration: 8 miles, 4 hours

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Giant Ledge and Panther |Saturday, October 15, 8:30 AM

Giant Ledge and Panther |Saturday, 10/15/2022, 8:30 AM

This 7-mile moderate out and back hike to Panther (3,720 ft) is rewarded with outstanding views at the several ledges that we encounter. The ascent is gradual with a few short steep areas. After the first 0.75 miles, we’ll reach Giant Ledge, one of several ledges. In the next 0.9 miles, we’ll arrive at the summit of Panther where the view of the valleys below is limited. We’ll continue a little more to a viewpoint after the summit of Panther to break for lunch. Continue reading

First Day Hike – Biscuit Brook Lean-to | Saturday, January 1st, 2022, 10:00 AM

We’ll climb over the ridge before descending again to the lean-to.

Event Duration:  4 miles round trip

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

 

 

 

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