Join Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member, and David Lucas, NY/NJ Trail Conference volunteer as they maintain their adopted trails.
Dry Brook Ridge & German Hollow Trail Maintenance, Sunday, June 4 10:00 AM
Hike to Windham High Peak – Sunday, June 11 9:00 AM
Join Al Purdy on this 7.5-mile round-trip hike to this 3524’ mountain in the northeast Catskills. This is a moderate-difficult trail hike that will take approximately six hours, beginning and ending at the Escarpment Trail Parking Area on Route 23 in the town of Windham. Participants need to bring lunch, 2-3 liters of water, and insect repellent.
Registration and notes: You must preregister for this hike by June 9. To register, contact Al Purdy by email Albertpurdy1@aol.com or by phone (845) 489-2332. Heavy rain for the day or severe thunderstorms will cancel the hike. Dogs are not allowed on this hike. Maximum number of hikers is 12.
Directions: From the NYS Thruway, take Exit 21 (Catskill); turn left from thruway entrance road and proceed a half-mile and turn right on State Route 23 (west). Follow Rte. 23 west for 19.5 miles and the Escarpment Trail/ Elm Ridge Parking Area is on the right, at the intersection with Cross Road. From Route 23 West, the trailhead is located east of the hamlet of Windham, 2.5 from Route 296 on the left side of the highway. GPS Coordinates: N 42.31259 W 74.19040
Cycle the Upper Pepacton Reservoir June 14, 5:00 PM
Meet at the Shavertown parking area for a 20-mile road cycling loop on State Route 30 and the BWS Roads toward Margaretville. We will ride at a moderate pace (14-17mph) for approximately 1 hr. 20 min. Participants will need a road bike, water, snacks for the ride, and should have equipment to repair a flat tire. This ride is rated moderated – difficult.
Preregistration is required. Register by contacting Peter Manning via email Peter@catskillmountainclub.org by 8:00 PM on June 13. If the weather is bad, participants will be notified on the morning of June 14. If the weather looks favorable for the following evening (Thursday, June 15), we will ride at 5PM. Continue reading →
Paddle the West Branch of the Delaware – Saturday, April 22 10:00 AM
Kayak or canoe paddle from Delhi to Hamden on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Join Rick Roberts of the Catskill Mountain Club for this moderately rated eight-mile river trip. The event will begin in Delhi and is expected to take 4-5 hours, including the pre-placement of vehicles. Continue reading →
Hike Rochester Hollow on John Burroughs’ Birthday – Monday, April 3, 9:00 AM
Join Peter Manning, CMC Executive Director for a four-mile, round-trip hike to the John Burroughs monument. This easy-moderate walk parallels a stream and follows the old road to the remains of Colonel William Rochester’s estate. The original Burrough’s monument was erected in 1921 following the naturalist’s passing earlier that year. A replica of the original plaque was dedicated in 2013.
The hike is expected to take 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Participants must bring any food or water they need. (See directions below.) To register, email Peter@catskillmountainclub.org by 6PM Sunday April 2.
Event Duration: 4 miles, 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Leader: Peter Manning, CMC
Bring: Water, lunch/snacks, sturdy hiking boots, hiking crampons, snowshoes (as applicable)
Registration required by 6PM 4/2/23 . Register by contacting the leader: Peter@catskillmountainclub.org
Dogs allowed: No, please.
Additional Information: Rain/snow date: TBD
Driving and Meeting Directions: The Rochester Hollow Trailhead is located at the end of Matyas Road, which is a road that intersects State Route 28 between Big Indian and Pine Hill. The turn to Rochester Hollow is marked by brown-and-white wayfinding signs on Route 28.
GPS coordinates: 42.11992508876182, -74.45160890320108
Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike at Kelly Hollow – Saturday, May 6 11:00 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 ramps and some early mushrooms. 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. Continue reading →
Ashokan Quarry Trail Hike on Saturday, May 13 at 10:00 AM
Interested in becoming a CMC event leader? Then this event is for you. The Catskill Mountain Club is seeking event leaders for our 2023 season. If you are considering leading a CMC hike or other activity, please join us for a two-mile hike at the Ashokan Quarry Trail.
This will be a casual walk to discuss CMC events and to enjoy the historical features along the way.
We’ll explores some of the old works used to build the Ashokan Reservoir morethan a century ago.
The hike is expected to take about 2 hours. Please bring lunch and something to drink. (See directions below.) To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 6PM on Friday, May 12
Hike Balsam and Eagle Mountains – Saturday, May 20 2023 8:30 AM
This is a strenuous 10-mile hike up to Balsam (3,610 ft) and Eagle (3,610 ft). We’ll take Mine Hollow Trail (yellow) to Balsam via the Pine Hill West Branch Trail (blue), looping up to Balsam Mountain to its overlook point. After Balsam, we’ll head over to Eagle and climb Haynes Mountain en route (one of the Catskill 100s). While there isn’t a view at Eagle it’s a very nice walk in the woods! After Eagle, we’ll retrace our steps and return to our cars via the Rider Hollow Trail (red). There are a couple of streaming crossings which may or may not be difficult towards the end of our hike so please make sure to wear waterproof shoes. Continue reading →
Catskill Mountain Club Dinner – Saturday, September 30
The Catskill Mountain Club is pleased to announce and invite you to our annual dinner at the Bluestone Restaurant on the SUNY Delhi Campus on September 30. The event begins at 5pm with cocktail hour and will be followed by hiker awards, a speaker (TBD), and the dinner. There will also be a silent auction. Please reserve this date to enjoy an amazing dinner in a beautiful setting, where you can connect with old and new friends, and learn about the most recent initiatives of the Catskill Mountain Club.
Please think about items you could donate or about businesses you could approach to donate for the auction. If you have any confirmed items for the auction, please contact John Sandman at email@example.com
More information will be coming soon on how to make your reservations.
If you have any questions about the dinner, please contact John Sandman at firstname.lastname@example.org