Past Events

Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge and German Hollow Trails | Saturday, May 21, 2022 @10AM

Follow Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member and David Lucas, volunteers for NY/NJ Trail Conference as they maintain their adopted trails. Join us on our Spring Trail Maintenance Hike on Dry Brook Ridge in Margaretville New York. We will drive to the Hill St. trail 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 from almost 3500 ft. of altitude. 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. Pack lots of water and your lunch and snacks. Wear comfortable layers. Bring a hat and bug spray and rain gear if weather is changeable.
Wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes. If you also want to help with the cleaning of the trail, bring hand tools, clippers, loppers and foldable saws if you have them and gloves and eye protection.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Cycle the Catskill Scenic Trail on Earth Day, April 22, 9:00 AM

Cycle the Catskill Scenic Trail on Earth Day, April 22, 9:00 AM

Take a round trip ride, from Bloomville to Stamford (and back) along the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor as it follows the West Branch of the Delaware River. This is a 25-mile ride along an unpaved surface and is rated Moderate – Difficult. Mountain bikes are strongly encouraged, although hybrid bicycles are also acceptable. Please, no road bikes. The ride begins in Bloomville at the Catskill Scenic Trail’s westernmost access point. Marked with a sign, the parking area is on south side of State Route 10 just north of the intersection with River Road. We will begin at 9:00 AM and break for lunch at Stamford.

Event Duration:  25 miles, 3-4 Hours

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Spring Ephemeral Walk | May 7th, 2022 — Sorry, registration is closed, this event is full

Spring Ephemeral Walk – Saturday, May 7th, 2022 – 11 AM

This 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. The trail is an easy to moderate loop of about 4 miles. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to (there is a privy nearby.)

We will continue to follow social distancing protocols, with masks on in the parking lot and optional on the trail. Please maintain safe distancing at all times.

Event Duration: About 3 hours

Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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Cycle along the Pepacton Reservoir | Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 9 AM Postponed – Date TBD

Cycle along the Pepacton Reservoir

Enjoy a round-trip ride of 29 miles from Arkville to Shavertown Bridge (Route 30 crossing of the Pepacton) and back. This is a road bicycle ride and is rated Moderate – Difficult. Please, no mountain or hybrid bikes. The ride begins at the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, on the Arkville Cross Road (Co. Hwy. 38). We will begin at 9:00 AM and break at Shavertown, as needed.

Event Duration:  29 miles, 2.5 – 3.5 Hours

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Hike to North Point | Saturday, June 4th, 2022 @ 10 AM

Hike to North Point from North-South Lake – Saturday, June 4th, 2022 – 10 AM

Hello CMC hikers!

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Catskills.  It’s a “greatest hits” of well-known viewpoints and attractions, such as Artists Rock, Sunset Rock, Newmans Ledge, Badmans Cave, North Point, Ashley Falls, and more.

The hike is a loop of 5.15 miles total, with 1,100 feet of ascent.  Most of the hike is easy-moderate with several small sections of moderate+ steepness and rockiness.  This is a great hike for beginners looking to explore trail hiking without lots of elevation or technical sections, all while seeing some fantastic views and Catskill attractions.  We will hike to North Point (the halfway point) to have lunch, then head back down a different route to the parking lot.

Here’s the route map of the hike:  www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.1/-74.0274/42.2071&pubLink=3NWChEAym1gZEJKSAfK1kkcz&trackId=cc4ba2f4-7675-4a22-9bdc-efd582114a61

Event Duration:  5.15 miles round trip, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Western Catskills Exploration: Neversink-Hardenburg/ Finger Lakes Trail | Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 9 AM

Come explore this gentle section of the long distance Finger Lakes trail with many features including streams, ponds,  beaver meadows wildflowers and mountain vistas.  For more information about the location, please email me. I will be camping at nearby Little Pond campground from Friday to Sunday.   If you want to camp you can book a site through ReserveAmerica.com.  Please register and contact the leader for meeting time and place.

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Hike to Codfish Point

Hike to Codfish Point – President’s Day, Monday, February 21st, 2022 – Leave trailhead 9:30 AM

Named after a crew of blue-stone quarry workers were stranded for a time with nothing to eat but salted cod. There is a magnificent view of the Hudson River and beyond.

Event Duration:  4 miles round trip; about 4 hours in duration

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Sharon Klein

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Hike Up Kelly Hollow

Hike Up Kelly Hollow – Saturday, March 12th, 2022 – 10 AM

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. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to (there is a privy nearby.)

Event Duration:  4 miles, about 3 hours (round trip)

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

Leader(s): Sharon Klein

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Red Hill Fire Tower | Saturday, June 25th, 9:00 AM

This 3-mile out and back hike, more like a walk to Red Hill fire tower (2,990 ft) features minor steep sections, gaining about 837 vertical feet along the way but nothing that anyone who’s a hiker can’t handle. It’s a beautiful uphill stroll that ends before anybody can whine too much.

Taking the Dinch Road Connector Trail (yellow), we’ll cross a small stream not far from the parking lot. From there the trail wraps around the mountain, a couple small switchbacks, and then the Red Hill Fire Tower trail (blue) will level off. At the top, there is a nice grassy area with a Ranger Station and a few picnic tables.

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Pepacton Paddle | Sunday, June 26th, 2022 @ 10:45 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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