Past Events

Hike the Blackhead Range! September 23, 8:30 AM

This is an 8-mile strenuous loop hike, hiking Blackhead, Black Dome and Thomas Cole Mountains. At the 0.6-mile Black Dome Range junction, we’ll head left on the yellow-blazed Batavia Kill Trail, then right on the blue-blazed Escarpment Trail for a steep ascent to Blackhead (3,940 ft.). We’ll continue straight after the summit, descending steeply down to Lockwood Gap. We’ll ascend steeply via the red-blazed Black Dome Range Trail, hiking the ridgeline with viewpoints over to the summit of Black Dome (3,980 ft.) and then on to the wooded summit of Thomas Cole (3,950 ft.). After a pause at Thomas Cole, we’ll retrace our steps and break at the viewpoint looking south from Black Dome. From here, we’ll head down the trail to Lockwood Gap junction, then left back to our cars.






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Dry Brook Ridge & German Hollow Trail Maintenance, Sunday, June 4 10:00 AM

Join Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member, and David Lucas, NY/NJ Trail Conference volunteer as they maintain their adopted trails.

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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 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 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

Hike the Shavertown Trail | Monday, April 17, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Over Snake Pond towards the Pepacton Range

The Shavertown Trail begins with a moderately difficult climb to a woods road. From there it climbs gently to a lovely pond and beautiful views of the mountains over the Pepacton Reservoir. Beyond the pond is a moderately easy hike to the Tremperskill Overlook with another sweeping view of the valley and the reservoir.


Event Duration: 3 miles,  4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate; 900′ elevation gain.

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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 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:
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 by 6PM on Friday, May 12

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