Past Events

Saturday, September 28, 10 AM & 2 PM – CMC at the Skitember Fest on Belleayre Mtn.

The CMC will host three events at the Skitember Fest on Belleayre Mtn. Visit http://www.belleayre.com/ for more info.

10 AM – Hiking with Map and Compass:  How to Get Where You Want to Go

Join Wendell George and Rick Roberts of the Catskill Mountain Club as we hike the ridge of Belleayre Mountain and enjoy its outstanding views of the Catskills. We will take advantage of those views to teach hikers how to use a map and compass for navigation. This essential safety skill is not well understood by many hikers, sometimes leading to difficult and even dangerous experiences. Bring a trail map and compass if you have one. The hike involves some moderate to strenuous climbing, so wear good hiking boots and bring water. Rain cancels this event. Meet at the Longhouse Lodge.

2 PM – Introduction to Hiking

Love the idea of hiking but not sure how to get started? Have a feeling it might be a little more involved than simply ‘taking a walk’? Join veteran hiker and Catskill Mountain Club member Heather Rolland in a simple and fun pre-hiking introduction to heading out on the trail. Learn about how to use the, ahem, restroom in the woods, what to carry in your pack, and how to handle common contingencies on the trail. Heather is known for her wit and wisdom, and her recent feat: she successfully climbed all 35 high peaks in the Catskills wearing a ballgown. Come ask her why! Meet at the Longhouse Lodge.

2 PM – Fundamentals of Kayaking

Have you always thought kayaking looks like a blast, but wondered if it’s hard or dangerous? Come hear and talk to Catskill Mountain Club members and expert kayakers Ann Roberti and Rick Roberts to get your feet wet (and maybe more). Ann and Rick will talk about basic skills and about equipment, giving you the tools to get started in this fabulous sport. Demonstration equipment will be provided by the CMC and Kenco outfitters of Kingston. Meet at Belleayre Beach on SR 28 in Pine Hill.

Wednesday, September 25, 5:30PM – Beat the Wednesday Hump Day Slump Hike #3 – Shavertown Trail

Join us for a hike on the newly dedicated Shavertown Trail, including a stop at its lovely pond. The hike will depart from the parking area at the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch entrance. The walk will start at 5:30 p.m. We will hike the approximately 1.2 miles to the viewpoint overlooking the Pepacton Reservoir. If time allows and at the group’s discretion, the hike will continue for the remainder of the trail.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a flash light. Camera optional: there are great views.

Event will be canceled if it rains. Leashed dogs who get along with other dogs allowed. Contact Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com subject line “hike” or call 607-643-6502 with any questions.

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 Boat Launch on the left,  just after turning right onto CR 1.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Friday, September 20, 10 AM – Catskill Native Plant Society hikes with CMC

Join Catskill Center CRISP coordinator and plant fanatic Molly Marquand for a botanically oriented tromp through the forest. Learn how our ash trees are faring during the emerald ash borer onslaught, what hemlocks mean to trout, and how to tell the signs of a healthy, un-invaded forest by reading plants. Molly is co-founder of the Catskill Native Plant Society. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catskill-Native-Plant-Society/166048230216799 . Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack. Well behaved dogs welcome. Rain postpones. For information contact Molly at mmarquand@catskillcenter.org.
Directions:  From Boiceville take SR 28A south three miles to Watson Hollow Rd./CR 42 in West Shokan. Turn west (right) and continue four miles to the Kanape Brook P.A. on the right.

Wednesday, September 18, 10 AM – Maintenance on Balsam Mtn.

These sections of trail are maintained by the NYNJTC/CMC crew and we need your help. We’ll start up the Rider Hollow Trail and then go up the Mine Hollow Trail, then across Balsam and back to the P.A. on the Rider Hollow Trail.  We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. A weed whip would be useful if someone can bring one. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. No dogs due to safety concerns. Rain cancels. Register by Tuesday, September 17 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org, or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, contact me by 9:00 AM Wednesday.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 4.9 miles to Rider Hollow Rd. and turn left/southeast. Drive to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.

From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 4.7 miles to Todd Mountain Rd. Turn left/east and go .5 mile to Rider Hollow Rd. Turn right/southeast to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.

Saturday, September 14, 10 AM – Hike to Huckleberry Point

Come out to Huckleberry Point where you can experience an amazing view of Indian Head, Plattekill Mountains and New England. This hike is a moderate 3 hour hike which takes you up an eroded road for about ¾ of a mile. Then you will have a little rock hop across the Plattekill Creek. We will then have some slight elevation gain but eventually descend to the point. The point is where we will have our lunch as we enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the Catskills along with several birds of prey riding the air currents. We will meet at the trailhead at 10AM. The group limit is 12 so please pre- register. No dogs please. For more information or to register, please contact Cory Smith at csmith@catskillcenter.org

Directions: From the Catskill Center in Arkville head east on SR 28. Take CR 214 north in Phoenicia and go about 12 miles, then turn east onto SR 23A. In .6 miles you will reach Bloomer Rd on your righ; it will become Platte Clove Rd. Continue for about 5 miles until you reach the trailhead P.A. on the left just past the Platte Clove Preserve.

From the east, take SR 32 from Saugerties or take SR 23A from Catskill to Palenville. Continue west on SR 23A to Clum Hill Rd. between Haines Falls and Tannersville. Turn south to Platte Clove Rd. and turn east to the trailhead P.A. on the left just past the Platte Clove Preserve.

Saturday, September 7, 9:00 AM – Wittenberg Mountain

We’ll hike up the beautiful and often steep Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. From Woodland Valley we’ll go to the open and spacious summit of Wittenberg Mountain with it’s unparalleled views of the Catskills and the Ashokan Reservoir below. The view is widely considered to be the finest in the Catskills. The hike is 7.8 miles and will take about 8 hours. Wear good boots and bring plenty of water. We’ll eat at the summit. Strenuous. Well behaved dogs welcome. Rain cancels. Register by Friday, September 6 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, contact me by 8:00 AM Saturday.

 

Directions: From SR 28 in Phoenicia, turn south onto Woodland Valley Rd. Go about 5 miles to the P.A. on the right. At this time of year the DEC collects a fee for parking, so get there a few minutes early and go to the office up the road and on the left.

Friday, August 30, Noon – Shavertown Trail Dedication

August 30. 2013

In a milestone achievement, the Catskill Mountain Club is proud to invite you to attend the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Shavertown Trail on New York City Department of Environmental Protection watershed property in the Town of Andes.  NYCDEP has opened many properties to the public for recreational use during the past several years. Most notably until now have been the openings of four of the six Catskills reservoirs to recreational boating. Now, for the first time, the DEP has allowed the development of a hiking trail on its property in partnership with the Town of Andes and the CMC. The CMC has constructed and will maintain this trail of 2.6 miles and will continue to partner with the NYCDEP in the construction of trails on other parcels throughout the Catskill watershed.

The trail is a rather gentle hike for the Catskills, climbing moderately from the trailhead to a woods road than rises gradually to the end loop of the trail. Along the way lies a small pond in a clearing that offers spectacular views of the Pepacton Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

Please join us on this momentous day as we celebrate our partnership, our work and the idea that these publicly held lands are the perfect place for the public to enjoy the beauty and solace of these sublime and ancient mountains.

The ceremony will be held in the parking area at the entrance to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch. Afterwards, you are encouraged to cross the highway to the trailhead and take a hike with us!

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes take CR 1 south to the site of the ceremony on the right and just before the bridge. Proceed left onto SR 30 and park in the lot to the right.

From SR 28/30 in Margaretville take the left hand turn onto SR 30 at the intersection of the highways about 3 miles west of town. Drive to the parking area on the left just before the bridge.

From SR 30 in Downsville take the highway to the Shavertown Bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately look for the site of the ceremony to the left. Park in the lot to the right after crossing the bridge.

NOTE: Park in the parking area across SR 30 from the site of the ceremony. This lot on SR 30 is on the north side of the bridge and to the east of the site of the ceremony.

Tuesday, August 27, 10 AM – Invasive Species Workshop

Join Catskill Center CRISP (Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership) Coordinator Molly Marquand for a discussion of invasive species issues facing the Catskill Region. The presentation will be followed by a hike nearby to look for examples of invasive species. Learn how you can help control this problem. No dogs. Rain postpones. Register in advance by contacting Molly Marquand at mmarquand@catskillcenter.org or by calling 845-586-2611 Ext. 103.

Directions: The Catskill Center is located at 43355 SR 28 in Arkville, next to the fire station.

Sunday, August 25, 11AM ’til 3 PM – Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Ann Roberti for a scenic paddle on this newly opened NYC reservoir. Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business. We will launch promptly at 11AM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge. Pre-register and questions to Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. For more information on regulations please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

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 Boat Launch on the left, just after turning right onto CR 1.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Tuesday, August 20, 9AM – Eagle Mtn. Trail Maintenance on the Rider Hollow and Pine Hill-West Branch Trails

These sections of trail are maintained by the NYNJTC/CMC crew and we need your help. We’ll start up the Rider Hollow Trail, cross Haynes Mtn. go to the summit of Eagle on the high and remote Catskill Divide.  We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. A weed whip would be useful if someone can bring one. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. No dogs due to safety concerns. Rain cancels. Register by Monday, August 19 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org, or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, contact me by 8:00 AM Tuesday.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 4.9 miles to Rider Hollow Rd. and turn left/southeast. Drive to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.

From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 4.7 miles to Todd Mountain Rd. Turn left/east and go .5 mile to Rider Hollow Rd. Turn right/southeast to the Rider Hollow P.A. at the end of the road.