Upcoming Events

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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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 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 Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 9:30 AM

Hike Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, May 28, 9:30 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 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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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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Sustainable and Safe Hiking Practices During the Pandemic and Beyond

Simple Rules to Help Everyone Stay Safe

During the Pandemic:

  • Stay close to home.  Driving to distant sites increases the likelihood of spreading the disease.
  • Keep a 6 foot distance between you and other hikers (except those in your household)
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.
  • Do not expect to use any bathroom or other facilities.
  • Do not share equipment except with members of your household.
  • Take care when signing in to use your own pen or sanitize your hands immediately after signing. Only have one party member sign in per group.
  • Do not share rides except with members of your household.
  • Leash your dogs and practice social distancing rules with them.

Guidelines for all times:

  • Avoid high use areas or go at off times.
  • If the parking lot is full, visit a different location. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas.
  • Alert others as you pass or step to the side to let other hikers pass.
  • Be sure to sign in at the registration box.
  • Practice tick prevention and check for ticks after your outing at all times. Tick borne diseases are always possible and can cause serious illness.

We are thankful to first responders and essential workers. Please show your appreciation by maintaining a six foot distance from others while shopping and by wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. The virus can be transmitted days before symptoms appear, as well as by asymptomatic people shedding the virus.

Notice

Hiking, paddling, bike riding and other outdoor recreational activities are potentially dangerous and could result in injury or even death. This website provides information about recreation in the Catskill Region, but persons using this resource are responsible for anticipating possible dangers and appraising their physical ability.

Other Catskill Region Events

Don’t see a scheduled event that works for you? Try the schedules of these other Catskill area hiking clubs and organizations.

ripxsmallerRip Van Winkle Hikers  We are sorry to report that the Rips disbanded in January 2020.  Over their history they provided a great assortment of hikes in the region and maintained several trails in the Catskill Park.

The Rip Van Winkle Hikers Club was organized in February 1991 “to promote and foster interest in the sport of hiking”. Hikes range from the more challenging to the purely scenic or historical, including in the Catskill high peaks and in the Hudson Valley.

 

C3500ClogoCatskill 3500 Club  The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962 to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to anyone who has climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation. The club’s schedule appears in their newsletter, The Canister.

nynjtclogosmallNew York-New Jersey Trail Conference  The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference builds, maintains and protects 2,000 miles of trail in New York & New Jersey, including 29 lean-tos and over 200 miles of trails in the Catskills, by mobilizing volunteers. Learn more about Catskill programs and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

TCHC patchTriple Cities Hiking Club  The Binghamton based Triple Cities Hiking Club has been active since 1947 in promoting access to hiking opportunities. Hikes are scheduled on most weekends throughout the year and range in degree of challenge from easy outings to very strenuous hikes, including in the Catskills.

fltlogosmaller Finger Lakes Trail Conference  The FLTC was founded in 1962. It works in cooperation with its members and various organizations to develop and maintain a premier hiking trail system in New York. Learn more about the trail and find out how to help.

FatsintheCats Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club  The Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club, an IMBA Chapter, promotes cycling advocacy, trail building, trail maintenance and community service. Since 1994, the club has been advocating, stewarding and improving many of the best places to ride a mountain bike in New York’s Catskill Park and Hudson Valley Region. In addition, the club organizes group rides and gives away dozens of bikes to needy kids every holiday season.