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Panther via Fox Hollow, Sunday, 8/14/2022, 8:30am

Panther via Fox Hollow, Sunday, 8/14/2022, 8:30am

This is a 9-mile out and back hike to the summit of Panther (3,720 ft.). I’d done Panther 8 times from the very popular route, from Route 47, but I’ve never summitted Panther from this direction. The trail isn’t very well used, is longer, and the route is strenuous even for experienced hikers. We’ll follow the Giant Ledge – Panther trail (blue) where the trail ascends gradually with a few rock scrambles that do keep things interesting. We’ll approach several false peaks before we’ll arrive at the actual summit of Panther. We’ll break for lunch after the summit of Panther, retracing our steps to a viewpoint about 5 minutes away. 

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Table and Peekamoose, Saturday, August, 27, 2022 @8:30 AM

This is a less than 9-mile out-and-back hike to Table (3,837 ft.) and Peekamoose (3,843 ft.). We’ll take the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail (yellow) fairly flat for about 1.2 miles until we reach the Peekamoose Table Trail (blue), turning right as we head down to the East Branch of the Neversink River and Deer Shanty Brook. In 0.3 miles, we’ll cross a log bridge as the trail heads toward Table Mountain. There are several smaller hills to cross before climbing the main ascent. There are a couple of viewpoints and the last 0.2 miles are a little steep as we arrive at the summit of Table. The next 0.8 miles takes us to Peekamoose, in which the drop into the Col between the two mountains is minimal. We’ll break for lunch at the very nice viewpoint near the summit of Peekamoose. Plan to be at the trailhead by 8:30 AM.

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Hike Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

Hike Up Windham High Peak | Saturday, September 24, 9:00 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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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.