Welcome to the Catskill Mountain Club

Looking up Kaaterskill Clove from Palenville Overlook with Indian Head in the foreground.

Founded in 2004, the year of the 100th Anniversary of the Catskill Park, the CMC has dedicated itself to providing a broad range of non-motorized outdoor recreational activities to its members, to residents and to visitors in the Catskills. Whether you hike, camp, kayak, canoe, snowshoe, ski, or cycle, the CMC offers activities to meet your interests.

 

 

 

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CMC EVENTS CALENDAR

Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer, Palmer Hill Photography.     

 

February 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

7:45 AM

Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe

2 3 4

9 AM

Catskill Park Day 2020

5

Postponed

Hike Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose

6 7 8
9 10 11 12

7:30 AM

Hike Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide

 

13 14 15

7:30 AM

Hike Westkill, SW Hunter (Leavitt) and Hunter

16 17 18 19 20

7:30 AM

Hike North Dome & Sherrill

21
22
23

10:00 AM

Frick Pond Snowshoe

24 25 26

7:45 AM

Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe

27 28 29

7:30 AM

Hike Panther via Giant Ledge

 

 

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Hike Doubletop, Graham, & Balsam Lake | Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Dry Brook Valley from Doubletop Mountain

We’ll hike about 10 miles, over 3 Catskills high peaks: Doubletop (3874′), Graham (3868′), and Balsam Lake (3729′), with a total ascent of about 3300′. Our route includes easy trails, and both easy and challenging bushwhacks.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Hike Panther Mountain | Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Panther and Giant Ledge

We’ll hike Panther via Giant Ledge out and back from the Rt. 47 hairpin. With its spectacular views, Giant Ledge is one of the top destinations in the Catskills and will be far less crowded during winter.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  ModerateDifficult

 

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Hike North Dome and Sherrill | Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide and Panther from North Dome

This (mostly) bushwhack will summit 2 Catskill peaks: North Dome (3605′) and Sherrill (3558′). This is the perfect time of year to hike these trailless peaks. There’s a great southerly view from the ledges on North Dome.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Hike Westkill, SW Hunter (Leavitt) & Hunter | Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

View from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill

This (mostly) trail hike will summit 3 Catskills peaks: Westkill (3898′), SW Hunter (3753′), and Hunter (4030′), the Catskills second highest upon which sits the highest fire tower in New York.

Event Duration:  15 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

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Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Hike | Wednesday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:30 AM

Overlook seen from Slide

We’ll hike the Burroughs Range, summiting Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide. With lots of great views along the way, the one from Wittenberg is one of the nicest in the Catskills.  Expect lots of ups and downs as we climb three of the high peaks, including the tallest in the Catskills.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

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Frick Pond Snowshoe in the Catskills | Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 10 AM

Frick Pond is a lovely winter snowshoe in Sullivan County in the Catskills.

Woods are varied in flora and have lovely views. Elevation gain small. Distance will depend on snowfall amounts and wind which will determine inner or outer loop hike selection.

DRESS WARM and bring fluids and snacks.

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

 

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Westkill Hike and Snowshoe | Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Hunter Mountain and its fire tower from Westkill

We’ll hike Westkill from the last parking area on Spruceton Rd. The out and back will visit Diamond Notch Falls and Buck Ridge Lookout along the way to Westkill’s 3898′ summit.

Event Duration:  6.8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

 

 

 

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Announcing the Formation of the Friends of Bramley Mountain Fire Tower

Bramley Mountain Fire Tower and cabin c. 1950

The newly formed Friends of the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower group held its first meeting on the evening of January 6th at the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi. The Friends were formed to organize the reconstruction of the fire tower that was decommissioned by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1970 and removed in 1975. The tower was purchased by Pete Clark, who meticulously stored the tower’s parts right down to the nuts and bolts in his barn. It is well preserved as a result. Three years ago Tom Clark, the current owner, approached the Catskill Mountain Club with an offer to allow the tower to be restored if the CMC could lead the effort. With the formation of the Friends group, the effort to raise funds and complete the resurrection of the tower has officially begun.

In 2008 the NYC Department of Environmental Protection acquired the Bramley Mountain parcel and in 2016 the DEP allowed the Catskill Mountain Club to build a trail to the summit. The trail has been very popular with the public, drawing over 1500 hikers a year, some of them from as far away as Europe and Africa. Now, with the support and cooperation of the Town of Delhi and of the DEP as well as widespread support in Bovina, Hamden, Kortright, Andes and other local communities, the CMC has formed the Friends of the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower to move the project to completion.

For more information, to donate to the Friends, to volunteer and to sign up for the email contact list click here.

Vly, Bearpen & Halcott Hikes | Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

From Vly Mountain

We’ll hike/snowshoe Vly and Bearpen in the morning, eat lunch, and then hike/snowshoe Halcott in the afternoon

Event Duration:  12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

 

 

 

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike/Snowshoe | Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

We’ll hike/snowshoe to Kaaterskill High Peak (Ascent 1700′, Elevation 3652′). Our route will include trails, easy bushwhacks with opportunity to practice compass skills, fun scrambles, spectacular views and 2 plane crash sites.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult, Bushwhack

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe | Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Blackhead Range

We’ll hike/snowshoe four Catskill High Peaks: Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole. This long, difficult trail hike will reward us with several fantastic views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Blackhead Range

We’ll hike/snowshoe four Catskill High Peaks: Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole. This long, difficult trail hike will reward us with several fantastic views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

Here’s another chance to hike/snowshoe 4 Catskills peaks, Plateau (3835′), Sugarloaf (3783′), Twin(3650′), and Indian Head (3573′) with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  10 miles;  10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe | Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

We’ll hike/snowshoe 4 Catskills peaks, Plateau (3835′), Sugarloaf (3783′), Twin(3650′), and Indian Head (3573′) with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  10 miles;  10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Ashokan Quarry Trail First Hike | Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 10 AM

Vista including the Burroughs Range

We’re happy to announce a soft opening First Hike on the new Ashokan Quarry Trail to introduce you to it!  Afterwards, the trail will be open to the public for hiking according to NYCDEP regulations. (You can find those in our Skills and Info menu.)  In Spring the DEP and CMC will welcome the public with an official opening ceremony.

The AQT is located on the Acorn Hill Parcel in Olivebridge. The quarry was one of several used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Interpretive signage has been installed along the route.

Only two miles long and with an easy climb to the rim of the quarry, the AQT offers an easy hike with historic interest and fabulous views stretching from Ashokan High Point to North Dome and Ticeteneyck Mountains. Features include abandoned infrastructure, the long quarry, a lovely mountain laurel path, and a mixed hardwood and white pine forest.

Map by Liz Cruz       Click to open in a separate window and print.

 

The trail is located 0.2 miles west of the Promenade parking lot which provides access to the dam and its fabulous views over the reservoir.  Located south of the reservoir, the AQT will eventually be linked to the new Ashokan Rail Trail via the Promenade.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead, just off Rte. 28A. When full, please use the promenade lot.

Event Duration:  2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

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Hike Plateau and Sugarloaf | Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

We’ll hike two Catskills high peaks, Plateau (3835′) and Sugarloaf (3783′), with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  6 miles;  5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Hunter, SW Hunter (Leavitt) and Rusk | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Hunter Mountain and its fire tower from Westkill

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 3 Catskills peeks: Rusk (3686′), Hunter (4030′), and SW Hunter (3753′), with a total ascent of about 3100′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views from the Hunter Fire Tower.

Event Duration:  12 miles; 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Ashokan Rail Trail End to End | Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:15 AM

From the Ashokan Rail Trail.                 –Courtesy Friends of the ART

The new Ashokan Rail Trail has been met with resounding approval. It will be open for its entire length very soon and we will hike it end to end to celebrate its opening.  Following the north side of the Ashokan Reservoir, the multi-use trail provides great views along its route. These NYCDEP lands were closed to the public except for fishing and hunting until the trail opened a few weeks ago, so we will enjoy the availability of this route following the long abandoned Ulster and Delaware Railroad for the first time in decades.

Event Duration:  11.5 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate, due to length

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Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:45AM

Lone and Table Mountains

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 6 Catskills peeks: Friday (3692′), Balsam Cap (3608′), Rocky (3487′), Lone (3700′), Table (3825′), and Peekamoose (3819′), with a total ascent of about 4500′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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First Day Hike on Ashokan High Point | Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

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Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

Ashokan High Point (3086′) is a prominent mountain in the eastern Catskills overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and the Burroughs Range. Elevation gain is about 2000′.  Most of hike is relatively easy, but there are some steep pitches. The trail follows the Kanape Brook for more than half the hike.

This hike is co-hosted by the CMC and the Catskills Visitor Center and sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Event Duration:  7.6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Hike in Riddell State Park | Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Robert V. Riddell State Park offers more than 2,000 acres of fields and forested woodlands located in the Susquehanna River Valley. We will hike through the southern section of the park from SR 28 to the Hartwick College Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

NOTE: Hunting is not permitted in Riddell Park.

Event Duration:  4.9 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike the Delhi Trails | Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 9:00AM

The Delhi Trails are named for in honor of Jean Craighead George’s beloved books My Side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain, each set in the Catskills. We will hike a loop consisting of the Gribley and Frightful’s Falls Trails. Be prepared for some steep sections as we ascend to the ridge twice. We’ll have some nice views of the Village of Delhi along the way.

Note: Hunting is not permitted on Delhi Trails lands.

Event Duration:  4.3 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Fir, Big Indian, Eagle & Balsam Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Balsam summit in winter.

We’ll do a long challenging hike/bushwhack traversing Fir (3629′), Big Indian (3699′), Eagle (3583′) & Balsam.(3607′), with about 3350′ elevation gain. This is one of the longest high ridge hikes in the Catskills. Nice views can be had now that leaves are down.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike | Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

We’ll hike/snowshoe to Kaaterskill High Peak (Ascent 1700′, Elevation 3652′). Our route will include trails, easy bushwhacks with opportunity to practice compass skills, fun scrambles, spectacular views and 2 plane crash sites.

Don’t forget to wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate – Difficult

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike | Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Blackhead Range from the Escarpment Trail

This 14+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse Windham High Peak (3525′), Blackhead (3940′), Black Dome (3994′) and Thomas Cole (3953′). We’ll encounter beautiful forests, and spectacular views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Shawangunks – Castle Point Carriage Trail | Postponed

Catskills from Castle Point, Shawangunks

The carriage roads in Minnewaska Stage Park and Preserve are beautifully maintained for hiking, biking and xc skiing. The views from Castle Point along the Shawangunk Ridge are spectacular. Although the ‘Gunks are only a few miles east of the Catskills, they are an entirely different geological formation with a distinctly different plant community, including dwarf pines. The Wallkill River Valley to the east is an important migration route for raptors and other birds. Join us for a hike in this nearby area.

Event Duration:  9 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Thursday, October 24, 10:00 AM

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA    Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of the Colonel Rochester estate. Along the way is a memorial plaque to Catskills’ native son, naturalist and widely read author John Burroughs.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike to Huckleberry Point | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 10 AM

Devil’s Path Range from Huckleberry Point

The hike to Huckleberry Point is one of the most satisfying in the Catskills, While it’s a short and moderately difficult trail, it’s in one of the most famously rugged parts of the Catskills, beginning at the Devil’s Kitchen and reaching its stunning destination on the escarpment ledges high above the deep valleys below. The breathtaking views of the ancient mountains of the eastern Devil’s Path Range will make you thankful you came, whether you’ve been before or not. Truly a bucket list hike. We’ll sit for awhile and enjoy the views while we picnic.

Event Duration:  4.8 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Deanna Felicetta

Bring: Dress and bring attire/gear for varied temperatures of the season. Have appropriate footwear. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water!!!

Registration required by November 5th.  Use registration form below to register.

Group size is limited to 12 so register early.

Fee:  No

Dogs allowed:  Yes, only with permission of event leader. Bring a leash for when needed.

Additional Information: PLEASE contact  leader and cancel if you are not able to come as others may want to. Remember we hike together for safety and FUN!

Questions about this event can be directed to:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or call 845-216 2021 and NO TEXTING PLEASE!  Leave name and number. Please contact leader if you need to cancel.

Driving Directions: 

From Exit 20 of the NYS Thruway:  Go west 2.1 miles on CR 212 to Blue Mountan Rd,/Rte.35. Turn north 1.4 miles to W. Saugerties Rd./Rte. 33 and turn west. Go 1.9 miles to Platte Clove Rd. and continue straight up the clove. Follow for 2.4 miles until you reach the parking area on the right.

From Tannerville:  Just west of town, turn onto Bloomer Rd, and follow it as it becomes Platte Clove Rd. for 6.3 miles until you reach the parking area on the left.

See NY/NJTC trail map # 141.

Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Table Mountain

This is a long, difficult hike, with no viable bailout route. We’ll encounter steep terrain, dense fir, and blowdown. We’ll begin with a bushwhack to the 4 most remote Catskills high peaks, and finish with a trail hike to 2 others. Several of the peaks have excellent views. At times the bushwhack will be very challenging.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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16th Annual Lark in the Park | October 5th – 14th, 2019

Lark in the Park view from Giant Ledge

The Lark in the Park is coming soon.  As usual, we will host many events over a 10 day celebration of the Catskill Park. Whether you prefer hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, art, science, cultural studies, fishing, service, yoga or more, we’ll have something for you. Wheelchair accessible events included.

Check it all out at catskillslark.org

Belleayre Mountain via Lost Clove and Giggle Hollow | October 2, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

After lunch on the deck at Sunset Lodge on Belleayre Ridge

We’ll hike the Lost Clove trail to the junction with the Pine Hill – West Branch trail, turn left, and continue past the site of the former Belleayre Fire Tower to the junction with the Mine Hollow trail. Then we’ll retrace our way back past the Lost Clove trail, and will descend on the Giggle Hollow trail.

All Trails Challenge hikers take note.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Campbell Mountain, Little Spring Brook, & Pelnor Hollow | September 25. 2019 @ 8 AM

View from the Pelnor Hollow Trail

This will be a double shuttle hike. First we’ll hike the Little Spring Brook, and Pelnor Hollow trails. Then we’ll start from Berry Brook Rd, and hike West on the Mary Smith trail, repeat a section of Pelnor Hollow, and complete the Campbell Mountain trail.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Finger Lakes Trail, from Berry Brook Rd to Alder Lake | Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 9 AM

Alder Lake

We’ll hike the Finger Lakes trail from Berry Brook Rd. to the Alder Lake parking area.   The route crosses six named summits with a few nice scenic vistas.

Event Duration:  12.7 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Balsam Mountain | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Balsam Mountain Vista

At about 5 miles, Balsam is one of the shortest of the 3500 peak hikes. Great views from near the summit.  Plenty of bang for your buck.  A lollypop loop hike with short in-and-out stick at the beginning and end. Somewhat strenuous – about 1600 feet of vertical gain.

Event Duration:  5.2 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult

 

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Hike Panther and Giant Ledge to Woodland Valley | Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

View From Giant Ledge

We will hike from Fox Hollow to Woodland Valley, crossing Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge. A great ALL TRAILS CHALLENGE EVENT, the hike will cover a lightly traveled Phoenicia-East Branch Trail section that features an impressive staircase constructed in the 1930s by the CCC.

Poor weather must cancel.

Event Duration:  11 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Hike to Burnt Knob and Acra Point | Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Acra Point from the Escarpment Trail

This loop hike is on the Escarpment Trail with great views from both points. Mostly on the Long Path. Approximately 600 ft elevation gain.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike to a spur of Mt. Pisgah | Saturday, August 10,2019 @ 8:30am – 10:30am

Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah is the site of the closed Bobcat Ski Area in Andes.  This hike will visit land originally prepared for a housing development.  It has the remains of paved and gravel roads to the top of the easternmost spur of Pisgah. The land includes abandoned pastures, forest, and a multitude of stone walls, rock piles, a small quarry and cliffs.  The leader is a mycologist and he has found several species of edible mushrooms in recent summer and autumn hikes on this spur, although this year has been dry so far.

Event Duration:  ~2.5 miles; 2 hours

Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

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Rochester Hollow Trail

Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of an estate. Along the way is a memorial plaque to Catskills’ native son, naturalist and widely read author John Burroughs.

Event Duration:  5 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Delhi Town Council Supports the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Project

Visitors at the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower, 1950s

Delhi Town Council Passes a Resolution in Support of the
Bramley Mountain Fire Tower Project

The Catskill Mountain Club is happy to announce that the Town of Delhi has passed a resolution in support of the CMC’s efforts to restore the Bramley Mountain Fire Tower to its former home on the mountain’s summit, overlooking vast areas of the Catskills. The tower, originally raised in 1950, was decommissioned and then removed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 1975. At that time, the Clark family of Delhi bought the tower, removed it, and has stored it in a barn since then, well protected from the elements. We are grateful to the Clarks for their generous offer to lease the tower to the Town for $1 so it can be placed on the summit again. This is an exciting development that will provide a great new recreational destination in the western Catskills and benefit the communities of Delhi and Bovina with the business of the many hikers who will visit the tower.

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Outdoor Yoga for Kids and Their Caretakers | Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Join Pamela Martin at the Catskills Visitor Center for a free child centered outdoor yoga event.  Ages 4 – 10.  A caretaker must accompany each child during the class and is welcome to participate.  Mats are provided.

What to bring:  water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray

Dogs allowed?:  No

Fee:  None

Directions:  The Catskills Visitor Center is located on SR 28 in Mt. Tremper, approximately 1.2 miles north of Boiceville.

GPS:  42.028408, -74.272997

 

News about the CMC in the Oneonta Daily Star

The CMC was featured in the Oneonta Daily Star recently.  We are grateful for the recognition of our work on behalf of outdoors enthusiasts and of the communities of the Catskills that benefit from the great recreational assets of our region.

Oneonta Daily Star

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Catskill Mountain Club’s trails encourage folks to get outdoors

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Photo contributed by the CMC – The Pepacton Reservoir as seen from the  Shavertown Trail.

 

Second Annual Members Picnic | Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

🎵 Summer’s here and the time is right for picnicking in the park!  🎵
       At North-South Lake, that is!

North-South Lake from Sunset Rock

It’s time for our Annual Members Picnic!  Join us on August 11th from 10 to 5 at the South Lake pavilion for food, games, hikes, swimming, paddling and just a plain old good time chatting with like minded lovers of the great outdoors.

Your club will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. You bring a dish to share.

The picnic is free for all CMC members, including individuals and families with children up to 18 years old.  Family and significant others who are not CMC members are welcome to attend for a fee of $5 per person.  Kids under 12 are free. Please pay by cash or check at the sign-in table when you arrive.

Not a current member? Join or renew below.

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Lunch at 1:00 PM.

Registration is required by August 6th.  Click here to go to the registration form.

There is a day use area entrance fee to the facilities, and if you want to paddle you’ll need to rent or bring your own kayak or canoe.

First thing in the morning, we’ll depart on one or two easy hikes to one of the amazing attractions along the Escarpment. Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point and Kaaterskill Falls are all possibilities.

For those who prefer not to hike, choose from several other options.   Afterwards, we’ll return to the pavilion for a cookout followed by a few more hours of relaxing, swimming, boating or playing a friendly yard game or two.

What you’ll need to bring:

If you’re hiking, bring good hiking shoes, comfortable clothing and plenty of water. Hiking poles are suggested.  Bring swim suits, sunscreen, insect repellent, a change of clothes and folding chairs, if desired.

Bring a dish to share. Organizers will ask for an appetizer, a side dish, a dessert or a salad.  Please see the registration form.

Questions can be directed to Rick Roberts at hikerrick2000@yahoo.com

Driving directions:   From SR 23A in Haines Falls turn north onto North Lake Drive and bear right at the Twilight General Store, continuing to the entrance gate.

Make your reservations here:
https://catskillmountainclub.org/events/cmc-annual-picnic-registration/

Quick Lake Area Hike | Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 8 AM

Quick Lake

This marathon hike is designed for those working on the Catskills All Trails Challenge, and will complete all of the required trails near Quick Lake on Map 144. Our route will consist of 2 loops from the parking area. The first (14.05 mile) loop will complete the Quick Lake and Flynn trails. The second (6.35 mile) loop will complete the Big Rock and Loggers Loop trails.

 

Event Duration:  20.4 miles, 14 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Through Hike Across Panther and Giant Ledge | Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Panther Mountain from Giant Ledge.

This hike is to be a full traverse of Panther and the scenic Giant Ledges. One of the best hikes in the Catskills, it offers a full range of treats for an experienced hiker.  A lovely combination of ups, downs and wonderful scrambles offering a variety of woods and some fabulous views. This is one of my favorite late Summer hikes and I love company, so come join me for a fun day!

Note hike is for experienced hikers. No pets. Bring plenty of water and lunch. Dress in wicking layers for comfort. We will go at a fair pace but plan to treat ourselves to time to admire nature’s beauty. This traverse is by far the prettiest way to enjoy this unique 3500 peak.  Hike requires a shuttle from hairpin turn on Route 47/Frost Valley-Oliverea Rd.  We will have a full day!

Event Duration:  8.2  miles, 6-7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hunter Mountain Fire Tower on the Devil’s Path | Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Hunter and its fire tower as seen from Westkill

The fire tower on Hunter Mountain with its sweeping views is the highest in the Catskills at over 4000′.  This hike is part of a summer series that will traverse the entire Devil’s Path. With Indian Head and Twin already covered, look next for Sugarloaf and Plateau and then Westkill and St. Anne’s Peak.

 

Event Duration:  7.5  miles, 6-7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike to Long Pond | Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Long Pond

Long Pond is located in the Willowemoc Wild Forest of Sullivan County.  This is a fairly level hike to a lean-to on Long Pond. Two miles in and the same on the return.  Suitable for hikers of all abilities.  Child-friendly.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Mud Pond & Trout Pond | Sunday, July 28, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Mud Pond

We’ll hike the Mud Pond and Trout Pond trails on map 144.  These are two of the Catskills most beautiful ponds.  Catskills All Trails Challenge Hikers take note.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 11 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Campbell Mountain to Pelnor Hollow | Wednesday, July 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

View east from the Pelnor Hollow Trail

We’ll hike the Campbell Mountain, Little Spring Brook and Pelnor Hollow trails on Map 144. During lunch we’ll enjoy the view from Split Rock Lookout.

Event Duration:  13 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Long Pond – Beaver Kill Ridge and Neversink-Hardenburgh | Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Long Pond

This hike is designed for those working on the Catskills All Trail Challenge. We’ll hike the required sections of the Neversink-Hardenburgh and Long Pond – Beaver Kill Ridge Trails, as well as a section of the Mongaup-Hardenburgh Trail, and a short detour to the shelter at Long Pond.

Event Duration:  18 miles, 14 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Mary Smith & Middle Mountain Trails | Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

View south from Middle Mountain

This hike starts from Berry Brook Rd, and begins by following the Mary Smith trail West to the junction with the Pelnor Hollow trail. From the junction there’s an optional side trip to a great view at the Split Rock Lookout. Next we’ll return East on Mary Smith past our starting point, and continue on the Mary Smith and Middle Mountain trails to Beech Hill Rd.

Event Duration:  8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  ModerateDifficult

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Frick Pond Revisited: Trail Maintenance 2 | Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 1 – 4 PM

Frick Pond in the Willowemoc Wild Forest

Our trail work party at Frick Pond last month was so much fun that we’re doing another!

Come help us improve this local family-friendly trail so it is welcoming again!  We supply tools and on-site training. You choose a rugged or light-duty task, depending on your ability (interested children too!) Bring water, a snack, work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy footwear.

Trip Leaders: Lisa Lyons and Ralph Bressler

Dogs Allowed: No dogs, please.

Each participant receives a complimentary snack bar (gluten-free) made locally by Magic Maple Foods at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Catskills Kitchen.

Register and get the meeting location by contacting Lisa at (845) 439 5507 or email to info@morgan-outdoors.com. If you only have an hour to spare, please come!

Hike the Blackhead Range | Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 9 AM

Black Dome and Blackhead Mountains

A must do hike for any Catskills enthusiast and experienced hiker. The trail begins by a lovely running stream and climbs and climbs with very challenging scrambles, beautiful woods on the Escarpment and VIEWS among the best in the northern Catskills. We will keep a moderate but steady pace. We will stop at great nature stops and views, but please no selfie photo stops otherwise! Hike is about the beauty of the moment to be enjoyed there. With those fellow hikers~you will love it!

Fabulous! unique and a special challenging day with CMC! It is FUN! Pack appropriately! Please note RAIN and thunderstorms must cancel due to serious terrain of hike.  Will reschedule.

Event Duration:  5.6  miles, 6-7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Long Path – Peekamoose to Upper Cherrytown | Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Vernooy Falls

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6.4 miles to Vernooy Falls, then dropping another 500 feet in the last 1.7 miles. If the weather cooperates we’ll stop for a swim at Vernooy Falls.

Event Duration:  9.65 miles,  9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Alder Lake to Mill Brook Ridge and Balsam Lake Mountain | Sunday, July 7, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Balsam Lake Mt. Fire Tower from Mill Brook Ridge Trail

From the Alder Lake parking area, we’ll loop around Alder Lake, and continue on the Mill Brook Ridge trail to junction with the Balsam Lake Mountain trail. We’ll detour South on BLM to the Southern junction with Dry Brook Ridge trail, then return & continue over the BLM summit (with spectacular views from the fire tower) to the Northern junction with the DBR trail. (At this point we’ll have the option of detouring to Graham, adding 4 miles.) We’ll finish by heading South on the DBR trail to the Balsam Lake parking area.

Event Duration:  12 miles,  12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Long Path Hike – Peekamoose Rd to Trails End Rd. | Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6 miles.

Event Duration:  7.25 miles,  7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Trail Maintenance on the Dry Brook Ridge Trail and German Hollow Trail | Sunday, June 23. 2019 @ 10:00 AM

View from Dry Brook Ridge towards the Pepacton Reservoir.

Please join us on our Spring Trail Maintenance Hike on Dry Brook Ridge in Margaretville New York. We will carpool to the Huckleberry Brook spur 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. 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.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Pre-Father’s Day Paddle on the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

Paddle from Delhi to Hamden on the west branch of the Delaware.  Kids bring your dad or dad bring your kids in celebration of Father’s Day!

Event Duration:  8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Biking Along the West Branch of the Delaware | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 11 AM

This will be a relaxed-paced bike ride using both roads and trails from Delhi to South Kortright and back. We’ll head out County Route 18 from Delhi to South Kortright. In South Kortright, we’ll get on the Catskill Scenic Rail Trail and head back to Bloomville. From there, we’ll use River Road to get back to Route 18 and then we’ll head back to Delhi.

Much of this route is alongside the Delaware River and, on the road portion, there are rolling hills and open views of the western foothills of the Catskills. The Catskill Scenic Rail Trail lives up to its name, but it is uneven and can be muddy. Road bikes will not work on this trail.

Event Duration: 28 miles; 3-4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Hiking the DP on Twin and Indian Head | Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 8:20 AM

A wonderfully challenging mountain section of the Devil’s Path with views you will be sure to remember!  We will enjoy Dibbles Quarry, and great scrambles up to the two tops of Twin Mountain.  From Twin we will traverse over and down to Jimmy Dolan Notch. From here we will again climb to elevation and reach Indian Head.  Lovely Views of Hudson area as you hike the Devil’s Path!

We will descend down to Platte Clove Road and falls. Hike is great fun for experienced hikers seeking a challenge. Pace safe and moderate but moving along. Bring plenty to drink and energy snacks. It is a full day’s hike. Hikers must be prepared. Dress in layers and allow for cooler peak tops. Do come join our fun day on the Devils Path!

POOR WEATHER will cancel this hike (will be rescheduled).

Event Duration: 8 miles, 8-9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Views from the Watershed | July 13th and August 3rd, 10 AM – 4 PM

Ashokan Reservoir spillway

The CMC is excited to announce that tickets for the much anticipated “Views from the Watershed” tours of the NYC Catskill and Delaware watersheds are now available for purchase. Tour dates are Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, August 3rd.

Led by watershed educator and artist Lize Mogel and featuring special guests including historians Diane Galusha, Marianne Greenfield, the DEP’s Adam Bosch and CMC Executive Director Wendell George, the all-day bus tours will explore the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC water supply in the Catskills. Hear stories of the water system from the multiple perspectives of people who live and work in it, and who manage it. These tours are a great opportunity for newer or part-time residents of the Catskills and for visitors to learn more about the past, present, and future of how water shapes their environment.

The tour begins and ends at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper. With stops at the Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs and sites in between, the tour will visit several points of interest as it winds through the scenic Catskill Park. Be sure to bring a camera! Lunch will be available for pre-purchase to be eaten at a stop along the way.

These tours are supported in part by an education grant awarded by the Catskill Watershed Corp. to the Catskill Mountain Club.

For more information visit Walking the Watershed.

Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center | June 8th, 9:30 AM

Hike the Tanbark Trail with the CMC.

This moderate hike is about 2 miles long.    We’ll meet at the CVC at 9:30 and travel together to the trailhead from there.  The hike should last about two hours and along the way we’ll visit two nice viewpoints.  After the hike we’ll come back to the Visitor Center for refreshments and to participate in the festivities there.

Please bring something to drink. Dress for comfort and wear good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are suggested.

This event is limited to 15 hikers.  Please register by contacting wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or by calling 845-586-6273.

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Hiking the Pepacton Range

Pepacton Range

The Pepacton Range in the distance from Bramley Mountain

Hiking the Pepacton Range
by Wendell George and Mike Kudish

Last July 7th forest historian Dr. Michael Kudish and I set out on a hike intended to allow me to hike a section of the Quick Lake Trail that I needed in order to meet the All Trails Challenge requirements. Having hiked everything else in the area, I was determined to avoid the 14 mile out and back from Frick Pond to Quick Lake. I decided to bushwhack from Shin Creek Road in the north and it was my good luck that Mike was eager to hike that route since it was an area he had not explored. The Shin Creek ravine was deep and steep, but the hike through the woods was pretty short. Once we were across, we followed the ridge to Hodge Pond Mountain and the Quick Lake Trail. After an unremarkable hike to an almost dried up Quick Lake, we set out on the return ‘whack from Junkyard Junction. This time we stayed too far east and ended up hiking through wetlands that were host to thick, chest high brush. Angling back towards the ridge, we came out at exactly the spot we had entered from, which was good because we had scouted the creek for the easiest crossing.

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Show a Little Love at Frick Pond | Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00PM

Note:  Due to rain this event was postponed until May 19th.  Please contact the organizer to register for the new date.

The public is invited to come help out on the Frick Pond Loop Trail in Mongaup State Park, Livingston Manor. Together, we’ll improve the drainage on this scenic, family-friendly trail so it becomes welcoming again!

Local volunteers, under the auspices of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, will supply tools and on-site training; you supply the muscle and enthusiasm.  There are both rugged and light-duty tasks, depending on your ability. Bring water, a snack, work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy footwear.
Trip Leaders:  Lisa Lyons and Ralph Bressler
Participants are invited for a complimentary craft beverage at the Catskill Brewery afterwards. The rain date is May 19th.
Dogs allowed?:  No Dogs, please.
Register, ask questions and get the meeting location by contacting Lisa at (845) 439 5507 or email to info@morgan-outdoors.com. Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street in Livingston Manor.

The Catskills All Trails Challenge Gets a Facebook Group

April 24, 2019    With the growing interest in the Catskills All Trails Challenge (CATC), we have created a Facebook group dedicated to the folks who are hiking the Challenge. The page gives you a place to connect with one another, share information and advice about the trails, ask questions, make plans, share routes, find hiking and carpooling partners and post pictures and descriptions of your adventures on the trails of the Catskill Park.

Anyone who has hiked or is interested in hiking the All Trails Challenge is welcome to join the group.  You’ll need a Facebook account to join.  Simply go to the following link and ask to join. Catskills All Trails Challenge on Facebook.

We welcome all hikers who share our values of good stewardship of the Catskill Park. We endorse Leave No Trace principles and compliance with the rules and regulations written by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in order to protect the Catskill Forest Preserve, which was created to protect these lands as “Forever Wild” by an Amendment to the New York State Constitution.  These regulations include limited hiking group sizes, with a legal limit of 20 without a special permit.  We suggest a limit of 12 to limit impacts on sensitive and endangered plant communities, and to preserve the quality of the wilderness experience.  For more, visit our page Recreational Use Regulations for the Catskill Park Forest Preserve.

Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike at Kelly Hollow | Sunday, May 12th at 11:00 AM

Trout Lilly D

Trout Lily

This a chance to find and identify the beautiful Spring Ephemeral wildflowers which are so named because they appear above ground in early spring when they flower and fruit and then die back into the ground, 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 Britches, Jack-In-The-Pulpit and many others. We may also find 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 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). The weather might be cool and there are some wet spots on this trail so dress appropriately. Continue reading

Hike from Woodland Valley to Phoenicia | May 22, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Wittenberg from the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail on Cross Mountain

We’ll follow the Phoenicia – East Branch trail from Woodland Valley to Lane St. in Phoenicia. The first 2.8 miles are coincident with a Red blazed section of the Red, Wittenberg – Cornell – Slide trail. The last 9.1 miles are coincident with a Blue blazed section of the Long Path. Along this section, we’ll descend the Grand Staircase (a long series of rock steps along the side of a cliff) and follow the ridge comprising Cross Mountain, Mt. Pleasant, and Romer Mountain. The views are magnificent.

Event Duration: 12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Biking Around the Pepacton Reservoir | Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Pepacton Reservoir from the Shavertown Bridge

This will be a relaxed-paced bike ride around the eastern Pepacton Reservoir using the Reservoir Road, the Shavertown Bridge, Route 30 and Route 28.

This route offers one of Delaware County’s most pleasant bike loops with gentle rolling hills, light traffic and views of the reservoir throughout the ride.

Event Duration: 18 miles; 2-3 hours

Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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Hike the Mongaup Loop | Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:00 AM

Mongaup PondStarting at the suspension bridge over the scenic Beaver Kill, we’ll hike to Mongaup Pond via the Mongaup – Hardenburgh trail. We’ll return via the Mongaup – Willowemoc and Long Pond Beaver Kill Ridge trails. Along the way, we’ll summit two Catskill Hundred Highest mountains: Willowemoc (3224 ft) and Sand Pond (3062 ft).

For those working on the Catskills All Trails Challenge, this hike completes the Mongaup – Hardenburgh, and Mongaup – Willowemoc trails, and the portion of the Long Pond Beaver Kill Ridge trail North of Flugertown Rd.

Event Duration: 18 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult due to length

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Visit the CMC at the Catskills Great Outdoor Expo | Saturday, March 30, 2019

Catskills Great Outdoor Expo 2019 - Flyer

Hike Bramley Mountain | Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_3768Bramley Mountain was once the site of a fire tower and the views from the summit to the Catskills ranges are impressive.  Along the way the trail visits an abandoned bluestone quarry, caves and many outcroppings. Approximately 900′ ascent.

Event Duration:  4.1 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Cabot Mountain Hike | Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_2684At 2976′, Cabot Mountain in the Pepacton Range is just a few feet under the cut off for a Catskills 100 highest peak. This hike is a steady climb to a nice view overlooking Little Pond and the mountains beyond. Approximately 1300′ ascent.

Event Duration: 3.7 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

 

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Hike to Trout Pond | Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_0843Trout Pond is a picturesque and pristine little lake surrounded by hills. It’s a nice moderate-difficult hike south from Campbell Mountain in the Pepacton Range over three small mountains and down to the lakeside lean-to. From there we will continue on for 1.4 miles to Russell Brook Falls. Approximately 1660′ ascent.


Event Duration: 7.5 miles; 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Hike to Split Rock in the Pepacton Range | Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00 AM

IMG_4700 Split RockJoin us for a Memorial Day hike to Split Rock on Brock Mountain in the Pepacton Range.  There’s a nice view to be had.  After spotting cars at Holiday and Berry Brook Rd., we’ll start at Cat Hollow Rd. / SR206, crossing Flat Rock on the way.  Approximately 1600′ ascent.

Event Duration:  6.3 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Balsam Mountain Hike from Rider Hollow | Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:30 AM

IMG_2066Snowshoe hike to 3607′ Balsam Mountain at a moderate pace. One of our favorite Catskill hikes, this loop has a bit of everything. There are a few water crossings, so waterproof boots, gaiters, extra wool socks and hiking poles are a must. There will be a nice view down the Esopus Valley from near the summit. This is a required winter peak for 3500 Club qualifications.

Event Duration: 5.2 miles, 6 hours

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Hike in a little known DEP parcel near Highmount | Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:00 AM

We’ll explore a little known DEP parcel with some very nice water features and woods,  including a pond, stream, waterfall and pools. This is a short hike but we’ll take it slow and enjoy the scenery. We’ll grab lunch afterwards.

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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Hike the Palmer Hill Trail | Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:00 AM

snowshoeingPalmerHillwiththeDEPWe kick off a new series of Thursday hikes on the Palmer Hill Trail in Andes. Known for its wide open views, the trail is situated on lands sitting in a high mountain pass on the slopes of Little Pisgah Mountain. We’ll start and end at the spectacular panorama of the western Catskills high peaks.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

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