Welcome to the Catskill Mountain Club

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

We are sorry to say that we will refrain from offering organized events until the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

There are great benefits of outdoor recreation to our individual and collective health. Besides the obvious physical health gains that are made with a regular exercise routine, the mental health benefits are well proven. They are especially important in times of high stress and limited social interaction.

We strongly encourage you and your loved ones to get outdoors for a hike, a bicycle ride or a walk as often as possible, while practicing social distancing and other safety measures.

As noted below, certain areas of the Catskills should not be used during this time of crisis.  Due to high use such as at Kaaterskill Falls or rugged terrain where injury requiring first responder assistance is more likely, hikers should make use of the hundreds of miles of trails in the Catskills region that are better suited to the times.  These trails traverse beautiful areas throughout the Catskill Park and similar areas on NYCDEP, Scenic Hudson, Woodstock Land Conservancy and State Park lands among others. The six trails built by the CMC are perfect examples of easy and moderate hikes in the region.

We all hope for a quick end to this international tragedy for the sake of humanity.  Until then we must all do our part to contribute to an early resolution.  Be safe and happy hiking.

Important things to know about recreating in the Catskills during the pandemic:

  • Avoid hiking the High Peaks unless you are hiking locally…read more

  • Graham and Doubletop Mountains are open to local hikers on a limited basis. Hikers must call the caretaker and receive permission…read more

  • Kaaterskill Falls, Fire Towers and Campgrounds have reopened with restrictions…read more

  • Usage of the Catskill Park and its facilities has grown tremendously during the pandemic.  This has resulted in an exponential increase is garbage being left behind by park visitors at high use areas like Kaaterskill Falls, Kaaterskill Clove and Colgate Lake.  In addition, parking regulations are strictly enforced.  Please be responsible and pack out what you pack into these beautiful natural environments.
  • How to hike safely now

  • There’s danger out in nature too – ticks are serious business …read more