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:

  • It is recommended that you avoid hiking the High Peaks for the near future…read more

  • Graham and DoubleTop mountains are closed to hikers until further notice due to the pandemic…read more

  • Kaaterskill Falls, All Fire Towers, Campgrounds, Facilities are closed to the public…read more

  • How to hike safely now

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