Michael Drillinger

Hike to Codfish Point

Hike to Codfish Point – President’s Day, Monday, February 21st, 2022 – Leave trailhead 9:30 AM

Named after a crew of blue-stone quarry workers were stranded for a time with nothing to eat but salted cod. There is a magnificent view of the Hudson River and beyond.

Event Duration:  4 miles round trip; about 4 hours in duration

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Sharon Klein

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Hike Up Kelly Hollow

Hike Up Kelly Hollow – Saturday, March 12th, 2022 – 10 AM

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. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to (there is a privy nearby.)

Event Duration:  4 miles, about 3 hours (round trip)

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

Leader(s): Sharon Klein

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Spring Ephemeral Walk

Spring Ephemeral Walk – Saturday, May 7th, 2022 – 11 AM

This 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. 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.)

We will continue to follow social distancing protocols, with masks on in the parking lot and optional on the trail. Please maintain safe distancing at all times.

Event Duration: About 3 hours

Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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Pepacton Paddle

Pepacton Paddle – Sunday, May 1st, 2022

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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Hike to North Point

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 round trip, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy-Moderate

Leader(s): Rob Rosenberg

Bring: Small backpack with water (1-2 liters), lunch, rain jacket/windbreaker, something warm (puffer, sweater, fleece, etc.), hat, apply sunscreen & bug spray, wear appropriate shoes/boots, check the weather report day-of hike, etc.  More info here: www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html and here: www.catskillmountaineer.com/hiking-escarpment.html

Registration required by 6/20/2022 date.  Register early.

Group Size Limit: 10, with preference given to beginner hikers. Supervised children welcome but no hikers under age 13 please.

Additional Information: if any will be posted at a later date

Covid-19 Guidelines:  Wear a mask while congregated in the parking lot or at other sites.  Hike single file, following social distancing protocols.  Avoid carpooling except with members of your household. Use your own pen when signing in, or use hand sanitizer.  Note:  As vaccination rates rise, risks decrease. We will phase out these guidelines when rates improve significantly. In the meantime, please protect others and yourself by following these simple, CDC endorsed guidelines.

Registration and Questions about this event can be directed to:  Please email Rob.G.Rosenberg@gmail.com to register and include names of participants, age, and skill level/experience, along with any questions.

Driving Directions: Meet at North Lake Picnic Area Parking Lot Gazebo Area.  Drive through the North-South Lake Gatehouse ($10 parking fee per car) and continue on N Lake Road to the meeting place. So you can find me, I’ll be wearing a ridiculous-looking “safety bright orange” baseball cap. 

GPS coordinates:  42.197739, -74.035382

I am an unpaid volunteer and enjoy sharing my knowledge of the outdoors and the Catskill region.  Please consider supporting The Catskill Mountain Club by becoming a member or by making an additional donation here: https://catskillmountainclub.org/events/paypal-membership-application/

First Day Hike – Biscuit Brook Lean-to | Saturday, January 1st, 2022, 10:00 AM

We’ll climb over the ridge before descending again to the lean-to.

Event Duration:  4 miles round trip

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

 

 

 

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First Day Hike – Kelly Hollow | Saturday, January 1st, 2022, 11:00 AM

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. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to (there is a privy nearby.)

Event Duration:  4 miles (About 3 hours, round trip)

Level of Difficulty:  Easy to moderate

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First Day Hike – Ashokan Quarry Trail | Saturday, January 1st, 2022, 10:00 AM

Family-friendly two mile hike through the former Yale Quarry – beautiful views of Catskills, railroad trail remnants, vernal pools and varied forest terrain

Event Duration:  2 miles round trip

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

 

 

 

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First Day Hike – Vroman’s Nose | Saturday, January 1st, 2022, 6:15 AM

See the New Year in with a Sun Rise hike overlooking the old farm land in the valley below.

Meet up/ check in location; 264 Mill Valley Rd, Middleburgh, NY 12122

Event Duration:  2 Miles

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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