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Tuesday, August 26, 9 AM – Maintenance Hike on the Middle Mountain Trail

The Middle Mountain Trail is a section of the Finger Lakes Trail in Delaware County. The CMC/NYNJTC Catskills Roving Crew will be working to remove blowdowns and any growth that has obscured the trail or the markers. This has been a year in which ferns and other soft tissue growth have made seeing the trailbed very difficult in places. Lend us a hand if you can as we try to open this trail back up for all to use easily and safely. Bring your loppers or shears or we’ll lend a tool to you from our good assortment. Continue reading

Sunday, August 24, 10 AM – Hike the FLT from Cabot Mtn. to Alder Lake

Hike on the Mary Smith section of the Finger Lakes Trail and enjoy the Beaverkill Vista on Cabot Mtn. Continue on the Touch-me-not Trail section to Big Pond and then to the beautiful  Alder Lake. Plan on a welcome dip at this serene spot on the trail which sits in a bowl surrounded by the mountains. This less traveled trail is well worth seeing. Continue reading

Saturday, August 23, 3 PM – Paddle the Pepacton

P5252675Join Ann Roberti of the CMC as we celebrate the Margaretville Festival with a paddle on the scenic Pepacton Reservoir.

Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business. We will launch promptly at 3 PM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge.

Pre-register and questions to Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com

Life jackets required. All boats must be steam cleaned prior to arrival on site and have a valid DEP access sticker. For more information on regulations please visit the NYCDEP website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/Pepacton_Boating_Brochure.pdf

Directions: From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the left, just after turning right onto CR 1.

From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Friday, August 22, 9 AM – Touch-me-not Trail Maintenance

Summer has brought lots of new growth to our trails in the Catskills. This trail was last maintained in early April and it’s time to head back out to clear blackberry canes and nettles as well as any blowdowns. Please join us on this relatively easy trail section hike with your loppers or shears in hand and help maintain this well travelled trail that connects two of the Catskills loveliest lakes, Big Pond and Alder Lake. Continue reading

Monday, August 18, 9 AM – Black Dome Trail Maintenance to Thomas Cole Mountain

The CMC/NYNJTC Catskill Roving Crew will be working with our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers on the western end of the Black Dome Trail. Join us for this maintenance hike over the Camel’s Hump and on to Thomas Cole Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers, shears and a weed whip if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you. Continue reading

The Catskill Mountain Club News for Summer 2014 is here!

August 12, 2014  –  The Summer 2014 CMC News is chock full of interesting news and information. Learn some valuable tips for taking that perfect photograph on your hike. Find out about the Finger Lakes Trail and its 90 mile plus route through the Catskills. Read about how to have a good time hiking while improving your physical fitness (yes, even couch potatoes can hike)!  Check it out here.

Did you know that you can get the CMC News sent to your inbox for free? We’d love to have you join the club, but if you’d like to give it a test drive first you can sign up for the newsletter and our announcements via email here. Just provide your contact information and check yes for “Send Me All Event Announcement Emails”. You can unsubcribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the announcement.

Saturday, August 9, 8 AM – Delaware Academy Trails construction

A small group of trail blazers will be meeting at 8:00a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 (tomorrow) in the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot ST RTE 28 (across from O’Connor  Hospital) to work on these Delhi, NY Hiking Trails. The goal tomorrow is to clear a trail from the church parking area to the Lower Bulldog Run loop. If time allows we will continue on to finish Fright full’s Fall Trail !

Please spread the word about this trail work day to friends, family and others. It is highly recommended to wear long pants & sturdy foot wear, bring WATER, clippers, loppers, gloves, or machete if you have any!

The anticipated official opening of the Delhi Hiking Trails is set for Saturday, August 30th!

Saturday, August 9, 3 PM – Hike the new Palmer Hill Trail

Join CMC Board Member Ann Roberti, as she leads an Andes Community Day walk on the brand new Palmer Hill Trail in Andes, NY.  It’s a really special hike – glorious views, extensive stone walls and old foundations, and vast open sky — truly an unusual Catskill trail. The trail meanders through open meadows with beautiful views of forested lands, productive apple trees and historic stone walls and foundations. It passes over Bryant’s Brook and also features excellent views of many of the Catskill High Peaks, including Graham, Doubletop, Balsam Lake, Eagle, Balsam and the Dry Brook Ridge. Continue reading

Tuesday, August 5, 9 AM – Maintenance on the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail

The Phoenicia-East Branch Trail section that we will maintain runs from the Giant Ledge parking area to Woodland Valley. This trail is a fairly easy hike by Catskill standards. One of it’s most interesting features is a long staircase that climbs Fork Ridge which was constructed in the 1930s by the CCC. We’ll be clearing blowdowns and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have plenty of tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Continue reading

Friday, August 1, 9:30 AM – Hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Who says we have to hike in the Catskills every time we go out? Not us! After all, within shouting distance of our beautiful Catskills lies the Shawangunk Ridge, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Last Great Places” on Earth. No doubt, some folks think that they’re one and the same. But, in fact, the Gunks are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, while the Catskills are the easternmost part of the Allegheny Plateau.

Besides their different geological histories, the Catskills and the Shawangunks have differing appearances and features. Unlike the heavily forested Catskills, the Gunks are characterized by large areas of exposed rock, sky lakes and by rare plant communities different from those in the Catskills. There are wide open views of the Hudson Valley to be had, paths through one of only two ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world and expansive stands of blueberries, once harvested commercially by a seasonal community of berry pickers. It’s common to see raptors soaring on the currents off the eastern slopes. Continue reading

Thursday, July 24, 9:00 AM – Trail Maintenance of the Pine Hill-West Branch Trail

This section of trail is maintained by the CMC/NYNJTC Catskills Roving Trail Crew and we need your help. We’ll hike out from the Seager P.A. up to the PH-WB and then work across Eagle and Haynes mountains, hiking back on the Oliverea-Mapledale Trail to Rider Hollow. We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have plenty of tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. Continue reading

Free Fishing Weekend in NY is Here! – June 28 and June 29 are Your Lucky Days

Summer’s here and it’s time to go fishing!. Yeah, you can fish year round, but what could be better than sitting by a pond, wading in a stream or floating your boat on one of our beautiful reservoirs in this warm and easy going time of year?

But wait you say, don’t you need a license to fish in New York? Well, usually the answer is a resounding “yes”. But not this weekend, you lucky sometime anglers! Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 are Free Fishing Weekend in NY. So grab your gear (or borrow your brother’s or sister’s) and head for one of the Catskills’ premier streams or ponds. Be aware that you still must follow all other regulations. You can find those here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html.

And if fishing on a reservoir is your thing, you can now rent a boat that is stored on site. Just go to the vendor’s store, pay your fee, pick up a PFD and a paddle, drive to the reservoir and you’re set. Licensed vendors and steam cleaners are listed here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/recreation/boat-rental-and-steam-cleaning-vendors.pdf. Bear in mind that you’ll need a DEP Access Permit, which is available online and for free here: https://a826-web01.nyc.gov/recpermitapp. For more information about the reservoirs and regulations look here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/recreation/cannonsville_boating_program.shtml.

Best of luck to all!

 

Palmer Hill Trail Opens to the Public

DSC_0901r_TMJune 9, 2014 – We woke up to a lovely day on Saturday, National Trails Day. And that wasn’t half as good as the rest of it! Over 50 people assembled at the trailhead of the brand new Palmer Hill Trail to celebrate our work and new prize. After a brief ceremony featuring remarks by Andes Town Supervisor Marty Donnelly, NYC DEP Recreation and Property Manager Charlie Laing and CMC President Rick Roberts, we had some refreshments, congratulated one another on a great partnership and its beautiful product and headed off for one of our more satisfying hikes in quite a while.

 

The Palmer Hill Trail consists of three segments that can be hiked in four distinct combinations, allowing hikers the options of short and easy hikes or moderately strenuous and longer hikes. The hiker can make complete routes of 1.2, 2.2, 2.7 or 3.7 miles. Each takes you through beautiful wildflower meadows that offer wide open views of the surrounding mountains and hills and of the bucolic scenery that Delaware County epitomizes. Along the way are centuries old foundations, a lovely stream and age old trees. In season, there will be blackberries and apples galore for the hungry hiker. And in winter the cross country skiing will be a dream come true.

DSC_0910r_TMThe importance of this partnership between the DEP and the CMC is hard to overstate. With the help of the Town of Andes, we have collaborated on two new trails on DEP lands in less than a year, having opened the Shavertown Trail on August 30 of last year. Later this year we’ll open a trail on Bramley Mountain in the Town of Delhi. And there will be more to come, including one on the south side of the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County and, eventually, in both Greene and Sullivan Counties.

By making these properties available for public recreation, without fee or required permit, the DEP has made an important commitment to the needs of the residents of the Catskills. The benefits to the health and economies of our communities are already being felt. The CMC is thrilled to have an opportunity of this magnitude to work towards the success of our mission of promoting non-motorized outdoor recreation that is sustainable and environmentally responsible and that benefits the physical and economic health of our local communities.

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The Palmer Hill Trail will be a destination for those who love the Catskills and want to experience them as never before. So come out and enjoy the views. And, if you don’t already know, see one of the finest panoramas of the Catskill High Peaks anywhere. I won’t tell you where to look for it – come find out for yourself!

See video of the opening here. Thanks to Jessica Vecchione.

A Special Thanks to the Palmer Hill Trail Volunteers

IMG_3039crMany hikers and passers-by notice the signs that point us to the fabulous hiking trails that dot our fair Catskills. Most don’t think to ask how did that get here or who put that there. The truth is that the construction of new trails is an enormously labor intensive project – volunteers (yes, you read that correctly) spent well over 400 hours planning and building the new Palmer Hill Trail.

So with that said, I would like to extend an equally enormous thank you to those volunteers. They are truly deserving of thanks from all of us who hike and from those who understand the importance and ways of being good stewards of our natural resources. Their efforts benefit our personal health, our community health and our environmental health by giving us a chance to get out and experience the great outdoors. How better to learn?

Let me also invite you who are appreciative of this gift to join with us in the unending task of maintaining the Palmer Hill Trail and others in the Catskills, both those that the CMC has built and those that were given to us by previous generations of dedicated and generous hikers. You will be passing something of great value on to future generations.

Wendell George
Stewardship Chair
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An Enormous Thank You to:

Ann Roberti          Bob Moses
Fred Reckner       Bill Palmer
Jeff Ditchek          John Exter
Rich Johnson       Austin Petrone
Edie Mesick          Laura Sanford
Kathy Mario          Tom Miano
Gale Kabat           Howard Raab
Nick Verni             Lou Capello
Bud Gladstone

Sunday, July 20, 8:00 AM – Hike the Shavertown Trail

Join CMC Board Member Amy Beveridge, as she leads LiveFit ™ Challenge participants on the Shavertown Trail in Andes, NY.
LiveFit™ Challenge is sponsored by the Cardio Club and Dance Studio in Delhi and consists of a friendly competition including mini indoor & outdoor challenges, weight loss, nutritional instruction, fitness games and more! This contest was designed to build camaraderie across Delaware County and the surrounding area while encouraging community members to lead a healthy lifestyle! The full trail is 5.3 miles. Live Fit challenge participants will receive a stamp for reaching Snake Pond and view point (located at mile 1.3). From Snake Pond, Amy will lead the group on or participants may turn around at their discretion.

All participants are required to wear sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes (no flip flops or sandals) and bring a bottle of water!

To register, contact Amy Beveridge at albeveridge04@gmail.com or call 607-278-5461. (No dogs on this one, please!)

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes, turn south onto CR 1 and travel 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the right. From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, go west about 3 miles to the dividing of the highways. Turn south onto SR 30 and go 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the left, just after turning right onto CR 1. Meet at the trailhead sign.

 

Saturday, July 12, 9:30 AM – Hike the New Section of the Long Path

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Sneak peaks. Do you recognize them? (Answers below*)

On June 7 the newest section of the Long Path officially opened. Running from Phoenicia to the junction with the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail in Woodland Valley, this outstanding example of sustainable trail construction principles offers a fabulous ridge hike and some of the finest views to be found in the Catskills. Come out and join us for this exciting CMC hike. Congratulations to the NYNJTC and its dedicated trail crews for perservering to make this wonderful re-route from Woodland Valley Road a reality. And thanks to the NYSDEC for making it all possible. Continue reading

Thursday, July 10, 10 AM – Hike to Giant Ledge in Search of an Invader!

Molly Marquand of the CRISP at the Catskill Center (and co-founder of the Catskill Native Plant Society) will lead a hike to Giant Ledge to examine a grove of American Ash trees for the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that is devastating ash trees in the Catskills. Please join us for this opportunity to learn more about this pest. You will learn to identify the insect and the signs of its presence. With that informaton, you can monitor the condition of ash trees on your property and help report their presence in trees that you see while hiking. The American Ash is ubiquitous in the Catskills and, as one of our most important forest species, tracking its health is of great importance.

Giant Ledge is one of the most spectacular spots in the Catskills, offering incredible views both east and west. It’s a short hike out with a huge payoff. Whether you haven’t been or if you know it well, you won’t want to miss this hike! Continue reading

Monday, July 7, 8:30 AM – Maintenance of the Long Path on Kaaterskill HP

Working with the RVW Hikers, the CMC/NYNJTC Catskill Roving Trail Crew will help maintain the Long Path from the snowmobile trail intersection to Palenville. The trail crosses the south rim of Kaaterskill Clove, offering great views to South Mountain and the Hudson Valley. We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have plenty of tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. Continue reading

Sunday, June 29, 8:00 AM – Delaware Academy Trail Construction

Last week the CMC began construction of a new trail in the Village of Delhi. Located on Delaware Academy property and on adjacent parcels belonging to both the Village and the Town of Delhi, the new trail will be a great asset to the people of Delhi. As with other CMC built trails, the Delaware Academy Trail will bring the opportunity for health, recreation and economic benefits to the community. When complete, the trail will rise through forest, partly on old woods roads,  to the summit of about 2060′, offering views of the village and the surrounding mountains.

Please come out to lend a hand to this exciting community project. We’ll be clearing trees and limbs, improving the path by cutting back growth and marking the trail over the next several weeks. Bring loppers, shears, or pruners if you have them. And bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Dress in comfortable clothing and wear good hiking boots. No dogs due to safety concerns. For more information and to sign up to help, contact CMC board member Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you there!

Directions: Come to Sheldon Park at the end of Sheldon Dr., off SR 28. Sheldon Drive provides access to the Delaware Academy campus.

 

Sunday, June 22, 9 AM – Hike the Catskill’s Highest, Slide Mtn. plus Cornell

This hike is a challenging climb up the Catskill’s Highest, Slide Mtn. for a great view. Then we will decend into the col, scrambling down and up to top Cornell and look out to a great Catskills peak view.  The hike is the full day and great fun. Please be prepared for changeable weather, and bring plenty of water. As hikers are committed to completing their peaks, please be serious about commitment to this group event at all times on the hike for the event’s safety. It is a fun and challenging day in the Catskills! Hope you will join us. Continue reading

Thursday, June 19, 9 AM – Maintenance on the Seager and Pine Hill-West Branch Trails

These trails are maintained by the NYNJTC Catskill Roving Trail Crew. We’ll hike out on the Seager Trail and go to the ridge where we’ll turn south and work to Big Indian Mountain. We’ll be clearing blowdowns, cleaning waterbars and cutting understory growth that obscures the trail and markers. We’ll have plenty of tools to lend or bring your favorite pruners or loppers. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Continue reading

Saturday, September 6, 11am – Hike to Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Meet at either the Balsam Lake Mountain trailhead (at end of Beaverkill Road NE of Lew Beach/Livingston Manor) or the  Mill Brook Road trailhead (S of Margaretville)  for simultanious hikes to the Balsam Lake Mountain summit, 4.4 miles roundtrip (5.9 miles from Mill Brook side).  Rock scramble ascent, gentler route option downhill. Tour of tower and ranger cabin by knowledgeable staff, followed by a ceremonial handing out of Catskill Fire Tower patches and Five Fire Tower Passports (sponsored by Watershed Post and Morgan Outdoors).  A corps of trained volunteers staff all five fire renovated towers every weekend Memorial Day to Columbus Day weekend, keeping their history alive. A great opportunity for adventure and amazing views of the Catskills! Pack a picnic lunch and water, wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing. Moderately strenuous.

Hike leaders: Lisa Lyons and Bob Moses. Register for the Sept. 6th hike with Lisa at 845/439-5507 or info@morgan-outdoors.com Please call to cancel by 9 AM Saturday morning, if you can’t attend. Group size limited to 15. Heavy rain or threat of lightning will cancel.  Contact Lisa for more information.

 

POSTPONED, TBD – Hike Balsam Lake and Graham Mountains

Join us for a hike in one of my favorite sections of the Catskills with quiet woods, scrambles, ups and downs in a  lovely area of the western Catskills. Balsam Lake is a lovely evergreen mountaintop with an expansive firetower view! The way to Graham is a woodsy trek to the top with it relic of bygone days, and early communications tower. This is a 10 mile challenge but great fun. See the NYNJTC Catskill Trail MAP # 142. Continue reading

Saturday, June 7, 2 PM – Today’s the Day! Palmer Hill Trail Opening

We’re opening the new Palmer Hill Trail today, Saturday, June 7 at 2 PM. Join us for a brief ceremony and the inaugural hike on this new trail.  Passing through open wildflower meadows, it is a hike unlike others in the Catskills. We hope to see you there.

The trail is a partnership between the CMC and the NYC DEP, built and maintained by the CMC on recently opened DEP watershed lands. No permit is required. The Town of Andes has been a great supporter and partner in this project, too.

The trailhead parking area is at the scenic viewpoint on Finkle Rd., just off SR 28 between Andes and Margaretville.

Wednesday, June 11, 7 PM – Alan Via Talks about the Unknown Catskill Mountains at the Andes Roundtable

If you often wonder about the mountains that surround us, their names and what it’s like to hike them, here is an opportunity for you to satisfy your curiosity. Alan Via is the author of The Catskill 67 – A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks Under 3,500′ and a CMC hike leader.  He will be debuting a brand new slide presentation at the Andes Roundtable, which is held at the Hunting Tavern in Andes, NY. The presentation is titled ‘Off the Beaten Path – A Celebration of the Catskill ‘Hidden Peaks’ in Four Seasons’. The slide show consists of photographs of mostly unknown or little hiked Catskill mountains, progressing through the four seasons.

Directions: Located on SR 28 in the hamlet of Andes, the Hunting Tavern Museum is at 288 Main St.

Saturday, June 7 – 19th Annual Delhi Covered Bridge Run

19th Delhi Bridge RunHere’s a worthy cause to support and a great day to be enjoyed. Run or walk for your health, for fun and for your community. The event consists of a 10K Run, a 5K Run and a 5K Health Walk. Proceeds from the race benefit scholarships to two Delaware County graduating Seniors.  Plus the Catskill Mountain Club will be awarded a grant for building trails in Delaware County. After building two enormously popular trails in 2013, the club will build three more this year, including two in the Town of Delhi and one in the Town of Andes.

 

Register and get more information by visiting this site: http://www.clasiladies.com/delhi-covered-bridge-run.html

 

Sunday, June 1, 10 AM – Hike Indian Head Mountain

This is a great loop hike at the eastern end of the challenging Devil’s Path. It is a strenuous hike for the those experienced in the outdoors and who love to hike. The hike is the full day and great fun with lovely woods, great scrambles up and down and VIEWS of the Hudson area. Please be prepared for hot or cold by dressing in layers and have water and serious food snacks. As hikers are committed to completing their peaks, please be serious about commitment to this group event at all times on the hike for the event’s safety and the fun of the day. Hope you will join us. Continue reading

Saturday, May 31, 9 AM until 2 PM – Understanding Wilderness Ethics and Leave No Trace™ Principles

Leave No Trace™ – it’s a phrase you’ve heard before, but just what are those principles and how do you put them into practice? Even if you already pick up litter, and march straight through the center of the trail despite the mud, you may find that there are additional practices and perspectives that will help you tread even more lightly upon the earth. Join NYS DEC Ranger Joe Bink for an introduction to wilderness ethics and a brief review of these principles – both in the classroom and on the trail. Ranger Bink will share knowledge and review concepts, then lead a hike to put those ideas into action. Continue reading

Friday, May 30, 8 AM – Birdwatching on the Andes Rail Trail

Join CMC member Fred Reckner for a quiet hike on the Andes Rail Trail in search of our avian neighbors. Early starts provide the best chance of success. Because quiet is a virtue, there will be no dogs allowed on this hike. You may want to bring binoculars and a spotting scope with tripod.

The Andes Rail Trail has two distinct parts. The old railbed is flat and wide open, with great views of the Trempers Kill and the meadows and fields around it. It’s about .9 miles long. The Bullet Hole Spur Trail goes up into the woods at the end of the railbed section, climbing gradually into a diverse set of forest types. That portion passes through mixed hardwoods, split boulders, a fern glade, spruce forest and ends in hemlocks above the Bullet Hole Creek.

The diverse habitats should host many kinds of birds. And it’s a beautiful hike that’s guaranteed to please, no matter your bird spotting success. Continue reading

Wednesday, May 28, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues, Part IV

We’ve made good progress on building these new trails, but there’s more to do. Please come lend a hand if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Saturday, May 24, 11 AM – Paddle the Pepacton

Experience an incredible outdoor adventure, paddling the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir. Join Catskill Mountain Club board member Ann Roberti for a scenic paddle on this recently opened NYC reservoir. Provide your own CANOE or KAYAK or rent from a local business.  We will launch promptly at 11AM from the Shavertown Bridge Recreational Boating Launch site on the north side of the bridge. Continue reading

Friday, May 23, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues, Part III

We’ve made good progress on building these new trails, but there’s more to do. Please come lend a hand if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Sunday, May 18, 10 AM – Dry Brook Ridge Trail Maintenance

Join Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member, as she inspects and clears the trail she adopted for the NY/NJ TC. Hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 year old bog, to arrive at a beautiful lookout over the Pepacton Reservoir. The return may be on the same trail or we may continue onto the German Hollow trail. Continue reading

Saturday, May 17, 9 AM – Hike Mt. Pleasant and Romer Mountain

Mt. Pleasant, though only a little over 2800′, is highly visible to Catskill visitors. It’s very prominent location makes it a landmark from Mt Tremper, Wittenberg and a number of other Catskill summits. Mt Pleasant is one of those  ‘I wonder what mountain that is’ peaks, as it sits on the south side of  NY28, towering over the hamlet of the same name. Continue reading

Saturday, May 17 – Mount Tremper Hike and Fire Tower Volunteer Training

Mount Tremper Fire Tower is perched high above Phoenicia, circled by the tallest mountains in the Catskills, and looks out to the Hudson Valley. Volunteer Interpreters with the Catskill Fire Tower Project open the cab at the top of the fire tower on weekend days from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, giving hikers a chance to enjoy the view from inside the cab and learn about the fire tower.

On Saturday, May 17, we will hike to the summit of Mount Tremper for Volunteer Interpreter Training. It is a two-hour training with a nice chance for lunch at the fire tower. This ‘Difficult’ hike is three miles each way, a six-mile day, and ascends 2,000 feet.

Whether you are interested in volunteering for the fire tower this season, or you would like to join the group for a good hike, a visit to the fire tower, and a chance to learn a little about Catskill fire towers, join us for this fun day on Mount Tremper.

Contact Jonathan Mogelever for training day details: jmogelever@catskillcenter.org  or call 845-586-2611. Registration required by Thursday, May 15.

Thursday, May 15, 9 AM – Southern Pine Hill – West Branch Trail Maintenance to Big Indian Mountain

The CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew will be working on the southern end of the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail next. Join us and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers for this maintenance hike from the Biscuit Brook trailhead to Big Indian Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers and pruners and a longer blade folding saw if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you. Continue reading

Monday, May 12, Noon – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues, Part II

The CMC will continue our work constructing the two new trails at the soon to be opened DEP’s Palmer Hill parcel. With its open terrain and spectacular views, it will be sure to please the Catskill hiker accustomed to our wooded trails.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Sunday, May 11, 11 AM – Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike: Second Chance

You are invited to you to join with CMC board member Howard Raab for the fourth Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike at Kelly Hollow on Sunday, May 11. Our first such hike was an overwhelming success, so we’re offering a slightly later opportunity which promises even more to see.

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. Continue reading

Saturday, May 10, 4 PM – Hike at Bluestone Wild Forest/Onteora Lake

As part of Trailfest at Kenco Outfitters, the CMC will lead a hike in the eastern Catskills’ Bluestone Wild Forest. Among the features of the area is Onteora Lake. The hike through mixed forest is an easy one, suitable for hikers of all ages including children. John Exter, a past CMC board member, will lead the hike. Meet at the CMC/Catskill Center Trailfest table at 3:45 for the short drive to the trailhead.

Wear good hiking boots and comfortable clothing. Bring a quart of water and maybe a snack. About 3.4 miles and 2 hours.

Directions: Kenco is located at the junction of SR 28 and Hurley Mountain Rd. in Kingston, about ½ mile west of US 209.  Bluestone WF/Onteora Lake Parking Area is off SR 28, approximately 3 miles west of Kenco.

Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Continues

The CMC will continue our work constructing the two new trails at the soon to be opened DEP’s Palmer Hill parcel. With its open terrain and spectacular views, it will be sure to please the Catskill hiker accustomed to our wooded trails.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Tuesday, May 6, 9 AM – Western Black Dome Trail Maintenance to Thomas Cole

The CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew will be working on the western end of the Black Dome Trail next. Join us and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers for this maintenance hike over the Camel’s Hump and on to Thomas Cole Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers and pruners and a longer blade folding saw if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you. Continue reading

Saturday, May 3, 9:30 AM – Palmer Hill Trails Construction Begins!

The CMC and its CMC/NYNJTC trail crew will begin building the Palmer Hill trails this coming Saturday. This will be our second project in partnership with the NYCDEP. It’s going to be a trail unlike any other in the Catskills, with lots of hiking through open meadows and with one of the best views in the Catskills.

Come lend a hand to this exciting project, if you can. We will be opening the trails on National Trails Day, June 7, so we’re eager to get busy and we’ll be focussing most of our efforts here for the next several weeks. Continue reading

Friday, May 2, 9 AM – Balsam Mountain Trail Maintenance

We’ll begin our CMC/NYNJTC Roving Crew trail maintenance for 2014 on the Pine Hill-West Branch trail loop over Balsam Mountain, beginning at Rider Hollow.

We’ll be looking for fallen limbs and trees to cut and remove, cleaning out the leaves from waterbars and lopping off limbs that have protruded over the trail. At this time of year, we’ll have the added pleasure of looking for early wildflowers and seeing the views through trees that haven’t leafed out yet. Continue reading

Mothers’ Day Weekend – Wildflowers Along the Route of an Historic Hike – From our friends at the CNPS and the MTHS in partnership with the Torrey Botanical Society and the Olive Natural Heritage Society

Joel Fry-MTHS-CNPS2Our friends at the Catskill Native Plant Society and the Mountain Top Historical Society have announced a hike that will be of interest to all who love wildflowers and other flora and to those who love history. The hike will follow the path of 18th century botanist and author John Bartram and his son, William, as they explored the Catskills in 1753.  There will be a lecture Saturday evening. Click on the image to learn more.

 

Sunday, April 27, 11 AM – Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike

Join with CMC board member Howard Raab for the fourth Annual Ephemeral Wildflower hike at Kelly Hollow.

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. Continue reading

Thursday, April 17, 9 AM – Three Peaks via the Long Path: Bangle, Samson and Spencer’s Ledge

IMG_2376rJoin us as we venture off the beaten path. Natures spectacular beauty will greet us even before we arrive at the trailhead. The drive down Peekamoose Rd. is stunning with waterfalls pouring from the valley walls into the creek that parallels  the road. We will follow the Long Path south, and then east up to Bangle Hill.  The first mile or so of the hike will yield the majority of our elevation. Our effort will be rewarded with wonderful views across the valley towards Van Wyck, Table, and Peekamoose. The trail will ease as we turn east, then we will leave the trail behind for a gradual climb to the first of our trailless summits, Samson Mtn.  From here we can expect (weather permitting of course) views to our north and west. Continue reading

Sunday, April 13, 10 AM – Spring Waterfall Hike in Kaaterskill Clove

Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand - 1849Since John Bartram’s visit in 1753, Kaaterskill Falls, New York’s highest at 260′, has been the Catskills most famous waterfall.  Painted by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and numerous other members of the Hudson River School and invoked by writers of myth and nature such as Bryant, Cooper and Irving, Kaaterskill is an icon of American Romanticism.

Nearby, and so impressive that many visitors never get to Kaaterskill Falls because they are fooled by its majesty into thinking that they have arrived, Bastion Falls sits roadside at the curve in the road near the foot of Kaaterskill’s deeply carved gorge.

 

Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand – 1849

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Our Friends at CRISP are Seeking Volunteers to Help Fight Aquatic Invasive Species in the Catskills

2014BoatStewards (2) March 5, 2014  –  CRISP is gearing up to educate the public about the problem of aquatic invasive species in the Catskills. Find out how you can help by volunteering for a few days this summer. You’ll be providing a public service and learning some skills while gaining valuable experience, too.

Click on the image for more information.

Temporarily Restricted Parking at Woodland Valley P.A. Beginning April 14

The DEC has announced that, beginning April 14, part of the parking area at Woodland Valley will be closed for at least two weeks to allow for the removal of ash trees infested with emerald ash borer, an invasive insect species that attacks and kills ash trees. For those planning to hike the Burroughs Range or on the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail, alternative parking is available at other parking areas. For more information see the April 14 update on the NYNJTC’s Catskills Hiking Trail Status and Conditions page.

 

CMC comments on NYSDEC draft amendment to the Bluestone W.F. UMP

Marck 1, 2014  –  The DEC is proposing to make several improvements in the Bluestone Wild Forest. They are:

1) Construct and mark a new 2.5 mile mountain bike trail to be located within the Jockey Hill section of the unit.
2) Update the official trail network of the unit by designating appropriate trails and re-routing or closing inappropriate trails.
3) Manage Onteora Lake as a warm water recreational fishery.

We believe that the changes proposed by the NYSDEC are all very positive, and will greatly enhance this tremendous resource in the eastern Catskill Mountain region. These proposed changes will benefit the user groups that frequent these lands and waters, and likely invite additional users. We feel that the changes proposed by the NYSDEC will adequately balance this use and the protection of the natural resources within the Blue Stone Wild Forest.