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
Join 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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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!
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!
June 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.
The 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.
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.
Many 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.
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
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Here’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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-586-2611. Registration required by Thursday, May 15.
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.
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
Our 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.
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.
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.
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.