A Beautiful Night on the Trail

A large group joined the CMC on Thursday, January 16 for a Full Moon hike at the Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Hole Spur. With a little fresh snow to help light the way, no wind, moderate temperatures and the moon peeping through the clouds regularly, we had near perfect conditions for this varied and lovely hike. Thirteen of us set out at 8 PM from the trailhead in the old village of Andes and hiked for nearly a mile paralleling the course of the Trempers Kill as it makes its way towards the Pepacton Reservoir. Along the way we were able to admire the light on the hills on the other side of the valley and listen to the sounds of the stream. We then hiked up and away from the rail trail through mixed forest types on a loop passing by open fields and through a deep hemlock woods. We were thrilled to hear an owl announcing its presence and then a pack of coyotes howling at some distance across the valley. As we neared the end, the skies cleared and we walked the rest of our way without the use of our headlamps, guided by the bright light reflecting off the snow and our tracks. A perfect ending to a perfect night.

The Catskill Mountain Club News for Fall/Winter is Here

November 17, 2014  –  The CMC has a newly published newsletter which we invite you to read here. Along with a report on a very successful year of accomplishments, it contains information about hiking in both the hunting season and winter. Check out the photos and the useful information about how you can receive our news and announcements directly in your inbox. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, December 8, 10 AM – Hike on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Join the CMC as we hike on the WVRT across the newly opened Rosendale Trestle, which stands 150 feet above the Rondout Creek and spans 940 feet in the former village of Rosendale.  Much of this northern section of the 24.2 mile trail is new, including the section north of Rosendale through the Williams Lake property and on to Kingston.

We’ll begin our hike in the Binnewater Lakes district north of Rosendale. From there we’ll hike south past Joppenbergh Mountain and across the trestle to the bustling Village of New Paltz, with it’s Huguenot Historic District. We will spot cars in New Paltz, and anyone so inclined can get a late lunch at one of the village’s many good restaurants after the hike.

The number of participants is limited. Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. We will hike together, so please be prepared to stay with the group. Wear sturdy shoes and bring enough water for your (and your dog’s) needs. About 12 miles.

Email or call CMC board member Wendell George by Friday, December 6 to reserve a spot. If you need to cancel, please let me know by Sunday at 8 AM. Contacts: wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546.

Directions: We will meet in New Paltz at the Huguenot Historical Society parking lot located on Broadhead Av. just west of SR 32. We’ll spot cars and drive to Dewitt Mills Rd., just south of Kingston, and park .6 miles west of SR 32.

Friday, December 6, 7 PM – NOT A CMC EVENT?

So why is this here, you might ask. Because the Catskill Native Plant Society is going to present a talk by our friend Dr. Mike Kudish. And we hiked with Molly Marquand, CRISP coordinator at the Catskill Center and a co-founder of the CNPS, twice this year; first in search of invasive species and then in search of what should be growing in our forests. We were impressed. And you will be, too.
Come out to hear Mike and meet Molly as they help raise funds to get a website off the ground for the CNPS. We need it, and you will find your time and money well spent. No charge, but a hat will be passed.

CNPS flyer







A Somewhat Limited Hike Schedule During Hunting Season

As has been noted in another article on our website, November 16 marks the beginning of hunting in the Catskill region for big game using high powered rifles. While that article offers several important and common sense guidelines for safer hiking during this three week period and the following week of muzzleloader and bow hunting season, the CMC will offer fewer hikes during this period. We will schedule some hikes for areas where hunting is not allowed and we’ll resume a regular schedule of events after the close of the season on December 17. Check our Upcoming Events page for the most current schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails during the winter. Until then, safe and happy trails!

Friday, November 15, 6 PM – Full Moon Hike on the Shavertown Trail

Join Wendell George and the CMC for a full moon hike on the Shavertown Trail. We’ll bring snacks and hot drinks to enjoy as we view the moon rising over the pond and reservoir. The open space will allow us unrestricted views as we look for the mountains and craters on our distant companion and bathe in its ethereal light. Wear good boots and bring a headlamp. Two miles of hiking on moderate to easy terrain.

Register no later than Nov. 14 by email to wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or call 845-254-4546. Please cancel by 4 PM on Nov. 15.  Well behaved dogs allowed. Rain cancels.

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.


Sunday, November 10, 9 AM – Mt. Tobias

Mt Tobias is the 2,520ft mountain located south of NY212 and just west of Cooper Lake. There are roads snaking up its south side, but much of the forest above those roads is impeded by laurel. We’re going a different way, following an old woods road for part of the ascent as we swing around the tall, interesting cliffs guarding the summit to find a slightly more ‘relaxed’ route for the last 500′ to the wooded top. Along the way we’ll get a look at a pole stand that appears to have been an meadow, before the final ‘whack to the summit. This is a strenuous hike for bushwhackers who don’t mind a little exploring as we’ll be checking out another woods road high on the mountain that we didn’t get to last winter.

Being November, hikers are expected to have Microspikes in their packs, weather appropriate boots and clothing (no cotton, please), and be agreeable to staying with the group for the entire hike.

Round trip: 3.5 to 4miles with 1,500ft of ascent. We’ll likely be in the woods for 6 hours which should give us time for a couple of short breaks, summit lunch, and a little exploration. Group size will be limited and rain cancels. Experienced, well behaved dogs – only by prior approval of leader.

Leader: Alan Via Peakbagr100@gmail.com

Registration: No later than 11/7.  Cancel by email to Alan Via no later than Saturday, 11/9;  or last minute by phone to Wendell George at 845-254-4546 before 8 AM on Sunday.

Directions: On SR 212 east of Mt. Tremper and west of Woodstock in Willow, park on the roadside about .1 miles west of Sickler Rd. past the curve.


Monday, November 4, 11:00 AM – Kelly Hollow Trail Maintenance

Please join the CMC trail crew for a maintenance hike. We’ll do light work and remove a few blowdowns on this easy hike out to a Beaver Pond. Bring work gloves and loppers, pruners or shears. We’ll eat at the lean-to.

Rain postpones. If in doubt call before 10:00 Monday morning. Please register by contacting Howard Raab at howardjraab@gmail.com or (845) 586-3112.

Directions: From SR 28 west of Margaretville, turn left and then right (west) onto the NYC reservoir road (across SR 28 from the Old School House). Go 3.7 miles and turn left on Millbrook Road for 5.3 miles to the trail-head parking area on the right.

From Andes, drive south on CR1 to the Shavertown Bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto the city reservoir road. Go 2.2 miles and left again at the sign for Big Pond, staying with the reservoir. Drive 4.6 miles to Mill Brook Rd. and turn right 5.3 miles to the Kelly Hollow P.A. on the right.

From SR 28 in Highmount, turn west onto Galli-Curci Rd. and go 5.4 miles to Dry Brook Rd. Turn left (south) and go 1.4 miles to Mill Brook Rd. Turn right (west) 6.6 miles to the Kelly Hollow P. A. on the left.

Saturday, November 2, 9 AM – West Kill Mountain

Join CMC board member Wendell George as we summit West Kill Mountain, one of the Catskill’s highest peaks at 3880′. We’ll begin our hike at the head of the beautiful Spruceton Valley and hike first to Diamond Notch Falls. Crossing the West Kill, we will climb the mountain to Buck Ridge, where we’ll eat lunch and marvel at the views before continuing to the summit. We’ll then retrace out steps. This is a strenuous hike with some sustained climbing. 6.4 miles out and back and about 6 hours.

Be sure to bring Microspikes in case of early ice. Wear good boots and dress in layers for your comfort. No cotton please, as it holds moisture and can lead to hypothermia. Bring lunch and at least a quart of water. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Register by Nov. 1 by email at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or calling 845-254-4546. Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. If you need to cancel at the last minute, contact me by 8 AM on the day of the hike.

Directions: From either SR 28 in Shandaken or SR 23A in Lexington, turn onto CR 42 and go to Spruceton Rd. in West Kill. Turn east and travel 6.8 miles to the end of the road. Note well: the parking area is on the south (right) side of the road,

The CMC Joins with Partners to Build the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center

Catskill Interpretive CenterAugust 31, 2014  –  Watch for it! At long last and after the tireless efforts of many parties, most notably those of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who championed the cause and secured funding from HUD, the Catskills are about to get the go to place for information about the park and region that has been needed for so many years. The CMC is proud to join with founding partners, including the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Friends of the Catskill Interpretive Center, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as well as Catskill Mountainkeeper in a public/private partnership that will manage, operate and staff the facility. The CIC will be located on SR 28 in Mt. Tremper. Projected groundbreaking will be in Spring, 2014. The Center is expected to open in Fall, 2014.

Friday, August 30, Noon – Shavertown Trail Dedication

August 30. 2013

In a milestone achievement, the Catskill Mountain Club is proud to invite you to attend the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Shavertown Trail on New York City Department of Environmental Protection watershed property in the Town of Andes.  NYCDEP has opened many properties to the public for recreational use during the past several years. Most notably until now have been the openings of four of the six Catskills reservoirs to recreational boating. Now, for the first time, the DEP has allowed the development of a hiking trail on its property in partnership with the Town of Andes and the CMC. The CMC has constructed and will maintain this trail of 2.6 miles and will continue to partner with the NYCDEP in the construction of trails on other parcels throughout the Catskill watershed.

The trail is a rather gentle hike for the Catskills, climbing moderately from the trailhead to a woods road than rises gradually to the end loop of the trail. Along the way lies a small pond in a clearing that offers spectacular views of the Pepacton Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

Please join us on this momentous day as we celebrate our partnership, our work and the idea that these publicly held lands are the perfect place for the public to enjoy the beauty and solace of these sublime and ancient mountains.

The ceremony will be held in the parking area at the entrance to the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch. Afterwards, you are encouraged to cross the highway to the trailhead and take a hike with us!

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes take CR 1 south to the site of the ceremony on the right and just before the bridge. Proceed left onto SR 30 and park in the lot to the right.

From SR 28/30 in Margaretville take the left hand turn onto SR 30 at the intersection of the highways about 3 miles west of town. Drive to the parking area on the left just before the bridge.

From SR 30 in Downsville take the highway to the Shavertown Bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately look for the site of the ceremony to the left. Park in the lot to the right after crossing the bridge.

NOTE: Park in the parking area across SR 30 from the site of the ceremony. This lot on SR 30 is on the north side of the bridge and to the east of the site of the ceremony.

New Hiking Trail Added to the Andes Rail Trail

August 23, 2014  –  This sprinAndes RT smg brought the completion of the Bullet Hole Spur that extends the Andes Rail Trail an additional 2.2 miles, bringing the option of the total walk to 3.9 miles round trip.

The Spur climbs Hemlock Knoll, the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, magnificent rock outcroppings, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek.   It is really a beautiful trail, giving the hiker a bit of many different Catskills environments. The Spur is more strenuous than the flat railbed, climbing 250 feet in a half mile, but switchbacks and stone steps help out.  The steep sections are followed by relatively flat areas so you get a nice break after working a little harder.

Trailhead located at 266 Depot Street, Andes

Wednesday, August 14, 5:30 PM – Beat the Wednesday Hump Day Slump hike #2

Join Us for a hike on the Catskill Scenic Trail. The hike will depart from the parking area located on St Rte 10 east of the hamlet of Bloomville, NY. The walk will start at 5:30p.m. Distance will depend on the inclination of the group; expect 4-6 miles round trip! Please bring water and a flash light. This is an easy hike on level terrain. Event will be canceled if it rains. Leashed dogs who get along with other dogs are allowed. Contact Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com subject line “hike” with any questions.

Saturday, August 10, 1 PM – Andes Rail Trail

We’ll walk one mile each way on our beautiful trail. If the group is so inclined, we will continue on the Bullet Hole Spur woodland hiking trail that continues for another mile, making for a 4 mile round trip hike. Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road at 1:00 pm. Contact: annroberti@yahoo.com for more info.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road/CR 2 just past the flashing red light in downtown Andes.

Thursday, July 25, 9:00 AM – Trail Maintenance of the Seager and Pine Hill-West Branch Trails

These sections of trail are maintained by the CMC and we need your help. We’ll start up the Seager Trail, cross Eagle and Haynes mountains on the high and remote Catskill Divide and come down 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. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. No dogs due to safety concerns. Rain cancels. Register by Wednesday, July 17 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546. If you need to cancel, contact me by 7:30 AM Thursday.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 5.1 miles to Dry Brook Rd. and turn left/south. Drive 4.2 miles to the Seager P.A. at the end of the road.
From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 8.9 miles to the Seager P.A. at the end of the road.

Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30 PM –  Beat the Wednesday Hump Day Slump hiking series

Join Us for a hike on the Andes Rail Trail. We’ll walk one mile each way on our beautiful trail. If the group is inclined, we will continue on the Bullet Hole Spur woodland hiking trail that continues for another mile, making a 4 mile round trip hike! Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Rd (AKA Cty Hwy 2) at 5:30p.m.. Bring water and a flash light. Event will be canceled if it rains, leashed dogs who get along with other dogs allowed. Contact Amy Beveridge at thebeveridges@yahoo.com subject line “hike” with any questions

Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 AM – Kelly Hollow Hike

Hi hikers. Please join CMC board member Howard Raab for a hike on the Kelly Hollow trail. This is one of the most beautiful short trails in the Catskills with cold mountain streams and a combination of coniferous and deciduous forests and an active beaver pond near the lean-to (yes, we may also see a beaver or two!) It is located on Millbrook Road in the town of Middletown, NYNJ Trail Conference map #42, F-5,6. The trail is an easy to moderate loop of about 4 miles with a lean-to and privy at the top. Bring lunch and/or snacks to have at the lean-to. Dogs are welcome.
This hike will be limited to 12 people. Please register by email or phone. We will cancel in case of steady rain. If in doubt call before 10:00 Sun. morning. Contact: howardjraab@gmail.com, (845) 586-3112.
We will meet at the Old Schoolhouse 2.2 miles west of Margaretville at 10:30 am or at the trail-head at 11:00 am.

Directions to trail-head: Go right (west) on the NYC reservoir road across Rt.28 from the Old School House for 3.7 miles. Then left on Millbrook Road for 5.3 miles to the trail-head parking area on the right.

Friday, July 5, 10 AM – Rochester Hollow

The Rochester Hollow Trail follows a stream through beautiful forest to the site of an abandoned estate. This is a moderate hike with a gradual climb up the hollow. Longtime CMC member John Wadlin will lead a hike of 2 ½ to 3 hours. Bring water and a snack. Well behaved dogs allowed.  Please pre-register by e-mail to jjwadlin@rwhm.com.

Directions: Drive to Matyas Road on the north side of Rt. 28 east of Pine Hill and west of the Peekamoose restaurant in Big Indian.  The parking area is ¼ mile in on the road.

Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM – Balsam Mountain

We’ll hike a loop route over Balsam, following trails that border and cross the Rider Hollow and Mine Hollow streams and ascend through ancient hemlocks and steep scrambles to the Catskill Divide. We’ll visit a stunning view of the Esopus Valley and the nearby summit rock before descending. The hike is 5.2 miles and will take about 6 hours. Wear good boots and bring plenty of water. We’ll eat at the overlook. Strenuous. Well behaved dogs welcome. Register by June 21 by contacting CMC board member Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546.

Directions: From SR 28 in Highmount, turn south onto Galli-Curci Rd. which becomes Todd Mountain Rd. Go about 5 miles to Rider Hollow Rd. and turn left/east. Drive to the parking area at the end of the road.
From SR 28 in Arkville, turn south onto Dry Brook Rd. and travel 4.7 miles to Todd Mountain Rd. Turn left and go .5 miles to Rider Hollow Rd., turn right and follow to the end of the road.

Wednesday, June 19, 9 AM – Frick Pond and Hodge Pond area trail maintenance

The Catskill Roving Crew needs your help on this coming Wednesday, June 19. We’re going to work on the newly adopted trails around the beautiful Frick and Hodge Ponds in the Willowemoc Wild Forest. On this visit, we’ll work on clearing a few blowdowns, cutting back the understory and cutting grasses and summer growth from the road beds that comprise a good deal of the trails in the area.

The trailhead is about 30 miles and 45 minutes from Big Indian and approximately the same from the Shavertown Bridge in Andes. Please come give us a hand if you can.

No dogs due to safety concerns.  Rain cancels. Bring a good lunch and plenty of water. Bring a favorite tool or we’ll have tools to lend.

Reply to this email or call Wendell George at 845-254-4546 by the day before the hike. If you find that you need to cancel, call by 7:15 AM on the day of the hike – as early as 6 AM is fine.

Directions: From Rt. 17 use Exit 96/Livingston Manor. Take Debruce Rd. 6 miles east to Mongaup Rd. Turn north onto Mongaup Rd. 2.5 miles to Beech Mountain Rd. Frick Pond P.A. is about .3 miles.

From Rt. 28 in Big Indian turn south onto Oliverea/Frost Valley Rd. and go 19.3 miles to Round Pond Rd., about 1 mile north of Claryville. Follow Round Pond Rd./Willowemoc Rd. 11.6 miles to Mongaup Rd. Turn north onto Mongaup Rd. 2.5 miles to Beech Mountain Rd. Frick Pond P.A. is about .3 miles. For anyone who might want to carpool from Big Indian, let me know.



Saturday, June 8, 10AM – Shavertown DEP Parcel

Come help as we complete the first cooperative project between the NYCDEP and the CMC. DEP has opened to public access a number of its properties and the CMC is working to develop hiking trails on the finest of these. Shavertown will be the first of these efforts to be finished as we do final trail clearing and needed improvements. This is a beautiful parcel featuring a pond, fabulous reservoir views and a long woods road walk through varied, mature forest. The hike is easy to moderate. Come for the day and bring work gloves and pruners, lopers or shears. Also bring plenty of water and a lunch or snack. No dogs on this trail work hike due to safety considerations. To register contact either Wendell George at wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845-254-4546 or Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com or 845-676-3643 by June 7.

Directions: From SR 28 in Andes turn S onto CR 1 and go 8 miles to parking just before the Shavertown Bridge at SR 30. From SR 28 in Margaretville go W 3 miles to SR 30. Turn SW and go 8 miles to parking just past the bridge on CR 1.

Wednesday, June 5, 9 AM – Pine Hill – West Branch Trail maintenance

We’ll be doing trail maintenance on the Biscuit Brook to Big Indian section of the PH-WB trail on Wednesday, the 5th of June. The first part, into the lean-to, is fine so we’ll focus on the upper trail. I’m told it’s not too bad, but there are some blowdowns and some prickers to whack. Hope you can give us a hand.

No dogs due to safety concerns. Bring a good lunch and plenty of water. This will be an all day hike.

*Where: Biscuit Brook P.A. on CR47/Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. South from SR 28 in Big Indian for about 12.6 miles. (Past the Slide Mtn. P.A.)
*When:  Wednesday, June 5 at 9 AM
*How:  Call or email Wendell George at (845) 254-4546 or wgeorgeny@earthlink.net by Tuesday, June 4. Please call by 8 AM to cancel if you have committed to come.
*Rain cancels.

Saturday, June 1, 11 AM – Andes Rail Trail Celebration on National Trails Day

Join the CMC and Andes Works as we celebrate the Andes Rail Trail and the opening of the Bullet Hole Spur. After a brief ceremony, we’ll hike on the trail. The rail trail portion is about a mile long. The somewhat more moderately strenuous spur continues another mile, making a round trip hike of four miles. There is a great variety of forest types and features along the way. So come out to celebrate this beautiful addition to our hiking resources.

DIRECTIONS: Meet at the train depot on Cabin Hill Road/CR 2 just past the flashing red light in downtown Andes.

Monday, May 27, 8:30 AM – Campbell Mt. maintenance

The FLTC and CMC trail crews will be doing maintenance on the Campbell Mtn. trail in the Delaware Wild Forest on Monday, May 27. Yeah I know it’s Memorial Day, so if you have a life we understand. We’ll be working hard to control the prickers before they get out of control. Of course, we’ll do whatever blowdown removal, pruning, lopping, etc. that we encounter.

We have tools to lend if you don’t have a favorite. Bring plenty of water and lunch.No dogs due to the danger of injury. Hope you can make it.

Where: Take SR 28/30 west out of Margaretville. Drive 3.4 miles to the left/south turn onto SR 30 and follow it 20 miles to the intersecton with SR 206. Turn south about 2.1 miles to the P.A. on the right. From Downsville, travel east on SR30/206 about 2.5 miles to the intersection of SR 206 and SR 30. Turn south about 2.1 miles to the P.A. on the right.


Hiking, paddling, bike riding and other outdoor recreational activities are potentially dangerous and could result in injury or even death. This website provides information about recreation in the Catskill Region, but persons using this resource are responsible for anticipating possible dangers and appraising their physical ability.

Other Catskill Region Events

Don’t see a scheduled event that works for you? Try the schedules of these other Catskill area hiking clubs and organizations.

ripxsmallerRip Van Winkle Hikers  We are sorry to report that the Rips disbanded in January 2020.  Over their history they provided a great assortment of hikes in the region and maintained several trails in the Catskill Park.

The Rip Van Winkle Hikers Club was organized in February 1991 “to promote and foster interest in the sport of hiking”. Hikes range from the more challenging to the purely scenic or historical, including in the Catskill high peaks and in the Hudson Valley.


C3500ClogoCatskill 3500 Club  The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962 to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to anyone who has climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation. The club’s schedule appears in their newsletter, The Canister.

nynjtclogosmallNew York-New Jersey Trail Conference  The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference builds, maintains and protects 2,000 miles of trail in New York & New Jersey, including 29 lean-tos and over 200 miles of trails in the Catskills, by mobilizing volunteers. Learn more about Catskill programs and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

TCHC patchTriple Cities Hiking Club  The Binghamton based Triple Cities Hiking Club has been active since 1947 in promoting access to hiking opportunities. Hikes are scheduled on most weekends throughout the year and range in degree of challenge from easy outings to very strenuous hikes, including in the Catskills.

fltlogosmallerFinger Lakes Trail Conference  The FLTC was founded in 1962. It works in cooperation with its members and various organizations to develop and maintain a premier hiking trail system in New York. Learn more about the trail and find out how to help.

FatsintheCatsFats in the Cats Bicycle Club  The Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club, an IMBA Chapter, promotes cycling advocacy, trail building, trail maintenance and community service. Since 1994, the club has been advocating, stewarding and improving many of the best places to ride a mountain bike in New York’s Catskill Park and Hudson Valley Region. In addition, the club organizes group rides and gives away dozens of bikes to needy kids every holiday season.