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Cabot Mountain, Little Pond, hike and paddle | Friday, August 27, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Little Pond from Cabot Mountain

We will hike Cabot Mountain on the Touch-Me-Not trail section of the Finger Lakes trail in the Western Catskills. This moderate hike at a relaxed pace, will be a traverse of 4.5 miles with a short shuttle. It will end at Little Pond State campground where we will have an after-hike picnic and have an opportunity to rent kayaks on site. You’re also welcome to bring your own boat. Come for just the hike or stay for the whole day. It’s up to you. If you are paddling, a PFD is required. Sorry, bringing your pooch is not practical for this outing.

Event Duration:  4.5 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Long Path – Peekamoose to Upper Cherrytown | Monday, August 9, 2021 @ 8 AM

Vernooy Falls

 

This hike starts with a steep climb up Bangle Hill from Peekamoose Rd, gaining over 1100 feet in 1.1 miles. After the initial climb, the remainder of the hike is relatively level, dropping about 600 feet over 6.4 miles to Vernooy Falls, then dropping another 500 feet in the last 1.7 miles. If the weather cooperates we’ll stop for a swim at Vernooy Falls.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

 

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Mongaup Loop with Willowemoc and Sand Pond Hundred Highest | Monday, July 19, 2021 @ 8 AM

Starting at the suspension bridge over the scenic Beaver Kill, we’ll hike to Mongaup Pond via the Mongaup – Hardenburgh Trail. We’ll return via the Mongaup – Willowemoc and Long Pond Beaver Kill Ridge trails. Along the way, we’ll summit 2 Catskill Hundred Highest mountains: Willowemoc (3220 ft) and Sand Pond (3057 ft).

 

Event Duration:  18 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Trail Maintenance on Dry Brook Ridge and German Hollow | Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 10AM

Follow Laura Battelani and David Lucas, CMC members, while they inspect trails on the Pakatakan Mountain in Margaretville, NY. It will take approximately 6 hours. Bring water and food. wear sturdy sneakers or boots. dress in layers to accommodate for weather conditions. bring hand tools, gloves, eye protection if you would like to help with clipping, light sawing, weed whacking etc.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

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Paddle the Pepacton, Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 11:00 am

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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Paddle on West Branch Delaware River | Saturday, May 22, 2021 @ 10 AM

Kayak or Canoe from Delhi Village launch to Hamden Launch. Approximate 7 miles. Participants to provide their own water craft.  Vehicles will be shuttled by carpool from Delhi to Hamden.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Pepacton Range: Finger Lakes Trail, from Berry Brook Rd to Alder Lake | Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 8 AM

View south from Middle Mountain

This hike includes 3.3 miles of the Mary Smith trail, and all of the Middle Mountain and Touch-Me-Not Trails, all of them co-aligned with the Finger Lakes Trail.  Crossing the eastern and mid-sections of the Pepacton Range, the hike traverses four peaks, including Middle and Cabot Mountains, both just under 3000 feet. With views of Little Pond, Long Pond and Alder Lake, this is a scenic and interesting hike on little traveled trails.

Event Duration:  13 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Bramley Mountain Hike | Saturday, May 15 @ 10 AM

Enjoy a 3.5 mile loop hike on Bramley Mountain. The hike will go through an abandoned quarry 1.9 miles to the summit which was the site of a fire tower. See the remnants of the fire tower, learn about its history and about the current project to rebuild it. The top of the mountain features wide-open views of the Delaware River Valley and the Western Catskills.

The trail is moderately difficult, and we will be hiking at a leisurely pace. Hike will start at 10:00AM at the Bramley Mountain Trailhead on Glen Burnie Road.

Sign up by May 8th with John Sandman at sandmajm@delhi.edu. Please put Bramley Hike in subject line.

This hike is sponsored by the Delhi Village Bicentennial Committee and by the Catskill Mountain Club. Rain date May 16.

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.

Hike Dry Brook Ridge, Mill Brook Rd to Margaretville | Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8 AM

DBR from Dry Brook Valley

Meet 8:00 at hike finish in Margaretville: https://goo.gl/maps/HEiNyk3n3h42.
We’ll leave cars there and drive to the DEC parking area on Mill Brook Rd. to start the hike: https://goo.gl/maps/sSwf7RH81L72
This hike is mostly on the Dry Brook Ridge trail, but we’ll take a short, optional, bushwhack detour to the Dry Brook Ridge summit.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 8 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike at Kelly Hollow | Saturday, May 1st at 11:00 AM

Spring Beauties

What better way to begin the restart of CMC in-person events than with our Annual Ephemeral Wildflower Hike at Kelly Hollow?  This perennial favorite comes when the forests are springing back to life, with budding trees and early wildflowers galore.

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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CMC EVENTS CALENDAR

Photo courtesy of Bill Palmer, Palmer Hill Photography.     

 

February 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

7:45 AM

Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe

2 3 4

9 AM

Catskill Park Day 2020

5

Postponed

Hike Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose

6 7 8
9 10 11 12

7:30 AM

Hike Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide

 

13 14 15

7:30 AM

Hike Westkill, SW Hunter (Leavitt) and Hunter

16 17 18 19 20

7:30 AM

Hike North Dome & Sherrill

21
22
23

10:00 AM

Frick Pond Snowshoe

24 25 26

7:45 AM

Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe

27 28 29

7:30 AM

Hike Panther via Giant Ledge

 

 

2019 Calendar Template © calendarlabs.com

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Hike Doubletop, Graham, & Balsam Lake | Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Dry Brook Valley from Doubletop Mountain

We’ll hike about 10 miles, over 3 Catskills high peaks: Doubletop (3874′), Graham (3868′), and Balsam Lake (3729′), with a total ascent of about 3300′. Our route includes easy trails, and both easy and challenging bushwhacks.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Hike Panther Mountain | Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Panther and Giant Ledge

We’ll hike Panther via Giant Ledge out and back from the Rt. 47 hairpin. With its spectacular views, Giant Ledge is one of the top destinations in the Catskills and will be far less crowded during winter.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  ModerateDifficult

 

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Hike North Dome and Sherrill | Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide and Panther from North Dome

This (mostly) bushwhack will summit 2 Catskill peaks: North Dome (3605′) and Sherrill (3558′). This is the perfect time of year to hike these trailless peaks. There’s a great southerly view from the ledges on North Dome.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Hike Westkill, SW Hunter (Leavitt) & Hunter | Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

View from Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill

This (mostly) trail hike will summit 3 Catskills peaks: Westkill (3898′), SW Hunter (3753′), and Hunter (4030′), the Catskills second highest upon which sits the highest fire tower in New York.

Event Duration:  15 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

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Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Hike | Wednesday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:30 AM

Overlook seen from Slide

We’ll hike the Burroughs Range, summiting Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide. With lots of great views along the way, the one from Wittenberg is one of the nicest in the Catskills.  Expect lots of ups and downs as we climb three of the high peaks, including the tallest in the Catskills.

Event Duration:  10 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

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2020 Past Events Calendar

 

 

January 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

New Year’s Day

8:00

First Day Hike at Ashokan High Point

 

 

2 3 4

7:45 AM

Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe

5 6 8 9

9 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak Hike/Snowshoe

10 11
12

 

13 14 15

7:45 AM

Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe

16 17 18
19

10 AM

Ashokan Quarry Trail First Hike

20 21 22 23

7:30 AM

Vly, Bearpen & Halcott  Hikes

24 25
26 27 28 29

Hike Westkill Mountain

30 31

Frick Pond Snowshoe in the Catskills | Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 10 AM

Frick Pond is a lovely winter snowshoe in Sullivan County in the Catskills.

Woods are varied in flora and have lovely views. Elevation gain small. Distance will depend on snowfall amounts and wind which will determine inner or outer loop hike selection.

DRESS WARM and bring fluids and snacks.

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

 

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Westkill Hike and Snowshoe | Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

Hunter Mountain and its fire tower from Westkill

We’ll hike Westkill from the last parking area on Spruceton Rd. The out and back will visit Diamond Notch Falls and Buck Ridge Lookout along the way to Westkill’s 3898′ summit.

Event Duration:  6.8 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

 

 

 

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Vly, Bearpen & Halcott Hikes | Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 7:30 AM

From Vly Mountain

We’ll hike/snowshoe Vly and Bearpen in the morning, eat lunch, and then hike/snowshoe Halcott in the afternoon

Event Duration:  12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

 

 

 

 

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike/Snowshoe | Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

We’ll hike/snowshoe to Kaaterskill High Peak (Ascent 1700′, Elevation 3652′). Our route will include trails, easy bushwhacks with opportunity to practice compass skills, fun scrambles, spectacular views and 2 plane crash sites.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult, Bushwhack

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe | Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Blackhead Range

We’ll hike/snowshoe four Catskill High Peaks: Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole. This long, difficult trail hike will reward us with several fantastic views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Blackhead Range

We’ll hike/snowshoe four Catskill High Peaks: Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole. This long, difficult trail hike will reward us with several fantastic views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

Here’s another chance to hike/snowshoe 4 Catskills peaks, Plateau (3835′), Sugarloaf (3783′), Twin(3650′), and Indian Head (3573′) with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  10 miles;  10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin & Indian Head Hike/Snowshoe | Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 7:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

We’ll hike/snowshoe 4 Catskills peaks, Plateau (3835′), Sugarloaf (3783′), Twin(3650′), and Indian Head (3573′) with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  10 miles;  10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Ashokan Quarry Trail First Hike | Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 10 AM

Vista including the Burroughs Range

We’re happy to announce a soft opening First Hike on the new Ashokan Quarry Trail to introduce you to it!  Afterwards, the trail will be open to the public for hiking according to NYCDEP regulations. (You can find those in our Skills and Info menu.)  In Spring the DEP and CMC will welcome the public with an official opening ceremony.

The AQT is located on the Acorn Hill Parcel in Olivebridge. The quarry was one of several used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Interpretive signage has been installed along the route.

Only two miles long and with an easy climb to the rim of the quarry, the AQT offers an easy hike with historic interest and fabulous views stretching from Ashokan High Point to North Dome and Ticeteneyck Mountains. Features include abandoned infrastructure, the long quarry, a lovely mountain laurel path, and a mixed hardwood and white pine forest.

Map by Liz Cruz       Click to open in a separate window and print.

 

The trail is located 0.2 miles west of the Promenade parking lot which provides access to the dam and its fabulous views over the reservoir.  Located south of the reservoir, the AQT will eventually be linked to the new Ashokan Rail Trail via the Promenade.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead, just off Rte. 28A. When full, please use the promenade lot.

Event Duration:  2 miles, 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

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Hike Plateau and Sugarloaf | Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

Kaaterskill High Peak from Plateau

We’ll hike two Catskills high peaks, Plateau (3835′) and Sugarloaf (3783′), with challenging scrambles and fantastic views.

Event Duration:  6 miles;  5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Hunter, SW Hunter (Leavitt) and Rusk | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Hunter Mountain and its fire tower from Westkill

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 3 Catskills peeks: Rusk (3686′), Hunter (4030′), and SW Hunter (3753′), with a total ascent of about 3100′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views from the Hunter Fire Tower.

Event Duration:  12 miles; 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult; bushwhack

 

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Ashokan Rail Trail End to End | Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 8:15 AM

From the Ashokan Rail Trail.                 –Courtesy Friends of the ART

The new Ashokan Rail Trail has been met with resounding approval. It will be open for its entire length very soon and we will hike it end to end to celebrate its opening.  Following the north side of the Ashokan Reservoir, the multi-use trail provides great views along its route. These NYCDEP lands were closed to the public except for fishing and hunting until the trail opened a few weeks ago, so we will enjoy the availability of this route following the long abandoned Ulster and Delaware Railroad for the first time in decades.

Event Duration:  11.5 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate, due to length

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Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:45AM

Lone and Table Mountains

This challenging 12+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse 6 Catskills peeks: Friday (3692′), Balsam Cap (3608′), Rocky (3487′), Lone (3700′), Table (3825′), and Peekamoose (3819′), with a total ascent of about 4500′. Our route will be a combination of old roads, herd paths, bushwhacks and trails. We’ll encounter steep difficult terrain, and will be rewarded with great views.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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First Day Hike on Ashokan High Point | Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

DCF 1.0

Ashokan Reservoir from Ashokan High Point

Ashokan High Point (3086′) is a prominent mountain in the eastern Catskills overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and the Burroughs Range. Elevation gain is about 2000′.  Most of hike is relatively easy, but there are some steep pitches. The trail follows the Kanape Brook for more than half the hike.

This hike is co-hosted by the CMC and the Catskills Visitor Center and sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Event Duration:  7.6 miles, 7 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Hike in Riddell State Park | Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Robert V. Riddell State Park offers more than 2,000 acres of fields and forested woodlands located in the Susquehanna River Valley. We will hike through the southern section of the park from SR 28 to the Hartwick College Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

NOTE: Hunting is not permitted in Riddell Park.

Event Duration:  4.9 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike the Delhi Trails | Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 9:00AM

The Delhi Trails are named for in honor of Jean Craighead George’s beloved books My Side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain, each set in the Catskills. We will hike a loop consisting of the Gribley and Frightful’s Falls Trails. Be prepared for some steep sections as we ascend to the ridge twice. We’ll have some nice views of the Village of Delhi along the way.

Note: Hunting is not permitted on Delhi Trails lands.

Event Duration:  4.3 miles, 3.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Fir, Big Indian, Eagle & Balsam Hike/Snowshoe | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Balsam summit in winter.

We’ll do a long challenging hike/bushwhack traversing Fir (3629′), Big Indian (3699′), Eagle (3583′) & Balsam.(3607′), with about 3350′ elevation gain. This is one of the longest high ridge hikes in the Catskills. Nice views can be had now that leaves are down.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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Kaaterskill High Peak Hike | Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

We’ll hike/snowshoe to Kaaterskill High Peak (Ascent 1700′, Elevation 3652′). Our route will include trails, easy bushwhacks with opportunity to practice compass skills, fun scrambles, spectacular views and 2 plane crash sites.

Don’t forget to wear blaze orange during hunting season.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate – Difficult

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Windham, Blackhead, Black Dome & Thomas Cole Hike | Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Blackhead Range from the Escarpment Trail

This 14+ mile hike/snowshoe will traverse Windham High Peak (3525′), Blackhead (3940′), Black Dome (3994′) and Thomas Cole (3953′). We’ll encounter beautiful forests, and spectacular views. Total ascent will be about 4700′.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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2019 Past Events Calendar

January 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

New Year’s Day

10:30

First Day Hike in Kelly Hollow

2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10

Postponed due to weather

Dry Brook Ridge Hike/Snowshoe

 

11 12
13  14 15 16   17 18 19

10:00 AM

Bramley Mountain Hike

20 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

22 23 24 25 26
27 28   29 30

Postponed due to weather

Winnisook Lake Mountain Bushwhack

31

 

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Shawangunks – Castle Point Carriage Trail | Postponed

Catskills from Castle Point, Shawangunks

The carriage roads in Minnewaska Stage Park and Preserve are beautifully maintained for hiking, biking and xc skiing. The views from Castle Point along the Shawangunk Ridge are spectacular. Although the ‘Gunks are only a few miles east of the Catskills, they are an entirely different geological formation with a distinctly different plant community, including dwarf pines. The Wallkill River Valley to the east is an important migration route for raptors and other birds. Join us for a hike in this nearby area.

Event Duration:  9 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Thursday, October 24, 10:00 AM

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA    Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of the Colonel Rochester estate. Along the way is a memorial plaque to Catskills’ native son, naturalist and widely read author John Burroughs.

Event Duration:  4 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike to Huckleberry Point | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 @ 10 AM

Devil’s Path Range from Huckleberry Point

The hike to Huckleberry Point is one of the most satisfying in the Catskills, While it’s a short and moderately difficult trail, it’s in one of the most famously rugged parts of the Catskills, beginning at the Devil’s Kitchen and reaching its stunning destination on the escarpment ledges high above the deep valleys below. The breathtaking views of the ancient mountains of the eastern Devil’s Path Range will make you thankful you came, whether you’ve been before or not. Truly a bucket list hike. We’ll sit for awhile and enjoy the views while we picnic.

Event Duration:  4.8 miles, 4 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Leader(s): Deanna Felicetta

Bring: Dress and bring attire/gear for varied temperatures of the season. Have appropriate footwear. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water!!!

Registration required by November 5th.  Use registration form below to register.

Group size is limited to 12 so register early.

Fee:  No

Dogs allowed:  Yes, only with permission of event leader. Bring a leash for when needed.

Additional Information: PLEASE contact  leader and cancel if you are not able to come as others may want to. Remember we hike together for safety and FUN!

Questions about this event can be directed to:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or call 845-216 2021 and NO TEXTING PLEASE!  Leave name and number. Please contact leader if you need to cancel.

Driving Directions: 

From Exit 20 of the NYS Thruway:  Go west 2.1 miles on CR 212 to Blue Mountan Rd,/Rte.35. Turn north 1.4 miles to W. Saugerties Rd./Rte. 33 and turn west. Go 1.9 miles to Platte Clove Rd. and continue straight up the clove. Follow for 2.4 miles until you reach the parking area on the right.

From Tannerville:  Just west of town, turn onto Bloomer Rd, and follow it as it becomes Platte Clove Rd. for 6.3 miles until you reach the parking area on the left.

See NY/NJTC trail map # 141.

Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table & Peekamoose Hike | Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 7:45 AM

Table Mountain

This is a long, difficult hike, with no viable bailout route. We’ll encounter steep terrain, dense fir, and blowdown. We’ll begin with a bushwhack to the 4 most remote Catskills high peaks, and finish with a trail hike to 2 others. Several of the peaks have excellent views. At times the bushwhack will be very challenging.

Event Duration:  12 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult – Bushwhack

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16th Annual Lark in the Park | October 5th – 14th, 2019

Lark in the Park view from Giant Ledge

The Lark in the Park is coming soon.  As usual, we will host many events over a 10 day celebration of the Catskill Park. Whether you prefer hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, art, science, cultural studies, fishing, service, yoga or more, we’ll have something for you. Wheelchair accessible events included.

Check it all out at catskillslark.org

Belleayre Mountain via Lost Clove and Giggle Hollow | October 2, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

After lunch on the deck at Sunset Lodge on Belleayre Ridge

We’ll hike the Lost Clove trail to the junction with the Pine Hill – West Branch trail, turn left, and continue past the site of the former Belleayre Fire Tower to the junction with the Mine Hollow trail. Then we’ll retrace our way back past the Lost Clove trail, and will descend on the Giggle Hollow trail.

All Trails Challenge hikers take note.

Event Duration:  7 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Campbell Mountain, Little Spring Brook, & Pelnor Hollow | September 25. 2019 @ 8 AM

View from the Pelnor Hollow Trail

This will be a double shuttle hike. First we’ll hike the Little Spring Brook, and Pelnor Hollow trails. Then we’ll start from Berry Brook Rd, and hike West on the Mary Smith trail, repeat a section of Pelnor Hollow, and complete the Campbell Mountain trail.

Event Duration:  14 miles, 12 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Pepacton Range: Finger Lakes Trail, from Berry Brook Rd to Alder Lake | Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 9 AM

Alder Lake

We’ll hike the Finger Lakes trail from Berry Brook Rd. to the Alder Lake parking area.   The route crosses six named summits with a few nice scenic vistas.

Event Duration:  12.7 miles, 10 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult

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Hike Balsam Mountain | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Balsam Mountain Vista

At about 5 miles, Balsam is one of the shortest of the 3500 peak hikes. Great views from near the summit.  Plenty of bang for your buck.  A lollypop loop hike with short in-and-out stick at the beginning and end. Somewhat strenuous – about 1600 feet of vertical gain.

Event Duration:  5.2 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:   Moderate-Difficult

 

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Hike Panther and Giant Ledge to Woodland Valley | Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

View From Giant Ledge

We will hike from Fox Hollow to Woodland Valley, crossing Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge. A great ALL TRAILS CHALLENGE EVENT, the hike will cover a lightly traveled Phoenicia-East Branch Trail section that features an impressive staircase constructed in the 1930s by the CCC.

Poor weather must cancel.

Event Duration:  11 miles, 9 hours

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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Hike to Burnt Knob and Acra Point | Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Acra Point from the Escarpment Trail

This loop hike is on the Escarpment Trail with great views from both points. Mostly on the Long Path. Approximately 600 ft elevation gain.

Event Duration:  6 miles, 5 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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Hike to a spur of Mt. Pisgah | Saturday, August 10,2019 @ 8:30am – 10:30am

Mt. Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah is the site of the closed Bobcat Ski Area in Andes.  This hike will visit land originally prepared for a housing development.  It has the remains of paved and gravel roads to the top of the easternmost spur of Pisgah. The land includes abandoned pastures, forest, and a multitude of stone walls, rock piles, a small quarry and cliffs.  The leader is a mycologist and he has found several species of edible mushrooms in recent summer and autumn hikes on this spur, although this year has been dry so far.

Event Duration:  ~2.5 miles; 2 hours

Level of Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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Rochester Hollow Hike | Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

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Rochester Hollow Trail

Historic Rochester Hollow follows a stream for awhile on an old woods road towards the former site of an estate. Along the way is a memorial plaque to Catskills’ native son, naturalist and widely read author John Burroughs.

Event Duration:  5 miles, 3 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

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