Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Catskill Mountain Club

Looking up Kaaterskill Clove from Palenville Overlook with Indian Head in the foreground.

We are sorry to say that we will refrain from offering organized events until the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

There are great benefits of outdoor recreation to our individual and collective health. Besides the obvious physical health gains that are made with a regular exercise routine, the mental health benefits are well proven. They are especially important in times of high stress and limited social interaction.

We strongly encourage you and your loved ones to get outdoors for a hike, a bicycle ride or a walk as often as possible, while practicing social distancing and other safety measures.

As noted below, certain areas of the Catskills should not be used during this time of crisis.  Due to high use such as at Kaaterskill Falls or rugged terrain where injury requiring first responder assistance is more likely, hikers should make use of the hundreds of miles of trails in the Catskills region that are better suited to the times.  These trails traverse beautiful areas throughout the Catskill Park and similar areas on NYCDEP, Scenic Hudson, Woodstock Land Conservancy and State Park lands among others. The six trails built by the CMC are perfect examples of easy and moderate hikes in the region.

We all hope for a quick end to this international tragedy for the sake of humanity.  Until then we must all do our part to contribute to an early resolution.  Be safe and happy hiking.

Important things to know about recreating in the Catskills during the pandemic:

  • Avoid hiking the High Peaks unless you are hiking locally…read more

  • Graham and Doubletop Mountains are open to local hikers on a limited basis. Hikers must call the caretaker and receive permission…read more

  • Kaaterskill Falls, Fire Towers and Campgrounds have reopened with restrictions…read more

  • Usage of the Catskill Park and its facilities has grown tremendously during the pandemic.  This has resulted in an exponential increase is garbage being left behind by park visitors at high use areas like Kaaterskill Falls, Kaaterskill Clove and Colgate Lake.  In addition, parking regulations are strictly enforced.  Please be responsible and pack out what you pack into these beautiful natural environments.
  • How to hike safely now

  • There’s danger out in nature too – ticks are serious business …read more

 

 

Social Distancing and Other Safe Practices During the Covid Pandemic

Simple Rules to Help Everyone Stay Safe

  • Stay close to home.  Driving to distant sites increases the likelihood of spreading the disease.
  • Avoid high use areas or go at off times.
  • If the parking lot is full, visit a different location. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas.
  • Keep a 6 foot distance between you and other hikers (except those in your household)
  • Alert others as you pass or step to the side to let other hikers pass.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.
  • Do not expect to use any bathroom or other facilities.
  • Do not share equipment except with members of your household.
  • Do not sign registers unless you use your own pen or sanitize your hands immediately afterwards. Backcountry hikers should be sure that they are prepared to register.
  • Do not share rides except with members of your household.
  • Leash your dogs and practice social distancing rules with them. There are reports that dogs and cats can get Covid-19 and transmit it to other members of their species.  Whether they can transmit it to humans in unknown at this time. It is known that they can get the virus from humans.
  • Practice tick prevention and check for ticks after your outing at all times. Tick borne diseases are always possible and can cause serious illness.

We are so grateful to all first responders, health care workers, grocery store, pharmacy workers and all other essential workers who are doing so much to keep us well and safe and fed throughout this difficult time.

Please show your appreciation by maintaining a six foot distance from others while shopping and by wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. The virus can be transmitted days before symptoms appear, as well as by asymptomatic people carrying the virus.

How the Pandemic is Affecting Our Annual Events

July, 3 2020

In keeping with recommendations and requirements intended to keep us all safe during the Covid-19 crisis, the CMC has decided that we will not offer our Annual Picnic nor our Annual Dinner in 2020.

We continue to evaluate the situation as we think about offering outdoor recreational events again.  At this time, the resurgence of cases in the country is of great concern.  It remains important to recreate locally, to socially distance when in groups and to wear masks when in close contact or when passing unrelated parties.  We recommend stepping off trail to allow others to pass.  We will continue to monitor developments. Like everyone, we look forward to resuming normal activities as soon as possible.

Be safe.

Notice

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.