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.
The Palmer Hill Trail consists of three segments ‐ a 0.6 mile route to the farmstead intersection and then a relatively easy 1.5 mile Lower Meadow Loop and a more strenuous 1 mile Upper Meadow Loop. This allows hikers the options of short and easy hikes or moderately strenuous and longer hikes. Each takes you through forest and beautiful wildflower meadows that offer wide open views of the surrounding mountains and hills and of the bucolic scenery that Delaware County epitomizes. This hike may do both loops or just one.
After watching the parade, the corn on the cob eating contest, watermelon eating contest and the dance performance in Ballantine Park, after enjoying BBQ chicken or Bratwurst, come work off the calories while enjoying some of the loveliest views in the Catskills.
All participants are required to wear sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes (no flip flops or sandals) and bring a bottle of water!
Registration not required. Well behaved, leashed dogs welcome.
Directions: The trailhead is located just off Route 28 between Margaretville and Andes (2 miles from downtown Andes and 9 miles from Margaretville), with parking available at the existing scenic overlook site on Finkle Road.
The Palmer Hill Trail is the third trail created by the Catskill Mountain Club, and our second in partnership with the NYC DEP.