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Do you know about great Catskills hiking trails that no one else does? Would you share them with us?

The Catskill Mountain Club is gathering information on lesser known hiking trails in the Western Catskills (Delaware and Sullivan Counties).  

While we’re interested in all regions of the Catskills for hiking and other events, we’re focusing this effort on the Western Catskills as we assist two groups compiling information on 'off-the-beaten-path' trails throughout the region.   

Be part of the fun! Submit your hikes!  
news@catskillmountainclub.org





Thanks to the crew that turned out Friday, April 5th to cut up and move the many trees that came down in Hurricane Sandy on the Big Pond to Alder Lake Trail!



Spring is here and for some of us hikers that means there is work to do.  The winter snow, ice and wind have done their damage. There will be limbs and trees down on the trails and waterbars that are full of leaves, sticks and stones. They've got to be cleared from the trails so we can all enjoy another great year of hiking in our favorite mountains. Likewise, now's the time for building a few new trails to expand our options. With an early start, we'll have them ready for use before the season gets too far along.


The Catskill Mountain Club and the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference are forming a new roving trail maintenance crew. We need your support and participation, whether you can come only once in a while or can join us regularly.  We will be working all around the Catskills, especially in the area of Delaware and Sullivan counties as the NYNJTC has just adopted many new trails in that area. The CMC also helps maintain over 20 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s trails in the Catskills and is working with the FLTC to build a new trail to the Rock Rift Fire Tower. So if you would like to get out in the woods with a crew of folks who love the opportunity to really get to know our many trails and see something new, please sign up to join us. We'll plan on going out several times a month, sometimes during the week and other times on weekends. We have plenty of tools, so if you don't have a favorite we can outfit you.

To join us anytime write or call Wendell George: wgeorgeny@earthlink.net or 845-254-4546 or
update your profile to indicate your interest by clicking here.

The Catskill Mountain Club is also in a partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to develop new trails on city owned watershed properties. Over the years, DEP has acquired thousands of acres in the Catskills to protect the water supply for NYC. They have recently expanded public access to their lands and reservoirs greatly and we are laying out and building hiking trails on several of their finest parcels. These will greatly improve accessibility for hikers who wish to hike on lands that are less difficult to hike and more open than the trails in the forest preserve. The views will be spectacular. Please come give us a hand as we work on this new and exciting project. Again, To join us anytime write or call Wendell George: wgeorgeny@earthlink.net or 845-254-4546 or 
update your profile to indicate your interest by clicking here.

We look forward to your participation in what will be special opportunities for lovers of hiking. 
Upcoming Trailwork

· Sunday, April 28, 10 AM - Trail Maintenance on Section 2 of the Dry Brook Ridge Trail
Follow Laura Battelani, CMC Board Member and David Lucas volunteer for NY/NJ Trail Conference, as they inspect and clear the trails they adopted for the NY/NJ TC. Hike Pakatakan Mountain and follow the ridge, passing by a 700 years old bog, to arrive to a beautiful look out of the Pepacton Reservoir. The return can be on the same trail or we’ll continue on to German Hollow trail. Wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes, bring water and food and dress in layers for comfort. Total length in miles, roundtrip: 6 miles; Approximate duration time: 6 hours; Level of difficulty: Moderate/difficult; bring a lunch; dogs are not permitted. Pre registration required by 4/27 to bodyworx@catkill.net or 845-586-3101. 

From Route 28 in Margaretville, go a half mile west of the blinking light (Bridge St.) and turn north at the intersection by the auction house (Fair St.). Meet at the car wash on the right.

· Friday, May 3 10 AM - Trail Building on the hiking trail portion of the Andes Rail Trail.   We will be building out a one mile hiking trail to extend the current 1 mile Andes Rail Trail.  We'll cut small brush, whack blackberries and do some sidehilling to level the trail.  Wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes, bring work gloves, water and food and dress in layers for comfort. Dogs are not permitted.  If you have them, bring mattocks, loppers,  weed wacking tools.  There will be tools to borrow for those who do not have them. Pre registration required by 5/1 to annroberti@yahoo.com or 845-676-3643.  

Join the Andes Rail Trail Team at the trailhead on Cabin Hill Road in Andes, just past the flashing light on Rt 28.    


· Friday, May  10, 9:30AM - Big Pond to Alder Lake, Part 2
Come and join us for a Trail Maintenance Hike from Big Pond to Alder Lake.  This is our second trip there this spring.  We'll concentrate on blackberry bushes, putting up markers where needed and cleaning up anything we missed on the first trip when many downed trees were cut. With lots of people we can make short work of it.   Bring tools and thick gloves. This moderately difficult trek is about 2.5 miles.  We'll spot a car at Alder Lake before the hike. Meet at the upper parking lot just past Big Pond at 9:30 am. Bring lunch or snacks. No dogs please because of the tools involved. Group size is limited to 20. Register with Ann Roberti at annroberti@yahoo.com or Bob Moses:rmoses@delhitel.net or 607-746-3645. 
 
· Sunday, May 12 at 10AM-4PM - Intro to Trail Maintenance
This one-day training session covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Through both classroom and field study, students will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail. Students will spend the morning in a classroom environment and then head out into woods for hands-on instruction. Be prepared to spend the afternoon on the trail as part of the field training. Students will return to the classroom to wrap up the workshop, enjoy refreshments and evaluate their experience. Wear your hiking boots; pack plenty of water; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome to attend to learn about the Trail Conference and how we maintain trails in the Catskill Park. Please register to attend. 

Contact: jsenterman@nynjtc.org
Venue: Catskill Mountains - Windham at the Copper Kettle Cottages, Windham, NY
 
· Saturday, May 25  11:00am "Meet and Greet" with Jeff Senterman of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor, followed by a hike to Trout Pond. Throughout the day learn about Catskill trail maintenance, hiking and maps.  Jeff is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Trail Conference and also a Board Member of the Catskill Mountain Club. Please RSVP to Morgan Outdoors at 845 439 5507, Jeff at 518 703 1196 or email to jsenterman@nynjtc.org

· Monday June 3rd through Friday, June 7th Join the Finger Lakes Trail Alley Cat crew and the CMC for the second phase of our trail reroute around the Cannonsville Reservoir.  The Alley Cat crew which annually takes on 3-5 major building projects, will be constructing a new 5 mile trail section on the south side of the Reservoir using the old abandoned O & W RR bed. For more information contact Rick Roberts at 607 746-9694 or hikerrick2000@yahoo.com or visit the FLTC website at http://www.fingerlakestrail.org/.
 
· Sunday, June 26  11am - 2 pm Hike and maintain the Touch-Me-Not Trail between Little Pond and Big Pond, followed by optional swim in Big Pond.  Bring bag lunch and work gloves. 
RSVP to Morgan Outdoors at 845 439 5507, Jeff at 518 703 1196 or email jsenterman@nynjtc.org
 
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