Join us for a guided hike of two of the trail-less Catskill 3500 foot peaks. This is a combination trailed hike and bushwhack. Both Fir and Big Indian Mountains require off-trail Continue reading
We had a group of 6 for this hike of Plateau and Sugarloaf mountains in the Catskills. We hiked the Devil’s Path over both summits. The ascents and descents on both sides of both mountains are very steep, but the weather was perfect for great views from the viewpoints. Towards the end of the hike we introduced the stone chair temple construction at Dibbles Quarry to some of the group who had not seen it before.
We had a full group of 12 hike the three peaks of the Blackhead Range on a beautiful autumn day following an early snowfall. Due to the trail conditions, we wore microspikes for the first time this season.
We hiked Halcott Mountain a beautiful fall day. For MK, this was #38; the next to last peak on his quest to earn his 3500 patch.
From the parking area we crossed the creek above the waterfall on the north branch of the Bushnellsville Creek. We continued through the cairn fields and then stayed on the north side of the next creek, paralleling it while climbing mainly towards the west-northwest.
We hiked Hunter Mountain and Leavitt Peak (also know as Southwest Hunter) on a warm early summer day. It was a sort of a belated Father’s Day hike as both of my sons came along and we had another father-daughter combination there as well. We hiked a loop starting on the Spruceton Trail and ending up back at Spruceton Road via the Devil’s Path and Diamond Notch trails.
We traversed the Burroughs Range from Woodland Valley State Campground to the Slide Mountain parking area on Route 47. Along the way we enjoyed the many viewpoints and short rock scrambles as we followed the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail over its namesake mountains. This is one of my favorite routes in the Catskills owing to those same views and scrambles. Continue reading
I guided MK to North Dome and Sherrill as part of his successful quest to complete the Catskill 3500 list. It was a rather warm late April day and the ground surprisingly dry for the spring. We started the bushwhack near the beaver pond by the turn in the Devil’s Path west of St Annes Peak.
I led a diverse group of 10 hikers including hiking club members and guests from a local boy scout troop on a challenging hike of Plateau and Sugarloaf Mountains. We followed the Devil’s Path from Notch Lake and completed the hike through Pecoy Notch.
This was a winter backpack from Fox Hollow to Giant Ledge. We hiked over Panther Mountain on the way to the campsite and the views were excellent. While hiking we saw lots of wildlife footprints in the snow, including bobcat and coyote.
The temperatures were in the mid teens when we set up our campsite, but warmed somewhat overnight along with a new dusting of snow while we were sleeping. Continue reading
A group of four of us hiked Peekamoose and Table Mountains on a warm July 4th weekend. At a little over 2600 feet elevation gain from the trailhead on Peekamoose Road, this is the greatest climb directly to a trailed summit in the Catskills, but it is a very nicely maintained trail with excellent viewpoints. Continue reading