Catskill Mountain Club schedules winter outings

Members of the Catskill Mountain Club love winter events. The open views, hushed woods and contrast-sharpening snow make winter in the Catskills unlike all other seasons.
To help celebrate winter, the club has scheduled a number of winter activities. Among them are:

Friday, Feb. 7 8:30 a.m. — Windham High Peak
Join CMC members and NYS licensed guides Will Soter and Alex Marra as they climb Windham High Peak to its stunning summit views of the Hudson Valley and, on a clear day, four mountain ranges. Hike along the Escarpment Trail over Burnt Knob on a through hike, starting and ending in the Black Dome Valley. Wear good boots and bring lunch and plenty of water. Dress in layers for your comfort. Weather conditions may vary greatly during the hike. It can be quite windy, and cold at the summit. Keep this is mind when selecting layers.
Additionally, a traction device, such as crampons or micro spikes, is required!  The hike is about seven miles. Moderately strenuous. Registration is limited to 11. Well-behaved dogs allowed. Register by February 6 by contacting CMC member Will Soter at upstateadventureguides@gmail.com or call 845 399-9948.
Directions: From SR 23 in Windham or SR 23A in Hunter turn onto CR 296. Travel to Maplecrest Road in Hensonville and turn east going 2.1 miles to Big Hollow Rd. Turn NE 1.8 miles to Peck Rd.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. — Cross Country Skiing at Mountain Trails
The Catskills have a great cross-country ski area located right in Tannersville. Mountain Trails has 35-kilometers of groomed, track-set trails with a nice variety of terrain and beautiful scenery. All levels of cross-country skiers can join us–we can break-up into different groups according to skill level.
Meet at 10 a.m. at the main lodge, it’s located on the west end of Tannersville, and plan to spend as much of the day as you would like. Mountain Trails charges a $20 track fee. Ski rentals are available for an additional charge. We will break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. For directions and ski area information visit www.mtntrails.com.
Lack of snow will cancel. Please sign-up by noon on Friday, Feb. 14, to confirm snow conditions. Contact: Jonathan Mogelever at jmogelever@gmail.com or call 586-2611.
Cost: $20.  No dogs. Bring lunch and something to drink, or a light lunch is available at the lodge.
Directions:  Mountain Trails is on Route 23A: on the west end of Tannersville—North side of the street. For detailed directions go to www.mtntrails.com.

Sunday, Feb. 16, 9:45 a.m. — Alder Lake to the Beaver Meadow
If you just like being out in the snow, this will be one of your favorite hikes. Rambling ups and downs, ruins, a gorgeous lake and a trek to Beaver Meadow. This is a wonderful snowshoe. Bring poles and micro spikes.  Plan to bring warm drinks, water and snacks. Dress in warm layers; you may want hand warmers. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Call for meeting time.
Poor weather will cancel this Catskill hike. (Call between 7-8 evening before hike for poor weather decisions). Limited registration opens two weeks before hike. Must leave a reachable phone number and full name, please. No email after Friday at 6:30 p.m., call thereafter at 845 216-2021.
Contact Deanna Felicetta at:  felicetta.deanna@gmail.com or 845 216-2021.
Directions: From the south/west the best access is old RT. 17 to State Rd 151/152 known as Johnson/Beaverkill Road. This will become State Rd 54. From the North take Baraboo Road past Big Pond to 54. At State Road 54 turn left and head NE. On 54 all will travel until reaching Turnwood. Here 54 makes a left turn north and becomes Alder Road. Travel a few miles until public road ends at Parking for Mary Smith Trail. Note that in winter park road is closed, so please do not plan on driving on from this point. Park at Alder Rd. Parking.
 
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Bushwhack on Mt. Pleasant
This mountain, though only a little over 2,800 feet high, is one of the best known in the Catskills due to its very visible location just to the west of Route 28 and the hamlet of the same name. The hike will be about four miles round trip and climb about 2,000 feet. The hike is a bushwhack and will be strenuous. Hikers should be experienced and bring snowshoes, micro spikes and full crampons. More details will be provided soon.
 
Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. — Hunter and Leavitt (SW Hunter)
On this great route, as varied as any, we will climb two of the Catskill’s 35 highest.  Hunter, at 4,040 feet, is the second highest of our mountains and is topped by one of the five restored fire towers in the Park. Needless to say, the views are spectacular. Leavitt, at 3,740 feet and the most recently designated “high peak”, requires a short bushwhack to find its summit. Our loop will take us up the Devil’s Path and down the Spruceton Trail for a distance of about nine miles, including the bushwhack. The hike is strenuous and will take about seven hours.
Proper footwear and clothing are a must for this hike. You will likely need snowshoes, micro spikes, and possibly full crampons. Dress in layers of wicking materials that can be easily taken off and put on. Wear a water and wind resistant outer layer. Hiking poles are suggested. Bring plenty of water or warm beverages and lunch. For more advice about winter hiking read this: http://catskillmountainclub.org/events/skills-and-info/
The group size is limited. Register no later than 6 p.m., March 7 with CMC board member Wendell George at: wendell@catskillmountainclub.org or 845 254-4546. If you need to cancel, please contact me before 7:30 a.m., March 8. Well-behaved dogs allowed – please contact me for approval.
Poor weather conditions will postpone this hike, so be sure to check your email or call the leader if inclement weather is forecast.
Directions: From either SR 28 in Shandaken or SR 23A in Lexington, turn onto CR 42 and go to Spruceton Road in West Kill. Turn east and travel 6.7 miles, almost to the end of the road. Note well: the large parking area is on the north (left) side of the road.