Dry Brook Ridge

The Dry Brook Ridge Trail stretches from Margaretville to Hardenburgh. We will focus on a short stretch just outside of Margaretville. This section of the trail features moderate hiking and spectacular views. More...

Posted 10/11/2016 10:27 PM

Red Hill Fire Tower

The hike itself it relatively easy and short in comparison to a typical Catskills’ high peak hike. This makes it a great hike for children or someone looking to get started hiking in the Catskills. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 08:54 PM

Cornell Mountain

Right at the mid point on the legendary Burroughs Range is a trail named for Catskills’ native son, John Burroughs. Burroughs frequently traversed this range, spending many nights in a camp on Slide Mountain. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 09:48 PM

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Andes Rail Trail

With the recent completion of the Bramley Mountain Trail, and the upcoming Andes Day celebration, I thought I should select a nice hike right in Andes.  More...

Posted 8/9/2016 08:41 PM

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The hike to Dutcher Notch from Colgate Lake is rarely done because it never reaches a peak. This route is sometime used as an approach or exit when hiking the Escarpment to the Blackhead Range. More...

Posted 7/26/2016 10:44 PM

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Long Pond

There are several ways to hike to Long Pond. My favorite way to hike there is from the snowmobile trail just past the Willowemoc Campgrounds on Flugertown Road. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

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Kaaterskill Falls is perhaps one of the Catskills most widely known, and heavily visited attractions. When you visit the majestic two-tier waterfall (the tallest tiered waterfall in the state) you will quickly understand why. More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

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Slide Mountain Loop by Will Soter

Slide Mountain is the tallest peak in the Catskills, and one of the peaks along the legendary Burroughs Range. More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

From the Forest

For Every Drop

During the fall is a time when I do a lot of thinking, sitting, and remaining still. High up in a tree is where I like to be, waiting for a deer to arrive at just the right time. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Ready To Go

ON THE JOB — Belleayre Mountain ski patroller Jack Jordan was on the job Monday afternoon. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 07:19 PM

Upstate Adventure Guide leader addressed Andes

Wonders of hiking, camping in region were highlighted

Having moved from Connecticut to Kingston 16-years ago, Will Soter started hiking in the Catskill Mountains. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 06:14 PM

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Onteora Lake (Red Trail Loop)

This hike begins at the lower parking area near the shore-access path for Onteora Lake, that I mentioned in last week’s article about the Yellow Loop Trail. More...

Posted 10/6/2015 09:32 PM

Mt. Utsayantha offers hikers a unique view

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With a view unlike any other in the Catskills, Mt. More...

Posted 9/15/2015 08:40 PM

Overlook Mtn. a popular hiking spot

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This is a well-traveled and popular hike, so if solitude is your goal, Overlook should not be your destination. More...

Posted 9/1/2015 09:06 PM

Trout Pond & Mud Pond hiking loop

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Mud Pond and Trout Pond, hiked as a loop, make for a wonderful day outdoors. There are opportunities for hiking, fishing, and swimming and there are some neat old remnants of the past waiting to be discovered. More...

Posted 8/19/2015 01:32 PM

Great views await at Red Hill Fire Tower

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The hike itself it relatively easy and short in comparison to a typical Catskills’ high-peak trek. This makes it a great hike for children or for someone who is new to hiking. More...

Posted 8/4/2015 10:57 PM

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Ashokan High Point hike worth the walk

The first section of the hike follows along abandoned Freeman Avery Road and climbs gradually for two and-seventenths miles, following the Kanape Brook for most of the way. More...

Posted 7/21/2015 07:48 PM

Shavertown Trail in Andes perfect terrain for all hikers

New trail offers moderate climb, reservoir views

The Shavertown Trail is a wonderful new trail that just about everyone can enjoy. The trail is relatively new, so if you haven’t had the chance to get out and enjoy it yet, I recommend you do. More...

Posted 7/8/2015 12:51 PM

Rochester Hollow offers easy hiking, lots of interesting viewing

Rochester Hollow Just off Route 28 in Shandaken is one of the Catskills’ best kept secrets. The Rochester Hollow Trail traverses an old road that parallels a tributary of Birch Creek as it climbs the side of Rose Mountain. More...

Posted 6/24/2015 09:12 AM

The Long Path

The Long Path starts in Fort Lee, NJ at the foot of the George Washington Bridge. The exact ending point is up for debate. More...

Posted 9/20/2016 08:08 PM

Rochester Hollow

Just off Route 28 in Shandaken is one of the Catskills’ best kept secrets. The Rochester Hollow Trail traverses an old woods road that parallels a tributary of Birch Creek as it climbs the side of Rose Mt. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 09:23 PM

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Bear Spring Center Loop

Bear Spring Mountain Campground is a great place to explore boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 08:38 PM

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This is a wonderful hike, right from the Village of Pine Hill. My imagination begins to wander into the past as I turn south on Mill Street crossing under the old stone arch railroad bridge. More...

Posted 8/2/2016 08:42 PM

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Blackhead Mountain

There are a handful of routes to approach Blackhead Mountain. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

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Arizona Mountain

Topping out at 3,450 feet, Arizona Mountain misses the cut to be a 3,500-foot Catskill high peak. However, this doesn’t mean that you should pass this hike by. More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

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Swimming hole and campgrounds   More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:55 PM

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The Escarpment Loop (from Schutt Rd.)

There are a multitude of hikes that can be taken from the Schutt Road Trailhead. I will focus on the Schutt Road, Escarpment Loop.  More...

Posted 5/31/2016 07:03 PM

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Apple Trees & Depression-Era Tactics

Spring is here. Yeah, it might snow here or there, or even fall below freezing, but spring is well underway. As spring settles in, the maple-sugaring season settles out throughout the region and state.  More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

Hikers start new year with nature walk at Mine Kill State Park

Open 365 days a year, New York State parks are there for all, offering year-round activity and the chance to get out into the great outdoors. At parks around the nation, the novelty idea of a First Day Hike, is taking root. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 08:00 PM

DEP announces 2,186 additional Watershed acres open for hunting

With New York’s hunting season underway, new or expanded access in four counties provides additional opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen.  More...

Posted 12/1/2015 10:03 PM

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Onteora Lake – Blue Loop

This week we’re back to Onteora Lake for one last adventure. This hike will start like the rest, in the lower parking area along the western shore of Onteora Lake. More...

Posted 10/13/2015 07:48 PM

The Phoenicia East Branch Trail

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The Phoenicia East Branch trail is also known as the Denning - Woodland Valley Road. In days gone by, this old carriage road was the route that connected Phoenicia to Clarryville. More...

Posted 9/22/2015 10:52 PM

Finger Lakes Trail - Cabot Mountain

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The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) is an incredible network of trails that cover roughly 986 miles and is still growing. Conceived in 1961 as a long-distance trail to span the length of New York, the main line is 575- miles long. More...

Posted 9/8/2015 10:08 PM

Take the Long Path for an interesting hike

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The Long Path starts in Fort Lee, NJ at the foot of the George Washington Bridge, and the exact ending point is up for debate. More...

Posted 8/25/2015 09:09 PM

Kelly Hollow Loop in Millbrook is interesting and family friendly

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This is possibly one of the most interesting and scenic short hikes in the Catskills. More...

Posted 8/19/2015 01:23 PM

The Windham High Peak Trail

Journey great intro to hiking Catskill Region

This hike is a great introduction to hiking the Catskill High Peaks. Windham High Peak is, in fact, the shortest of all the high peaks that has a maintained trail to its summit. More...

Posted 7/28/2015 09:02 PM

Get hooked on hiking at Codfish Point

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The trip starts by crossing a replica of an old wooden kingpost bridge, that spans the Plattekill Creek. The trail here is marked with both the aqua LP (Long Path) blazes and the blue diamond blazes of the Platte Clove Preserve. More...

Posted 7/15/2015 11:05 AM

Balsam Lake Mtn. hike has spectacular views

Pennsylvania can be seen on a clear day

Perched on top of 3,723 feet high Balsam Lake Mountain, the 47-and-a-half feet tall Balsam Lake fire tower is the highest point this far west, in the Cats- kills. More...

Posted 7/1/2015 10:14 AM

Huckleberry Loop Trail is wonderful & ambitious excursion for hiking fans

Excursion a good test for enthusiasts

The Dry Brook Ridge Trail stretches from Margaretville to Hardenburgh. We will focus on a short stretch just outside of Margaretville, This section of the trail features moderate hiking and spectacular views. More...

Posted 6/17/2015 09:07 AM