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Winter Gear

Special Report

Snowshoe Basics

What to look for, where to buy…

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Beautiful | Challenging | Fun AF

Catskills

Eagle from Seager

Dry Brook is uniquely challenging and magical

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Rugged | Fun | Beautiful

A quick, rugged ascent to truly great Catskills views

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Inexpensive Game Changers

Special Report

Hiking Gear Storage

Fun weekend project

Change Your Game

Mountain Meaning

HOME QUOTE

“We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven’t prepared.”

— Epictetus

Short | Easy | Spectacular

Catskills

Huckleberry Point

A short, easy hike to one of the greatest Catskills scenic views

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Survive and Thrive in the Cold

Special Report

Winter Hiking Gear

Make sure you have the winter hiking gear you need

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Short | Moderate | Stunning

Hike one of the most popular routes in the Catskills

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Easy | Beautiful | Scenic

My new favorite route to hike this beautiful mountain

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Easy | Beautiful | Memorable

One of the most beautiful trails in the Catskills

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Recommended Reads

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Snowshoe Basics

The number of snowshoe options is overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for, and where to get your first pair.

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Storage Bins for Hiking Gear

I sorted my growing jumble of hiking gear as a fun weekend project. With all my regular hike gear in a single box, I don’t have to worry I’m overlooking or forgetting anything. I spend less time preparing — which means more time doing.

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snowshoe trench in snow

Trail Terms: Winter Lingo

Once the cold weather sets in, you’ll start to see and hear these winter trail terms online in forums and social posts. Here’s what they all mean.

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How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

January 2021 had some spectacularly cold weather in the Catskills, with wind chills dipping close to -40°F / -40°C at summits. But how cold is too cold? Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

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Winter Day-Hike Essentials Checklist

Download this helpful PDF with explanatory notes and a handy winter day-hike essentials checklist.

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Microspikes & Trail Crampons – Winter Traction

This short post discusses the basic differences between cleats, microspikes, trail crampons, crampons, and snowshoes — and describes the safety benefits of each.

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Hiking News & Culture

Catskill Mountains Happy Hikers

Catskill Mountains Happy Hikers Facebook Group

A new social group has launched on Facebook that provides a much-needed positive social hub for Catskills hikers.

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New Red Hill Hiking Trail & Trailhead

The newly constructed Red Hill Fire Tower Trailhead is located in Ulster County on Denning Road in the Town of Denning is open for use.

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Doubletop & Graham CLOSED PERMANENTLY!

Latest info for hiking Graham & Doubletop. Please read. Important changes are being instituted…

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How to Make Pine Needle Tea

This article explains how to harvest various kinds of pine needles and turn them into deliciously distinctive teas in your kitchen — in just a few minutes!

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hand holding Shagbark Hickory bark

How to Make Shagbark Hickory Syrup at Home

This article describes how to harvest shagbark hickory bark sustainably to whip up a ridiculously tasty syrup at home.

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Platte Clove Road Access in Winter

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed at its eastern side. Here’s the alternate route to the Eastern Devil’s Path mountains and Kaaterskill High Peak.

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 Interactive Map of Hiking Trail Reports

The icons below are color-coded for difficulty: green, yellow, orange, red. Clicking on a pin will display the link to that hike report.

The Classic High Peaks

The Traditional List of Catskills Peaks Above 3500’

Most people start hiking the Catskills by climbing a few High Peaks: Indian Head, Slide Mountain & Balsam Lake are popular starting points. Here are the 35 summits you’ll need to bag if you want to join the 3500 Club.

Catskill High Peaks

The Best/Easiest Mountain Hikes

The Very Best Hikes You Can Do in the Catskill Park

These lists are a curated selection of the most rewarding hikes you can do in the Catskills: the best of the High Peaks, the best of the lower peaks, the best trails and bushwhacks. It’s an awesome time, every time.

Best Hikes Easy Hikes

Wilderness Safety Basics

Planning Tips, Kit Lists, Emergency Numbers

Start safely, hike well, and finish in one piece. Here’s everything you’ll need: your clothing, your kit, how to plan a safe hike in every season, the best apps, what to eat, what to bring. It’s all the advice in one place.

Stay Safe

Or Start Here…

With hundreds of miles of hiking trails and countless bushwhack routes, there are so many ways to hike the Catskill Mountains

Apart from the two lists above — the Classic High Peaks and the Best Catskill Hikes — you can also view a list of All Catskills or go directly to Easiest, Moderate, Difficult or Hardest peaks

Sorry I can’t make new mountains — but I add new hikes every week

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Latest Mountain Hiking Posts

All recent posts in chronological order

Catskill Mountains Happy Hikers Facebook Group

A new social group has launched on Facebook that provides a much-needed positive social hub for Catskills hikers.

Snowshoe Basics

The number of snowshoe options is overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for, and where to get your first pair.

Storage Bins for Hiking Gear

I sorted my growing jumble of hiking gear as a fun weekend project. With all my regular hike gear in a single box, I don’t have to worry I’m overlooking or forgetting anything. I spend less time preparing — which means more time doing.

Trail Terms: Winter Lingo

Once the cold weather sets in, you’ll start to see and hear these winter trail terms online in forums and social posts. Here’s what they all mean.

How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

January 2021 had some spectacularly cold weather in the Catskills, with wind chills dipping close to -40°F / -40°C at summits. But how cold is too cold? Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

New Red Hill Hiking Trail & Trailhead

The newly constructed Red Hill Fire Tower Trailhead is located in Ulster County on Denning Road in the Town of Denning is open for use.

Winter Day-Hike Essentials Checklist

Download this helpful PDF with explanatory notes and a handy winter day-hike essentials checklist.

Doubletop & Graham CLOSED PERMANENTLY!

Latest info for hiking Graham & Doubletop. Please read. Important changes are being instituted…

How to Make Pine Needle Tea

This article explains how to harvest various kinds of pine needles and turn them into deliciously distinctive teas in your kitchen — in just a few minutes!

How to Make Shagbark Hickory Syrup at Home

This article describes how to harvest shagbark hickory bark sustainably to whip up a ridiculously tasty syrup at home.

Twin Mountain via Jimmy Dolan Notch

This quick ascent to a gorgeous two-peaked Catskill ridge includes a fun, tricky rock scramble — and one of the truly great views in the Catskill Park.

Eagle Mountain from Seager

Not many people hike this way to Eagle but it’s the most beautiful route. The Seager Big Indian trail which passes along Dry Brook is uniquely challenging and magical.

Kaaterskill Falls via Kaaterskill Rail Trail – Upper Route

This is a short, super-easy hike to one of the most popular Catskills destinations. It includes views not seen by those who park closer to the falls, and is the perfect trail in winter for some easy snow-shoeing or cross country skiing.

Platte Clove Road Access in Winter

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed at its eastern side. Here’s the alternate route to the Eastern Devil’s Path mountains and Kaaterskill High Peak.

Belleayre via Lost Clove

This challenging out and back begins with one of the steepest trails in the Catskills, passes over two sub-peaks and visits two lean-tos on the way to a ski resort with a scenic view.

Mill Brook Ridge via Kelly Hollow

This is the shortest route to Mill Brook Ridge’s summit over public land. It includes a full loop of Kelly Hollow, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Catskills. A short-but-steep bushwhack connects the two locations.

 Mountain-Hiking.com

This site is currently an early version of what I hope will become a valuable resource for Catskills hikers over the next few years

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Okay, have a great hike! Hope to see you out there…

Sean

 

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Winter Essentials Cheat Sheet

This checklist is the perfect quick reference for your next winter hike