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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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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Wallpapers 01 – Catskills Summits

Please enjoy this collection of Catskills wallpapers for your desktop computer. This set contains 16 images of Catskills summits.

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PSA: How Long Does Trash Last on the Trail?

Many people don’t know how long it takes natural items to decompose, assuming that whatever biological matter they discard will break down quickly. But many of our most common scraps take an astonishing amount of time to fully disintegrate…

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DEC Update on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment

Approximately 2,500 hemlock trees were treated to kill any present HWA and protect from any future infestations.

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Tackling High Use & Overuse in New York’s Forest Preserves

Problems and solutions for tackling high use and overuse in New York's forest preserves.

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When Does Hiking Season End in the Catskills?

Learn how to extend your hiking into the fourth — and greatest! — hiking season. Catskills hiking never ends…

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PSA: Cairns Are Bad

TL;DR — Building cairns disturbs fragile, sensitive habitats and stresses whatever environment they’re built in. I didn’t know people also built them in streams…

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DEC Announces Addition of 241 Acres to Catskill Forest Preserve

This has been some time in the planning. It’s great news for the area just east of the Ashokan Reservoir. The new parcel sits between Jockey Hill and Onteora Lake. Its acquisition connects all three parcels, and allows for the the construction of connecting trails to unify the area.

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The Fried Chicken War of 1881

This weird news clipping popped up in my Catskills Twitter feed today and sent me down an internet rabbit hole full of ding-dong Catskills drama. Oh, the shade!

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The Great Twin Reroute Controversy of 2019

Until the middle of 2019, the trail from Pecoy Notch to the northern summit of Twin Mountain included a difficult rock ledge that required a semi-technical lift. The lift itself depended on a single tree root as a handhold. It was super fun.

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The Best Hiking Apps Right Now

The best hiking apps broken into four categories: navigation/planning, field identification, photography, and fun. Whether you enjoy easy scenic trails or challenging mountain hikes, these apps will help you plan, plot and prepare for your next adventure.

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Winter Essentials Cheat Sheet

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