Platte Clove Road barrier locked open

Is Platte Clove Road Open or Closed?

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed to traffic on its eastern end. Use this alternate route to the eastern Devil’s Path and Kaaterskill High Peak.

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Hiking Blister Prevention and Treatment

Say Goodbye to Blisters: Your Complete Guide to Prevention & Treatment

Prevent and treat hiking blisters with these essential tips.

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How to Winter Hike: The Essential Roundup

If you’ve never hiked in winter, this is a great page to get started on your winter hike journey.

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Sean Dix Range

Why Turning Around is the Boldest Move

Press on or turn back? This split second decision can be life-altering.

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How to use a map and compass for hiking

How to Use a Compass

This short step-by-step guide makes the process straightforward and enjoyable.

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The 10 Essentials: What to Pack for Every Hike

The 10 Essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry.

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Rattlesnakes in the Catskills: A Hiker’s Guide

Everything you need to know about rattlesnakes in the Catskills.

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Black Fly Season Means Black Fly Bites

When to watch for black flies, how best to avoid them, how to repel them, and how to treat super-itchy black fly bites.

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Tick Season Tactics for Hikers

Tick season sucks. When to worry, where to look, how to avoid, the best ways to prevent, and how to treat any tick bites you find.

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Advice for Solo Female Hikers: Persist

Women hikers often face pushback for heading into the wilderness alone. It’s time to call it what it is.

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Survivor Bias

Survivor bias in hiking is a safety issue. So is an optimism bias.

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27 Unbeatable Winter Hiking Tips

Hate the coldest season? With a little extra gear and prep, and these winter hiking tips, you can stay warm and dry and hike into the wilderness for an incredible adventure.

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How to Plan Your First Sunrise Hike

What to bring, when to go, what to expect. Everything you need to know.

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Kaaterskill Falls 7316 hiking trail

How Cold is Too Cold to Hike?

Here are 6 things you need to think about: weather, comfort, safety, frostbite, hypothermia, and gear.

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Essential Winter Hiking Gear Checklist

Grab this essential winter hiking gear checklist and stay safer on the hills this winter.

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Top 6 Hiking Dangers

With some basic knowledge and gear, mountain hiking is rarely dangerous. However, without adequate prep, things can turn ugly quickly. 

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