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Baxter Mountain Trail

Baxter Mountain Trail in the Adirondacks is on of the sweetest trails in Keene Valley. Baxter is also one of the most hike-able and scenic peaks in the area.

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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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Secrets of Samuels Point

A short but challenging bushwhack to the strange and beautiful summit of Samuels Point.

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Where are the Catskill Mountains?

The Catskill Mountains are located in New York State, south of Albany and west of the Hudson River.

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Kaaterskill Falls Fall Foliage 2022

Catskills Fall Foliage Report

The best Catskills Fall Foliage Report because it’s direct from the Catskills!

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Geo-Map of Trail Guides

This master geo-map lists my trail guides visually.

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6 Incredible Fall Foliage Hikes in the Adirondacks

When that Adirondack fall foliage hits, you don’t want to miss it. Here’s a selection of incredible hikes to view the ADK extravaganza.

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Hiking trail, Wittenberg, Catskills

When Does Hiking Season End?

Learn how to extend your hiking into the most spectacular season of all!

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KÜHL Hiking Pants (Review)

KÜHL kindly sent me two pairs of winter hiking pants to review. They‘re so good.

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5 Best Hiking Trails Near Woodstock

Here are the best hiking trails near Woodstock, New York. All kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy a deep nature excursion.

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Best Catskills Fall Foliage Hikes

When the fall foliage hits, the Catskills offer a true golden spectacle. Here are a the most popular Catskills hikes to view the autumn extravaganza.

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18 Amazing Western Catskills Hikes

Some of the best day hikes are only a few hours from New York City. The Western Catskills have it all!

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Camping in the Catskills: a Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Campouts

Camping in the Catskills? This comprehensive list of resources, regulations and gear tips will help get you ready for your first Catskills campout.

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Best Hiking Boots of 2022

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2022

Everything you’ll need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge safely.

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Hello, I’m Sean

I write independent hiking content to help hikers like you find amazing hikes in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Gunks, Hudson Highlands, Taconics and beyond.

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