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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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four of the best hiking boot brands in 2021

Best Hiking Boots & Brands

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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Secret Hike: Gunks in the Cats

A true bushwhack to a surprisingly Gunks-like patch in the heart of The Catskills.

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High Falls Conservation Area

Short, easy hiking trails wind through High Falls Conservation Area to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in New York.

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Inspiration Point (Catskills)

Inspiration Point in Kaaterskill Clove is one of the top scenic destinations in The Catskills.

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View of Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge at sunset from Anthony’s Nose

Anthony’s Nose from Camp Smith II

This route to the wonderful scenic lookout on Anthony’s Nose is gentler than the classic route from the north.

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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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Rooster Comb

The trail to Rooster Comb in the Adirondacks is relentlessly uphill but also quite short. Enjoy 3 fantastic lookouts, each more stunning that the last.

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Geo-Map of Trail Guides

This master geo-map lists my trail guides visually.

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16 Reasons to Hike Huckleberry Loop Trail

Is Huckleberry Loop Trail the most beautiful hike in The Catskills? This mile-by-mile guide walks you through it all.

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Lower Wolf Jaw from Route 73

Lower Wolf Jaw from Rooster Comb

The long hike out to Lower Wolf Jaw is steep and rugged, passing over Hedgehog Mountain. It also includes a very difficult slab rock scramble.

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Ashokan Rail Trail scenic water view

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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scenic view from Cross Mountain Meathook

Cross Mountain Meathook

A long, quiet, remote and insanely beautiful hike with epic views.

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scenic sunset view from Pakatakan Mountain

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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Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge Loop

The Nun-Da-Ga-O ridge is as magical as it is tough. Do not let these easy-sounding mileage and elevation stats trick you!

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Red Hill Fire Tower from Denning

This new route to Red Hill Fire Tower is a little longer and tougher than the classic route, but so much sweeter.

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