Thursday, November 5, 8:00 AM | Southern Pine Hill – West Branch Trail Maintenance to Big Indian Mountain

The CMC Roving Crew and our friends from the Rip van Winkle Hikers will be working on the southern end of the Pine Hill – West Branch Trail on October 29.  Join us for this maintenance hike from the Biscuit Brook trailhead to Big Indian Mountain. We’ll be doing the usual, removing any downed limbs and trees from the trail, cleaning waterbars out and pruning back anything that is growing into the trailbed. Bring your loppers and pruners and a longer blade folding saw if you have one. No tools, no problem: we have plenty to supply you.

Be sure to bring plenty of water, at least a couple of quarts, and lunch and snacks. You’ll want good hiking boots. No dogs due to safety concerns. About nine miles out and back. Rain cancels.

Contact: Register by the evening of October 28 to wendell@catskillmountainclub.org to let me know if you plan to come. If you need to cancel, let me know by 7:30 AM on Thursday. You can also call me at 845-586-6273.

Directions: Drive south from SR 28 in Big Indian for about 12.6 miles to the Biscuit Brook P.A. on CR47 / Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. (Past the Slide Mtn. P.A.)

Blue Hole Litter Pick Up, One last clean-up!!! | Sunday October 25th 1 to 3pm

Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead
Some of the litter cleaned up from the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at a prior litter pickup event!

The Catskill Conservation Corps will be leading volunteers in a litter pickup and trail cleanup along the Peekamoose/Sundown Road near the Blue Hole, Peekamoose Trailhead and Sundown Primitive Camping area.  The work trip will be from 1 to 3pm and volunteers will be removing litter from along the roadside, trails, campsites and vicinity.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail work activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; and bring work gloves.  The Catskill Watershed Corporation is graciously donating trash bags and work gloves for the work trip.  Thank you to our friends at the Catskill Watershed Corporation!

We will be meeting at the Peekamoose Mtn. Trailhead.

The public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part.

No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Come help build the new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center | Saturday, October 24th 10 am to 3pm

On Saturday October 24th from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the Catskill Interpretive Center that will bring hikers and visitors from the Catskill Interpretive Center, across a stream and up the slope to a future viewpoint

On this trip the Trail Crew  will be clearing the trail route and beginning to construct portions of the trail. Work will include clearing, sidehilling (digging into the hillside to create a bench for the trail) and tread construction.

This work trip is part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference.  The goal of the ongoing workshops and work trips will be held to build an interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and train volunteers in trail building skills.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.

The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The work will begin at
5114 New York 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457
GPS Coordinates: 42.027633, -74.268607

Driving Directions: Turn off of Route 28 at the Catskill Park Information sign onto the Interpretive Center roadway, drive past the information kiosk, cross the bridge and enter the circular part of the road. The trail crew will be entering the woods at the north side of the circle near the small sign-in booth. Parking is available along the circle.

Peekamoose – Table Trail Maintenance Day | October 18th

PEEKAMOOSE-TABLE TRAIL MAINTENANCE DAY

Please join the Catskill 3500 Club on Oct 18th for their fall trail maintenance day! Help us keep the beautiful Peekamoose-Table Trail clear and safe for the enjoyment of all. Bring work gloves and your favorite trail maintenance tools (the Club will also have tools available). It’s fun work and a great way to help the Club and the hiking community. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Sign up is required and space is limited. Contact David Bunde at trailmaint@catskill-3500-club.org for more information and to register. Thank you!

3500 club

Come build trail at the new Catskill Interpretive Center! Volunteers needed! | Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th 10am to 3pm

On Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the Catskill Interpretive Center that will bring hikers and visitors from the Catskill Interpretive Center, across a stream and up the slope to a future viewpoint

On this trip the Trail Crew  will be clearing the trail route and beginning to construct portions of the trail. Work will include clearing, sidehilling (digging into the hillside to create a bench for the trail) and tread construction.

This work trip is part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference.  The goal of the ongoing workshops and work trips will be held to build an interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and train volunteers in trail building skills.

Please make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and our trail building activities; pack plenty of water to stay hydrated; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.

The public is welcome to join us and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

The work will begin at
5114 New York 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457
GPS Coordinates: 42.027633, -74.268607

Driving Directions: Turn off of Route 28 at the Catskill Park Information sign onto the Interpretive Center roadway, drive past the information kiosk, cross the bridge and enter the circular part of the road. The trail crew will be entering the woods at the north side of the circle near the small sign-in booth. Parking is available along the circle.

For more information, visit the Trail Conference’s event page for this work trip.

Free Introduction to Trail Maintenance Workshop! | Saturday, November 14th 10 to 2

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 join the Catskill Conservation Corps and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on trails

The Forest as Classroom
The Forest as Classroom

around Livingston Manor as they teach you about the basics of trail maintenance in the Catskills.  You’ll learn what goes into keeping the hundreds of miles of Catskills trails open and discover how you can get involved in being a steward of the Catskills.

At this free workshop on the trail from 10am to 2pm, our instructor and Trail Conference Trails Chair, Will Soter, will be teaching attendees the basics of trail safety, what tools are needed for the job, and you’ll be hiking the trail learning how maintainers clear back brush and weeds and remove fallen trees from the trail.

Through the field work, participants will learn about the assessment of trail conditions, clearing, trail marking, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.

Be prepared to spend the day on the trail as part of the field training. Make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and trail work; bring a bag lunch; pack plenty of water and snacks; and bring work gloves.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.  Please register using the form on the Trail Conference Website so we have an accurate count for the course.

Intro to Shelter/ Lean-to Maintenance | Sunday, November 8th 10am to 2pm

The Trail Conference and the Catskill Conservation Corps will be hosting this workshop that is open to the public and will provide information on Catskill Park Lean-tos, the Trail Conference’s volunteer maintenance effort of those lean-tos and the work that the Trail Conference is doing in the Catskill Mountains.  The workshop will take place at Elm Ridge Lean-to near Windham.

This workshop will cover the skills necessary to maintain a shelter (lean-to) so that it is ready for use by campers and is harmonious to its surroundings. Students will learn how to do an assessment of the overall shelter condition, cleaning and clearing the area, the proper use of tools and how to report the shelters condition. The entire workshop will be held at the Elm Ridge Lean-to for some hands-on experience.

No previous experience is necessary and beginners are welcome.  The workshop is free to attend and open to the public, however you must register.

All participants should wear sturdy hiking boots, snacks and plenty of water for the hike.Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the morning.  You should bring your own bag lunch to eat while at the lean-to.

For more information and to register please visit http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-shelterleanto-maintenance-trail-u-1021