Category Archives: Trail Building

Wood Crib Wall and Stair Construction | May 28th thru May 30th | 9am to 4:30pm

It is open and free to all those interested in learning and building wood crib wall!   Learn when and how to construct wood crib walls and stairs to support a tread way or retain a hillside. In this workshop, attention will be paid to key design requirements such as achieving solid points of contact, batter, and eliminating running joints.  This course is suited for all levels, from beginner to experienced crew members.  We will be working on 3 different sets of walls and stairs, from straight and straight forward to sections of wall with features such as convex and concave curves, multi tier tall wall.  Everyone will have a chance to learn and build a section of wall.

Please be sure to bring plenty of water and pack a lunch.  Come out for an hour or stay for the whole day!

To sign up please visit: http://nynjtc.org/view/workshops

Thursday, May 26, 9 AM | Building the Porcupine Caves Trail on Bramley Mountain

The Porcupine Caves Trail, last of the three trails being constructed on Bramley Mountain, is well on it’s way to completion – the route is laid out, the blowdown and views are cut, the clearing is done, much of the sidehilling is done and a bit of step setting has be completed.

For more information or to sign up for this great work trip and trail building opportunity please contact the Catskill Mountain Club at: http://catskillmountainclub.org/events/thursday-may-26-9-am-building-the-porcupine-caves-trail-on-bramley-mountain/#more-4253

Be Part of History in the Catskills: Help Build a New Trail

Enjoy an afternoon in the Catskills: Help build a trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center!

We’re building a new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center, and we need your help! No trail-building experience is necessary, and all skill levels are invited to participate. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Come for an hour or stay for the day and help build the new trail that will ultimately lead to the summit of Mt. Tobias.

Who: Everyone who loves trails!

Where: Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457. Call Catskills Program Coordinator Doug Senterman at 518.497.5319 for details about joining the event.

When: Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Why: The long-awaited Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) finally opened its doors last July. Decades in the making, the CIC was created to be a destination for all things Catskills.

“For too long the Catskill State Park was one of the only major state or national parks in the country without an Interpretive Center. I was determined to change that. It’s critically important to have a place where residents and visitors can learn about our unique natural, historical, and cultural resources. It will help preserve our rich heritage, keep our local economies strong, and our quality of life intact.”

— Hon. Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, US Rep. 1993 – 2013

We’re building trails on the site to help make it a true Catskills experience. Help make history–join us in building a new trail!

Pre-registration is not required.

Help Build New Trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center!

13007084_1009065862482073_9079382725284245178_nWe will be working on the new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt Tremper, NY which is right off the parking lot and has access to the building with restrooms.  The trail is a great opportunity to learn how to build a more complex than normal trail here in the Catskills!  The trail starts on the far side of the new bridge and continues up to a picnic area, this is phase 1 of the trail.  Instruction will be provided and no experience is necessary.

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; and bring a bag lunch.

Work trips will occur every Friday (April 15th thru June 3rd) from 10am to 4pm, come for as long or as short as you want. There will be weekend work dates as well as other weekdays and those will be announced as they are determined.

For more information and to register please contact Doug Senterman, Catskill Conservation Corps Program Coordinator by email

Registration is not required but recommend.

Free Trail Building Workshop | April 10th

Learn to build trail from a professional trail builder!

Learn how to create a sustainable side hill trail that will last for decades. Principles of modern trail building will be taught in the field by our professional trail builder.

We will be working on the new trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt Tremper, NY which is right off the parking lot and has acess to the building with restrooms.

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; and bring a bag lunch.

Sunday April 10th from 9 to 5

For more information and to register please visit: http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-trail-construction-side-hill-construction-trail-u-1081

I Love My Park Day at the Catskill Interpretive Center | May 7th

Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact Ian Dunn via email or phone: 845-256-3083

Location: Catskill Interpretive Center

Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 4:00 PM

To register please visit: http://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day/events

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.