Category Archives: Trail Crew

Help Stain Kelly Hollow Lean-to | Nov. 2nd

kelly-hollowCome out on Nov. 2nd to help us stain the Kelly Hollow Lean-to helping to protect it for all to enjoy!  The trip is open to everyone who would like to help or learn more about lean-tos in the Catskills.  No experience is needed, we will teach you everything you need to know.  All tools and safety gear will be provided.

We will be meeting at 9:30am off of Mill Brook Road and hiking in with all materials.  Please wear sturdy footwear, bring lots of water and snacks as well as pack a lunch.

For more information or to sign up please fill out form below:


Echo Lake Lean-to Rehab | November 9th – 11th

echo-lakeThe Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, ask for acvolunteers to join as we rehabilitate this well used backcountry structure, scheduled for the week of November 9th through the 11th,  at Echo Lake Leanto, in the Indian Head Wilderness from 8am to 4pm.  The work will consist of installing a new roof, a new privy and stainging the leanto. The crew will meet each morning at the Meade’s Mt trailhead, in Shady, NY.  The workshop is open to volunteers interested in helping repair, and rebuid the lean-to.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is working to repair and replace many of the lean-tos in the Catskill Forest Perserve. The Echo Lake project is a great example of a lean-to that will be rehabilitated to extend the life of the backcountry shelter.

Volunteers should be sure to wear 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. Participants should expect to hike, and carry tools 3 miles to the work site. There is an option for volunteers to camp, as the project will  take place over the course of 3 days.

The Catskill Conservation Corps (Catskill CC) is a partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, whose volunteers maintain a network of more than 2,000 miles of trails, including more than 200 miles in the Catskills. The Catskill CC aims to increase and support volunteer contributions on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.

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Elm Ridge Leanto Rehab

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Join the Catskills Trail Crew, as we perform routine upkeep on the Elm Ridge Leanto. Participants should wear clothing that can get dirty, as we will be staining the leanto on this trip. Volunteers should bring water, snacks, and a lunch.

Contact name:

Will Soter

Contact email:

Contact phone:

(518) 628-4243

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:

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:

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.

Interested in Helping Build a New lean-to?

We will be starting prep work for the new leanto’s being built here in the Catskills starting this Friday at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY.  We will be removing the bark from the logs and other prepping activities.

Construction of the leantos will continue most every week  until completed in there new locations.  We are replacing the German Hollow Lean-to as well as the Batavia Kill Lean-to.

For more information or to register please email Doug Senterman at