Category Archives: Trail Crew

Spring Cleaning at the Mink Hollow Lean-to on Sunday, May 17, 2015

IMG_2467The Catskills Trail Crew and the Catskill Conservation Corps will be working at the Mink Hollow Lean-to to relocate the privy to a new location. The crew will also be doing maintenance work as necessary around the lean-to site.  That work will include cleaning the lean-to, maintaining official camp-sites and removing any litter that may have accumulated over the winter.

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; bring work gloves; and bring a bag lunch.  The lean-to is located a few miles in from the trailhead, so crew members will have to hike to the work site.

The public is welcome to join the crew.  No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Help Improve the Kaaterskill Falls Trail on June 15, 2015

KaaterskillFallsJoin the Catskill Conservation Corps and the Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew on the Kaaterskill Falls Trail as we work to improve this trail.

On this trip we will be working to maintain existing trail structures between Route 23a and Kaaterskill Falls.

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

The public is welcome to join us. No experience is necessary, we will provide the tools and the training on site before we get started.

Registration

Registration is required for this event.  Please call 518-628-4243 or complete the form below:

Long Path Trail Maintenance | Saturday, April 11, 2015

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference‘s Catskills Trail Crew will be conducting spring trail maintenance activities on the Long Path where it travels through the Sundown Wild Forest in the southern Catskills.

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

Free Introduction to Trail Maintenance Workshop April 12 in Fleischmanns

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail
Trail maintenance work gets you outside and on the trail! The Intro to Trail Maintenance workshop teaches you what you need to know to get involved as a volunteer trail maintainer in the Catskills!

The Trail Conference‘s Second Sundays at Spillian series continues with a free workshop on the basics of trail maintenance in the Catskills on Sunday, April 12 from 1pm to 4pm.

This workshop will provide participants with the skills necessary to properly clear, maintain and improve a hiking trail so it is easily passable for fellow hikers and the trail itself is harmonious with the environment. Through a few hours of field work, attendees will learn assessment of trail conditions, trail clearing, trail marking, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on trail that they ware working on.

Be prepared to spend a few hours on the trails around Spillian as part of this workshop.  Make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and trail work; pack plenty of water; and bring work gloves.

Refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public. Please register on the Trail Conference’s website so they can maintain an accurate headcount for the event.

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

About the Presenters:

Will SoterWill Soter is the Trail Conference’s Trails Chair for the southern Catskills, CEO and Lead Guide of Upstate Adventure Guides,  and a registered New York State Guide.  Will has years of experience exploring and hiking throughout the Catskills and as a guide, he strives to provide a superior level of wilderness guidance, while maximizing the visitor’s experience.

Heather RollandHeather Rolland is an avid Catskills hiker, on staff with the Trail Conference as the Catskills Program Coordinator, a member of the Board of Directors of the Catskill 3500 Club and is currently working on her Catskills All Trails Patch.

Adirondack Mountain Club offering volunteer opportunities in the Catskills this summer

adk-logoSince 1986 the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has been hosting volunteers to participate in trail projects. In that time over 10,000 volunteers have taken part in maintaining the trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. ADK’s volunteer program is not just about the trails though. They can be certain that all 10,000+ volunteers who participated in the ADK volunteer program left with a sense of stewardship for the New York State Wild Forest and Wilderness areas. They know firsthand how much hard work, and how rewarding it is to keep our parks in tip-top shape.

The ADK will always remain dedicated, not only to continue with our volunteer program, but also to look for ways to expand and improve upon it. It is with that attitude that they decided to double the amount of volunteer opportunities next summer. The additional projects will focus on the trails in the Adirondack Park’s Eastern High Peaks and in the Catskill Park.

This year the work in the Catskills will consist of two 5-day high school volunteer outings. Students aged 14-17 will participate in hardening eroded sections of trail on Wittenberg Mountain and on the Mary’s Glen Trail. The participants will be camping at either the North and South Lake State Campground or the Woodland Valley State Campground.  Volunteers are welcome to join us for some or all of the work as we take care of the trails of the Catskills.

DSC_0464 copyThe first project will run from July 29th-August 3rd on the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail.  The work will focus on installing drainage structures, and rock steps on the lower sections of the trail. The second project will run from August 5th-10th on the Mary’s Glen trail near North and South Lake.  The work will focus on installing stepping stones, and drainage structures on the lower sections of the trail.

For more information regarding all of ADK’s volunteer opportunities please visit www.adk.org.

To indicate your interest in this work complete the form below.  We will send your information to ADK and they will contact you to let you know how you can get involved.

 

Catskill Conservation Corps volunteers build trail at future site of Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail work at the Catskill Interpretive CenterOn Sunday, September 21, 2014 The Catskill Conservation Corps partnered with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and hosted volunteers at the Catskill Interpretive Center site to help build what will become a new interpretive hiking trail at the Center when it opens in 2015.

The work trip was led by experienced leaders of the Trail Conference, who together with the volunteers, were able to construct over 100 feet of new trail climbing the hillside between the site of the Center and a vista and picnic area that will be created at the crest of the hillside above.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew will continue to build and develop this new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development of the Catskill Interpretive Center. Due to the location of the trail, much of the ongoing work will include side-hilling and tread construction. Future work will also include crib wall construction, trail surfacing and the construction of a bridge near the start of the trail. The trail is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015.

This work trip was part of a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper. The workshops and work trips are being held to both build the interpretive hiking trail on the property that will be open to the public for hiking and to train volunteers in trail construction techniques for future trail crew projects in the Catskills.

The public is always welcome to join the Catskills Trail Crew on the work site and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to join the Catskills Trail Crew. No experience is necessary, and the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before they get started. To see the schedule of work trips at the Catskill Interpretive Center, visit the Trail Conference’s Trail Crew calendar at www.nynjtc.org/view/trail-crew-outings.

Interested in volunteering with a Trail Crew or otherwise getting involved with Trail Work in the Catskills?  Be sure to visit our Volunteer Page and sign up today.  We will contact you with information on ongoing projects and how you can get involved in trail building and trail maintenance in the Catskills.

Press Release & Announcement 

Volunteers needed for trail construction at Catskill Interpretive Center Site on Sunday, September 21

IMG_1661-CIC Trail WorkOn Sunday, September 21st from 10am to 3pm, the Catskills Trail Crew will be working on constructing a new trail at the site of the future 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.

Press Release for Event

Photos from prior work trips on the Interpretive Center trails:

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail

Trails begin to take shape at Catskill Interpretive Center

Trail Crew members cleared the route of the new trail
Trail Crew members cleared the roughly half mile route of the new trail during the work trip on August 10, 2014

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference‘s Catskills Trail Crew began this past Saturday (August 10, 2014) building a new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development and construction of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper along Route 28.

On this trip the crew cleared the trail route so on future trips, the crew can dive right into the construction of this trail.  Future work will include side-hilling, crib wall construction, stone step construction and the construction of a bridge.

The trail will leave the north side of the field where the Interpretive Center will be built, cross a small stream and then begin ascending a roughly 300 foot bluff.  At the top of this bluff will be a cleared picnic area, which will also host a fire tower and a replica observers cabin as part of the Interpretive Center.  The entire trail will be just over a half a mile in length, but will require construction throughout most of its length.

This work trip was the first in a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference and by the Catskill Conservation Corps.  Future workshops and work trips will be held to finish building the interpretive hiking trail and teach skills related to the trail and bridge construction that will be required.  Once finished, the trail will become part of the Catskill Interpretive Center and be open to the public.  The Trail Conference expects that the trail will be complete and ready for hiking in the Spring of 2015.

The Trail Conference’s Trail Crew will next be working on the site on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  If you’re interested in helping, 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, as the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before you get started.

Do you want to sign up to get involved with Trail Crews in the Catskills?  Complete our Volunteer Form and be sure to indicate that you are interested in Trail Crews!

Trail Work Selfie Time!
Trail Crew Selfie Time!