Category Archives: Trail Maintenance

Cross Cut Saw Workshop! | Saturday May 28th | 9 – 4

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites volunteers to learn how to use and maintain a two man cross cut, scheduled for Saturday May 28th at the Interpretive Center  in Mount Tremper.  The workshop will be led by Martin Dodge. Martin is a veteran member of the NY State Lumberjack Association, and a master pioneer craftsman. The workshop is open to volunteers interested in joining a sawyer crew.

The Trail Conference’s Catskills Trail Crew is establishing a sawyer crew to assist in the removal of large trees from recreational trails, in the wilderness areas. This crew my also be called upon to assist with fallen trees after major wind or storm events.

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.

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.

Catskill Mountain Club’s Maintenance of the Mill Brook Ridge Trail | Thursday, April 21, 9:30 AM

This great trail has been neglected for a few years and needs attention! The trail connects Alder Lake and Balsam Lake Mountain via the Mill Brook Ridge, which is just a bit under 3500′ itself. It’s a great hike, but the trail has become overgrown, especially in its mid-section. We’ll hike in from both the Alder Lake trailhead and from the Beaverkill Rd. trailhead, working until we meet. Please give us a hand and we’ll put tjis trail back in shape. Happily, our friend and crew member Terry Shultz has agreed to adopt the trail, so when we’ve finished it’ll stay in good shape.


As usual, we have tools to lend. If you prefer to bring a favorite, we’ll especially need loppers and shears. If you have a good quality, light weight saw. such as a Silky, please bring it. This is a nine mile trail, so bring plenty to drink and eat. Wear good hiking boots and bring work gloves.


Rain postpones until Friday, April 22. No dogs due to safety concerns. 

This worktrip is part of the Catskill Mountain Club’s annual maintenance crew work.  To find out about more great events and trips the Catskill Mountain Club has to offer please visit 


To register, contact Wendell George at or 845-586-6273 by Tuesday, April 5. If you need to cancel, call by 8 AM Thursday.  For further information please visit:


Directions: Meet at the old Turnwood General Store on Beaver Kill Rd., just east of the intersection of Big Pond Rd./ Barkaboom Rd.


From SR 28/30 in Margaretville, drive west about 2 miles to Reservoir Rd. Turn left and then bear right, following the road along the south shore of the Pepacton Reservoir for 8.3 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn left and go 5.8 miles to Beaver Kill Rd./ CR 54.


From SR 28 in Andes, go west on Main St. briefly and turn south onto Tremperskill Rd./CR 1.  Drive 8 miles to SR 30 and turn right, crossing the the Shavertown Bridge. Turn east (left) immediately after crossing and drive 2.2 miles to Barkaboom Rd. Turn south and go 5.8 miles to Beaver Kill Rd./CR 54..


From Livingston Manor, take Old Rte. 17 north 1.3 miles to Beaverkill Rd. Take a right and drive 10.9 miles to Turnwood.

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:

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:

Free Introduction to Lean-to Maintenance Workshop

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.

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.