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Devil’s Path Rehab (Sugarloaf)

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Come join the Catskills Trail Crew as we construct 80′ of bog bridge, to protect a muddy and erroded section of the Devil’s Path. The crew will meet Friday, 4:00 PM at the end of Mink Hollow Rd, in Elka Park. If you are unable to join for the whole weekend, we will meet each morning at this location at 9:00 AM. Volunteers are asked to dress approiately, with sturdy footwear. Volunteers should also bring any  food and water the need for the stay. Those wishing to camp with the crew should bring all appropriate supplies.

Contact name:

Will Soter

Contact email:

will@nynjtc.org

Contact phone:

(518) 628-4243

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.

Help Welcome Visitors to the Catskills at the Gateway to the Catskills!

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center has become the gateway to the Catskill Park and the Catskills Region.  Volunteers are in integral part of the operation of the Center, welcoming visitors and providing information.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to represent the Catskills and to share your knowledge of our history, heritage, natural resources, culture, art, fun things to do and amazing things to see. Catskill Interpretive Center visitors may come in looking for info about amenities or for directions; you will have the opportunity to make that special first impression that tells a visitor they are welcome. We want each visitor to leave the Interpretive Center having learned something new and wonderful about the Catskills.

Volunteers will be interpreters and docents who know the Catskill region and can guide and direct visitors to their destinations while also suggesting other possible places to go.

We are looking volunteers to cover all days but especially the weekends throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering on Saturday and Sunday and help promote the great Catskills we all love! 

If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please complete this form:

Free 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.

The workshop will be help Sunday March 20th from 10 to 2.  To Sign up please visit: http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-shelterleanto-maintenance-trail-u-1037

Free Map and Compass Workshop | March 12th | 12 to 4

This course will introduce students to basic land navigation skills including blaze, map and compass use. Participants will gain the ability to understand blazes and contour lines as well as understand triangulation and how to orient a map.

The course will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper, NY from 12 to 4pm.  All are welcome to attend and no experience is necessary.

To sign up please visit: http://nynjtc.org/workshop/intro-map-and-compass-land-navigation-trail-u-1047 

Free HikeSafe and Winter Hiking Primer Workshop!

The Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, to its free event: a Winter Hiking Primer & HikeSafe workshop scheduled for Friday, February 12th at Kenco located on Hurley Mountain Road in Kingston, NY from 6:30 to 8pm. The workshop will be led by Will Soter, Will is the Catskills Assistant Program Coordinator for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and the Assistant Director of the Catskill Conservation Corps. Will is also a NY State Licensed Guide with experience guiding experience guiding winter trips in the Catskills and the Northeast.

This free, one-day workshop is a great opportunity to sharpen skills and learn how to prepare for a safe and enjoyable winter outing. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to prepare for,  and stay safe on a winter trip.

  • Learn the 10 essentials you should have on any trip
  • Learn have to adapt these essential items for winter
  • Learn the hiker responsibility code.
  • Develop the knowledge to be prepared for the unexpected

Demonstrations and discussions will provide information to help you prepare for the elements and the unexpected.

The workshop will be held rain or shine.

For more information please email us at catskills@nynjtc.org

Help Save the “Grinch House”

On Monday January 4th we will be joining forces with NYCDEP to work on a parcel of their property in Roxbury, NY to save what is called the Grinch House.  It is a very unique one of a kind building that needs to be saved however the roof is in very bad shape, the plan is to tarp the roof and otherwise secure the building for the winter until a new roof can be installed and the building saved.  This is a great opportunity to save some Catskills History!

We will be meeting at 9:45am on the 29th in front of Cassy’s Cafe and will then carpool up to the property.  DEP will be providing transportation to the site.  If you are interested please email us at catskills@nynjtc.org to let us know you are coming.

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.)

Introduction to Lean-to Maintenance | Sunday October 4th 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/trail-u-1009-intro-shelterleanto-maintenance