Hiking Schedule
by Margaret McGrath

The Catskills hikes have a maximum of 20 hikers allowed by DEC, please RSVP to leader,
also in case of weather cancellations.

Sun Oct 8 – Slabsides: the John Burroughs Nature Preserve in West Park - Diana Ziegenfelder:
A 4.5 miles easy hike. Slabsides is off 9W in West Park. Meet there by 9:15. Take Floyd Ackert Rd for 0.7mi and turn left on Burroughs Dr. Parking is very limited. You may carpool with me from the West Park PO, which is at the start of Floyd Ackert Rd. Hike starts at 9:30. After hiking, anyone interested can join me for lunch at the Frozen Rainbow in Port Ewen. Cell 845-325-899 or home 845-657-6312.

Sun Oct 15 – Ashokan High Point Hike – Janet Mihm – 845-246-1742:
8-9 mile loop, elev.3061 ft, gain 2000 ft. Great views of the Ashokan Reservoir and surrounding peaks.
Meet at the Park-N-Ride at 8:45 AM off the Kingston traffic circle, take the Exit for 587, immediate right into parking lot.
Leaving 9:00 AM
If you want meet us at the trailhead: Take Rt 28 to Boiceville, turn left on 28A, go approx. 3 miles, turn right on Cty Rt 42 Watson Hollow Rd, which turns into Peekamoose Rd, continue 3-4 miles, Kanape Brook DEC parking lot is on the right. Rain Cancels Bring a hat, gloves, rain wear and an Epi-pen if you are allergic.

Sun Oct 22 –- Balsam Lake Mtn. Firetower hike – Steve Wingard

5.9 mi,  3,723 ft, 1100 ft elev. Gain. This hike follows an old road to the notch between BLM and Graham. The trail to the summit continues with rise and level a few times till you reach the firetower, the tower cabin is not usually open after Columbus Day, but you can climb up for amazing views.  Call the leader for meeting time and place. Directions to the trailhead: Going west on Rt 28, go past Pine Hill to  Highmount, take a left onto Galli Cursi Rd Cty Rd 49a (same turn as for Bellayre), becomes Todd Mountain Rd, follow to end, turn left onto Dry Brook Rd. Go till Mill Brook Rd, turn right, follow uphill 2.2 miles to the highest point, DEC parking lot on right.
Cell: 845-532-7459

Sat Oct 28 or Sun 29 – Location TBD - Nick Mercurio, IroNick@aol.com, H-845-687-2312.

Contact Nick for meeting point, car pooling, and departure time. You must be properly equipped and physically capable of handling five to six hours of hiking on possibly less-than-ideal footing, stream crossings, and unpredictable mountain weather.

Sun Nov 5 – Panther Mountain with Mary and Charlie Noone

6.6 miles elev. 3,720 ft. Elev gain: 1620 ft. We will climb 1.3 miles to Giant Ledge, with some of the finest views in the Catskills. The trail continues to the summit of Panther thru evergreen forest, 3.3 miles total to the summit with views of the Central Catskills. Round trip almost 7 miles. Meet at 9 AM at the Giant Ledge/Panther Mt. trailhead on Rte 47. 845-679-6750. Daylight savings begins, you get an extra hour of sleep.

Sun Nov 12 Huckleberry Point– By Yvonne and Skip.

4.5 miles 650 feet elev. gain This hike is easy rolling terrain with great views down the valley. Meet at 9:30 AM at the McDonald's in Saugerties or 10 AM at the trailhead, at the parking lot for Kaaterskill High Peak on the north side of Platte Clove Rd, County Rte 33, on the right going uphill, just after it is no longer a seasonal highway. If you reach the Prediger Rd trailhead, you have gone too far.

Hats, mittens, snacks, water and layers of clothing as the weather is what it is this time of year.

We can be reached at 845-383-1534 if you have questions.
There will be a pizza party afterwards for anyone who has been on a hike this year, location TBD.