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Day 1 Hike: 3.5-5 miles; ~600 ft elevation gain, ~1,000 ft loss. 4.5 hours
Day 2 Hike: 4.5-10.5 miles. TBD, based on group preferences.
Intensity level: + 1 2 3 4 5 !
When: Meet at 10am on Tuesday, July 7th. We'll plan to end our Catskill hike Wednesday around 4:30pm.
Day-of Contact: Kali Bird, (210) 724-9611.
We'll be on the lookout for blueberries, huckleberries, wildflowers, and wildlife as we traverse along ridge tops, up mountains, and along woodland streams.
Cool Rocky Outcrops
..and hopefully berry snacks!
This is a relaxed, small group, educational hike with lots of opportunity for discussion.
The terrain both days will be sometimes steep, often rocky. We will travel at a relaxed pace, making stops along the way to look for signs of wildlife and wild edibles. All meals and snacks are included, but feel free to bring any extra snacks you'd like.
*Please review the following before arriving:
Kali Bird, a naturalist, educator, and outdoor guide.
Kris McShane, a biologist, outdoor guide, and experienced woodsman will join us for camping and likely one of the hikes.
10am-2:30pm. Day hike at Minnewaska State Park (between Kerhonkson & New Paltz, NY).
3pm-4:30pm. Drive to Woodland Valley Campground (near Phoenicia, NY; nestled amid some of the most beautiful trails in the Catskill mountains).
5pm-evening. Set up camp, explore the nearby creek and trails, make dinner, and enjoy s'mores by the fire.
7:30am. Breakfast, coffee, break down camp, and get ready for the day. We'll look at maps, compare options, and as a group pick a trail to explore for the day.
9:30am-4:30pm. Go exploring! Leisurely hiking and forest exploring, with lunch on the trail. But note, 'leisurely' hiking could include a hike up one or more of the highest peaks in the Catskills!
4:30pm. Optional: Head to nearby Phoenicia for dinner before heading home.
What You Get
The Inside Scoop on wildlife, wildflowers, and hanging out outdoors!
A biologist at hand to tell you what you're looking at, why it matters, and answer your questions
All meals. Tuesday - Lunch & Dinner; Wednesday - Breakfast & Lunch; Snacks. We source meals and ingredients as sustainably and locally as possible.
Opportunity to share nature's best with your family.
Freedom to look around without having to pay attention to where you are going
Peace of mind hiking challenging trails with a licensed outdoor guide, trained in Wilderness First Aid
Terrain: Rocky, with sections of steep ascents and descents.
Stream Crossings: Bridges and rock hops, which can be more or less challenging depending on creek water levels.
What to Bring
Required (per person)
- Comfortable shoes w/ good grip on the bottom
- Clothes you don't mind getting dirty
- Daypack or backpack
- Three 1-Liter water bottles or 6 standard size water bottles (2 L is okay for Day 1)
- Layers of lightweight clothing (not jeans!)
- Windbreaker &/or Waterproof jacket if there's the tiniest chance of rain
- Sleeping Bag
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Night clothes
- Camp shoes or sandals
- Toiletry items
- Any medications required
- Pillows (drive-up is luxurious!)
- Sleeping pad (Simple, washable mats will be available.)
- Sheet (again...luxury!)
- Sun protection
- Camera &/or fully-charged cell phone
- Hiking poles (for Catskills hike)
What We Provide
- Knowledgeable, NYS-licensed guides
- Eco-groovy Meals (as local, organic, & sustainable as possible)
- Eco-groovy Snacks
- Campground fees
- Parking fees
- Bug repellant with DEET
- Group cookware
- Dishes & Utensils
- Water for cooking & resupply
- Group First Aid & Emergency Kit
- Transportation to the meeting location