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Trip length: 7.2 miles; 2,000 ft elevation gain. 7.5 hours + Travel & Dinner
Intensity level: + 1 2 3 4 5 !
Where: near Oliverea, NY
When: April 11th. Check-in at Kingston Park & Ride at 8:15am. Return around 8:00pm.
Spring has sprung! And we'll be searching for signs of it. On our way up Slide Mountain, we’ll scope the status of a variety of spring wildflowers, watch and listen for migrating birds, and keep our eyes out for signs of other wildlife.
Mark off a 3500 peak
Answers to your burning ecological questions!
Spring hikes to high quality habitats offer limited-time opportunities to see flowering plants and animals that we cannot see for the rest of the year.
Want to know why and which ones to watch out for? Join us!
This is a relaxed, small group, educational hike with lots of opportunity for discussion.
We'll cover a little over 7 miles, and ascend (and descend) 2,000 ft on sometimes steep, often technical terrain. We will travel at a relaxed pace, making stops along the way to highlight and discuss spring wildflowers and wildlife that we see. We'll have lunch (provided) on top of Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills, overlooking stunning views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. On the leisurely return, we will pass through several habitat types and examine life more closely with hand lenses (provided).
After a long day of hiking, birding, and botanizing, we'll all be hungry, so we'll stop for dinner in Phoenicia before heading home.
*We will carpool from the Kingston Park & Ride. Please let us know if you are willing to be a driver. If you are willing, able, and called upon to drive, you will receive good karma and a $30 discount on your next hike.
Theme: Spring in the Catskills
Spring ephemeral wildflowers. Life history, ID, role in forest ecosystems, and why they are so precious
Birdwatching in the wild: Sight & Sound. Introduction to identifying birds by sight and sound.
Migrations. Who migrates and who sticks it out? Why?
- Land-water connections in our communities. How winter and spring conditions impact our drinking water, soil erosion, and flooding.
Kali Bird, a local naturalist, educator, and outdoor guide who lives for Spring.
What You Get
The Inside Scoop on spring ephemeral wildflowers, migrating birds, and other spring happenings
A scientist at hand to tell you what you're looking at, why it matters, and answer your questions
Introductory plant & bird identification handouts and use of a hand lens to examine life more closely
Lunch from a local business, which uses locally sourced and organic ingredients
Opportunity to share nature's best with your friends, family, and other like-minded individuals
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 & mostly technical, with several steep slopes. 7.2 miles, 2,000 ft of elevation gain and loss.
Stream Crossings: Rock hops; possibly extensive, if water is still draining from snowmelt
What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes w/ good grip on the bottom (preferably waterproof)
- Clothes you don't mind getting muddy
- 3 Liters of water
- Layers of clothing
- Windbreaker &/or Waterproof jacket if there's the tiniest chance of rain
- Extra snacks
- Camera & or fully-charged cell phone
- Hiking poles
What We Provide
- Eco-groovy Lunch (as local, organic, & sustainable as possible)
- Eco-groovy Snacks
- Bug repellant with DEET
- Group First Aid & Emergency Kit
- Extra Snacks
- Knowledgeable, NYS-licensed guide
- Cost of dinner
- Transportation to the Kingston Park & Ride
By car: Parking information and detailed instructions will be sent by e-mail upon registration confirmation.
By train: This hike is not directly accessible by train. However, private transportation may be available from Beacon, which is accessible via Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line. Please inquire for details.