Category Archives: Camping

Sleeping Lion from South Beech Ridge Road Catskills

The Sleeping Lion is a 3391’ (3408’ referenced by some) peak northeast of Halcott Mountain in the Central Catskills. It is also known as Northeast Halcott, but that’s boring, so we’ll use Sleeping Lion. The peak is one of the Catskill 67 and it towers over Deep Notch. On its southeastern face are some “minor” but impressive cliffs that ice climbers use for mostly practice. The peak can be hiked from Deep Notch from RT…

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Trail sign in the Hunter Mountain area

As we have all been asked to be socially responsible and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) outbreak, it is hard to do in urban areas. It seems that this will go on for some time and mandates will change as the situation changes. People have been heading for parks and playgrounds with their kids to ease the tension of being indoors. Who can blame them? We in the hiking community know all…

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Wilmington Notch Campground

Heading to the Dacks? According to the DEC in the following press release, they will be shutting down the Wilmington Notch Campground on 9/4/2019. Read below: “The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced plans to close the Wilmington Notch Campground and Day Use Area on Sept. 4 to install a new well and water system. Early closure of the campground will also provide for additional time to complete additional repairs and…

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devils tombstone campground closed for 2019

From the DEC web site: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that Devil’s Tombstone Campground and Day Use Area in the town of Hunter, Greene County, will be temporarily closed for the 2019 season to allow for upgrades to the facility. “As one of the oldest and most popular campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, Devil’s Tombstone provides a variety of Catskill visitors with overnight accommodations each year,”…

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Wilderness in the Dix Range

In the past number of years, the foot travel in the backcountry in New York has exploded. And that’s okay. My daughter and I were out for a short hike to Burnt Knob during the week and we came across about 13 people. When we parked at the trail head at Batavia Kill 4 cars (including ours) were already parked there at 9 AM. This is on a Thursday. In a couple of hours, we…

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Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.
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