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Long Path and Blue DEC Markers on Escarpment Trail

Backpacking the Windham High Peak – Blackhead Mountain Range loop makes for a wonderful 2 to a 3-day outing. Passing over 6-peaks and 3-subpeaks makes for a bumpy ride. There are abundant views on the entire route and you can find spots to camp that are not at a lean-to or designated campsite (aka primitive campsite). Sections of the trail can be arid, especially during summer so plan accordingly. If you do a true loop…

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Windham High Peak is the most northern of the Catskill 3500 Club high peaks. From various points, it towers over other peaks and valleys even though being one of the lowest of the 3500. It is one of the most frequently climbed mountains hiked in the Catskills due to its outstanding views, relative ease, and close proximity to a major Catskill tourist town. Windham High Peak makes for an excellent winter outing. Featured Photo: Windham…

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At the Roaring Brook trail head

What makes a hike great for young families? In our experience, it’s the small things. No really, small things. Bugs, cool plants, frogs, caves, water, and some views. Easier the better. Small children don’t care about peak bagging. They’re into simple fun. One of the best things you can do for your young hiker is let them hike. Pick hikes that your child can walk on their own, at least part of the way. Carry them…

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Designated Campsite Batavia Kill Escarpment Trail Catskills

The Catskill’s Escarpment Trail has been a favorite for hikers for generations. It’s ruggedness and wilderness feel will appeal to almost any outdoor enthusiast. Along its 23-mile length, the trail winds over 7 mountains with a high point of 3,940′ at the summit of Blackhead Mountain – vistas are many and are awe-inspiring. With steep uphills, some precipitous drops, and relatively few water sources it is one of New York’s most challenging trails. Plan well and study…

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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. Read more here!

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