2019 Hikes and Events
As of February 8 this information is not official and should not be distributed for publication.
April 13 (Sat) Hike to be announced Date tentative.
May 18 (Sat). The Gunks are calling! Explore the Peter’s Kill Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Hike a variety of trails and terrains with MTHS member Anne Stedge-Outwater and MTHS VP Adrienne Larys. We will explore sections of the Bullwheel, High Peter’s Kill and Red Loop footpaths. Depending on the interests of the participants we will cover 3.5 to 6 miles. Rating: moderate due to length and some steep sections. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Kingston Thruway Exit Park & Ride for car pooling; or at 9:15 a.m. at the Peter’s Kill Park Office parking lot on Rt 44/55 between Rt 299 and Rt 209: Cost: $10 per car to be shared by those who carpool. Registration required by Friday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m. Sturdy footwear highly recommended. Trekking poles or walking sticks will be useful in some sections. Return to trailhead at approximately 3:30 p.m.
May 11 (Sat) Hike Hotel Kaaterskill Grounds Following the gift of close to 50 photographs of the building's interior and surrounding grounds we have been trying to put together a clear image of the hotel and its operation. We've sponsored programs and hikes and written an article for the Catskill Tri-County Historical Views concerning the Hotel. A newly discovered survey document from 1883 has so much additional information to prompt another visit to the site. The document from the map collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia includes a detailed drawing of the building, a floor plan with information about the main hotel and attached service building and a list of items related to the operation of the building such as the water supply, power source etc.
June 8 (Sat) South Mountain by the historic Direct Path. To honor the gift of an original Catskill Mountain House hiking stick donated by Kathy (Van Schaack) Boyer and Peggy (Van Schaack) Phillips, we will take a popular 19th Century path from the Mountain House site on Pine Orchard to sites on South Mountain. This now unusual route will pass through the first ledge on South Mountain (sometimes called the Lemon Squeezer) take a short detour to Druid Rocks, pass through Puddingstone Hall, and reach the state trail at Bootjack Rock. Once on the modern trail, we will see the lookout called the Sphinx, walk on to "Bowlder" Rock and offer optional excursion through Fat Man’s Delight to the Natural Bridge.
The pristine CMH walking stick joins our other walking stick from the Hotel Kaaterskill which was donated to MTHS by the Mohonk Barn Museum. The new gift is in too fine a condition to risk carrying it through the whole walk, but we will bring it to Pine Orchard for an official presentation. The hike is considered Easy to Moderate with a short bushwhack. We will provide an easier alternative route along the state trail to Bowlder Rock but missing the sites before we reach the modern trail. Meet at 9:00 am at the MTHS campus wear appropriate shoes for hiking bring lunch and water. Return mid afternoon.
June 14 talk (tentative)
June 29 Bartrum talk at arboritum and walk noon to 4:00
July 20 Quarry Hike
July 26 Justin memorial talk Peter Jung
August 24 Rip's Country Bazzar
September 14 Postcard Show
September 21 Ramble
October 11 Ice age Talk by Bob and Johanna Titus
October 12 Hike Fest