The Mountain Top Historical Society will sponsor a hike of South Mountain on September 13 as part of the 2014 Hudson River Ramble. Led by Bob Gildersleeve, author of Catskill Mountain House Trail Guide, the hike will take participants along one of the most scenic footpaths in the Catskills passing by Layman's Monument, Council Bluff, Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point and Artist's Rock. Time permitting, hikers will also see Split Rocks, Bowlder Rock, and Fat Man's Delight before the hike finishes. All of these locations were known to Hudson River School artists and 19th century tourists. The location of Council Bluff and Artist's Rock were not widely known until recently and the more modern spelling 'Boulder' has taken the place of the spelling often used in the 19th Century. Views of Kaaterskill Clove and the Hudson Valley that inspired Hudson River School artists and generations of residents and visitors to the Catskills are abundant along the walk. This is a moderate hike with a climb of about 450 ft. and a distance of about 4.8 miles. The trail has rocky footing in some sections so good hiking footwear should be worn. Bring food and water. Limited to 12 hikers so please register. Register by calling the Mountain Top Historical Society at (518) 589-6657 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meet at the MTHS Campus at 9:00am.

A controversial decision by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has opened Early Bear Hunting Season from September 6 through September 21. Hunters are allowed to use a variety of weapons including shotguns and rifles. Our hike was scheduled prior to the approval of the extended season and is in the popular hiking region contiguous with North-South Lake campground. The area of our hike is part of the area open to the extended Bear Hunting season. Hikers should wear bright colors.