Hiking in the Catskills is like taking a walk in your backyard and then discovering there’s a 3,200-ft mountain, on top of which lies a view of other unknown mountains, fit with wide valleys and small rocky streams. Everything’s green and brown; trees grow everywhere except the slim bald tops of some mountains where, on a sunny day, you can see all the way across the Hudson to the Berkshires. These trips take place in a large state park of over 229,000 acres created in 1885. It has steep sided valleys, rocky ravines, lakes and dense forests. It is approximately 90 miles north of New York City and because of this proximity it has a rich history of legends, the most famous perhaps being Rip Van Winkle.

Trips in the Catskills are generally moderate to rugged. For more information on the Catskills, please visit the Catskill Mountain Club website.