New York State Licensed Guide Moe Lemire will be leading a series of outdoor events this winter. These fundraising events will include a hike, a snowshoe walk and a cross country skiing excursion. The $10 donation requested for each event will benefit the Mountain Top Historical Society.
Loop Hike from MTHS around North/South Lake
Friday, December 15, 2017 9 am - 2 pm (End time based on speed of hikers). Distance: roughly 8 miles round trip -- longer if side excursions are taken.
Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate (slight inclines near campground road and terrain around lake)
Fee: $10.00 Donation
Come explore North/South Lake Campground in the off-season. Experience the solace of the Lake without the crowds. This hike will begin at the parking area for the Mountain Top Historical Society in Haines Falls. We will walk the KRT trail to the new bridge crossing over the creek. We will then follow the yellow horse trail to the North/South Lake Road crossing over the dam and joining up with the yellow trail. We will follow the yellow trail around North/South Lake through the campground. We then will cross the road taking the horse trail back to the KRT and ending back at the Mountain Top Historical Society.
What to bring with you: Water, snacks or a lite lunch, warm clothes - dress in layers (hat + gloves too), backpack, hand and foot warmer, yaktrax or microspikes in case of patches of ice, boots if snow cover is on the ground, second pair of dry socks, tissues, chapstick.
Snowshoe Hike to Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform
Saturday January 13, 2018 12 pm - 3 pm (End time based on speed of snowshoeing)
Distance: Roughly 3 miles round trip
Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Fee $10.00 Donation
Come see Kaaterskill Falls in all her glory from the winter perspective. See how the waterfall and surrounding land become a winter spectacular. This snowshoe will depart from the MTHS campus and proceed along the KRT 1.5 miles to the Laurel House Road parking area. From there, we will follow the path down to the Kaaterskill Falls viewing platform. Once folks are ready to depart we will retrace our footsteps back up the trail to the parking area. Then we will follow the KRT back to the Mountain Top Historical Society. Folks wishing to participate on this walk need to bring their own snowshoes. At this time we do not have the ability to rent snowshoes but if this proves to be a popular walk, we can look into snowshoe rental. If folks wish to come on this walk without snowshoes, a pair of microspikes would be highly recommended for possibility of ice on trail.
What to bring with you: water, snacks or a lite lunch, warm clothes - dress in layers (hat + gloves too), backpack, hand and foot warmers, yaktrax or micro-spikes in case of patches of ice, boots if snow cover is on the ground, second pair of dry socks, tissues, chapstick.
Cross-Country Ski the KRT to South Lake Road
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10 am - 2 pm (End time based on speed of cross country skiers)
Distance: Roughly 5 miles
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Come explore the beauty of the forest during winter time. Come cross-country ski the KRT from The Mountain Top Historical Society. We will meet at the parking area at The Mountain Top Historical Society and cross-country ski the KRT. We will then cross over the new bridge over the creek and continue on the horse trail to the South Lake Road. We will follow South Lake road to the beach parking area and then if folks want to continue on to the Catskill Mountain House Site. From here we will retrace our path, following the South Lake Road to the horse trail back to the KRT and finally ending at The Mountain Top Historical Site. Folks who join can make this as short or as long of a cross-country ski and I am allotting 4 hours. Folks wishing to participate on this cross-country ski need to bring their own skis. At this time MTHS does not have the ability to rent cross-country skis but if this proves to be popular, we can look into rentals in the future.
What to bring with you: water, snacks or a lite lunch, warm clothes - dress in layers (hat + gloves too), backpack, hand and foot warmers, second pair of dry socks, tissues, chapstick.
Things to know:
All of these outdoor events will take place during the winter season. Winter activity can require different planning than that for spring, summer and fall. All of these activities are on easy to moderate terrain, but in winter conditions ice and snow can be slippery even on flat terrain. Having proper items with you is imperative. Dress in warm layered clothes which can be removed or added back as the body warms and cools. Bring plenty of wa-ter and snacks to keep energy levels up. You burn more calories in winter conditions which keeps the body warm. Carrying a backpack to hold items will make carrying what you need much easier. These events can happen during light snow. Any major storm or rain will postpone the event and a new date determined. Moe Lemire is a trained and licensed guide. He is CPR and first aid certified. Exploring the outdoors during the winter can be a rewarding experience.
MTHS does not require membership for hike participation. We do however request that you register for each hike. Participants can register on our contacts page or by calling (518) 589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and # in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available on our web site http://www.mths.org. Notification of changes, including cancellations due to weather will be made on the web site up to the day of any given hike.