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Program #19666RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Facility is at 2000 feet. Some hikes will go over 3000 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 13 — Apr 18, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 13 - Check-in/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Conclude the day's travel with a warm welcome to East Valley Ranch and a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts and conversation around one of three stone fireplaces, or on our streamside deck overlooking the Neversink River.

Evening: Introductions and an orientation to East Valley Ranch and Road Scholar program. We will also review the week's hiking plan and learn more about what makes the Catskill mountains such a special place and 'forever wild'.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 14 - Giant’s Ledge. Hiking distance 5.5 miles, top ele...
Giant’s Ledge. Hiking distance 5.5 miles, top elevation 2300 ft. Rocky Terrain, steep in some places, option for hike up to Panther, top elevation 3720

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy East Valley Ranch dining room amid hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, and oven omelets. At the conclusion of our breakfast we will prepare a delicious trail lunch (bag lunch) prior to setting off for the day's hike.

Morning: After a drive to the trail head you will enjoy a day long hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Our central location allows us easy and convenient access to some of the most spectacular vistas, enchanting deep woods, and tranquil streams and cascades in the Northeast United States. We will hike trails of varying terrain and scenery, allowing our guests an unsurpassed hiking 'sampler' of these majestic mountains and forests.

Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also provided. Enjoy your lunch al fresco, among newfound friends and the natural beauty of the Catskills.

Afternoon: Our day long scenic hike continues. We will be making periodic stops en route to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us and learn a little more about this special place. We will return to East Valley Ranch around 4pm for relaxation and unwinding before our healthy and robust dinner.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts, and pleasant conversation around one of our three stone fireplaces or on our peaceful deck overlooking the Neversink River.

Evening: On-site evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history, environmental education, and instructional videos.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 15 - Balsam Lake Mountain. Hiking distance 6.5 Miles,...
Balsam Lake Mountain. Hiking distance 6.5 Miles, top elevation 3600. Rocky terrain, steep in some places. The summit is one of the 5 Catskill mountains that has a fire tower.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy East Valley Ranch dining room amid hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, and oven omelets. At the conclusion of our breakfast we will prepare a delicious trail lunch (bag lunch) prior to setting off for the day's hike.

Morning: After a drive to the trail head you will enjoy a day long hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Our central location allows us easy and convenient access to some of the most spectacular vistas, enchanting deep woods, and tranquil streams and cascades in the Northeast United States. We will hike trails of varying terrain and scenery, allowing our guests an unsurpassed hiking 'sampler' of these majestic mountains and forests.

Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also provided. Enjoy your lunch al fresco, among newfound friends and the natural beauty of the Catskills.

Afternoon: Our day long scenic hike continues. We will be making periodic stops en route to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us and learn a little more about this special place. We will return to East Valley Ranch around 4pm for relaxation and unwinding before our healthy and robust dinner.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts, and pleasant conversation around one of our three stone fireplaces or on our peaceful deck overlooking the Neversink River.

Evening: Evening will include optional walks in the summer air to nearby locations such as the elegant Tison Estate, a sunset walk on our alpine meadows or a fun excursion to the Frost Valley YMCA Educational Farm located just a mile away down a beautiful country road.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 16 - Ashokan High Point. Hiking distance 7.6 Miles, to...
Ashokan High Point. Hiking distance 7.6 Miles, top elevation 3080. Rocky terrain, steady uphill for first 3 miles. Changes to steep, climbing in some sections for last 1.6 miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy East Valley Ranch dining room amid hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, and oven omelets. At the conclusion of our breakfast we will prepare a delicious trail lunch (bag lunch) prior to setting off for the day's hike.

Morning: After a drive to the trail head you will enjoy a day long hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Our central location allows us easy and convenient access to some of the most spectacular vistas, enchanting deep woods, and tranquil streams and cascades in the Northeast United States. We will hike trails of varying terrain and scenery, allowing our guests an unsurpassed hiking 'sampler' of these majestic mountains and forests.

Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also provided. Enjoy your lunch al fresco, among newfound friends and the natural beauty of the Catskills.

Afternoon: Our day long scenic hike continues. We will be making periodic stops en route to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us and learn a little more about this special place. We will return to East Valley Ranch around 4pm for relaxation and unwinding before our healthy and robust dinner.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts, and pleasant conversation around one of our three stone fireplaces or on our peaceful deck overlooking the Neversink River.

Evening: On-site evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history, environmental education, and instructional videos.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. The East Valley Ranch at Frost Valley is a lovely renovated home situated in a beautiful field just a few feet from the East Branch of the Neversink River. The East Valley Ranch deck, right off the dining room, looks directly over the Neversink River.

Contact info:
21 Straus Lane
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2254
web: www.frostvalley.org

Facility amenities: The East Valley Ranch offers a warm country inn atmosphere in a peaceful and secluded valley. This renovated turn-of-the-century estate features small active programs, tastefully furnished, comfortable rooms with private baths, and outstanding wellness cuisine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Nine rooms have private baths. Two rooms share a bath which is in the hall directly outside of both rooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 17 - Slide Mountain. Hiking distance of 9.5 miles, top...
Slide Mountain. Hiking distance of 9.5 miles, top elevation 4180, Steady uphill, two areas for scramble. Slide is the tallest mountain in the Catskills and affords amazing views on a clear day.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy East Valley Ranch dining room amid hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, and oven omelets. At the conclusion of our breakfast we will prepare a delicious trail lunch (bag lunch) prior to setting off for the day's hike.

Morning: After a drive to the trail head you will enjoy a day long hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Our central location allows us easy and convenient access to some of the most spectacular vistas, enchanting deep woods, and tranquil streams and cascades in the Northeast United States. We will hike trails of varying terrain and scenery, allowing our guests an unsurpassed hiking 'sampler' of these majestic mountains and forests.

Lunch: Guests will be provided with a diverse variety of food selections to assemble their own picnic lunch. Sandwich items may include deli meats, tuna, chicken salad and a choice of assorted cheeses. Fresh breads, fruits, granola and cookies are also provided. Enjoy your lunch al fresco, among newfound friends and the natural beauty of the Catskills.

Afternoon: Our day long scenic hike continues. We will be making periodic stops en route to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us and learn a little more about this special place. We will return to East Valley Ranch around 4pm for relaxation and unwinding before our healthy and robust dinner.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano or other tasteful choices. Side dishes may consist of garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, tortellini or sauteed fresh vegetables. Enjoy coffee, homemade desserts, and pleasant conversation around one of our three stone fireplaces or on our peaceful deck overlooking the Neversink River.

Evening: We will spend our final evening together gathered in the East Valley Ranch living room amidst a cozy fireplace. We will present a review of the 'Week in Pictures' slide show as we enjoy looking back at a special week of hiking among beautiful mountain scenery with wonderful memories and new friends.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 18 - Red Hill Fire tower. Hiking distance of 3 miles, ...
Red Hill Fire tower. Hiking distance of 3 miles, top elevation 2990. Steady uphill for first ¾ of a mile, then varying pitches including sharp uphill for last ¾ of a mile.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy East Valley Ranch dining room amid hardwood floors and a large stone fireplace. Typical morning meals consist of assorted fresh fruit, local farm raised eggs, oatmeal and cold cereals. Daily specials may include blueberry pancakes, waffles and omelets made to order.

Morning: A shorter, but invigorating hike to nearby Red Hill Fire Tower. This southernmost of Catskill lookout towers offers spectacular 360 degree vistas of the tallest Catskill peaks. Sometimes our Red Hill hike will be shared with a New York State forest ranger, who will offer great insight into the local ecology and history.

Lunch: We provide a bagged lunch to allow ultimate flexibility for our guests as they plan their trip home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Claryville, NY
Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit: www.catskillguide.com
East Valley RanchThere are a variety of self-guided activities at East Valley Ranch itself.
For additional information, visit: www.frostvalley.org
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce(845) 292-8500
For additional information, visit: www.catskills.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

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