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Hiking the Catskills

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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 may go above 3000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes that provide ankle support and are well broken-in are REQUIRED. Hiking poles are highly recommended. Clothing list will be provided. If participants have their own yoga equipment (mat and support equipment) please bring it. Otherwise, a mat will be provided.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. 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 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: 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.

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

Bathroom: Two bedrooms share a bathroom. All other rooms have private bathrooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Check-in/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4:00 PM in the dining room.

Dinner: Conclude the day's travel with a warm welcome and a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, tilapia 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 the East Valley Ranch and the week's Road Scholar program.

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, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. 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 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: 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.

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

Bathroom: Two bedrooms share a bathroom. All other rooms have private bathrooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Hiking through Frost Valley property, including a...
Hiking through Frost Valley property, including a visit to High Falls, Brother's Hole on the Biscuit Brook, and a walk beside the West Branch of the Neversink River. In the evening we will visit a Japanese garden in the area.

Note: Morning: Lake Cole Trail, High Falls Trail, Neversink Trail (3.5 miles, 200’ elev. gain.) Afternoon: Brother’s Hole Hike (1.5 miles/300’ elev. gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy 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 or waffles. 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 breakfast, we will drive over to main camp and hike to High Falls (3.5 miles, 200ft elevation gain) to see the beautiful waterfalls there.

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: This afternoon we will continue our hikes through Frost Valley property by hiking along the Biscuit Brook, stopping at the water run known as Brother's Hole. While there we will be taking part in gentle stretching. There will be the option of crossing the cable bridge that crosses the river, although this is not essential to the hike.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, curried tempeh 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 optional evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history or environmental education, to instructional videos and local artistic and musical performances. This evening will also be a time that we will work together to adjust the week's schedule as the group's needs dictate.

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, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. 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 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: 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.

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

Bathroom: Two bedrooms share a bathroom. All other rooms have private bathrooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Visit to Frick and Hodge Ponds. In the evening we...
Visit to Frick and Hodge Ponds. In the evening we will visit a local potter, who will guide us through the techniques she uses.

Note: Hodge Pond/Frick Pond (5.2miles/790’ elev. gain)

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy 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 or waffles. 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 breakfast, we will set off for Hodge and Frick Ponds (5.2miles/790’ elev. gain). A mixture of old Jeep roads and hiking trails, the ponds are a great example of the Catskills' beauty.

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. Lunch will be eaten on the banks of Hodge Pond, where we will be able to see active wildlife, and a great example of beaver dams and lodges.

Afternoon: After lunch, and some gentle stretching our day long scenic/interpretive hike continues. As we approach Frick Pond there will be the option to add a mile to the hike and see the far side of the pond.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, curried tempeh 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 optional evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history or environmental education, to instructional videos and local artistic and musical performances.

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, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. 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 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: 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.

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

Bathroom: Two bedrooms share a bathroom. All other rooms have private bathrooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Hiking to a firetower that allows views of NY, NJ...
Hiking to a firetower that allows views of NY, NJ, and PA. In the evening we will present a history of the Catskills.

Note: Balsam Lake Mountain 6.1 miles/980’ elevation gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy 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 or waffles. 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 breakfast, we will depart for Balsam Lake Mountain (6.1 miles/980’ elevation gain) The hike goes through several different areas of vegetation, including a stand of Balsam Fir trees. The views from the Firetower are magnificent, and guides will point out landmarks from the tower.

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: After lunch and some gentle stretching, we will continue our hiking by descending from the summit.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, curried tempeh 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 optional evening presentations in our cozy living room often include an array of topics ranging from local history or environmental education, to instructional videos and local artistic and musical performances.

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, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 6000 acres of meadows, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and world-renowned trout streams, creating an idyllic background. 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 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: 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. Marked hiking trails stretching throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve depart just a few feet from the front door of the house.

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

Bathroom: Two bedrooms share a bathroom. All other rooms have private bathrooms.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Amazing views of the Ashokan Reservoir, Slide Mou...
Amazing views of the Ashokan Reservoir, Slide Mountain, the Hudson River Valley, and the Shawangunk Mountains. A slide show of the week's activities.

Note: Ashokan High Point 7.6 miles/2000’ elevation gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy 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 or waffles. 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 breakfast we will depart for Balsam Lake Mountain (6.1 miles, 980 ft. elevation gain). The fire tower at the top of the mountain affords beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

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/interpretive hike continues as we descend from the peak.

Dinner: Conclude the day with a delicious selection of wholesome entrees. Dinners may include salmon steaks, tofu milano, curried tempeh 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: Tonight there will be a slide show of photos taken of views and participants during the week's activities.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Hiking to Red Hill Fire Tower.
Note: Red Hill Fire Tower Hike 2.5 miles / 890’ elevation gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy 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 omelettes made to order. At the conclusion of breakfast we will prepare a delicious trail lunch (bag lunch) to enjoy on our hike.

Morning: After breakfast, we will set off on a morning hike to enjoy the spectacular views and intriguing history of a nearby restored Fire Tower (2.8 miles, 890 ft. elevation gain).

Lunch: Return for final lunch together around noon. Lunch will consist of healthy wellness cuisine prepared to replenish your active and creative body's needs. A bagged lunch is provided to give guests complete flexiblity when making their travel arrangments for the return home. Lunch will be followed by "goodbyes" and check-out for departure by 2PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Claryville, NY
Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit: www.catskillguide.com
Straus CenterThere are a variety of self-guided activities at the Straus Center itself. For example, crochet, volleyball, horseshoes,fly fishing, hikes/walk, darts, ping pong, foos ball, cards, puzzles, games of all sorts.
For additional information, visit: www.frostvalley.org/lodging/StrausCenter.htm
Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce(845) 791-4200
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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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