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CLARYVILLE, NEW YORK

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 will go over 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.

Itinerary for Apr 21 — Apr 26, 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 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 21 - Check-in/Orientation. A warm welcome is followed ...
Check-in/Orientation. A warm welcome is followed by a hot meal. The orientation includes a time for answering your questions about the week.

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 the 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, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 22 - Hiking up Tremper Mountain during the day and a p...
Hiking up Tremper Mountain during the day and a presentation of the background history of the towers of the Catskills in the evening.

Note: Mt. Tremper Fire Tower 6.2 miles/2030' elevation gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the 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: This morning, after preparing ourselves and our equipment, staff will drive you to the trailhead for a day long hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains. Tremper Mountain starts on a hiking trail that meets up with an old Jeep road. The elevation gain is steady, with a lean-to about halfway through the hike. There is another lean-at the top, and the firetower affords us a terrific view. There are spectacular natural surroundings as we summit, from the top and as we descend. Naturally, the time of the hike will vary depending on the ability of the group.

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 historically focused hike continues, descending back to the trail head as the day of hiking draws to a conclusion. We will continue to make periodic stops en route to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us and learn more about historically significant sections of the trail and landscape.

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: This evening's presentation will focus on the history of the fire towers in the Catskills, including why and how they were installed, how locations were selected, how events of broader historical significance affected the staffing of the towers, why the towers eventually got phased out.

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 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 23 - Hiking up Overlook Mountain during the day and sp...
Hiking up Overlook Mountain during the day and spending the evening learning about the some of the personalities that ran the towers.

Note: Overlook Mountain. 6 Miles/1400' elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the 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: We will hike up Overlook Mountain today, originally Gallis Hill Fire Tower but moved in 1950 to its current location. The tower is 60 ft high, offering commanding views of the Hudson River Valley and Ashokan Reservoir. Legend has it that on a clear day, seven states can be seen from the top of 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 we have taken in the views we start to descend the mountain, stopping to learn more about the trail, tower and landscape as we work our way back to the bus.

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: This evening we will find out more about some of the observers who worked in the fire towers - how they sighted a fire, their other tasks, and the characters, including the man who kept a rattlesnake in the tower and who bet hikers he could climb up the firetower's frame faster than they could use the stairs.

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 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 24 - We will spend the day hiking Balsam Lake Mountain...
We will spend the day hiking Balsam Lake Mountain and the evening learning how forest fires in the Catskills are detected now.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the 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: We will hike up Balsam Lake Mountain today. Starting on private property that has been marked for hiking, the hike takes us through a wide trail as we gain elevation. We eventually turn onto state property, taking us the last three quarters of a mile up to the tower. This includes two stands of Balsm Fir trees that smell like the holiday season, even in October. When we summit, there are several places to sit and eat lunch, taking in the wonderful atmosphere and beautiful views 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: Our day long historic 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 the Straus Center 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: Even as the firetowers were phased out, there were still plenty of stories to be told and characters willing to tell - and make - them. Tonight we look at the reasons for the firetowers' redundancy, and some of the lore that still surrounds both the people and technology which replaced the towers.

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 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 25 - During the day we will hike up Hunter Mountain wh...
During the day we will hike up Hunter Mountain while learning about its history. In the evening we will be treated to a slide show of photos taken during the week.

Note: Hunter Mountain 6.8 miles/1957' elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the 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: Our morning will be spent ascending Hunter Mountain, taking in the wonderful scenery as we climb. Originally thought to be the tallest peak in the Catskills, it is now known to be the second tallest, but has the distinction of being the highest peak in the range with a fire tower still standing on it. Although the mountain has several approaches, we will be using the Spruceton Trail.

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 historically focused hike continues. As we descend, 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 the Straus Center around 4pm for relaxation and unwinding.

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: This evening 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
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located in the pristine forests at the base of Slide Mountain, the Frost Valley YMCA features nearly 7,000 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: Most rooms have private bathrooms. Two rooms share a bathroom.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, April 26 - Hiking up Red Hill to the firetower, and taking i...
Hiking up Red Hill to the firetower, and taking in views of Frost Valley, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Note: 2.8 miles/890' Elevation Gain

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the 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. Often 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. On the trail to the top we will be stopping periodically to learn about the area from both a natural and historical point of view.

Lunch: Return to East Valley Ranch for final lunch together around noon. Lunch today will be bagged to give guests complete flexiblity as they travel. Lunch will be followed by "goodbyes" and check-out for departure by 2PM.

Lodging: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA

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
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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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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