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Hiking the Catskills

Program Number: 19666RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/8/2013; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Claryville, New York
Price starting at: $719.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Through expert-led daily hikes, experience beauty and nature in Catskill Park — part of New York’s "forever wild" Forest Preserve. Join our naturalists for active adventures investigating and interpreting the dynamic natural history of the area and seemingly endless mountain trails throughout pristine landscapes.




Highlights

• Prepare for your outdoor explorations with safe hiking practices through instruction and learning minimum impact hiking techniques.
• Enjoy evening programs on subjects that accent and enhance your daily adventures.
• Learn about the area's human history and feel its charm as you meet challenges and invigorate your psyche and physique.



Activity Particulars

Hiking distances vary by program date. Please see Date Specific Information for details.



For information on programs on specific dates, call or go to www.roadscholar.org/19666.




Date Specific Information

11-3-2013

Five Mountains in Five Days is designed to give participants the opportunity to reach new heights every day. Each day guests will climb to the summit of one of five well known mountains in the Catskills. Hikes range in length from three to ten miles daily and will include a pack lunch on the trail. These guided hikes will also feature information on wildlife ecology, forest ecology, and geology of the Catskills.



5-3-2015, 10-4-2015

Stretch and Stride is designed for participants who want to enjoy a week of hiking, stretching and mobility in a beautiful outdoor setting. Each morning before breakfast enjoy a yoga class followed by a daily hike ranging from 3-6 miles. After returning at the end of the day, guests will enjoy a session of relaxing and stretching to help unwind.



9-27-2015, 10-18-2015

Five Mountains in Five Days is designed to give participants the opportunity to reach new heights every day. Each day guests will climb to the summit of one of five well known mountains in the Catskills, while learning about wildlife ecology, forest ecology, and geology. Hikes range in length from 3 to 10.4 miles over uneven terrain, on well maintained trails, with elevation gains up to 2,000 feet.



Coordinated by Frost Valley YMCA/East Valley Lodge.




Claryville

The region surrounding Claryville is part of the New York City watershed, and as such, the natural beauty of the area’s forests and waterways is preserved in order to maintain the purity of the water that eventually reaches more than half of the state’s population.



Accommodations
Lodge steps from the Neversink River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Lakeview Lodge
  Claryville, NY 6 nights
 Lakeview Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: This hotel style accommodation features 22 private rooms, each with private baths. A comfortably furnished common area provides a fireplace, coffee & tea bar, and an excellent place to play games and unwind with your loved ones. Delight in the mountainside vistas and the peaceful views of Lake Cole from the two outside porches. A place to truly relax and unwind.
  Contact info: 2000 Frost Valley Rd
Claryville, NY 12725 USA
phone: 845-985-2291
web: www.frostvalley.org/lodging/hotel-style/
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at 4 PM. You will be staying at Lakeview Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
2 PM check out. You will be staying at Lakeview Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement Medical Form - kept strictly confidential, used only to expedite emergency medical care
  Parking availability:
Ample on site parking for participants
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Claryville, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Liberty, NY is 30 minutes away.
  Nearest highway: State Hwy 17
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International, Newburgh, NY
  From End of Program
  Location: Claryville, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

New York City, NY

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Shortline Bus Company
phone: 800-631-8405
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

To be determined at booking
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 hours 

   

Click on www.coachusa.com/shortline/ss.tickets.asp to view schedules and prices of buses leaving from New York City, NY to Monticello, NY. It is important that you make contact with our Straus Coordinator, Matthew Dickie at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the Straus Center at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

To Straus Center

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YMCA Straus Center
phone: 845-985-2254
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

It is important that you make contact with our Straus Coordinator, Matthew Dickie at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to the Straus Center at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany and Points North Keeping track of mileage will be very helpful! From NY Thruway Exit 19 (Kingston), go 30 miles West on Route 28. Look for signs on left side of road marked "Big Indian" Turn left onto County Road 47 and go 21 miles (note: at 14 miles you will pass through Frost Valley and pass by the Frost Valley YMCA) to County Road 19 in Claryville. Turn left and follow County Road 19 for seven miles (past the "Dead End" sign). Turn right at the Straus Center sign and follow the driveway.
  From Binghamton and Points West Take Route 17 East to Exit 100 (Liberty). Make a right at end of ramp, go through town on Rt. 52. Turn right on to Rt. 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Connecticut and Points East Take 1-84 West to Route 17 (Middletown, NY). Go West on Route 17 to Exit 10OA (Liberty). At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
  From Liberty, NY Take Route 55 East 10 miles to Curry. Look for sign on the right side of the road marked "Claryville." Turn left onto County Road 19 and go 4 miles toward Claryville. See white Church on right. Do NOT turn left at the Frost Valley sign!!! Continue straight ahead on County Road 19 (which is called Denning Road in Claryville) through Claryville for 7+ miles. Drive past the "Dead End" signs. The Straus Center driveway will be on your right. Turn right at the Straus Center sign and follow the driveway all the way around keeping left.
  From New Jersey and Points South From the New York Thruway Exit 16 (Harriman) go 55 miles West on Route 17 to Exit 100A (Liberty). Note that exit 100A will be AFTER exit 100. At the end of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 55 East. Follow directions from Liberty.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in/Orientation
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
 Dinner: Conclude the day's travel with a warm welcome to the Straus Center 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 Straus Center 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'.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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
(Monday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy Straus Center 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: 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/interpretive 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: On-site 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 performances.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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.
(Tuesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy Straus Center 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: 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/interpretive 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: 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.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy Straus Center 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: 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/interpretive 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: On-site 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 performances.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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.
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy Straus Center 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: 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/interpretive 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: We will spend our final evening together gathered in the elegant Straus Center 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.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 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.
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the cozy Straus Center 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: 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.
 Lunch: Return to the Straus Center for final lunch together around noon. We provide a bagged lunch to allow ultimate flexibilty for our guests as they plan their trip home. Lunch will be followed by "goodbyes" and check-out for departure by 2PM.
   
Accommodations: Lakeview Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Claryville, NY Catskill Guide
For additional information, visit www.catskillguide.com
  Straus Center
There 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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