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Hiking the Catskills

Program Number: 19666RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2014 - 4/18/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Claryville, New York
Price starting at: $792.00 - 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

4-13-2014, 10-19-2014

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
   East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
  Claryville, NY 5 nights
 East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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 allowed: No
  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
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in at 4 PM. You will be staying at East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA that night.
  End of Program:
1 PM check out. You will be staying at East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  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
 

East Valley Ranch

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
East Valley Ranch
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 East Valley Ranch Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to East Valley Ranch at a minimum of 1 week prior to arrival to ensure a timely pick up.

 

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 East Valley Ranch Coordinator, at 845-985-2254 to arrange a ride from the bus station in Monticello, NY to East Valley Ranch 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 East Valley Ranch 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 East Valley Ranch driveway will be on your right. Turn right at the East Valley Ranch 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.
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, April 13)
   
 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'.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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, April 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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, April 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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, April 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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, April 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: East Valley Ranch at the Frost Valley YMCA
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, April 18)
   
 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 Ranch
There 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: 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.

Suggested Reading List


Adirondacks & Catskills Adventure Guide


Author: Wilbur Morrison


Description: Less than a day's drive from New York, Boston or Philadelphia, here are magical wilderness preserves, teeming with wildlife. Over 5,000 square miles of forests lakes and mountains, the Adirondacks are among the most beautiful preserves in the world. Much closer to the urban centers, the Catskills offer deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls, heavily forested mountains and some of the best fishing streams in the state. They are an unsurpassed playground for adults and children, where you can choose hiking, golf, canoeing, skiing, hunting, horseback riding even shopping on a full-time basis! Here is the best guide to these mountains, replete with tales of the early Indians who roamed the forests, the first explorers, and the ceaseless wars among the French and British, then the American colonists, for control of the land. But the book is primarily a guide to enjoying the Adirondacks and Catskills today. Following sections on how to get there, the quickest and most scenic routes to and through the parks, the author details the places to stay, everything there is to see and do, the public and private campsites, and the best hiking trails. You will also find expert advice on fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife photography, or simply relaxing by a pristine mountain lake.



AMC's Best Day Hikes In The Catskills


Author: Peter W. Kick


Description: With more than 600 miles of trails within just a few hours of New York City, the Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany. This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes. From classic hikes like Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, to carriage road walks in the Shawangunks and a historic walk around the grounds of Oleana, to 25 Catskills hikes such as Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains, to ridgewalks along the Taconic Range, this guide offers a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests. An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.




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.

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