Rocky & Lone from Moonhaw
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2w ago
Beginning at Moonhaw Road, this out-and-back route to Rocky and Lone mountains passes over the summit Balsam Cap.  This route makes for a long day, but the trailhead is conveniently located on the eastern side of the range, not far from the Ashokan Reservoir. For a lot of us, this means less time driving and more time hiking. If you want to make this day longer and harder, you can add in the summit of Friday Mountain, as well as the B-25 bomber wreck that lies in a gully between Friday and Balsam Cap. Lots of excellent adventures in this part of The Catskills—but please bear in mind that ..read more
Visit website
13 Lightning Safety Myths That Could Get You Killed in a Thunderstorm
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2w ago
I’ve been “caught” in a thunderstorm on a mountain more than once. It’s awesome, exciting, humbling and very NOT fun in equal measure. In recent years, our understanding of lightning safety in the backcountry has developed significantly. Much longstanding advice remains in place, but important debunking has taken place. We no longer have to rely on opinion and “experience”. New research has highlighted better ways to stay safe. Hiking in the mountains can be an exhilarating experience, but it also comes with its risks. This post aims to provide you with the most up-to-date information on how t ..read more
Visit website
Hike the Northern Catskills: Ginseng to Huntersfield
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
For those seeking tranquility and solitude away from the bustling trails of the High Peaks, these northern Catskills hikes offer a haven of quieter, less-trodden, but deeply rewarding routes. Encompassing Ginseng Mountain, Mountain Hayden, Mount Pisgah, Richtmyer Peak, Richmond, Ashland Pinnacle, and Huntersfield Mountain, this under-hiked region invites hikers to immerse themselves in the beauty of quiet landscapes dotted with deciduous trees, pine stands, lush ferns, and unique Catskills scenic views. Unlike the more popular High Peaks, these northern Catskills hikes are less well known, off ..read more
Visit website
Sam’s Point, Ice Caves, Verkeerderkill Falls
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
The Sam’s Point / Ice Caves / Verkeerderkill Falls hike through Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Cragsmoor, NY, offers an unforgettable adventure, blending the serenity of highland forests with the dramatic beauty of rugged cliffs, frigid scrambles, and cascading waterfalls. Starting your hike at Sam’s Point, you’ll traverse one of the highest elevations in the Shawangunks, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and distant peaks. The area is renowned for its unique ecosystem, featuring dwarf pine barrens and rare flora that paint the landscape with vibrant colors throug ..read more
Visit website
The 7 Best Hikes Near Woodstock NY
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
Searching for the best hikes near Woodstock, NY? Look no further. Perfect for families and beginners, these trails offer scenic vistas, easy walking paths, and a glimpse into the captivating history of The Catskills. Known around the world for its bohemian spirit and laid-back atmosphere, Woodstock is a haven for weekend adventurers seeking a perfect blend of outdoor recreation and cultural experiences. Stroll along the quaint streets lined with art galleries, boutique shops, and cozy cafes, or catch a live performance at one of the town’s legendary music venues. Indulge in farm-to-table cuisi ..read more
Visit website
Ice Glen Trail
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
This small but stunning glacial ravine is a short walk from easy parking in Stockbridge, MA. The Ice Glen Trail has a lot to offer. If you love ancient pines and tall hemlocks, enormous moss-covered boulders and hidden nooks, this ravine—which even in the midst of summer carries whispers of snow and ice—is the forest mystique you seek. It’s so fun. I stopped here in the middle of a long car drive back to New York from Maine. It’s a perfect way to stretch your legs for 45 minutes or an hour. This hike is kid-friendly, though small children should be carefully supervised. Local lore has it that ..read more
Visit website
Say Goodbye to Blisters: Your Complete Guide to Prevention & Treatment
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
Here’s how to prevent and treat hiking blisters for real—with essential pointers on footwear, blister prevention, and treatment strategies for pain-free days on the trail. Whether you’re breaking in a new pair of boots or just half way through a big day, blisters can turn a great hike into a painful ordeal. But fear not. With the right knowledge and a few simple strategies, you can prevent blisters from dinging your adventures. From choosing the right footwear to proper hiking blister treatment, I’ve got you covered. Grab your gear and let’s hit the trail blister-free! Understanding Blister Fo ..read more
Visit website
Monument Mountain & Devil’s Pulpit
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
2M ago
Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, MA, is one of the Berkshires’ most beloved landmarks. Its knife-edge summit offers spectacular views of the Housatonic River Valley below, as well as the Devil’s Pulpit, The Taconics, and The Catskills. This route begins at the base, and leads in you in a loop through dense forests and rocky trails that reveal glimpses of the region’s vibrant past. The trail takes you over the summit of Peeskawso Peak, named to honor the area’s Mohican heritage, where sweeping views of the Berkshires and beyond unfold in breathtaking fashion. From the summit of Peeskawso ..read more
Visit website
Tomales Point Trail
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
4M ago
Nestled in the heart of Point Reyes National Seashore, the Tomales Point Trail offers more than just a hike—it’s a journey through the dazzling landscape and rich history of the San Francisco Bay Area. Tomales Point Trail, stretching out towards the northern tip of the Point Reyes Peninsula, is not only a haven for hikers but also a sanctuary for an array of wildlife, offering glimpses of nature’s marvels in their most unadulterated form. The Tomales Point Trail is renowned for its tule elk reserve, an initiative that has successfully reintroduced these majestic creatures to their native habit ..read more
Visit website
Wittenberg & Cornell from Woodland Valley
Mountain-Hiking
by Sean
5M ago
The hike to Wittenberg and Cornell is long and tiring but intensely rewarding. This out-and-back route mixes steep trail and tricky scrambles with some of the remotest and most beautiful Catskill wilderness. The first part of the hike is a mix of steep and gentle grades until you get to 2250’ when the trail levels out for a while. Follow the red-blazed trail. It’s a long hike in to the first junction but, along the way, you’ll hike through beautiful forest and pass many dramatic rock outcroppings. You’ll see why this is such a popular hike. Lots of hemlock and pine. Lots of dappled light. Some ..read more
Visit website

Follow Mountain-Hiking on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR