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Tue 31 Jan
Tuesday Trek: Mossy Glen Footpath Longer Loop at Minnewaska
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for an approximately six-mile hike through the winter woods and along a few scenic carriage roads. Starting along the Mossy Glen Footpath, we'll walk this scenic trail, which follows the edge of the Peter's Kill stream, until we intersect the Blueberry Run Footpath, which we'll hike up until we intersect the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We'll follow this easy route to reach the Sunset Carriage Road, which offers beautiful views as it meanders down towards the stream again. If time allows, we'll make a quick visit to Awosting Falls before we walk back to our starting point in the Lower Parking Area. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpaths do include some hills and tricky footing. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. If ski trails are being groomed, this outing location will change. Meet at the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 Feb
Awosting Falls Carriage Road and Mossy Glen Footpath Hike
Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately four-mile hike to Awosting Falls and beyond. On this recreational outing, participants will hike on the Awosting Falls Connector, Awosting Falls Carriage Road, Awosting Falls Connection, and Mossy Glen Footpath and then return to our starting point by the same route. Features of this hike include intriguing rock formations, the meandering and beautiful Peter's Kill stream, stands of rhododendron, and the approximately 65-foot tall Awosting Falls. If conditions are cold enough prior to this outing, a volcano-like formation of snow and ice collects in the pool below the waterfall in winter. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. if you will be borrowing snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 07 Feb
Hike around Lake Minnewaska and along the Scenic Beacon Hill Loop
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a three-mile, loop hike along the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Beacon Hill Footpath and Beacon Hill Carriage Road. We'll walk the picturesque route around the Lake from west to east, stopping for all the scenic vistas along the way. Then, we'll hike the Beacon Hill Footpath, which follows along the top edge of an east-facing cliff line and gets bathed in the warm, morning light. This hike will offer beautiful views of the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys as well as the Catskill Mountains to the north. The carriage roads are relatively easy walking; however, the footpath does include some hills and tricky footing. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Fri 10 Feb
Nature Walk at the Gardiner Library
Friday, February 10, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a nature walk starting at the Gardiner Library. During this program, we will take an approximately one mile walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and wander through Majestic Park, which may be muddy and wet. On this slow-paced walk, we will be looking at whatever natural curiosities intrigue the group, from birds to trees. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm boots or shoes and bring binoculars. In case of a poor weather cancellation, this program will be offered instead on February 17. The total number of participants for this program is limited to fifteen individuals. Meet at the Gardiner Library lower parking area, near the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and electric charging station. For more information about the program, please email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov or call the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Sat 11 Feb
Animal Tracks along the Stream’s Edge at Minnewaska
Saturday, February 11, 2023 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a combination recreational and interpretive, three-mile hike along Lower Awosting Carriage Road and Mossy Glen Footpath. The footpath section of this hike follows the edge of the Peter's Kill stream and features many lovely views of it. The carriage road section is easy-walking, returning us to our starting point. Along the way, we will look for clues of wild animals, in the form of tracks and footprints in the snow. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive by 9:10 a.m. if you will be borrowing snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Meet in the Lower Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sun 12 Feb
Views across the Ravine Walk at Minnewaska
Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Joshua Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps member, for a morning stroll along the Castle Point and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads to reach Kempton Ledge and Patterson's Pellet. These two cliff-edge, scenic vistas are located across the Palmaghatt Ravine from each other. If conditions are favorable, we should be able to see one from the other and perhaps even the tower at High Point State Park in New Jersey. The vast views along this route should offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the pristine, winter landscape. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 14 Feb
Tuesday Trek: Hike to Echo Rock at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for an approximately four-mile round trip walk along two carriage roads to reach the picturesque Echo Rock. Ancient Eastern hemlock trees line the edges of this route, which offers expansive views of the blue sky over the white, winter landscape. From the top of this scenic lookout, hikers peer down into the pristine Palmaghatt Ravine, where vultures often glide below. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 18 Feb
Great Backyard Bird Count Walk at Minnewaska
Saturday, February 18, 2023 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for a winter outing in the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual, four-day, citizen science project that was launched in 1998 and is coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Birds Canada. The GBBC invites people to count birds in their backyards, their favorite outdoor places, or anywhere birds can be found and submit observations to these organizations. For this count, participants will slowly walk various trails near the Peter's Kill Area of Minnewaska to search for birds. We will plan to walk on mostly on level ground, though there will be a few sections of rocky terrain with a few short hills. The total estimated distance of this walk will be up to two miles. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers, wear warm boots or shoes, and bring binoculars. Visit birdcount.org to learn more about the GBBC. Program will be cancelled in the event of rain or snow. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752. Please email Nicholas.Martin@parks.ny.gov for any questions and additional information.
Registration: Required
Mon 20 Feb
Holiday Hike: Frozen Waterfalls Snowshoe Walk at Minnewaska
Monday, February 20, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a two-and-a-half-mile snowshoe walk to Awosting Falls. Starting from the Peter's Kill Area, participants will hike briefly on the Awosting Falls Connector Footpath and then journey up the scenic Awosting Falls Carriage Road, which has a gentle incline as it approaches Awosting Falls. If weather conditions are cold enough, a frozen volcano-like structure forms at the base of the waterfall. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive at 9:30 a.m. if you would like to borrow snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 21 Feb
Tuesday Trek: Two Views Scenic Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Joshua Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member, for a refreshing hike along the Bullwheel, High Peter's Kill, Yellow Loop, and Red Loop Footpaths to two scenic overlooks in the Peter's Kill Area. One view offers a winter panorama of the Rondout Valley, with a backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, and the second view spotlights the iconic Sky Top Tower. This stone tower stands out like a landlocked lighthouse guiding visitors to the Shawangunk Mountains. The round-trip distance for this outing is about two miles and there are a few moderate hills. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring microspikes or other ice traction devices. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Sat 25 Feb
Peter’s Kill Loop Snowshoe Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Nick Martin, Park Educator, for an approximately two-mile snowshoe hike on the footpaths in the Peter's Kill. Starting from the Peter's Kill parking area, we'll make a loop out of the Red Loop, Bullwheel, High Peter's Kill, and Yellow Connector Footpaths. This hike, which features views of the Catskills Mountains and the surrounding Park Preserve, meanders through pristine forests and alongside the snow-covered Peter's Kill stream. This outing includes some sustained uphill and downhill sections that may be challenging for some, along with a varied terrain of roots, rocks, and open rock faces. A limited number of snowshoes are available for participants to borrow for this program from the Education Department, with advance registration. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. if you will be borrowing snowshoes. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike. If conditions are icy, participants are encouraged to bring micro-spikes or other ice traction devices. Meet at the Peter's Kill Area. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required
Tue 28 Feb
Winter Hike: An Orchard, a Cliff Edge View and an Echo at Minnewaska
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/Americorps member, for a winter hike through an historic orchard that once served the grand hotels found at Minnewaska. Planted on a steep hill, the view from the top of the orchard is gorgeous. Continuing along our route, we'll pass through a former hotel golf course to make our way over to Castle Point Carriage Road, which we'll walk until we reach Kempton Ledge. From here, there are wide open views of the Palmaghatt Ravine and Storm King and Breakneck mountains in the distance. Next, we'll make our way down to Hamilton Point Carriage Road, which we'll follow until we reach Echo Rock, another scenic viewpoint where you can actually hear the echo of your own voice. To return, we'll follow Hamilton Point, Millbrook Mountain, and Lake Minnewaska Carriage Roads, swinging back on the opposite side of the Lake to reach the Visitor Center. This walk is mostly along easy-walking carriage roads, with an estimated total distance of six-and-a-half miles. Please bring water and food and dress appropriately for the season. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. If the Park Preserve is grooming for cross-country skiing, this hike destination will change. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.
Registration: Required