Be prepared for uphill hikes with climbing on both hikes. Bring beverage, lunch, insect repellant or head net and proper waterproof footwear. As we will be at altitude it would be prudent to bring weatherproof, warm outerwear too.
Diamond Notch Hike – We will meet at 9:30AM at the Devil's Tombstone parking area on route 214 and carpool to the Diamond Notch trail head DEC parking lot by 10:00AM. The trail follows a path 1.3 mi along Hollow Tree Brook to the height of land at 2650 feet between Southwest Hunter Mtn and West Kill Mtn.; then on to Diamond Notch at 1.5 mi and beautiful Diamond Notch Falls and the junction with the Devil's Path at a total of 2.5 miles (5 miles roundtrip.)This delightful route passes first growth northern hardwoods and spruce-fir forests such as John Bartram would have experienced.
Directions: Take Exit 19 – Kingston off the NYS Thruway. At circle take 28 west 23 miles to Phoenicia. At Phoenicia take right onto Rte 214. Take Rte 214 east 5 miles to Diamond Notch Road on the left. The Devil's Tombstone parking area is approximately 4 miles north on 214. A parking fee may apply. Please consolidate into as few cars as possible. From Devil's Tombstone, turn right from the parking lot and take 214 south 4 miles. Make right onto Diamond Notch Road and continue approximately 1 mile to trailhead parking lot.
North-South Lake Hike – We will meet at 10:00AM on Sunday, May 11 at Scutt Road Parking Area near North-South Lake Park Entrance. We will follow along an approximate route the Bartrams may have taken in their 1753 trip to the North-South Lake area and Kaaterskill Falls. Hopefully we will also have time to hike the Escarpment with expansive views to the east and visit the site of the Catskill Mountain House.
Directions: Exit the NYS Thruway (I-87) at Exit 20 at Saugerties. Follow Rte. 32 north for approximately 6 miles to Rte. 32A to Rte. 23A west. Stay on Rte. 23A to the village of Haines Falls. Make first right turn in Haines Falls onto County Rte. 18, Take Rte 18 (North Lake Road) approximately 2 miles and just before tollbooth, make a right on Schutt Road. Make first right into parking lot.
Lecture at Haines Falls Train Station. Saturday, May 10 at 7:00PM
Exit the NYS Thruway (I-87) at Exit 20 at Saugerties. Follow Rte. 32 north for approximately 6 miles to Rte. 32A to Rte. 23A west. Stay on Rte. 23A to the village of Haines Falls. Just before intersection with Route 18 make a right into Mountain Top Historical Society Campus. Follow the asphalt road from the Visitor Center parking lot, past the outbuilding and make a right at the intersection of the three roads where you will see the Train Station Building.
A list of accommodations for the weekend will be provided to those who inquire.