On Saturday, October 10, 2015 the Mountain Top Historical Society's Haines Falls campus will be the place to begin your Lark in the Park. Starting at 9:00 a.m. we'll offer a choice of four hikes spreading out to various trail heads around the area with popular, experienced hike leaders. Robert Titus, the Catskills Geologist, will lead the Rip Van Winkle hike to Sunset Rock from North Lake recounting Rip's adventures along the way. Paul LaPierre and Pete Senterman will begin at the South Lake dam and head up the west side of the lake along the old railroad right of way. This easy hike, including stops at the Otis Elevating Railway cut, Alligator Rock, the Catskill Mountain House site will be accompanied by railroad lore of the early 1900s. Our own Bob Gildersleeve will lead a Fall tour of Three Waterfalls in Kaaterskill Clove. Thanks to Twilight Cottagers we will visit overlooks of three waterfalls in Twilight Park. After a stop to view Haines Falls from the bridge and the tennis courts we will do a two-mile walk through the woods to see Santa Cruz Falls and Buttermilk Falls. Along the way, we will see some beautiful views of Kaaterskill Clove from the South Rim of the Clove. Nancy Allen will lead a hike to Codfish Point. Beginning at the parking lot at the top of Devil's Kitchen, Nancy's group will take a five-mile round trip that has a 1500 foot elevation gain in 2.5 miles. They will pass some old stone quarries and enjoy great views to the southeast.
All of the hikers will meet at the MTHS campus at 9:00 a.m. and car pool to the various trail heads for the hikes. The hikes are designed to last about three hours and return to the MTHS for lunch.
Lunch will be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with all the fixings including salads, cold drinks and dessert. The cost per person for lunch is $10.
After lunch, in the U&D Train Station, we will have presentations by Michelle Yost on the present and future Kaaterskill Rail Trail, and by Jeff Senterman about the Catskill Center. We'll end the day with a presentation by Marty Molitoris of Alpine Endeavors on ice climbing.
We welcome hikers and those interested in hiking or just the beauty of the Catskill Park to join us for a hike, a presentation, lunch, good company and interesting information.