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Hike South Mountain by the Historic Direct Path

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June 7, 2019 07:04 am

HAINES FALLS — Hike South Mountain by the Historic Direct Path, Saturday, June 8.

To honor the gift of an original Catskill Mountain House hiking stick donated by Kathy (Van Schaack) Boyer and Peggy (Van Schaack) Phillips, a group will take a popular 19th century path from the Mountain House site on Pine Orchard to sites on South Mountain.

This now unusual route will pass through the first ledge on South Mountain (sometimes called the Lemon Squeezer), take a short detour to Druid Rocks, pass through Puddingstone Hall, and reach the state trail at Bootjack Rock. Once on the modern trail, you will see the lookout called the Sphinx, walk on to “Bowlder” Rock and there will be an optional excursion through Fat Man’s Delight to the Natural Bridge.

The pristine CMH walking stick joins another walking stick from the Hotel Kaaterskill, which was donated to MTHS by the Mohonk Barn Museum. The new gift is in too fine a condition to risk carrying it through the whole walk, but organizers will bring it to Pine Orchard for an official presentation. The hike is considered easy to moderate with a short bushwhack. An easier alternative route will be offered along the state trail to Boulder Rock but missing the sites before reaching the modern trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at the MTHS campus, wear appropriate shoes for hiking, and bring lunch and water. Return will be at mid afternoon.

Membership for hike participation is not required, but participants are encouraged to join or make a donation to the MTHS to support their work. Participants are asked to register for each hike.

Register on the contacts page or by calling 518-589-6657. Please leave your name, phone number, and the number in your party. Schedule subject to change. The latest information is available at Notification of changes, including cancellations due to weather will be made on the web site.iven hike.