1-3 Night backpacking in the Catskills, in the next 5-6 months.
January 23, 2009 11:57 PM   Subscribe

Sometime from March to early summertime several of us would like to go on a backpacking trip from NYC. I need to hear about nice hikes in the Catskills.

Hikes could go from a lengthy 1 night to a short 3 night (as in start in the early evening, end at noon rather than all day), I guess. Loop trails are preferable, as are trails with luxuries like shelters, fire pits, and holes to shit in. I'm looking to take it a little easy at the end of the day on this one.

We're decent at hiking, and malingering is not accepted, so covering distance isn't too much of a problem. I'd mostly like more specific trail suggestions along the line of the other NYC backpacking question and especially need to hear about conditions as they will influence when we'd most enjoy the trip and what kit and plans to prepare. I'd say nothing worse than about 20 degrees F and snow that's not too bad to walk through in the earlier parts or else moderate rain and occasional slogging through mud and small streams would be just fine, not that perfect weather wouldn't be great. One constraint is that we don't have any real climbing skills.

Hikes near Roxbury or on the way there from NYC are also great with our plans.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (1 answer total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: New York Walk Book, Long Path Guide, Catskill Trails and other relevant titles found here. No fires in NYS parks (Harriman, Sterling Forest or Minnewaska among others). Park police take it very seriously.
posted by mlis at 10:53 PM on January 24, 2009

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