AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley, 2nd: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany

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With more than 600 miles of trails within just a few hours of New York City, the Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany.  This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes.

From classic hikes like Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, to carriage road walks in the ...

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley, 2nd: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany

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Overview

With more than 600 miles of trails within just a few hours of New York City, the Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany.  This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes.

From classic hikes like Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, to carriage road walks in the Shawangunks and a historic walk around the grounds of Oleana, to 25 Catskills hikes such as Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains, to ridgewalks along the Taconic Range, this guide offers a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests.  An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Alworth Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources
“Peter’s guide is a must-have for hikers. This book makes it easy to get out and explore, from the highlands of the Hudson Valley to the backwoods of the Catskill Forest Preserve.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934028452
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books MA
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 308,542
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter W. Kick, a native of the Catskill Mountains, is a New York State-licensed wilderness guide and trip leader. The author of several hiking and mountain-biking guides, including AMC’s Catskill Mountain Guide, he has also written for Backpacker, Outdoor Traveler, Sailing, and Adirondack Life. 

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Table of Contents

1 Storm King

2 The Hook

3 Popolopen Gorge and the Torne

4 Breakneck Ridge to South Beacon Mountain

5 Bear Mountain

6 Anthony’s Nose

7 Hessian Lake and Fort Montgomery Historic Site

Chapter 2 The Shawangunks

8 Bonticou Crag

9 Castle Point, Lake Awosting, and Margaret Cliff

10 Millbrook Mountain and Gertrude’s Nose

11 The Trapps

12 Sky Top

13 Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake

14 Lake Minnewaska

Chapter 3 The Eastern Mid-Hudson Valley

15 Cranberry Lake Preserve

16 Old Croton Aqueduct

17 Stissing Mountain

18 Thompson Pond

19 Norrie Point

20 Poets’ Walk Romantic Landscape Park

21 Olana

22 Roosevelt Woods

Chapter 4 The Southern Taconics

23 Brace Mountain

24 Alander Mountain

25 Bash Bish Mountain

26 Harvey Mountain

Chapter 5 The Northern Taconics

27 Mount Greylock

28 Hopkins Memorial Forest

29 Pine Cobble

30 Sunset Rock: To be replaced

Chapter 6 The Catskills

31 Ashokan Dam

32 Slide Mountain

33 Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains

34 Giant Ledge

35 Peekamoose and Table Mountains

36 Ashokan High Point

37 Burnt Knob

38 Mount Tremper

39 Sugarloaf Mountain

40 Overlook Mountain

41 Indian Head Mountain

42 Twin Mountain

43 Plateau Mountain from Stony Clove

44 Kaaterskill High Peak

45 Poet’s Ledge

46 Huckleberry Point

47 North Point

48 Inspiration Point and Boulder Rock

49 Kaaterskill Falls

50 Blackhead Mountain

51 Windham High Peak

52 Belleayre Mountain

53 Hunter Mountain

54 Diamond Notch to West Kill Falls

55 West Kill Mountain to Buck ridge Lookout

56 Dry Brook Ridge

57 Balsam Lake Mountain

58 Palenville Overlook

Chapter 7 The Helderbergs

59 Vroman’s Nose

60 Thacher Park and Indian Ladder

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