This Week on Upstater: Livin’ in a Hiker’s Paradise

Have you heard of the Catskill 3500 Club? The group was founded in 1962 “to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills.” According to its website, “membership is open to all persons who have climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation.” One can actually become a full-fledged member of the Catskill 3500 Club, but the club could also be a convenient way to organize your hiking trips upstate. Too daunting? Shorter hikes like Kaaterskill Falls (new and improved!), Overlook Mountain, and Escarpment Trail at North/South Lake might be more surmountable.

Indeed, west-of-Hudson offers plenty in the way of hiking jaunts both long and short, with popular spots like Poet’s Walk, Beacon Mountain, and Bear Mountain, not to mention access to the Appalachian Trail in Putnam County bringing in the hikers. But for our money, we enjoy the more tucked away spots like Tivoli Bays and the Unification Theological Seminary trails. A host of Scenic Hudson parks and trails offer short treks on both sides of the river.

This week on Upstater, we’ll be lacing up our lug-soled boots and hitting the ol’ dusty trail in the Hiker’s Paradise that is our home. Speaking of “home,” maybe you’ll find one this week among our selection of residential real estate listings situated near some of our favorite hiking trails. Stay tuned, and pack some trail mix…

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Kandy is a writer and musician/music teacher living in Saugerties, NY.

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