Outdoor Recreation Books:
An Ice Climber's Guide to the Catskill Mountains, by Marty Molitoris
Avid ice climber,
Mary Molitoris, produced this guide as an attempt to offer in depth
information and education to current and future ice climbers of the
Catskills. It contains valuable information on ratings, weather,
equipment, amenities and ethics as well as detailed directions to,
and descriptions of, many of the finest climbs the Catskills has to
The Catskills: A Cross-Country
Skiing Guide , by George V. Quinn
This book presents 27 cross-country trails and areas
in all parts of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains with skill
levels, directions, maps, and scenic views.
The Catskills: A Bicycling
Guide , by Pierre Menrtrier & Jay Wenk
Jay Wenk and Pierre Menetrier take
riders of all skill levels on road tours through the Catskill and
Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons , by Carol & David White
Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons describes sixty hikes, treks, and rambles to the mountain summits, cascading falls, and dramatic rocky notches of this 700,000-acre park....Hike descriptions include practical advice, round-trip distances, difficulty ratings, summit elevations, and page maps. The Whites have included a mix of easy, moderate, and difficult short and full-day treks along with information on regional attractions. 176 pages. Softcover.
Catskill Mountain Guide (Hiking
Guide Series) , by Peter Kick
This 300 page book published by the Appalachian
Mountain Club covers 300 miles of trails in the Catskill Mountains.
Inside you'll find detailed descriptions of trails to suit every
ability level - from easy strolls along wooded slopes to strenuous
climbs with expansive vistas to multiday thru-hikes. Tips on trip
planning and map and compass use, plus notes on the geology, flora,
and fauna of the region make this guide an ideal addition to your
pack. Inside you'll find: more than 90 trail descriptions;full-color
GPS-rendered pull-out map; guidelines for backcountry
Best Hikes With Children in the
Catskills and Hudson River Valley , by Cynthia Lewis, Thomas J. Lewis, Sheila Buff
Completely revised and updated, with trips suitable for
preschoolers to teenagers.This edition guides you to some of the
Empire State's most kid-friendly outdoor excursions, all of which
are located within two and a half hours of New York City. It
features 51 short, spectacular hikes for kids, seniors and anyone
looking for an easy escape to the outdoors, practical advice for
hiking with children and engaging them in the natural world, and
includes optional turn-around points for tired feet.
Catskill Peak Experiences - 101 True Tales of High Adventure in the High Peaks by Carol and David White
For the last forty-five years, mountain climbers in the Northeast have joined the quest for membership in the Catskill 3500 Club, reserved for hikers who summit all thirty-five Catskill Mountain peaks over 3,500 feet high. Adding to the challenge, four peaks must be climbed in winter, and thirteen of the peaks are trail-less. Despite all obstacles, from blizzards to raging thunderstorms, ice storms, broken bones, heart attacks, subzero temperatures, disorientation, intense fatigue - you name it - they kept coming back for more, and today over 1,700 men and women have earned their membership badge. And they all returned with stories to tell. 6" x 9", 320 pages, map & photographs.
Catskill Trails, Book 1 - The Northern Catskills & Book 2 - The Southern Catskills, by Edward G. Henry
Hike the Catskills with a Forest Ranger by your
side! This includes hikes through some of the most magnificent
scenery in the Eastern US, the rugged wilderness terrain of the
Catskill Forest Preserve. These books tie geology, forest ecology,
meteorology, wildlife biology, geography, economics, and history in
order to offer a well-rounded perspective of the region.
Catskill Trails - Volume 8, 3rd Edition (Adirondack Mtn Club) by Carol and David White
If you’re interested in hiking the Catskills, this pocket-sized book offers a lot for the space and money....This edition is a significant improvement over earlier versions for several reasons, not the least of which are the inclusion of more accurate trail distances, recently re-measured by surveying wheel, and greater details about the trails themselves. At the beginning of each geographic section, there is a bulleted list offering a few suggested hikes characterized as Short, Moderate, and Harder. 332 pages, paperback.
Catskill Region Waterfall Guide, by Russell Dunn
Russell Dunn takes on the Catskills and the Shawungunks, leading the way to some of New York’s most famous cascades in the land of the Hudson River School and John Burroughs. Dunn guides the reader to more than 70 waterfalls, including New York State’s tallest, providing detailed directions, maps, historical and anecdotal accounts, and vintage postcards. Waterfall adventures for every level of ability include wilderness treks and roadside views, even a kayak paddle through a secluded chasm.
New York Walk Book - Sixth Edition, from the New York - New Jersey Trail
This book covers everything from the Catskills to
Fahnestock State Park to Westchester County to Long Island. Mountain
ecology, the geology, are discussed. The color maps show each area
covered in the book including the hiking trails, the geology,
topography, etc. This book will prove to be a necessary asset to a
hiker wishing to see all of the natural wonders of the Hudson River
Valley and its surroundings.
Views from on High: Fire Tower
Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills , by John P.
Fire towers are being saved from destruction owing
to the efforts of volunteer organizations throughout the Adirondack
and Catskill Parks. This guide describes 28 fire tower trails, how
to get to each, the condition of the tower and whether or not it is
open to the public.