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Backpacking in The Catskills with Mappy Hour presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

  • Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness (map)
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Girl Gotta Hike is heading to the Great Northern Catskills in partnership with Mappy Hour and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co for a fall foliage inspired overnight! This trip is perfect for Catskill 3500 peak baggers and more casual campers alike with options for easier and more challenging experiences. The Windham-Blackhead Range has long been visited by artists, writers and those seeking solace in the woods. I can’t wait to get back up there and soak up some gorgeous fall foliage!!

On Saturday, we’ll meet in the Catskills and backpack a short distance in to a backcountry campsite. We'll set up our tents, grab some snacks and then dayhike up and back to bag one Catskill 3500 peak - OR - you can choose to start with the first peak, then continue on to bag two more Catskill 3500 peaks before returning to camp. Whatever you choose, we’ve got you covered with two licensed guides on this trip.

On Sunday, we’ll hike back down to the cars and either go chill at a nearby lake or hike out and back to a fourth Catskill 3500 peak before rejoining our fellow campers at said nearby lake.

Where:  Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness

When:  Saturday, October 12th @ 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 13th @ 5:00 PM

Distance:  5 to 17 miles — hiker’s choice with options for easier strolling or more challenging hiking

Rating:  Moderate — Challenging

Experience level: For backpacking beginners and old pros alike. Day-hiking experience a plus, and the ability (or willingness) to carry camping gear on your back for a bit.

Transportation: You can take the NY Trailways bus from Port Authority (7:00AM) to Kingston (arrive 9:10AM). We will pick you up there and drive you to the trailhead. Drivers can meet at the trailhead parking lot at 10:00AM. Specific location details given upon signup.

Cost: $109/person; $99/person early bird ticket (purchase by October 6th)

Included with trip: The cost is inclusive of two professional licensed New York State outdoor guides, applicable permits, and a shuttle from the Kingston Bus Station.

BYO: Food and camping gear. Don't know what to bring? A handy checklist will be provided upon signup. Short on gear? You can rent it from your trusty guide -- just email with any tent, backpack and sleeping bag (or more) requests!

Sign up! Follow the link to Mappy Hour to sign up for this awesome adventure!

Trip is limited to 10 participants. This hike is open to all — bring your bestie, your partner or that acquaintance from the office who has a tent you can borrow!

Founded in NYC, Mappy Hour is a community of urban dwelling outdoor enthusiasts who gather monthly around maps, guidebooks, beer and adventure stories. Check out their site for more info and events!

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