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We created this website to help assist fellow hikers plan their next hiking adventure in Central New York, the Adirondacks, Catskills as well as many other places we've visited over the years. We do this website as a hobby and hope we are able to help you find a great adventure! Look below for links to our latest additions and updates to the website. Tell your friends about us!

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It's late March and getting closer to April in Central New York! The weather is still not very spring like but the days are getting longer. There is still snow and ice on many hiking trails, especially in the woods. Places where the snow is melting, you will find muddy trails. Expect stream crossings to be dangersous and impassable at some places. Be sure to bring snowshoes and crampons on your hike. Will you be warm enough on your hike? The cold weather can be very dangerous if you are not prepared. The weather can be very unpredictable, so be prepared for anything! Will you have enough water for your hike? Do you have energy snacks?

We are working on creating a new page with gear recommendations and working on a new video called "Intro to Hiking", which talks about what is in our daypack and fundmentals for new hikers. We hope to have the page up before Easter and the video done after Easter. We'll post the video on this page.

We recommend the book Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival for anyone who is interested in learning outdoor survival and check out their videos on YouTube. Lots of great info!

Recent additions and updates on CNY Hiking
Kopac Trail 3/30 Irvin Loop 3/30 Potomac Trail 3/13
Kaaterskill Falls 3/1 Giant Ledge 2/28 Van Wyck Mountain 2/28
Richmond Mountain 2/26 Willowemoc Mountain 2/22 East Wildcat 2/20
South Sly 2/17 Sleeping Lion Mountain 2/15 South Bearpen 2/15
Stoppel Point 2/14 St Anne's Peak 2/13 Vly Mountain 2/8
Bearpen Mountain 2/8 Roundtop 2/7 Roundtop Mountain 2/7
Olderbark Mountain 2/7 Woodpecker Ridge 2/7 Long Path 2/7
Sundown Wild Forest 2/5 Red Hill Fire Tower 2/3 Phoenicia-Mt Tobias WF 2/2
Delaware Wild Forest 2/1 Indian Head Wilderness 1/31 Shandaken Wild Forest 1/28
Big Indian Wilderness 1/28 Balsam Lk Mt Wild Forest 1/28 Windham Blkhd Wilderness 1/27
Elm Ridge Wild Forest 1/27 Colgate Lake Wild Forest 1/26 Kanik Nature Trail 1/24
Ashley Falls 1/17 Robert Treman State Park 1/11 Danby State Forest 1/11

 


Have you donated to a hiking club? Be sure to support hiking clubs and their products, like their hiking guides and maps! They do the hard work to keep the trails blazed and cleared! Use our Hiking Clubs page to find a link to your local hiking club to support! Buy the guides and maps that help support hiking clubs!

What if you get lost and have to stay overnight in the woods? Are you prepared for a cold, dark night in the woods? Does someone know your hiking route plan? The nights are getting cooler, be sure to pack something warm just in case! You just never know.

Be safe. Be prepared. It might save your life! Carry a day pack complete with plenty of food and water. You should also bring extra clothing, rain coat, map and compass, first-aid kit, flashlight/headlamp, sun glasses, sun-block protection, ensolite pads, a stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blankets. Matches with a good fire starter is a life saver.

Be safe while on your outdoor adventure. Be prepared out on the trails. Know how much daylight you have and how long your hike will take! Are you prepared for a night in the forest? Would you be ready? What's in your backpack? You can never be too prepared, even with a short hike. 

Use our Hiking Safety webpage to help you plan for a safe hiking adventure. Hiking with your dog? We always had our dog on a leash everytime we are hiking. You should too! You certainly don't want to find out what happens when your dog runs into a porcupine or into a skunk! It's not fun, trust me.

We are not affiliated with any hiking clubs or any hiking trail maintenance. If there any problems with trails, we suggest contacting the hiking club or NY DEC directly. All the information on this website is based on our best knowledge from our experience hiking the trail or where noted, from others who wanted to share their hiking experience. We try to keep the information up to date, but sometimes trails have changed that we are unaware of. If you see an error, please contact us at contact@cnyhiking.com.


Here are some tips to help you be prepared on your hiking/backpacking/camping adventure --> 

  • Wrap some duct tape on your hiking pole so you have it available for any emergency!
  • Throw some dryer lint in a zip lock baggie to use as a fire starter. Don't forget matches!
  • Do you have hand or foot warmers in your backpack?  Even in the summer!
  • Don't wear cotton in the winter! Or at any time of the year while hiking!
  • Do you have enough water?  What about a high energy snack?
  • Did you tell someone your hiking plans and when to expect you?

Be sure to check yourself for ticks!

Be very wary of high grass and use our tips below. You can minimize your chances of exposure to ticks by following a few simple steps:

  • stay toward the center of trails and away from brush as well as high grass
  • tuck pant legs inside socks and/or wear gaiters
  • wear light-colored clothing (makes spotting ticks easier)
  • use insect repellant (at least 40% deet) and don't forget to spray your pants, socks plus your boots as well.
  • search all those places that ticks love to hide: in your hair, under your arms, between your legs, behind the knees, and even in your belly button
  • Put the clothes you wore on your hike in the dryer, and tumble them on high heat

Be sure to check your pets as well for ticks. It's a good idea to contact your health care provider if you find any attached to you.


Scrappy (2003-2014)

My beloved hiking buddy Scrappy passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 after a battle with cancer. She would've been 11 years old in August. She hiked many miles on many hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, North Country Trail, Long Path, Finger Lakes Trail, Letchworth Trail, Link Trail, Bristol Hills Trail, Great Eastern Trail, Northville-Placid Trail, Devils Path and the Escarpment Trail to name just a few. She was a loyal companion on many of our hiking adventures and will be missed. Her legacy lives on in this website, with the many hiking videos she is featured in and the many pictures of her. The above picture is from one her many visits to Hemlock Lean To in Morgan Hill State Forest.

Scrappy looking for hikers on the trail on Bald Mountain in the Adirondacks in November 2009


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Every effort has been made to make the information on this website as accurate and useful as possible.  However, many things can change over time and can create discrepancies on the website.  If you experience a discrepancy due to a change we have no control over, we apologize.  Please let us know so we can update the website and others do not have the same experience!

This website was meant as a guide to assist fellow outdoor enthusiasts choose and plan their hiking adventures.  This website does not guarantee that all this information is 100% correct and can not guarantee your safety on the trails.  You hike at your own risk and no one from this website is liable for any property loss or damage, personal injury, or any unfortunate death that may result from accessing or hiking any trails described on this website.

Please be aware that hiking can result in injuries, sometimes serious.  If your not careful on your hike or not properly prepared, it can be a matter of life or death in some instances. This website is not affiliated to any trail or hiking club.