Alan Via


Aug. 19, 2016
Few hikers think about the Catskills’ four ski areas during warm weather, but these lightly-used mountains have some great foot trails for summertime adventurers. Windham Mountain in Greene County, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Ulster County and... Read more
Jan. 12, 2016
Above: Snowshoes at Catskill Mountain Storehouse. Photo by Tim Luby.  Now that winter has arrived in the Catskills in earnest, it’s time to break out the snowshoes. If you’ve never tried hiking with snowshoes, read on for a guide on how to choose, size... Read more
Nov. 19, 2015
Most people have never heard of Catskills trails with names like Venus' Bath, Countryman Kill Falls, Moonshine Ridge, Lover's Loop, Yankee Smith and Rip's Ledge. All of them are seldom-hiked unofficial trails that begin on private land owned by the... Read more
Oct. 22, 2015
Above: Hiking near the the Moonhaw on the Friday and Balsam Cap range in shoulder season conditions in 2012. Photo by Shirley LaPlante. As October shoulders its way into November, the cool sunny days can easily lull us into a sense of comfortable... Read more
Oct. 1, 2015
The annual Lark in the Park kicks off this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs for a week through Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12. This annual celebration originated in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Catskill Park, and is an... Read more
Aug. 24, 2015
The trailhead for beautiful Andes Rail Trail hike is located on County Road 2 (also known as 266 Depot Street) at the edge of the Delaware County hamlet of Andes. The attractive Andes Rail Trail and Train Depot sign surrounded by gorgeous flowers herald... Read more
Aug. 3, 2015
Overlook Mountain, located just outside of the Ulster County town of Woodstock, is a magnet for hikers of all ages, abilities, and interests. The five-mile round-trip hike begins on the Meads Road trailhead and follows a trail up 1,400 feet to the summit... Read more
Jun. 3, 2015
June 6 is National Trails Day, a celebration of the American trails system that's been commemorated on the first Saturday of June for the last 22 years. People are encouraged to get out and hike and bring their friends. If you're looking for a scenic... Read more
May. 26, 2015
A great Catskills trail is hiding in plain sight in the Pine Hill Wild Forest of Shandaken, just off of Route 28. Turn onto Matyas Road and follow it to its end to get to Rochester Hollow, a treat for hikers, snowshoers, skiers, birders, photographers,... Read more