Above: Doug Senterman, the Catskills Program Coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cuts the ribbon on a new 0.5-mile trail at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center. Photo courtesy of Doug Senterman.
On Saturday, June 4, a new trail hiking trail opened at the Maurice D.Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in the Ulster County town of Shandaken.
Doug Senterman, the Catskills program coordinator of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, cut the ribbon (with a little help from some friends) to open the trail, which is a 0.5-mile walk up a series of switchbacks, sometimes along stairs, to a plateau where a picnic area will be located.
The trail was built by a team of volunteers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this year, and is an early phase of a longer trail that the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Catskill Interpretive Center plan to extend to the summit of Mount Tobias, according to Senterman.
Below: Jeff Senterman, the head of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, poses on stairs that make up part of the new trail. Photo via the NYNJTC Facebook page.