The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is offering outings throughout the month of January. Preregistration is required for participation in all public programs. For more information, call the park office at 845-255-0752.
For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center. The park is at 5281 Route 44-55 in Kerhonkson.
Sunday, Jan. 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
Cross-Country Ski to Kempton’s Ledge
Environmental Educator Laura Conner will lead a 4-mile cross-country ski outing to Kempton’s Ledge, where scenic views of the Palmaghatt Ravine abound. This modestly challenging outing will follow along Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road and Castle Point Carriage Road, a well-groomed route that does include two challenging hills. Participants must provide their own ski equipment and must have previous cross-country skiing experience. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Snowshoe Mossy Glen
Use snowshoes on this nearly 4-mile-long walk in the woods along the edges of the Peter’s Kill stream. This trail offers a relatively flat route for people just learning to use snowshoes; however, there are two unimproved stream crossings. Snowshoes may be rented from the park office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Meet in the Awosting parking lot. (This outing will also occur on Monday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
Snowshoe and Winter Tree ID
This moderately challenging 2-mile excursion includes a tree-identification workshop not just for winter but for any season. Snowshoes may be rented from the park office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. This program will meet in the Peter’s Kill Area.