Taking a Hike: From the Devil’s Tombstone to the Colonel’s Chair

I don’t have a fear of heights. At least, that is what I thought until I met the fire tower atop Hunter Mountain. Now, there is nothing dizzying about Hunter Mountain itself. At 4,050 feet, its summit is the second highest in the Catskills, but it is flat and cliffless, covered in dense spruce-fir forest. It is utterly undramatic and … read more

Peace and big views in the Catskills

The Catskills region – a two-hour drive from Fairfield County – contains 450 square miles of mountainous forest. That’s pretty much half the land area of Rhode Island. The mountains include by far our nearest 4,000-footers (Slide Mountain – the Catskills’ highest peak – tops out at 4,190 feet). There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails in the region, … read more