Hiking in a Winter Wonderland

Winter in the Great Western Catskills is an enchanting time, especially when covered in a blanket of snow. Getting outside for a hike when there are inches of snow can appear to be a bit of a challenge so we have put together a collection of hikes with little to no elevation gain to make venturing outside in the winter an enjoyable endeavor! Having the right gear makes all the difference. Make sure you are bundled up and have some hot tea to come home too. Happy hiking!

Andes Rail Trail
Trailhead Location: 266 Depot Street (aka Cabin Hill Road/County Route 2), Andes, NY
Hike Length: 1.8 miles (out-and-back)

A trail perfect for walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing, this old railroad route is perfect for a adventure in the snow.

Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Trailhead Location: Trout Brook Road and West Trout Brook Road, Downsville, NY. Parking lots found along either side of the road.
Hike Length: There are many trails in this park. Follow this link for details on each.

This maintained land of 7,000 acres is home to 11 miles of hiking that is accessible year round. Seated in the towns of Walton, Colchester, and Hancock, there are many easy trails to choose from. Follow the link to find the trails you’d like to explore with your family.

Catskill Scenic Trail
Trailhead Location: Beginning at State Route 10 at Feed Store Road (Bloomville, NY) and State Route 30 at Hardscrabble Road (Roxbury, NY).
Hike Length: 26 miles

This beautiful, retired railroad route is a perfect trail for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. You choose how far you’d like to hike on this 26 mile route that traverses through many Catskill Mountain towns.

Palmer Hill Trail 
Trailhead Location: Finkle Road, off State Route 28, Andes, NY
Hike Length: 1.6 miles or 2.1 with a total of 3.1 miles of trail

This trail is located on an old farmstead and offers two easy looping trails. Bring your family along to enjoy stunning views!