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Byrdcliffe Hike with Dave Holden

  • Byrdcliffe Theatre 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Rd Woodstock, NY, 12498 United States (map)

Join NYSDEC-licensed Hiking Guide, Dave Holden, for Byrdcliffe’s spring/summer/fall series of educational and invigorating hikes on the beautiful Byrdcliffe Trail. Hikes last approximately two hours and are themed according to the variations of the seasons:

Saturday, April 11 – EARLY SPRING ON MT. GUARDIAN
Saturday, May 23 – BYRDCLIFFE/MT. GUARDIAN TRAIL SPRING WILDFLOWERS
Saturday, June 20 – MOUNTAIN LAURELS IN BLOOM
Saturday, July 18 – HIKING (SLOWLY) IN THE SHADE, hike #1
Saturday, August 8 – HIKING (SLOWLY) IN THE SHADE, hike #2
Saturday, September 12 – EARLY FALL FUNGI ON THE BYRDCLIFFE/MT. GUARDIAN TRAIL
Saturday, October 24 – FALL COLORS

Dave Holden has explored and mapped Woodstock’s backwoods for over 30 years and has been a volunteer trail-keeper for many of those. He designed and built the Byrdcliffe Trail in 2012, which winds up the slopes and ledges of Mt. Guardian above Byrdcliffe, connecting with the pre-existing Mt. Guardian Trail. Says popular Woodstock poet and essayist Will Nixon, author of The Pocket Guide to Woodstock, “To walk in the woods with Dave Holden is one of the treasures of Woodstock. For decades he has explored our local landscape to become more knowledgeable about our wild areas than anyone else. . . He is Woodstock’s best guide.” Dave owns and operates Woodstock Trails (formerly Pathfinder Hikes), which sponsors guided hikes and tours of Woodstock and its vicinity, as well as custom crafting trails on private properties. For more information: www.woodstocktrails.net.

All hikes meet at the Byrdcliffe Theater Parking Lot, 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, at 10:00 am. Expect a moderate hike with some steep slopes, so appropriate footwear with good ankle support is important. Bring water and rain-gear. Hikes will proceed as scheduled in light rain; heavy rain cancels. Call 845.594.4863 for rain dates. Dogs must be leashed. $10 donation per person.