Dating Native American Forest Fires with Mountain Laurel | Monday, October 3, 9:45 AM **2016**

Join Dr. Michael Kudish, forest historian, for this look back into the Catskills’ distant past. One Catskill Mountain Club officer reported a mountain laurel thicket along the Finger Lakes Trail on the west ridge of Campbell Mountain. We will try to find this thicket and measure its size and growth rate. Then we will estimate its age which might tell us when Native Americans were burning forests here. Time permitting, we will climb nearby Hill 2664 to the southeast.

Event Duration:  5 miles, 6 hours

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate-Difficult bushwhack

Bring: lunch, additional rulers and/or 50- or 100-foot measuring tapes may help

Registration required by 9/30.  Use registration form below to register.

Group size is limited so register early.

Fee:  No

Dogs allowed:  No

Additional Information: This is a research-educational hike, not a recreational hike. The pace will not be fast because a floristic inventory (i.e. plant list) will be taken en route.

Questions about this event can be directed to:  Dr. Kudish at or (845) 586-5271

Driving Directions:  Meet at Campbell Mountain trailhead on State Highway 206 (also known as Delaware County Highway 7) 2.2 miles south of its junction with State Highway 30 at the Pepacton Reservoir (this is in the Town of Colchester, Delaware County, southeast of Downsville). We will then carpool to Campbell Mountain trailhead on Campbell Mountain Road. From Roscoe, trailhead is about 9 miles north on 206 & 7.