Start The New Year Outdoors with Morgan Outdoors

The public is invited to join the 5th annual New Year’s Snowshoe at Walnut Mountain on Sunday, January 1st from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Participants choose the outing that fits their level: a relaxed hike along wide graded carriage roads or an intermediate hike that includes single-track mountain bike trails to the summit.

Participants will receive a Walnut Mountain packet from the Liberty Parks & Recreation with a trail map and some great historical facts about Walnut Mountain, including its history as a ski slope.

Meet in Walnut Mountain’s large parking lot on West Lake Street, (at intersection of W. Lake Street and Eagle Drive) located between Rt. 52 and Rt. 55. There is a large wooden Park sign at the entrance.  Walnut Mountain is a 265-acre Town Park with over 14 miles of single-track mountain bike trails built by volunteers of the regionally-based Renegades Mountain Bike Club.  This outing is a great opportunity to meet Renegades volunteers and learn more about their contribution to Liberty Parks & Recreation’s trail network.

REGISTRATION required. Call Morgan Outdoors (845) 439-5507 by December 31st and let us know what level you prefer! Dress in layers with sturdy boots. Depending on trail conditions, ice grippers or snowshoes may be required. Snowshoes can be rented in advance at Morgan Outdoors. Call to reserve them.

Co-sponsored by Renegades Mountain Bike Club and Morgan Outdoors, with support from Liberty Parks & Recreation. Outing will only be cancelled in extreme weather. Call 845-439-5507 for update if cancelled. Directions and park details at http://www.townofliberty.org/walnut_park.pdf

Orange & Hunting Tips from Morgan Outdoors

Our annual ritual is to stay out of the woods on Opening weekend of “regular” deer hunting season – Nov. 19 and 20If you want to hike – Try trails at a local park instead, like Walnut Mountain in Liberty, NY, where hunting is prohibited. Morgan Outdoors sells bright orange bandanas, hats and vests so you’re easy to see.

wear blaze orange – not white, which could be mistaken for a deer’s upturned tail.

And put a blaze orange bandana around your dog’s neck!
don’t hike in areas that are popular with hunters
pay more attention on the trail, listening to sounds; not talking so much.

Oct 1 – Dec 20  Small and big game hunting seasons continue through December.

Regular deer season is Nov. 19 – Dec. 11 http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html

Owls on Main Street @ Morgan Outdoors

Get “up close and personal”! Saturday, November 19, from 11 am to 12 pm : Exploring Owls”  with Ellen Kalish barn-owl-ravensbeardof Ravensbeard Wildlife Center and several owls. Explore their importance in the circle of life; fascinating folklore and a chance to look into their wild eyes. More program details at www.morgan-outdoors.com.  Very limited seating.

barred-owl-ravensbeardProgram is free. Donations to support the Center’s work would be awesome. Registration required. Call 845 439 5507.  More Center info: www.ravensbeard.org

Lark in the Park @ Morgan Outdoors

Morgan Outdoors is leading two hikes in the annual celebration of the Catskills – the Lark in the Park – from October 1 to 10th. We donated a pair of MSR Snowshoes (and Kenco donated a kayak) for the Raffle on Sunday Oct. 2nd. You can buy raffle tickets online at www.catskillslark.org   And Join us for one or both of these great guided hikes:

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10:30 – 3:30pmConvergence Hike to Balsam Lake Mountain Simultaneous hikes from South or North sides of mountain will meet at summit! Co-led with Laurie Rankin and Dr. Michael Kudish, Catskill forest historian. Learn history of forest summit and see one of three peat bogs. Picnic lunch, views from the fire tower. 3.5 miles roundtrip.  10:30am: Leaving from the South trailhead at end of Beaverkill Road (Lew Beach/Beaverkill area) Details and register at at www.catskillslark.org

Sunday. Oct 9, 1:00 – 3:00pmTortoise and Hare Hike at Frick Pond – Enjoy fall colors set off by the scenic waters of Frick Pond and pick the hike that suits YOU!   Tortoise: a 2.2 mile saunter around the pond or Hare: a 4.1 mile scamper with 1.1 mile uphill. Meet at Frick Pond trailhead at 1:00 PM. Details and register at catskillslark.org