Bouton Memorial Lean-to Worktrip

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Help make improvements to the beautiful Bouton Memorial Lean-to in the Catskills!

Bouton Memorial Lean-to Work Trip - October 14 to 16 and October 21 to 23 


Trail Conference Volunteer Eric Friedman, Shelter Caretaker of 12 years and lifelong carpenter is looking to improve the user experience at the Bouton Memorial Lean-to . Volunteers can come for a day, or make this a fun overnight trip! 

 What we will be doing: This beautiful new shelter was flown in by helicopter and assembled by DEC crew last fall. There are a few tasks that still need attention:

  • Close off large gaps between rafters above the back wall.
  • Chinking cracks with oakum and using saplings to cover the oakum.
  • Weather permitting, apply 1-2 coats of stain on the entire shelter.


Who to contact: If you are able to help out with the project, please email Eric Friedman, [email protected]. Specify which day / days you are available. Please include cell and home phone numbers, and where you are coming from for possible carpooling purposes. This will allow Eric to notify participants with more specifics and any updates, such as weather cancellations. Feel free to contact Eric with any questions by email, text or call 845-594-3817.

 The Hike in/Water/Shelter: The hike to the shelter is 3.6 miles, with 900ft. elevation gain. from the Denning Rd. Trailhead. In addition to bringing in any personal gear for the day or an overnight, (a head lamp for the hike out),  your help will be needed to carry in and out tools and some materials. Participants coming later in the weekend may be asked to carry in supplies from the back of Eric’s truck. The spring before the shelter should supply us with water. The shelter should be available to sleep in during the evenings, but may need to be vacated during work hours.

When to meet: Friday thru Sunday October 14th  - 16th.  (2nd weekend possible October 21st - 23rd). You can either come for the day or stay at the shelter to make a fun volunteer trip out of the experience! Eric will spend Friday and Saturday nights. 

Volunteers from the 3500 Club will be hiking in, on the morning of  Saturday Oct. 15th, time TBD.

Where to meet: At the Denning Rd. Trailhead Parking for the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail. The trailhead is at the northern end of Denning Road, in Ulster County. Those coming early on Friday day will meet at 9 or 10am, time TBD. Those coming latter will check for written notes, concerning what to carry in from Eric’s black and gray truck and will hike in on their own. There is most likely no cell service in the area. Details will be finalized with the volunteers who are coming and their preferences prior to the trip. Carpooling is encouraged.

What to bring: Check weather conditions.  Lunch and snacks, sturdy shoes, water, safety glasses, gloves, and a headlight for the hike out. If you’ll be spending the night, bring your necessary overnight gear and food. A combination of personal and shared meal, as preferred. Tools etc. will be supplied. We will be using water based stain, which can be messy.

 Thank you again for your desire to help out, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

October 21st, 2022 from 10:00 AM to  5:00 PM
Additional worktrip information
Leader Eric Friedman
Project Bouton Memorial Lean-To
For more information, contact... [email protected]
Minimum Age to Attend 18