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2015

January 1    #1536    Saratoga State Spa Park Hike / Snowshoe    Tom Gibbs    583-1550
We will begin the New Year with a hike/snowshoe of the “5 Mile Trail” of the Saratoga SPA State Park.  A gentle walk-about that will allow us to explore some of the many features of the park.  Meet at the Saratoga Spa State Park warming hut off Avenue of the Pines near Rt 9 at 9:45.
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January 8    #1537    Inman Pond Snowshoe    Don McMahon    633-4214
From the Sly Pond road trailhead we will snowshoe ~ 2 miles to a rocky overlook of Inman Pond for lunch.  After lunch we will circumnavigate the pond and return to our cars for a 4 mile RT with a ~500' elevation gain.  WCMC*

January 15    #1538    Bullhead Pond Snowshoe    Lenore and Jack Reber  H 587-6161    C 859-8555
A new outing in Indian Lake!  Beginning at the trailhead off of Chain Lakes Road near Indian Lake we will hike/snowshoe ~.6 mi to Bullhead Pond, and then explore the area around and on the pond.  Mostly flat, up to 5 miles depending on conditions.  Meet at WCMC at 9:15; depart at 9:30 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00, call for IL meeting location.   
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January 22    #1539    Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe    Donna and Peter Wood    494-2874
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn. The trip is about 4.5 mi round trip with an elevation change of about 300’. After the trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. WCMC* or meet at the Woods house at 10:00.   
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January 29    #1540    Santanoni Ski And More   Fran Herve    899-3216
We will ski in to the Great Camp Santanoni which lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake. This camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. The trip into the camp is gently uphill most of the way and then downhill to the camp for a RT of 10 miles.  Meet at WCMC at 8:45; depart at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9.30. 
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February 5    #1541    Garnet Hill Ski    Nancy Kimball and Donna Wood    668-0115
Nancy and Donna will lead the group for skiing on the groomed trails of Garnet Hill.  In the morning we ski mostly downhill to the bus pickup and return by bus.   Bring a lunch to eat at the X-country ski center.  In the afternoon we ski the relatively easy "Old Faithful" trail.  A follow-up email will be sent as soon as the trail maintenance charge is known.   Meet at WCMC at 8:45; depart at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30.

February 12    #1542    Pharaoh Lake Ski    Fran Herve    899-3216
We will begin from Pharaoh Rd., north of Brant Lake, and ski to the southern shores of Pharaoh Lake and return for a total of 7-8 mi.  The trail is fairly level except for one long hill near the beginning.  WCMC* or meet at Horicon Town Hall off Northway Exit 25, east on Route 8, at about 9:50.
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February 19      #1543      Casey Mountain Garnet Mine Snowshoe    Diane and Kurt Wisell    Diane 796-1993      Kurt 796-5495
A new outing!  There is a very interesting trip very near a route many of us have travelled numerous times without being aware of the wonders we were walking literally within yards of.  Casey Mountain, in the triangle formed by Route 28, the OK Slip Falls trail and the road into a Christian summer camp was, for a few years right around 1900, a flurry of garnet mining activity and site of the only shaft mine in New York State dug in search of garnet.  Mine adits, ore cars, garnet and rail are still visible 115 years later. Some of the views we will see are at their most spectacular in the winter.   VERY IMPORTANT!!! Do read the information accessed by the "
MORE" link!!!      MORE       PICTURES AND HISTORY     
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February 26    #1544    Brookhaven Golf Course Ski And More    Tom Gibbs  583-1550
Three or four miles of skiing or snowshoeing over gentle hills. Meet at 9:45 at the municipal parking lot in Corinth opposite the town beach or the Senior Center in Greenfield Center on the south side of Wilton Rd just off Rt 9N (yes – two locations at the same time).   
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March 5    #1545    Pinnacle Ice Walls    Karen Burke and Peter Fedorick    Cell 844-2945  Home 893-2629
A new outing for the Canes to a hidden gem in the southern Adirondacks.  The Pinnacle Ice Walls are located on the northwest side of Pinnacle Mountain in-between County Line and Chase Lakes, along Pinnacle Creek, in the Town of Bleecker, Fulton County.  We will follow the marked trail to County Line Lake for a short distance before bushwhacking through mixed hardwoods and crossing a couple of frozen vlies to the three locations of the Ice Walls – each unique in their colors – for a total distance of ~5 miles RT.  The trailhead is located on Pinnacle Rd about 20 miles from the Visitor's Center located on the NE corner of NY 29 and 30.  Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:00 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:45. 
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March 12    #1546    Pharoah Lake Ski    Fran Herve    899-3216
We will begin from Pharaoh Rd., north of Brant Lake, and ski to the southern shores of Pharaoh Lake and return for a total of 7-8 mi. The trail is fairly level except for one long hill near the beginning.  Meet at the WCMC at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or at the Horicon Town Hall off Northway Exit 25, east on Route 8, at about 9:20.       
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March 19    #1547 Moreau Lake State Park Snowshoe     Gail Stauble    295-8858
This will be a 5-6 mile snowshoe hike of some of the trails on the Spier Falls side of the MLSP starting at the Spring Trailhead– the actual route to be determined.  Meet at the park’s main parking lot at 9:15 or at the Spring TH at 9:40.     
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March 26    #1548    Balm Of Gilead Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick    893-2629
The trailhead to Balm of Gilead Mt is located adjacent to the Garnet Hill Ski complex in North River.  Our 3 +/-mile loop will first take us to the summit of Balm of Gilead Mt, which offers extensive views west, including Thirteenth Lake.   From just below the summit we will bushwhack to the sunny shores of William Blake Pond for lunch, before continuing our return to the abandoned Hooper Garnet Mine for some exploration and back to the starting point.   Total elevation gain of ~750’.  Meet at the WCMC at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:45.  I realize that there are some people that would prefer to take advantage of spring skiing at this time rather than snowshoe.  Please feel free to offer a ski outing as an alternate outing on this date.  Just let us know ahead of time or post it as a bonus outing as time gets closer.
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April 2    #1549    Goodnow Mountain Snowshoe    Peter Fedorick    893- 2629 
Goodnow is a fire tower mountain with excellent views from the summit, located just south of the high peaks, near Newcomb.    Round trip is about 4 miles, with an elevation gain of ~1,050’.   Plan on stopping at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, nearby, to use their facilities.  Meet at the WCMC at 8:45, departing at 9:00 or at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.  I realize that there are some people that would prefer to take advantage of spring skiing at this time rather than snowshoe.  Please feel free to offer a ski outing as an alternate outing on this date.  Just let us know ahead of time or post it as a bonus outing as time gets closer.     
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April 9      #1550    CANCELLED    Casey Mountain Garnet Mine Snowshoe    Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993      K  796-5495   WEATHER   MORE
A new outing!  There is a very interesting trip very near a route many of us have travelled numerous times without being aware of the wonders we were walking literally within yards of.  Casey Mountain, in the triangle formed by Route 28, the OK Slip Falls trail and the road into a Christian summer camp was, for a few years right around 1900, a flurry of garnet mining activity and site of the only shaft mines in New York State dug in search of garnet.  Mine adits, ore cars, garnet and rail are still visible 115 years later. Some of the views we will see are at their most spectacular in the cooler months.   VERY IMPORTANT!!! Do read the information accessed by the "MORE" link!!!
Pictures And History

April 16    #1551    SUBSTITUTED WILTON PRESERVE    Merck Forest and Farmland Center Hike    Joanne Armstrong    798-3236
After visiting the farm (Elev. 1800’), plan on hiking up Mt. Antone (2600’) followed by some of the interior trails for a total distance of 5-6 miles and ~1000’ elevation change.   The area is typical Vermont countryside so there is very little level ground, but nothing terribly steep either. The primary meeting place is Dick’s parking lot (left of store entrance) at Wilton Mall, Exit 15.   Please meet at 9:00 for a 9:15 departure.   We will make a brief stop at the Greenwich McDonald’s at ~9:45.   If you wish to drive directly to the trail head, plan on meeting us at the Visitor Center parking lot around 10:30.    
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April 23    #1552    Berry Pond Hike    Fran Herve   899-3216
Starting from the Lake George Rec Area, we’ll hike the blue trail to a lesser peak that has views of Lake George to the north and Darling Mtn to the south. Then we continue down along logging roads by Berry Pond and finally downhill to the starting point. About 5 miles with 1,200 total ascent. About 5 miles with 1,200 total ascent. WCMC at 9:45 or meet at the Lake George Rec Area parking lot at 10:00.       
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April 30    #1553    Tenant Creek Falls Hike    Lenore and Jack Reber    J 223-3632    L 859-8555  
It has been several years since we last visited Tenant Creek and its series of three waterfalls so they are about due for our return.  With this year’s snowfall they should be roaring so bring a camera.  The trail to the falls is located at the end of Hope Falls Rd in the Town of Hope, Hamilton County – due north of the Village of Northville.  From the trailhead it is about 1 mile to the first falls, another mile to the middle falls and a short distance to the third.  Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:00 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:45.  
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May 7   #1554   Bass Lake Hike 
Karen Burka    494-2217
A new hike for the CC's. Last year, we hiked into Moose Mountain Pond in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest.  I thought it would be fun to explore Bass Lake in the same area. This will be a thru hike of ~4.5 miles with a total gain of ~600’.   After leaving the trailhead, we'll go 1.7 miles and make a right at the junction (left goes to Moose Mountain Pond). There's a steady, mostly gradual climb which will take us to the beginning of the lake. We'll continue around the lake to a nice rock outcropping for lunch for lunch and finish with an easy 2-mile walk to the other end of our journey.   WCMC 8:45 or Frontier Town Parking Lot, exit 29, at 9:45.  Other locations upon request.   
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May 14    #1555    OK Slip Falls Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D. 796-1993,    K. 796-5495
An approximately 6 mile RT hike with 600-800’ gentle vertical to OK Slip Falls, starting at the Ross Pond trailhead. The falls should have a pretty good stream and with any luck it will be sunny and we will see rainbows dancing in the mist.  WCMC* or meet at Wevertown at 10:00 or Ross Pond trail head at about 10:20.   
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May 21    #1556    Hudson River Paddle    Tom Gibbs    583-1550
We will start at Snake Rock near Warrensburg and canoe down to 1000 Acres Ranch Resort for a total distance of 6 miles.  WCMC* or meet at the Thurman train station, Route 418 just beyond the bridge at 10:00. River Gauges:
North Creek   Hadley    WEATHER

May 28    #1557    French Mt. Hike    Don McMahon    633-4214
From our starting point at the pull-off for the Colonel Willams Monument, on US 9 in Lake George, we will head NE and ascend the southern slopes of French Mountain.  From the height of land we will continue for ~ 1mile to a couple of picturesque overlooks before making a northerly loop to Bear Pond and then returning SW and back to our cars.  The approximate gain over this 5 mile RT is 1,400’.  WCMC*  **Note: the route described in the MORE link is NOT the route we take but the site does offer some interesting information.   
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June 4    #1558    Battenkill Paddle    Tom Gibbs     583-1550
We put in at the State Line on Rt 313 and paddle for ~12 miles to the Rt 22 bridge with a stop for lunch at the Giorgi Museum in Shushan. The first 7 1/2 miles has many fast sections, sharp turns and possible obstructions. The 4 1/2 miles after-lunch portion is easier. With proper water levels it is a fun trip. Meet at McDonald's in Greenwich at 9:15. River Gauge:
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June 11    #1559    Sleeping Beauty Mt Hike    Fran Herve    899-3216
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mtn which offers wonderful views to the south and west. Spring flowers and especially lady’s slippers should be in full bloom. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of 4 miles and a total elevation change of 1000’. WCMC*
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June 18    #1560    Zim Smith Bike    Ken Gericke    683-8420    Fran Herve    899-3216
This is a new route for the Canes, beginning at Shenantaha Creek Park. We will pedal south on the Zim Smith Trail to meet the new Luther Forest spur. With several miles of paved bike path we will explore Luther Forest and stop for lunch at Malta Community Park (picnic tables/pavilion, rest rooms). Reversing our route, we head back to the ZS trail and bike south to Round Lake with a stop at Leah’s Cakery....delicious pastries, etc.   Then north again to the start at Shenantaha Creek Park for a round trip of ~ 20 mostly flat miles.  We will meet at 10:00 at Shenantaha Creek Park....from exit 12 of the Northway west on Rt 67 for 1.5 miles...turn left on Eastline Rd....then go 1/4 mile and turn left into Shenantaha Park.
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June 25    #1561    Bird Mt. Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D. 796-1993    K. 796-5495
A new hike for the CC's and one likely to become a favorite.  Bird Mountain is located just east of Castleton, VT.  A number of excellent vantage points provide 360 degree views that include the Green Mountains, Taconics and Adirondack High Peaks. A good trail includes work road remaining from the Birdseye Mountain Ski Area which operated there into the 1960's.  6.5 miles RT, 1714' rise (527 vertical ft / mile is a pretty good climb), 2,100' +/- total ascent.  Meet at WCMC at 8.45, departure at 9.00.   
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July 2    #1562    Lens Lake Paddle    Fran Herve    899-3216    WEATHER    MORE
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurely pace and have lunch at the launch area before returning for more exploring if desired. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt 9N at 9:15. Of course you can plan on stopping at the Up River Café (formerly Papa’s Ice Cream Parlor) on the way home!

July 9    #1563    Northville Lake Placid Trail Hike – Southern Section    Karen Burke and Gail Stauble    WEATHER  MORE
A new hike!  From the new trailhead on Collins Gifford Valley Rd., just south of the Village of Northville (see “More” info), we will hike generally west through mixed forest to the banks of West Stony Creek for a distance of ~4 miles.  On the way, we will pass Mud Lake about 2 miles in, about the prettiest lake I have ever seen, with lily pads and approachable shore.  After another mile we will encounter what has been named the Frankenstein Rock - you'll see why when you see it.  In another mile or so after that we'll come to our lunch spot on the bank of West Stony Creek – a perfect spot to relax and visit before returning on the same route for a total of nearly 8 miles. The terrain is up and down, very typical of the NP trail -  a somewhat steep part is mitigated by switchbacks, very nicely done.  Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 8:45, the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:30 or the new trailhead at ~10:00.    (Recorded: RT distance: 7.71 mi.; TVA: 1440')

July 16    #1564    Lake Abanakee Paddle    Lenore and Jack Reber    L.859-8555    J.223-3632      WEATHER   MORE
We will paddle from the Route 28, Lake Abanakee bridge south to the Big Brook Rd. causeway.  Lunch will be at a primitive but accessible site. The group may choose to continue under the causeway and do further exploring before heading back.  We will use bathroom facilities at Byron Park and then drive back the short distance to the launch site.  Paddlers are invited back to the Reber’s place in Indian Lake for an edible treat and swim afterwards.  Meet at WCMC at 9.00, depart at 9.15; Wevertown 9:45; Byron Park 10:15.

July 23    #1565    Hudson River-Feeder Canal Paddle    Tom Gibbs    583-1550      WEATHER    MORE
A new paddle for the Canes!  From our launch site at the Town of Queensbury’s Hudson River Park off of Big Boom Road we will paddle the Hudson River downstream for ~3 miles to the Glens Falls Feeder Canal.  Here we will exit the Hudson and portage a short distance around the Glens Falls Dam, have an early lunch and enter the canal.  We will then paddle the Feeder Canal for an additional 5 miles to the takeout at the Martindale Basin on Martindale Ave. in Hudson Falls where we will have spotted cars.  Meet at the Hudson River Park at 10:00.

July 30     #1566    Blue Ledge Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D.796-1993    K.796-5495      WEATHER    MORE
From the trailhead on the Northwoods Club Road in the Town of Minerva we will hike to the Hudson River Gorge where slate-blue cliffs tower above the river.  It is about 5 mile RT with 900 ft total ascent.  WCMC* or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant at 10:00. 

August 6    #1567    La Chute River Paddle    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D.796-1993    K.796-5495    WEATHER    MORE
The La Chute River connects Lake George to Lake Champlain and is located entirely within the town of Ticonderoga.  We will paddle from the downtown park  2 miles into Lake Champlain.  Then, with favorable conditions on Lake Champlain, paddle 1.9 miles north, passing Fort Ticonderoga, to a park and picnic area.  After lunch we'll paddle back to Ticonderoga.  The round trip is a very scenic 8 miles.  The La Chute is flat water with minimal current, paddle-friendly in both directions. WCMC at 8.45, departure at 9.00, or Exit 24 at 9.20, arrival at Ti about 10.10.

August 13    #1568    Thirteenth Lake Paddle    Joanne Armstrong    Claire Pospisil    J 798-3236    C 436-8312        WEATHER
The Dynamic Duo's second attempt for this new outing!  We have paddled and hiked some from this location but this may be the first official “paddle only” outing of Thirteenth Lake for the CC’s. Thirteenth lake is only two miles long but its shoreline is mostly state owned and gives you a sense of remoteness, surrounded with heavily wooded mountains. From our starting point at the boat launch located on the northern end of the lake, ~150 yards down a wide smooth trail to the water,  we will explore the lake at a leisurely pace, stopping for lunch and a swim at a picturesque picnic spot known as Elizabeth Point before returning to paddle and explore more of the lake. Canoe/Kayak wheels may be helpful. WCMC* or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00.

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ugust 20    #1569      Cedar River Flow Paddle    Ray Bouchard    893-7314      WEATHER    MORE
From Wakely Dam we will paddle the length of the Flow, continuing upstream on the Cedar River for an additional mile to a lean-to where we will have lunch and then return for a total distance of 9-10 miles.  The pace will be leisurely, so we’ll have plenty of time to explore the shoreline and look for wildlife.    The flow is home to waterfowl and other birds so bring your binoculars and camera – who knows, we may even see a moose.  The drive is a little longer than we are used to so we will depart from the WCMC at 8:30, with a brief stop at the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:00 and a pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:00.  The last 10 miles is on an unimproved dirt road.

August 27    #1570    Hudson River Bike    Ken Gericke    683-8420      WEATHER    MORE
From our start at the Rogers Island Visitor Center in Fort Edward we head west across the Hudson River to West River Road (WRR).  We follow WRR south to Bacon Hill where we continue south on Grange Hall Rd. to NY 29.  We then take NY 29 east to NY 4 in Schuylerville, then north on NY 4 to Hudson Crossing Park (HCP) for lunch.  After lunch we cross the Hudson on the newly renovated Dix Bridge to CR 113 where we turn north to connect with NY 4.  We continue north on NY 4 thru Fort Miller back to Ft. Edward to our start, with options of taking some lesser traveled roads on the way.

September 3    #1571  Cascade Pond Loop Hike    Karen Burke    844-2945    WEATHER    MORE
A new hike for us! From the trailhead at the western end of Lake Durant, just east of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, we will hike in a counterclockwise direction for slightly less than 3 miles. We have gained close to 600’  but nothing steep and are rewarded with a picturesque lunch spot on large rocks and an open area. After lunch we will continue our counterclockwise direction for .7 miles where our route joins the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. We follow the NPT for the final 2.5 miles on a wide trail, with few obstructions and mostly downhill, to the Durant State Campground and our previously spotted cars. Meet at the WCMC at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30. We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:15 before proceeding to the Durant State Campground where we will drop off a couple of cars. See the “More” section for directions to the trailhead.

September 10    #1572    Friends Lake Paddle & Picnic    Tom Gibbs    583-1550  WEATHER    MORE
Eric and Tom are offering a hot dog cookout on the beach at Friends Lake preceded by a 4-5 mile paddle around the lake. Bring everything you want to eat or drink except the hot dogs and rolls. WCMC* or meet at Tom's house on Friends Lake at 10:00. Friends Lake currently does not have any invasive plant species and they would like to keep it that way. As a preventative measure a boat wash for all to use prior to entering a boat into the water will be provided. For directions, see MORE

September 17    #1573    Blue Mountain Hike    Peter Fedorick    893-2629    WEATHER    MORE
It has been a while since we scheduled this hike and what better time than the fall to enjoy the views from its 3,760’ summit or the panoramic vista from top its firetower! The trailhead is located at a large parking lot on the east side of NY30/28N, just north of the Adirondack Museum in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. From there we follow a well marked and well used trail, generally easterly, for 2 miles and nearly 1,550’ gain to the flat topped summit. If you check out the referenced website you will see that the trail is a steady climb, but without any great obstacles. Meet at the WCMC at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30. We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:15 before proceeding to the trailhead.

September 24    #1574    Moxham Mountain Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D. 796-1993    K. 796-5495    WEATHER    MORE
This is a roughly 6 mile round trip hike to a mountain in Minerva NY's "Fourteenth Country." Foliage should be peaking. A total ascent of 1800 feet to the summit and back. A relatively easy trail with good views that has uphill and downhill sections both going to the summit and returning. Meet at WCMC at 8:45 am, departing at 9.00 am or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.

October 1    #1575    Black Mountain Hike      Diane and Kurt Wisell      796-5495      WEATHER        MORE
Black Mountain, near Huletts Landing is a hike that has not been on the Crooked Canes schedule since June 4, 1998 when Irv Boyle’s trip description read as follows:  At an elevation of 2,646 feet, Black Mountain is the highest mountain in the Lake George area. No hiker should miss the awesome views from the top of the mountain.”  The hike is very close to 6.6 miles, round trip with a rise of 1,180 feet and total vertical ascent of around 1, feet.  It is a nice woodsy walk with some nice views of Lake George, some beaver flows and pretty woods. Read Mike Arthur’s description at the MORE link above. WCMC at 8.45, departure at 9.00.  Drive time is about 50 minutes each way.   Educated guesstimate on our return to WCMC is 4.00 pm.  *Substituted for Bird Mtn.

October 8    #1576    Rock River Trail Hike    Lenore and Jack Reber    L.859-8555 J.223-3632    WEATHER    MORE
Another new hike! The trailhead for the Rock River Trail is located on the north side of NY28/30, 4.6 miles west of the hamlet of Indian Lake. From the trailhead we will hike 3 miles, nearly due north, past Rock Lake to the shore of Rock River and our lunch spot, returning via the same route. There is a 150’ elevation gain on the way to the river and 480’ on the return – hardly noticeable. WCMC* or the Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00. We plan a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:45 before proceeding to the trailhead.

October 15    #1577    New York / Sandgate Vt. Bike    Ken Gericke    683-8420    WEATHER    MORE
An 18 mile bike beginning at the SR 313 NY/VT canoe access on the Battenkill River, and continuing in a clockwise loop to Sandgate Vermont. Lunch will be in the scenic hamlet of Sandgate VT (specific location TBD). The route continues, mostly downhill, returning to SR 313, crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge to East River Rd, then back to SR 313 and to our start in NY. Meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:15.

October 22    #1578    Crane Mountain Hike    Fran Herve    899-3216  WEATHER
From the trailhead at the end of Ski Hi Road, NW of Warrensburg, we will hike a counterclockwise route of approximately 4 miles and a gain of ~1,400’ with some steep sections (1,200’ gain in the first mile). There are spectacular views in all directions from the many open areas on top the 3,250 foot high summit. From the summit we descend to picturesque Crane Mt. Pond and return to the trailhead. WCMC* or contact Fran for additional meeting locations. Additional Information: http://www.offonadventure.com/2012/01/crane-mountain-1211.html *Please note – the distance in the blog is not the identical planned route of ours.

October 29    #1579    Rock & Clear Pond Loop Hikes    Ray Bouchard    893-7314    WEATHER    MORE
My plan is to follow the east shore of Putnam Pond, heading north through the campground, until we reach the yellow hiking trail that goes around the top of North Pond.    Once we reach the shore of Rock Pond we will follow the north end of it until we spot a large cylindrical steel cylinder up on the hill.  It is said to be a boiler that was used in the mining operation.    A short walk on the trail will bring us to the adit, or entrance of an abandoned iron mine hewn...
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November 5    #1580    Tirrell Pond Through Hike    Lenore and Jack Reber    L 859-8555  J 223-3632    WEATHER    MORE
A new hike for the Canes!  Our adventure will begin at the Blue Mountain trailhead located at a large parking lot on the east side of NY30/28N, just north of the Adirondack Museum in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.  Prior to our start we will have spotted cars at the southern end of our route at a parking pull-off on Route 28/30 just west of the entrance to the Lake Durant State Campground.  The 8+/- miles distance is nearly flat except for the first 2 miles where we gain a modest 400+/- feet and in the next mile lose it.  The trail then becomes the Northville Lake Placid trail (NPT), reaching the Tirrell Pond lean-to in .3 miles, with its secluded beach, where we will have lunch.  After lunch we will continue in a southerly direction on the NPT for the remaining 4.5 +/- miles, passing the O'Neil Flow lean-to and skirting the O'Neil Flow for about a mile before arriving at our cars.  Meet at the WCMC at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30.  We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10ish before proceeding to the trailhead.

November 12    #1581    Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob    Fran Herve    899-3216    WEATHER    MORE
The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is owned and maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) and offers the visitor a couple of options of hikes totaling 3.5 miles.  From the trailhead, located ~.7 miles north on Pilot Knob Rd from its intersection with NY 9L, we will hike the orange trail ~1 mile and a nearly 700’ gain to a Gazebo with fine views of the southern basin of Lake George.  From the Gazebo we will hike the blue trail another ~1 mile and an additional 400’ gain to the waterfall loop trail and visit both the bottom and top of the falls before retracing our steps to the Gazebo and returning to our cars via the longer, meandering portion of the orange loop trail.  WCMC* or meet at the trailhead at 9:50.  The existing parking lot is being expanded and improved and construction may still be in progress during our scheduled outing.  The LGLC indicated that the parking lot will continue to be usable during this time; however, please use caution when you arrive or consider carpooling from the WCMC instead.

November 19
    #1582    Marcy Dam (NOT!)  Hike/Snowshoe    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993    K 796-5495    WEATHER    MORE
Shown as NOT! above because Marcy Dam washed out during hurricane Irene and the remains are now being removed.  Nonetheless, the hike is a beautiful, easy and on a major trail. About 4.5 miles RT from Adirondack Loj to the dam and back.  ADK members, bring your cards for the parking discount!  Depending on time and our inclination after the dam, we could hike Mount Jo, a roughly 2.5 mile, 730' vertical climb from the Loj.  WCMC 8.45 for a 9.00 departure or the Black Bear in Pottersville at about 9.30.


November 26    Thanksgiving    No Outing Scheduled

December 3    #1583    Schaefer Trail Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993  K 796-5495    WEATHER
The Schaefer trail was moved a couple of years ago to follow a picturesque brook up from the "ski bowl".    We follow the trail to a reservoir where we will have lunch. The trail is about 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 1000 ft.    WCMC* or meet at the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00.

December 10    #1584    Cat and Thomas Mts. Thru Hike    Peter Fedorick    893-2629    WEATHER    MORE
Starting at Edgecomb Pond we hike ~2 mi and ~900’ gain to the summit of Cat Mt.  The panoramic views of Lake George from the summit make this an ideal lunch spot.  After a leisurely lunch we would return to Edgecomb Pond.  For those that would like to add some adventure to the hike we would delay lunch, selecting a spot on the way, and hike over the ridge to the cabin on Thomas Mt. and continue to the Thomas Mt. parking lot where we spotted cars earlier.  This option would add ~2.5 mi and ~800’ additional gain for a total of ~6.5 mi.    WCMC* or meet at Northway Exit 24 at 9:50. Please contact the trip leader if you would like to hike the thru hike in order to plan for spotting cars.

December 17    #1585    Cook Mt Hike/Snowshoe    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993    K 796-5495    WEATHER  MORE
A very pretty 2.8 mile (round trip) hike on very nice trail to the 1,215 foot summit of Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga on the west shore of Lake George.  Cook Mountain is located on a 172 acre parcel owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy. From the summit are views of northern Lake George including Anthony's Nose, Rogers Rock. The Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains in Vermont are also visible.  WCMC at 8.45, departure at 9.00 or Exit 24 at 9.20.

December 24    #1586    Berry Pond Snowshoe/Hike (substituted for Darling Mt.)    Ken Gericke      683-8420    WEATHER
A 5.6 mile round trip snowshoe or hike, depending on conditions, with 1,100’ total vertical ascent and some lovely mountain and pond views. We’ll probably go from the parking lot to the overlook, around the pond and down, stopping for lunch at either the overlook or Berry Pond, whichever one works out the best. Depending on conditions, like 2 feet of snow on unbroken trail, we may leave out either the pond or the overlook loop. WCMC* or meet at the Lake George Rec Center at 9.45.

December 31    #1587    Spruce Mt Fire Tower New Year’s Eve Hike/Snowshoe    Peter Fedorick    893-2629    WEATHER    MORE
While not a new hike for the Canes this will be first time the hike has been offered in decades with the ability to climb the fire tower.  After many years of haggling with the various owners of the property surrounding the tower an agreement was recently reached to allow legal access to the tower with a new trail and the restoration of the tower was completed on October 7, 2015.  What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to schedule a hike to the “new” tower! The trailhead/parking area is located at the end of Fire Tower Road in the hamlet of South Corinth.  From the trailhead we will hike ~2.5 miles RT with a gain ~1,000’.  Meet at 9:45 at either the municipal parking lot in Corinth opposite the town beach or the Senior Center in Greenfield Center on the south side of Wilton Rd just off Rt 9N. For those of you who would like to go directly to the trailhead parking we should be there at 10:15.   North - from Corinth, take 9N south for ~3 miles, take a right onto Wells Rd and proceed for 2 miles. At the “T” take a right onto Fire Tower Rd.  South - from the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton/Greenfield Rd continue north on 9N for ~4.75 miles, take a left onto Chapman St and then a left onto Miner Rd.  Proceed on Miner Rd for ~1.4 miles, take a right onto Fire Tower Rd.

2016


January 7    #1588   Spectacle and Gull Ponds   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER

It has been a while since we scheduled a hike to Spectacle and Gull Ponds so why not a snowshoe?  Both of these are easy and wonderful woods trails with picturesque destinations.  Scheduling two separate destinations on an outing is usually not advised but the trails are less than a mile from one another and the trek to Gull Pond can be done without packs at the end of the day.  The trailheads for these two ponds are located on East Shore Rd (a.k.a. Adirondack Rd) ~2.5 miles south of Alder Brook Rd in Schroon Lake. 
Spectacle Pond - We begin our day traveling 1.7 miles to a campsite on the shore of Spectacle Pond for lunch.  The trail follows Spectacle Brook most of the way to the pond, crossing it several times.  It is generally a woods trail along an old tote road but with nice views of Pharaoh Mt from the shore of the pond with a gain of less than 400’.  Gull Pond – After lunch we will return to our cars and drive one mile north to the trailhead and a nice parking lot.  It is only about .5 miles to the pond and less than a 100’ gain so you can do it with or without your pack but definitely bring your camera.  The pond is small but picturesque and will invite you back for future visits.    WCMC* or Stewart’s in Schroon Lake via exit 27 at 10:10.  Alternate points by request.

January 14   #1589   Santanoni Ski & More    Fran Herve   899-3216  WEATHER
We will ski in to the Great Camp Santanoni which lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake. This camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. The trip into the camp is gently uphill most of the way and then downhill to the camp for a RT of 10 miles.  WCMC at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30.   The outing is scheduled as a ski.  However, for those who do not ski there may be an option offered to snowshoe the nearly 4 miles of trails of the Adirondack Interpretive Center located nearby on Rich and Harris Lakes. Details will be made available as the date approaches.  More information % current conditions at
ESF and DEC  web sites.

January 21   #1590   Rooster Comb Snowshoe   Karen Burka   494-2217   WEATHER
We begin and end our 5 mile RT snowshoe of Rooster Comb at the large hiker’s parking lot just south of the hamlet of Keene Valley off Rt. 73.  The trail leads us through a beautiful forest over easy to moderate terrain with a few steep sections to its summit with a gain of ~1,600’.  Views from the summit and nearby Valley View lookout complete a 360-degree panorama of Mt. Marcy, the Johns Brook Valley, Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley.  WCMC at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:30. A-TEAM!

January 28   #1591   Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe   Donna and Peter Wood   494-2874   WEATHER
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300’. After the trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. WCMC* or meet at the Wood’s house at 10:00.

February 4   #1592   Pashley Falls   Lenore and Jack Reber   L.859-8555; J.223-3632  WEATHER
A new outing and a relatively easy one.  We'll snowshoe from the Reber’s home on the shore of Adirondack Lake across the lake and connect with a snowmobile/cross-country ski trail. We will follow the trail northerly for ~2 miles to the banks of the Cedar River and Pashley Falls where we will have lunch.  Pashley Falls is a small cascade in a picturesque gorge and popular with the locals.  We will complete our loop via a trail that will take us along the banks of the Cedar River with plenty of views of this wide and shallow part of the river.   The total estimated distance of this loop is ~4.5 miles with ~400’gain.  WCMC at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30.  We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:15 before proceeding to the trailhead.

February 11   #1593   Pharoah Lake Ski   Fran Herve   WEATHER   MORE
We will begin from Pharaoh Rd., north of Brant Lake, and ski to the southern shores of Pharaoh Lake and return for a total of 7-8 mi. The trail is fairly level except for one long hill near the beginning.  WCMC* or meet at Horicon Town Hall off Northway Exit 25, east on Route 8, at about 9:50.

February 18  #1594   Brookhaven Golf Course Ski and More
   Tom Gibbs   583-1550   WEATHER   MORE
Three or four miles of skiing or snowshoeing over gentle hills. Meet at 9:45 at the municipal parking lot in Corinth opposite the town beach or the Senior Center in Greenfield Center on the south side of Wilton Rd just off Rt 9N (yes – two locations at the same time).   Plan on bringing lunch.  However, if conditions are good, with lots of snow, The Haven Tee Room may be open for lunch and would allow for the option to have lunch there and support a local business.  Details will be made available as the date approaches.

February 25   #1595   CANCELLED Pinnacle Mountain Ice Walls   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER
Back by popular demand! The Pinnacle Mtn. Ice Walls are located on the northwest side of Pinnacle Mountain in-between County Line and Chase Lakes, along Pinnacle Creek, in the Town of Bleecker, Fulton County.  We will follow the marked trail to County Line Lake for a short distance before bushwhacking through mixed hardwoods and crossing a couple of frozen vlies to the three locations of the Ice Walls – each unique in their colors – for a total distance of ~5 miles RT.  The trailhead is located on Pinnacle Rd about 20 miles from the Visitor's Center located on the NE corner of NY 29 and 30.   Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:00 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:45.

March 3    #1597  
 CHANGED TO MOREAU SP Santanoni Ski & More   Nancy Kimball   668-0115   WEATHER
We will ski in to the Great Camp Santanoni which lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake. This camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. The trip into the camp is gently uphill most of the way and then downhill to the camp for a RT of 10 miles. WCMC at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:30. The outing is scheduled as a ski. However, for those who do not ski there may be an option offered to snowshoe the nearly 4 miles of trails of the
Adirondack Interpretive Center located nearby on Rich and Harris Lakes. Details will be made available as the date approaches.

March 10   #1598   Chase Lake Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick  893-2629   WEATHER
Chase Lake is located in the Town of Bleecker, Fulton County. Its trailhead is at the end of Pinnacle Rd 11 +/- miles west of NY 30 off the Benson-Bleecker Rd. or ~6.5 miles west of the entrance to Lapland Lake for you XC skiers. From the trailhead we will follow a well marked but infrequently used trail for 2.7 miles thru a forest of mixed hardwoods, with some ups and downs, to a lean-to on the lake’s north shore for lunch. There are a few stream crossings but this has not presented a problem in the past. Depending on conditions we may either return the same way we came in or perhaps cross the lake to the site of the old lean-to and use the old trail back to the main trail for an additional .5 miles. Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:00 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:45. The trailhead is ~20 miles from the VC.

March 17   #1599   Owl’s Head Lookout Snowshoe   Karen Burka   494-2217   WEATHER
Owl’s Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owls Head in Keene) is part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness area. The trailhead is located off Route 9N (south of Keene & 5.75 miles from the intersection with Route 73). From the parking area, we'll follow a dirt road for a few hundred yards, then turn left into the woods. The trail climbs gradually through a stand of hemlocks and comes to the state-land boundary at 0.4 miles. It continues to be level, with small ups and downs, to Slide Brook at 1.0 mile, climbs to a small cliff on the left, and crosses the tributary again at 1.5 miles. After a few more crossings of the tributary, it resumes climbing through open woods, reaching a short steep 0.2 mile spur trail that leads to the rocky summit. The lookout offers views in nearly every direction. Peaks in the immediate neighborhood include Giant Mountain, Rocky Peak Ridge, Green, Knob Lock, and Hurricane Mountain (the one with the fire tower). The open ledges offer one of the best views of huge slides on the east face of Giant Mountain. Looking east, you can see the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Total of 5.2 miles RT, easy to moderate, Elevation 2530', Ascent 1257'. WCMC at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:30.

March 24   #1600   Second Pond Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER   MORE
The trailhead is on Chatiemac Road off Route 8 a few miles west of Wevertown. The trail leads through nice woods with some small hills to Second Pond, unspoiled and remote in the Siamese Wilderness with a not often seen view of the west side Gore Mountain. Round trip 5.5 mi. with ~400’ gain on the way in and ~450’ on the way out. WCMC* or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00 or trailhead at 10:15.

March 31   #1601   Mount Van Hoevenburg SS/Hike?   Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993   K 796-5495   WEATHER   MORE
Starting from the Adirondack Loj road, a very pretty trail ascends about 800 feet over a 2.2 miles through a red pine plantation, open hardwoods and spruce forest to the summit of Mount Van Hoevenburg. From the summit, we'll proceed about a half mile down the easterly side of the mountain to the Olympic Sports Complex and walk approximately a mile to our cars along the 2000 bobsled/luge/skeleton track and the 1932 bobsled run. If you've never seen these tracks, you'll be awed! Total distance is 4.3 miles, total ascent about 800 feet.   Meet at WCMC at 8.30, departure at 8.45. Travel time is just under 2 hours to the trail head at the intersection of Adirondack Loj Road and South Meadows Road, including spotting cars at the Sports Complex. Meet, on request, at Pottersville (Black Bear) at 9.15, or the Sports Complex at 10.10, or the trail head at 10.30.

April 7   #1602   Gooley Club to Cedar River Snowshoe/Hike    Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555 J 223-3632   WEATHER
Another new outing for the Canes! Our hike begins at the end of the Chain Lakes Road – a dead-end road located just north of where NY 28 crosses Lake Abanakee. From NY 28 the road heads NNE following Lake Abanakee and the Indian River downstream for ~3.5 miles to the Gooley Clubhouse, a locked gate, a kiosk and a trail register. From the locked gate we will follow the old Gooley Club Road (referred to as the Cedar River Trail until a permanent name is chosen) to the banks of the Cedar River – a total of about 3.5 miles one way with little elevation gain. Along the way we will have the opportunity to view the Cedar River and Mud Pond. There are additional destinations possible along this trail that will have to wait for another time. WCMC at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30. We plan on meeting at and making a short pit stop at Byron Park in Indian Lake at 10:15 before proceeding to the trailhead. Those who prefer to do a 4 mile round trip can go as far as the always lovely Clear pond, then return to their cars.

April 14   #1603   Dean Farm Heritage Trail Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell   796-5495   WEATHER
A very nice loop hike in Stony Creek of about 2.5 miles with a 500 foot total ascent through fields, around bogs, along a ridge (a picnic table at the top is the lunch spot) and through open conifer and hard wood forest with some interesting geology.  Plenty of options for doing less mileage and vertical on VERY nicely manicured pathways. Meet at WCMC 9.30, depart 9.45 or the Warrensburg Price Chopper, north end of parking lot at 10.00, OR, the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:40 for departure at 9:50, OR, the trailhead: from the Town of Stony Creek Offices located on the Hadley Road/CR12 just south of the Historical Stony Creek Inn: Continue N on the Hadley/Harrisburg Rd for about a half mile and turn right on Lanfear Rd. In less than a quarter mile turn left on to Murray Rd/CR76 and continue a short distance to the parking lot on the left.   Lots of links to info here.

April 21   #1604   Indian Kill Preserve Hike   Jim and Jan Bornheim   885-9792   WEATHER   MORE
Another new outing for the Canes! From the trailhead at the parking lot off of Hetcheltown Rd. in the Town of Glenville we will hike 5 +/- miles over fairly level trails with a few ups and downs, first along the Indian Kill, past three waterfalls, then returning along the high trail. A short section of the trail on the east side of the stream requires a stream crossing which will be dependent on the water level at the crossing. WCMC* or Exit 12 Park and Ride at 10:00 or the Indian Kill parking lot at 10:15.

April 28   #1605   Pole Hill Pond and Walnut Ridge Hike   Ray Bouchard   893-7314   WEATHER   MORE
This hike will be a first for most of the Canes. There are two trails located in the Pole Hill Pond Preserve, both served by a parking area on the West side of Rt. 9N, just south of the Clay Meadow. The trails are maintained by the LGLC, but owned by New York State. There is sufficient parking for approx. 6 AWD vehicles plus a couple of regular autos next to the road so car-pooling will be necessary. We will be following the Blue Trail most of the way, which based on my recent experience, measures 5.8 miles with a total ascent of 1500’ (Elevation Change: 1200’). A fairly challenging hike. I’m certainly looking forward to checking out the wildflowers, but be aware that the trail could be wet at this time of year, especially near the pond. Meet at WCMC at 9:00 with a 9:15 departure or at Exit 24 by prior  arrangement.

May 5    #1606   Mt. Jo Hike    Diane & Kurt Wisell    D. 796-1993   K 796-5495   WEATHER
Mount Jo, adjacent to the Adirondack Loj in Keene, is an approximately 3 mile hike, including circumnavigation of Heart Lake. Vertical rise is about 800 feet.  Huge bang-for-the-buck views of the High Peaks area.  Concurrently, Don McMahon will lead anyone preferring a shorter hike to include only Mt. Jo. Parking at ADK Loj is $5 for members, $10 for non-members, so bring your ADK cards!  Meet at WCMC at 8.30 for an 8.45 departure or at the Black Bear in Pottersville at 9.15 or at ADK Loj at 10.20.

May 12    #1607   Peebles Island and Erie Canal Lock Hike   Denis Foley   330-8479   WEATHER
The first part will be a two mile walk around the outer trail on Peebles Island near the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. The second part is along the "Northside" trail in the southernmost section of Waterford to Cohoes Falls for a total of ~5 miles. Additionally, we may be able to stop and visit the Waterford Museum as part of our walk and perhaps even do a short hike to see the Cohoes Falls close-up from the Waterford side of the Mohawk at the end of the day. Meet at the Park and Ride just east and south of Northway Exit 12 at 9:15 or at the Waterford Canal Visitors Center parking lot at 10:00.

May 19   #1608   Stevens and First Brother Mts. Hike   Karen Burka   494-2217   WEATHER
I thought we could combine two short hikes and enjoy seldom-seen views of beautiful Brant Lake and surrounding areas. We've received permission from Camp Read Boy Scout Reservation to access the Stevens trailhead from the camp. After a moderately steep 1 mile climb, we'll reach the large open-rock summit of Stevens with an elevation of 2,162’ (ascent 1,650'). After our return to the camp, we'll have the option of either traveling a short distance to the First Brother trailhead or heading home. For those hiking First Brother (ascent 580' and a 1.4 RT), we'll climb to the lookout areas on the western shoulder and won't actually reach the 1,667-foot summit (views are best at lookout areas). WCMC at 8:45 or meet at the Horicon Community Center at 9:30 (Northway Exit 25; right onto Route 8 east for 1.7 miles; make right at the Community Center entrance and park behind the building at the west end of the lot.)

May 26   #1609   Sleeping Beauty Mt Hike   Fran Herve   899-3216   WEATHER
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mt. which offers wonderful views to the south and west. Spring flowers and especially lady’s slippers should be in full bloom. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of ~4.5 miles and a total elevation gain of 1000’. WCMC*

June 2   #1610   Rooster Comb and Snow Mts. Through Hike  Karen Burka   494-2217   WEATHER
This will be a moderate thru hike in the beautiful Keene Valley area (approx. 5.5 miles total & 1,800’ total ascent). We'll spot a car or two and then drive to the Rooster Comb parking lot just south of the hamlet of Keene Valley off Rt. 73. The trail leads us through a beautiful forest over easy to moderate terrain with a few steep sections to the summit (2,762’) where we will have lunch. Views from the summit and nearby Valley View Lookout complete a 360-degree panorama of Mt. Marcy, the Johns Brook Valley, Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. After lunch we retrace our steps to the trail to Snow Mt (summit 2,370’) for some more beautiful views in several directions before descending along Deer Brook to complete our thru hike. WCMC at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:30.

June 9    #1611   Treadway Mt. Hike   Fran Herve   899-3216   WEATHER
From the trailhead parking lot in the Putnam Pond State Campground, located west of the hamlet of Ticonderoga, we will follow the south shore of Putnam Pond for ~1.8 miles through mostly rolling terrain before turning west and completing the ascent to the summit. If we are lucky we may be able to enjoy the numerous patches of lady slippers which the mountain is known for. The hike round-trip is 7.8 miles with ~1,000’ gain with super views from the summit. Some might choose to bring their boats and paddle instead and even bring their tent and camp at this quiet campground.  Campground will be open and there is an entrance fee which is waved for those that are seniors.   WCMC at 8:45 for a departure of 9:00 or meet at Northway exit 28 around 9:45.

June 16   #1612    Vanderwhacker Mt. Hike   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER
Scheduled by special request - a moderate hike to a remote mountain with wonderful views from its firetower and one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. The access road to Vanderwhacker Mountain is located ~16 miles north of North Creek off of NY 28N, just after you cross the Boreas River. After driving ~2.5 miles on a gravel woods road we reach the trailhead parking and begin the 2.5 mile and ~1,700’ ascent to the summit. In the first half of the hike we gain ~500’ but then the hike becomes a steady climb until the summit is reached. Views are limited from the base of the fire tower but you are rewarded with ever increasing views as you climb each level of the tower until the cab is reached where you are treated to a panoramic view of the High Peaks to the north and northeast, Blue Mountain, Goodnow Flow and the Essex Chain of Lakes to the west and mountain silhouettes in other directions. Meet at the WCMC at 8:45 for a departure of 9:00 or at the Black Bear restaurant in Pottersville at 9:30.

June 23   #1613   Zim Smith Bike Ride   Ken Gericke   683-8420   WEATHER
A repeat of a route introduced just last year to the Canes. Beginning at Shenantaha Creek Park we will pedal south on the Zim Smith Trail to meet the new Luther Forest spur. With several miles of paved bike path we will explore Luther Forest and stop for lunch at Malta Community Park (picnic tables/pavilion, rest rooms). Reversing our route, we head back to the ZS trail and bike south to Round Lake with a stop at Leah’s Cakery....delicious pastries, etc. Then north again to the start at Shenantaha Creek Park for a round trip of ~ 20 mostly flat miles. We will meet at 10:00 at Shenantaha Creek Park....from exit 12 of the Northway west on Rt 67 for 1.5 miles...turn left on Eastline Rd....then go 1/4 mile and turn left into Shenantaha Park.

June 30   #1614  Lake Abanakee Paddle   Lenore & Jack Reber   L 859-8555   J 223-3632   WEATHER
Back by popular demand! We'll meet at the large parking area before that Abanakee Bridge, then proceed to the put in on Chain Lakes Road. (A-Team could launch at the bridge and save about 1 mile rt.) We'll paddle to the inflow of Indian River for lunch, then back to the put-in. Plan on about 7 miles. WCMC at 8:30 for 8:45 departure, Wevertown at 9:15. The Rebers will meet the caravan at the Abanakee parking lot.

.July 7   #1615   Chimney Mountain Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993   K.796-5495   WEATHER
It's been a while since the Canes did this one! From Peter Fedorick's July 30, 2009 outing description: "A 3 mile round trip mile hike with a steep 800 ft elevation change to the top of a mountain with two summits.” We will eat lunch on the summit that has open views in all directions. The other summit has interesting rock formations that resemble chimneys and caves to explore."This is a very popular hike with its 360 degree view from the summit. There are plenty of terrific geologic formations including the famous chimney amid a maze of caves and crevices. WCMC or meet in Wevertown at 10:00. There is a parking fee of about $2.00 per car.

July 14   #1616   Lens Lake Paddle   Fran Herve   899-3216   WEATHER
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurely pace and have lunch at the launch area before returning for more exploring if desired. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt 9N at 9:15. Of course you can plan on stopping at the Up River Café (formerly Papa’s Ice Cream Parlor) on the way home! MORE: Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek. However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

July 21   #1617   La Chute River Paddle   #1617   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993 K.796-5495   WEATHER   MORE
The La Chute River connects Lake George to Lake Champlain and is located entirely within the town of Ticonderoga. We will paddle from the downtown park 2 miles into Lake Champlain. Then, with favorable conditions on Lake Champlain, paddle 1.9 miles north, passing Fort Ticonderoga, to a park and picnic area. After lunch we'll paddle back to Ticonderoga. The round trip is a very scenic 8 miles. The La Chute is flat water with minimal current, paddle-friendly in both directions. WCMC at 8.45, departure at 9.00, or Exit 24 at 9.20, arrival at Ti about 10.10.

July 28   #1618   Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir Paddle   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER
We will paddle on Stewart's Bridge Reservoir which stretches between Stewart's Dam downstream and the Conklingville Dam upstream. Bald eagles have been observed in the past so bring a camera and binoculars. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9:45 or at the launch area (see MORE). Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir, impounded waters of the Sacandaga River, lies between Stewart’s Dam, Hadley, downstream and the Conklingville Dam, Edinburg, upstream. Its irregular shoreline lends itself to exploring and the launch area a perfect place for lunch, swimming or just chilling out. For those of you opting to go directly to the launch site its access is on a marked side-road, on the left, 4 miles +/- west along CR4/N Shore Rd from the main intersection in the Hamlet of Hadley (near the RR Station). Continue on the access road to the end at the shore of the reservoir – plenty of parking. We should arrive between 10:00-10:15.

August 4   #1619   Black Mountain Hike & Boat Ride   Ed Valla   796-1235   WEATHER   MORE, LOTS MORE!
A new outing for the Canes and one that is sure to please and also includes an A-Team option!  Both the regular and A-TEAM! hikes begin at the Pike Brook Road (PBR) trailhead and end at Black Mountain Point (BMP) with a boat ride taking participants to the Huletts Landing Marina at the end of each hike.  Meet at the WCMC at 8:30 for departure at 8:45. All of the hike / ride / paddle options available for this outing and the logistics plan are available at MORE, LOTS MORE!.

August 11   #1620   White Rocks Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993 K.796-5495    WEATHER
A new hike for the Canes and it's a REALLY GOOD ONE!  White Rocks is a VERY scenic, well known and interesting geologic formation just east of Wallingford, VT, about an hour and a half from WCMC. We'll hike the Ice Beds trail and the White Rocks Cliffs trail for a total of about 4.5 miles with a total vertical ascent of about 1,500 feet.  The trail is terrific and there is nothing very steep. WCMC 8.15 for an 8.30 departure.

August 18   #1621   Cascade Pond Loop Hike   Lenore and Jack Reber   L.859-8555 J.223-3632    WEATHER
The hike begins at the Cascade Pond trailhead at the western end of Lake Durant, just east of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. From the Cascade Pond TH we will proceed in a southerly direction to the shore of Cascade Pond for a bite to eat and a possible swim before continuing to the intersection with the Northville-Lake Placid Trail (NPT). Here we will decide whether to continue south on the NPT to Stephens Pond for a swim and another bite to eat, a one mile RT, or continue in a northeasterly direction on the NPT to the Lake Durant Campground where we have previously spotted cars for the return to the Cascade Pond TH. A final swim at the Lake Durant Beach is also a possibility. The entire hike is 7 +/- miles of gentle ups and downs through mostly deciduous forest. Meet at WCMC at 8:45 (the Fedoricks will lead the caravan from WCMC),  the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30, or meet Lenore at BYRON PARK, just east of the dam on ADK Lake at 10.00. The bathrooms will be open for a pit stop before preceding to the trailhead. There are several places to swim during the hike, so be prepared. For those that would like to go directly to the trailhead we should arrive there by 10:30. From the Hamlet of Indian Lake, continue west on NY 30/28 towards Blue Mountain Lake for ~10.5 miles. Turn left on Durant Rd/CR19 and in ~1/4 mile turn left on a dirt road to the trailhead.

August 25   #1622   Henderson Lake Paddle   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993 K.796-5495  
WEATHER
Not a new paddle for the Canes, but it's been a while! Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long, Henderson Lake requires an hour and forty five minute drive from WCMC and a carry from the Upper Works trail head. From Marianne Vernon's July 16, 2009 trip description: "We will canoe around Lake Henderson, have lunch at the Lean-to at the northwest end of the lake and explore the swamps at the inlet on the south end of the lake. There is a 1/2 mile carry so some form of carrier is essential to get to the put in." WCMC at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or Black Bear Pottersville at 9.00 or Henderson Lake 10.15.

September 1   #1623   Hudson River Paddle  Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER
Spier Falls Dam to Corinth. This paddle will be on the portion of the Hudson River between Corinth and the Spier Falls Dam with the put-in/take-out located just a short distance upstream from the Spring trailhead of Moreau Lake State Park on Spier Falls Rd. There is room for about five vehicles so it may be necessary to unload your boat and park at the trailhead to make room for everyone. The plan for the day is to first paddle upstream towards Corinth to the hydro dam, then head downstream to a picturesque lunch spot at the foot of Beaver dam Brook. After lunch we will continue our paddle downstream, returning to the take-out for those who wish to depart or continue our paddle to the Spier Falls Dam and back. The total distance could be up to 10 miles depending on the groups’ wishes. This is a flat river paddle and Hornbeck “compaddleable”. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near exit 17 of the Northway at 9:15 or at the launch site at ~9:40.

September 8   #1624   Adirondack Lake Paddle and Reunion  
Jack & Lenore Reber   L. 859-8555  J. 223-3632   WEATHER
Our annual September get together is at the Reber’s on Adirondack Lake instead of at the Gibb’s on Friends Lake. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share and whatever you would like to drink. Non-paddlers are free to arrive anytime with lunch planned for 12.00 noon. Please bring chairs if possible. The Rebers will provide plates and utensils, hot dogs, rolls and condiments. Parking is limited at the Reber’s camp so paddlers will proceed directly to the boat launch at Byron Park where they will be met by one of the Rebers for a tour of the lake before heading to their camp, arriving by water – feel free to take advantage of paddling during the day as well. At the parking lot, food will be transferred to the Reber’s vehicle and shuttled to their camp. There are bathrooms at Byron Park and should be open. Non-paddlers will proceed directly to the Reber’s camp. Meet at WCMC*, or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:15, or Byron Park 10:45. In order to plan for the number of hot dogs/rolls to have on hand
RSVP to the Reber’s by September 1st. Adirondack Lake is located ~.5 miles east of the hamlet of Indian Lake on the right side of NY 28 if coming from the south/east. The entrance to Byron Park and its boat launch is located ~.75 miles past the causeway over Lake Abanakee - turn right into the Byron Park driveway. The Rebers will meet you at the boat launch. Non-paddlers will continue on NY 28, past the dam and moose sign on your right, go up the hill, and turn right on Bennett Rd. (it's near a Rt 30 sign). They are the last house on the right, #200. Park on the cul de sac and walk down the driveway between the big rock and the telephone pole. (If you get to Stewarts, you have gone too far.) About 50 minutes from Exit 23.

September 15   #1625   Goodnow Mountain Hike   
Lynn Mayack    H 899-6410   C 312-0608    WEATHER
Goodnow is a fire tower mountain with excellent views from the summit, located just south of the high peaks, near Newcomb. It is also one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Round trip is about 4 miles, with an elevation gain of ~1,050’. Meet at the WCMC at 8:45, departing at 9:00 or at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.

September 22   #1626   Spruce Mountain-Lens Lake Overlook Hike  
Ed Valla   796-1235   WEATHER
A new hike for the Canes! Starting near the east end of Lens Lake Rd in the Town of Stony Creek, we will hike along a marked trail for ~1.25 miles and a ~800’ gain, to the nearly open ridge of Spruce Mountain. On the ridge we will continue westerly for ~.5 miles across open bedrock, dotted with spruce and small oaks, to the actual summit for lunch. Here we will enjoy views to the east of Hadley Mt., its twin sister with the same elevation of ~2,650’, and Round Mt. After lunch we will head west a short distance to an overlook where we will have westerly views of Lens and Livingston Lakes, Middle Flow and the surrounding mountains – including, Thompson, Wheeler, Slip and Tenant. As we head down the mountain we travel through more mixed hardwood and spruce forest to the westerly end of Lens Lake Rd. where we had spotted cars earlier. Total hiking distance of ~4 miles. Meet at WCMC* or the Warrensburg Price Chopper, north end of parking lot at 10.00, OR, the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:30 for departure at 9:40. In case some of you want to meet at the train station in Hadley we should pass through there at ~10.10. We will all meet at the Town of Stony Creek Offices at ~10.25 (right side before the Stony Creek Inn if coming from the South).

September 29   #1627   Poke-O-Moonshine Hike  
Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993  K.796-5495   WEATHER
If you cringe at seeing this posting you're not aware of the new trail that opened about two years ago.  Diane and I hiked it last fall and can say you REALLY don't want to miss this hike!  The very user friendly trail starts 0.8 miles south of the state park and includes numerous stunning views on the way up to the fire tower at the top. 5 very nice round trip miles rising 1,300 feet.. WCMC at 8.30 for departure at 8.45 or upon request only, Pottersville.

October 6  
#1628   Giant's Nubble and Roaring Brook Falls Hike   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WEATHER
Giant’s Nubble is a rocky knob off the ridge trail to its namesake, providing a close-up view of Giant Mt to the north and expansive views of the High Peaks to the south and west. This will be a thru hike of ~4 miles beginning at the Chapel Pond trailhead and returning via the Roaring Brook trail. WCMC at 8:15 for 8:30 departure, High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or at Chapel Pond TH at 10:00. While total distance may be on the short side, the views cause visitors to linger and a leisurely lunch is planned. Total gain on the ascent is ~1350’ in 1.2 miles and total loss on the descent is ~1700’ in 1.5 miles. We will have the opportunity to explore the area beneath Roaring Brook Falls at the end of the hike. Bring a camera!  A-Team

October 13   #1629   New York/Sandgate Vt Bike   Ken Gericke   683-8420   WEATHER
An 18 mile bike beginning at the SR 313 NY/VT canoe access on the Battenkill River, and continuing in a clockwise loop to Sandgate Vermont. Lunch will be in the scenic hamlet of Sandgate (specific location TBD). The route continues, mostly downhill, returning to SR 313, crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge to East River Rd, then back to SR 313 and to our start in NY. Meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:15. This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hard packed dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700' then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate. A-TEAM!

October 20   #1630   Hurricane Mountain Hike   Karen Burka   494-2217   WEATHER
Enjoy some of the best views in the High Peaks from a wonderful open summit at 3694’ with a fire tower recently opened to the public. The 360-degree view includes many of the High Peaks, as well as Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. We will start from the trail head at the end of O’Toole Rd (trailhead begins at the Crow’s Clearing parking area).   The trail ascends ~1,600’ along the 2.8 mile trail to the summit, with moderate grades throughout. WCMC at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20.    A-Team

October 27   #1631   Postponed until June 2017   Rogers Rock   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993  K.796-5495   WEATHER
Another "if you cringe at seeing this posting" trip, this one made possible by the graciousness of the Densmore family, owners of Valley View Farm, 3.5 miles south of the circle in Ticonderoga on Route 9N.  Diane describes this 3.1 mile trail with 582 feet of rise starting and ending at Valley View Farm on Rt. 9N, 3.5 miles south of the circle in Ticonderoga at the location of the famous Battle On Snowshoes, as "very scenic, with a nice grade, not too long and sure to be a ladies' favorite."  WCMC* or, by advance arrangement, at the north end of the Price Chopper parking lot.

November 3   #1632   Beaver Meadow Falls Hike   Gail Stauble   636-3504   WX
Beginning at the large hikers parking lot across from the Roaring Brook Trail to Giant on Rt 73, we will hike 6-7 miles RT and a 700’ elevation gain to beautiful Beaver Meadow Falls. After a ½ mile walk along the gravel road that takes you past the Ausable Club’s golf course we reach the club’s gatehouse where the actual trail begins. At this point we will decide if some will walk the Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake to access the falls or hike the West River Trail to the falls, returning on the East River Trail. With a little luck there will be lots of water flowing. OPTIONAL HIKE EXTENSION:  An option for anyone who would like to go is to continue from Beaver Meadow Falls along the trail on the west side of the stream to Rainbow Falls and Lower Ausable Lake then return to the Ausable Club via the road, an addition of about 2.5 miles / 2 hours with another 80 +/- feet of vertical ascent. If you plan on doing this extension, make arrangements with like-minded Canes for carpooling as our return to WCMC will be later than the rest of the group. This extension is, of course, weather dependent.  CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or meet at the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:30. Alternate meeting places along the Northway can be arranged.

November 10   #1633   Little Buck Mountain Through Hikewhack   Lenore & Jack Reber  L.859-8555   J.223-3632   WX
Okay, so what's a hikewack? It's not really a whack, as about 2/3 is a walk in the woods that requires navigation (as in no trail, but mostly nice open woods) and 1/3 or more is hiking on super nice trail. We begin on Shelving Rock Road about a mile west of the Buck Mountain trail, head up Little Buck where, for a half mile the footing is a bit soft and uneven and there is a short section of blow down that is easily navigated, then descend along a ridge to Shelving Rock, a total distance of just over 3 miles with a moderate total vertical ascent of around 900 feet. Great views of Lake George from Bolton to the Village. Pictures from a 'scouting mission' are HERE. After Little Buck, one can 'stay after school' and walk another mile +/- along Shelving rock to explore the beautiful points and bays or walk to Shelving Rock Falls or Shelving Rock Mountain. Meet: CTL

November 17   #1634   Berrymill Pond Hike   Karen Burka   494-2217    WX
We did this hike in 2013, and I thought it might be nice to do it again. Located in the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness Area, this is a 6.2 RT mostly moderate-grade hike with an ascent of 760 feet. We'll take the southern approach to Berrymill Pond from the parking lot off West Hague Road. (The northern approach starts near Putnam Pond Campground.) There's a lean-to near the pond and a nice rock outcropping on the pond for lunch. CTL at 8:45 for a departure of 9:00 or meet at the Horicon Community Center at 9:30 (Northway Exit 25, right on Route 8 for 1.7 miles, make a right at the Community Center entrance. Park behind the building at the west end of the lot.) The Powells have just built a new home in Hague, 10 minutes from the trail head and have invited us to a snacks and beverage gathering after our hike, possibly including a short walk from their house to a great Lake George overlook.

November 24   No Outing Scheduled   Happy Thanksgiving


December 1   #1635  CANCELLED: Conditions   Berlin Mountain Hike   Shelly Nevard   461-8656  MORE    WX
A new hike for the Canes and one that will provide a change of pace from our regular Adirondack hikes. The hike follows the Taconic Crest Trail, which follows the entire length of the Taconic Range for about 35 miles, from Hancock, MA in the south to Petersburgh, NY in the north. We will be hiking on a 2.8 mile section of the trail from Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2 until we reach Berlin Mountain, the highest point on the crest trail (2,818’) for a total of 5.6 miles with an accumulated gain of ~1,000’. There are views of Mt. Greylock from the summit. We will have the option to include Mt Raimer, an abandoned ski area, which will add an additional 200’ gain (no additional length) but provide us with an opportunity to explore. Meet at the Exit 9 Park and Ride on Fire Rd. at 9:15 and a 9:30 departure for the ~45 minute ride to Petersburg Pass or the trailhead at 10:15.

December 1   #1635  Substituted for Berlin Mtn    Tenant Creek Falls Hike     Peter Fedorick & Friends     893-2629
It has been a while since we've seen a lot of water in Tenant Creek flowing over its series of three waterfalls and now we have an excellent opportunity to see in peak form and to try out the new trail section leading from the road to the lower falls.  The new trail to the falls starts 0.4 miles before the old TH at end of Hope Falls Rd in the Town of Hope, Hamilton County – due north of the Village of Northville.  From the trailhead it's 0.9 miles to the first falls, another 1.2 miles to the next two falls, so about 4.2 miles round trip.  Folks who have been there say there is a bit more vertical than on the original trail which we have hiked, but it's still not a lot.  Trees may be dripping and there is the chance of a shower, so bring rain gear just in case.  Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:00 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 & 30 at 9:45.
 
December 8   #1636   Moxham Mountain Hike   Barbara Drake   573-4670
   WX
This is a roughly 6 mile round trip hike to a mountain in Minerva NY's wild and wooly "Fourteenth Country." A total ascent of 1,800 feet to the summit and back. A relatively easy trail with good views that has uphill and downhill sections both going to the summit and returning. CTL at 8:45 am, departing at 9.00 am or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.

December 15   #1637  CANCELLED: Weather   Wilson Pond Hike/Spike/Snow Shoe  Lenore & Jack Reber  L.859-8555   J.223-3632   WX
Wilson Pond is a small, remote pond in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake off of NY 28. The trailhead is located on the south side of the road, across from Eagle Lake, ~2.8 miles from the intersection of NY 30& NY 28 in the hamlet. Our hike will take us through a nice variety of forest and terrain, passing Grassy Pond and crossing some streams to a lean-to near the shore of Wilson Pond. The trail is considered easy to moderate over the 6 mile round trip distance with an accumulated gain of just over 900’. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00, the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30 or the trailhead at 10:30.

December 14   #1637   Substitute for Wilson Pond  Amy's Park Hike
  Lenore & Jack Reber  L.859-8555   J.223-3632   WX
The Reber-led hike will be around North and South Ponds in Amy's Park, a Lake George Land Conservancy preserve. It is about 4 miles of mostly gentle ups and downs, through varied forest and several stream crossings on bridges. We did not use microspikes in the 3 inches of snow, but thought maybe we should. Near the end some may want to hike the mile up the Godwin Preserve trail to a west facing overlook ledge. Thank you for your patience, finding the right hike for weather and snow conditions was tough. Meet at CTL at 9:00, leave at 9:15; Exit 24, Riverbank at 9:45; Godwin Preserve parking lot at 10:00. Microspikes recommended.

December 22   #1638   Moved To Friday 12/23   Peaked Mountain Pond and Peaked Mountain Hike/Snowshoe   WX
Rich Elton H-798-8102 C-832-0521   Rich Zuccaro H-792-6799 C-491-8240
Welcome and THANK YOU to our newest leaders, Rich & Rich!  From the trailhead at the northern end of Thirteenth Lake, not far from the Garnet Hill Lodge, we will follow a relatively flat trail for .9 miles to Peaked Mt. Brook. From here we will continue on the marked trail northwest along the brook for an additional gradual ascent passing several wild marshy areas. At 1.8 miles, gaining 600’ we reach the shore of scenic Peaked Mt. Pond, offering good views of the mountain. This will be the destination and turnaround point for the A-Teamers and a good place for everyone to have lunch. For those who have chosen to go on to Peaked Mt. it is an additional .5 mile, gaining an additional 650’ – fairly steep in places. However, efforts are rewarded at the summit with spectacular views in all directions. CTL at 8:30 for a departure at 8:45 for both groups. If anyone wishes to meet up with us in Warrensburg at the north end of the Price Chopper lot, please let us know ahead of time. A-Team!

December 29   #1639  Moved To Wednesday, 12/28   Hennig Preserve Hike/  Snowshoe   Fran Herve   899-3216   WX   MORE
A nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve and adjacent Homestead County Forest, located in the Town of Providence, Saratoga County. Depending on which trails we choose to explore we may pass old stone walls, mill sites, old foundations and maybe walk along the ridge of an Esker. Plan on a total of 4-6 miles, route TBD, with options for people to hike a shorter route. Most trails have some ups and downs but nothing difficult. Meet at the Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or at the Hennig Preserve sign at 10:00. Directions at MORE, above.

2017

January 5    #1640   Berlin Mountain Hike/Spike/Snowshoe   Shelly Nevard   461-8656   MORE      WX
A new hike for the Canes and one that will provide a change of pace from our regular Adirondack hikes. This hike was canceled from December – let’s give another try. The hike follows the Taconic Crest Trail, which follows the entire length of the Taconic Range for about 35 miles, from Hancock, MA in the south to Petersburgh, NY in the north. We will be hiking on a 2.8 mile section of the trail from Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2 until we reach Berlin Mountain, the highest point on the crest trail (2,818’) for a total of 5.6 miles with an accumulated gain of ~1,000’. There are views of Mt. Greylock from the summit. We will have the option to include Mt Raimer, an abandoned ski area, which will add an additional 200’ gain (no additional length) but provide us with an opportunity to explore. Meet at the Exit 9 Park and Ride on Fire Road (from the South take Exit 9 to Rt 146 – remain straight, cross Rt 146 – lot is on the left. From the North take Exit 9E to Rt 146, go under the Northway and turn left onto Fire Rd – lot is on the left. For people with a GPS Navigator the address is 21 Fire Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065. Pete’s cell 281-3834 if you run into trouble.) at 9:15 and a 9:30 departure for the ~45 minute ride to Petersburg Pass or the trailhead at 10:15.

January 12   1641  Originally scheduled as shown for #1642, moved to 1/19 due to WX 

January 19    #1642  Stewart and Indian Lakes Snowshoe   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555 J 223-3632 WX
This trail to two lakes makes a nice snowshoe in winter to avoid some wet areas. Five miles round-trip with some moderate uphills. Firetower baggers can do nearby Kane Mountain afterwards adding 1 mile round-trip and ~600’ gain. The trailhead is in the Canada Lake-Green Lake area of Fulton County. ADK Central Trail guide calls them "two interesting and charming destinations." See pages 224-225 of the ADK Central Trails book. Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 8:45 or at the Visitor's Center on the NE corner of NY 29 and 30 at 9:30.

January 26  Postponed to March 2nd. See replacement outing description below  Spruce Mountain Lens Lake Overlook Snowshoe   Ed Valla   796-1235   WX
We did this hike back in September and thought it would be an enjoyable snowshoe so let’s go for it. From our start, near the east end of Lens Lake Rd in the Town of Stony Creek, we will hike along a marked trail for ~1.25 miles and a ~800’ gain, to the nearly open ridge of Spruce Mountain. Once on the ridge we will continue westerly for ~.5 miles across open bedrock, dotted with spruce and small oaks, to the actual summit for lunch. Here we will enjoy views to the east of Hadley Mt., its twin sister with the same elevation of ~2,650’, and Round Mt. After lunch we will head west a short distance to an overlook where we will have westerly views of Lens and Livingston Lakes, Middle Flow and the surrounding mountains – including, Thompson, Wheeler, Slip and Tenant. As we head down the mountain we travel through more mixed hardwood and spruce forest to the westerly end of Lens Lake Rd. where we had spotted cars earlier. Total hiking distance of ~4 miles. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR Warrensburg Price Chopper, north end of parking lot at 9:20; OR the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 8:50 for departure at 9:00 OR the train station in Hadley about 9:30. We will all meet at the Town of Stony Creek Offices at ~9:45 (right side before the Stony Creek Inn if coming from the S).

January 26   #1643   Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood Preserve   Karen & Leon Barnish   441-0483    WX
Join Karen and Leon on this new Canes adventure and explore the recently opened town park just south of Ballston Spa. Opened this past October, the park was made possible by a generous donation of a town resident for the creation of a town park for passive recreation. The creation of the park and the construction of the trails were made possible through the combined efforts of Saratoga PLAN who secured a conservation easement and volunteers who developed the trails last November. At this time there are nearly 5 miles of hiking trails, considered gentle walking, that will take us through the mixed hardwood and evergreen forest of the 246 acre park, past old stone walls, the ruins of the old Hawkwood estate and much more. A Tailgate lunch is planned at the end of the hike with a short snack break along the walk – rumor has it there will be brownies! Please check your email on Wednesday evening for an update on trail conditions. Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure or at the trailhead at 9:45. The park is located on Middleline Road (CR59) just north of its intersection with Route 50, ~4.5m south of the Village of Ballston Spa. There is a large sign at the park’s parking lot. For those of you using a GPS navigation device you might try the address 5 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa, NY – that should get you close.

February 2   #1644   Lake Bonita to Spier Falls Road Snowshoe and a Treat   Gail Stauble   636-3504  WX
From the new trailhead at the Lake Bonita parking lot we will first hike the access trail a short distance to the Lake Bonita Loop Trail on the southern shore of the lake. We continue on the Loop Trail east, along the southern shore of the lake to the junction with the Lake Ann Trail. We then hike generally in a NE direction, with some minor ups and downs, through mixed forest to the lean-to at Lake Ann for lunch – a total of ~2 miles with ~200’ gain. For lunch you can enjoy hot dogs grilled on an open campfire or pack your own. Gail is providing the hot dogs and Linda and Peter the condiments, buns and firewood. After lunch we will continue on the Lake Ann Trail to the junction with the Eastern Ridge Trail where we will decide whether to head directly for our cars at the Spring trailhead, where we have spotted cars earlier, or lengthen our hike by taking the White Birch Trail to the Western Ridge Trail and visit a couple of overlooks. Total distance of ~4 miles hiking the direct route or ~5 miles hiking the longer route. For those of you focused on elevation gains Tom says it is nearly “all downhill”. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near exit 17 of the Northway at 9:00 or at the Lake Bonita parking lot, located exactly 2 miles west of Rt 9 on the north side of Wilton-Corinth Rd at 9:30. A selection of maps are HERERSVP to Gail if you plan on enjoying a hot dog or two at lunch so she can purchase the proper amount.

February 9    Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe   Donna and Peter Wood   494-2874   WX
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300’. After the trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL or meet at the Wood’s house at 10:00.

February 16   #1646   Brookhaven Golf Course Ski and More   Tom Gibbs   583-1550   Snow Report   WX  
Three or four miles of skiing or snowshoeing over gentle hills. Meet at 9:45 at the municipal parking lot in Corinth opposite the town beach or the Senior Center in Greenfield Center on the south side of Wilton Rd just off Rt 9N. Plan on bringing lunch. However, if conditions are good, with lots of snow, The Haven Tee Room may be open for lunch and would allow for the option to have lunch there and support a local business . Details will be made available as the date approaches.

February 23   #1647   CANCELLED - Conditions   Santanoni Ski & More   Fran Herve   899-3216   MORE   WX
We will ski in to the Great Camp Santanoni which lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake. This camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. The trip into the camp is gently uphill most of the way and then downhill to the camp for a RT of 10 miles. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30. The outing is scheduled as a ski. However, for those who do not ski there may be an option offered to snowshoe the nearly 4 miles of trails of the Adirondack Interpretive Center located nearby on Rich and Harris Lakes. Details will be made available as the date approaches. For snow conditions call 502-2000.

March 2   #1648   Moved To Friday 3/3 - Conditions   Spruce Mountain Lens Lake Overlook Snowshoe   Ed Valla   796-1235    WX
We did this hike back in September and thought it would be an enjoyable snowshoe so let’s go for it. From our start, near the east end of Lens Lake Rd in the Town of Stony Creek, we will hike along a marked trail for ~1.25 miles and a ~800’ gain, to the nearly open ridge of Spruce Mountain. Once on the ridge we will continue westerly for ~.5 miles across open bedrock, dotted with spruce and small oaks, to the actual summit for lunch. Here we will enjoy views to the east of Hadley Mt., its twin sister with the same elevation of ~2,650’, and Round Mt. After lunch we will head west a short distance to an overlook where we will have westerly views of Lens and Livingston Lakes, Middle Flow and the surrounding mountains – including, Thompson, Wheeler, Slip and Tenant. As we head down the mountain we travel through more mixed hardwood and spruce forest to the westerly end of Lens Lake Rd. where we had spotted cars earlier. Total hiking distance of ~4 miles. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR Warrensburg Price Chopper, north end of parking lot at 9:20; OR the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 8:50 for departure at 9:00 OR the train station in Hadley about 9:30. We will all meet at the Town of Stony Creek Offices at ~9:45 (right side before the Stony Creek Inn if coming from the S).

March 9   #1649   Black Mountain Loop Hike   Ray Bouchard   893-7314 (H)  258-4882 (C)    WX
Leader changed to Peter Fedorick   893-2629    
According to the Cane’s Journal this will be the first winter ascent of Black Mt., at least since the online version began in 2011. Trail conditions are hard to predict so I would recommend that you bring both Micro spikes & snowshoes. My plan is to take the direct route to the summit, a distance of 2.8 mi., and an elevation change of 1046’. The summit has great views of the northern end of Lake George, which makes it a great place to catch our breath and have lunch. At 2646’ above sea level you are at the highest point on this lake, so if the weather cooperates we should be able to see beyond the Tongue Mt. Range to Gore & Crane Mts, as well as the High Peaks. After lunch I’d like to continue hiking counterclockwise, following the Blue trail down to Black Mt. Ponds, and eventually reconnect with the Red trail which will bring us back to our cars for a total distance of about 6.7 miles. Meet at CTL at 8:45, depart at 9:00. It will probably be close to 4:00 PM before we reach our cars and close to 5:00 before we arrive back at CTL.

March 16   #1650   Chester Challenge Trails   Katie Henrikson   H 533-7441  Camp 494-7405   WX
This outing consists of two easy pieces.  First, we will hike about 2.75 RT miles with about a 250 foot rise on the Cougar Trails to an excellent view point. Next, depending upon trail conditions, we will hike about two miles on mostly level ground over the Chester Creek trails, or if wet, will go to Kipp Mountain, 11 minutes away for a 1.8 mile RT hike with about a 500' rise on excellent trail, rewarded at the top by a view of the majority of Loon Lake and Gore Mountain.  Trail and trailhead location info is on the Chester Challenge brochure.  Meet at the regular time at CTL or 10.00 at the Cougar Trail TH near I87, Exit 25.  Turn west on Rt. 8, at 0.1 past Stewarts turn left into North Warren HS and go to the far end of the parking lot. Parking is limited on school days, so carpooling is essential  If you want to participate only in the afternoon hike, you can try calling Katie at 596-4901 or Diane at 796-1993 around noon for an estimate of where and when you could catch up with us. 
Beware that cell service in C'town is spotty and you very well may not be able to contact us!

March 23   Cancelled: Conditions   See Substitute Below   Wilson Pond Hike/Spike   Lenore and Jack Reber   L.859-8555  J.223-3632  WX  
Rescheduled from December 2016 - Wilson Pond is a small, remote pond in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake off of NY 28. The trailhead is located on the south side of the road, across from Eagle Lake, ~2.8 miles from the intersection of NY 30&NY 28 in the hamlet. Our hike will take us through a nice variety of forest and terrain, passing Grassy Pond and crossing some streams to a lean-to near the shore of Wilson Pond. The trail is considered easy to moderate over the 6 mile round trip distance with an accumulated gain of just over 900’. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00, the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30 or the trailhead at 10:30. 

March 23   #1651   Moreau State Park   Lenore and Jack Reber   L. 859-8555   J. 223-3632   WX
Substituted Outing For Wilson Pond: Ah, Wilson Pond, so lovely, so elusive, SO IMPOSSIBLE TO SCHEDULE. Once again, Mother Nature has foiled our plans to lead a hike to Wilson Pond. With so much snow in Blue Mt. Lake, we feel that the 6 miles RT would not be enjoyable. Instead, we are planning to reprise the Figure Eight hike that we led in April of 2014. It's about 5.5 miles RT, not much elevation. The A Team could join us for some or all of it. Meet at the park office parking lot at 9:45.

March 30   #1652   OK Slip Fall Hike/Snowshoe   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.796-1933  K.796-5495    WX
An approximately 6 mile RT hike with 600-800’ gentle vertical to OK Slip Falls starting from the trail head a few miles north of North Creek. The falls should have a pretty good stream. With any luck it will be sunny and we will see rainbows dancing in the mist.  CTL or meet at Wevertown at 10:00 or the trail head at about 10:30.

April 6   #1653   Cancelled  WX   Merck Forest & Farmland Center Hike   Ray Bouchard   H. 893-7314   C.258-4882   WX
After visiting the farm (Elev. 1800'), plan on hiking up Mt. Antone (2600') followed by some of the interior trails for a total distance of 6-7 miles and 1500' elevation change. The area is typical Vermont countryside so there is very little level ground, but nothing terribly steep either. The primary meeting place is Dick's parking lot (left of store entrance) at Wilton Mall, Exit 15. Please be there at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. We will make a brief stop at the Greenwich McDonald's at ~9:30. If you wish to drive directly to the trail head, plan on meeting us at the Visitor Center parking lot around 10:15. Merck Forest & Farmland Center is located in Rupert, Vt., about an hour drive from Exit 15. I expect to visit the farm area first to see the animals, which typically includes, chickens, pigs, sheep and horses. If you just happen to pack a few carrots or chunks of apple you will endear yourself to the horses. Feel free to come even if all you want to do is visit the farm and walk around the area on your own. It would also be worth your while to check out their Visitor Center which features a Russian style fireplace (One hot fire in the AM heats up the brick work, which warms the building all day), books, clothes plus home grown root vegetables and meat. Special Note: The Merck Forest & Farmland is holding their annual pancake breakfast at their Sugar Shack on March 25 & 26 from 9:00 – 2:00. The cost is reasonable and the food, which features their home made maple syrup, is delicious. The pork sausage is usually comes from their own pigs if they butchered enough last fall. As an added bonus, if the sap is running, they will be making maple syrup in the same building. Horse drawn wagons are usually waiting to take you from the parking lot to the Sugar Shack for breakfast, plus there will be maple tree tapping demonstrations throughout the day.


April 13    #1654   Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob   Margie Litwin   928-0600   MORE   WX
The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is owned and maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) and offers a couple of options of hikes totaling 3.5 miles. From the trailhead, located ~.7 miles north on Pilot Knob Rd from its intersection with NY 9L, we will hike the orange trail ~1 mile and a nearly 700’ gain to a Gazebo with fine views of the southern basin of Lake George. Anyone who wishes may opt for a relaxing stay and lunch at the Gazebo enjoying the sweeping view of the lake and mountains. Others will hike from the Gazebo along the blue trail another ~1 mile and an additional 400’ gain to the waterfall loop trail. There we will have lunch and visit both the bottom and top of the falls before retracing our steps to the Gazebo and returning to our cars via the longer, meandering portion of the orange loop trail. CTL or meet at the trailhead at 9:50.

April 20   #1654   Dippikill   Joanne Armstrong   310-948-8221   WX
Dippikill is a wilderness retreat facility owned by the Student Association of the University at Albany with a number of hiking trails, located near The Glen in the Town of Thurman . We will walk a ridge to the summit of Dippikill Mt and have lunch at a lookout with views of the Hudson River and surrounding mountains. We will then descend to Dippikill Pond, returning to the parking area along the east side trail with nice views of the pond, stopping at a lean-to on the way. Total distance is a little over 4 miles with ~700’ gain. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. CTL or meet at the Dippikill Parking lot at 10:00.

April 27    #1656   Lye Brook Falls Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.796-1933 K.796-5495  MORE   WX
Okay, so ya think we've done Lye Brook way too many times recently?  We've not been there since Sir Thomas led the last trip on April 14, 2011.  It was scheduled one time after that, but the outing was cancelled.  Lye Brook Falls is in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont on a gentle trail through lovely woods to a scenic cascade falling about 300 feet down the mountain. The longest cascade in Vermont. Irene changed the topography a bit from what may be remembered by veteran Canes.  The summer parking lot should be passable by the end of April and from that parking lot, the hike is 4.4 miles RT with 985 feet total vertical ascent. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:20, or at the trail head  at about 10.30, 
ALSO,Peter has agreed to make a brief stop at Dick's parking lot (left of store entrance) at Wilton Mall, Exit 15 for those that would like to carpool from the Saratoga area, stopping at the Greenwich McDonald’s. Please be there at 8:40 for an 8:50 departure.   DIRECTIONS TO TH

May 4   #1657   Wilson Pond Hike, 3rd Try   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555   J 223-3632  WX
This is a test of the saying “third time’s a charm” - rescheduled from December 2016 and March 2017 - Wilson Pond is a small, remote pond in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, west of the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake off of NY 28. The trailhead is located on the south side of the road, across from Eagle Lake, ~2.8 miles from the intersection of NY 30&NY 28 in the hamlet. Our hike will take us through a nice variety of forest and terrain, passing Grassy Pond and crossing some streams to a lean-to near the shore of Wilson Pond. The trail is considered easy to moderate over the 6 mile round trip distance with an accumulated gain of just over 900’. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00, the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30 or the trailhead at 10:30.

May 11   #1658   Plotter Kill Preserve Hike   Margie Litwin   928-0600   WX
The last time this hike was scheduled was back in 2001 so this could be considered a new outing for us. The 632 acre Plotter Kill Preserve (see photos
HERE) is located off Mariaville Rd. in the town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County and offers a variety of hiking trails to choose from, ranging from 4-7 miles in length and varying levels of difficulty. The trails of the preserve encompass both sides of the Plotter Kill Gorge with its 3 waterfalls of 40- 60 feet in height passing through the sandstone and shale formations. Some areas are steep and can be muddy so hiking poles are a good idea. If we are lucky, water flow will be high and we will be treated to a spectacular waterfall show and when in bloom the trout lilies are profuse. Our route will be determined after a scout of the trails is made and will be chosen to offer the best view of the falls along the gorge while also selecting the best location for water crossings. The trip description will be updated to include the length and elevation gain of the selected route as soon as it is known.  Meet at the Fire Rd. Park and Ride at exit 9 of the Northway at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure or the Target store at the intersection of Glenridge Rd and NY 50 at 9:45 or the trailhead on Mariaville Rd (just north of the Maple Ski Ridge ski area at 10:30. Detailed driving directions will be available in case drivers are separated from the caravan.  MORE

May 18   #1659   Moose Mountain Pond Hike   Gail Stauble   636-3504   WX
The trailhead for Moose Mountain Pond is located ~6 miles north of North Hudson, exit 29 of the Northway, off of Ensign Pond Rd (CR 4). It is shared with trails leading to Hammond Pond and Bass Lake. The trail to Moose Mt. Pond is flat to gradual up to Berrymill Flow at 1.7 miles. Here there's a junction with a trail to Bass Lake (R) and a trail to Moose Mountain Pond (L). We'll continue left, cross a brook and begin a steady, mostly gradual climb to Moose Mountain Pond at 3.2 miles. The trail continues along the shore to a lean-to at 3.5 miles where we'll have lunch and a view of Moose Mountain! CTL at 8:30 or Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:30. Please contact me if other meeting locations are desired.
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May 25   #1660   CANCELLED WX   Lake George Bike   Ken Gericke  683-8420   WX
This trip begins at the Warren County Bikeway parking lot on Country Club Rd. From Northway exit 19, travel east on Aviation Rd, cross Rt 9, continue for ½ mile, then turn left onto Country Club Rd. Parking is on left just after crossing bike path. We bike to Lake George Village, where we have lunch, and then return for a total of 15 miles. Meet at Country Club Rd parking lot at 9:45.

June 1   #1661   Ice Cream Man Bike Ride   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555   J 223-3632   WX
We'll ride about 18 hilly and flat miles along the east side of the Hudson River and mostly quiet back roads. We will stop at the "Ice Cream Man" for lunch or BYO, then take a short hike to a waterfall on the Battenkill, and return downhill to the cars. Meet at the Schuyler’s Canal Park visitor’s center (across from the Schuylerville Post Office just west of the Rt 29 bridge, corner of Reds Rd & Ferry St.) at 9:45.

June 8   #1662   Sleeping Beauty Mtn Hike   Fran Herve   899-3216   WX
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mtn which offers wonderful views to the south and west. Spring flowers and especially lady’s slippers should be in full bloom. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of 4 miles and a total elevation change of 1000’. CTL.

June 15   #1663   Camp Santanoni Mountain Bike   Shelly Nevard   461-8656   WX
A new Cane’s adventure – not a new destination just a new way of getting there! Great Camp Santanoni lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake in the town of Newcomb off NY 28N. The Great Camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. Some of you have skied or hiked to it, or perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who took advantage of the horse-drawn carriage ride and paddling adventure last July - this time we will give mountain biking a try. From the Gate Lodge parking lot we will bike the gravel former carriage road gently uphill, passing the Farm Complex, for ~3 miles and gaining 500’ before biking downhill for ~2 miles to the Great Camp complex on the shores of Newcomb Lake, losing 250’. Our anticipated arrival time will allow us a few hours to either just chill out, explore the buildings of the camp complex or, for those with spare energy to burn, paddle Newcomb Lake or Lower and Upper Duck Hole using the boats available at the boat house. Lunch will be wherever you choose. At a designated meeting time we will regroup and return via the same route. The preferred type of bike for this adventure is a mountain bike; however, a hybrid bike is acceptable since the carriage road is primarily gravel. We realize that not everyone owns either type. If you would like to attend this outing and are proficient at riding a bike, but do not own either type, Cloudsplitter Outfitters, located 1-1 ½ miles east of the entrance to the Santanoni Preserve, rents mountain bikes for $27 for the day, inch tax. Additionally, for those of you who would like to paddle your own boat instead of using one from the boat house they will rent a boat trailer for your bike for an additional $27 that will accommodate canoes or kayaks – such a deal! If you would like to rent a bike, trailer or both please let Shelly know a week ahead of time so that arrangements can be made with the outfitters to set enough aside. There is extra time required to fit the bike to the rider so arrival times will need to be adjusted for those renting equipment. You would ride from the outfitters the short distance to the Gate Lodge parking lot. Of course helmets are mandatory and it is suggested that you bring a spare tube or patch kit for your bike and either know how to use it or become close friends with someone who does. CTL at 8:30 for an 8:45 departure or at the Black Bear restaurant in Pottersville at 9:15 or at the Santanoni Gate Lodge parking lot at 10:00. 
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June 22   #1664   Rogers Rock   
Diane & Kurt Wisell   D.796-1993  K.796-5495   WX
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f you cringe at seeing this trip posted, not to worry!, This one is made possible and EASY by the graciousness of the Densmore family, owners of Valley View Farm, 3.5 miles south of the circle in Ticonderoga on Route 9N.  NOT nasty like the hike up from the campground, Diane describes this 3.1 mile trail with 582 feet of rise starting and ending at Valley View Farm on Rt. 9N, 3.5 miles south of the circle in Ticonderoga at the location of the famous Battle On Snowshoes, as "very scenic, with a nice grade, not too long and sure to be a ladies' favorite."  It is very likely to win the coveted LCF Approved rating!  Strawberries should be ripe at the farm, so plan on staying after the hike to pick a few baskets. CTL or,
by advance arrangement, at the north end of the Warrensburg Price Chopper parking lot.

June 29   #1665   Colonie Bike   Peter Fedorick   893-2629   WX
This bike trip hasn’t been done since 2011 and is scheduled by request. From our start at the Colonie Town Park we will bike west on the paved Mohawk-Hudson Bike/Hike Trail to Lock 7 and return to the Park for lunch. After lunch we will bike east to visit the Cohoes Falls, Falls View Park and return. It is fairly flat terrain and we will bike approximately 20 miles. Meet at the Park and Ride just east and south of Northway Exit 12, across from Panera’s, at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure or meet at the Colonie Town Park Parking Lot at 10:00. The Colonie Park is located at 71 Schermerhorn Rd, Cohoes for those with a GPS. Access to Schermerhorn Rd is gained from Old Loudon Rd which is ~2 miles south on Rt 9 from the south side of the Crescent Bridge.

July 6    #1666   Lens Lake Paddle   Fran Herve   518-899-3216   WX
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurely pace and have lunch at the launch area before returning for more exploring if desired. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt 9N at 9:15. Of course you can plan on stopping at the Up River Café (formerly Papa’s Ice Cream Parlor) on the way home! Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek. However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

July 13   #1667   Brant Lake Bike Ride   Neal Van Dorsten   518-644-7034    WX
We will meet at the parking area off Exit 24 of the Northway at 9:00 or 9:45 at the Hub located at 27 Market St. in Brant Lake depending on the length of ride you wish to do. From Exit 24 we will take a leisurely ride along the scenic Schroon River to Brant Lake. Then we will ride around Brant Lake, returning along Rt. 8 to The Hub, where we will stop for a break and lunch. The Hub serves lunch, if you do not want to carry. This is a very beautiful and scenic ride, offering two distance options. Those starting at Exit 24 will do roughly 26 miles, and starting from The Hub roughly 16 miles. We do not leave anyone behind, and mostly ride at an easy pace. There are a few small hills, but mostly easy biking. Call or email to confirm your attendance.

July 20   #1668   Northwest Bay Paddle   Gail Stauble   518-636-3504   WX
We haven’t scheduled a paddle of Northwest Bay since 2010 so you may want to take advantage of this offer. From our put-in at the DEC car-top launch area located ~4 miles north of the hamlet of Bolton Landing we will paddle south on Northwest Bay Brook before entering the main body of Northwest Bay. From here we will paddle along the east side of the bay along the Tongue Mt range for nearly 3 miles to Montcalm Pt. at the end of the range. We will continue around the point for short distance to the dock area for lunch and perhaps a swim or find a secluded spot if available. Depending on the time, wind conditions and peoples preferences we may be able to paddle some in the Narrows before retracing our route back to the launch area. CTL or exit 24 of the Northway at 9:45 or at the launch area at 10:00.

July 27   #1669   Chimney Mt Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495   WX
Back by popular demand – a 3 mile round trip mile hike with a steep 800 ft elevation change to the top of a mountain with two summits. We will eat lunch on the summit that has open views in all directions. The other summit has interesting rock formations that resemble chimneys and caves to explore. This is a very popular hike with its 360 degree view from the summit. There are plenty of terrific geologic formations including the famous chimney amid a maze of caves and crevices. CTL or meet in Wevertown at 10:00. There is a parking fee of about $2.00 per car.

August 3   #1670  CHANGED TO LAKE ST. CATHERINE, SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW  Henderson Lake Paddle   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495   WX
Last year, this paddle was so well received that Canes individually kept going back for weeks!  Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long, Henderson Lake requires an hour and forty five minute drive from CTL followed by a 1,705 foot (0.3229 mile) carry with a total vertical ascent of 51 feet from the Upper Works trail head. It's worth bringing a set of wheels for this carry on a nice gravel road. From Marianne Vernon's July 16, 2009 trip description: "We will canoe around Lake Henderson, have lunch at the Lean-to at the northwest end of the lake and explore the swamps at the inlet on the south end of the lake." We'll be doing something like that but may have lunch at one of the SUPERB swimming / diving locations. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or Black Bear Pottersville at 9.00 or Henderson Lake 10.15

August 3   #1670  Lake St. Catherine "Bayou" Paddle   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495   WX
Lake St, Catherine is a lovely 7 mile long lake a few miles east of Granville, NY.  We will paddle a 3.6 to 4.3 mile route on the lake's quiet southern end from the VT State Fishing Access south through a channel flanked by marsh to the "Little Lake" then through another channel to the dam at the lake's south end in Wells. Then we'll return to the fishing access.  We'll be passing by the relatively new Wells Town Beach both coming and going and will stop there for lunch. Not too sure about swimming at the beach as this area of the lake is shallow and weedy. But bring your swimsuit anyway.  For anyone wanting to paddle more, there's another five or so miles of lake to the north and a short paddle from the fishing access will yield a good view of the main (and often very busy) part of the lake. A marina adjacent to the fishing access has a store. CTL at 8.45 for a 9.00 departure.

August 10     #1671     White Rocks Hike     Diane and Kurt Wisell     D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495     WX
Last year this was new hike for the Canes and was definately a day to remember. White Rocks is a VERY scenic, well known and interesting geologic formation just east of Wallingford, VT, about an hour and a half from CTL. We'll hike the White Rocks cliffs trail, then if time and interest are on our side, the
Ice Beds trail for a total of about 4.5 miles with a total vertical ascent of about 1,500 feet. Both trail s are terrific and there is nothing very steep. It's likely we will meet a number of through hikers on this trail, part of the AT, and conversation with them is always fun.  Feeding these bears is welcome and appreciated so bring some extra snacks.  After our hike, conditions permitting, we'll head to a really nice, very scenic, swimming hole in the nearby Clarendon Gorge where last year we met the Latvian Swim Team. CTL 8.15 for an 8.30 departure.

August 17     #1672     Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir      Peter Fedorick     518-893-2629    WX
We will paddle on Stewart's Bridge Reservoir - the impounded waters of the Sacandaga River, lying between Stewart’s Dam, Hadley, downstream and the Conklingville Dam, Edinburg, upstream. Its irregular shoreline lends itself to exploring and the launch area a perfect place for lunch, swimming or just chilling out. Bald eagles have been observed in the past so bring a camera and binoculars. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9:45 or at the launch area around 10:15. For those of you opting to go directly to the launch site its access is on a marked side-road, on the left, 4 miles +/- west along CR4/N Shore Rd from the main intersection in the Hamlet of Hadley (near the RR Station). Continue on the access road to the end at the shore of the reservoir – plenty of parking.

August 24    #1673     Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike  Shelly Nevard     518-461-8656     WX
A new outing for the Canes! Starting at the Terminal Road access to the Byway, located at the NE corner of the Crescent Bridge in Halfmoon on Route 9, we will bike west a distance of approximately 7 miles to the hamlet of Vischer Ferry. Along the route there are views of the old canal, the Mohawk, an old lock and several historic signs and a historic bridge that has been rebuilt. Depending on the time we will have the option to continue an additional 1.5 miles to the Lock 7 Overlook or end our westward travel here. In any case we will have lunch at the Vischer Ferry General Store or bring your own. After lunch we can return the way we came or ride on the road a little way through the hamlet of Vischer Ferry and rejoin the Byway by crossing the historic Whipple Bridge. The section of the Byway we will be biking is a windy but generally flat, well maintained stone dust path suitable for all types of bikes with an estimated total of 14-17 miles. We will meet at the Terminal Road access at 10:00 where there is good parking and a short walk to Stewart’s to pick up something you forgot or use the restrooms.    
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August 31     #1674     Cedar River Flow Paddle     'Rondack Ray Bouchard     518-893-7314    WX
The Cedar River and associated Flow (lake) is located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Area near Indian Lake. From Wakely Dam we will paddle the length of the Flow, continuing upstream on the Cedar River for an additional mile to a lean-to where we will have lunch and then return for a total distance of 9-10 miles. Folks are welcome to come along and just paddle the Flow on their own, hopefully with a friend or two. The pace will be leisurely, so we’ll have plenty of time to explore the shoreline and look for wildlife. The flow is home to waterfowl and other birds so bring your binoculars and camera – who knows, we may even see a moose. Wind, when it does blow, tends to follow the length of the Flow so it can be an issue, especially if you are paddling a tandem canoe with high sides. Solo canoes and kayaks should fare well. The drive is a little longer than we are used to so we will depart from CTL at 8:30, with a brief stop at the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:00 and a pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 10:00. The last 10 miles is on an unimproved dirt road but passable with almost any vehicle

September 7   #1675   Pyramid Lake Paddle and Picnic   Margie Litwin    H. 518-384-0412 C. 928-060 0   WX
Our annual September get-together is at the Pyramid Life Center on Pyramid Lake. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share and whatever you would like to drink. Plates and utensils, hot dogs, rolls and condiments will be provided and donations accepted. A $5 per person donation for support of the Center is requested that day. You are free to arrive anytime with lunch planned for 12:00 noon and may explore the camp, relax, paddle on your own or swim for the day, enjoy the peace of a deck, porch or treehouse gazebo over the stream. The camp has boats, PFD's, paddles you may use. Please wipe down all boats brought onto the property with the supplied bleach solution to protect the lake. We will plan a group paddle of the lake leaving the camp beach at 10:30. Parking is plentiful as you arrive at camp. Meet at CTL unless you plan your own early arrival. If anyone desires to linger after lunch we can hike the short climb to the Marion Ledge overlook or to the waterfall. In order to plan for the number of hot dogs/rolls to have on hand RSVP t o Margie by September 1st.   Directions and information on an
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September 14    #1676   Watch Hill and the Holey Boulders Hike  Lenore and Jack Reber   L. 518-859-855 J. 518-223-3632    WX
A new outing for the Canes! We'll begin our hike at the Watch Hill trailhead, located on the east side of NY30, 1 mile south of the Snowy Mountain trailhead/parking lot or 7.7 miles south from its intersection with NY28 in the hamlet of Indian Lake. From the trailhead we will hike along a short section of new trail to an old forest road and follow this for a bit to the foot trail that will come in on the right. This trail will take us to the ridgeline and an overlook where we will have lunch and enjoy the outstanding views of Snowy Mountain and Indian Lake – a hike of 3 miles RT, with +/- 500’ elevation gain. Retracing our steps to the parking lot we will walk .2 miles along NY30 to the unmarked trailhead for the Snowy Mountain Boulders, referred to by some as the Holey Boulders. After a .5 mile walk, we can explore the dozen or more huge pock-marked boulders – popular with rock climbers specializing in bouldering. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Meet at CTL; or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10; or Byron Park, Indian Lake, at 10:30 (entrance on right side of NY28 +/- .75 miles past the causeway over Lake Abanakee); or the Watch Hill trailhead at 10:45.


September 21   #1677   Bass Lake Thru Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
Last done back in May 2015 I thought it would be nice to check it out in the fall with hopes that there would be some color change in the leaves and maybe less snakes at our lunch spot. Beginning at the same trailhead recently used on our hike to Moose Mountain Pond we will instead do a thru hike of +/- 4.5 miles and a total gain of +/- 600’ to a lovely open area on the shore of Bass Lake in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. After leaving the trailhead, we'll go 1.7 miles and turn right at the junction (left goes to Moose Mountain Pond). There's a steady, mostly gradual climb which will take us to the beginning of the lake. We'll continue around the lake to a nice rock outcropping for lunch and finish with an easy 2-mile walk to the other end of our journey. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:45. Other locations upon request.

September 28   #1678    Wolf Pond Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495     WX
A new outing for the Canes on a new trail.  Wolf Pond, near Tahawus, is one of 15 Wolf Ponds in NY, so if you decide to check it out, pick the right one!  The link above will take you to Mike Arthur's description, written before the trail was completed.  A more recent stroll in the area revealed a finished trail with a lean-to near the end.  The trail is an easy, 6 mile round trip and nice walk in the woods with a pretty pond at the end.  Much of it along very scenic Wolf Brook. Elevation gain is 200', but it's over rolling terrrain so total vertical ascent is more like 600' but spread evenly over the trail's length.  CTL at 8.45 for 9.00 departure or, by request, the Black Bear in Pottersville.

October 5    #1679   Puffer Pond Loop Hike     Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629     WX
Not a new Cane’s hike but the last time it was done was in August 2000, led by Irv Boyle! Puffer Pond is located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, almost due south of the hamlet of Indian Lake. The trailhead that we will start from is shared with that of Chimney Mt, which most of you are familiar with, located at the end of Big Brook Road at the Cabins of Kings Flow parking area. From the trailhead we will travel in a clockwise direction, first relatively flat but then climbing moderately to a height of land at +/- 1.8 miles, gaining +/- 650’. From here we will descend +/- 200’ to the shore of Puffer Pond at +/- 2 miles and stop at a lean-to for lunch. After lunch we will continue our clockwise direction heading almost due west along Puffer Pond Brook on an old carriage road, descending slightly until the trail levels out before turning north at 3.6 miles. From here we continue with a slight descent before the trail levels off and we follow the eastern shore of Kings Flow for 1.7 miles to the grassy parking area where we started. Meet at CTL; or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10; or the trailhead at +/- 10:50. There is a parking fee of $2.00 per car.

October 12   #1680    Rooster Comb Hike   Gail Stauble   518-636-3504   WX
We begin and end our 5 mile RT hike of Rooster Comb at the large hiker’s parking lot just south of the hamlet of Keene Valley off Rt. 73. The trail leads us through a beautiful forest over easy to moderate terrain with a few steep sections to its summit with a gain of +/- 1,600’. Views from the summit and nearby Valley View lookout complete a 360-degree panorama of Mt. Marcy, the Johns Brook Valley, Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. It should be peak at this time so bring your camera! CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:30.

October 19    #1681   New York/Sandgate Vt Bike    Ken Gericke   518-683-8420   WX
An 18 mile bike beginning at the SR 313 NY/VT canoe access on the Battenkill River, and continuing in a clockwise loop to Sandgate Vermont. Lunch will be in the scenic hamlet of Sandgate (specific location TBD). The route continues, mostly downhill, returning to SR 313, crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge to East River Rd, then back to SR 313 and to our start in NY. Meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:15. This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hard packed dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700' then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate.

October 26    #1682   Haystack Mountain Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.518-796-1933  K.518-796-5495     WX
Haystack Mtn, one of the Three Sisters, a group of peaks in the northern Taconic M ountains, near Granville, NY and Wells, VT, is distinctive with sheer cliffs and dramatic outcrops of slate and quartzite. From this modest 1900’ summit you can see as far west as Glens Falls and as far south as Equinox Mtn. The hike is 3 miles RT with +/- 500’ elevation gain - HOWEVER! - there are ups and downs to total vertical ascent is more like 1,200'. CTL at 8.45 for 9.00 departure or Price Chopper in Granville at 9.40 +/-.

November 2   #1683   Little and Big Pisgah Hike   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555   WX
The hike begins with about a one and a half mile walk along Chain Lakes Road from the outer Gooley Club house. We then do a gradual uphill bushwhack through open forest and some rock formations to the mossy top of Little Pisgah. After retracing our steps down to the col, we do a similar bushwhack up slightly bigger Big Pisgah, and enjoy open views to the south. After a mostly gentle scramble down, we rejoin Chain Lakes road closer to the Gooley Club. Four and a half miles RT with 1100' elevation gain. CTL or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10.00 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 10:30 (on the left of NY 28 immediately before crossing the causeway over Lake Abanakee). 

November 9   #1684  
CANCELLED - See replacement below Fifth Peak Lean-To   Scott Anderson   518-696-2588   WX
Our 5.2 mile RT hike begins at the popular Clay Meadows parking lot located approximately 6 miles north of the hamlet of Bolton Landing on the east side of NY 9N. From the trailhead we will hike on a relatively flat trail for the first 1/2 mile before beginning a somewhat steep and continuous climb for the next mile, gaining 1000’. At this point the trail becomes less steep but still climbs in the final 1.1 mile, gaining another 500’ to the top of Fifth Peak and a lean-to. With the leaves off the trees we should have excellent views of the Narrows of Lake George, portions of Northwest Bay, the southern end of the Tongue Mountain Range and the mountains that surround the southern end of Lake George. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or at the Clay Meadows parking lot at 9:30. For those of you aspiring to obtain the
Lake George 12ster patch this is your chance to reach the top of one of the required mountains.

November 9   #1684   Buck Mountain From Hogtown   Scott Anderson   518-696-2588   WX
Starting at the Hogtown Trailhead on Shelving Rock road we will climb to the lofty summit of Buck Mountain, elevation 2,330’, gaining 1,130’ in the 2.3 mile one-way route. The trail is level for some time and follows a stream for nearly the first mile. At about 1.5 miles the trail begins to climb steeply until the rocky summit is reached, affording panoramic views of Lake George and beyond. Hopefully, we will have some sunshine on top, and maybe spend some time exploring the open rock areas just below the summit. The weather forecast includes below freezing temperatures each night this week and with all the wet weather recently we may encounter icy areas. Microspikes or equivalent should be carried, just in case. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or at the Buck Mtn. trailhead on Shelving Rock Rd at 9:45. For those of you aspiring to obtain the Lake George 12ster patch this is your chance to reach the top of one of the required mountains

November 16   #1685   Dean Farm Heritage Trails Hike   Fran Herve   518-899-3216  WX
Hike two trails from the same location! Across from the kiosk and parking lot at the trailhead in Stony Creek we will hike a nice loop trail of about 2.6 miles with a 500 foot total ascent through fields, around bogs, along a ridge and through open conifer and hardwood forest with some interesting geology. There is even a picnic table located at the top of the ridge for a snack or early lunch. Near the top there is a very steep section that includes a ladder and some steps that may difficult for some to ascend/decend, especially if wet or icy; however, this section can be avoided by retracing our steps back to the nearest trail junction. Once back at the kiosk we will hike another loop trail, this time staying on the west side of the road, totaling about a mile. This trail is Handicap Accessible with long stretches of wide boardwalks that wind through this very pretty section of the old Dean Farm. The trail is mostly level and winds through fields, woods and wetlands with another lunch spot option at a picnic table overlooking Stony Creek. There are plenty of options for doing less mileage and vertical on VERY nicely manicured pathways. Meet at the Exit 16 Commuter Park at 9:15 for 9:30 departure or at the trailhead at 10:00 (from the 4 way intersection in Stony Creek located on the Hadley Road/CR12 continue North on the Hadley/Harrisburg Rd for about a half mile and turn right on Lanfear Rd. In less than a quarter mile turn left on to Murray Rd/CR76 and continue a short distance to the parking lot on the left. Additional info is HERE & a trail map is HERE   CCJ
November 23  Thanksgiving Day   No Outing

November 30   #1686   Schaefer Trail   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.796-1933   K.796-5495   WX
The Schaefer Trail rises about 2,500 feet over about 4.5 miles one way from the North Creek Ski Bowl to the fire tower at the summit of Gore Mountain.  A great hike,
but we're not going to do that. What we will do is follow our 2014 route from the Ski Bowl to Gore's snowmaking reservoir, which is 1.9 miles (one way) with around 1,050 feet of vertical ascent through pretty woods generally following a very nice stream with numerous cascades and a few waterfalls. Once at the reservoir, depending upon the day and conditions (hike? spike? snowshoe?), we can opt to return the way we came (3.8 miles total for the day) or return via a northerly route passing by Rabbit Pond and some beaver ponds over quite gentle terrain adding no elevation gain but is a mile longer (5.0 miles total for the day) as we did in 2014. And there is another option possible with some great views, an easy walk down (much of it on ski trail) with a distance of 4.5 miles total for the day. CTL 8.45 for  9.00 departure, the TH at 10.00, Weavertown (by request) at 9.45
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December 7   #1687   Moxham Mountain   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D.796-1933   K.796-5495 WX
Kurt celebrates 5 years of retirement with another early December trip to Moxham Mountain. This is a roughly 6 mile round trip hike to a mountain in Minerva NY's wild and wooly "Fourteenth Country." A total ascent of 1,800 feet to the summit and back. A relatively easy trail with good views that has uphill and downhill sections both going to the summit and returning. CTL at 8:45 am, departing at 9.00 am or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.


Decmber 14   #1688   A Mine, Cook Mountain and Cookies   Sandy and Bob Powell   H 518-543-6290  C 518-538-8758   WX
We'll start with a very pretty 2.8 mile (round trip) hike/spike/snowshoe on very nice trail to the 1,215 foot summit (625' vertical rise) of Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga on the west shore of Lake George. Cook Mountain is located on a 172 acre parcel owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy. From the summit are views of northern Lake George including Anthony's Nose and Rogers Rock. The Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains in Vermont are also visible. From there, we'll venture to the Powell's home in Hague for cookies and cheer (bring cookies and cheer!) and then, time and energy permitting, we'll take a short walk from the Powell's home to a great overlook of Lake George's north basin and a nearby abandoned graphite mine. CTL at 8.15, departure at 8.30 or, by advance arrangement, Exit 24 at 8.46 or the trail head at about 9.40.

December 21   #1689   Holiday Hike at the Hennig Preserve   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
A nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve and the adjoining lands of the Homestead County Forest located in Town of Providence, Saratoga County. There are no panoramic views or lakes, just old fashioned woods with some minor ups and downs. The trails pass old stone walls, mill sites, and old foundations with one of the trails traversing a glacial esker. The plan is to do an approximately 2 mile walk on the north side trails with a possible visit to Round Pond, then cross Centerline Road to do an additional 3 miles of walks on the south side trails, including the Homestead County Forest. Lunch will be along Cadman Creek. Meet at the Amtrak rail station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or the main kiosk at the Hennig Preserve sign on Centerline Road at 10:00. This is a combined Regular and A-Team Hike with Don and Tom leading the A-Team hike on a route to be determined on the day of the hike. Directions from Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs: There are a number of ways to reach the Hennig Preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest [for those using a GPS navigator try using 200 Centerline Rd., Middle Grove, NY (or Galway if Middle Grove doesn’t work)] - that will get you close. Turn right on to West Ave from Station Lane; continue ~.25 miles to NY 29 and turn right; continue on NY 29 for ~9.7 miles and turn right on to Antioch Rd (just after the East Galway sign – the road makes a sharp bend back); continue on Antioch Rd to the end, ~3.5 miles and turn right on to Wileytown Rd; continue on Wileytown for ~1 mi and turn left on to Centerline Rd; continue on Centerline Rd for ~1.25 miles to the sign on the left. 
  CCJ

December 28   #1690   No outing scheduled.   If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter or use our handy Outing Scheduler. Check out what we did this week a couple years ago . The Spectacle and Gull Ponds hike originally scheduled on this date has been moved to February 22.

2018

January 4   #1691 Saratoga Spa State Park New Year’s Resolution Hike/Spike/Snowshoe  Karen & Leon   H 518-886-1991  C 518-441-0483   WX
Join Karen & Leon on our first regular outing for 2018 for a hike along the Park’s Five Mile Spa Trail – up, around, over and through the Park – much of the route in pretty woods! We will meet at 10:15 in the parking lot behind the Roosevelt Baths as we have in the past for a start at 10:30. From here we will pick up the trail and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction following it to the Island Spouter, along Geyser Creek and up to the Orenda Spring. Continuing, we will pass by the marsh area with views of the pond on our way to lunch at the Polaris Pavilion at mile 3. After lunch we continue along Geyser Creek passing the Columbia and Ferndell Pavilions and return to our cars. For those preferring a shorter hike you may choose to retrace your steps at any time or, if you are familiar with the Park, you may combine portions of the trail and some of the many connector roads back to your car. Unfortunately, the restrooms are closed along the route. Be prepared to use snowshoes and/or spikes - an email will be sent out informing you of the expected trail conditions as the day of the hike gets closer.  
CCJ

January 11   #1692   Berry Pond Hike/Snowshoe   Sandy and Bob Powell   H 518-543-6290  C 515-538-8758  WX
This week’s outing will be a hike/snowshoe to Berry Pond. From the Lake George Recreation Area parking lot, located at the end of Transfer Road on the north side of NY 9N, slightly over ½ mile west of Exit 21 of the Northway. Map with directions
HERE. We will follow the blue trail to an overlook that has views of Darling Mt. and Berry Pond to the south and Lake George to the north. Depending on the time of day this may be our lunch spot. From the overlook we will descend following old logging roads to the spur trail that will take us around Berry Pond and return downhill to our starting point. If conditions permit we will complete a 5.6 mile round trip hike with 1,100’ total vertical ascent. If conditions prove too difficult due to fresh snow we will shorten the hike and only visit the pond. Meet at the Lake George Rec Area parking lot at 9:45.   CCJ

January 18  
#1693   Potash Mountain Hike/Snowshoe   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484 WX    Links to more info:  One   Two   Three
Please join Steve Mackey on his first lead for the Canes on a wonderful hike of Potash Mountain. Potash Mountain, located just west of NY 9N in the Town of Lake Luzerne is not a very high mountain at only 1700’ but what it lacks in height it makes up with character. It is a dome shaped mountain with southern facing cliffs - an eye catcher that can be identified from many of the higher mountains in the area with super views from the expansive open rock ledges above the cliffs. The Canes have climbed it a few times in the past and although the summit area is state owned it is landlocked and permission had to be obtained from private property owners to cross their lands. That all changed earlier this year when the estate of the late Alice Harris donated 107 acres, at the base of the mountain, to the Hadley-Luzerne School District, creating the Harris Nature Preserve and allowing public access. Adjoining property owners, Richard and Joanne Sehlmeyer, donated a 6.4 acre portion of their land to make the connection to the state lands. With volunteers, a grant from NYS and cooperation with DEC.....
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January 25   #1694   Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe   Donna and Peter Wood   518-494-2874   WX
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300’. After the hike everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL; or meet at the Wood’s house at 10:00. 
CCJ

February 1   #1695   East Shore Lake George Walk on Water Hike/Snowshoe  Tim Ward   518-415-9172   WX
A new outing for the Canes and one that will get your attention! Tim Ward, a new Caner, will lead us on a hike on the ice along the east shore of Lake George from just south of Huletts Landing to a point approximately 3 miles south, passing the islands Saint Sacrament, Coopers, Sagamore and Floating Battery, just to name a few. At a point only known to him, Tim will lead us inland a short distance to a rock face with Native American drawings painted on it. These are not ancient paintings but those painted by descendants of Abanakee Indians beginning in 1994. Tim promises a sunny location for lunch before returning our walk north through the forest on easy grades before returning via ice to Lands End, approximately 6 miles round trip. Despite the best attempts to avoid wind there may be times that we will experience some while on the ice - coupled with cold temperatures be prepared for the possible effects of wind chill. Snowshoes and Microspikes will be required. Currently there is over 11” of clear ice along the intended route with an inspection and update planned as the date gets closer. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:40 OR at the Clemons Post Office at the intersection of NY 22 and CR 6 at 9:45.  Contact by email is preferred.  
A-TEAM

February 8   #1696   Lake George Recreation Area Ski   Fran Herve   518-899-3216   WX
Fran is offering a cross country ski of the trails located at the Lake George Recreation Area. She hasn’t skied these trails before so the exploration will be a group effort. The 4 miles of groomed ski trails are located adjacent to the Rec Area parking lot, located at the end of Transfer Road on the north side of NY 9N, slightly over ½ mile west of Exit 21 of the Northway, which we have been using as a meeting place for hikes to Berry Pond and Prospect Mountain for years. If Mother Nature cooperates that is what we will do on this outing. Plan on meeting at the Lake George Recreation Area parking lot at 10:00 where we will test our skiing skills on the adjacent trails. Since there are only 4 miles of trails we may want to repeat some of our favorites – lunch at the lean-to? Map and directions to the Rec Area are
HERE.

February 15   #1697  
POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL, SEE SUBSTITUTION BELOW John and Clear Pond Loop Hike/Snowshoe Lenore and Jack Reber  L 518-859-8555  J 518-223-3632   WX
A new outing for the Canes! The Canes have only been to John Pond a total of 4 times since 1988 and never to Clear Pond. However, DEC has marked a new connector trail between the two, creating a wonderful five mile loop trail, avoiding a traverse of a steep ridge or a bushwhack between the two ponds. Our plan is to explore the new 5 mile loop, visiting these two ponds near Chimney Mt. in Indian Lake. There is a moderate elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, then a long gentle downhill back to the cars. Lunch will be at the lean-to on the shore of John Pond. Conditions will dictate the type of footwear but you should be prepared for snowshoes/Microspikes. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the scheduled locations, not the trailhead. We will update everyone on the trail conditions as the day of the hike approaches and provide an alternate outing if the conditions are unfavorable. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 9:45 (on the left of NY 28 immediately before crossing the causeway over Lake Abanakee).   CCJ

February 15   #1697  
Lake Bonita to Spier Falls Road Snowshoe with a Twist   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555 J 223-3632    WX
From the trailhead at the Lake Bonita parking lot we will first hike the access trail a short distance to the Lake Bonita Loop Trail on the southern shore of the lake. We continue on the Loop Trail east, along the southern shore of the lake to the junction with the Lake Ann Trail. We then hike generally in a NE direction, with some minor ups and downs, through mixed forest to the lean-to at Lake Ann for lunch – a total of ~2 miles with ~200’ gain. After lunch we will continue on the Lake Ann Trail to the junction with a brand new trail and proceed NE along the ridge on this trail to the Eastern Ridge Trail (ER). From here we will proceed W on the ER to the Western Ridge Trail and to our cars, spotted earlier at the Spring trailhead on Spier Falls Rd. Total distance of ~5 miles. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near exit 17 of the Northway at 9:00 or at the Lake Bonita parking lot, located exactly 2 miles west of Rt 9 on the north side of Wilton-Corinth Rd at 9:30. Don and Tom will be offering an A-Team version of this snowshoe with details to be announced in the near future.

February 22   #1698   Spectacle and Gull Ponds Hike/Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick     518-893-2629   WX
Both of these are easy and wonderful woods trails with picturesque destinations – perfect for an outing in-between Christmas and New Years. Scheduling two separate destinations on an outing is usually not advised but the trails are less than a mile from one another and the trek to Gull Pond can be done without packs at the end of the day. The trailheads for these two ponds are located on East Shore Rd (a.k.a. Adirondack Rd) ~2.5 miles south of Alder Brook Rd in Schroon Lake. Spectacle Pond - We begin our day traveling 1.7 miles to a campsite on the shore of Spectacle Pond for lunch. The trail follows Spectacle Brook most of the way to the pond, crossing it several times. It is generally a woods trail along an old tote road but with nice views of Pharaoh Mt from the shore of the pond with a gain of less than 400’. Gull Pond – After lunch we will return to our cars and drive one mile north to the trailhead and a nice parking lot. It is only about .5 miles to the pond and less than a 100’ gain so you can do it with or without your pack but definitely bring your camera. The pond is small but picturesque and will invite you back for future visits. I most likely will not scout the trails ahead of time but will provide details regarding appropriate footwear as we get closer to the date. CTL; or Stewart’s in Schroon Lake via exit 27 at 10:10. Alternate points by request.  CCJ

March 1   #1699   Pack Forest Ski/Hike/Snowshoe    Fran Herve   518-899-3216  WX
Pack Forest is a 2500 acre demonstration forest maintained by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry located just north of Warrensburg. While its primary purpose is for forest research the lands are open to the public for a variety of outdoor activities. In addition to the many trails within its boundaries it also includes an 85 acre lake. We will hike or ski approximately 5 miles on a combination of wood’s roads and trails on a route to be determined prior to the scheduled date. An email will be sent out with trail conditions as we get closer to the date with a suggestion of proper footwear for hikers or if conditions will allow for us to ski. Most of the trails are relatively flat so this outing will lend itself well for an A-Team outing. CTL; or Pack Forest parking lot at 9:45. Don and Tom plan to offer an A-Team hike in combination with Fran with the same meeting locations and times. The specifics of the A-Team route will be determined on the day of the outing but since the terrain is relatively flat both groups may find themselves together most of the time – which would be a nice treat! If you have any questions regarding the A-Team plans please contact either Don 518-633-4214 or Tom 518-583-1550.  MORE
 
March 8   #1700   Postponed to March 22nd  Owls Head Lookout Snowshoe/Hike/Spike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX


March 15   #1701   Peaked Mountain Pond and Mountain Hike/Snowshoe  
Scott Anderson   518-696-2588   WX 
From the trailhead at the northern end of Thirteenth Lake, not far from the Garnet Hill Lodge, we will follow a relatively flat trail for .9 miles to Peaked Mt. Brook. From here we will continue on the marked trail northwest along the brook for an additional gradual ascent passing several wild marshy areas. At 1.8 miles, gaining 600’ we reach the shore of scenic Peaked Mt. Pond, offering good views of the cliff faced mountain the pond was named after. This will be the destination and turnaround point for those not going to Peaked Mt. and a good place for everyone to have lunch. For those who have chosen to go on to Peaked Mt. it is an additional .5 miles, gaining an additional 650’ – fairly steep in places with potentially icy conditions. However, efforts are rewarded at the summit with spectacular views in all directions. Scott hiked to the pond this past Sunday and reports perfect winter conditions with a well packed trail. The brook alongside the trail is particularly beautiful with many ice formations and bridges. Snow is forecast for both Tuesday and Wednesday so trail conditions will have changed so bring snowshoes and Microspikes to cover all bases. The current forecast for Thursday is calling for winds WNW between 10-20mph with a high temp of 32 degrees. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 for both groups – please plan carpooling according to whether or not you will climb Peaked Mt. If anyone wishes to meet up with us in Warrensburg at the north end of the Price Chopper lot, please let us know ahead of time. A short pit stop at Stewart’s in North Creek is also planned.

March 22   #1702  
Rescheduled from March 8   Owls Head Lookout Snowshoe/Hike/Spike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX 
Owls Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owls Head in Keene) is part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness area. The trailhead is located off Route 9N, south of Keene & 5.75 miles from the intersection with Route 73. From the parking area, we'll follow a dirt road for a few hundred yards, then turn left into the woods. The trail climbs gradually through a stand of hemlocks and comes to the state-land boundary at 0.4 miles. It continues to be level, with small ups and downs, to Slide Brook at 1.0 mile, climbs to a small cliff on the left, and crosses the tributary again at 1.5 miles. After a few more crossings of the tributary, it resumes climbing through open woods, reaching a short steep 0.2 mile spur trail that leads to the rocky summit. The lookout offers views in nearly every direction. Peaks in the immediate neighborhood include Giant Mountain, Rocky Peak Ridge, Green, Knob Lock, and Hurricane Mountain (the one with the fire tower). The open ledges offer one of the best views of huge slides on the east face of Giant Mountain. Looking east, you can see the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Total of 5.2 miles RT, easy to moderate, Elevation 2530', Ascent 1260'. CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15 or the trailhead at 10:00.

March 29   #1703   Victory Woods and Hudson Crossing Hike   Don McMahon   518-633-4214    Tom Gibbs   518-583-1550   WX 
I talked to Kurt who says that Mount Van Hovenberg is definitely out of consideration, and that an alternate, Thomas Mtn that he explored, is problematic - not packed snow. He agreed that all the CCers could do the same event as follows:  The weather presently says rain late Thursday - presumably later than the usual "A-Team" event. So as to avoid uncertain snow conditions, Tom and Don will lead a hike in the Schuylerville area. There are at least two options, 1), a walk through "Victory Woods", just east down from the monument, a pretty boardwalk area, offering a walk totaling at most a mile round trip , 2) a walk north from the visitor's center about 1 1/2 mile one way, through a park, to the dam across the Hudson River and back, with lunch in the park. We meet on Rt. 29 at the "visitors" parking lot across from the post office at 9:45 am. Play safe and bring microspikes, although not likely they will be necessary!

April 5   #1704  Substituted For Hopkins Through Hike Mount Van Hoevenburg SS/Spike/Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993   K 796-5495   WX
The delay of this outing from March 29 to April 5th may have some significant merit for this outing, sort of repeated from last year though it will be different as we will not be doing Mount Van Hoevenburg as a through hike so no lost time spotting cars.  Last year we had the pleasure of meeting the Chinese bobsled team who were again here this year at the Olympic Sports Complex but who have already left or are leaving soon.  This year, it looks like we'll get to meet the famous Jamaican bobsled team and folks from a number of other nations, including Nigeria.  Training runs start at about 10:00 am, timed to begin at about the time we arrive.  We'll watch bobsledding until noon (or earlier, depending upon what everyone wants to do) then hike up along the 1932 bobsled run and continue to the top of Mount Van Ho with its panoramic views including Heart Lake and Adirondack Loj. The round trip is about 3.25 miles with a 900' rise.  We should be back at CTL around 5.15. CTL at 8.00, departure at 8.15  or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:00.


April 12   #1705  Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs Hike   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX
It is about an hour drive north of CTL to the St. Huberts Parking area a few miles south of Keene Valley. From the parking area it is 3.3 miles on a gently sloping uphill woods road (no traffic) to our trail. The trail then climbs .8 miles (750’ elevation) to Indian Head It is a big cliff with an awesome view of the Ausable Lakes. We will have lunch there. From there (if you wish) it is another .2 miles to Fish Hawk Cliffs. We will be coming back the same way, so if you want to hang out on Indian Head and enjoy the view that will work. We will probably go back the same way, but there is an option to return via the Gill Brook Trail if we desire. The website I looked at, estimated a total hiking time of 5-6 hours. We did this as an ADK hike a couple of years ago and lost a couple of people for a little while, so we want to make sure to wait for each other at all intersections. If you have never been here, it is a classic Adirondack view. The Indian Head can be seen when you are on Fish Hawk Cliffs looking back. It is a little bit like the Old Man of the Mountain that used to be in New Hampshire. Approximately 10.5 miles total for the day. CTL at 8:00 departing at 8:15; or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:00; or the St. Huberts parking lot at 9:30ish. Detailed directions to the parking lot and more information are HERE and  HERE and HERE.

April 19   POSTPONED! See Substitution Below   New To Old At MLSP  Judy Halstead   518-583-2504   WX
We'll hike the New Trail to the Old Lake Lookout Trail at Moreau Lake State Park. How many of us remember the “old” MLSP lake lookout? When was the trail rerouted? Let’s explore the new trail to the old lookout! (Got that?) We’ll go to 3 lookouts (one river, two lake) in a loop of about 4 ½ to 5 miles. We’ll start with a moderately steep ascent from the Sherman Island parking area via the Cottage Park trail to the Western Ridge trail and a river lookout (#1), then take the Ridge Run trail over to a lake lookout (#2). We’ll continue on the Ridge Run trail and then take the Baker trail to the new black trail to the new-old lookout (#3). We’ll return by taking the Western Ridge trail to the Connector trail and back to the Sherman Island parking area via the Cottage Park trail. Meet at the MLSP office area parking lot at 9:45 or the Sherman Island parking area at 10:00.


April 19   #1706   Substituted For Above Thomas and Cat Mountains Through Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D 518-796-1993   K 518-796-5495   WX
Starting at the Valley Woods Road TH off County Rt. 11 north of Bolton Landing  we hike to the summit of Thomas Mountain, the site of an idyllic cabin - NOT!  for snack time before continuing on to the mostly open summit of Cat mountain with its panoramic 300-ish degree views of Lake George and the Adirondacks.  From Cat's summit we'll head down to the Edgecomb Pond TH where we'll have previously spotted some cars. The total hike is 6.4 miles with about 1,800' total vertical ascent. CTL or, at 10.00, the Valley Woods Road TH (87 exit 24, 2 miles east on Rt. 11 to right on Valley Woods Road, 200' to TH on right).


April 26   #1707  Shelving Rock Falls & Mountain Hike   Don McMahon   518-227-1047    Tom Gibbs   518-583-1550   WX
Just as it worked out last week, the A-TEAM! along with everyone else, will begin this week's outing from the same location. This time we'll start at Parking Lot #1 on Shelving Rock Road and hike along the stream passing Shelving Rock Falls and on down to the lake then along the lakeshore for a total distance of 2 miles, ending our hike at Parking Lot #9 where we will have spotted some cars for our return to Lot #1.  For those who are game to extend their day (accompanied by a highly trained leader) it is a very short jaunt from Lot # 1 to the Shelving Rock Mountain TH from where an enjoyable ascent on a carriage road to the spectacular view point atop Shelving Rock Mountain awaits. This outing extension is 3.5 miles or a little less, RT with 650' of vertical. CTL.

May 3   #1708   The Saddles State Forest thru Hike   Tim Ward   518-415-9172   WX
A new hike for the Canes and one that will surely satisfy those asking that we include new places to explore in our schedule. The Saddles State Forest is comprised of ~2,500 acres of forest land located in the towns of Fort Ann and Whitehall between NY 4 and the east shore of South Bay. The trailhead and parking lot are located at the end of an access road south of the Village of Whitehall. Land for this new state forest was acquired back in 2012 and much of the infrastructure and trails is a work in progress. However, this is the backyard of Tim, who lives with his wife Mary in their homestead adjacent to the forest on the shore of South Bay. Tim is quite familiar with the blazed trails and wood roads that crisscross the forest and has promised to take us to visit some of his favorite places including North Saddle, West Mountain, a waterfall and the shore of South Bay. Some of the views that can be expected are Black and Sugarloaf Mtns., some of the High Peaks, mountains of Vermont, South Bay and the cliffs of the Diameter at its outlet. Also, he and Mary have invited us to stop by at their place before we begin our return trek to our cars, a nice gesture indeed. Plan on a leisurely pace over the ~7.5 mile hike (1/3 of the distance on an unimproved dirt/gravel road) with a cumulative elevation gain of ~1000’. An earlier start time is required to accommodate the extra time needed to spot cars at the end of our route. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:35. Contact by email is preferred.

May 10   #1709   Hopkins Mountain thru Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
The Canes have climbed this mountain before but never as a thru hike. We begin by dropping off hikers at the Mossy Cascade Brook trailhead and then spot cars at the Rooster Comb parking lot 2 miles north on Rt 73. From the trailhead we will follow Mossy Cascade Brook for a good portion of the way in an “upward” direction ascending about 2,100’ in the nearly 3 miles to the summit, with hopes that the snow and ice has melted. After a leisurely lunch and exploring the bare, rocky top – trying to get a glimpse of just one more mountain – we backtrack approximately .9 miles to the junction with the Ranney Trail, bearing right and descending an additional 1.7 miles along Hopkins Brook to our cars for a total of 5.5 miles for the day. CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15 or the Mossy Cascade Brook TH at 9:45.

May 17   #1710  Bromley Mountain Via The AT/LT   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993 K 796-5495   WX
A repeat outing, but it has not been done by the Canes since May 21, 1987. From VT Rt 11 & 30 between Manchester and Bromley Mountain, we will hike the Appalachian / Long Trail to the summit of Bromley Mountain. The grassy, open summit of Bromley Mountain has a gorgeous 360 degree view taking in the Taconics, Greens, Adirondacks and either or both of the Presidentials and Whites in NH.  Not sure which. The route is 6 miles RT with 1,420' of vertical on a very nice trail with fairly consistent, easy to moderate pitch. Nothing is steep.  CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure or Granville Price Chopper at 9.15 ish or the trail head at 10.10-ish.
 Or, meet Mr. Fedorick at the Greenwich McDonald’s at 9.00 for a 9.10 departure.  A map and directions to the trail head are HERE.

May 24   #1711   Moxham Mountain Hike   Bonnie Whitman   518-636-8432   WX
This is a roughly a 6 mile round trip hike to a very beautiful mountain near Minerva, NY. A moderately easy hike with a number of ups and downs with a cumulative gain of ~1,800’ and expansive views from its rocky summit. The A-TEAM! will be joining us on this hike! A few more details to follow.  CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway exit 26 at 9:30. 

May 31   #1712  Blueberry Hill Trails & Hill 617 Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993 K 796-5495   WX
Another new hike for the Canes, this one in Elizabethtown The views are outstanding from the summit of Hill 617 and two lower overlooks, one with a nice granite bench and solar powered Christmas lights. Our planned hike totals 4.6 miles with around 1300' of elevation change.  Of the 4.6 miles total distance,3.4 is on a real nice walking / mountain bike trail,  a half mile is easy bushwhack through open hardwood forest and 0.7 is nice trail in the woods.    Check out Mike Arthur's blog postings HERE and HERE. NOTE! Mike made a frontal assault on Hill 617 which on his route maps shows he did some very steep climbing.  Our route, ridden by mountain bikers, is very gentle.   CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15.

June 7   #1713    Sleeping Beauty Mountain Hike   Fran Herve   899-3216   WX
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mtn. which offers wonderful views to the south and west. Spring flowers and especially lady’s slippers should be in full bloom. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of 4 miles and a total elevation change of 1000’. Don and Tom have offered to lead the A-TEAM! at Sleeping Beauty concurrent with the regular outing. They will hike at a slower pace to the top of Sleeping Beauty Mtn. and retrace their route rather than continue to Bumps Pond. CTL 

June 14   #1714   Gore Mountain Hike    Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993 K 796-5495    WX
A partially new hiking route on Gore Mountain.  From the base area we'll head around the southern side of the ski area on a mountain bike path in the woods through nice open hardwood forest, then climb through a beautiful ravine full of glacial erratics that, with some imagination, will bring Colorado's Garden Of The Gods to mind. .  From there we'll proceed north, then downhill passing another terrific overlook before heading along a pretty path taking us back to our cars. We'll stop for lunch at one of a number of vantage points along the way, depending upon where we are at lunch time. Total distance about 5 miles, total vertical ascent about 1850 feet. CTL at 8.30 for an 8.45 departure or by prior arrangement, Warrensburg Price Chopper.
 
June 21   #1715   Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike 
Shelly Nevard   518-461-8656   WX
Starting at the Terminal Road access to the Byway, located at the NE corner of the Crescent Bridge in Halfmoon on Route 9, we will bike west a distance of approximately 7 miles to the hamlet of Vischer Ferry. Along the route there are views of the old canal, the Mohawk, an old lock and several historic signs and a historic bridge that has been rebuilt. Depending on the time we will have the option to continue an additional 1.5 miles to the Lock 7 Overlook or end our westward travel here. In any case we will have lunch at the Vischer Ferry General Store or bring your own. After lunch we can return the way we came or ride on the road a little way through the hamlet of Vischer Ferry and rejoin the Byway by crossing the historic Whipple Bridge. The section of the Byway we will be biking is a windy but generally flat, well maintained stone dust path suitable for all types of bikes with an estimated total of 14-17 miles. We will meet at the Terminal Road access at 10:00 where there is good parking and a short walk to Stewart’s to pick up something you forgot or use the restrooms. MORE

June 28   #1716   Clear and John Pond Loop Hike   Lenore and Jack Reber  (L) 518-859-8555   (J) 518-223-3632   WX   MORE
A new outing for the Canes! The Canes have only been to John Pond a total of 4 times since 1988 and never to Clear Pond. However, DEC has marked a new connector trail between the two, creating a wonderful five mile loop trail, avoiding a traverse of a steep ridge or a bushwhack between the two ponds. Our plan is to explore the new 5 mile loop, visiting these two ponds near Chimney Mt. in Indian Lake. There is a moderate elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, then a long gentle downhill back to the cars. Lunch will be at the lean-to on the shore of John Pond. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the designated locations, not the trailhead. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 9:45, on the left.  A-TEAM!  ???

July 5   #1717  Lens Lake Paddle   Fran Herve   518-899-3216  WX
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurely pace and have lunch at the launch area before returning for more exploring if desired. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt 9N at 9.15. Of course you can plan on stopping at the Up River Café on the way home! Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek. However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

July 12   #1718   Blue Ledges Hike   Bonnie Whitman   518-636-8432    WX
From the trailhead on the Northwoods Club Road in the Town of Minerva we will hike to the Hudson River Gorge where slate-blue cliffs tower above the river. It is about 5 mile RT with 900 ft total ascent. Great swimming hole!  CTL or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 10:00.   A-TEAM!  ???

July 19   #1719   Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
We will paddle on Stewart's Bridge Reservoir - the impounded waters of the Sacandaga River, lying between Stewart’s Dam, Hadley, downstream and the Conklingville Dam, Edinburg, upstream. Its irregular shoreline lends itself to exploring and the launch area a perfect place for lunch, swimming or just chilling out. Bald eagles have been observed in the past so bring a camera and binoculars. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9.45 or at the launch area around 10.15. For those of you opting to go directly to the launch site its access is on a marked side-road, on the left, 4 miles +/- west along CR4/N Shore Rd from the main intersection in the Hamlet of Hadley (near the RR Station). Continue on the access road to the end at the shore of the reservoir – plenty of parking.

July 26   #1720  Gore Mountain Fire Tower   Moved to August 9th

August 2   #1721   Lake Abanakee Paddle   Lenore and Jack Reber   518- 859-8555  WX
We will launch on Chain Lakes Road and paddle south under the Lake Abanakee bridge, under the Big Brook Rd. causeway and on to the Indian River rapids. Lunch will be at the spot where the Indian River meets the lake. About 7 miles RT. Paddlers are invited back to the Reber’s place in Indian Lake for an edible treat and swim afterwards. Meet at CTL at 9.00, depart at 9.15; Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown 9.45; Abanakee parking lot at 10.15. The Abanakee parking lot is located on the south side of Rt 28 just before you go over the bridge crossing Lake Abanakee. The launch site is located on Chain Lakes Rd., the first R turn after crossing the bridge over Lake Abanakee and adjacent to the Town of Indian Lake beach where there are bathroom facilities.

August 16   #1723     White Rocks Hike     Diane and Kurt Wisell     D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495     WX
White Rocks is a VERY scenic, well known and interesting geologic formation just east of Wallingford, VT, about an hour and a half from CTL. We'll hike the White Rocks cliffs trail, then if time and interest are on our side, the Ice Beds trail for a total of about 4.5 miles with a total vertical ascent of about 1,500 feet. Both trails are terrific and there is nothing very steep. It's likely we will meet a number of through hikers on this trail, part of the AT, and conversation with them is always fun. Feeding these bears is welcome and appreciated so bring some extra snacks. After our hike, conditions permitting, we'll head to a really nice, very scenic, swimming hole in the nearby Clarendon Gorge. CTL 8.15 for an 8.30 departure.

August 23   #1724  Camp Santanoni Mountain Bike   Shelly Nevard   518-461-8656    WX
Great Camp Santanoni lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake in the Town of Newcomb off NY 28N. The Great Camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. Some of you have skied or hiked to it, or perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who took advantage of the horse-drawn carriage ride and paddling adventure in the past – how about giving mountain biking a try? From the Gate Lodge parking lot we will bike the gravel former carriage road gently uphill, passing the Farm Complex, for ~3 miles and gaining 500’ before biking downhill for ~2 miles to the Great Camp complex on the shores of Newcomb Lake, losing 250’. Our anticipated arrival time will allow us a few hours to either just chill out, explore the buildings of the camp complex or, for those with spare energy to burn, paddle Newcomb Lake or Lower and Upper Duck Hole using the boats available at the boat house. Lunch will be wherever you choose. At a designated meeting time we will regroup and return via the same route. The preferred type of bike for this adventure is a mountain bike; however, a hybrid bike is acceptable since the carriage road is primarily gravel. We realize that not everyone owns either type. If you would like to attend this outing and are proficient at riding a bike, but do not own either type, Cloudsplitter Outfitters, located 1-1 ½ miles east of the entrance to the Santanoni Preserve, rents mountain bikes for $27 for the day, incl tax. Additionally, for those of you who would like to paddle your own boat instead of using one from the boat house they will rent a boat trailer for your bike for an additional $27 that will accommodate canoes or kayaks – such a deal! There is extra time required to fit the bike to the rider so arrival times will need to be adjusted for those renting equipment. You would ride from the outfitters the short distance to the Gate Lodge parking lot. Please contact them ahead of time if you plan on renting equipment, 518-582-2583. Of course helmets are mandatory and it is suggested that you bring a spare tube or patch kit for your bike and either know how to use it or become close friends with someone who does. CTL at 8.30 for an 8.45 departure or at the Black Bear restaurant in Pottersville at 9.15 or at the Santanoni Gate Lodge parking lot at 10.00.

August 30   #1725   Irv Boyle Memorial Paddle   Lenore and Jack Reber  518-859-8555   WX
Lewey Lake is a small lake located off NY 30, midway between the Village of Speculator and the Hamlet of Indian Lake – about 12 miles from each and adjacent to the Lewey Lake Campground and Day Use Area. Although a small lake, paddlers are afforded extra distance and a remote feeling by exploring the winding, slow moving Miami River which feeds the lake from the south – a time to linger. There is a beach launch site located within the campground and a parking lot, restrooms are also available. There is a day use fee but this is waived if you are 62 or older during non-holiday weekdays. Mason Lake is a very small lake located about 5 miles south of Lewey Lake with a hand launch site and small parking area off the Perkins Clearing Rd., on your right, going south. From the beach launch site at the campground we will paddle Lewey Lake and explore the Miami River for a total of 5 miles, lunch location to be decided upon. The Canes have only paddled Lewey Lake once, led by Irv in 2003. We'll lead this paddle in remembrance of Irv's many Crooked Canes adventures. For those interested in paddling a little more after the Lewey Lake adventure there is the option to paddle Mason Lake. Meet at CTL at 8.30 for departure at 8.45; or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9.15; or Lake Abanakee parking lot, Indian Lake, at 9.45 (entrance on left side of NY28 immediately before the causeway over Lake Abanakee); or the Lewey Lake Campground boat launch at 10ish.

September 6   #1726   Johns Brook Lodge (or...)   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1993 K. 518-796-5495    WX
Johns Brook Lodge is an ADK facility accessed from The Garden trail head in Keene Valley. The hike will be roughly 7 miles RT with a total vertical ascent of about 800'. There is a $10 charge to park at The Garden, so plan accordingly. Carpooling could be important, depending upon availability of spaces at the very popular TH. Alternatives are available and if needed we will try to take advantage of them.  ALTERNATIVELY! In the unlikely event that there is no parking at The Garden and other options don't work when we get there, we'll do a similar hike, namely Marcy Dam , a 5-ish mile round trip stroll with 500' or less total vertical ascent, accessed from the ADK Loj trail head where parking is $5 for ADK Members, $10 for non-members. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or, by prior arrangement, the Black Bear in Pottersville at about 9.00 or, no prearrangement necessary, High Peaks Rest Area at about 9.20.

September 13   #1727   Moreau Lake State Park Picnic And More    WX
     This year we are returning to Moreau Lake State Park after a 12 year absence. Planned for the day is a variety of activities and of course the picnic. We have rented the Fernwood pavilion with lots of convenient parking available and restrooms close by. Hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, condiments, plates and utensils, will be provided. If you prefer something other than hot dogs or hamburgers the grill will be available for you to prepare your special meal. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share and whatever you would like to drink. There will be a $5 fee collected to cover costs.
     Bonnie has volunteered to lead an easy hike of about 3 miles, with the route to be determined, timed to get you back in time for lunch. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Fernwood pavilion, near the beach at 9:45. If you have any questions please contact her at 518-636-8432 or by email
 .   Diane and Kurt have volunteered to lead a paddle of Moreau Lake – likewise, you will be back in time for the first hot dog!  Meet them at the boat launch area, across from the warming hut, at 9:45. If you have any questions please contact Kurt at 518-746-5495 or by email.
     Ken has volunteered to lead a bike ride starting from the Park’s parking lot adjacent to the entrance kiosk, departing at 10:00. His route will be a shorter version of one that is done by the ezRiders and will be about 15 miles in length. The ezRiders will join us for the picnic. If you have any questions please contact him at 518-683-8420 or email.
    
For those of you that do not wish to join the organized activities please feel free to arrive early and go for a walk, a paddle, bike the park roads or just visit. BTW – there are many of you that haven’t participated in any of our outings in recent times – please use this opportunity to join your friends and catch up – we all want to know what you have been up to. If you or someone you know may need assistance in getting to/from Moreau please contact Margie  or Peter  to see if we can help.
     Moreau Lake State Park is located just off of exit 17 of the Adirondack Northway – at 605 Old Saratoga Road. The entrance kiosk is not staffed during the week so there is no need to stop. After going past the kiosk bear left and proceed along the park road to the boat launch for those of you who are paddling or continue along the park road to the large parking area adjacent to the Fernwood pavilion for everyone else. Hope you can join us!

September 20   #1728   Clear and John Pond Loop Hike – Take Three!   Lenore and Jack Reber L. 518-859-8555  J. 518-223-3632   WX
A new outing for the Canes! The Canes have only been to John Pond a total of 4 times since 1988 and never to Clear Pond. However, DEC has marked a new connector trail between the two, creating a wonderful five mile loop trail, avoiding a traverse of a steep ridge or a bushwhack between the two ponds. This hike has been postponed twice this year so let’s hope the saying “Third Time’s a Charm” has some meaning.Our plan is to explore the new 5 mile loop, visiting these two ponds near Chimney Mt. in Indian Lake. There is a moderate elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, then a long gentle downhill back to the cars. Lunch will be at the lean-to on the shore of John Pond. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the designated locations, not the trailhead. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 9:45, on the left of NY 28 immediately before crossing the causeway over Lake Abanakee.

September 27   #1729   Mount Van Hoevenberg Thru Hike   Pat Desbiens and Jayne Bouder   P. 518-813-7946  J. 518-636-3352   WX
This hike was done earlier this year starting from the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex (OSC) - this time we would like to do it as a through hike, spotting a couple of cars at the OSC and then driving over and starting the hike from South Meadows Road. It will be about 3.8 miles total with a little less than 800 ft. of elevation gain. The trail begins with the first 0.9 mile flat into a swampy area which in the spring is home to a number of nesting birds; from this point the climbing begins but never really steep followed by the reward of spectacular views of the High Peaks and Lake Placid on the summit (2.2 miles from the start) - we can hope that the foliage will also be spectacular but can't give a guarantee on this one. From the summit we’ll proceed about .5 miles down the easterly side of the mountain to the OSC and continue our descent for an additional mile to our cars along the 2000 bobsled/luge/skeleton track and 1932 bobsled run. CTL at 8:15, departure at 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15. Travel time is just under 2 hours to the trail head at the intersection of Adirondack Loj Road and South Meadows Road, including spotting cars at the OSC.

October 4   #1730   Blueberry Cobbles   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629  WX
A new hike for the Canes! From the New Russia trailhead to Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mt., located about 8 miles N on NY 9 from exit 30 of the Northway, we will hike 2.2 miles and climb ~1500’ to the ledges of Blueberry Cobbles over easy to moderate terrain. Blueberry Cobbles is one of the “knobs” on the way to Rocky Peak Ridge and from its overlooks offer splendid views of the Champlain Valley, the Boquet River Valley, the Dix Range and surrounding lesser peaks without the effort of hiking a High Peak. For those with extra energy and ambition we may add an additional .5 mile climb of 300’ to Mason Mt. for added views. Some of you may be familiar with this route and ask why we don’t go on to Bald Peak but that involves additional distance and elevation gain that we will save for another day. I anticipate at least some fall color so don’t forget your camera! CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure, the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the trailhead at 9:40ish.

October 11   #1731   Giant's Nubble and Roaring Brook Falls Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629  WX
Giant’s Nubble is a rocky knob off the ridge trail to its namesake, providing a close-up view of Giant Mt to the north and expansive views of the High Peaks to the south and west. This will be a thru hike of ~4 miles beginning at the Chapel Pond trailhead and returning via the Roaring Brook trail. While total distance may be on the short side, the views cause visitors to linger and a leisurely lunch is planned. Total gain on the ascent is ~1350’ in 1.2 miles and total loss on the descent is ~1700’ in 1.5 miles. We will have the opportunity to explore the area beneath Roaring Brook Falls at the end of the hike. Bring a camera! CTL at 8:15 for 8:30 departure, High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or at Chapel Pond TH at 10:00ish, allowing a few minutes extra to spot cars.

Each month's expired outing schedule will appear here around the end of the month.