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We meet at the north end of Carol Thomas Lane ("CTL" on outing descriptions), Queensbury, NY 12845,|
at 9.15 and depart from there at 9.30 UNLESS otherwise specified in the trip description. Map & Directions
Prior to participation in any outing familiarity with information on our Traditions and Advisories pages is mandatory.
June 6 #1756A Thomas Mountain Hike Nancy and Bonnie Whitman 518-227-1047 WX
Nancy and Bonnie will co-lead the A-Team hike to the summit of Thomas Mountain on Thursday May 6. It is about a 500 foot climb with about 3 miles of walking round trip with a good view of Lake George and points south from the summit. We meet at CTL at 9:30 am or meet at the trailhead parking at 10 am. Be prepared for mosquitoes and black flies!
April 25 #1758A Spruce Mountain Hike Sam Lantz WX
The A-Team hike up Spruce Mountain this Thursday. The hike is about 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet. Sam has previewed the trail and there is no ice or snow but some mud. There are good views from the fire tower on the summit. Don will meet attendees at the Corinth Municipal parking lot opposite the town beach and Sam will meet attendees at the Greenfield Senior Center, both at 9:30 am, to leave there at 9:45.
April 11 #1756A Rush Pond Hike Bonnie Whitman, Don McMahon 518-227-1047
Tom is away this week, so Bonnie and Don will lead an A-Team hike into Rush Pond tomorrow, April 11. The hike is several miles long with only a few 20 foot type hills. We meet at 9:45 am at the Rush Pond parking lot which is on the south east corner of the intersection of West Mountain Road and Gurney Lane (opposite corner from CTL entrance road).
April 4 #1755A Old Gick And Fox Farms Tom Gibbs & Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
This week's hike will take place at the Old Gick Farm and, on the opposite side of the street, the Fox Farm. Both are part of the Wilton Nature Preserve. Both are relatively flat with some woods and open fields. The Old Gick Farm trail loop is about 2 1/2 miles, and the Fox farm about 2 miles. We do the Gick Farm Preserve before lunch and, optionally, the Fox Farm after lunch. Hopefully we won't need microspikes. We meet at 9:45 am at the Old Gick Farm parking lot that is located on the west side of Rt. 50 about a mile south Ballard Road (go east from Exit 16 of the Northway).
March 28 #1754 Shippees Ledge Tom Gibbs & Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
The A-Team hike for this week will be a hike into Shippee's Ledge. It is less than 3 miles round trip with an elevation change of about 200 feet. The trail should be packed by snow mobile traffic. Because the day is going to be well above freezing we might have to use snow shoes to keep from post holing on the trail, so bring snow shoes as well as microspikes. We meet in 2 places, the municipal parking lot in Corinth on 9N opposite the town beach, and at the Senior Center in Greenfield, both locations at 9:45 am.
March 13 #1752A LeVine Preserve Snowshoe Linda Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
You read the heading correctly, Linda (OMG!!!) will be leading this snowshoe – her first! However, she will have expert help with both Don and Tom as co-leads. If for no other reason you should plan on attending to see this team in action.
Actually, this is a wonderful A-Team! outing and a good snowshoe with lots of options as to the length of the hike with a maximum of 3 miles of rolling terrain, two creeks to follow, view of an old sawmill along Cadman Creek (maybe hidden under snow this time of year) and even a hike along an esker. Lunch will be at the old homestead (Circa 1920’s?) with its well preserved foundation and hand dug well – there is even a picnic bench. The LeVine Preserve is owned and maintained by Saratoga PLAN and is just down the road from its big sister – the Hennig Preserve. There are essentially four loop trails within the 177 acre preserve plus Taber Road Trail, an old abandoned dirt town road that bisects the preserve. The specific route TBD the day of the hike – this is scheduled as a snowshoe but bring your spikes just in case. Meet at the Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or at the LeVine Preserve sign at 10:00. Linda will have her cell on the day of the hike 518-764-9233 if you have any problems.
Directions: There are a number of ways to reach the preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest (for those using a GPS navigator try using 303 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 12 miles to Barkersville Road (You should see the Waterwheel Village Store on the far right corner). Turn right here and stay on Barkersville Road for 2.7 miles. The road will take several sharp turns, but stay on Barkersville Road (Route 16) until it intersects with Glenwild Road. Turn left on Glenwild Road, and after driving 1.4 miles, turn left on Centerline Road. In approximately 0.8 miles, you will see the kiosk for the LeVine Preserve on the left side of Centerline Road. If you are familiar with getting to the Hennig Preserve just continue W on Centerline and additional 1.3 miles to LeVine.
February 28 #1750A Saratoga Spa Park Ski Tom Gibbs & Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
Tom and I aren't available Friday. However with the snow ending before sunrise early Thursday morning, we think we can clean out our driveways and enjoy the new snow that will cover the present icy glaze. We will be skiing a few miles on the golf course which has some gentle ups and downs. The plan is to meet at the warming hut at the Saratoga Spa Park at 10:45 am, ski for about an hour, have lunch in the warming hut, and perhaps ski some more after lunch. The warming hut is the first left after turning west onto the Avenue of the Pines from route 9. Also, since the location is local, the access roads should be well cleared of snow in time.
January 14 #1748A Lake Bonita Hike Tom Gibbs & Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
Tom and Don have decided to snowshoe at Lake Bonita tomorrow Feburary 14th. There are several possibilities and the choice may be made by whether the traill has been broken in or not. One choice is to go directly from the parking lot to the dam and then over to the waterfalls on the waterfalls trail and back. Another is to just circumnavigate Lake Bonita, which would be an hour hike in the summer, but longer, of course, on snow shoes. Going to the waterfalls entails about 200 ft. elevation change - circumnavigating Lake Bonita less in terms of ups and downs. Doing both would be about 4 miles. We meet at 9:45 am at the Lake Bonita Parking lot, i.e. about 2.2 miles on the Corinth-Wilton Road west from Rt. 9 (near Exit 16 of the Northway).
January 17 #1744A Moreau SP, White Birch Trail Sam Lantz 518-796-4070 WX
Sam will lead a loop hike that includes the "White Birch Trail" that he is the steward for. The hike is about 4 miles long with a total elevation increase of about 800 feet, includes parts of the east and west ridge trails and offers several Hudson River outlooks. The White Birch Trail goes between the eastern and western ridge trails. Because of limited parking at the Spring trailhead on Spier Falls Road, we will meet at the Moreau State Park entrance parking lot at 9:45 am and drive to the trailhead using as few cars as possible. Assuming not much snow fall on Wednesday, bring microspikes.
January 10 #1743A Schumann Preserve Tom, Bonnie, Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
After some condsiderations, Tom, Bonnie, and Don have decided to offer as the A-Team event a hike at Schumann Preserve on Thursday January 10th. The present goal is the gazebo and the spectacular view that it offers. Anything additional depends on conditions and a majority vote. Since there is snow in the forecast, we will likely need snowshoes, but bring along microspikes just in case. Meet at CTL at 9:45 am.
January 3 #1742A Moreau State Park Hike Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
The A Team plan is to meet at Moreau State Park at the same time as the regular CC group. Presently, subject to a better idea,the plan is to hike counter clockwise around Moreau Lake and, rather than follow the shore on the return trip, we will take the entire Red Oak Ridge trail, which starts at the north end of the lake, climbs halfway up the hill and returns back down to the warming hut, where we will have lunch.
December 27 #1740A Moreau SP Hike Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 and Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
We are offering an easier, more local hike at Moreau State Park on Thursday December 27. We start at the height of land on Spier Falls Road, hike up the green trail to the outlook over Moreau Lake. This part is a graded trail of 1 1/2 miles with an altitude increase of 500 feet. There are 3 possible return routes, go back the way we came, use the red trail - an extra 1/2 mile loop to the west, and the blue-white-yellow loop trails to the east - also an extra half mile, however with ups and downs and at least another 100 foot elevation increase. We will try to do the last choice if conditions are suitable. Expect not much snow depth so microspikes should be suitable. Meet at the Moreau State Park entrance parking lot at 10 am to consolidate into as few cars as possible since there is very limited parking at the trail head (chain across entrance!).
December 13 #1738A Lenore and Jack Reber 518-859-8555 WX
We will be leading the A-Team! hike this week, a walk around the North Woods at Skidmore College. We will meet at Skidmore's North Woods parking lot at 10 AM. Turn left at the second Skidmore entrance from North Broadway and then turn right. Shortly make another right turn onto the lot. After we have finished exploring the woods, we will have lunch at the Skidmore dining hall. This is a food court with many food options for about $10. While we haven't scouted it, there isn't much snow down here, so you shouldn't need spikes or snowshoes.
December 6 #1737A Corinth Reservoir Hike Tom Gibbs and Don McMahon WX
The plan is to follow the green trail loop counter clockwise. The first and easiest option however is to go to the beaver dam pond and back which will be about 2 miles with 300 ft. of ascent. Following the green trail loop is a little more challenging - 3 miles with 400 ft. ascent, and ends up at the upper reservoir. Tom will meet attendees at the senior center in Greenfield and Don will meet attendees at the municipal parking lot in Corinth (opposite town beach) at 9:45 am.
November 28 #1736A We'll Have An Outing Somewhere! Don McMahon 518-227-1047
Tom and I will do some sort of hike event. The hike is expected to be Pinnacle Mtn - short, steep climb with spectacular views. We will meet at CTL at 9:45 to decide, but it will be a shorter, easier hike. Other possiblities include Gurney Lane, Van Dusen, Rush Pond, Stewart's Ledge and Pinnacle. Please bring snowshoes and microspikes.
November 15 #1735A Leon Steves and Hudson Point Preserves Hike Bonnie Whitman 518 636-8432 WX
Another more local, easy hike at the Leon Steves and Hudson Point Preserves. Bonnie will be the leader and Tom and Don will try to help out. Meet at 9:45 am at the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad parking, which is located on the right or east side at the north end of Media Drive where Media Drive ends at Luzerne Road. Go east from Northway Exit 18 and turn Left onto Media Drive, which is the 1st traffic light and a very short distance from Exit 18. We will car pool from there since the Preserve parking lot is rather small.
November 8 #1733A Moreau Hike Tom, Bonnie & Don B 518 636-8432 D 518 227-1047 WX
For a more relaxed, easy day, Tom, Bonnie and Don will hike in Moreau Park this Thursday. You are welcome to join us. The proposed route is from the Lake Bonita parking lot the long way around Lake Bonita and walk down the waterfall trail to the Spring trailhead. There are a couple of options in the middle to make the hike 2 miles longer. Between the still peak fall colors in the area and the unusual amount of water going over the falls should make this a super day. Meet at Lake Bonita parking lot at 9:45 to leave there at 10 am. We will spot cars at the Spring parking lot to get everyone back to the start point.
October 11 #1731A Sherman Island Paddle Bonnie Whitman & Don McMahon B 518 636-8432 D 518 227-1047 WX
This may be your last chance to paddle for the year - a warm, hopefully sunny, day is forecast. Bonnie and Don will lead the paddle. The plan, as usual, is to paddle downstream past an island where there are many pretty inlets to the Sherman Island portage and back. We will have lunch at the portage. Some fall color is expected even though the season is early here. Meet at the Sherman Island take out at 10:45 am. To get to the take out, go west on Spier Falls Road from Rt 9, and go over the hill. Take out is on the right at the bottom of the hill.
September 27 #1729A Schuman Preserve Hike Bonnie Whitman & Don McMahon B 518 636-8432 D 518 227-1047 WX
Thursday looks like a good day so Bonnie and Don are offering to lead a hike at Schumann Preserve, hopefully via the gazebo through to the waterfalls and back. An approximate estimate is less than 1000 ft. elevation with a total round distance of less than 5 miles. We meet at CTL at 9:15 am.
August 23 #1724A Schuylervill Hudson River Paddle Joy Munro and Sir Thomas Gibbs J. 518 692-9523 T. 518 583-1550 WX
Sir Thomas and I are going to lead a paddle in Schuylerville Thursday. We are not using the boat launch; we will launch from the grassy area near the bridge on route 29 (near the bathrooms). If you are coming from Schuylerville, when you turn off of Broadway onto Ferry St (route 29), you will go 0.2 miles to the last driveway on the left before the bridge--it is immediately after 6 Ferry Street if you’re using GPS. It is across from the driveway into the Yacht Basin and the new Clark’s Steakhouse. If you’re coming from Greenwich it is the first driveway on the right after the bridge. The plan is to paddle upstream, explore the bottom end of the Battenkill and then go up past lock 5 and to the right of Hardy Park. We will come back to the launch site for lunch, and if anyone wants to paddle more we can explore downstream around the island and into the lower end of Fish Creek. Please arrive by 9:45 so you can be off-loaded, on the water, and ready to set sail at 10 AM. See you then!
August 2 #1721A Stillwater Riverfront Town Park Joy Munro and Tom Gibbs J. 518-692-9523 T. 518-583-1550 WX If the WX holds out, Tom and I are leading an A-team paddle tomorrow at the fairly new Stillwater riverfront town park. We will meet at the park at 10AM. Here’s where it is located: if you’re coming from Saratoga on route 29, take a right onto route 4. From where you turn onto route 4 from route 29, go 8 miles south on 4 and the park will be on the left. It’s not far past the entrance to the battlefield. If you’re coming from the south, it is 4.7 miles up route 4 from the Blockhouse in Stillwater. There’s a pavilion with picnic tables where we can have lunch, and then if the WX holds out, those that want to can paddle some more. Because the WX forecast is a little uncertain, Tom and I are going to check in with each other tomorrow morning at 8 and will make a decision about whether to cancel or not. I will send a message out tomorrow morning confirming either way.
July 12 #1718A Spier Falls Paddle Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
The A-TEAM! will paddle on the Hudson from Spier Falls to Corinth. It will be 4 miles round trip. Meeting at 10:00 at the Spier Falls Boat Launch (exit 17N, Spier Falls Rd- about 7 miles to the boat launch).
June 29 #1716A-ish Northwest Bay Paddle Commodore Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
So you thought you didn’t have enough paddling choices this week - here is another. Tom will lead an A-Team! paddle of Northwest Bay on Lake George on Friday, June 29th. You read it correctly - this is a replay of the paddle Katie and Ray are leading tomorrow and in addition to their paddle of the Schroon River on Friday. From our put-in at the DEC car-top launch area located ~6 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 where we will have lunch or continue around the point for a short distance to the dock area and find a secluded spot if available – Tom is flexible as to the length of the paddle. Meet at the launch site at 10.00, ready to launch. Directions: Northway exit 24. Drive east on Rt 11 to Rt 9N. Go about 4 miles north to the fishing access point. There is a short carry to the water.
June 21 #1715A Hudson River Paddle Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
Tom is offering a Hudson River paddle as the A-Team! outing for Thursday, June 21st. Tom will meet paddlers at the public boat launch at the end of Nolan Road in South Glens Falls at 10:00, directions below. Specifics of the route will be determined by those attending and will be either an upstream paddle and return or a downstream paddle to the Feeder Canal Park and return – please bring lunch. Tom estimates that the paddle will finish at around 2:00. If you have any questions, call Tom, phone number above. Directions to the Nolan Road boat launch: From Northway Exit 17 take US 9 North for 3.4 miles and turn left on Nolan Rd. Continue to the end of Nolan Rd to the parking lot and launch.
June 14 #1714A Pinnacle Mountain Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550
This week's A-Team main hike, led by Tom Gibbs, will be to hike up Pinnacle mountain, a 300 ft climb in a distance of less than 1 mile. However the view of the southern part of Lake George is spectacular and well worth the effort. Because it is a short hike, afterwards we will translate to and make a tour of Green Island. Green Island is interesting by itself but also offers excellent views across Lake George. Meet at CTL at 9:15 am.
June 7 #1713A Sleeping Beauty Hike Don McMahon 518-227-1047 Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550
This outing will run concurrent with the regular outing. Details are on the Current Schedule.
May 31 #1712A Moreau Park Stone Wall Trail Don McMahon 518-227-1047 Sam Lantz WX
Sam Lantz is leading a 3 mile hike on the Stone Wall Trail, a trail that he helped create and maintains. It is a 3 mile loop from the inner parking lot that leads down to the Hudson River where there are pretty views south and west, then back along a ridge overlooking the Hudson. Elevation change is less than 500 ft. Tom can only get to the trailhead at 10 am, so the schedule is changed slightly to allow for that. Don will meet people at the Emergency Squad parking lot that is located on the east side of Media Drive just south of Luzerne Road (where Media Drive ends) at 9:30 am so that we leave from there at 9:30. To get to Media Drive, go east from Northway Exit 18 and make immediate left turn at the first traffic light. Sam says the black flies are out in abundance so bring head nets and lots of bug spray. (I still have red welts from Moxham!)
May 21 #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. All the Canes will be together 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 17 #1710A Palmer Pond and Stewart's Mountain Don McMahon 518-227-1047 and Tom Gibbs WX
Another near by, less strenuous, A-Team hike! Tom and I will lead a hike around Palmer Pond and, optionally Stewart's Mountain. Palmer Pond is one of the Chestertown challenge hikes. It is a 2.2 mile round trip hike in, around the pond, and out, with ups and downs totalling a couple hundred feet of elevation. However there are many pretty spots along the shore to stop and enjoy the scenery. But it is an easy hike. So, after that, we can drive about 10 minutes to Stewart's mountain, another Chestertown challenge, that consists of a 200 ft. climb over a half mile to a summit that has a good view. Meet on Thursday at CTL at 9:15 am.
May 2 #1708A Glen Lake Paddle Bonnie Whitman 518-636-8432 WX
In anticipation of this week's regular outing being moved to Wednesday, this A-TEAM! outing is scheduled for Wednesday. But of course, everyone is welcome regardless of how the entire schedule shakes out. Bonnie Whitman originally proposed a canoe trip on Glen Lake and the inlet on Wednesday for a few friends, but welcoms others to join in the event. The day is forecast to be sunny and 80 degrees. Because of limited parking at the take out (6 - 8 cars), we meet at CTL at 9:45 am to try to limit the number of cars by putting two canoes or kayaks on a single car.
April 26 #1707A Shelving Rock Falls & Mountain Hike
Click HERE for details shown on the Current Schedule.
April 19 #1706A Thomas Mountain Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
We will be joining the regular group on the Thomas and Cat Mountains outing. However, the A-TEAM! will be hiking Thomas only, and at our own pace then returning to the trailhead we started from on Valley Woods Road. 3.5 miles round trip, 750' vertical. Meeting time and location the same as for the regular group: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 11 #1705A Old Gick Farm Hike Don McMahon 518-227-1047 WX
The WX for Thursday and Friday calls for rain. Wednesday's WX is cloudy with no rain. The A-Team is offering an easier hike, closer to home consisting of walks through the Old Gick Farm Preserve before lunch and the Fox Farm Preserve after lunch. There are a couple of miles of trails on each preserve and the walking is fairly level. Hopefully, because it consists mostly open fields, there will be little snow. To get to the trailhead from Northway Exit 16, take Ballard Rd. east to the traffic light at Rt. 50. Then go south on Rt. 50 for 0.7 miles to the “Saratoga Sandplains” trailhead parking lot located on the west side of Rt. 50. Both preserves are accessed from the same parking lot. We meet there at 9:45 am. Hope to see a few folks there!
April 4 #1704A Shippee's Ledge Hike Don McMahon 518-227-1047 Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
Tom and I will lead an A-Team hike to Shippee's Ledge on Thursday April 4. The hike is about 3 miles round trip with 300 feet elevation with an excelent overlook of Sacandaga Lake. There is packed snow and ice on the trail now but may be much less after two days of rain. There is also a wet area where a small stream crosses the trail, which no doubt will be wetter yet by Thursday. Water proof boots and microspikes are recommended. We meet both at Greenfield Senior Center and Corinth municipal parking lot at 9:15 a.m. so as to minimize the number of cars parked on the side of the road at the trailhead.
March 22 #1702A Stewarts Ledge Spike Bonnie Whitman 518-636-8432 Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
Bonnie will be your guide for this week’s A-Team adventure to Stewart’s Ledge. Located off the Buck Mountain Trail this little “bump” on a lower shoulder of Buck Mountain may only be 1 mile from the trailhead on Pilot Knob Rd. and only a 300’ gain but what it doesn’t have in hiking challenges it makes up in the spectacular view of the southeastern basin of Lake George from its rocky ledge. Tom will meet at CTL at 9:45 for departure at 10:00 or meet Bonnie at the Buck Mtn. TH at 1750 Pilot Knob Rd., Fort Ann at 10:25. The trail is well packed with some icy sections so just Microspikes should be adequate. Temperature will be between 34-40 degrees but it may feel much colder with winds out of the north at 10-20 mph. Bring a lunch for those who like to eat early or just a snack – perhaps a stop at Stewart’s, not to be confused with the destination of the hike, for a treat afterwards.
March 15 #1701A Inman Pond Snowshoe/Spike Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
For any of you interested in a easier event that is nearby I am offering to lead a hike to Inman Pond from Lower Hogtown Parking. It will be a little less than 4 miles round trip with several hundred feet elevation increase. Lunch, as usual, will be on the large rock promontory at the west end of the pond. Given the snow storm, snowshoes are likely to be required, but bring microspikes just in case. Meet at CTL at 9:15 am. I am hoping for the same magic snow conditions as we had for Gurney Lane last week.
March 9 #1700A Gurney Lane Rec Area Snowshoe Hike Don McMahon, 518-633-4214 Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 WX
Don and Tom are offering a SNOWSHOE hike of the trails at Gurney Lane Recreation Area tomorrow, March 9th. This will be a combined A-Team and Regular hike and yes – snowshoes will be required! The plan is to explore up to 4 miles of marked trails of varying difficulty but mostly flat, on old logging roads. Meet at CTL 9:45 – plan on lunch.
March 1 #1699A Pack Forest Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 Don McMahon 518-633-4214
This outing will be in combination with Fran's regular outing at Pack Forest. See the details HERE
February 1 #1695A Wilton Preserve Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
Tom and I are hiking in the Wilton Preserve this Thursday, Feb 1st. The plan is do the outer-loop blue trail. The first mile is on the south side of Scout Road and the next two miles are on the north side of Scout Road. There are side trails to add to this if there is any interest. Except for one brook it is a woods walk with a few little steep sections. We meet at the main parking lot on the north side Scout Road located at the east end of the preserve at 9:45 am to start walking at 10 am. The trails are icy and microspikes are required. The WX indicates the possibility of a few light snow showers, so no problem there!
January 18 #1693A BIG! Ice at Hudson River Recreation Area Diane Wisell 518-796-5495 WX
We'll explore trails in the Lake George Wild Forest/Hudson River Recreation Area and probably some of Cronin's Golf course a couple miles north of centre ville in Warrensburg. What's exciting about this is that the cold WX preceeding the recent January thaw allowed the river to create some REALLY special ice sculptures, comprised of frazil ice which is pretty interesting stuff that you can read about HERE. We'll snowshoe or spike a couple of miles, stop back at the parking lot around noonish and decide if we'd like to have lunch then explore some more or head for home. We will meet at CTL at 9.30 for a 9.45 departure, the same place and time as folks headed to Potash with Steve Mackey. Alternatively, folks can meet us at the trail head at about 10.05. I'll let you know on Wednesday evening whether the best footwear choice is spikes, snowshoes or either/or.
December 21 #1689A Holiday Hike at the Hennig Preserve Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
Tom and I are leading a hike on some of the trails at the Hennig Preserve located in the Town of Providence, Saratoga County in conjunction with the regularly scheduled outing. The specific route TBD but will most likely be from 3-4 miles in length over relatively flat terrain. Please refer to the current schedule for additional details.
November 16 #1685A Dean Farm Heritage Trails Hike Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
Tom and I are leading a hike on some of the trails at the Dean Farm Heritage Trails located in Stoney Creek, in conjunction with the regularly scheduled outing. The specific route TBD but will most likely be from 3-4 miles in length over relatively flat terrain. Please refer to the current schedule for additional details.
October 27 #1682A Rattlesnake Cobble Hike Tom Gibbs 518-583-1550 Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
Tom and I will climb Rattlesnake Cobble Friday Oct 27. With a 800 ft climb of slightly over a mile, it is slightly higher than the Pinnacle climb and looks down on Lake George Village and the surrounding territory. The idea is to get back early to do yard work in the afternoon. However we are locally in peak fall color mode so it is worth while to spend at least part of the day taking advantage. We use the Smith street trail up to the Prospect Mountain highway, go south on the highway for 1/5 of a mile then cross through a scenic parking lot to reach the summit. Meet at CTL at 9:15 am to consolidate cars. In case you are worried, I have never seen any rattle snakes there!
October 19 #1681A Corinth Reservoir Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and I are planning on climbing to the outlook at the Corinth Reservoir on Thursday. From the parking lot we will take the trail that goes gradually up 600 ft. up to a point adjacent to Bald Mtn, then traverses back to the jeep trail, crosses it, and then continues uphill another 200 ft to a terrific outlook offering views to the north and east. After lunch at the outlook, we take trails, mostly downhill and north to a small beaver pond at the north end of the Preserve. Finally there is about a 400 foot descent back to the parking lot. The total distance is about a 5 miles loop and the total elevation is about 1000 ft. We meet both at the Greenfield Senior Center and the Corinth municipal parking lot at 9:15 and will be at the Corinth Preserve parking lot about 9:45 am.
October 12 #1680A Spruce Mountain Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and I are leading an A-Team hike up Spruce Mtn which is about 4 miles SW of Corinth. The hike is 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1000 ft over a well graded trail. The fall colors should be good and the views from the top of the fire tower should be excellent. We meet at either the Greenfield Senior Center or at the Corinth municipal parking lot (opposite town beach) at 9:15 am, and we should arrive at the trailhead (end of Spruce Mtn road) by about 9:45.
October 5 #1679A MEADE MOUNTAIN AND BECKMAN MOUNTAIN Don McMahon 519 633-4214 WX
This moderate, 2.1 mile, 2 1/2 hour hike has several long, steep sections leading to one of the best views of Gore Mountain. Continue on and make a short descent followed by an ascent as you travel from Meade to Beckman Mountain. This leads to several views of Loon Lake other mountains to the east and north, and a view of Blythewood Island, home of a former six story resort hotel. Parking is on Igerna Road about 3/4 mile west of Route 9. CTL at 9:15 am the trailhead at 10.00 am. Trailhead parking is very limited so best to consolidate at CTL!
September 21 #1677A Inman Pond Hike Don McMahon 518-633-4214 WX
From the Sly Pond Road trailhead we follow a trail and logging road to our lunch spot at the top of a promontory at the west end of Inman Pond with nice views of the pond and surrounding hills. After lunch we bushwhack north, crossing a small stream to get to the north shore, which we follow east to a junction with the marked trail and retrace our steps to the parking lot. Total distance is approximately 3 miles with a gain of 600’. CTL
August 24 #1674A Buttermilk Brook / Bearslide Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and Don will lead a hike starting on the East River Road at the mouth of Buttermilk Brook, we hike north along the Hudson to the north end of the road (the canoe take out), then hike up a jeep road to the upper end of the Buttermilk Brook trail and then return on the brook trail, i.e. along the north side of the brook. Along the way we pass "Bear Slide", a long tilted smooth rock section of the brook. The hike is 3 3/4 miles long with a 300 ft. elevation increase. Meet at the high school parking lot on route 9N in Lake Luzerne at 9:15 am.
August 24 #1673A Moreau Park Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom Gibbs and I are leading an A-Team hike at Moreau Park on the north side of the Hudson River. The idea is to hike the Stone Wall trail clockwise. The trail is about 3 miles long with about 400 ft of elevation change. We meet at the West Glens Falls Emergency Center on Media Road at 9:15 am and will drive from there to the Moreau Park parking lot at the far end of Hawk Road beyond the access gate (which is open). Going east from Northway Exit 18, turn left onto Media Drive (the first traffic light) and drive north. The Emergency Center is the last building on the right side just before the end of the road at Luzerne Rd.
August 10 #1671A Moreau Lake Paddle Linda Plante 518-587-1827 WX
With a nice WX forecast for tomorrow why not join Linda Plante for a paddle of Moreau Lake – her first lead of an outing! Nothing complicated – just a few hours of a leisurely paddle on a beautiful local lake. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park boat launch, past the entrance kiosk, opposite the warming hut at 10:00 – bring lunch – swimming available for those that linger after the paddle.
June 15 #1663A Kayadeross Creek Paddle Mary Knutson 587-8105 WX
I am sorry for the late post but since I can not make the bike trip I am looking for some people that might like to paddle the Kayadeross. My plan is to leave from the Waterfront Park, 622 Crescent Ave, Saratoga Springs, at 9:30am, paddle up the Kayadeross where it enters Saratoga Lake and return to the park no later than 2pm. I am not sure how things look on the Kayadeross but will try it out. There is no charge to launch from the Park and there are restrooms and lots of parking. You can call me tonight or in the morning of you have questions. Hope to see some people Thursday at 9.30!
June 1 #1661A Chester Challenge Trails Katie Henrikson 533-7441 Camp 494-7405 C 596-4901 WX
The Cougar Trail of the Chester challenge was offered in March – and turned into a fairly strenuous snowshoe hike, which involved breaking trail in two feet of snow. This time will be different, even if it snows in May, there won’t be much and Diane promised she will break trail if necessary! We will go up the trail, to a minimal view from the top and a three mile round trip with about 500 ft of ascent. After lunch, we can drive to the Kipp mountain trail, about ten minutes away, and climb another 300-400 ft to lovely views of Loon Lake and Gore Mountain, a two mile round trip. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot in Warrensburg at 9:15 or at the trail head at 10:00. To find the trail head, turn west at Exit 25 from the Northway, and turn left into the North Warren School 0.1 miles past Stewarts. Continue to the far end of the parking lot to find the trail head. Parking is somewhat limited and car pooling is encouraged. If you want to participate only in the afternoon hike, you can try calling my cell phone 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 me during the day!
May 18 #1659A Hudson River Paddle At Sherman Island Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and Don invite you to go paddling on the Hudson, starting from the Sherman Island take out at 10.30
May 11 #1658A Plotter Kill Preserve Hike Jim & Jan Bornheim H. 518-885-9792 C. 518-265-3247 WX
There will be an A-TEAM! version of the Plotterkill outing. Details may be found on the regular schedule outing description and are continued on the MORE page.
May 4 #1657A Shelving Rock Falls & Shore Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
WX permitting, Tom and Don are offering an A-Team hike to Shelving Rock Falls and the scenic shore trail along Lake George. There are several elevation changes are of the order of 100 ft. and the distance for the above is about 2 miles. However after lunch there is the option of climbing Shelving Rock Mountain, which adds another 500 ft elevation change and 2 extra miles. We meet at CTL at 9:15 to leave there at 9:30 am.
April 27 #1656A Ballston Spa History Tour Lynn Mayack H. 899-6410 C. 321-0608 WX
Interested in History? For those of you who missed the bonus hike last November I am offering a repeat. Join me for a Ballston Spa History Walking Tour based on David Fiske’s guide to historic places and interesting people. We will meet at 9:45 am at Wiswall Park on the corner of Low Street and Front St., Ballston Spa. Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent Augie’s Restaurant lot (opens at 4 pm). Most of the 1 ½-2 mile, 2 hour walk will be on sidewalks in the village. The last half mile is on the Jim Tedisco Fitness Trail which follows the old railroad bed from Prospect St. to the Old Iron Spring. After the tour you may want to consider lunch at The Whistling Tea kettle, Coffee planet, Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, or a picnic at Kelly Park. You also may want to check out Brookside Museum, National Bottle Museum, or the Stone Soup Antiques gallery. Since there is very limited access to restrooms in downtown Balston Spa, I strongly recommend your stopping at either of the two Stewarts stores, one north and one south of the village on Rt. 50 (Milton Ave.) for restrooms.
April 4 #1653 Leon Steves Big Bay + Hudson Point Preserves Bonnie Whitman 636-8432 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Another offering where hardly any of us have been before. The two Preserves are connected by an unmarked trail allowing a figure hike of 3 to 4 miles through both preserves. There are a few small but steep inclines. Microspikes are probably not needed but expect muddy trails. We meet at the West Glens Falls Emergency Squad parking lot on north east end of Media Drive at 9:45 am. Go east on Corinth Rd. at Northway Exit 18 and turn left at first traffic light to get on Media Drive. Parking lot is on east (right) side of Media Drive before the Emergency Squad building wich is the last buiding before the end of Media Drive at Luzerne Rd.
March 30 #1652A Moreau Waterfalls Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and I plan on hiking up the Waterfalls trail at Moreau State Park on Thursday. This is the trail that goes from the Spring on Spier Falls Rd. to the Lake Bonita Dam. From there, if walking conditions are good, the plan is to use the trail on the north side of Lake Bonita to arrive at the prison access road and take that to Grant's Cottage where we have lunch. Then we return to the Lake Bonita parking lot. However, for poor walking conditions, we can hike directly to the Lake Bonita parking lot from the dam or go the long way around Lake Bonita to the parking lot. The hike is mostly level except for the 1.3 mile trip up from the Spring to the Dam that has a 400 ft. elevation change. Bring your micro spikes. Meet at the Lake Bonita parking lot at 9:45 am (EXACTLT two miles up RT. 101/Corinth Mtn. Rd./Wilton Rd. from its intersection with Rt.9 and Ballard Road) where we consolidate cars and drive to the Spring where the hike starts.
March 9 #1649A A Hike To The Butler Pond Area Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and I are going to lead a hike from the end of the Lake George Dump Road to the Butler Pond area via snowmobile trails to the Butler Pond area. The elevation gain is 500 ft and the round trip distance is 3.5 miles. There is some ice on the trails so bring micro spikes. Because of limited parking at the end of the dump road, we meet at CTL at 9:45 am to consolidate cars. A open date for an A-TEAM Outing!
March 3 #1648A Corinth Reservoir Recreation Area Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550
Through Bonnie Whitman we now know about the Corinth Reservoir Recreation Area and here's a MAP . Tomorrow looks a bit iffy so Tom and I are planning to hike at the Corinth Reservoir Recreation Area on Friday March 3rd. There are a lot of trails there, but because of all the rain and not being able to ford the fast running streams, we plan on hiking up the Bald Mtn trail and take Wilson Pass to get to the Redmond overlook where we will have lunch. After lunch we return via a jeep trail (perhaps an old town road!) via the Wilson Farm Historic Site back to the upper reservoir. The trip is about 3.5 miles round trip with an extra half mile if we walk the perimeter of the upper reservoir. The climb up the hill to the overlook is about a 600 ft elevation change. We will meet at the Greenfield Senior Center and at the Corinth Municipal Town Beach Parking lot at 9:45 to leave there at 10 am, to meet at the trailhead parking about 10:15 am. Please join us to explore this new area!
February 23 #1647A Kalabus-Perry Preserve Lenore and Jack Reber L.859-8555 J.223-3632 WX
We are offering a hike at the Kalabus-Perry preserve in Wilton near Homestead Road off route 29. It's about 3.5 miles round trip with a few small hills. Meet at the Wilton Mall parking lot on Route 50 one mile east of Northway exit 15 in front of Dick's at 9:45.
January 19 #1642A Saratoga Battlefield Park Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
Thursday Jan 19th is looking like a good WX day. Tom and I are offering an A-Team hike at the Saratoga Battlefield Park. We meet at the visitors' center at 9:45 to leave there at 10 am to hike the Wilkinson trail. The trail is 5 miles long with a few hill of less than 50 ft elevation. Depending on conditions we could use snowshoes or micro spikes. The present thought is that we would have lunch at the end of the hike at the visitor's center. Hope to see some of you there!
January 13 #1641A Shipee's Ledge Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
From Shippee's Ledge there is a beautiful view of the east end of the Great Sacandaga Lake. The walk is about 2.5 miles round trip, mostly on old logging roads with rolling terrain and about 300 feet of total vertical ascent. Due to a mixed bag of WX forecast on the days immediately preceding our outing, it is impossible to know for sure whether snowshoes or spikes will be appropriate, so bring both and we will decide what to use at the trail head. At 9.45, we will meet at (simultaneously at two locations): the Corinth Town Beach and the Greenfield Senior Center. Click HERE for a map and directions to each of the meeting spots.
January 5 #1640A Wilton Preserve Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Tom and I are proposing to hike at the Wilton Preserve on Thursday. Although Wednesday looks warmer and sunnier, the opinion is that the snow might be sludgy just after Tuesday's rain, so Thursday it is. The Thursday prediction is for a max of 30 deg with a possibility of snow showers. There are a lot of trails and other preserves nearby so we have not yet determined exactly what we will do, but it will involve 3 or 4 miles of micro spiking over relatively flat terrain. The main meeting area for car consolidation will be the Park And Ride next to Dick's Sporting Goods in the Route 50 mall at 9:45 am. The other option (limited parking!) is to go to the main parking lot for the Preserve, which is where people park for skiing (not likely competition Thursday!) and is on the opposite of Scout road from the lake - to be there by 10:15 am. The excessively prepared might want to have snow shoes but that is an unlikely option. Any sane person will have brought lunch. Hope to see you there. I will meet anyone coming from the north at Moreau State Park parking lot to car pool from there, but you have to call to let me know in advance!
December 23 #1638AA Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
The plan is to cross country ski at Pack Forest Friday Dec 23. The CCs have not done a ski trip here for some years - so a treat to be back there again! We meet at WCMC (the parking lot is still OK!) at 9:15 to leave there at 9:30 or meet at the Pack Forest parking lot at 9:50 am. We can ski the loop by the "grandmother" tree and/or ski on the road that goes around the lake. It might be a good idea to bring hiking boots and micro spikes in case the snow is "sticky", and, of course, bring lunch unless you're on a diet!
December 22 #1638A 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
See outing description on the Nov / Dec CC schedule
December 15 #1637A Champlain Canalway Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
In Schuylerville, from the General Philip Schuyler House we will hike north along the Champlain Canal Towpath for ~2 miles to the north end of the Hudson Crossing Park, known as Eagle Point. We will then begin our return via the River Walk Sensory Trail, stopping at the Picnic Pavilion for lunch. After lunch we will continue our hike south, rejoining the Canal Towpath and back to the Philip Schuyler House. Total distance ~4.5 miles over a level trail. Meet at the Philip Schuyler House, Schuylerville, NY at 10. From the southern intersection of NY 29 and NY 4 (Broad St. & Ferry St) in the Village of Schuylerville, continue south on NY 4 for 0.4 mile and turn left into the entrance to the General Philip Schuyler House. The entrance looks like THIS. Note: directions shown in the Champlain Canalway Hike link above are for where we will hike to, NOT where we start from!
December 8 #1636A Saratoga Spa State Park Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
A gentle walk-about of the “5 Mile Trail” at the Saratoga Spa State Park. This trail allows you to explore some of the many features of the park. Meet at the Saratoga Spa State Park Roosevelt Parking Lot at 10.00.
December 1 #1635A Bear Slide Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
A pleasant 2 - 2.5 ish mile loop on nice trail with 300 - 400 feet total vertical ascent along a stream with one cascade after another, running into the Hudson River just north of Lake Luzerne. Pretty under any circumstances, with the rain we have recently had it should make our viewing very nice. Though the forecast does look favorable, trees may be dripping and there is a slight chance for a shower. Bring rain gear just in case. Meet at the Lake Luzerne Municipal Center at 10.00 for 10.15 departure. The Municipal Center, on State Route 9N, is on the right 8.6 miles from Northway Exit 21 or for those coming north on 9N, on the left 1.2 miles past the Lake Luzerne school.
November 17 #1634A Pole Hill Pond Hike Nancy Kimball 668-0115 WX
From the trailhead on Rt 9N in the town of Bolton we hike 5 miles round trip with a 700' elevation change to a lovely little pond where we will have lunch. It is hunting season so wear bright color clothing. The trailhead is 2.8 miles north on Rt 9N from County Rt 11 but I do not want to encourage people to drive there! Meet at CTL at 9:15 or meet at the Exit 24 parking lot at 9:45. There is only a small parking lot at the Pole Hill Pond trail head, so we should consolidate at Exit 24 into as few cars as possible. Don McMahon (633-4214) will meet people at CTL.
November 3 #1632A Palmer Pond Hike Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
The last time the Crooked Canes went on this pretty woods hike to the lovely Palmer Pond in Chestertown with its approximately 4 mile length and about 300 feet of elevation change was on August 4, 1995. It's time to do it again. Meet at CTL, or at Tom's camp on Friends Lake at 10.00.
October 19 #1630A Spruce Mt Fire Tower Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
From the trailhead, located at the end of Fire Tower Road in the hamlet of South Corinth, we will hike ~2.5 miles RT with a gain ~1,000’ to the fire tower on top of Spruce Mt. Spruce Mountain has no views from the summit so you'll need to climb the fire tower to enjoy the panoramic vista. Meet at 9:15 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 9:45. 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.
October 13 #1629A Lake Bonita Hike Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs WX
We will hike around Lake Bonita with a significant side trip to a point of historic interest which has good views to the east and where we will have lunch. We will see the Lake Bonita end of the trail that goes over to the Lake Ann Lean-to but will likely leave that trip extension for another day. Expect 4 or 5 miles of walking with mostly level walking, but numerous little ups and downs - likely not more that 200 ft total elevation increase. Meet at the new Lake Bonita parking lot of Moreau State Park located exactly2.0 miles west of Rt. 9 on the north side of Wilton Corinth Road or 3.8 miles west of Scotties (Ballard Rd Northway Exit 16) at the height of land at 10 am. October 6 #1628A Inman Pond Hike Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs WX
A walk of 4 miles round trip through the woods with about 500 ft. elevation change to the rock outcrop overlooking Inman Pond with views of the mountains to the east. After lunch we go north from the outcrop to cross the stream that feeds into Inman Pond and then return via the north shore of the pond. Meet at WCMC at the usual time (9:15 am) to leave there at 9:30 am.
September 29 #1627A Dippikill Hike Nancy Kimball 668-0115 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 http://www.dippikill.com/index.shtml . 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. WCMC at 9:00 for a departure of 9:15 or meet at the Dippikill Parking lot at 10:00. If you would like to volunteer to lead the caravan to the Dippikill Parking Lot for Nancy please contact her.
August 11 #1620A Hudson River Paddle Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
Don and Tom are planning to paddle the Hudson River at Schuylerville. You are welcome to join them on this A-Team event for a ~4 mile paddle on the Hudson River. From the boat launch, on the northern end of Fort Hardy Park, the plan is to first paddle upstream to the confluence with the Battenkill before heading back downstream, around Schuyler Island, and return to the cars. Lunch will be at a location to be selected during the paddle. Meet at 10:00 at the boat launch on the northern end of Fort Hardy Town Park (access road opposite the post office) on the north side of Rt 29 just before going over the Hudson River. There is very little current in this section of the Hudson and any boat is suitable to use. Contact Tom with any questions. See a detailed map.
June 16 #1612A Archer's Vly Paddle Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
Details will follow. June 9 #1611A Pinnacle Mt. Hike Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
As an alternative to the Treadway Mountain Hike, we will do an approximately 1.4 mile round trip hike to The Pinnacle, a recent acquisition by the Lake George Land Conservancy which was more recently purchased by the town of Bolton. It has a nice parking lot and trail. It is about a 450' climb over the 0.7 mile ascent to a nicely cleared, large overlook where we'll enjoy a leisurely lunch with a "Carl Heilman" view. It provides, without question, the premier view of the Lake George Narrows viewed from the south. The panorama extends from the Narrows south along the lake to Diamond Island with Prospect Mountain, Hickory Hill, West Mountain and Moreau State Park in the background. From the Pinnacle, for those interested, we will go to the Sagamore and enjoy an approximately 1 mile stroll around Green Island to include the Sagamore's beautiful grounds and excellent nature trail along the lake shore. WCMC at 10.00, departure at 10.15, or the Pinnacle trail head at about 10.45.
June 2 #1610A 13th Lake Paddle Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
As an alternative to the Rooster Comb / Snow Mountain hike, we will paddle the two mile long Thirteenth Lake, its shoreline mostly state owned and which gives you a sense of remoteness as it is 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.
May 19 #1608A Feeder & Old Champlain Canal Towpath Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX
A new A-Team hike for the Canes! Starting at the Martindale Basin parking lot off of Martindale Ave. in Hudson Falls we will hike ~1.5 miles southeastwardly along the Glens Falls Feeder Canal Towpath to where the feeder canal flows into the Old Champlain Canal - passing the area known as the Five Combines (a set of five locks) on the way. From this t-junction with the Old Champlain Canal Towpath we will first hike north for ~1/2 mile, retrace our steps, then hike ~1/2 mile south along the towpath and back to the junction for lunch. After lunch we will return to the Martindale Basin on the same route as in the morning. The towpath is used by walkers, runners and bicyclists and is generally a hard packed fine-graveled surface with only a 200’ gain over our route – considered easy but we will have to watch for bicyclists. Meet at the Ft. Edward McDonald’s at 9:45 or at the Martindale Basin parking lot at 10:00. There are a number of ways to reach the Ft Edward McDonald’s or Martindale Basin parking lot, however, for convenience the following are directions from exit 17 of the Northway (coming from either direction on the Northway): Take US 9 north for ~1.25 miles; turn right on to SR 197 east and continue for ~4.75 miles to US 4 (Broadway) in Ft. Edward; turn left on to US 4 and continue north for ~1 mile to McDonald’s on your right; continue on US 4 north for ~1.5 miles, bearing right at traffic circle in Hudson Falls; continue for ~.4 miles and turn right on to Martindale Ave; Martindale Basin parking lot will be on your left in a short distance.
April 28 #1605A Montcalm Point Hike Don McMahon 633-4214 WX
Starting at Clay Meadows, we will hike south along the Lake George shore roughly 2.5 miles, have lunch on the shore at one of the clearings, then return to Clay Meadows. This is a scenic hike through some terrific open hemlock forest and with nice views of Northwest Bay from the shore. WCMC at the regular time, meeting at 9.15, departing at 9.30.
March 31 #1601A Bonita Lake To Spring Through Moreau Park Don McMahon 633-4214 Tom Gibbs 523-1550 WX
This is a 4 mile hike with about 500 ft elevation change up and about 900 ft elevation change down with about a half mile bushwhack. Starting from gate on Wilton Road opposite Clothier Rd, we walk on the access road to Lake Bonita dam then enter woods climbing NE up about 250 ft to a ridge line, continue SE 1/2 mile along north edge of ridge, the briefly dip 100 ft through a gap and ascend the opposite side going NE about 1/2 mile to the Lake Ann lean-to where we eat lunch. After lunch use Moreau Park trails to hike about 2 miles out to the Spring trail head. We meet at the “Spring” Parking lot of Moreau State Park (west end of park on Spier Falls Rd) at 9:45 am where we will leave some cars and load everyone in remaining cars to travel to the start point.
January 21 #1590A Moreau SP / Stonewall Trail Sam Lantz 583-2493 WX
A new outing for the Canes! Sam recently laid out a trail, known as the Stonewall Trail, in the Hawk Road area of Moreau State Park and has most graciously agreed to lead an A-TEAM! outing there. With luck, it will be a snowshoe. It is the newest trail in the park and appropriately named for the large number of stone walls and foundations located nearby. The trail is 3.2 miles round trip (4 miles if the gate is locked) of rolling terrain, will take us by a large beaver pond and will include views of the Hudson from a number of vantage points. Some interesting HISTORY of Sherman Island Dam that we've been to and will have a view of onthis outing. We will meet at the Town of Queensbury Park &Ride at Exit 18 at 9.15 for a 9.30 departure. There are two Park & Ride locations close to one another, both on Media Drive. We will meet at the north end of Media Drive next to the fire house. Click Meet Here!!!" for a printable map. An alternative meeting location is at the Corinth Town Beach. Call or email Peter Fedorick at 893-2629 if you want to meet there.
November 19 #1582A Saratoga Battlefield Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 227-1047 WX
Beginning at the Saratoga Battlefield Visitor Center we will hike the Wilkinson Trail over gentle slopes around the northern section of the battlefield for a total distance of about 4.2 miles (length came from the NPS trail description). Meet at the Battlefield's Visitor Center at 10.00. Wilkinson Trail Description NPS-Saratoga Battlefield Web Page
November 5 #1580A MOREAU STATE PARK - LAKE ANN HIKE Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 227-1047 WX
Starting from the “Spring" trailhead on the NW corner of Moreau Lake State Park on Spier Falls Rd, we will hike over the shoulder of Grant Mtn to a small pond called Lake Ann returning using the same route. Total distance of 4.0 +/- miles with a gain of 800’ +/-. Meet at Moreau Lake State Park parking lot at the entrance near Northway Exit 17 at 9:45 or at the Spring TH at 10:10.
October 29 #1579A SHIPPEE'S LEDGE Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 227-1047 WX
Shippee’s Ledge is located ~7 miles west of the Village of Corinth. An old logging road and short trail gradually rises ~250’ over the mile long wood’s walk to an open area where there are expansive views of the east end of the Great Sacandaga Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trail and overlook are on private property so please respect the property owner’s land. It is hunting season so be sure to wear bright clothing! Meet at the Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of SR 9N and CR 36 (Wilton Road) at 9.45 or at the Corinth public parking lot, also at 9.45, across from the Corinth Beach on SR 9N at the north end of town.
October 22 #1578A Two Easy Pieces: Pinnacle & Sagamore Diane Wisell 796-1993 WX
An alternative to the Crane Mountain Hike, we will do an approximately 1.4 mile round trip hike to The Pinnacle, a recent acquisition by the Lake George Land Conservancy which was more recently purchased by the town of Bolton. It has a nice parking lot and trail. It is about a 450' climb over the 0.7 mile ascent to a nicely cleared, large overlook where we'll enjoy a leisurely lunch with a "Carl Heilman eat-your-heart-out" view. It provides, without question, the premier view of the Lake George Narrows. The panorama extends from the Narrows south along the lake to Diamond Island with Prospect Mountain, Hickory Hill, West Mountain and Moreau State Park in the background. From the Pinnacle, for those interested, we will go to the Sagamore and enjoy an approximately 1 mile stroll around Green Island to include the Sagamore's beautiful grounds and excellent nature trail along the lake shore. WCMC at 10.00, departure at 10.15, or the Pinnacle trail head at about 10.45.
October 1 #1575A Flake Graphite Mine Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 Don McMahon 227-1047 WX
An alternative to the Bird Mountain Hike, this hike does not have in distance is more than made up for with interesting things to see. From Coy Road near Lake Desolation, roughly 10 miles from downtown Saratoga, we will hike a little under 3 miles and explore around the old Flake Graphite Mine, also known as the Greenfield Graphite Mine. A video of the hike with pictures of the ruins (rather long but very inclusive is HERE. Our meeting place will be the parking lot in back of the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the corner of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36. Meet 9.45, depart at 10.00.
September 17 #1573A Dean Farm Heritage Trail Hike Tom Gibbs 583-1550 WX First EVER A-TEAM! Outing
An alternative to the Blue Mountain Hike, with options! The 1.3 mile Dean Farm Heritage Trail meanders across an open meadow, over bridged streams, through a tall timbered woodland, and to a restful overlook on Stony Creek. There are benches and tables on this easily accessible, primarily packed gravel, trail. While considered short compared to our normal hikes this trail encourages lingering and a slow pace. For those that have extra time and energy an exploration of the longer trail immediately across from the parking lot may be a consideration. It is a bit rougher terrain as it winds through more forest, hills, and crosses a tumbling brook three times and both skirts and climbs rock ledges. From this trail one can also view a large pond and areas of marsh. Maybe explore a portion and then head for the Up River Café in Lake Luzerne for a treat. Meet at the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:45 or at the Hadley Train Station at 10:30. Please check this linkfor additional info. Call Tom at 583-1550 or email to let him know you are planning to attend. Directions to 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 ~ ½ mile and turn right on Lanfear Rd. In less than a ¼ mile turn left on to Murray Rd/CR76 and continue a short distance to the parking lot on the left.