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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.
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2017

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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 rattlelsnakes 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 weather 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
Weather 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  
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   Tom Gibbs   583-1550   Don McMahon   633-4214   WX
Thursday Jan 19th is looking like a good weather 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 weather 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!

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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   WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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    WEATHER
Details will follow.

June 9   #1611A   Pinnacle Mt. Hike  Don McMahon    633-4214    Tom Gibbs   583-1550    WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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   WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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 on this 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  "We'll 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.

2015

November 19    #1582A    Saratoga Battlefield    Tom Gibbs    583-1550    Don McMahon    227-1047    WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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    WEATHER
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    WEATHER   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 link for 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.