~ 2019 - 20?? Schedule Addendums ~
This page contains 'All the news that
doesn't fit' on Current, A-Team! and Bonus Outing pages from 2019 -
#1759 May 2 #1759 Waterfalls and 5th Peak Lean-To Scott Anderson 518-955-7991 WX /
Mother Nature is causing some scheduling problems for this week’s hike to the 5th Peak lean-to. The weather forecast for the Bolton area is calling for wet weather to begin Wednesday morning with increasing likelihood of rain by Wednesday evening, continuing overnight, ending by 9:00am Thursday with cloudy skies during the day. Although it is possible to remain with the current schedule the 5th Peak Trail may not sufficiently recover from the rain in order to allow for a safe and enjoyable hike. Instead, the hike for Thursday has been changed to a stroll on the NW Bay Trail to Bear Point. At Bear Point we will have lunch and then stroll back for a total RT of about 4+ miles and a gain of 500’. The NW Bay trail has a surprising number of ups and downs, often through very open forest with little undergrowth. There is plenty to see and do on this nice trail. Towards the end of the hike we can explore the waterfalls near the junction of the NW Bay/5th Peak trails if there is interest. The trail may be a bit moist after the rain so bring boots, gaiters and throw a raincoat in your pack to scare away the rain. This will be a combined Regular and A-Team! hike. CTL at 9:30 for departure at 9:45 or at the Clay Meadows parking lot at 10:15. ***Please take note of the meeting time changes!
#1765 June 13 Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike Shelly Nevard 518-461-8656 WX
The access to the Towpath that we will use is easily reached from the Northway and has adequate parking; therefore no additional meeting places are planned. If you have the capacity to carry additional bikes and would like to carpool with someone please feel free to send an email to arrange an additional meeting place. The Terminal Rd access point can be reached from the Northway from the south by using exit 7 to Rt. 9. Continue north on Rt. 9 for ~4.7 miles and turn R on terminal Rd immediately after crossing the Crescent Bridge. Those traveling from the north can use either exit 8A or 8. From exit 8A turn L off the ramp and continue on CR 91(Grooms Rd) for ~1.4 miles to Rt. 9. Turn R on Rt. 9 and continue south for ~1 mile and turn L on to Terminal Rd. From exit 8 turn L off the ramp and continue on Vischer Ferry Rd for ~1.75 miles to Rt. 9 – cross to Terminal Rd.
#1744 January 17 #1744 Goodnow Mountain Snowshoe Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Thursday’s snowshoe of Goodnow Mountain is a go. Please be advised that it will be a cold day but clear so views should be excellent. Temperatures at the start will be single digit rising to the mid-teens during the day with light wind. I didn’t get a chance to scout the trail ahead of time but it is a popular one so I expect it to be broken. However, please bring both snowshoes and spikes and we will decide the appropriate gear at the trailhead. A light coating of snow is expected on Wednesday. Please visit our schedule page for details HERE. If you have any questions please email or call my home phone 518-893-2629 up to 8:00 on Thursday or 518-419-7528 after that. NOTE - SKI OPTION has been added!!! For those of you who would rather ski than snowshoe, Lynn Mayack has offered to organize a ski at Garnet Hill on Thursday, January 17th. Currently there is skiing on 35k of groomed trails on an 8-13” base with additional snow anticipated on Wednesday. It will be a cold start with temperatures rising to the mid-teens during the day - winds light. In addition to the groomed trails you get to eat in the heated ski center with bathrooms available. If the group is interested, we can schedule a bus pick-up at Rogers Road – to be decided when we get there. The senior rate is $18 for the day. Parking is available in front of the Outdoor Center, down the hill from the Lodge. Please visit the Garnet Hill website HERE for additional details. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or at the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center at 9:45. Please contact Lynn via email Lmayack@msn.com if you plan to attend or call 518-312-0608 if you have any questions. Remember - There is an A-Team! hike being offered on Thursday in addition to the two outings above. Details HERE.
#1743 Garnet Hill Triad – Balm of Gilead, William Blake Pond And Hooper Mine PLUS A SKI! Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Thursday’s loop snowshoe to Balm of Gilead, William Blake Pond (WBP) and Hooper Mine is a go. The weather forecast is predicting temps around 20, partly cloudy and winds 10-20mph. While not perfect it will be dry but we may have limited views of the High Peaks from the mine’s rim. Conditions throughout the route last week were 4” of fresh powder over a hard base of 6-12” with 2” of new snow last night and another light coating expected Wednesday. There are blowdowns at the shore of WBP where we used to enjoy lunch so we will have lunch a bit back from the shore in the snow. There are new owners of the Garnet Hill Lodge since we last hiked there back in March 2015. However, we have permission to park in front of the tennis courts (adjacent to the Outdoor Center) during our hike as in the past. Parking is limited to about 6 cars if plowed so maximizing carpooling is required to keep the number of vehicles within its capacity. In addition, snowshoes/skis are REQUIRED while on their property beyond the parking lot. Since part of our route is on their trails, the bushwhack requires them and we need to respect backcountry skiers who use the state trails by not post-holing, we will use snowshoes on the hike – leave your spikes home or in your pack. I apologize for all the rules but we do not want to abuse our privileges – it is private property where we start/finish. We will make a short stop at Stewart’s in North Creek both before and after the hike.
NOTE - A SKI OPTION has been added!!! For those of you who would rather ski than snowshoe, Nancy Kimball has offered to organize a ski at Garnet Hill on Thursday. Currently there is skiing on 30k of groomed trails with additional snow anticipated on Wednesday. In addition to the groomed trails you get to eat in the heated ski center with bathrooms available. If the group is interested, we can schedule a bus pick-up at Rogers Road – to be decided when we get there. The senior rate is $18 for the day. Parking is available in front of the Outdoor Center, down the hill from the Lodge. Please visit the Garnet Hill website https://www.garnet-hill.com/outdoor-center for additional details. Meeting times/locations are the same as for the regular outing - CTL at 9:00 for 9:15 departure or Town of Johnsburg Court House at 9:45; please call Nancy at 518 668-0115 if you have any questions.