The Crooked Canes

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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

October 17   Pinnacle (Bolton) Hike   Don McMahon   518-633-4217  WX
As everyone knows, Pinnacle is an easy hike that offers a splendid view. Less than 2 miles rt and about 400 ft of elevation. And fall color season as to be taken advantage of. So Tom and I will hike up Pinnicle tomorrow (Tuesday Oct 17) because it is fall color season and the weather is cooperating. If interested, we meet at CTL at 9:15 to leave there at 9:30, which means we should be at the trailhead by 10 am. If you bring a lunch we probably will be at the summit by about 10:30!

October 3   Jay Mountain Hike   Gail Stauble 518-636-3504   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495 or 796-1993   WX
Jay Mountain, a few miles northeast of Keene, a few miles southeast of Jay, has great views from a lot of the 8 mile (round trip) trail with a 2,150' rise and 2,800’ total vertical ascent. Much of it ridgeline. If we make it all the way to the top, that will be great but if we decide to turn around before the summit we will still consider it a grand day. This will be an all day outing; other late day obligations should be considered before planning to attend.  Good information is available HERE, HERE and HERE. Worth reading and the pictures say it all.  Please let us know if you plan to go. CTL for 8.00 am departure. Other meeting points possible by request.

September 26   Henderson Lake Paddle  Tom Gibbs   518-583-1550   Peter Fedorick  518-893-2629    WX
Tom has decided to take advantage of the extended summer-like weather and is offering to lead a paddle of Henderson Lake on Tuesday, September 26th. Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long, Henderson Lake requires a 90-plus minute drive from CTL and a carry from the Upper Works trailhead. Your reward though is being able to paddle one of the most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks – wild, remote with mountain views in all directions. The plan is to paddle to one of the super swimming/diving locations for lunch where non-swimmers can be entertained by those that choose to swim or wade and take advantage of the expected 80 degree temperature. After a leisurely lunch we will continue to explore the lake until we decide to say good-bye for the season and make our way back to the take-out. There is a 1/3 mile carry on a logging road so some form of carrier is essential to get to the put in. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9.00 or Henderson Lake 10.15.

June 12   Pyramid Life Center   Margie Litwin  518-928-0600   WX
The weather report at this time is favorable for the coming Monday. If you are interested and available, join me for a day at the beautiful pristine Pyramid Life Center, a private retreat center adjoining the Pharaoh Mt Wilderness Area near Paradox Lake. We will take a short paddle across the lake and hike the mostly flat, wooded (likely buggy) 1.3 mile round trip to Crane Pond for lunch. The director, Sr. Monica Murphy, has given permission for us spend the day at the facility. You may use a boat/ life preserver (kayak, canoe, rowboat) belonging to the camp if you choose. There are paddles, but some may wish to bring their own. As time and preference allow we can then explore a short slightly steep trail to the waterfall and perhaps take a peek at the camp. Be warned that the location tends to incite lingering (carpool with someone who is like-minded). You may want to bring an after paddle snack to be enjoyed in the "tree house" over the stream, wander in the quiet of property or even take a swim. For a glimpse see the CC journal for Sept 23, 2014.  Meet at CTL at 915, leaving at 930 or at the Pyramid Life Center at 1015. Directions: Northway Exit 28 to East on Route 74 about 6.2 miles to a right at the sign for Pyramid Life Center/Pyramid Road just past Letsonville Road on the left. The dirt road leads ~a mile to the only settlement. There is plenty of parking (if you bring a boat drive it up the hill past the building on the right to the lake and please wash it thoroughly there as well as wiping your paddle! The first building (dining hall) will be open with restrooms, water. For this outing I will ask that each participant donate $5 to be collected there for the Center, as it is self-sustaining.

May 23   Hudson River Paddle   Tom Gibbs   583-1550   WX 
We will start at Snake Rock near Warrensburg and paddle downstream, to Stony Creek Ranch Resort (Previously 1000 Acres Ranch Resort) for a total distance of 6 miles. CTL or meet at the Thurman train station, Route 418 just beyond the bridge at 10.00.  Please contact Tom by Monday if you plan to attend.

April 18   Pilot Knob Ridge   Kurt Wisell   796-5495   WX
We will meet the trolley stop at the north end of Lake George Village at 9.15
(Directions) for immediate departure, or at the Buck Mountain trail head on Pilot Knob Road at 9.45. This hike is strenuous: 4.5 miles in length with a vertical rise of 1,609 feet and total vertical ascent of about 1,800 feet. It’s pretty much up all the way to the top and down all the way back. Some of it is pitchy. There is a half mile herd path on the way up in open forest. From the top, the views of southern Lake George are “in your face” terrific most of the way down. There may be a couple of isolated pockets of ice and or snow, so bring your microspikes.

February 21   Garnet Hill X-C Ski   Joanne Armstong   310-948-822
Snow conditions and grooming up at Garnet Hill have been excellent the past few weeks. And GREAT news: The Red Fox run down to School House van pick-up is back open this year (after having been off limits for a few years). They also have a new van to pick us up so we don't have to do the long uphill climb. Group rates (20 people) for X-C skiing: Seniors 65+ $15 (non-group rate is $18); Adult; 65 $17 (non-group rate is $22). Once at Garnet Hill we will ski at will - no "leader"...people can group up as they choose, pick their own trails, etc. Bring your lunch or buy it at the ski shop. Meet at 9:15 at CTL for 9:30 a.m. departure or meet at Garnet Hill Ski Shop at 10:30 a.m.
PLEASE let me know if you plan to attend so I can arrange for the bus pick-up for our group and so that others will know if we qualify for the group rate.

January 1   New Year's Day Snowshoe   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993    K 796-5495   WX
Add celebrating the new year at the top of Hackensack Mountain in Warrensburg to your holiday calendar! Hopefully it will be a snowshoe but it might be a hike/spike. We'll let you know on New Year's Eve. An easy 2.8 mile through trip with 700' elevation change and 800' total vertical on really nice trail. Views of Greater Metro Warrensburg, its suburbs and surrounding mountains. We plan to begin at the Prospect Street trail head -subject to plowing - and end at the Hackensack Avenue trail head. Meet at the north end of the Warrensburg Price Chopper parking lot at 10.30 for a 10.35 departure or the Prospect Street trail head at 10.45.  If the Prospect St. TH is not plowed out, we'll meet at the Warrensburg HS parking lot. Get a printable map
HERE.

2016

December 20    Walk Amongst The Tupelos, Lincoln Mountain State Forest
Tom Gibbs   583-1550   
Don McMahon   633-4214   WX
An outing on snowshoes to visit the “Ancients” – no, not some of your relatives but the Tupelo trees of Lincoln Mountain State Forest. These trees are some of the oldest in New Your State with a few over 600 years old and located just outside of Saratoga Springs in the Town of Greenfield. Meet at the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 10:00 for a 10:15 departure. Parking is limited at the trailhead so we need to carpool as much as possible. Not a long day but should bring lunch or a snack and don’t forget your snowshoes!

November 29  Ballston Spa History Tour  Lynn Mayak   H 899-6410  C 312-0608   WX
Interested in History? 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 10 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 which is closed on Tuesdays. Most of the 1 ½-2mile, 1-2 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 or the Stone Soup Antiques gallery. (There are Stewarts Stores north and south of the village on Rt. 50 (Milton Ave.) for restrooms).
Please contact me at least a day in advance if you plan to attend.

November 25  Canceled: Weather   Un-Turkey Trot   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993  K 796-5495   WX
There are lots of "Turkey Trot" races before Thanksgiving and here's a  twist on that old theme.  We'll do an "Un-Turkey Trot" the day after Thanksgiving to undo flab put on the day before and is an outing that also serves as the perfect excuse to avoid having anything to do with Black Friday.  A relaxed 5 mile hike with about 1,100 feet total vertical ascent to Berry Pond from the Lake George Rec Area.  We can opt to do more in that area afterward if there's desire. Meet at the Rec Area at 10.00 am for a 10.15 am departure. A map to the Rec area from Northway Exit 21 is
HERE.

November 14   View the Super Moon from Cat Mountain   Linda & Peter Fedorick    893-2629     
You have been carrying headlamps in your pack for quite some time now – this is a good hike to test them out (please check them out before hand also). Our SUPER Moon hike of Cat Mountain will begin at the Edgecomb Pond parking area at 5:15 tomorrow evening. With moonrise scheduled for 5:10 the 2 mile long hike with an elevation gain of 900’ should place us on top at about 6 – when the moon should be in perfect position to reflect off the surface of Lake George and outline the mountains on the east side of the lake. I know it is dinner time for most but this super moon will be the largest since 1948 with the next one of this size scheduled for 2034! You can bring snacks, dinner or perhaps go out for pizza afterwards but don’t pass up this opportunity. Meet at CTL at 4:20 for departure at 4:30 or the trailhead at 5:00. The weather forecast for tomorrow evening is clear with temps in the mid 40’s. Please contact me if you plan on attending. 

P3FT 2016   At Last!!!  Click This Line To See Peter Fedorick's Fall Foliage Tour Schedule

September 27   CANCELLED   Henderson Lake Paddle   Marianne Vernon   677-2254   WX
The paddle of Henderson Lake a few weeks ago impressed a lot of people and some of them said they would like to return when the leaves started changing color. Well now is your chance – Marianne is offering to lead a fall paddle of Lake Henderson on Tuesday, September 27th! Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long Lake Henderson requires an hour and forty five minute drive from the WCMC and a carry from the Upper Works trail head but your reward is worth it. Once on the lake Marianne plans on heading for the lean-to at the northwest end of the lake for lunch. After lunch plan on paddling to the southern end of the lake to explore some of the marsh at the inlet before returning to the launch area. There is a ½ mile carry from the Upper Works parking area along a well maintained gravel access road so some form of wheeled carrier is essential to get to the put in. WCMC at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15. Check out the journal entry for some additional information.

September 6   CANCELLED   Grout Pond Paddle   Betty Beatty  854-3541   Marianne Vernon  677-2254
Betty and Marianne are offering  a paddle on Grout Pond on Tuesday, September 6th.
Grout Pond is a small pond in the Green Mountain National Forest located due east of Arlington, Vt.  . Plan on lunch at a location to be determined – perhaps at one of the many campsites, with swimming available at the beach adjacent to the launch site. Meet at Marianne’s house, 6 Kennedy Rd, Cambridge, at 9:00 for a departure at 9:15. You are welcome to join them at Marianne’s for wine after the paddle. Please let either Betty or Marianne  know if you plan on attending by Sept. 1st. A rain date will be set if needed. Directions to Marianne’s house from McDonald’s in Greenwich: Continue E on NY 29 for ~5 mi and turn R on to CR 61. Continue on CR 61 for ~3 mi to NY 22 and turn L (CR 61 from NY 29 is winding and has a couple of sharp turns so be observant). In a short distance turn L on to Kennedy Rd - #6 will be on your L.

August 3   Lake George Paddle   Jim Israel   229-7080
A leisurely paddle beginning at 9:30.  If you would like to join me for a few hours just show up at the Million Dollar Beach.  There is no particular destination and lunch is not needed.  The weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high temp of 81 with winds S, 5-10mph.

January 1   New Year's Day Snowshoe   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993    K 796-5495   WEATHER  
Add celebrating the new year at the top of Hackensack Mountain in Warrensburg to your holiday calendar! Hopefully it will be a snowshoe but it might be a hike. We'll let you know on New Year's Eve. An easy 2.8 mile through trip with 700' elevation change and 800' total vertical on really nice trail. Views of Greater Metro Warrensburg, its suburbs and surrounding mountains. We plan to begin at the Prospect Street trail head and end at the Hackensack Avenue trail head. WCMC at 10.30 for a 10.40 departure or the Prospect Street trail head at 11.00. Get a printable map HERE.

2015

November 29, 2015   Jay Mountain Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993
This is a really nice hike!  8 miles round trip with a 2,150 foot rise, a 2,800’ total vertical ascent and it takes an hour and 20 minutes to get to the trail head from Exit 22 in Lake George.  We did this in October last year as part of Peter Fedoricks Fall Foliage Tour.  From his trip description:  “…this should be a real treat if the weather cooperates. This is a relatively new trail as well, being opened in October of 2012. From the trailhead near Upper Jay the trail will lead us 4 miles to the summit with spectacular views along the way.
Please check out this link for a detailed description.” Peter’s phrase “… a real treat if the weather cooperates” is key.  Presently, the weather looks good.  Bring micro spikes as Jay is pretty far north and pretty high. Meet for an 8.00 am departure at the parking lot off I87 Exit 22, immediately adjacent to the I87 entrance ramp from Route 9 at the north end of Lake George Village.  Please do let us know if you plan to go.  Other meeting points farther north are possible.  WEATHER at Jay

November 27, 2015   Burn Off The Calories Berry Pond Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993
Meet at the Lake George Rec Center at 10.00 for a 5.6 mile round trip hike with 1,100’ total vertical ascent. We’ll go from the parking lot to the overlook, around the pond and down, stopping for lunch at either the overlook or Berry Pond, whichever one works out the best timewise. Hiking boots without micro spikes will be fine. You don’t need to let us know you’re coming for this one, just show up. If you need directions, get in touch. There is rain in the forecast for late day Friday but right now it looks like we’re good until at least 4.00. 
WEATHER at Berry Pond.

November 23, 2015   Pilot Knob Ridge    Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993 
Leaving the Buck Mountain trail head on Pilot Knob Road at 10.00. The hike is 4.5 miles in length with a vertical rise of 1,609 feet and total vertical ascent of about 1,800 feet. It’s pretty much up all the way to the top and down all the way back. There is a half mile bushwhack on the way up in open forest. From the top, the views of southern Lake George are “in your face” terrific most of the way down. Meet at the trailhead but if you’d rather carpool from my house a mile north of Lake George Village, give me a call.  
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November 20, 2015   Sleeping Beauty   Linda & Peter Fedorick    893-2629
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mt which offers wonderful views to the south and west. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of ~5 miles and a total elevation gain of 1000’. WCMC at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure. If you have any questions please email or call Peter 893-2629.   WEATHER

October 19, 2015   Mount Equinox   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495 or 796-1993   WX
Starting at the Equinox Preservation Trust Trail Head, at the end of West Union Street in Manchester, VT, we climb 2,840 feet over 3.1 miles to the summit of Mount Equinox then north about 0.2 to an overlook. We will return via the same route for a total of about 6.6 miles. Two great lunch spots to choose from, the overlook or the new Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center that Diane and I are eager to see, located in the footprint of the old Skyline Hotel. Though the vertical may sound bad, the trail is very nice and for the most part easy walking. None of it is super steep and there are no rock scrambles. The views from the summit are outstanding. About half way up is a terrific spring with water so good that Guinness (owner of the Equinox Hotel) once contemplated piping it to a bottling plant in the village. As of Thursday afternoon, foliage in the area was at about peak. Depart WCMC at 8.30. Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center   Map   Reviews

October 6, 2015   A Paddle On Fall Stream   Ray Bouchard
Fall Stream is one of my favorite places to paddle because of the sense of remoteness that I feel soon after launching. Unlike the Kunjamuk there aren’t any cabins along the way, just pure peace and quiet. This is a leisurely paddle on a slow meandering stream that begins near the northern end of Piseco Lake. Following a 300’ carry from the parking lot we’ll paddle against the current into Fall Lake and then continue on to a lovely picnic spot on Vly Lake for a one way distance of about 5 miles (Round Trip ~10 mi.). Last year there was only one beaver dam that blocked my path, but I can’t make any promises. In short, be prepared for wet feet. Hornbecks are fine, but scuffing the finish on a submerged rock is a possibility. The water is likely to be cold so I would suggest that everyone wear a PFD. The expected High for the day is 62ºF coming off a low of 37°F so dress in layers, including a wind breaker, hat and perhaps gloves. A pair of sunglasses and sunscreen would offer both comfort and protection. Remember “Cotton Kills” so rely on synthetics and/or wool. The forecast at the moment is 0% chance of rain, mostly sunny skies and winds under 8 mph but you might consider bringing a warm beverage and have a spare set of clothes in a sealed plastic bag in your vessel just in case. You might also want to leave a spare set of shoes and socks in your car.

September & October 2015    Peter Fedorick's 2015 Foliage Tour

September 21, 2015   Ampersand Mountain Hike   Kurt Wisell   796-5495
A 5.3 mile round trip, 2,100' ascent hike starting on Route 3 at Middle Saranac Lake, 2 hours from Lake George. After about 1.8 miles of walking on easy trail in beautiful woods, the trail becomes a very reasonable climb for another 0.3 miles. Where there is much pitch rocks have been placed  into nearly endless stairs making ascent very, very easy.  The next 0.2 miles is significantly rougher, steeper, more work, no stairs and requires more attention. At the top of that short rough section, the trail is alternately easy to moderate for another 0.35 miles to a large summit area with plenty of room to roam and explore the 360 degree view. Meet WCMC at 7.05, leaving at 7.10 am - or - Lake George (Exit 22, stay right, go left at stop sign on Rt. 9, parking lot just after passing under Northway on right) at 7.25 am, departure at 7.30 am - or- Wevertown  at 7.55, leaving at 8.00 am.

2014

November 11, 2014   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495 or 796-1993
Diane and I will be heading to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont this coming Tuesday, November 11 and would love for you to come along. The last time we went our thought was “We’ve got to bring the Crooked Canes here. They’d love it.” A working farm, which became a National Historic Landmark in 1991, Shelburne Farms is located on Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain just west of the village of Shelburne. It is really a very nice place to go and we are eagerly looking forward to enjoying it again, hopefully with you. Don’t confuse this with the Shelburne Museum where, though very nice, we are NOT GOING! Most of the Farm’s amenities are closed this time of year but the walking paths are all open. Some dirt, some gravel and some paved. We plan on a roughly 5 mile circuit taking in the historic – and elegant – buildings, lake shore and other wooded and open areas of the farm. A few short hills but generally rolling, gentle, open terrain. Low comfortable shoes will do just fine. You won’t need to bring much except water and lunch. Depending upon how good the weather is, we may opt to have lunch by the lake (in which case you’ll need your pack, so plan to bring it) or at the parking lot where the nearby lawn is a pretty good place to relax. Meet at WCMC at 8.00 with departure at 8.15. It is a two hour ride to Shelburne and a lot of it is quite scenic. Don’t plan on getting home early and you may want to think about a bite to eat on the way home. PLEASE DO LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND! The weather for Tuesday presently looks very good: mostly sunny with a high of 54 degrees You can keep an eye on Shelburne’s weather by clicking HERE. Weather, time, and interest permitting, we may head to Church Street in Burlington and the Gear Exchange later in the day. If the forecast turns lousy, we’ll cancel and let you know. The Farm has a very good web site describing their activities, the farm and it’s history. Take a look at the farm's web page HERE . The following is from the History page located in the About Us section of the web site: “In 1886, Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb began acquiring farmland on the shores of Lake Champlain to create a model agricultural estate. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. created conceptual designs for the landscape. Prominent architect Robert H. Robertson designed four major buildings: The Farm Barn, Breeding Barn, Coach Barn and Shelburne House. By the early 1900s, the Webb’s 3,800-acre farm was renowned for its innovative practices, hackney horse breeding enterprise, and grand family residence.”

November 3, 2014   Hennig Preserve   Peter Fedorick
Greetings, How about a change of pace and take away the steep terrain of some of the recent hikes and join Susan Roberts on a nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve located in town of Providence. This preserve joins additional trails on county land that pass old stone walls, mill sites, and old foundations. Diverse habitats include a glacial esker. Plan on a total of ~4-6 miles, route TBD. This is a joint activity with the Taconic Hiking Club. Meet at the Amtrak rail station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 or at the Hennig Preserve at 10:00. If you have any questions please contact me by email or call 893-2629 (H) up to 8:30 Tuesday AM or 281-3834 (C) thereafter. Inclement weather will cancel so please monitor your email. Amtrak station located at 26 Station Ln, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, click HERE for directions to the Hennig Preserve trailhead. It is also Election Day – so don’t forget to vote!

October 28, 2014 Hopkins Mountain   Karen Burka
Right now, it looks like the weather for next Tuesday, October 28, is going to be nice and a great day to hike Hopkins Mountain in Keene Valley via Mossy Cascade Brook. It's a moderate 6.3 mile hike with a few steeper sections. The elevation change is 2120 feet, and the summit elevation is 3183 feet. The trail along the brook is through hemlock, there are some nice lookouts, and the open summit offers views of 22 major peaks up through the Ausable Lakes and Johns Brook valleys. Peter has volunteered to meet at WCMC at 8:00 AM with a prompt departure of 8:15 AM. If you plan on attending, it is important that you send me an email by Sunday evening (please include your phone number). Also, please let me know if you would like to meet at a different location or have any questions. Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

September & October 2014   Peter Fedorick's 2014 Foliage Tour