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We meet at the north end of Carol Thomas Lane ("CTL"), Queensbury, NY 12845  
at 9.15 and depart from there at 9.30 UNLESS otherwise specified in the trip description. Map & Directions
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May 2   #1759   Waterfalls and 5th Peak Lean-To   Scott Anderson   518-955-7991     WX    /
Our 5.6 mile RT hike begins at the popular Clay Meadows parking lot located approximately 6 miles north of the hamlet of Bolton Landing on the east side of NY 9N. From the trailhead we will hike on a relatively flat trail for the first .5mi before beginning a somewhat steep and continuous climb for the next mile, gaining 1000’. At this point the trail becomes less steep but still climbs in the final 1.1mi, gaining another 500’ to the top of Fifth Peak and a lean-to where we will enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the expansive views. During the climb we will take a short side-trail to view a waterfall. With the leaves off the trees we should have excellent views of the Narrows of Lake George, portions of Northwest Bay, the southern end of the Tongue Mountain Range and the mountains that surround the southern end of Lake George. CTL at 9:00 for departure at 9:15 or at the Clay Meadows parking lot at 9:45. For those of you aspiring to obtain the Lake George 12ster patch this is your chance to reach the top of one of the required mountains. Revised due to weather..

May 9   #1760  
Buck Mountain Hike   Margie Litwin   518-928-0600   WX     /    
This hike seems to be a first for the Canes, though many of us have done this popular trip other times. We will hike from the west 6.6 miles round-trip with a significant 2000’ elevation gain. The steeper sections will be in the second part of the ascent with gains spread out over the length of the hike. Hiking poles suggested. This route offers multiple viewpoints toward the west before reaching the sweeping vista from the summit. CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or the Pilot Knob Trailhead at 9:30.  NOTA BENE!!! We are NOT going to the Schuman Preserve at Pilot Knob, (Trail head looks like THIS) a very nice Lake George Land Conservancy venue where there is a gazebo and waterfall and is located at 147 Pilot Knob Road. Once again, this is NOT where we are going. We ARE GOING to Buck Mountain, meeting at the Buck Mountain trail head (Trail head looks like THIS and for which you can get PRINTABLE DIRECTIONS HERE) and which is at 1750 Pilot Knob Road, 2.7 miles BEYOND (as in north of) the Schuman Preserve on the same road.   A-TEAM! ???

May 16   #1761   Hadley Mountain Hike   Fran Herve   518-899-3216    WX   
Hadley Mountain is a popular hike to a summit with excellent views and a restored fire tower; one that is included in the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. From its large parking lot off of Tower Road it is a moderately steep climb of 1.8 miles and slightly over 1,500’ gain to its mostly open and rocky summit area. Views are expansive and include the Great Sacandaga Lake, the Mohawk Valley and distant views of Vermont, the Catskills and the High Peaks. There should be many wild flowers in bloom. CTL or the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:15; or the trailhead at 10:15. A-TEAM! ???

May 23   #1762   Beaver Meadow Falls Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX   
Beginning at the St. Hubert’s parking lot across from the Roaring Brook Trail to Giant on Rt 73, we will hike 6-7 miles RT and a 700’ elevation gain to beautiful Beaver Meadow Falls. After a .5 mile walk along the gravel road that takes you past the Ausable Club’s golf course we reach the club’s gatehouse where the actual trail begins. At this point we will decide if some will walk the Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake to access the falls or hike the West River Trail to the falls, returning on the East River Trail. With a little luck there will be lots of water flowing. OPTIONAL HIKE EXTENSION: An option for anyone who would like to go is to continue from Beaver Meadow Falls along the trail on the west side of the stream to Rainbow Falls and Lower Ausable Lake then return to the Ausable Club via the road, an addition of about 2.5 miles/2 hours with another 80 +/- feet of vertical ascent. If you plan on doing this extension, make arrangements with like-minded Canes for carpooling as our return to CTL will be later than the rest of the group. This extension is, of course, weather dependent. CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30 or meet at the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the St. Huberts parking lot at 10:00ish. Alternate meeting places along the Northway can be arranged.   A-TEAM! ???

May 30   #1763   Hopkins Mountain Thru Hike   Gail Stauble   518-636-350    WX   
We begin by dropping off hikers at the Mossy Cascade Brook trailhead and then spot cars at the Rooster Comb parking lot 2 miles north on Rt 73. From the trailhead we will follow Mossy Cascade Brook for a good portion of the way in an “upward” direction ascending about 2,100’ in the nearly 3 miles to the summit. After a leisurely lunch and exploring the bare, rocky top – trying to get a glimpse of just one more mountain – we backtrack approximately .9 miles to the junction with the Ranney Trail, bearing right and descending an additional 1.7 miles along Hopkins Brook to our cars for a total of 5.5 miles for the day. CTL at 8:15 for a departure at 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the Mossy Cascade Brook TH at 9:45.   A-TEAM! ???

June 6   #1764   Vanderwhacker Mtn. Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX    /
A moderate hike to a remote mountain with wonderful views from its firetower and one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. The access road to Vanderwhacker Mountain is located ~16 miles north of North Creek off of NY 28N, just after you cross the Boreas River. After driving ~2.5 miles on a gravel woods road we reach the trailhead parking and begin the 2.5 mile and ~1,700’ ascent to the summit. In the first half of the hike we gain ~500’ but then the hike becomes a steady climb until the summit is reached. Views are limited from the base of the fire tower but you are rewarded with ever increasing views as you climb each level of the tower until the cab is reached where you are treated to a panoramic view of the High Peaks to the north and northeast, Blue Mountain, Goodnow Flow and the Essex Chain of Lakes to the west and mountain silhouettes in other directions. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:30.    A-TEAM! ???

June 13   #1765   Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike   Shelly Nevard   518-461-8656   WX    
Starting at the Terminal Road access to the Byway, located at the NE corner of the Crescent Bridge in Halfmoon on Route 9, we will bike west a distance of approximately 7 miles to the hamlet of Vischer Ferry. Along the route there are views of the old canal, the Mohawk, an old lock and several historic signs and a historic bridge that has been rebuilt. Depending on the time we will have the option to continue an additional 1.5 miles to the Lock 7 Overlook or end our westward travel here. In any case we will have lunch at the Vischer Ferry General Store or bring your own. After lunch we can return the way we came or ride on the road a little way through the hamlet of Vischer Ferry and rejoin the Byway by crossing the historic Whipple Bridge. The section of the Byway we will be biking is a windy but generally flat, well maintained stone dust path suitable for all types of bikes with an estimated total of 14-17 miles. We will meet at the Terminal Road access at 10:00 where there is good parking and a short walk to Stewart's to pick up something you forgot or use the restrooms.  More Logistics    A-TEAM! ???

June 20   #1766   Zim Smith Trail Bike Ride   Pat Desbiens   518-813-7946   WX   
A repeat of a route introduced to the Canes in 2015. Beginning at Shenantaha Creek Park, we will pedal south on the Zim Smith Trail to meet the Luther Forest Spur. With several miles of paved bike path, we will explore Luther Forest and stop for lunch at the Malta Community Park where there is a pavilion with picnic tables; as well as, rest rooms. Reversing our route, we will head back to the Zim Smith Trail and bike south to the Village of Round Lake with a stop at Leah's Cakery providing an opportunity to buy delicious pastries. At this point, depending on the time of day and the wishes of the group, we can either continue south for about another 3 miles to the end of the trail or head back north to our starting point at Shenantaha Creek Park. It is ~20 miles if we head back north from the Village of Round Lake or ~ 26 miles if we pedal to the southern terminus of the trail (all mostly flat miles either way). We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shenantaha Creek Park --- from Exit 12 of the Northway, go west on Rt. 67 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Eastline Road, go 1/4 mile and turn left into Shenantaha Park.   A-TEAM! ???

June 27   #1767   Hudson River North Shore Explore, Moreau Lake State Park  Tim Ward  and  Jim Ralston T. 518-415-9172  J. 518-863-4041    WX    / ??
Another new adventure for the Canes! Actually this is a combo paddle/hike and explore outing, not quite a bushwhack but close. We begin this adventure at the Sherman Island Boat Launch where we will paddle directly across the river to one of the park's water access campsites where we will secure our boats and access a nearby unmarked trail. This unmarked trail is actually an old road that parallels the river towards the Spier Falls Dam over 1.5 mi upstream. The area along this trail/old road is mostly flat with some minor ups and downs and contained homesteads and even a school dating back into the late 19th century. While the remnants of some of those homesteads and school are forever under the flooded area behind the Spier Falls Dam, with some luck and keen eyes, we will be able to locate some of the remaining old cellar holes, foundations and stone walls and try and imagine how life was like back then. The pace will be slow and it isn't known how far we will hike upstream, those details to be decided at the time of the hike as will be the location for lunch. We will retrace our route back to our boats and if we have time maybe we will be able to paddle some. For those less adventurous please feel free to join us for part of the hike and focus on paddling, perhaps schedule an A-Team outing. Meet at the Sherman Island boat launch at 9:45. Directions to boat launch from Exit 17 of the Northway: Continue N on Rt 9 for ~.6 mi to Spier Falls Rd/CR24. Turn lleft and continue W on Spier Falls Rd/CR24 for ~3.4mi - boat launch will be on the right at the bottom of the hill.   A-TEAM! ???