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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.
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January 4   #1691 Saratoga Spa State Park New Year’s Resolution Hike/Spike/Snowshoe  Karen & Leon   H 518-886-1991  C 518-441-0483   WX
Join Karen & Leon on our first regular outing for 2018 for a hike along the Park’s Five Mile Spa Trail – up, around, over and through the Park – much of the route in pretty woods! We will meet at 10:15 in the parking lot behind the Roosevelt Baths as we have in the past for a start at 10:30. From here we will pick up the trail and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction following it to the Island Spouter, along Geyser Creek and up to the Orenda Spring. Continuing, we will pass by the marsh area with views of the pond on our way to lunch at the Polaris Pavilion at mile 3. After lunch we continue along Geyser Creek passing the Columbia and Ferndell Pavilions and return to our cars. For those preferring a shorter hike you may choose to retrace your steps at any time or, if you are familiar with the Park, you may combine portions of the trail and some of the many connector roads back to your car. Unfortunately, the restrooms are closed along the route. Be prepared to use snowshoes and/or spikes - an email will be sent out informing you of the expected trail conditions as the day of the hike gets closer.  

January 11   #1692   Berry Pond Hike/Snowshoe   Sandy and Bob Powell   H 518-543-6290  C 515-538-8758  WX
This week’s outing will be a hike/snowshoe to Berry Pond. From the Lake George Recreation Area parking lot, located at the end of Transfer Road on the north side of NY 9N, slightly over ½ mile west of Exit 21 of the Northway. Map with directions
HERE. We will follow the blue trail to an overlook that has views of Darling Mt. and Berry Pond to the south and Lake George to the north. Depending on the time of day this may be our lunch spot. From the overlook we will descend following old logging roads to the spur trail that will take us around Berry Pond and return downhill to our starting point. If conditions permit we will complete a 5.6 mile round trip hike with 1,100’ total vertical ascent. If conditions prove too difficult due to fresh snow we will shorten the hike and only visit the pond. Meet at the Lake George Rec Area parking lot at 9:45. A-TEAM! ???   CCJ

January 18  
#1693   Potash Mountain Hike/Snowshoe   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484 WX    Links to more info:  One   Two   Three
     Please join Steve Mackey on his first lead for the Canes on a wonderful hike of Potash Mountain. Potash Mountain, located just west of NY 9N in the Town of Lake Luzerne is not a very high mountain at only 1700’ but what it lacks in height it makes up with character. It is a dome shaped mountain with southern facing cliffs - an eye catcher that can be identified from many of the higher mountains in the area with super views from the expansive open rock ledges above the cliffs. The Canes have climbed it a few times in the past and although the summit area is state owned it is landlocked and permission had to be obtained from private property owners to cross their lands. That all changed earlier this year when the estate of the late Alice Harris donated 107 acres, at the base of the mountain, to the Hadley-Luzerne School District, creating the Harris Nature Preserve and allowing public access. Adjoining property owners, Richard and Joanne Sehlmeyer, donated a 6.4 acre portion of their land to make the connection to the state lands. With volunteers, a grant from NYS and cooperation with DEC.....

January 25   #1694   Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe   Donna and Peter Wood   518-494-2874   WX
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300’. After the hike everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL; or meet at the Wood’s house at 10:00. 

February 1   #1695   East Shore Lake George Walk on Water Hike/Snowshoe 
Tim Ward   518-415-9172   WX
A new outing for the Canes and one that will get your attention! Tim Ward, a new Caner, will lead us on a hike on the ice along the east shore of Lake George from just south of Huletts Landing to a point approximately 3 miles south, passing the islands Saint Sacrament, Coopers, Sagamore and Floating Battery, just to name a few. At a point only known to him, Tim will lead us inland a short distance to a rock face with Native American drawings painted on it. These are not ancient paintings but those painted by descendants of Abanakee Indians beginning in 1994. Tim promises a sunny location for lunch before returning our walk north through the forest on easy grades before returning via ice to Lands End, approximately 6 miles round trip. Despite the best attempts to avoid wind there may be times that we will experience some while on the ice - coupled with cold temperatures be prepared for the possible effects of wind chill. Snowshoes and Microspikes will be required. Currently there is over 11” of clear ice along the intended route with an inspection and update planned as the date gets closer. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:40 OR at the Clemons Post Office at the intersection of NY 22 and CR 6 at 9:45.  Contact by email is preferred.  

February 8   #1696   Lake George Recreation Area Ski   Fran Herve   518-899-3216   WX
Fran is offering a cross country ski of the trails located at the Lake George Recreation Area. She hasn’t skied these trails before so the exploration will be a group effort. The 4 miles of groomed ski trails are located adjacent to the Rec Area parking lot, located at the end of Transfer Road on the north side of NY 9N, slightly over ½ mile west of Exit 21 of the Northway, which we have been using as a meeting place for hikes to Berry Pond and Prospect Mountain for years. If Mother Nature cooperates that is what we will do on this outing. Plan on meeting at the Lake George Recreation Area parking lot at 10:00 where we will test our skiing skills on the adjacent trails. Since there are only 4 miles of trails we may want to repeat some of our favorites – lunch at the lean-to? Map and directions to the Rec Area are

February 15   #1697  
John and Clear Pond Loop Hike/Snowshoe Lenore and Jack Reber  L 518-859-8555  J 518-223-3632   WX
A new outing for the Canes! The Canes have only been to John Pond a total of 4 times since 1988 and never to Clear Pond. However, DEC has marked a new connector trail between the two, creating a wonderful five mile loop trail, avoiding a traverse of a steep ridge or a bushwhack between the two ponds. Our plan is to explore the new 5 mile loop, visiting these two ponds near Chimney Mt. in Indian Lake. There is a moderate elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, then a long gentle downhill back to the cars. Lunch will be at the lean-to on the shore of John Pond. Conditions will dictate the type of footwear but you should be prepared for snowshoes/Microspikes. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the scheduled locations, not the trailhead. We will update everyone on the trail conditions as the day of the hike approaches and provide an alternate outing if the conditions are unfavorable. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 9:45 (on the left of NY 28 immediately before crossing the causeway over Lake Abanakee).   CCJ

February 22   #1698   Spectacle and Gull Ponds Hike/Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick     518-893-2629   WX
Both of these are easy and wonderful woods trails with picturesque destinations – perfect for an outing in-between Christmas and New Years. Scheduling two separate destinations on an outing is usually not advised but the trails are less than a mile from one another and the trek to Gull Pond can be done without packs at the end of the day. The trailheads for these two ponds are located on East Shore Rd (a.k.a. Adirondack Rd) ~2.5 miles south of Alder Brook Rd in Schroon Lake. Spectacle Pond - We begin our day traveling 1.7 miles to a campsite on the shore of Spectacle Pond for lunch. The trail follows Spectacle Brook most of the way to the pond, crossing it several times. It is generally a woods trail along an old tote road but with nice views of Pharaoh Mt from the shore of the pond with a gain of less than 400’. Gull Pond – After lunch we will return to our cars and drive one mile north to the trailhead and a nice parking lot. It is only about .5 miles to the pond and less than a 100’ gain so you can do it with or without your pack but definitely bring your camera. The pond is small but picturesque and will invite you back for future visits. I most likely will not scout the trails ahead of time but will provide details regarding appropriate footwear as we get closer to the date. CTL; or Stewart’s in Schroon Lake via exit 27 at 10:10. Alternate points by request.  CCJ