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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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August 30   #1725   Irv Boyle Memorial Paddle   Lenore and Jack Reber  518-859-8555   WX
Lewey Lake is a small lake located off NY 30, midway between the Village of Speculator and the Hamlet of Indian Lake – about 12 miles from each and adjacent to the Lewey Lake Campground and Day Use Area. Although a small lake, paddlers are afforded extra distance and a remote feeling by exploring the winding, slow moving Miami River which feeds the lake from the south – a time to linger. There is a beach launch site located within the campground and a parking lot, restrooms are also available. There is a day use fee but this is waived if you are 62 or older during non-holiday weekdays. Mason Lake is a very small lake located about 5 miles south of Lewey Lake with a hand launch site and small parking area off the Perkins Clearing Rd., on your right, going south. From the beach launch site at the campground we will paddle Lewey Lake and explore the Miami River for a total of 5 miles, lunch location to be decided upon. The Canes have only paddled Lewey Lake once, led by Irv in 2003. We'll lead this paddle in remembrance of Irv's many Crooked Canes adventures. For those interested in paddling a little more after the Lewey Lake adventure there is the option to paddle Mason Lake. Meet at CTL at 8.30 for departure at 8.45; or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9.15; or Lake Abanakee parking lot, Indian Lake, at 9.45 (entrance on left side of NY28 immediately before the causeway over Lake Abanakee); or the Lewey Lake Campground boat launch at 10ish.   A-TEAM!  ???

September 6   #1726   Johns Brook Lodge (or...)   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1993 K. 518-796-5495    WX
Johns Brook Lodge is an ADK facility accessed from The Garden trail head in Keene Valley. The hike will be roughly 7 miles RT with a total vertical ascent of about 800'. There is a $10 charge to park at The Garden, so plan accordingly. Carpooling could be important, depending upon availability of spaces at the very popular TH. Alternatives are available and if needed we will try to take advantage of them.  ALTERNATIVELY! In the unlikely event that there is no parking at The Garden and other options don't work when we get there, we'll do a similar hike, namely Marcy Dam , a 5-ish mile round trip stroll with 500' or less total vertical ascent, accessed from the ADK Loj trail head where parking is $5 for ADK Members, $10 for non-members. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or, by prior arrangement, the Black Bear in Pottersville at about 9.00 or, no prearrangement necessary, High Peaks Rest Area at about 9.20.    A-TEAM! ???

September 13   #1727   Moreau Lake State Park Picnic And More    WX
     This year we are returning to Moreau Lake State Park after a 12 year absence. Planned for the day is a variety of activities and of course the picnic. We have rented the Fernwood pavilion with lots of convenient parking available and restrooms close by. Hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, condiments, plates and utensils, will be provided. If you prefer something other than hot dogs or hamburgers the grill will be available for you to prepare your special meal. Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share and whatever you would like to drink. There will be a $5 fee collected to cover costs.
     Bonnie has volunteered to lead an easy hike of about 3 miles, with the route to be determined, timed to get you back in time for lunch. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Fernwood pavilion, near the beach at 9:45. If you have any questions please contact her at 518-636-8432 or by
email
 .   Diane and Kurt have volunteered to lead a paddle of Moreau Lake – likewise, you will be back in time for the first hot dog!  Meet them at the boat launch area, across from the warming hut, at 9:45. If you have any questions please contact Kurt at 518-746-5495 or by
email.
     Ken has volunteered to lead a bike ride starting from the Park’s parking lot adjacent to the entrance kiosk, departing at 10:00. His route will be a shorter version of one that is done by the ezRiders and will be about 15 miles in length. The ezRiders will join us for the picnic. If you have any questions please contact him at 518-683-8420 or
email.
    
For those of you that do not wish to join the organized activities please feel free to arrive early and go for a walk, a paddle, bike the park roads or just visit. BTW – there are many of you that haven’t participated in any of our outings in recent times – please use this opportunity to join your friends and catch up – we all want to know what you have been up to. If you or someone you know may need assistance in getting to/from Moreau please contact Margie  or Peter  to see if we can help.
     Moreau Lake State Park is located just off of exit 17 of the Adirondack Northway – at 605 Old Saratoga Road. The entrance kiosk is not staffed during the week so there is no need to stop. After going past the kiosk bear left and proceed along the park road to the boat launch for those of you who are paddling or continue along the park road to the large parking area adjacent to the Fernwood pavilion for everyone else. Hope you can join us!

September 20   #1728   Clear and John Pond Loop Hike – Take Three!   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. This hike has been postponed twice this year so let’s hope the saying “Third Time’s a Charm” has some meaning.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. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the designated locations, not the trailhead. 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.   A-TEAM! ???

September 27   #1729   Mount Van Hoevenberg Thru Hike   Pat Desbiens and Jayne Bouder   P. 518-813-7946  J. 518-636-3352   WX
This hike was done earlier this year starting from the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex (OSC) - this time we would like to do it as a through hike, spotting a couple of cars at the OSC and then driving over and starting the hike from South Meadows Road. It will be about 3.8 miles total with a little less than 800 ft. of elevation gain. The trail begins with the first 0.9 mile flat into a swampy area which in the spring is home to a number of nesting birds; from this point the climbing begins but never really steep followed by the reward of spectacular views of the High Peaks and Lake Placid on the summit (2.2 miles from the start) - we can hope that the foliage will also be spectacular but can't give a guarantee on this one. From the summit we’ll proceed about .5 miles down the easterly side of the mountain to the OSC and continue our descent for an additional mile to our cars along the 2000 bobsled/luge/skeleton track and 1932 bobsled run. CTL at 8:15, departure at 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15. Travel time is just under 2 hours to the trail head at the intersection of Adirondack Loj Road and South Meadows Road, including spotting cars at the OSC.   A-TEAM! ???

October 4   #1730   Blueberry Cobbles   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629  WX
A new hike for the Canes! From the New Russia trailhead to Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mt., located about 8 miles N on NY 9 from exit 30 of the Northway, we will hike 2.2 miles and climb ~1500’ to the ledges of Blueberry Cobbles over easy to moderate terrain. Blueberry Cobbles is one of the “knobs” on the way to Rocky Peak Ridge and from its overlooks offer splendid views of the Champlain Valley, the Boquet River Valley, the Dix Range and surrounding lesser peaks without the effort of hiking a High Peak. For those with extra energy and ambition we may add an additional .5 mile climb of 300’ to Mason Mt. for added views. Some of you may be familiar with this route and ask why we don’t go on to Bald Peak but that involves additional distance and elevation gain that we will save for another day. I anticipate at least some fall color so don’t forget your camera! CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure, the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the trailhead at 9:40ish. A-TEAM! ???

October 11   #1731   Giant's Nubble and Roaring Brook Falls Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629  WX
Giant’s Nubble is a rocky knob off the ridge trail to its namesake, providing a close-up view of Giant Mt to the north and expansive views of the High Peaks to the south and west. This will be a thru hike of ~4 miles beginning at the Chapel Pond trailhead and returning via the Roaring Brook trail. While total distance may be on the short side, the views cause visitors to linger and a leisurely lunch is planned. Total gain on the ascent is ~1350’ in 1.2 miles and total loss on the descent is ~1700’ in 1.5 miles. We will have the opportunity to explore the area beneath Roaring Brook Falls at the end of the hike. Bring a camera! CTL at 8:15 for 8:30 departure, High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or at Chapel Pond TH at 10:00ish, allowing a few minutes extra to spot cars. A-TEAM! ???

October 18   #1732   New York/Sandgate Vt Bike   Ken Gericke   518-683-8420   WX
What would October be without the Sandgate Bike – an annual favorite! An 18 mile bike beginning at the SR 313 NY/VT canoe access on the Battenkill River, and continuing in a clockwise loop to Sandgate Vermont. Lunch will be in the scenic hamlet of Sandgate (specific location TBD). The route continues, mostly downhill, returning to SR 313, crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge to East River Rd, then back to SR 313 and to our start in NY. Meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:15. This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hard packed dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700' then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate. A-TEAM! ???

October 25   #1733   Dippikill   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
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. 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 west side trail with nice views of the pond. Total distance is a little over 4 miles with about 700’ elevation gain. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. CTL or meet at the Dippikill Parking lot at 10:00.