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July 4  No outing scheduled – Happy 4th!

July 11   #1768     Blue Ledges Hike n’ Swim n’ Picnic   Scott Anderson   518-955-7991  WX   
Whenever there is a hike scheduled during July or August it is a nice treat if there is a swimming hole waiting at the destination and the Blue Ledges is one such place! From the trailhead on the Northwoods Club Road in the Town of Minerva we will hike to the Hudson River Gorge where slate-blue cliffs tower above the river. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the shore, swim at one of the swimming holes nearby and watch rafters head downstream. Plan on a leisurely lunch and afterwards, depending on the wishes of the group, we may explore upstream for a different view of the ledges and check out some interesting rock formations. It is about 5 miles RT with 900’ total gain. CTL at 9:15 for a departure of 9:30 or the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 10:00. We should arrive at the TH at about 10:30; however, parking is limited so please meet at one of the designated meeting locations for carpooling unless you have a filled car.  A-TEAM! ???

July 18   #1769    Henderson Lake Paddle   Peter Fedorick   518-859-8555   WX  
Henderson Lake is simply a great paddle and a popular one. However, getting a boat onto the very scenic, 1 mile long lake requires a bit of effort - a 1 hour drive from CTL and slightly less than a mile carry from the Upper Works trailhead. The rewards are great with spectacular views of some of the High Peaks and lots of shoreline to explore; if the weather is right there are a couple of nice places to swim. Although the carry sounds long it is actually a relatively easy one as long as you bring some type of carrier; the stone surface is wide and mostly flat. The plan is to first explore the north end of the lake then stop for lunch at the lean-to at the NW corner before continuing to the south end and explore the inlet and its marsh. CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:00 or the Upper Works Trailhead at 10ish.

July 25   #1770    Treadway Mountain Hike/Paddle    Steve Mackey    518-793-6484    WX  
The trailhead for Treadway Mtn. is located at the Putnam Pond State Campground, at the far end of the parking lot adjacent to the boat launch. The campground is at the end of Putts Pond Rd. (CR39) which is ~12 mi. east of exit 28 of the Adk. Northway on NY74. The round trip hiking distance is around 8 miles with 1000 feet of climbing. I'm going to bring a kayak/canoe and cut out the walk around the pond. I'm guessing it will save around two miles of hiking (1 mile each way). If you would rather not bother with a boat, as long as we have enough people in each group, we can just meet at the summit or along the trail. Late July is usually the best time of the year for wild blueberries, and Treadway Mountain is the best mountain that I know of, for quantity. The last time we were there, we picked at least a gallon (it was a good year). The summit also has great views, especially of the High Peaks. Bring a head net and bug spray just in case, and a couple of containers for berries. For those of you that would prefer to paddle rather than hike, Putnam Pond is a nice body of water to explore. The campground will be open and there is an entrance fee which is waived for seniors (62 or over). CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or meet at Northway exit 28 around 9:15 or at the campground parking lot at 9:45.   A-TEAM! ???

August 1   #1771    Zim Smith Trail Bike Ride #2   Pat Desbiens   518-813-7946   WX   
We did this trip on June 21st; however, the weather turned out to be problematic that week forcing us to change the date from a Thursday to a Friday and then we delayed the start of the trip on the scheduled day because it rained until mid-morning. So, the decision was made to schedule a repeat on a regular Thursday outing day so that more Caners would have the opportunity to participate if they so desired (we'll keep our fingers crossed regarding the weather). 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 an early 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 and/or take a quick ride around the Village of Round Lake admiring the many unique Victorian homes in the Village or head back north to our starting point at Shenantaha Creek Park. Depending on the route decided upon the total trip will be between 20-28 miles. We will meet at 10:00 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! ???

August 8   #1772   Lens Lake Paddle    Fran Herve   H: 518-899-3216 C: 518-522-3998    WX   
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County, in the middle of nowhere, very secluded with floating bogs and a lot ofinteresting plants. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurelypace and have lunch at the launch area (with one picnic table) before returningfor more exploring if desired. Bring your binoculars if you are a bird watcher. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9:15. Meeting there is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices, just let us know). However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.   A-TEAM! ???

August 15   #1773    Paddle of Rich, Belden, Harris Lakes and the Hudson    Joanne Armstrong and Claire Pospisil    J. 310-948-8221 C. 518 436-8312  WX   
The last time we did this paddle was back in 2014 so it is long overdue. Before we do any paddling we will drop our boats off at the car-top launch on Rich Lake and spot cars at the end of our journey where the Hudson travels south under Rt. 28N. We will first explore Rich Lake before starting our eastward paddle, complete a carry to Belden Lake and continue onto the inlet to Harris Lake, a.k.a Fishing Brook, before reaching our lunch spot at the Gate House of the Santanoni Preserve. After lunch we will carry around the rapids in front of the Gate House, continue on the inlet and enter the main body of Harris Lake. Depending on group’s interest and time we could explore the lake before heading to its outlet where it joins the Hudson, and continue downstream to our take-out. The total paddling distance is estimated between 5-6 miles. CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30 or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:00 or the Adirondack Interpretive Center, for a bathroom stop, at 10ish.   A-TEAM! ???

August 22   #1774 Mystery   Paddle   Lenore And Jack Reber   518-859-8555   class="OutingHeader" href="https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.4093&lon=-122.195">WX
Jack and Lenore promise to have a fun paddle for us – details to follow as fast as they can paddle!

August 29   #1775   Hurricane Mountain Hike   Claudia Rosenholz   518-391-3386   WX    /
Hurricane Mountain is located north of Rt. 9N between Keene and Elizabethtown. Although not a High Peak, from its bald summit at 3,694’, the views are expansive in all directions - from Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, the High Peaks to the west, Whiteface Mtn. to the northwest and Giant Mtn. due south. It also has a restored fire tower on its summit but you don’t need to climb it for great views. It is one of the mountains included in the ADK Fire Tower Challenge so if you aspire to complete the Challenge this is a great mountain to include. There are three trails to the summit but for this hike we will take the primary trail which begins 3.5 miles E of the junction of Route 9N and Route 73, south of Keene. It has been nearly five years since the trail has been re-routed and much improved from the prior one, avoiding the steepest and most eroded sections. The trail is a bit longer than the old one for a total of 6.8 miles RT and an elevation gain of ~2,000’. CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the Rt. 9N trailhead at 10ish.    A-TEAM! ???