The Crooked Canes
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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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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! ???