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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
Outings from previous dates can be found on our archive pages included in the "Schedules" drop down menu above.
March 7  #1751   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 trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL; or meet at the Wood’s house at 10:00. Not A-TEAM! eligible.

March 14   #1752    Blue Mountain Snowshoe   Scott Anderson    518-955-7991    WX
Blue Mountain is a nice late winter hike. Good views from the top and a firetower. Moderate hike of 4.0 miles round trip and a 1500' ascent. Slow pace and plan to spend significant time at the top if the weather is nice, so please bring warm clothes to hang out in. It’s a heavily trafficked trail, so I am hoping for Microspikes, but please bring (and be able to carry) snowshoes. Please be at CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30; or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:00; or at trailhead at 10:00. We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart’s in Indian Lake at 9:45 before proceeding to the trailhead. The trailhead is located at a large parking lot on the east side of NY30/28N, just north of the Adirondack Museum in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.   A-TEAM! ???

March 21 #1753   Hennig Preserve Snowshoe   Fran Herve   518-899-3216   WX
AA nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve and adjacent Homestead County Forest, located in the Town of Providence, Saratoga County. Depending on which trails we choose to explore we may pass old stone walls, mill sites, old foundations and maybe walk along the ridge of an Esker. Plan on a total of 4-6 miles, route TBD, with options for people to hike a shorter route. Most trails have some ups and downs but nothing too difficult. Meet at the Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or at the Hennig Preserve sign at 10:00. Directions: There are a number of ways to reach the Hennig Preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest (for those using a GPS navigator try using 200 Centerline Rd., Middle Grove, NY (or Galway if Middle Grove doesn’t work) - that will get you close. Turn right on to West Ave from Station Lane; continue ~.25 miles to NY 29 and turn right; continue on NY 29 for ~9.7 miles and turn right on to Antioch Rd (just after the East Galway sign – the road makes a sharp bend back); continue on Antioch Rd to the end, ~3.5 miles, and turn right on to Wileytown Rd; continue on Wileytown for ~1 mi and turn left on to Centerline Rd; continue on Centerline Rd for ~1.25 miles to the sign on the left. 43.1114, -74.039669 in your GPS will put you right on the money. Not A-TEAM! eligible.

March 28   #1754   Bass Lake Thru Hike   Eric Potter   512-923-3031   WX
Bass Lake is located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest with its primary trailhead located on Ensign Pond Road (CR4) in the Town of North Hudson. From the trailhead, we will follow the trail southward towards Moose Mountain Pond for 1.7 miles before turning west on the trail to Bass Lake (trail to the southeast continues to Moose Mountain Pond). From here there's a steady, mostly gradual climb which will take us to the shore of the lake. We'll continue around the lake to a nice rock outcropping for lunch and finish with an easy 2-mile walk northwest to the other trailhead, on Caza Turn Road, where we have previously spotted cars. Total distance of ~4.5 miles with a total gain of ~600’. The North Hudson area has received a lot of snow this year and this will most likely be a snowshoe; but spikes should be brought just in case. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:45. Other locations upon request.   A-TEAM! ???

April 4   #1755   Noonmark Mountain Hike   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX
Noonmark is one of my favorite "medium" mountains. It has outstanding views in all directions. Officially it is about 5 miles round trip with a gain in elevation of around 2,200 feet. It is fairly steep but has no scary exposure. The view is worth
the climb. Bring snowshoes and micro spikes and we will figure out what we need to wear when we get there. CTL at 8:15 for 8:30 departure, High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the St. Huberts parking lot at 10:00ish.  Detailed directions to the parking lot and more information are
HERE and HERE.    A-TEAM! ???

April 11   #1756   Owl’s Head Lookout Hike   Eric Potter   512-923-3031   WX
Owl’s Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owl Head in Keene) is part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness area. The trailhead is located on the south side of Route 9N, about 4.5 miles west of downtown Elizabethtown. From the parking area, we'll follow a dirt road for a few hundred yards, then turn left into the woods. The trail climbs gradually through a stand of hemlocks and comes to the state-land boundary at 0.4 miles. It continues to be level, with small ups and downs, to Slide Brook at 1.0 mile, climbs to a small cliff on the left, and crosses the tributary again at 1.5 miles. After a few more crossings of the tributary, it resumes climbing through open woods, reaching a short steep 0.2 mile spur trail that leads to the rocky summit. The lookout offers views in nearly every direction. Peaks in the immediate neighborhood include Giant Mountain, Rocky Peak Ridge, Green, Knob Lock, and Hurricane Mountain (the one with the fire tower). The open ledges offer one of the best views of huge slides on the east face of Giant Mountain. Looking east, you can see the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Total of 5.2 miles RT, easy to moderate, Elevation 2530', Ascent 1260'. CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15 or the trailhead at 10:00.     A-TEAM! ???

April 18   #1757   “Springs in the Spring” At Saratoga Spa State Park   Lenore and Jack Reber   L. (518) 859-8555  J. (518) 791-4707    WX
For this combination regular and A-Team! outing we'll join park educator Ken Chaisson for a 30 minute tour and tasting of 5 springs around the parking lot. After that, we have several hike choices. Ken has offered a history hike for those interested, and others could hike one of the loops. We would all meet back at the picnic tables at noon for lunch, and then we would do an afternoon hike with those who are interested. Ken's discussion of the causes of spring volume and flavor are very interesting. For those of you who do not want to join in on the tour or hikes please feel free to meet us for a leisurely lunch in the picnic area adjacent to the Education Center. We will gather at the Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) at 9:45; alternative meeting places for carpooling purposes will be left to the discretion of those attending. Rain date – Friday, April 19th. Directions: The CCEEC is located adjacent to the Geyser Picnic Area parking lot on the Geyser Loop Road which is located off the East-West Road of the Park. The East-West Road is the southern-most road into the Park and can be accessed from either Route 50 on the west or Route 9 on the east. From Rt 50: Travel E on the E-W Rd for less than mile and turn L onto the Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for slightly more than mile – the parking lot will be on your R. From Rt 9: Travel W on the E-W Rd. for mile and turn R onto Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for mile – the parking lot will be on your left. Click HERE for maps and other helpful information.

April 25   #1758   Moose Mountain Pond Hike Eric Potter   512-923-3031   WX
The trailhead for Moose Mountain Pond is located ~6 miles north of North Hudson, exit 29 of the Northway, off of Ensign Pond Rd (CR 4). It is shared with trails leading to Hammond Pond and Bass Lake. The trail to Moose Mountain Pond proceeds southward, and is flat to gradual up to Berrymill Flow at 1.7 miles. Here there's a junction with a trail to Bass Lake (R) and a trail to Moose Mountain Pond (L). We'll continue left (southeast), cross a brook and begin a steady, mostly gradual climb to Moose Mountain Pond at 3.2 miles. The trail continues northward along the west shore to a lean-to at 3.5 miles where we'll have lunch and a view of Moose Mountain! CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or the Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:30 or the trailhead at 9:45. Other locations upon request.    A-TEAM! ???