~ Current CC Schedule ~|
For Bonus Outings, A-TEAM! Outings & Archives click "MENU" Top, Left
Prior to participation in any outing
familiarity with information on our Traditions
Advisories pages is mandatory.
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.
December 27 #1740 Prospect Mountain Thru-Spikeshoe Diane & Kurt Wisell D. 518-796-1993 K. 518-796-5495 WX
For all of us recovering from holiday #1 and preparing for #2, something fairly easy, familiar and (for many of us) relatively close to home. DO BRING YOUR HOLIDAY GUESTS! Depending on weather, this could be a hike, spike or snowshoe. We hoof it to the top of the Lake George Rec Area cross country ski trails then through woods on a pretty nice, easily followed trail with one mildly pitchy quarter mile section and stop at Prospect's summit for a clean-out the-leftovers-lunch. Then we waddle down Big Hollow Road to where we've spotted some cars a half mile north of LG Village to bring us back to the Rec Area. Up: 2.6 miles with 1,290' vert. down; 2.8 miles with 1,450' drop. Meet at the Lake George Rec Area at 10.00. Directions to the Rec Area are HERE. A-TEAM!
January 3 #1742 Moreau Lake State Park Hike/Spike Lenore and Jack Reber 518-859-8555 WX
Not a totally new hike but one that follows some of the older trails and some new ones on a route of about 6 miles with a gain of ~1,200’ beginning at the main parking lot. This is being scheduled as a hike/spike because there are some steep sections so if there is a lot of snow the route will be modified. A stop at the warming hut is planned on the return to the parking lot. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near Exit 17 of the Northway at 9:15. A-Team!
January 10 #1743 Garnet Hill Triad – Balm of Gilead, William Blake Pond And Hooper Mine PLUS A SKI!
Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX Previous details, below, have been MODIFIED EXTENSIVELY, so please click HERE for a lot more details.
The trailhead to Balm of Gilead Mt is located adjacent to the Garnet Hill Ski complex in North River. Our 3 +/-mile loop will first take us to the summit of Balm of Gilead Mt, which offers extensive views west, including Thirteenth Lake. From just below the summit we will bushwhack to the sunny shores of William Blake Pond for lunch, before continuing our return to the abandoned Hooper Garnet Mine for some exploration and back to the starting point. Total elevation gain of ~750’. Meet at CTL at 9:00 for departure at 9:15 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:45. I realize that there are some people that would prefer to take advantage of skiing at this time rather than snowshoe and a ski outing as an alternative activity has been added in the additional details, linked to above. A-TEAM!
January 17 #1744 Goodnow Mountain Snowshoe Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX + A Ski Option & More...
Goodnow is a fire tower mountain with excellent views from the summit, located just south of the high peaks, near Newcomb. It is also one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Round trip is about 4 miles, with an elevation gain of ~1,050’. Meet at CTL at 8:45, departing at 9:00 or at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30. Please feel free to offer a ski outing as an alternate outing on this date. Just let us know ahead of time or post it as a bonus outing as time gets closer. A-TEAM!
January 24 #1745 Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe Donna and Peter Wood 518-494-2874 WX
Postponed until ??? 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. If anyone wants to schedule an alternative for this week, contact Peter by phone, 518-893-2629 or by email.
January 31 #1746 Hennig Preserve Snowshoe Fran Herve 518-899-3216 WX
A 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.
February 7 #1747 Second Pond Snowshoe Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Second Pond is a large, remote pond located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, one of the larger wilderness areas within the Adirondack Park. The trailhead is located close to the end of Chatiemac Road off Route 8 a few miles west of Wevertown. From the parking lot the trail leads through nice woods with some small hills to the shore of the pond, with a not often seen view of the west side of Gore Mountain along the way. Round trip of 5.5 mi. with ~400’ gain on the way in and ~450’ on the way out. CTL or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00 or trailhead at 10:15. Although scheduled as a snowshoe, anyone with intermediate backcountry skiing skills may want to ski the trail and perhaps spend time exploring the pond while waiting to join the group for lunch. More info HERE. A-Team! ???
February 14 #1748 Potash Mountain, Plus... Steve Mackey 518-793-6484 WX
It has been roughly a year since we had a Canes trip to Potash Mountain, with some trail improvements made during that time. Since our last visit the first half mile was professionally constructed by Steve Ovitt (a retired Forest Ranger that now has a trail construction company). We also put in some rock steps here and there, and a nice little switch back. To help in the steep place that we had to use the rope last year, we put in some rock steps, and made the section easier and safer. It still needs a little more work, but it is quite a bit better. It is approximately a three mile hike (round trip) with a gain of around 1,000’. We will probably need micro spikes or snowshoes. If you want to, we will stop at Harris Grocery after the hike, to get a snack, and say hello to Jungle (Jim Mosher) and his wife Becky. Jungle is the primary person behind the Harris Nature Preserve and would appreciate any feedback from you. For those that would like to extend the length of the hike a bit we could explore the newly constructed nature trail near the start of the trail on the way out – this will add about ¾ miles and is flat. CTL, or, the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt. 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:00 for departure at 9:15, or, the trailhead at 9:45 - parking lot located on the right on Potash Rd. just past its junction with Dunkley Rd., ½ mile North from where Potash Rd. intersects Rt. 9N, directly across from the entrance to Luzerne State Campground, 7 miles south of Exit 21 of the Northway.
February 21 #1749 South Bay Sasquatch Adventure Tim Ward 518-415-9172
For this hike we'll again venture into Big Foot country in the backwoods of Whitehall. After consolidating cars and people at the fisherman’s parking lot at the causeway we will park a mile south on Rt 22. From there we will take a 1/2 mile path along a hay field and thru woods to South Bay. If ice conditions are good we'll walk near shore for .8 mile to the Ward's land or if not or for those leery of ice, a road approach on foot is available. On Ward's land there are a nature trail, waterfalls, ponds, a 70' fire tower and gardens to explore. A sap house will be in operation. From here we'll hike up West Mountain to the Saddles State Forest with its 60' waterfalls, views overlooking the mountains to Lake George and another into Vermont. Our return will be the reverse of the route above. While Sasquatch/Big Foot hasn’t been spotted recently maybe with a few extra eyes and ears we will get lucky. It is a well known fact that they enjoy flavorful treats such as cookies or brownies so be sure to bring some – if we don’t see Big Foot we’ll share them at lunch. Total elevation gain is about 1100 ft and hiking distance about 6 miles. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:45. Contact by email is preferred. A-Team! ???
February 28 #1750 Wolf Pond Snowshoe Eric Potter 512-923-3031 WX
Wolf Pond is a small pond located in the Town of North Hudson, with its trailhead located ~12 miles W of exit 29 of the Northway on the north side of Blue Ridge Road, immediately before crossing the Boreas River. From the parking area we will follow the relatively newly marked trail NE, first along Wolf Pond Brook, then veering away from the brook through mixed forest on the undulating trail for nearly 3 miles before coming to the newly built lean-to near the shore of the pond. It is anticipated that conditions will allow for us to walk onto the pond for some great views of some of the High Peaks and surrounding mountains. The Canes first and last visit to the pond was back in September 2017 when the DEC trail crew was just finishing constructing the trail and were in the process of marking it. To this date there is little information about the trail, except for some older links to hikes – pre-dating the newly constructed one. The total RT distance is 6 miles with perhaps a 600’ gain, spread evenly over its length. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or, by request, the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville or at the trailhead at 10:00ish. A-Team! ??? </ div>