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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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A Note On This November / December Schedule: No Outing on November 1 because of lousy weather. Tim's originally scheduled Hill No. 8 Hike moves to November 8, replacing Margie's Good Luck Cliffs and Kane Mt. Hike which will make another appearance in 2019.

November 8  #1733  
Hill No. 8 Through Hike   Tim Ward  518-415-9172   WX
A new hike for the Canes! Hill No. 8, not to be confused with nearby Number 8 Mountain, is not a tall mountain by High Peak standards; however, what it doesn’t have in its 1,900’ height, it makes up with views from its partially treed, rocky summit or from overlooks just below its top. Close-up views of Pharaoh Mountain and its cliffs, Brant Lake, Hoffman Mtn. and the High Peaks in the distance can all be seen. Most of the leaves will be off of the trees by then adding to what we will be able to see. Of course there is a reason why this hike hasn’t been included in past schedules – part of it is a bushwhack; but don’t be alarmed, the majority of the route is on marked trails and the bushwhack takes us through open forest. We begin our adventure by visiting the North Brant Lake Cemetery for a history lesson and because Tim wanted to throw in a little Halloween flavor. After a short visit we will spot a car or two at the Pharaoh Lake trailhead and then head for the Sucker Brook trailhead (a designated horse trail), a few miles away. From here we hike mostly on the flat until we pass through the remains of a small farm community known as Gregoryville (a ghost town of sorts) at about 1.5 miles. The stone walls, foundations and remnants of old buildings date from the 1850’s - perhaps we will have time to explore the area before continuing an additional 2 miles to a point where we will leave the trail and bushwhack approximately .8 miles and gain 600’ to the top of Hill No. 8. Here we will take in the views and have lunch – there is even a memorial plaque on top that you can try and figure out why it is there. After lunch we will follow Tim as he guides us on the second part of the bushwhack, descending into the Desolate Brook Valley and crossing the brook at a convenient place, to the Pharaoh Lake Trail and back to our cars. The total distance is estimated to be a tad over 7 miles with an accumulated gain of 1,100’. Meet at CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure or at the Horicon Community Center at 9:00 (Northway Exit 25; right onto Route 8 east for 1.7 miles; make right at the Community Center entrance and park behind the building at the west end of the lot.)   A-TEAM!

November 15   #1735  Berlin Mountain Hike   Shelly Nevard   WX
The first and only time we hiked Berlin Mountain was back in January 2017. When we reached the top we found everything encapsulated in ice – a most spectacular and “magical wonderland” as the ghost writer proclaimed in the journal. It is highly unlikely that those same conditions will present themselves but we are all adventurers so we will see it in a new season. The hike follows the Taconic Crest Trail, which follows the entire length of the Taconic Range for about 35 miles, from Hancock, MA in the south to Petersburgh, NY in the north. We will be hiking on a 2.8 mile section of the trail from Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2 until we reach Berlin Mountain, the highest point on the crest trail (2,818’) for a total of 5.6 miles with an accumulated gain of ~1,000’. From the summit there are views of Mt. Greylock and more of the Taconic Range. We will have the option to include Mt. Raimer, an abandoned ski area, which will add an additional 200’ gain (no additional length) but provide us with an opportunity to explore. Meet at the Exit 9 Park and Ride on Fire Road at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure for the ~ 45 minute ride to Petersburg Pass or the trailhead at 10:15. Park and Ride directions - from the South take Exit 9 to Rt 146 – remain straight, cross Rt 146 – lot is on the left. From the North take Exit 9E to Rt 146, go under the Northway and turn left onto Fire Rd – lot is on the left. For people with a GPS Navigator the address is 21 Fire Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065. Pete’s cell 518-419-7528 if you run into trouble.   A-TEAM!

November 22  No outing this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29   #1736   Silver Bay Trails: Lake George Overlooks, A Waterfall, Cookies and A Mine
Sandy and Bob Powell  H 518-543-6290   C 518-538-8758   WX
A new and unique hike for the Canes! Silver Bay YMCA has graciously given the Powell’s permission to lead this hike on their private trails located about 5 miles south of Hague on Lake George. We will do a 4.5 mile loop that meanders up and down outcroppings and ledges that overlook Lake George with views towards Gull Bay to the north and Huletts Landing to the south; and to Uncas Falls on Lake George Land Conservancy property (Terzian Woodlot). Although our highest point is only 700 feet above our starting point we will be ascending about 1,300 feet. After the hike we will venture to the Powell home in Hague for cookies and cheer (bring cookies and cheer!). If time and daylight permits we will take a short walk from the Powell’s home to a nice overlook of the lake and a nearby abandoned graphite mine. CTL at 8:30, departure at 8:45 or, by advance arrangement, Exit 24 at 9:00.

December 6  #1737   Moxham Mountain Hike/Spike/???   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1993  K. 518-796-5495   
WX
Kurt celebrates 6 all-to-short years of retirement with another early December trip to Moxham Mountain, a roughly 6 mile round trip hike to a mountain in Minerva NY's wild and wooly "Fourteenth Country." A total ascent of 1,800 feet to the summit and back. A relatively easy trail with good views that has uphill and downhill sections both going to the summit and returning. CTL at 8:45 am, departing at 9.00 am or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30.    A-TEAM! ???

December 13   #1738   Cook Mountain Hike   Pat Desbiens   518-813-7946    WX
Cook Mountain Preserve is located just south of the hamlet of Ticonderoga on the west shore of Lake Champlain. The 192 acre preserve is owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy and is one of many properties owned or maintained by them. From the sign-in register at the trailhead on Baldwin Road we begin our hike on a wide flat path and continue for .5 miles, past an abandoned beaver pond, now a pretty wetland. From here we join the trail that will take us to the top - climbing steeply for the next .5 miles, gaining nearly 700’, to the mountain’s ridge where it flattens out. Before continuing to the end of the ridge and our lunch spot, we will take a short spur trail to an overlook where we will are able to see Lake George, Lake Champlain and the Vermont Mountains. After a short stay we continue to the end of the ridge for more expansive views of Lake George including Record Hill, Anthony’s Nose and Rogers Rock. This is an out-and-back trail but before arriving back at our cars we will take another spur trail near the trailhead to visit an old cemetery – dating back to 1848. Total distance is estimated to be about 3 miles with a gain of 900’. CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or, by advance arrangement, Exit 24 at 9:20 or the trailhead at about 10:10. A short bathroom stop at McDonald’s in Ticonderoga is also planned.    A-TEAM! ???

December 20   #1739   French Mountain Hike
***   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX
 We will meet at CTL at 9:15 and then carpool to the pull-off for the Colonel Williams Monument, on US 9 in Lake George. We will descend to the bike trail and then head NE and climb the southern slopes of French Mountain. From the height of land we will continue for ~ 1 mile to a couple of picturesque overlooks before making a northerly loop to Bear Pond and then returning SW and back to our cars. The approximate gain over this 5 mile RT is 1,400’. Bring snowshoes or micro spikes if it looks like we will need them.  
***Note: the route described in this link is NOT the route we take but the site does offer some interesting information.   A-TEAM! ???

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! ???