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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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December 6  CHANGED TO BELOW DUE TO SKETCHY ACCESS AND PARKING!!! 
Moxham Mountain Hike/Spike/???   Diane & Kurt Wisell
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.

December 6  #1737  OK Slip Falls  Diane & Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1993  K. 518-796-5495
    WX
Due to TONS of snow at Moxham, access and parking are very difficult to impossible so we'll go back to a favorite we have not done since March 30, 2017.  There's TONS of snow at the OK Slip trail head as well but parking and access are not an issue. An approximately 6 mile RT hike with 600-800’ gentle vertical to OK Slip Falls starting from the trail head a few miles north of North Creek. The falls should have a pretty good stream and with the snow, be very pretty.  We have good assurance that the trail has been broken, is well packed and firm so only spikes will be required.  Leave your snowshoes home.  CTL 8.45 for 9.00 departure or at Wevertown at 9.30 or the trail head at about 9.50 - 10:00 ish.    A-TEAM!


December 13   #1738   Cook Mountain Hike   Margie Litwin  518-384-0412  and  Jack Whitney  518--793-9210     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    REPLACED WITH THE BELOW OUTING DUE TO "TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES"
French Mountain Hike  Steve Mackey
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.

December 20   #1739    Inman Pond Hike    Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX

Due to "Technical Difficulties-DO Adjust Your TV!” the scheduled hike of French Mountain has been changed to a combined regular and A-Team hike to Inman Pond. From the Lower Hogtown Parking / Trailhead on Sly Pond Road we will snowshoe/spike west on a trail to the eastern end of Inman Pond. We will then follow the southern shore of the pond to a large rock promontory on its westernmost end for lunch with a nice view of the pond and surrounding mountains. After lunch we will continue the circumnavigation of the pond, before rejoining our original trail and returning to our cars. The total distance is 3-ish miles RT with about a 500’ gain. We recognize that this is a short hike so in order to accommodate those that would like to extend the hiking we will be offering an optional hike to either Shelving Rock Falls or to the shore of Lake George from the end of Shelving Rock Road, depending on road conditions and the desire of those attending. CTL or meet at the Lower Hogtown trailhead at 10-ish.

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! ???