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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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February 1  
#1695   East Shore Lake George Walk on Water Hike/Snowshoe  Tim Ward   518-415-9172   WX
A new outing for the Canes and one that will get your attention! Tim Ward, a new Caner, will lead us on a hike on the ice along the east shore of Lake George from just south of Huletts Landing to a point approximately 3 miles south, passing the islands Saint Sacrament, Coopers, Sagamore and Floating Battery, just to name a few. At a point only known to him, Tim will lead us inland a short distance to a rock face with Native American drawings painted on it. These are not ancient paintings but those painted by descendants of Abanakee Indians beginning in 1994. Tim promises a sunny location for lunch before returning our walk north through the forest on easy grades before returning via ice to Lands End, approximately 6 miles round trip. Despite the best attempts to avoid wind there may be times that we will experience some while on the ice - coupled with cold temperatures be prepared for the possible effects of wind chill. Snowshoes and Microspikes will be required. Currently there is over 11” of clear ice along the intended route with an inspection and update planned as the date gets closer. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:40 OR at the Clemons Post Office at the intersection of NY 22 and CR 6 at 9:45.  Contact by email is preferred.  
A-TEAM

February 8   #1696   Lake George Recreation Area Ski   Fran Herve   518-899-3216   WX
Fran is offering a cross country ski of the trails located at the Lake George Recreation Area. She hasn’t skied these trails before so the exploration will be a group effort. The 4 miles of groomed ski trails are located adjacent to the Rec Area parking lot, located at the end of Transfer Road on the north side of NY 9N, slightly over ½ mile west of Exit 21 of the Northway, which we have been using as a meeting place for hikes to Berry Pond and Prospect Mountain for years. If Mother Nature cooperates that is what we will do on this outing. Plan on meeting at the Lake George Recreation Area parking lot at 10:00 where we will test our skiing skills on the adjacent trails. Since there are only 4 miles of trails we may want to repeat some of our favorites – lunch at the lean-to? Map and directions to the Rec Area are
HERE.

February 15   #1697  
POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL, SEE SUBSTITUTION BELOW John and Clear Pond Loop Hike/Snowshoe Lenore and Jack Reber  L 518-859-8555  J 518-223-3632   WX
A new outing for the Canes! The Canes have only been to John Pond a total of 4 times since 1988 and never to Clear Pond. However, DEC has marked a new connector trail between the two, creating a wonderful five mile loop trail, avoiding a traverse of a steep ridge or a bushwhack between the two ponds. Our plan is to explore the new 5 mile loop, visiting these two ponds near Chimney Mt. in Indian Lake. There is a moderate elevation gain at the beginning of the hike, then a long gentle downhill back to the cars. Lunch will be at the lean-to on the shore of John Pond. Conditions will dictate the type of footwear but you should be prepared for snowshoes/Microspikes. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the scheduled locations, not the trailhead. We will update everyone on the trail conditions as the day of the hike approaches and provide an alternate outing if the conditions are unfavorable. Meet at CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15 or the Lake Abanakee parking lot at 9:45 (on the left of NY 28 immediately before crossing the causeway over Lake Abanakee).   CCJ

February 15   #1697  
Lake Bonita to Spier Falls Road Snowshoe with a Twist   Lenore and Jack Reber   L 859-8555 J 223-3632    WX
From the trailhead at the Lake Bonita parking lot we will first hike the access trail a short distance to the Lake Bonita Loop Trail on the southern shore of the lake. We continue on the Loop Trail east, along the southern shore of the lake to the junction with the Lake Ann Trail. We then hike generally in a NE direction, with some minor ups and downs, through mixed forest to the lean-to at Lake Ann for lunch – a total of ~2 miles with ~200’ gain. After lunch we will continue on the Lake Ann Trail to the junction with a brand new trail and proceed NE along the ridge on this trail to the Eastern Ridge Trail (ER). From here we will proceed W on the ER to the Western Ridge Trail and to our cars, spotted earlier at the Spring trailhead on Spier Falls Rd. Total distance of ~5 miles. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near exit 17 of the Northway at 9:00 or at the Lake Bonita parking lot, located exactly 2 miles west of Rt 9 on the north side of Wilton-Corinth Rd at 9:30. Don and Tom will be offering an A-Team version of this snowshoe with details to be announced in the near future.

February 22   #1698   Spectacle and Gull Ponds Hike/Snowshoe   Peter Fedorick     518-893-2629   WX
Both of these are easy and wonderful woods trails with picturesque destinations – perfect for an outing in-between Christmas and New Years. Scheduling two separate destinations on an outing is usually not advised but the trails are less than a mile from one another and the trek to Gull Pond can be done without packs at the end of the day. The trailheads for these two ponds are located on East Shore Rd (a.k.a. Adirondack Rd) ~2.5 miles south of Alder Brook Rd in Schroon Lake. Spectacle Pond - We begin our day traveling 1.7 miles to a campsite on the shore of Spectacle Pond for lunch. The trail follows Spectacle Brook most of the way to the pond, crossing it several times. It is generally a woods trail along an old tote road but with nice views of Pharaoh Mt from the shore of the pond with a gain of less than 400’. Gull Pond – After lunch we will return to our cars and drive one mile north to the trailhead and a nice parking lot. It is only about .5 miles to the pond and less than a 100’ gain so you can do it with or without your pack but definitely bring your camera. The pond is small but picturesque and will invite you back for future visits. I most likely will not scout the trails ahead of time but will provide details regarding appropriate footwear as we get closer to the date. CTL; or Stewart’s in Schroon Lake via exit 27 at 10:10. Alternate points by request.  CCJ