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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
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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 ¼ mile and turn L onto the Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for slightly more than ½ mile – the parking lot will be on your R. From Rt 9: Travel W on the E-W Rd. for ¾ mile and turn R onto Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for ½ 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! ???