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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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Outings from previous dates can be found on our archive pages included in the "Schedules" drop down menu above.

October 25  
TOO COLD - REPLACED WITH OUTING BELOW   New York/Sandgate Vt Bike   Ken Gericke   518-683-8420   WX
What would October be without the Sandgate Bike – an annual favorite! An 18 mile bike beginning at the SR 313 NY/VT canoe access on the Battenkill River, and continuing in a clockwise loop to Sandgate Vermont. Lunch will be in the scenic hamlet of Sandgate (specific location TBD). The route continues, mostly downhill, returning to SR 313, crossing the Arlington Covered Bridge to East River Rd, then back to SR 313 and to our start in NY. Meet at McDonalds in Greenwich at 9:15. This is a beautiful ride through some rural valleys of Washington County, NY and Vermont, quite remote with approximately 1/2 of the route on hard packed dirt roads. While the route can be pedaled with a touring/narrow-wheeled bike, a hybrid or even a mountain bike might be more appropriate. There are some hills, with a gradual elevation gain of approx. 700' then a long well-earned downhill to Sandgate.

October 25   #1723   Saratoga National Historic Park   Karen & Leon   518-866-1991   WX
With cool temperatures forecast for the Sandgate, VT area for this Thursday, October 25th, our annual Sandgate bike ride is canceled for this year. Instead, a hike at the Saratoga National Historic Park, located in Stillwater, is planned. After gathering at the Park’s visitor center at 10:00, Karen & Leon will take us on a walk-about of about 5 miles on the Wilkinson Trail, and perhaps include some of the adjoining ski-trails on their route - a final decision of the route TBD. The Wilkinson Trail is a lollipop shaped trail that follows the same path where soldiers marched to and from battle, named after British Lieutenant William Wilkinson who mapped the path in 1777. The path itself is a little over 4 miles long with some small hills and a number of interpretive stations on the way, allowing for a slow pace and lots of time to visit and contemplate the history of the area. Lunch is planned on the patio of the visitor center where there are restrooms. This will be a combined regular and A-Team hike. Another info source is HERE.

November 1   #1734  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 8   #1735   Good Luck Cliffs and Kane Mt. Hike   Margie Litwin   H. 518-384-0412 C. 518-928-0600   WX
Good Lake Cliffs are located near the eastern and taller of the two summits of Good Lake Mountain in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. The mountain isn’t very tall, at slightly over 2,300’- it’s the 500’ of shear granite cliffs that make it a hiker’s destination. From the trailhead on Rt 10, 11 miles north of the hamlet of Caroga Lake, we follow a mostly level, old wood’s road/snowmobile trail for about 1.5 miles, passing Good Luck Lake on the way. Here we kick it up a few notches, climbing around 650’ in the last .7 miles to the top of the cliffs with nice views of them while climbing. From the open ledge we will enjoy a view of Spectacle Lake and the foothills of the southwestern Adirondacks. On our return we may have time to visit Good Luck Lake from its tree-lined shore. A total distance of 4.4 miles RT and a gain of 700’. For those with some extra energy and if time allows, we have the option of hiking Kane Mountain with its fire tower summit – one of the eligible fire towers in the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Kane Mountain is located 8 miles south from the Good Luck Cliffs trailhead on Rt 10, just north of Canada Lake, so it’s on our way home. The climb to the fire tower is short but gains 600’ in the .6 miles to the flat, wooded summit. Views are nearly non-existent unless you climb the tower but you can explore the area while others climb it. From the tower’s cab the views are expansive, including Canada, West and Pine Lakes, the foothills of the southwestern Adirondacks, the Mohawk Valley and the hills beyond. Meet at the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or at the Fulton County Visitor Center at the NE corner of Rts 29 & 30 at 9:30.   A-TEAM! ???

November 15 #1736 No Outing Scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter.

November 22 No outing this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29   #1737   Silver Bay YMCA Hike   Sandy and Bob Powell   H 518-543-6290  C 515-538-8758   WX
Details to follow

December 6 #1738  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   #1739   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   #1740   French Mountain Hike   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX
Details to follow.

December 27  #1741   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! ???