The Crooked Canes
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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
March & some of April outings have been moved to the 2015 - 2019 Archive
April 19   POSTPONED! See Substitution Below   New To Old At MLSP  Judy Halstead   518-583-2504   WX
We'll hike the New Trail to the Old Lake Lookout Trail at Moreau Lake State Park. How many of us remember the “old” MLSP lake lookout? When was the trail rerouted? Let’s explore the new trail to the old lookout! (Got that?) We’ll go to 3 lookouts (one river, two lake) in a loop of about 4 ½ to 5 miles. We’ll start with a moderately steep ascent from the Sherman Island parking area via the Cottage Park trail to the Western Ridge trail and a river lookout (#1), then take the Ridge Run trail over to a lake lookout (#2). We’ll continue on the Ridge Run trail and then take the Baker trail to the new black trail to the new-old lookout (#3). We’ll return by taking the Western Ridge trail to the Connector trail and back to the Sherman Island parking area via the Cottage Park trail. Meet at the MLSP office area parking lot at 9:45 or the Sherman Island parking area at 10:00.

April 19   #1706   Substituted For Above Thomas and Cat Mountains Through Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D 518-796-1993   K 518-796-5495   WX
Starting at the Valley Woods Road TH off County Rt. 11 north of Bolton Landing  we hike to the summit of Thomas Mountain, the site of an idyllic cabin - NOT!  for snack time before continuing on to the mostly open summit of Cat mountain with its panoramic 300-ish degree views of Lake George and the Adirondacks.  From Cat's summit we'll head down to the Edgecomb Pond TH where we'll have previously spotted some cars. The total hike is 6.4 miles with about 1,800' total vertical ascent. CTL or, at 10.00, the Valley Woods Road TH (87 exit 24, 2 miles east on Rt. 11 to right on Valley Woods Road, 200' to TH on right). 

April 26  
POSTPONED!   Clear and John Pond Loop Hike   Lenore and Jack Reber  (L) 518-859-8555   (J) 518-223-3632   WX   MORE
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. Parking at the trailhead is limited so please plan to meet only at the designated locations, not the trailhead. 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.

April 26   #1707 
Substituted For Above Shelving Rock Falls & Mountain Hike   Don McMahon   518-227-1047    Tom Gibbs   518-583-1550   WX
Just as it worked out last week, the A-TEAM! along with everyone else, will begin this week's outing from the same location. This time we'll start at Parking Lot #1 on Shelving Rock Road and hike along the stream passing Shelving Rock Falls and on down to the lake then along the lakeshore for a total distance of 2 miles, ending our hike at Parking Lot #9 where we will have spotted some cars for our return to Lot #1.  For those who are game to extend their day (accompanied by a highly trained leader) it is a very short jaunt from Lot # 1 to the Shelving Rock Mountain TH from where an enjoyable ascent on a carriage road to the spectacular view point atop Shelving Rock Mountain awaits. This outing extension is 3.5 miles or a little less, RT with 650' of vertical. CTL.

May 3   #1708   The Saddles State Forest thru Hike   Tim Ward   518-415-9172   WX
A new hike for the Canes and one that will surely satisfy those asking that we include new places to explore in our schedule. The Saddles State Forest is comprised of ~2,500 acres of forest land located in the towns of Fort Ann and Whitehall between NY 4 and the east shore of South Bay. The trailhead and parking lot are located at the end of an access road south of the Village of Whitehall. Land for this new state forest was acquired back in 2012 and much of the infrastructure and trails is a work in progress. However, this is the backyard of Tim, who lives with his wife Mary in their homestead adjacent to the forest on the shore of South Bay. Tim is quite familiar with the blazed trails and wood roads that crisscross the forest and has promised to take us to visit some of his favorite places including North Saddle, West Mountain, a waterfall and the shore of South Bay. Some of the views that can be expected are Black and Sugarloaf Mtns., some of the High Peaks, mountains of Vermont, South Bay and the cliffs of the Diameter at its outlet. Also, he and Mary have invited us to stop by at their place before we begin our return trek to our cars, a nice gesture indeed. Plan on a leisurely pace over the ~7.5 mile hike (1/3 of the distance on an unimproved dirt/gravel road) with a cumulative elevation gain of ~1000’. An earlier start time is required to accommodate the extra time needed to spot cars at the end of our route. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:35. Contact by email is preferred.  A-TEAM!  ???

May 10   #1709   Hopkins Mountain thru Hike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
The Canes have climbed this mountain before but never as a thru hike. We begin by dropping off hikers at the Mossy Cascade Brook trailhead and then spot cars at the Rooster Comb parking lot 2 miles north on Rt 73. From the trailhead we will follow Mossy Cascade Brook for a good portion of the way in an “upward” direction ascending about 2,100’ in the nearly 3 miles to the summit, with hopes that the snow and ice has melted. After a leisurely lunch and exploring the bare, rocky top – trying to get a glimpse of just one more mountain – we backtrack approximately .9 miles to the junction with the Ranney Trail, bearing right and descending an additional 1.7 miles along Hopkins Brook to our cars for a total of 5.5 miles for the day. CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:15 or the Mossy Cascade Brook TH at 9:45.   A-TEAM!  ???

May 17   #1710   Gore Mountain Hike   
Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993 K 796-5495    WX
A new hiking route on Gore Mountain.  From the base area we'll head to the south through a number of beaver meadows and some nice open hardwood forest, then climb through a beautiful ravine full of glacial erratics that will bring Colorado's Garden Of The Gods to mind and stop for lunch at a summit overlooking North Creek.  From there we'll proceed north, then downhill passing another terrific overlook before heading along a pretty path taking us back to our cars. Total distance about 5.5 miles, total vertical ascent about 1850 feet. CTL at 8.30 for an 8.45 departure or by prior arrangement, Warrensburg Price Chopper.    A-TEAM!  ???

May 25   #1711   Moxham Mountain Hike   Bonnie Whitman   518-636-8432   WX
This is a roughly a 6 mile round trip hike to a very beautiful mountain near Minerva, NY. A moderately easy hike with a number of ups and downs with a cumulative gain of ~1,800’ and expansive views from its rocky summit. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway exit 26 at 9:30.  TEAM!  ???

May 31   #1712  
Details on an outing we have scheduled are presently being finalized, so stay tuned.

June 7   #1713   Blueberry Hill Trail System & Hill 617 Hike  
Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993 K 796-5495   WX
Another new hike for the Canes, this one in Elizabethtown. More details forthcoming, but in the meanwhile, check out Mike Arthur's blog postings HERE and HERE.  A-TEAM!  ???

June 14   #1714  
No outing scheduled.  If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing please contact Peter or click HERE.

June 21   #1715  
No outing scheduled.  If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing please contact Peter or click HERE.

June 28   #1716  
No outing scheduled.  If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing please contact Peter or click HERE.