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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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March 1   #1699   Pack Forest Ski/Hike/Snowshoe  
 Fran Herve   518-899-3216  WX
Pack Forest is a 2500 acre demonstration forest maintained by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry located just north of Warrensburg. While its primary purpose is for forest research the lands are open to the public for a variety of outdoor activities. In addition to the many trails within its boundaries it also includes an 85 acre lake. We will hike or ski approximately 5 miles on a combination of wood’s roads and trails on a route to be determined prior to the scheduled date. An email will be sent out with trail conditions as we get closer to the date with a suggestion of proper footwear for hikers or if conditions will allow for us to ski. Most of the trails are relatively flat so this outing will lend itself well for an A-Team outing. CTL; or Pack Forest parking lot at 9:45. Don and Tom plan to offer an A-Team hike in combination with Fran with the same meeting locations and times. The specifics of the A-Team route will be determined on the day of the outing but since the terrain is relatively flat both groups may find themselves together most of the time – which would be a nice treat! If you have any questions regarding the A-Team plans please contact either Don 518-633-4214 or Tom 518-583-1550.  MORE
March 8   #1700   Postponed to March 22nd  Owls Head Lookout Snowshoe/Hike/Spike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX

March 15   #1701   Peaked Mountain Pond and Mountain Hike/Snowshoe  
Scott Anderson   518-696-2588   WX 
From the trailhead at the northern end of Thirteenth Lake, not far from the Garnet Hill Lodge, we will follow a relatively flat trail for .9 miles to Peaked Mt. Brook. From here we will continue on the marked trail northwest along the brook for an additional gradual ascent passing several wild marshy areas. At 1.8 miles, gaining 600’ we reach the shore of scenic Peaked Mt. Pond, offering good views of the cliff faced mountain the pond was named after. This will be the destination and turnaround point for those not going to Peaked Mt. and a good place for everyone to have lunch. For those who have chosen to go on to Peaked Mt. it is an additional .5 miles, gaining an additional 650’ – fairly steep in places with potentially icy conditions. However, efforts are rewarded at the summit with spectacular views in all directions. Scott hiked to the pond this past Sunday and reports perfect winter conditions with a well packed trail. The brook alongside the trail is particularly beautiful with many ice formations and bridges. Snow is forecast for both Tuesday and Wednesday so trail conditions will have changed so bring snowshoes and Microspikes to cover all bases. The current forecast for Thursday is calling for winds WNW between 10-20mph with a high temp of 32 degrees. CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 for both groups – please plan carpooling according to whether or not you will climb Peaked Mt. If anyone wishes to meet up with us in Warrensburg at the north end of the Price Chopper lot, please let us know ahead of time. A short pit stop at Stewart’s in North Creek is also planned.  A-TEAM!

March 22   #1702  
Rescheduled from March 8   Owls Head Lookout Snowshoe/Hike/Spike   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX 
Owls Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owls Head in Keene) is part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness area. The trailhead is located off Route 9N, south of Keene & 5.75 miles from the intersection with Route 73. 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! ???

March 29   #1703   Mount Van Hoevenburg SS/Spike/Hike   Diane and Kurt Wisell    D 796-1993   K 796-5495   WX
Repeating an enjoyable outing we did last year, we will start from the Adirondack Loj road on a very pretty trail ascending about 800 feet over a 2.2 miles through a red pine plantation, open hardwoods and spruce forest to the summit of Mount Van Hoevenburg. After lunch, probably at the summit, we'll proceed about a half mile down the easterly side of the mountain to the Olympic Sports Complex and walk approximately a mile to our cars along the 2000 bobsled/luge/skeleton track and the 1932 bobsled run. Total distance is 4.3 miles, total ascent about 800 feet. If you've never seen these tracks, you'll be awed!  Rumor has it that it's likely the Chinese bobsled team will once again be training. When you watch the Beijing Olympics in 2022, you'll be able to say, "I knew them way back when....." CTL at 8.30, departure at 8.45. Travel time is just under 2 hours to the trail head at the intersection of Adirondack Loj Road and South Meadows Road, including spotting cars at the Sports Complex. On request, meet us at Pottersville (Black Bear) at 9.15, or the Sports Complex at 10.10, or the trail head at 10.30.   A-TEAM!  ???

April 5   #1704   Hopkins Mountain Thru Hike/Snowshoe   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 either the snow has melted or that the trail has been broken. After a leisurely lunch and exploring the bare, rocky top (or snow covered) – 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! ???

April 12   #1705  Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs Hike   Steve Mackey   518-793-6484   WX
It is about an hour drive north of CTL to the St. Huberts Parking area a few miles south of Keene Valley. From the parking area it is 3.3 miles on a gently sloping uphill woods road (no traffic) to our trail. The trail then climbs .8 miles (750’ elevation) to Indian Head It is a big cliff with an awesome view of the Ausable Lakes. We will have lunch there. From there (if you wish) it is another .2 miles to Fish Hawk Cliffs. We will be coming back the same way, so if you want to hang out on Indian Head and enjoy the view that will work. We will probably go back the same way, but there is an option to return via the Gill Brook Trail if we desire. The website I looked at, estimated a total hiking time of 5-6 hours. We did this as an ADK hike a couple of years ago and lost a couple of people for a little while, so we want to make sure to wait for each other at all intersections. If you have never been here, it is a classic Adirondack view. The Indian Head can be seen when you are on Fish Hawk Cliffs looking back. It is a little bit like the Old Man of the Mountain that used to be in New Hampshire. Approximately 10.5 miles total for the day. CTL at 8:00 departing at 8:15; or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:00; or the St. Huberts parking lot at 9:30ish. Detailed directions to the parking lot and more information are HERE and  HERE and HERE.   A-TEAM!  ???

April 19   #1706   Clear and John Pond Loop Hike   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. 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.   A-TEAM!  ???

April 26   #1707  
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.