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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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Most of June outings have been moved to the 2015 - 2019 Archive
July 5   #1717  Lens Lake Paddle   Fran Herve   518-899-3216  WX
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County. There is a nice launch area with adequate parking for our group. Our plan is to explore the lake and its irregular shoreline at a leisurely pace and have lunch at the launch area before returning for more exploring if desired. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt 9N at 9.15. Of course you can plan on stopping at the Up River Café on the way home! Meeting at the parking lot across from the Hadley-Luzerne High School is recommended for all except those coming from Warrensburg and points north (in which case we would make arrangements to meet at the Town of Stony Creek offices) – if you are from Warrensburg or points north you already know the back way to Stony Creek. However, for the adventurous you could also go directly to the launch area – if you are so inclined, email and we will send you directions.

July 12   #1718   Blue Ledges Hike   Bonnie Whitman   518-636-8432    WX
From the trailhead on the Northwoods Club Road in the Town of Minerva we will hike to the Hudson River Gorge where slate-blue cliffs tower above the river. It is about 5 mile RT with 900 ft total ascent. Great swimming hole!  CTL or meet at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 10:00.   A-TEAM!  ???

July 19   #1719   Stewart’s Bridge Reservoir   Peter Fedorick   518-893-2629   WX
We will paddle on Stewart's Bridge Reservoir - the impounded waters of the Sacandaga River, lying between Stewart’s Dam, Hadley, downstream and the Conklingville Dam, Edinburg, upstream. Its irregular shoreline lends itself to exploring and the launch area a perfect place for lunch, swimming or just chilling out. Bald eagles have been observed in the past so bring a camera and binoculars. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9.45 or at the launch area around 10.15. For those of you opting to go directly to the launch site its access is on a marked side-road, on the left, 4 miles +/- west along CR4/N Shore Rd from the main intersection in the Hamlet of Hadley (near the RR Station). Continue on the access road to the end at the shore of the reservoir – plenty of parking.

July 26   #1720  Gore Mountain Fire Tower   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495  WX
One of the longer fire tower hikes, this one can be 10.1 to 11.1 miles RT depending upon which web site you read with a vertical rise of  2,520 feet. More details to follow. Great views in all directions from quite a number of viewpoints. You'll go to the true summit of Gore which is not at the fire tower but at a point where  on August 24, 1877, Verplank Colvin set his original benchmark. The bolts in the granite ledge which supported his tower and some of the support wire is still in place. It is exactly 1.3 feet higher than where the USGS proclaims the summit is.   More details to follow and you'll want to pay attention to them.  CTL 9.00 for 9.15 departure.  A-TEAM!  ???

August 2   #1721   Lake Abanakee Paddle   Lenore and Jack Reber   518- 859-8555  WX
We will launch on Chain Lakes Road and paddle south under the Lake Abanakee bridge, under the Big Brook Rd. causeway and on to the Indian River rapids. Lunch will be at the spot where the Indian River meets the lake. About 7 miles RT. Paddlers are invited back to the Reber’s place in Indian Lake for an edible treat and swim afterwards. Meet at CTL at 9.00, depart at 9.15; Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown 9.45; Abanakee parking lot at 10.15. The Abanakee parking lot is located on the south side of Rt 28 just before you go over the bridge crossing Lake Abanakee. The launch site is located on Chain Lakes Rd., the first R turn after crossing the bridge over Lake Abanakee and adjacent to the Town of Indian Lake beach where there are bathroom facilities.   A-TEAM!  ???

August 9   #1719   Lake St. Catherine Paddle   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D. 518-796-1933 K. 518-796-5495   WX
Lake St, Catherine is a lovely 7 mile long lake a few miles east of Granville, NY. We will paddle a 6 - 6.5 mile route north from the state fishing access along the west side of the lake, cross over to the east side and stop at the state park for lunch, then continue on the east side back to the fishing acess. Alternatively, if the "big lake" is too windy or too busy with boat traffic, we'll do the same route we did last year, heading south from the fishing access along a 4.5 mile route through the marshy, scenic southern end of the lake.  Bring your swimsuit!.  A marina adjacent to the fishing access has a store. CTL at 8.45 for a 9.00 departure.  A-TEAM!  ???

August 16   #1723     White Rocks Hike     Diane and Kurt Wisell     D. 518-796-1933  K. 518-796-5495     WX
White Rocks is a VERY scenic, well known and interesting geologic formation just east of Wallingford, VT, about an hour and a half from CTL. We'll hike the White Rocks cliffs trail, then if time and interest are on our side, the Ice Beds trail for a total of about 4.5 miles with a total vertical ascent of about 1,500 feet. Both trails are terrific and there is nothing very steep. It's likely we will meet a number of through hikers on this trail, part of the AT, and conversation with them is always fun. Feeding these bears is welcome and appreciated so bring some extra snacks. After our hike, conditions permitting, we'll head to a really nice, very scenic, swimming hole in the nearby Clarendon Gorge. CTL 8.15 for an 8.30 departure.   A-TEAM!  ???

August 23   #1724  Camp Santanoni Mountain Bike   Shelly Nevard   518-461-8656    WX
Great Camp Santanoni lies at the east end of Newcomb Lake in the Town of Newcomb off NY 28N. The Great Camp, one of the largest of its kind built more than a century ago by Robert Pruyn, has been reconstructed as a historical site. Some of you have skied or hiked to it, or perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who took advantage of the horse-drawn carriage ride and paddling adventure in the past – how about giving mountain biking a try? From the Gate Lodge parking lot we will bike the gravel former carriage road gently uphill, passing the Farm Complex, for ~3 miles and gaining 500’ before biking downhill for ~2 miles to the Great Camp complex on the shores of Newcomb Lake, losing 250’. Our anticipated arrival time will allow us a few hours to either just chill out, explore the buildings of the camp complex or, for those with spare energy to burn, paddle Newcomb Lake or Lower and Upper Duck Hole using the boats available at the boat house. Lunch will be wherever you choose. At a designated meeting time we will regroup and return via the same route. The preferred type of bike for this adventure is a mountain bike; however, a hybrid bike is acceptable since the carriage road is primarily gravel. We realize that not everyone owns either type. If you would like to attend this outing and are proficient at riding a bike, but do not own either type, Cloudsplitter Outfitters, located 1-1 ½ miles east of the entrance to the Santanoni Preserve, rents mountain bikes for $27 for the day, incl tax. Additionally, for those of you who would like to paddle your own boat instead of using one from the boat house they will rent a boat trailer for your bike for an additional $27 that will accommodate canoes or kayaks – such a deal! There is extra time required to fit the bike to the rider so arrival times will need to be adjusted for those renting equipment. You would ride from the outfitters the short distance to the Gate Lodge parking lot. Please contact them ahead of time if you plan on renting equipment, 518-582-2583. Of course helmets are mandatory and it is suggested that you bring a spare tube or patch kit for your bike and either know how to use it or become close friends with someone who does. CTL at 8.30 for an 8.45 departure or at the Black Bear restaurant in Pottersville at 9.15 or at the Santanoni Gate Lodge parking lot at 10.00.
A-TEAM!  ???

August 30   #1725   Irv Boyle Memorial Paddle   Lenore and Jack Reber   518-859-8555 WX
Lewey Lake is a small lake located off NY 30, midway between the Village of Speculator and the Hamlet of Indian Lake – about 12 miles from each and adjacent to the Lewey Lake Campground and Day Use Area. Although a small lake, paddlers are afforded extra distance and a remote feeling by exploring the winding, slow moving Miami River which feeds the lake from the south – a time to linger. There is a beach launch site located within the campground and a parking lot, restrooms are also available. There is a day use fee but this is waived if you are 62 or older during non-holiday weekdays. Mason Lake is a very small lake located about 5 miles south of Lewey Lake with a hand launch site and small parking area off the Perkins Clearing Rd., on your right, going south. From the beach launch site at the campground we will paddle Lewey Lake and explore the Miami River for a total of 5 miles, lunch location to be decided upon. The Canes have only paddled Lewey Lake once, led by Irv in 2003. We'll lead this paddle in remembrance of Irv's many Crooked Canes adventures. For those interested in paddling a little more after the Lewey Lake adventure there is the option to paddle Mason Lake. Meet at CTL at 8.30 for departure at 8.45; or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9.15; or Lake Abanakee parking lot, Indian Lake, at 9.45 (entrance on left side of NY28 immediately before the causeway over Lake Abanakee); or the Lewey Lake Campground boat launch at 10ish.   A-TEAM!  ???