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2016

Below is Peter's original P3FT announcement.  He posted an update on 9/18/16 and it's available HERE.

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it – another year has gone by and we are fast approaching what many of us consider the best time to be pursuing our favorite outdoor activities. It is also time to announce the outings to be included in Pete’s Third Annual Fall Foliage Tour! With the success of the past two year’s tours I tried real hard to select outings this year that would be of interest to a wider audience. The most significant change this year is offering outings in both the Adirondacks and the Catskills.

While I refer to these outings as a foliage tour we all know that it is nearly impossible to predict the color change in the areas that we will visit – peak colors cannot be everywhere at the same time. Weather is also a major consideration in selecting dates for the outings. There are two overnights planned and I will monitor the weather forecasts to maximize having two days of dry weather for each overnight. Take a look at the outings descriptions and decide whether you would like to attend. If you do not find any of these offerings to your liking and would like to offer one or more of your own please do not hesitate to schedule on the same dates as mine – all of mine are tentative and will be subject to last minute changes due to weather. Also, if you are interested in participating on any of these outings I ask you to contact me via email and let me know – only those responding will receive further emails regarding these outings. You are not committing to the outing – only that you are interested. As in the past, I will not be able to scout any of these hikes beforehand – we’ll manage – trust me! Please – if you notice any blatant errors in any of the descriptions please let me know and I will correct them.
Peter   893-2629

Adirondack Outings

September 26   Whiteface Mountain Hike-up, Drive or Bike Down  That’s right - a one-way hike with options on the return. Whiteface Mt is the 5th highest peak in NY with an elevation of 4,867’ with panoramic views from it rocky summit – and is a landmark from many of the places we visit. There are a number of hiking trails that lead to the top and also the Veteran’s Memorial Highway. We will start our hike at the SUNY Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the end of Marble Mt Rd – part way up the mountain near North Pole - Santa’s Workshop for those of you who remember! While there is no marked trail from this starting point the herd path is well traveled and should be easy to follow until we connect with the marked trail in ~1 mi. This route will have us hike the old Marble Mt ski slopes, past the herd path to Esther Mt and eventually to the summit – a distance of ~4 mi and close to a 3,000’ gain. Plan on a lengthy lunch on top as your reward.

Now for the options for the return. Linda has volunteered to join us as a driver only and will drive one of our cars with a 2-place bike carrier to the parking lot just below the summit (she plans on spending a few hours visiting the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington while we hike http://adirondackwildlife.org/ ). If you would like, you could ride down in the car or bike down – you decide. We are also offering a second car with a 2-place bike carrier but need a volunteer to drive the car from the trailhead to the top. The volunteer would join Linda on her visit of the Wildlife Refuge for a couple of hours before driving the Veteran’s Memorial Highway to the parking lot near the top. From there you would either climb the stairs/trail the final 200’ or take the elevator to the top and enjoy the views. That person could either drive or bike down. With the two cars we would be able to accommodate up to 10 persons – 8 hikers, and 2 drivers with a maximum of 4 bikers from the group. Since this is a day trip there will be other options depending on the response. I promise you that it will work out – trust me!  Meet at the WCMC at 7:00 for a departure at 7:15 or at the High Peaks Rest Area at 8:15 or another location upon request.

October 3 - 4   St. Regis Mountain and Pitchoff Ridge Thru Hike
This outing is scheduled as an overnight but could be done as one or two day hikes if you choose - you would be responsible for you own transportation.

St. Regis Mountain will be our destination on the first day. St. Regis Mountain is located ~15 mi west of the Village of Saranac Lake with the trailhead off of Keese Mills Rd. It has a fire tower and is part of ADK’s Fire Tower Challenge. The tower is being restored as we speak and may even be open but the views are terrific without the need to climb it.  The hike is considered easy to moderate and is 6.8 mi in total with an elevation gain of ~1,250’. It is nearly a 2 ½ hour drive from the WCMC so it will be an early start – say 8ish – details forthcoming to those who are interested in attending. Of course it would be nice to carpool and we would determine the best overnight parking location for those that would like to ride rather than drive. After the hike we have a short drive to Saranac Lake where we will stay the night. Again – details of the motel choices will be made available to those who decide to attend. For the most ambitious of us we may hike up nearby Mount Baker – overlooking the village before dinner – just a short hike!

Pitchoff Ridge will be our destination for the second day of our adventure. The trailhead is located just across the road from the Cascade Mt in the town of Keene – we would be hiking west to east. It is less than 4 mi one way with a gain of nearly 1,800’ counting the 5 bumps. I think the highest elevation is 3,600’ – the descent is somewhat steep.  Plan on a nice breakfast in Saranac Lake before driving the 16 mi and 30 minutes to the trailhead where we will shuttle a car to the eastern end since this is a thru hike. It shouldn’t be an all day hike so we will be able to return home at a reasonable time.

Catskill Outings

October 17 - 18   Rochester Hollow Hike and Hunter Mountain Loop Hike
This outing is scheduled as an overnight but could be done as one or two day hikes if you choose - you would be responsible for you own transportation.
 
Rochester Hollow will be our destination for our first day. Rochester Hollow is located near Big Indian, NY in Ulster County, not too far from the Belleayre Ski Center for those of you who downhill ski. I guess I could explain just what there is to see and do at Rochester Hollow but I would rather that you check out the very informative link above that does a much better job than I would. Plan on about a 7 mi hike gaining ~850’. Considered an easy hike but filled with history and lots of stone walls and old foundations – a real treat!  We will have to decide on a central meeting place and one that you would be able to park your car overnight – perhaps the Amtrak Station in Saratoga Springs. From there it is slightly less than a 2 ½ hour drive but will take longer if we stop a couple of times. There is also the dreaded Northway traffic traveling south but if we start about 7:00 we should do fine (negotiable). After the hike we will drive for about 40 minutes and 30 mi north to a motel near Windham, NY in preparation for our hike of Hunter Mt.
 
Hunter Mountain Loop Hike will be our goal for the second day. Hunter mountain is the second highest peak in the Catskills behind Slide Mountain and is just over 4,000’ in elevation. For our hike I have decided on a loop hike starting at the end of Spruceton Rd, following the Spruceton Trail to the summit but descending via several trails including the Hunter Mt, Devil’s Path and Diamond Notch. This is a 9 mi hike (when you include the side trips to the overlooks) with ~2000’ gain with the promise of spectacular views. Hunter Mt is also a required if you are trying to complete the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Please view the excellent information found at the link above that summarizes the route that we will be taking. As with the hike of Pitchoff Ridge plan on a nice breakfast close to where we spent the night, before driving the 18 mi and 35 minutes to the trailhead – we should plan on an early start though. It won’t be the shortest day but a most enjoyable one. There is no way around the 2 ½ hour drive back to our starting point.

So that's it for the first draft of the 2016 Fall Foliage Tour. ***Please be honest with yourself when deciding whether these hikes are within your capabilities. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions regarding any of these hikes. Reminder – if you would like to continue receiving information about these outings please email me and if possible, indicate which outing you would like to participate in.  Happy Trails!  Peter   893-2629


2015   Top

Hi everyone,

Greetings and Happy Autumn!

I made a decision, despite a very busy personal schedule and lots of commitments, to once again put fun time ahead of being responsible and offer some fall bonus outings. Last year we enjoyed some unique hikes and the foliage was outstanding. This year the outings are unique but the foliage is playing tricks with us and it isn’t known just how vivid the colors will be. Regardless, take a look at the outings descriptions and decide whether you would like to attend. If you do not find any of these offerings to your liking and would like to offer one or more of your own please do not hesitate to schedule on the same dates as mine – all of mine are tentative and will be subject to last minute changes due to weather and my schedule. Also, if you are interested in participating on any of these outings I ask you to contact me via email and let me know – only those responding will receive further emails regarding these outings. You are not committing to the outing – only that you are interested. Unfortunately, I will not be able to scout any of these hikes beforehand. Please note that there is an overnight planned this year. 
Peter

Monday, September 28th, Noonmark and Round Mt.
If you have hiked in the Keene Valley area you have heard about and seen Noonmark Mt. – it is a prominent peak in the area and a destination for many hikers that don’t want to climb a High Peak but want to enjoy spectacular views – Round Mt is close-by and lesser known but offers a great view. The decision to include Round Mt on the return will be determined by the group at the appropriate time – this is a challenging hike if Round Mt is included. We begin the hike at the parking lot at St. Huberts – across from the Roaring Brook parking lot to Giant. We walk along the Ausable Club Road for ~.5 miles before entering the woods and heading for the summit via the Stimpson Trail. We will have gained 2,250’ in the 2 miles to the top. We will descend via the Felix Adler/Dix Trail, losing ~1,250’ in a mile before hiking ~.7 on fairly level to the junction with the Weston Trail to Round Mt. Here we must decide whether to climb an additional 750’ to Round Mt via the Dix trail (and out to the parking area) or continue on the Felix Adler trail and its gradual descent to the parking area. Mileage and gain including Round Mt – 6.4 miles and 3,000’; mileage and gain excluding Round Mt – 5.7 miles and 2,250’.
Since it is not known whether this hike will include Round Mt and early start is needed just in case. WCMC at 7:30 for 7:35 departure. 
Check out this link.

Monday and Tuesday, October 5th and 6th, Lyon and Catamount Mts
     Lyon Mt: located west of Plattsburgh with the TH on the western shore of Chazy Lake. The new trail is ~7 miles RT with an elevation gain of 1,900’ – the summit has an elevation of 3,820’. FANTASTIC views – check out this trip description. The drive from WCMC is a little less than 2 ½ hours and ~130 miles – this would be an early start and the first day of an overnight in Wilmington.
     Catamount Mt: One of my favorite’s of the non-high peaks and would be the second day of the overnight that includes Lyon Mt. Views are fantastic and it is a fun hike with ~4 miles RT – a good choice for the second day. It has an elevation of 3,180’ and a ~1,670’ gain. There is a new parking lot I think – I haven’t been there in years. Check out this link.
     My plan would be to offer motels in Wilmington and possible camping. Eating out may be limited and the costs maybe a little higher than normal because it is leaf-peeper season. The return drive to the WCMC is about 2 hrs and ~100 miles. I will supply motel/campground information to those interested. This outing will require more coordination between the participants than other outings in order to simplify the logistics. Also, while this is scheduled as an overnight – you are welcome to do either or both of these hikes as day hikes – however, you will be on your own for transportation.

Tuesday, October 13th, Pitchoff Ridge as a Thru Hike
The trailhead is located just across the road from the Cascade Mt TH – we would be hiking west to east. It is less than 4 miles one way with a gain of nearly 1,800’ counting the 5 bumps. I think the highest elevation is 3,600’ – the descent is somewhat steep.
The drive from the WCMC is 1.5 hours and 80 miles. Most likely would meet somewhat early at the WCMC – exact time TBD – perhaps 8. We will need two cars in order to drop off one on the eastern end of the trail.

***Please be honest with yourself when deciding whether these hikes are within your capabilities. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions regarding any of these hikes. Also - if you find any errors in the descriptions please let me know so that I may correct them.


2014   Top

Hi everyone,
Tomorrow is the first day of autumn and with it begins some of the best time to schedule outdoor activities. The Canes schedule for the last week in September and October includes some nice outings but there are not enough Thursday’s in this short period to take advantage of the most beautiful time of the year in my opinion. For this reason, I am offering several bonus outings. As with most bonus outings, the travel time/distance is typically greater than we normally do and the outings may be slightly more challenging as well. If you do not find any of these offerings to your liking and would like to offer one or more of your own please do not hesitate to schedule on the same dates as mine – all of mine are tentative and will be subject to last minute changes due to weather.


Saturday, September 27th:   Mt. Adams
Canceled last year because the new bridge across the Hudson had not yet been completed – now finished and a dry crossing guaranteed. While the hiking distance is just under 5 miles RT and the first .8 miles is relatively flat the final 1.6 miles to the 3,520’ summit and the renovated fire tower is steep, gaining 1,800’. Rather than me describe the trail please check it out HERE. The trailhead is located near Tahawus and is ~65 miles and ~1.5 hours from the WCMC. For this reason I would like to start early with an 8 AM meeting time at the WCMC for a prompt departure of 8:15. I will send out a reminder/confirmation email later this week and would like an RSVP for those interested. Alternate meeting places may be arranged.

Tuesday, September 30th:  Giant's Nubble and Roaring Brook
Giant’s Nubble is a rocky knob off the ridge trail to its namesake, providing a close-up view of Giant Mt to the north and expansive views of the High Peaks to the south and west. This will be a thru hike of ~4 miles beginning at the Chapel Pond trailhead and returning via the Roaring Brook trail. Meet at the WCMC at 8:15 or at the Chapel Pond TH at 10:00. While the total distance may be on the short side the views cause visitors to linger and a leisurely lunch is planned. Total gain on the ascent is ~1350’ over 1.2 miles and total loss on the descent is ~1700’ over 1.5 miles. We will have the opportunity to explore the area beneath Roaring Brook Falls at the end of the hike. Bring a camera! Check out this recent CC trip report.

Tuesday, October 7th:  Jay Mountain
New as a Cane hike this should be a real treat if the weather cooperates. This is a relatively new trail as well, being opened in October of 2012. From the trailhead near Upper Jay the trail will lead us ~4 miles to the summit with spectacular views along the way.The total RT hiking distance is ~8 miles with and ascent of ~2,000’ – combined with ~80 miles drive and ~1.5 hours from the WCMC an early start is mandatory. I would like to meet at the WCMC at 7:45 for a prompt departure of 8. Check out a detailed description.

Tuesday, October 21st:  Barton High Cliffs
A bushwhack of ~4 miles RT and ~700’ to some secluded cliffs (slightly understated). The plan is to hike to the top of the cliffs before descending to the valley beneath them and a walk along their base on our return trip. Most of the leaves should be off the trees, allowing for some great views. I haven’t arranged it with them yet but I think this will be a joint effort between Don, Tom and me. TH is located off of NY 8, midway between Brant Lake and Hague. Meet at 9 at the WCMC for a prompt departure of 9:15 with alternate meeting locations depending upon attendees.

So there you have it – some outings to think about. I do not have enough spare time to do any scouts so it will be interesting. I will send out reminders/confirmation emails on all of these outings as their dates get closer so no need to get back to me at this time – except for the September 27th hike to Mt. Adams. Email or call me at 893-2629 if you have any questions.