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Crooked Canes hiking group outings are scheduled weekly throughout the year, and members enjoy spring, summer, fall and winter hikes in the Adirondacks.

Practices: Prior to attending an outing, read the information on our Practices and Acknowledgement of Risk pages.

Meeting times & places: 9.15 at "CTL" unless specified otherwise in the outing description. More info on CTL and meeting places.

Outing types: Outing types are listed as Regular, Alternate (ALT) or Bonus after the date. More info on outing types.

Difficulty: Outing difficulty ratings are shown as "Easy," "Moderate," "Difficult", or a hybrid. These are subjective ratings, and even an "Easy" outing will require attendees to be fit and aware of their physical limitations. More details about difficulty are typically shown in the outing description. More info about ratings.

Lead an outing: If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing, please contact the Outings Coordinator. Here's a more detailed information guide. The earlier you respond, the more time your fellow Canes will have to plan to attend your outing.

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Scheduled outings and available dates for regular outings through January 2024:

Prospective new members: Don't be misled if our schedule is sparse. We have an outing virtually every week, sometimes two, but our leaders tend to wait till a few days before to decide where to go and post their outings, especially when the weather is changeable. View the Canes Journal to see our recent outings.

Dec 14, 2023   Regular   Mount Van Hoevenberg East Trail and Baxter Mountain   Rating: Moderate   Steve Mackey   Email leader   WX

We haven’t climbed Mount Van Hoevenberg in a while, so I thought it would be a good choice. Since it’s a fairly short hike and a long drive, we thought we would also throw in Baxter Mountain to make it worthwhile. Van Hoevenberg is a fairly new trail, with lots of rock steps and switchbacks, to make it pleasant and sustainable. It’s 3.2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of around 900 feet. It’s got a spectacular view of the High Peaks, but it can be windy. We will plan on lunch on top, but if it’s really cold, we’ll probably eat in the bobsled/luge visitor center. Baxter Mountain is on the drive home, only 15 minutes away. The trail is about 3 miles round trip, with around 800 feet of elevation gain. It again has an excellent view of the High Peaks from the summit, especially looking SW at the Johns Brook Valley, dominated by Mt. Marcy at the westernmost end. If everyone in your car just wants to climb one peak, you are welcome to do that. We will probably need spikes and might need snowshoes. Bring both with you, and we will decide at the trailhead what to wear, and to bring.

Meet at CTL at 7:45 for a departure at 8:00 or the Stewart’s in Keene at 9:15 for a pit stop and pick up items you may have forgotten or the Olympic Sports Complex (OSC) trailhead for Mt. Van Hoevenberg at 9:30ish. Trailhead parking for Mt. Van Hoevenberg is located on Bobsled Run Ln/Bob Run Rd off of NY 73. From the Stewart’s Shop in Keene continue WNW on NY 73 towards Lake Placid for ~8 miles and turn L onto Bob Run Road at the large sign for OSC. Follow signs to trailhead parking. We will caravan from the OSC to the Baxter Mtn. TH after the hike of Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Please contact me with any questions.

Dec 21, 2023   No outing yet scheduled

Dec 28, 2023   No outing yet scheduled

Jan 1, 2024   Bonus   Cat Mountain First Day Hike   Rating: Moderate   Steve Mackey   Email leader   WX   Note: Special considerations including group size limit of 15 and pre-registration

Cat Mountain is part of the Cat and Thomas Mountain Preserve located west of Bolton Landing. Previously owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy the lands are now owned by the State of New York and part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The Lake George Land Conservancy maintains the trails of the preserve through DEC's volunteer stewardship agreement. From the Edgecomb Pond trailhead, we will follow the red trail (recently marked), with some steep sections, to the summit and panoramic views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains. After a leisurely lunch, we will return to the parking lot via the blue trail – a combination of an old logging road and a woods trail. The total RT distance is about 4.5 miles with a gain of 1050 feet. Weather will be a factor in the clothing and gear to bring. Spikes should be carried and bring snowshoes to the trailhead where it will be determined whether they should be worn/carried. An updated forecast will be sent as the date gets closer. Note – this hike is offered as a NYS DEC First Day Hike with me as the leader. We will abide by their guidelines for this hike which are different in a few areas than our own policies as noted: The group size limit is 15, no fee; pre-registration is required. I will accept requests up to the night before but realize that the hike may be filled. I will maintain a waitlist for cancelations. Dogs are welcome, but they need to be leashed, and obviously friendly.

Meet at the Edgecomb Pond trailhead at 9:30. The trailhead is located off Edgecomb Pond Rd. in the Town of Bolton about 2 mi. NW of the hamlet of Bolton Landing. There are a number of ways to reach the trailhead - these directions are from Exit 24 of the Northway (Bolton Landing): From the exit take CR 11 (Bolton Landing-Riverbank Rd.) E for 2 mi to Valley Woods Rd. and turn R; continue on Valley Woods Rd. (passing the Thomas Mountain TH in a short distance) for .6 mi to Edgecomb Rd. and turn R; continue on Edgecomb Pond Rd. for ~1.5 mi to the TH parking area on the R. If you would like to register for this hike or have any questions please email me.

Jan 4, 2024   No outing yet scheduled

Jan 11, 2024   No outing yet scheduled

Jan 18, 2024   No outing yet scheduled

Jan 25, 2024   No outing yet scheduled