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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 your first outing, read the information on our Practices and Acknowledgement of Risk pages. Download and sign the Acknowledgement of Risk Agreement form and submit it to the leader of your first Canes outing.

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. 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 July 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.

Jun 27, 2024   Regular   Sawyer Mountain and Rock Lake Hike   Rating: Moderate   Hike leaders: Lenore and Jack Reber   J 518-791-4707 L 518-859-8555   Email leader   WX

A new combo hike in the Indian Lake area for the Canes to enjoy! Our day begins with a hike of Sawyer Mountain. At just 2600 feet Sawyer Mountain isn’t a high mountain but it is considered a worthwhile hike and one that you may have wanted to do for a while but never got around to it. Its trailhead is located about 4.4 miles west of the hamlet of Indian Lake on the south side of NY 28/30. The trail is level at first before climbing moderately for about 1 mile to an overlook just before the summit, with nice views east. We continue past the wooded summit (no views) to a nicer overlook with views of Panther, Wakely, and Snowy Mtns. After a short visit, we retrace our steps to our cars. The total distance is about 2.5 miles RT with maybe a 750 foot gain including the visit to the overlooks.

Back at the cars, we will drive about 1/4 mile west to the Rock River trailhead on the north side of NY28/30. Hikers will be dropped off and wait for the return of drivers while they spot cars at the Rock Lake trailhead about 2 miles farther west. Once reunited, we will hike north on the Rock River Trail for about 1 mile to the intersection with a snowmobile connector trail (aka Cedar River Trail), near the eastern shore of Rock Lake. This section of our route loses about 200 feet! Here we will continue west on the nearly level snowmobile trail and find our lunch spot on the shore of Rock Lake with a great view of Blue Mountain. Lunch will be past noon so make sure you bring some snacks to enjoy while at one of the overlooks on Sawyer Mtn. After lunch, we continue west on the nearly level snowmobile trail for less than 1 mile to the intersection with the Rock Lake Trail with perhaps a visit to the shore for more views of the lake and Blue Mtn. From the intersection, we hike on the Rock Lake Trail in a southwesterly direction for about 0.5 miles to our cars, spotted earlier. The total distance for today’s hike is about 5 miles with around a 750’ gain.

Meet at CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30 or the Indian Lake Stewart’s at 9:45 for a short pit stop or the Sawyer Mtn trailhead at 10:00ish. Unfortunately, neither Jack nor Lenore will be able to meet anyone at CTL but we are confident that someone will be able to lead the group to the Stewart’s at Indian Lake. Please contact us with any questions.

Jul 4, 2024   No outing yet scheduled

Jul 11, 2024   Regular   Picnic on the AT/LT & a Swim in Big Branch – Danby, Vt   Hike leader: Tim Ward   Email Tim   WX

It’s been nearly five years since we’ve done this hike so it’s overdue. It's that warm, humid time of year again when thoughts of cooling off in a mountain brook may come to mind. Such a brook would be hard to beat in Big Branch in Mt Tabor near Danby, Vermont. We'll walk the Long Trail south for about 1.3 miles, cross Big Branch on a nice suspension bridge; continue south for a short distance, then take a side trail through flowery fields (path mowed) to the next bridge over a tributary. There is a lonesome lean-to (Old Job Shelter) with two picnic tables where we will share a picnic lunch. Then we retrace our steps to the suspension bridge, then a short distance to another lean-to where we leave the trail and walk downstream along Big Branch for about 1/2 mile to a picture-perfect not very deep, sunny pool. One can swim, sit in, wade, or just chill out in or next to this summer oasis. From here it's a short steep climb up the hillside to the Long Trail and back to the parking area. Altogether about 5 miles of walking.

Meet at CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30; or meet at the south end of the Price Chopper in Granville at 9:15 (located NE of the intersection of Rt 22 and 149 in back of RiteAid/Walgreens); or at the trailhead at 10:15. The Griffith Lake trailhead is located at the Big Branch parking area for the AT/LT on Brooklyn Rd/USFS 10, on the right, ~3 miles NE of the intersection of Rt 7 and Mt. Tabor Rd./Brooklyn Rd. in the hamlet of Danby/Mt. Tabor. If you are driving from the capital district area and would like to volunteer to meet at Panera Bread in Latham (or some other location) to caravan or carpool please let me know so we can modify the write-up. Please email me with any questions.

Jul 18, 2024   No outing yet scheduled

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