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January 3 #1742 Moreau Lake State Park Hike/Spike Lenore and Jack Reber 518-859-8555 WX
Not a totally new hike but one that follows some of the older trails and some new ones on a route of about 6 miles with a gain of ~1,200 beginning at the main parking lot. This is being scheduled as a hike/spike because there are some steep sections so if there is a lot of snow the route will be modified. A stop at the warming hut is planned on the return to the parking lot. Meet at the Moreau Lake State Park parking lot off of Old Saratoga Rd near Exit 17 of the Northway at 9:15.
January 10 #1743 Garnet Hill Triad: Balm of Gilead, William Blake Pond And Hooper Mine PLUS A SKI! Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Previous details, below, have been MODIFIED EXTENSIVELY, so please click HERE for a lot more details. The trailhead to Balm of Gilead Mt is located adjacent to the Garnet Hill Ski complex in North River. Our 3 +/-mile loop will first take us to the summit of Balm of Gilead Mt, which offers extensive views west, including Thirteenth Lake. From just below the summit we will bushwhack to the sunny shores of William Blake Pond for lunch, before continuing our return to the abandoned Hooper Garnet Mine for some exploration and back to the starting point. Total elevation gain of ~750 . Meet at CTL at 9:00 for departure at 9:15 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:45. I realize that there are some people that would prefer to take advantage of skiing at this time rather than snowshoe and a ski outing as an alternative activity has been added in the additional details, linked to above.
January 17 #1744 Goodnow Mountain Snowshoe + A Ski Option & More... Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Goodnow is a fire tower mountain with excellent views from the summit, located just south of the high peaks, near Newcomb. It is also one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Round trip is about 4 miles, with an elevation gain of ~1,050 . Meet at CTL at 8:45, departing at 9:00 or at the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 9:30. Please feel free to offer a ski outing as an alternate outing on this date. Just let us know ahead of time or post it as a bonus outing as time gets closer.
January 24 #1745 Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe Donna and Peter Wood 518-494-2874 WX
Postponed until ??? We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300 . After the trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL or meet at the Wood s house at 10:00. If anyone wants to schedule an alternative for this week, contact Peter by phone, 518-893-2629 or by email.
January 31 #1746 Hennig Preserve Snowshoe Fran Herve 518-899-3216 WX
Cancelled due to chilly weather. A nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve and adjacent Homestead County Forest, located in the Town of Providence, Saratoga County. Depending on which trails we choose to explore we may pass old stone walls, mill sites, old foundations and maybe walk along the ridge of an Esker. Plan on a total of 4-6 miles, route TBD, with options for people to hike a shorter route. Most trails have some ups and downs but nothing too difficult. Meet at the Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or at the Hennig Preserve sign at 10:00. Directions: There are a number of ways to reach the Hennig Preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest (or Galway if Middle Grove doesn't work) - that will get you close. Turn right on to West Ave from Station Lane; continue ~.25 miles to NY 29 and turn right; continue on NY 29 for ~9.7 miles and turn right on to Antioch Rd (just after the East Galway sign the road makes a sharp bend back); continue on Antioch Rd to the end, ~3.5 miles, and turn right on to Wileytown Rd; continue on Wileytown for ~1 mi and turn left on to Centerline Rd; continue on Centerline Rd for ~1.25 miles to the sign on the left. 43.1114, -74.039669 in your gps will put you right on the money.
February 7 #1747 Second Pond Snowshoe Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Second Pond is a large, remote pond located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, one of the larger wilderness areas within the Adirondack Park. The trailhead is located close to the end of Chatiemac Road off Route 8 a few miles west of Wevertown. From the parking lot the trail leads through nice woods with some small hills to the shore of the pond, with a not often seen view of the west side of Gore Mountain along the way. Round trip of 5.5 mi. with ~400 gain on the way in and ~450 on the way out. CTL or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 10:00 or trailhead at 10:15. Although scheduled as a snowshoe, anyone with intermediate backcountry skiing skills may want to ski the trail and perhaps spend time exploring the pond while waiting to join the group for lunch. More info HERE.
February 14 #1748 Potash Mountain, Plus... Steve Mackey 518-793-6484 WX
It has been roughly a year since we had a Canes trip to Potash Mountain, with some trail improvements made during that time. Since our last visit the first half mile was professionally constructed by Steve Ovitt (a retired Forest Ranger that now has a trail construction company). We also put in some rock steps here and there, and a nice little switch back. To help in the steep place that we had to use the rope last year, we put in some rock steps, and made the section easier and safer. It still needs a little more work, but it is quite a bit better. It is approximately a three mile hike (round trip) with a gain of around 1,000 . We will probably need micro spikes or snowshoes. If you want to, we will stop at Harris Grocery after the hike, to get a snack, and say hello to Jungle (Jim Mosher) and his wife Becky. Jungle is the primary person behind the Harris Nature Preserve and would appreciate any feedback from you. For those that would like to extend the length of the hike a bit we could explore the newly constructed nature trail near the start of the trail on the way out this will add about ¾ miles and is flat. CTL, or, the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt. 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:00 for departure at 9:15, or, the trailhead at 9:45 - parking lot located on the right on Potash Rd. just past its junction with Dunkley Rd., ½ mile North from where Potash Rd. intersects Rt. 9N, directly across from the entrance to Luzerne State Campground, 7 miles south of Exit 21 of the Northway.
February 21 #1749 South Bay Sasquatch Adventure Tim Ward 518-415-9172 WX
For this hike we'll again venture into Big Foot country in the backwoods of Whitehall. After consolidating cars and people at the fisherman s parking lot at the causeway we will park a mile south on Rt 22. From there we will take a 1/2 mile path along a hay field and thru woods to South Bay. If ice conditions are good we'll walk near shore for .8 mile to the Ward's land or if not or for those leery of ice, a road approach on foot is available. On Ward's land there are a nature trail, waterfalls, ponds, a 70' fire tower and gardens to explore. A sap house will be in operation. From here we'll hike up West Mountain to the Saddles State Forest with its 60' waterfalls, views overlooking the mountains to Lake George and another into Vermont. Our return will be the reverse of the route above. While Sasquatch/Big Foot hasn t been spotted recently maybe with a few extra eyes and ears we will get lucky. It is a well known fact that they enjoy flavorful treats such as cookies or brownies so be sure to bring some if we don t see Big Foot we ll share them at lunch. Total elevation gain is about 1100 ft and hiking distance about 6 miles. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 OR at the NYS DEC Boat Launch on NY 22 on the north side of the causeway crossing South Bay at 9:45. Contact by email is preferred.
February 28 #1750 Wolf Pond Snowshoe Eric Potter 512-923-3031 WX
Wolf Pond is a small pond located in the Town of North Hudson, with its trailhead located ~12 miles W of exit 29 of the Northway on the north side of Blue Ridge Road, immediately before crossing the Boreas River. From the parking area we will follow the relatively newly marked trail NE, first along Wolf Pond Brook, then veering away from the brook through mixed forest on the undulating trail for nearly 3 miles before coming to the newly built lean-to near the shore of the pond. It is anticipated that conditions will allow for us to walk onto the pond for some great views of some of the High Peaks and surrounding mountains. The Canes first and last visit to the pond was back in September 2017 when the DEC trail crew was just finishing constructing the trail and were in the process of marking it. To this date there is little information about the trail, except for some older links to hikes pre-dating the newly constructed one. The total RT distance is 6 miles with perhaps a 600 gain, spread evenly over its length. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or, by request, the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville or at the trailhead at 10:00ish.
March 7 #1751 Ben Wood Mountain Snowshoe Donna and Peter Wood 518-494-2874 WX
We will start from the Wood's house on 457 Potter Brook Rd and snowshoe along an old jeep trail to the top of Ben Wood Mtn., returning over a slightly different route, for a total distance of ~4.5 mi with an elevation change of about 300 . After the trip everyone is invited to have hot chocolate at the Wood's house. CTL; or meet at the Wood s house at 10:00. Not A-TEAM! eligible.
March 14 #1752 Blue Mountain Snowshoe Scott Anderson 518-955-7991 WX
Blue Mountain is a nice late winter hike. Good views from the top and a firetower. Moderate hike of 4.0 miles round trip and a 1500' ascent. Slow pace and plan to spend significant time at the top if the weather is nice, so please bring warm clothes to hang out in. It s a heavily trafficked trail, so I am hoping for Microspikes, but please bring (and be able to carry) snowshoes. Please be at CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30; or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:00; or at trailhead at 10:00. We plan on making a short pit stop at Stewart s in Indian Lake at 9:45 before proceeding to the trailhead. The trailhead is located at a large parking lot on the east side of NY30/28N, just north of the Adirondack Museum in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake.
March 21 #1753 Hennig Preserve Snowshoe Fran Herve 518-899-3216 WX
AA nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve and adjacent Homestead County Forest, located in the Town of Providence, Saratoga County. Depending on which trails we choose to explore we may pass old stone walls, mill sites, old foundations and maybe walk along the ridge of an Esker. Plan on a total of 4-6 miles, route TBD, with options for people to hike a shorter route. Most trails have some ups and downs but nothing too difficult. Meet at the Amtrak Rail Station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 for departure at 9:30 or at the Hennig Preserve sign at 10:00. Directions: There are a number of ways to reach the Hennig Preserve but from the Amtrak Station here is the shortest (for those using a GPS navigator try using 200 Centerline Rd., Middle Grove, NY (or Galway if Middle Grove doesn t work) - that will get you close. Turn right on to West Ave from Station Lane; continue ~.25 miles to NY 29 and turn right; continue on NY 29 for ~9.7 miles and turn right on to Antioch Rd (just after the East Galway sign the road makes a sharp bend back); continue on Antioch Rd to the end, ~3.5 miles, and turn right on to Wileytown Rd; continue on Wileytown for ~1 mi and turn left on to Centerline Rd; continue on Centerline Rd for ~1.25 miles to the sign on the left. 43.1114, -74.039669 in your GPS will put you right on the money. Not A-TEAM! eligible.
March 28 #1754 Bass Lake Thru Hike Eric Potter 512-923-3031 WX
Bass Lake is located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest with its primary trailhead located on Ensign Pond Road (CR4) in the Town of North Hudson. From the trailhead, we will follow the trail southward towards Moose Mountain Pond for 1.7 miles before turning west on the trail to Bass Lake (trail to the southeast continues to Moose Mountain Pond). From here there's a steady, mostly gradual climb which will take us to the shore of the lake. We'll continue around the lake to a nice rock outcropping for lunch and finish with an easy 2-mile walk northwest to the other trailhead, on Caza Turn Road, where we have previously spotted cars. Total distance of ~4.5 miles with a total gain of ~600 . The North Hudson area has received a lot of snow this year and this will most likely be a snowshoe; but spikes should be brought just in case. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:45. Other locations upon request.
April 4 #1755 Noonmark Mountain Hike Steve Mackey 518-793-6484 WX /
Noonmark is one of my favorite "medium" mountains. It has outstanding views in all directions. Officially it is about 5 miles round trip with a gain in elevation of around 2,200 feet. It is fairly steep but has no scary exposure. The view is worth
the climb. Bring snowshoes and micro spikes and we will figure out what we need to wear when we get there. CTL at 8:15 for 8:30 departure, High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the St. Huberts parking lot at 10:00ish. Detailed directions to the parking lot and more information are HERE and HERE
April 11 #1756 Owl’s Head Lookout Hike Eric Potter 512-923-3031 WX /
Owl’s Head Lookout (not to be confused with Owl Head in Keene) is part of the Giant Mountain Wilderness area. The trailhead is located on the south side of Route 9N, about 4.5 miles west of downtown Elizabethtown. 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.
April 18 #1757 “Springs in the Spring” At Saratoga Spa State Park Lenore and Jack Reber L. (518) 859-8555 J. (518) 791-4707 WX
For this combination regular and A-Team! outing we'll join park educator Ken Chaisson for a 30 minute tour and tasting of 5 springs around the parking lot. After that, we have several hike choices. Ken has offered a history hike for those interested, and others could hike one of the loops. We would all meet back at the picnic tables at noon for lunch, and then we would do an afternoon hike with those who are interested. Ken's discussion of the causes of spring volume and flavor are very interesting. For those of you who do not want to join in on the tour or hikes please feel free to meet us for a leisurely lunch in the picnic area adjacent to the Education Center. We will gather at the Creekside Classroom Environmental Education Center (CCEEC) at 9:45; alternative meeting places for carpooling purposes will be left to the discretion of those attending. Rain date – Friday, April 19th. Directions: The CCEEC is located adjacent to the Geyser Picnic Area parking lot on the Geyser Loop Road which is located off the East-West Road of the Park. The East-West Road is the southern-most road into the Park and can be accessed from either Route 50 on the west or Route 9 on the east. From Rt 50: Travel E on the E-W Rd for less than ¼ mile and turn L onto the Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for slightly more than ½ mile – the parking lot will be on your R. From Rt 9: Travel W on the E-W Rd. for ¾ mile and turn R onto Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for ½ mile – the parking lot will be on your left. Click HERE for maps and other helpful information.
April 25 #1758 Moose Mountain Pond Hike Eric Potter 512-923-3031 WX /
The trailhead for Moose Mountain Pond is located ~6 miles north of North Hudson, exit 29 of the Northway, off of Ensign Pond Rd (CR 4). It is shared with trails leading to Hammond Pond and Bass Lake. The trail to Moose Mountain Pond proceeds southward, and is flat to gradual up to Berrymill Flow at 1.7 miles. Here there's a junction with a trail to Bass Lake (R) and a trail to Moose Mountain Pond (L). We'll continue left (southeast), cross a brook and begin a steady, mostly gradual climb to Moose Mountain Pond at 3.2 miles. The trail continues northward along the west shore to a lean-to at 3.5 miles where we'll have lunch and a view of Moose Mountain! CTL at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or the Frontier Town parking lot, exit 29, at 9:30 or the trailhead at 9:45. Other locations upon request.
May 2 #1759 Waterfalls and 5th Peak Lean-To Scott Anderson 518-955-7991 WX /
Our 5.6 mile RT hike begins at the popular Clay Meadows parking lot located approximately 6 miles north of the hamlet of Bolton Landing on the east side of NY 9N. From the trailhead we will hike on a relatively flat trail for the first .5mi before beginning a somewhat steep and continuous climb for the next mile, gaining 1000’. At this point the trail becomes less steep but still climbs in the final 1.1mi, gaining another 500’ to the top of Fifth Peak and a lean-to where we will enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the expansive views. During the climb we will take a short side-trail to view a waterfall. With the leaves off the trees we should have excellent views of the Narrows of Lake George, portions of Northwest Bay, the southern end of the Tongue Mountain Range and the mountains that surround the southern end of Lake George. CTL at 9:00 for departure at 9:15 or at the Clay Meadows parking lot at 9:45. For those of you aspiring to obtain the Lake George 12ster patch this is your chance to reach the top of one of the required mountains. Revised due to weather.
May 9 #1760 Buck Mountain Hike Margie Litwin 518-928-0600 WX /
This hike seems to be a first for the Canes, though many of us have done this popular trip other times. We will hike from the west 6.6 miles round-trip with a significant 2000’ elevation gain. The steeper sections will be in the second part of the ascent with gains spread out over the length of the hike. Hiking poles suggested. This route offers multiple viewpoints toward the west before reaching the sweeping vista from the summit. CTL at 8:45 for departure at 9:00 or the Pilot Knob Trailhead at 9:30. NOTA BENE!!! We are NOT going to the Schuman Preserve at Pilot Knob, (Trail head looks like THIS) a very nice Lake George Land Conservancy venue where there is a gazebo and waterfall and is located at 147 Pilot Knob Road. Once again, this is NOT where we are going. We ARE GOING to Buck Mountain, meeting at the Buck Mountain trail head (Trail head looks like THIS and for which you can get PRINTABLE DIRECTIONS HERE) and which is at 1750 Pilot Knob Road, 2.7 miles BEYOND (as in north of) the Schuman Preserve on the same road. A-TEAM! ???
May 16 #1761 Hadley Mountain Hike Fran Herve 518-899-3216 WX
Hadley Mountain is a popular hike to a summit with excellent views and a restored fire tower; one that is included in the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. From its large parking lot off of Tower Road it is a moderately steep climb of 1.8 miles and slightly over 1,500’ gain to its mostly open and rocky summit area. Views are expansive and include the Great Sacandaga Lake, the Mohawk Valley and distant views of Vermont, the Catskills and the High Peaks. There should be many wild flowers in bloom. CTL or the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 9:15; or the trailhead at 10:15. A-TEAM! ???
May 23 #1762 Beaver Meadow Falls Hike Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Beginning at the St. Hubert’s parking lot across from the Roaring Brook Trail to Giant on Rt 73, we will hike 6-7 miles RT and a 700’ elevation gain to beautiful Beaver Meadow Falls. After a .5 mile walk along the gravel road that takes you past the Ausable Club’s golf course we reach the club’s gatehouse where the actual trail begins. At this point we will decide if some will walk the Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake to access the falls or hike the West River Trail to the falls, returning on the East River Trail. With a little luck there will be lots of water flowing. OPTIONAL HIKE EXTENSION: An option for anyone who would like to go is to continue from Beaver Meadow Falls along the trail on the west side of the stream to Rainbow Falls and Lower Ausable Lake then return to the Ausable Club via the road, an addition of about 2.5 miles/2 hours with another 80 +/- feet of vertical ascent. If you plan on doing this extension, make arrangements with like-minded Canes for carpooling as our return to CTL will be later than the rest of the group. This extension is, of course, weather dependent. CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30 or meet at the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the St. Huberts parking lot at 10:00ish. Alternate meeting places along the Northway can be arranged. A-TEAM! ???
May 30 #1763 Hopkins Mountain Thru Hike Gail Stauble 518-636-350 WX
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. After a leisurely lunch and exploring the bare, rocky top – 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 at 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the Mossy Cascade Brook TH at 9:45. A-TEAM! ???
June 6 #1764 Vanderwhacker Mtn. Hike Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX /
A moderate hike to a remote mountain with wonderful views from its firetower and one of the qualifying towers of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. The access road to Vanderwhacker Mountain is located ~16 miles north of North Creek off of NY 28N, just after you cross the Boreas River. After driving ~2.5 miles on a gravel woods road we reach the trailhead parking and begin the 2.5 mile and ~1,700’ ascent to the summit. In the first half of the hike we gain ~500’ but then the hike becomes a steady climb until the summit is reached. Views are limited from the base of the fire tower but you are rewarded with ever increasing views as you climb each level of the tower until the cab is reached where you are treated to a panoramic view of the High Peaks to the north and northeast, Blue Mountain, Goodnow Flow and the Essex Chain of Lakes to the west and mountain silhouettes in other directions. Meet at CTL at 8:45 for a departure at 9:00 or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:30. A-TEAM! ???
June 13 #1765 Mohawk Towpath Byway Bike Shelly Nevard 518-461-8656 WX
Starting at the Terminal Road access to the Byway, located at the NE corner of the Crescent Bridge in Halfmoon on Route 9, we will bike west a distance of approximately 7 miles to the hamlet of Vischer Ferry. Along the route there are views of the old canal, the Mohawk, an old lock and several historic signs and a historic bridge that has been rebuilt. Depending on the time we will have the option to continue an additional 1.5 miles to the Lock 7 Overlook or end our westward travel here. In any case we will have lunch at the Vischer Ferry General Store or bring your own. After lunch we can return the way we came or ride on the road a little way through the hamlet of Vischer Ferry and rejoin the Byway by crossing the historic Whipple Bridge. The section of the Byway we will be biking is a windy but generally flat, well maintained stone dust path suitable for all types of bikes with an estimated total of 14-17 miles. We will meet at the Terminal Road access at 10:00 where there is good parking and a short walk to Stewart's to pick up something you forgot or use the restrooms. More Logistics A-TEAM! ???
June 20 #1766 Zim Smith Trail Bike Ride Pat Desbiens 518-813-7946 WX
A repeat of a route introduced to the Canes in 2015. Beginning at Shenantaha Creek Park, we will pedal south on the Zim Smith Trail to meet the Luther Forest Spur. With several miles of paved bike path, we will explore Luther Forest and stop for lunch at the Malta Community Park where there is a pavilion with picnic tables; as well as, rest rooms. Reversing our route, we will head back to the Zim Smith Trail and bike south to the Village of Round Lake with a stop at Leah's Cakery providing an opportunity to buy delicious pastries. At this point, depending on the time of day and the wishes of the group, we can either continue south for about another 3 miles to the end of the trail or head back north to our starting point at Shenantaha Creek Park. It is ~20 miles if we head back north from the Village of Round Lake or ~ 26 miles if we pedal to the southern terminus of the trail (all mostly flat miles either way). We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Shenantaha Creek Park --- from Exit 12 of the Northway, go west on Rt. 67 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Eastline Road, go 1/4 mile and turn left into Shenantaha Park. A-TEAM! ???
June 27 #1767 Hudson River North Shore Explore, Moreau Lake State Park Tim Ward and Jim Ralston T. 518-415-9172 J. 518-863-4041 WX / ??
Another new adventure for the Canes! Actually this is a combo paddle/hike and explore outing, not quite a bushwhack but close. We begin this adventure at the Sherman Island Boat Launch where we will paddle directly across the river to one of the park's water access campsites where we will secure our boats and access a nearby unmarked trail. This unmarked trail is actually an old road that parallels the river towards the Spier Falls Dam over 1.5 mi upstream. The area along this trail/old road is mostly flat with some minor ups and downs and contained homesteads and even a school dating back into the late 19th century. While the remnants of some of those homesteads and school are forever under the flooded area behind the Spier Falls Dam, with some luck and keen eyes, we will be able to locate some of the remaining old cellar holes, foundations and stone walls and try and imagine how life was like back then. The pace will be slow and it isn't known how far we will hike upstream, those details to be decided at the time of the hike as will be the location for lunch. We will retrace our route back to our boats and if we have time maybe we will be able to paddle some. For those less adventurous please feel free to join us for part of the hike and focus on paddling, perhaps schedule an A-Team outing. Meet at the Sherman Island boat launch at 9:45. Directions to boat launch from Exit 17 of the Northway: Continue N on Rt 9 for ~.6 mi to Spier Falls Rd/CR24. Turn lleft and continue W on Spier Falls Rd/CR24 for ~3.4mi - boat launch will be on the right at the bottom of the hill. A-TEAM! ???
July 4 No outing scheduled – Happy 4th!
July 11 #1768 Blue Ledges Hike n’ Swim n’ Picnic Scott Anderson 518-955-7991 WX
Whenever there is a hike scheduled during July or August it is a nice treat if there is a swimming hole waiting at the destination and the Blue Ledges is one such place! 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. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the shore, swim at one of the swimming holes nearby and watch rafters head downstream. Plan on a leisurely lunch and afterwards, depending on the wishes of the group, we may explore upstream for a different view of the ledges and check out some interesting rock formations. It is about 5 miles RT with 900’ total gain. CTL at 9:15 for a departure of 9:30 or the Black Bear Restaurant, Northway Exit 26 at 10:00. We should arrive at the TH at about 10:30; however, parking is limited so please meet at one of the designated meeting locations for carpooling unless you have a filled car.
July 18 #1769 Henderson Lake Paddle Peter Fedorick 518-893-2629 WX
Henderson Lake is simply a great paddle and a popular one. However, getting a boat onto the very scenic, 1¾ mile long lake requires a bit of effort - a 1½ hour drive from CTL and slightly less than a ½ mile carry from the Upper Works trailhead. The rewards are great with spectacular views of some of the High Peaks and lots of shoreline to explore; if the weather is right there are a couple of nice places to swim. Although the carry sounds long it is actually a relatively easy one as long as you bring some type of carrier; the stone surface is wide and mostly flat. The plan is to first explore the north end of the lake then stop for lunch at the lean-to at the NW corner before continuing to the south end and explore the inlet and its marsh. CTL at 8:15 for an 8:30 departure or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:00 or the Upper Works Trailhead at 10ish.
July 25 #1770 Treadway Mountain Hike/Paddle Steve Mackey 518-793-6484 WX
The trailhead for Treadway Mtn. is located at the Putnam Pond State Campground, at the far end of the parking lot adjacent to the boat launch. The campground is at the end of Putts Pond Rd. (CR39) which is ~12 mi. east of exit 28 of the Adk. Northway on NY74. The round trip hiking distance is around 8 miles with 1000 feet of climbing. I'm going to bring a kayak/canoe and cut out the walk around the pond. I'm guessing it will save around two miles of hiking (1 mile each way). If you would rather not bother with a boat, as long as we have enough people in each group, we can just meet at the summit or along the trail. Late July is usually the best time of the year for wild blueberries, and Treadway Mountain is the best mountain that I know of, for quantity. The last time we were there, we picked at least a gallon (it was a good year). The summit also has great views, especially of the High Peaks. Bring a head net and bug spray just in case, and a couple of containers for berries. For those of you that would prefer to paddle rather than hike, Putnam Pond is a nice body of water to explore. The campground will be open and there is an entrance fee which is waived for seniors (62 or over). CTL at 8:15 for a departure of 8:30 or meet at Northway exit 28 around 9:15 or at the campground parking lot at 9:45.
August 1 #1771 Zim Smith Trail Bike Ride #2 Pat Desbiens 518-813-7946 WX
We did this trip on June 21st; however, the weather turned out to be problematic that week forcing us to change the date from a Thursday to a Friday and then we delayed the start of the trip on the scheduled day because it rained until mid-morning. So, the decision was made to schedule a repeat on a regular Thursday outing day so that more Caners would have the opportunity to participate if they so desired (we'll keep our fingers crossed regarding the weather). Beginning at Shenantaha Creek Park, we will pedal south on the Zim Smith Trail to meet the Luther Forest Spur. With several miles of paved bike path, we will explore Luther Forest and stop for an early lunch at the Malta Community Park where there is a pavilion with picnic tables; as well as, rest rooms. Reversing our route, we will head back to the Zim Smith Trail and bike south to the Village of Round Lake with a stop at Leah's Cakery providing an opportunity to buy delicious pastries. At this point, depending on the time of day and the wishes of the group, we can either continue south for about another 3 miles to the end of the trail and/or take a quick ride around the Village of Round Lake admiring the many unique Victorian homes in the Village or head back north to our starting point at Shenantaha Creek Park. Depending on the route decided upon the total trip will be between 20-28 miles. We will meet at 10:00 at Shenantaha Creek Park --- from Exit 12 of the Northway, go west on Rt. 67 for 1.5 miles, turn left on Eastline Road, go 1/4 mile and turn left into Shenantaha Park.
August 8 #1772 Lens Lake Paddle Fran Herve H: 518-899-3216 C: 518-522-3998 WX
Lens Lake is a small lake ~6 miles west of the hamlet of Stony Creek in Warren County, in the middle of nowhere, very secluded with floating bogs and a lot ofinteresting plants. 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 leisurelypace and have lunch at the launch area (with one picnic table) before returningfor more exploring if desired. Bring your binoculars if you are a bird watcher. Meet at the parking lot across from the Lake Luzerne High School on Rt. 9N at 9:15. Meeting there 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, just let us know). 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.
August 15 #1773 Paddle of Rich, Belden, Harris Lakes and the Hudson Joanne Armstrong and Claire Pospisil J. 310-948-8221 C. 518 436-8312 WX
The last time we did this paddle was back in 2014 so it is long overdue. Before we do any paddling we will drop our boats off at the car-top launch on Rich Lake and spot cars at the end of our journey where the Hudson travels south under Rt. 28N. We will first explore Rich Lake before starting our eastward paddle, complete a carry to Belden Lake and continue onto the inlet to Harris Lake, a.k.a Fishing Brook, before reaching our lunch spot at the Gate House of the Santanoni Preserve. After lunch we will carry around the rapids in front of the Gate House, continue on the inlet and enter the main body of Harris Lake. Depending on group’s interest and time we could explore the lake before heading to its outlet where it joins the Hudson, and continue downstream to our take-out. The total paddling distance is estimated between 5-6 miles. CTL at 8:15 for departure at 8:30 or the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9:00 or the Adirondack Interpretive Center, for a bathroom stop, at 10ish. A-TEAM! ???
August 22 #1774 Indian Lake Combo Paddle/Baldface Mtn. Lenore And Jack Reber 518-859-8555 WX
This is a wonderful outing, blending a nice paddle with a hike of a small mountain. We begin the paddle from the Indian Lake Marina located off Lakeshore Drive in Sabael, about 5 mi south of the hamlet of Indian Lake on Rt. 30 ($10 per car launch/parking fee is charged). Once across the lake, easily in a light breeze, the paddle becomes more interesting, wandering between islands as we head for the take-out on the beach of picturesque Norman’s Cove. The sheltered cove has a picnic area where those that choose not to climb the mountain can enjoy a snack before exploring more of the lake and returning for lunch. For the hikers, we pick up the trail to Baldface Mtn., a gentle 2.2 mile RT hike through pleasant woods with a short steep section near the top to the open rock ledges, where there are great views up and down the lake and of the surrounding mountains and where we will have lunch - a total gain of 580’. CTL at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure or the Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:30. Before proceeding to the Marina from Wevertown we will first gather at Byron Park, located on the SE shore of Adirondack Lake (entrance on right side of NY28 +/- .75 miles past the causeway over Lake Abanakee), at 10:00 ish. Here we will attempt to consolidate the transport of the boats and have an opportunity to use the restroom facilities. We should arrive at the Marina at 10:30. In case of windy conditions on Indian Lake a paddle of Lake Abanakee will be substituted. Regardless, everyone is invited back to the Reber's place in Indian Lake for an edible treat and swim afterwards. A-TEAM! ???