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October 1    Poke-O-Moonshine    Diane & Kurt Wisell    D 518-796-1993  K 518-796 5495    WX  
Fall hikes are all about plenty of fantastic views and foliage. This one, last done on 9/29/16, has a very user friendly 5 mile RT trail rising 1,300 feet, none of which is very steep has it all including frequent vistas overlooking the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain and Vermont plus beaver "projects" along the way, a fire tower at the top and the coveted LCFA.  The trail head is on Rt. 9, 4 miles south of I87 Exit 33 / 10 miles north of Exit 32.  CTL 8.15 for 8.30 departure, the High Peaks rest area at 9.20 or the trail head at 10.10 ish.

August 31     Hour Pond     Scott Anderson     518-955-7991     WX   
I went to Hour Pond in late August last year and want to see if the beaver dam and wildflowers are still there. The trail is rolling terrain, gradually uphill. Nearing the pond we cross over a beaver dam. Last year the dam was covered with amazing wildflowers. Then to Hour Pond, surrounded by Bullhead and Hour Pond Mtns. On the way back is a perfect swimmin’ spot on 13th Lake for a cooling dip. The pace will be leisurely and an all day hike. Expect to be back at the trailhead at around 5PM. 6.8mi RT and about 500ft ascent. CTL @ 8:45 to depart @ 9AM, or at the trailhead at the end of Beach Rd at 10 AM.

August 2   Hopkins Mountain Thru Hike    Linda Frees    518 424-7656     
For you non-bikers or perhaps those who would like to join Pat for a bike ride of the Zim Smith Trail on Thursday and then join Linda for a hike of Hopkins Mtn on Friday, this one is for you. This hike was done earlier this year but it is a popular hike and it is always nice to visit a popular destination in different seasons. 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 departure at 8:30 or the High Peaks Rest Area at 9:20 or the Mossy Cascade Brook TH at 9:45.

June 15   Hike to Treadway Mtn   Scott Anderson   518-955-7991   WX  
I have heard a lot of interest in wanting to go to Treadway lately, so let’s go! What I like is the rose quartz and interesting rock areas. There may still be wildflowers. Beneath the summit is a short trail to a large ledge that is worth exploring. The hike is about 8 miles RT and 1,000’ ascent. The pace will be relaxed and most likely an all-day hike. I estimate we will get back to the trailhead around 4-5 -ish. Because of the length of the hike, we will leave a bit early, so please be at the CTL parking lot at 7:15 to depart at 7:30. I expect to arrive at the Treadway trailhead around 9:00. There may be a day use fee per vehicle to get to the trailhead parking area. If you want to meet us there, that’s OK. Refer to the Putnam Pond Campground DEC website on how to get there. If you want to call or email with any questions, my info is on the CC site. I will also monitor my phone Saturday morning in case you are late. Hope to see you there! (sorry about the late notice)

June 9   Sherman Island Paddle   Bonnie Whitman and Don McMahon   B 518 636-8432   D 518 227-1047   WX  
Bonnie and Don are planning a Hudson River Paddle from the Sherman Island boat launch  and would like to invite you to join them on this totally bug-free adventure (guaranteed by Don). Plan on a leisurely paddle of an unknown length – distance TBD by participants - bring lunch. Meet at the Sherman Island launch at 10:00. Weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high temp of near 80, light winds. Directions to boat launch from Exit 17 of the Northway: Continue N on Rt 9 for ~.6 mi to Spier Falls Rd/CR24. Turn L and continue W on Spier Falls Rd/CR24 for ~3.4mi - boat launch will be on the R at the bottom of the hill. If you have any questions please reply to email or call.Note – the regular outing schedule for this week includes a wonderful bike ride of the Mohawk Towpath Byway on June 13th, led by Shelly Nevard. However, we realize that many of you no longer participate in biking. While an A-Team outing may be scheduled for Thursday perhaps someone would like to volunteer to lead a Bonus Outing on another day. Someone has already suggested a hike to Treadway Mountain to check out the Lady Slippers – any volunteers? Peter

May 31   Corinth Reservoir Preserve Hike   Bonnie Whitman   Don McMahon   D: 518-227-1047  WX
We'll hike at the Corinth Reservoir Preserve on Friday May 31. Friday looks like a better weather day with sun and no threat of rain. The plan is to do the green trail loop, up from the upper reservoir to the beaver dam and then follow the green trail loop east and then south back to the upper reservoir. The trail is about 3 miles long with about 400 feet total of elevation, with 300 feet up to the beaver dam. We meet at the Corinth Reservoir parking lot at 9:45 am (to start hiking at 10 am). The Preserve is located on Mosher Road (Rt. 10) about a mile north of the Rt. 9N junction. Don will also meet people coming from the north at the Corinth Municipal parking lot opposite the town beach on Rt. 9N at 9:30 am.

May 23   Lake Bonita Hike   Tom Gibbs  Don McMahon   518-227-1047   WX
Tom and Don are recovered sufficiently from respective health issues and will start with a rather easy hike at Lake Bonita on Friday May 24th. The route will be about 3 miles over fairly level terrain. We meet at the Lake Bonita parking lot at 9:45 am.

February 19   Brookhaven Ski   Tom Gibbs &  Don McMahon   518-227-1047   WX
Tom and I are going to meet tomorrow, Tuesday Feb. 19, at the Brookhaven Country Club, 333 Alpine Meadow Road, at 10 am for some cross country skiing. Can't be sure of conditions, but you are welcome to join us.

January 1   First Day Hike To Stewart Ledge  Diane & Kurt Wisell  D. 518-796-1993  K. 518-796-5495   WX
For all of you that didn’t celebrate into the wee hours come join us on the first day of the New Year on a hike to Stewart Ledge!  It's not a long hike, only a mile and a quarter round trip with a whopping 200' of vertical. A real easy haul with lots of goodies.  As for views, it's a BIG BANG for a nickel with views from Point of Tongue to Million Dollar Beach along an open, flat topped, two tenths of a mile long ledge dotted mostly with oaks. For those who want to do some hiking after too many snacks, goodies and sandwiches for lunch, we will offer as short or long a hike as we decide we'd like to do, or maybe two separate hikes either on Buck or Pilot Knob. CTL 10.25 for a 10.40 departure or 11:00 at theBuck Mountain trail head.


November 20   Sucker Brook Trail Hike   Lenore and Jack Reber   518-859-8555   WX
Due to conditions, changed to Moreau SP then due to low Attendee response, cancelled.
A new woods walk for the Canes! From the trailhead at the entrance to the Lewey Lake campground gate on Rt. 30, just north of the Lewey Lake-Indian Lake bridge, we'll hike the Sucker Brook Trail. We'll travel a gradual uphill trail through old-growth forests of hemlock and beech groves, encountering several easy stream and quagmire crossings on the way. We'll hear Sucker Brook more than we'll see it, but there are occasional viewpoints. Round trip is about 5.5 miles and 900' total elevation gain. Adventurous hikers can do the 13 miles RT to the Colvin Brook lean-to. The trailhead is not visible from the road, but is only about 20' up the campground road. We'll park on Rt. 30 or in the campsites across the road (if we can get approval). Meet at CTL at 8:15, depart at 8:30 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown 9:00 or at the Lewey Lake Campground entrance at 9:45ish.

October 30   Dean Farm Hike In Stony Creek    Bonnie Whitman & Don McMahon   B 518 636-8432   D 518 227-1047   WX
Tomorrow looks like the only decent day this week and it's still Fall color season. Bonnie and I are going to hike at Dean Farm tomorrow and we invite anyone else who wants to come to join us. There are some hilly trails in the woods on the north side of the road that will be very pretty about now.. I also hear there is a new trail in that area. We meet at CTL at 9:15 to leave there at 9:30. You can also go directly to the Dean Farm Preserve parking lot and we should be there about 10 am.

September 7   Cedar River Flow Paddle  Fran Herve   518-899-3216 or 518-522-3998   WX
If we can believe meteorologists, Friday 7th will be a much cooler day (high temp. 71) and winds will be low so that is when I am going to paddle the Cedar River Flow. I can't say that I can really lead the trip but I have been there twice before and several others have also.The Cedar River and associated Flow (lake) is located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Area near Indian Lake. We will launch at Wakely Dam and paddle the length of the Flow until we reach a lean-to at the junction with the Northville-Lake Placid Trail near the Cedar River. This will serve as our lunch spot and turn around point. The round trip distance is about 9 - 10 miles, but folks are welcome to come along and just paddle the Flow on their own, hopefully with a friend or two. The flow is home to waterfowl and other birds so bring your binoculars and camera. It will be an early start: meeting at 8:15 at CTL and 8:30 departure. We will drive to the village of Indian Lake on route 30 and will make a stop at Stewart's ( around 9:40 - you can meet us there also). At the end of the village we will take a left at the cemetery and drive 10-12 miles on a dirt road (with occasional pot holes and protruding rocks) to Wakely Dam (arrival 10ish). Other meeting spots by prior arrangement. Let me know if you are interested.

July 28   Little Lake Paddle  Thora and Charlie   518-863-2788     WX
Although there might not be an official CC outing this week there is a “special” bonus outing being offered by Thora and Charlie – actually their annual Moonlight Paddle of Little Lake in Northville. Please let her know if you plan on attending so that she can contact you if there are any changes. Rather than rewrite the information here is what Thora wrote: Just to let you know in case any of the Canes are interested, Charlie & I are leading a full moon paddle on Northville’s Little Lake on Sat., 7/28. There will be a picnic in Northville’s Waterfront Park at 7:00 (bring food for yourselves, some bring a dish to share but it’s not necessary) followed by the paddle. Launch in Little Lake by the spillway approx. 8:30. It is a lighted launch area. Leisurely paddle, bring headlamps & battery operated lights for your boats if you can. There are no motor boats on this lake. This event is weather permitting and so far is sounds good. Alternate date is 7/27, which is actually when the full moon occurs. This is a Mohawk Valley Alpiner’s event but all are welcome. Hope to see you!   So there you go – just in case you were sad about not having anything to do this week because of all the wet weather.

Paddles in June With Ray and Katie Henrikson
We have scheduled four paddles for 6/25, 6/26, 6/27 and 6/29 the details of which are below. We will be at the launch sites at 10:00 AM, ready to launch. No need to sign up, just show up. If you wish to contact us by email just click our name. However, after Sunday noon, June 24, call us at camp, at 518 494-7405. Do NOT email as there is no internet connection there. If rain or high winds (above 10 mph) are forecast, we will cancel.

Monday, June 25 (Monday)  Loon Lake   Ray and Katie Henrikson
We will start from our camp, paddle to the town beach for lunch, and return to our camp in the afternoon. About an 8 mile trip. Directions to the camp: Exit 25. Turn left (west) on Rt 8. After 3-4 miles, Rt 9 joins at the traffic light. Continue 3-4 miles till Rts 8 and 9 split. Follow Rt 9 north (right turn). Continue for EXACTLY 1.8 miles. Notice Hine Rd on the right. Our driveway is 50 ft further, on the right. It is not conspicuous. If you see Sonoma Point Rd, you’ve gone too far.There is room for 1-2 cars down the driveway.others can park at the top and ferry boats to the water, a 50-75 ft walk.

June 26 (Tuesday) 13th Lake  Ray and Katie Henrikson
The lake is about 2 miles long, we will circumnavigate it. Directions: Rt 28 to North River, left on 13th Lake Rd, toward Garnet Hill Lodge, turn right at 3.5 miles and go to the end of the road. There is about a 200 yard carry to the water.

June 27 (Wednesday) Northwest Bay of Lake George  Ray and Katie Henrikson
We will paddle out into Lake George, north to a lunch spot. The route will be determined by the wind and the traffic on the lake. Directions: Exit 24. Drive east on Rt 11 to Lake George and Rt 9N. Go about 4 miles north to a fishing access point. There will be a short carry to the water.

June 29 (Friday) Schroon River to Schroon Lake   Ray and Katie Henrikson
We will start at the Starbuckville dam and paddle up to the lake, to the boat launch, for lunch, then paddle back down to the dam in the afternoon . About a 10 mile round trip. Directions: Exit 25 of the Northway. Turn right (east) on Rt 8. Take the first left, drive about 0.2-0.3 miles to the bridge over the Schroon River. There is a parking area across the bridge. There is a 200 yard carry to the water. We launch just above the dam and continue north.

May 10   Hudson River Paddle   Don McMahon   518-227-1047  WX
The rain looks like it will hold off until late in the day and Tom is not available on Wednesday. So Tom and Don will lead a Kayak/Canoe paddle from the Sherman Island take out of the Hudson River. This is a pretty and wilderness section of the Hudson River with interesting sheltered inlets. We meet at the take out, located on Spier Falls Road at 9:45 am. To get to the take out, go west on Spier Falls Road from Rt. 9 through a large reverse S turn and over the hill to the take out, located on the right at the bottom of the hill.

April 2   Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob   Bonnie Whitman   518-636-8432  WX
For a day-after-Easter outing why not join Bonnie on a Regular and A-Team! combo hike of the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob is owned and maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) and offers a couple of options of hikes totaling 3.5 miles. From the trailhead, located ~.7 miles north on Pilot Knob Rd from its intersection with NY 9L, we will hike the orange trail ~1 mile and a nearly 700’ gain to a Gazebo with fine views of the southern basin of Lake George. Anyone who wishes may opt for a relaxing stay and lunch at the Gazebo enjoying the sweeping view of the lake and mountains. Others will hike from the Gazebo along the blue trail another ~1 mile and an additional 400’ gain to the waterfall loop trail. There we will have lunch and visit both the bottom and top of the falls before retracing our steps to the Gazebo and returning to our cars via the longer, meandering portion of the orange loop trail. CTL or meet at the trailhead at 9:50. The current trail conditions do not require the use of Microspikes; however, temperatures are forecast to be below freezing Sunday night so having them in your pack may not be a bad idea.


November 24  Undo-The-Turkey Trot   Diane & Kurt Wisell  D 518-796-5495  K 518-796-5495   WX
To burn off the previous day's feasting, we'll do a trot (meaning, of course, to "muck along at our usual pace!") from the Lake George Rec Center to the top of Prospect Mountain and down Big Hollow Road.  Going up is 2.6 miles with a 1,290' climb.  Coming down is 2.8 miles with a 1,450' drop. Total mileage is 5.4. The trail goes to the top of the Lake George Rec Area cross country ski trail area then continues through the woods on a pretty nice "occasionally, maybe" marked, easily followed trail with only one fairly pitchy section a quarter mile long. Lunch at the top of Prospect is a pretty good prospect before we follow Big Hollow Road (yup, a road that's wide, gentle and perfect for chattin' 'n trottin') back to Route 9 just north of Lake George Village where we'll have a couple vehicles spotted to bring drivers back to the Rec Area.  Meet at the Lake George Rec Area at 10.00.  Directions to the Rec Area are HERE.

October 17   Pinnacle (Bolton) Hike  Don McMahon   518-633-4217 
Pinnacle is an easy hike that offers a splendid view. Less than 2 miles rt and about 400 ft of elevation. And fall color season as to be taken advantage of. So Tom and I will hike up Pinnicle tomorrow (Tuesday Oct 17) because it is fall color season and the weather is cooperating. If interested, we meet at CTL at 9:15 to leave there at 9:30, which means we should be at the trailhead by 10 am. If you bring a lunch we probably will be at the summit by about 10:30!

September 26   Henderson Lake Paddle  Tom Gibbs   518-583-1550   Peter Fedorick  518-893-2629 WX
Tom has decided to take advantage of the extended summer-like weather and is offering to lead a paddle of Henderson Lake on Tuesday, September 26th. Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long, Henderson Lake requires a 90-plus minute drive from CTL and a carry from the Upper Works trailhead. Your reward though is being able to paddle one of the most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks – wild, remote with mountain views in all directions. The plan is to paddle to one of the super swimming/diving locations for lunch where non-swimmers can be entertained by those that choose to swim or wade and take advantage of the expected 80 degree temperature. After a leisurely lunch we will continue to explore the lake until we decide to say good-bye for the season and make our way back to the take-out. There is a 1/3 mile carry on a logging road so some form of carrier is essential to get to the put in. CTL at 8.15 for 8.30 departure or Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville at 9.00 or Henderson Lake 10.15.

June 12   Pyramid Life Center   Margie Litwin  518-928-0600   WX
The weather report at this time is favorable for the coming Monday. If you are interested and available, join me for a day at the beautiful pristine Pyramid Life Center, a private retreat center adjoining the Pharaoh Mt Wilderness Area near Paradox Lake. We will take a short paddle across the lake and hike the mostly flat, wooded (likely buggy) 1.3 mile round trip to Crane Pond for lunch. The director, Sr. Monica Murphy, has given permission for us spend the day at the facility. You may use a boat/ life preserver (kayak, canoe, rowboat) belonging to the camp if you choose. There are paddles, but some may wish to bring their own. As time and preference allow we can then explore a short slightly steep trail to the waterfall and perhaps take a peek at the camp. Be warned that the location tends to incite lingering (carpool with someone who is like-minded). You may want to bring an after paddle snack to be enjoyed in the "tree house" over the stream, wander in the quiet of property or even take a swim. For a glimpse see the CC journal for Sept 23, 2014.  Meet at CTL at 915, leaving at 930 or at the Pyramid Life Center at 1015. Directions: Northway Exit 28 to East on Route 74 about 6.2 miles to a right at the sign for Pyramid Life Center/Pyramid Road just past Letsonville Road on the left. The dirt road leads ~a mile to the only settlement. There is plenty of parking (if you bring a boat drive it up the hill past the building on the right to the lake and please wash it thoroughly there as well as wiping your paddle! The first building (dining hall) will be open with restrooms, water. For this outing I will ask that each participant donate $5 to be collected there for the Center, as it is self-sustaining.

May 23   Hudson River Paddle   Tom Gibbs   583-1550   WX 
We will start at Snake Rock near Warrensburg and paddle downstream, to Stony Creek Ranch Resort (Previously 1000 Acres Ranch Resort) for a total distance of 6 miles. CTL or meet at the Thurman train station, Route 418 just beyond the bridge at 10.00.  Please contact Tom by Monday if you plan to attend.

April 18   Pilot Knob Ridge   Kurt Wisell    796-5495  WX
We will meet the trolley stop at the north end of Lake George Village at 9.15 (Directions) for immediate departure, or at the Buck Mountain trail head on Pilot Knob Road at 9.45. This hike is strenuous: 4.5 miles in length with a vertical rise of 1,609 feet and total vertical ascent of about 1,800 feet. It’s pretty much up all the way to the top and down all the way back. Some of it is pitchy. There is a half mile herd path on the way up in open forest. From the top, the views of southern Lake George are “in your face” terrific most of the way down. There may be a couple of isolated pockets of ice and or snow, so bring your microspikes.

February 21   Garnet Hill X-C Ski   Joanne Armstong   310-948-822
Snow conditions and grooming up at Garnet Hill have been excellent the past few weeks. And GREAT news: The Red Fox run down to School House van pick-up is back open this year (after having been off limits for a few years). They also have a new van to pick us up so we don't have to do the long uphill climb. Group rates (20 people) for X-C skiing: Seniors 65+ $15 (non-group rate is $18); Adult; 65 $17 (non-group rate is $22). Once at Garnet Hill we will ski at will - no "leader"...people can group up as they choose, pick their own trails, etc. Bring your lunch or buy it at the ski shop. Meet at 9:15 at CTL for 9:30 a.m. departure or meet at Garnet Hill Ski Shop at 10:30 a.m. PLEASE let me know if you plan to attend so I can arrange for the bus pick-up for our group and so that others will know if we qualify for the group rate.

January 1   New Year's Day Snowshoe   Diane and Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993    K 796-5495   WX
Add celebrating the new year at the top of Hackensack Mountain in Warrensburg to your holiday calendar! Hopefully it will be a snowshoe but it might be a hike/spike. We'll let you know on New Year's Eve. An easy 2.8 mile through trip with 700' elevation change and 800' total vertical on really nice trail. Views of Greater Metro Warrensburg, its suburbs and surrounding mountains. We plan to begin at the Prospect Street trail head -subject to plowing - and end at the Hackensack Avenue trail head. Meet at the north end of the Warrensburg Price Chopper parking lot at 10.30 for a 10.35 departure or the Prospect Street trail head at 10.45.  If the Prospect St. TH is not plowed out, we'll meet at the Warrensburg HS parking lot. Get a printable map HERE.


December 20   Walk Amongst The Tupelos, Lincoln Mountain State ForestTom Gibbs   583-1550   Don McMahon   633-4214   WX
An outing on snowshoes to visit the “Ancients” – no, not some of your relatives but the Tupelo trees of Lincoln Mountain State Forest. These trees are some of the oldest in New Your State with a few over 600 years old and located just outside of Saratoga Springs in the Town of Greenfield. Meet at the Town of Greenfield Community Center at the intersection of Rt 9N and Wilton Rd/CR36 at 10:00 for a 10:15 departure. Parking is limited at the trailhead so we need to carpool as much as possible. Not a long day but should bring lunch or a snack and don’t forget your snowshoes!

November 29  Ballston Spa History Tour  Lynn Mayak   H 899-6410  C 312-0608   WX
Interested in History? Join me for a Ballston Spa History Walking tour based on David Fiske’s guide to historic places and interesting people. We will meet at 10 am at Wiswall Park on the corner of Low Street and Front St., Ballston Spa. Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent Augie’s Restaurant lot which is closed on Tuesdays. Most of the 1 -2mile, 1-2 hour walk will be on sidewalks in the village. The last half mile is on the Jim Tedisco Fitness trail which follows the old railroad bed from Prospect St. to the Old Iron Spring. After the tour you may want to consider lunch at The Whistling Tea kettle, Coffee planet, Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, or a picnic at Kelly Park. You also may want to check out Brookside Museum or the Stone Soup Antiques gallery. (There are Stewarts Stores north and south of the village on Rt. 50 (Milton Ave.) for restrooms). Please contact me at least a day in advance if you plan to attend.

November 25  Canceled: Weather    Un-Turkey Trot   Diane & Kurt Wisell   D 796-1993  K 796-5495   WX
There are lots of "Turkey Trot" races before Thanksgiving and here's a  twist on that old theme.  We'll do an "Un-Turkey Trot" the day after Thanksgiving to undo flab put on the day before and is an outing that also serves as the perfect excuse to avoid having anything to do with Black Friday.  A relaxed 5 mile hike with about 1,100 feet total vertical ascent to Berry Pond from the Lake George Rec Area.  We can opt to do more in that area afterward if there's desire. Meet at the Rec Area at 10.00 am for a 10.15 am departure. A map to the Rec area from Northway Exit 21 is HERE.

November 14   View the Super Moon from Cat Mountain  Linda & Peter Fedorick   893-2629
You have been carrying headlamps in your pack for quite some time now – this is a good hike to test them out (please check them out before hand also). Our SUPER Moon hike of Cat Mountain will begin at the Edgecomb Pond parking area at 5:15 tomorrow evening. With moonrise scheduled for 5:10 the 2 mile long hike with an elevation gain of 900’ should place us on top at about 6 – when the moon should be in perfect position to reflect off the surface of Lake George and outline the mountains on the east side of the lake. I know it is dinner time for most but this super moon will be the largest since 1948 with the next one of this size scheduled for 2034! You can bring snacks, dinner or perhaps go out for pizza afterwards but don’t pass up this opportunity. Meet at CTL at 4:20 for departure at 4:30 or the trailhead at 5:00. The weather forecast for tomorrow evening is clear with temps in the mid 40’s. Please contact me if you plan on attending.

P3FT 2016   At Last!!!  Click This Line To See Peter Fedorick's Fall Foliage Tour Schedule

September 27  CANCELLED   Henderson Lake Paddle   Marianne Vernon   677-2254   WX
The paddle of Henderson Lake a few weeks ago impressed a lot of people and some of them said they would like to return when the leaves started changing color. Well now is your chance – Marianne is offering to lead a fall paddle of Lake Henderson on Tuesday, September 27th! Getting a boat onto the very scenic, mile and three quarters long Lake Henderson requires an hour and forty five minute drive from the WCMC and a carry from the Upper Works trail head but your reward is worth it. Once on the lake Marianne plans on heading for the lean-to at the northwest end of the lake for lunch. After lunch plan on paddling to the southern end of the lake to explore some of the marsh at the inlet before returning to the launch area. There is a ½ mile carry from the Upper Works parking area along a well maintained gravel access road so some form of wheeled carrier is essential to get to the put in. WCMC at 8:30 for departure at 8:45 or Town of Johnsburg Court House in Wevertown at 9:15. Check out the journal entry for some additional information.

September 6   CANCELLED   Grout Pond Paddle   Betty Beatty  854-3541   Marianne Vernon  677-2254
Betty and Marianne are offering  a paddle on Grout Pond on Tuesday, September 6th. Grout Pond is a small pond in the Green Mountain National Forest located due east of Arlington, Vt.  . Plan on lunch at a location to be determined – perhaps at one of the many campsites, with swimming available at the beach adjacent to the launch site. Meet at Marianne’s house, 6 Kennedy Rd, Cambridge, at 9:00 for a departure at 9:15. You are welcome to join them at Marianne’s for wine after the paddle. Please let either Betty or Marianne  know if you plan on attending by Sept. 1st. A rain date will be set if needed. Directions to Marianne’s house from McDonald’s in Greenwich: Continue E on NY 29 for ~5 mi and turn R on to CR 61. Continue on CR 61 for ~3 mi to NY 22 and turn L (CR 61 from NY 29 is winding and has a couple of sharp turns so be observant). In a short distance turn L on to Kennedy Rd - #6 will be on your L.

August 3   Lake George Paddle  Jim Israel   229-7080
A leisurely paddle beginning at 9:30.  If you would like to join me for a few hours just show up at the Million Dollar Beach.  There is no particular destination and lunch is not needed.  The weather forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high temp of 81 with winds S, 5-10mph.


November 29, 2015  Jay Mountain Hike   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993
This is a really nice hike!  8 miles round trip with a 2,150 foot rise, a 2,800’ total vertical ascent and it takes an hour and 20 minutes to get to the trail head from Exit 22 in Lake George.  We did this in October last year as part of Peter Fedoricks Fall Foliage Tour.  From his trip description:  “…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.Please check out this link for a detailed description .”   Peter’s phrase “… a real treat if the weather cooperates” is key.  Presently, the weather looks good.  Bring micro spikes as Jay is pretty far north and pretty high. Meet for an 8.00 am departure at the parking lot off I87 Exit 22, immediately adjacent to the I87 entrance ramp from Route 9 at the north end of Lake George Village.  Please do let us know if you plan to go.  Other meeting points farther north are possible.  WEATHER

November 27, 2015   Burn Off The Calories Berry Pond Hike  Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993
Meet at the Lake George Rec Center at 10.00 for a 5.6 mile round trip hike with 1,100’ total vertical ascent. We’ll go from the parking lot to the overlook, around the pond and down, stopping for lunch at either the overlook or Berry Pond, whichever one works out the best timewise. Hiking boots without micro spikes will be fine. You don’t need to let us know you’re coming for this one, just show up. If you need directions, get in touch. There is rain in the forecast for late day Friday but right now it looks like we’re good until at least 4.00.  WEATHER

November 23, 2015   Pilot Knob Ridge   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495  or 796-1993 
Leaving the Buck Mountain trail head on Pilot Knob Road at 10.00. The hike is 4.5 miles in length with a vertical rise of 1,609 feet and total vertical ascent of about 1,800 feet. It’s pretty much up all the way to the top and down all the way back. There is a half mile bushwhack on the way up in open forest. From the top, the views of southern Lake George are “in your face” terrific most of the way down. Meet at the trailhead but if you’d rather carpool from my house a mile north of Lake George Village, give me a call.   WX

November 20, 2015   Sleeping Beauty   Linda & Peter Fedorick    893-2629
Starting from Dacy Clearing we climb Sleeping Beauty Mt which offers wonderful views to the south and west. After lunch we return via Bumps Pond for a total distance of ~5 miles and a total elevation gain of 1000’. WCMC at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure. If you have any questions please email or call Peter 893-2629.   WX

October 19, 2015   Mount Equinox   Diane & Kurt Wisell    796-5495 or 796-1993   WX
Starting at the Equinox Preservation Trust Trail Head, at the end of West Union Street in Manchester, VT, we climb 2,840 feet over 3.1 miles to the summit of Mount Equinox then north about 0.2 to an overlook. We will return via the same route for a total of about 6.6 miles. Two great lunch spots to choose from, the overlook or the new Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center that Diane and I are eager to see, located in the footprint of the old Skyline Hotel. Though the vertical may sound bad, the trail is very nice and for the most part easy walking. None of it is super steep and there are no rock scrambles. The views from the summit are outstanding. About half way up is a terrific spring with water so good that Guinness (owner of the Equinox Hotel) once contemplated piping it to a bottling plant in the village. As of Thursday afternoon, foliage in the area was at about peak. Depart WCMC at 8.30. Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center   Map   Reviews

October 6, 2015   A Paddle On Fall Stream   Ray Bouchard
Fall Stream is one of my favorite places to paddle because of the sense of remoteness that I feel soon after launching. Unlike the Kunjamuk there aren’t any cabins along the way, just pure peace and quiet. This is a leisurely paddle on a slow meandering stream that begins near the northern end of Piseco Lake. Following a 300’ carry from the parking lot we’ll paddle against the current into Fall Lake and then continue on to a lovely picnic spot on Vly Lake for a one way distance of about 5 miles (Round Trip ~10 mi.). Last year there was only one beaver dam that blocked my path, but I can’t make any promises. In short, be prepared for wet feet. Hornbecks are fine, but scuffing the finish on a submerged rock is a possibility. The water is likely to be cold so I would suggest that everyone wear a PFD. The expected High for the day is 62ºF coming off a low of 37°F so dress in layers, including a wind breaker, hat and perhaps gloves. A pair of sunglasses and sunscreen would offer both comfort and protection. Remember “Cotton Kills” so rely on synthetics and/or wool. The forecast at the moment is 0% chance of rain, mostly sunny skies and winds under 8 mph but you might consider bringing a warm beverage and have a spare set of clothes in a sealed plastic bag in your vessel just in case. You might also want to leave a spare set of shoes and socks in your car.

September & October 2015    Peter Fedorick's 2015 Foliage Tour

September 21, 2015   Ampersand Mountain Hike   Kurt Wisell   796-5495
A 5.3 mile round trip, 2,100' ascent hike starting on Route 3 at Middle Saranac Lake, 2 hours from Lake George. After about 1.8 miles of walking on easy trail in beautiful woods, the trail becomes a very reasonable climb for another 0.3 miles. Where there is much pitch rocks have been placed  into nearly endless stairs making ascent very, very easy.  The next 0.2 miles is significantly rougher, steeper, more work, no stairs and requires more attention. At the top of that short rough section, the trail is alternately easy to moderate for another 0.35 miles to a large summit area with plenty of room to roam and explore the 360 degree view. Meet WCMC at 7.05, leaving at 7.10 am - or - Lake George (Exit 22, stay right, go left at stop sign on Rt. 9, parking lot just after passing under Northway on right) at 7.25 am, departure at 7.30 am - or- Wevertown  at 7.55, leaving at 8.00 am.


November 11, 2014   Diane & Kurt Wisell   796-5495 or 796-1993
Diane and I will be heading to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont this coming Tuesday, November 11 and would love for you to come along. The last time we went our thought was “We’ve got to bring the Crooked Canes here. They’d love it.” A working farm, which became a National Historic Landmark in 1991, Shelburne Farms is located on Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain just west of the village of Shelburne. It is really a very nice place to go and we are eagerly looking forward to enjoying it again, hopefully with you. Don’t confuse this with the Shelburne Museum where, though very nice, we are NOT GOING! Most of the Farm’s amenities are closed this time of year but the walking paths are all open. Some dirt, some gravel and some paved. We plan on a roughly 5 mile circuit taking in the historic – and elegant – buildings, lake shore and other wooded and open areas of the farm. A few short hills but generally rolling, gentle, open terrain. Low comfortable shoes will do just fine. You won’t need to bring much except water and lunch. Depending upon how good the weather is, we may opt to have lunch by the lake (in which case you’ll need your pack, so plan to bring it) or at the parking lot where the nearby lawn is a pretty good place to relax. Meet at WCMC at 8.00 with departure at 8.15. It is a two hour ride to Shelburne and a lot of it is quite scenic. Don’t plan on getting home early and you may want to think about a bite to eat on the way home. PLEASE DO LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND! The weather for Tuesday presently looks very good: mostly sunny with a high of 54 degrees You can keep an eye on Shelburne’s weather by clicking HERE.
     Weather, time, and interest permitting, we may head to Church Street in Burlington and the Gear Exchange later in the day. If the forecast turns lousy, we’ll cancel and let you know. The Farm has a very good web site describing their activities, the farm and it’s history. Take a look at the farm's web page HERE. The following is from the History page located in the About Us section of the web site: “In 1886, Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb began acquiring farmland on the shores of Lake Champlain to create a model agricultural estate. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. created conceptual designs for the landscape. Prominent architect Robert H. Robertson designed four major buildings: The Farm Barn, Breeding Barn, Coach Barn and Shelburne House. By the early 1900s, the Webb’s 3,800-acre farm was renowned for its innovative practices, hackney horse breeding enterprise, and grand family residence.

November 3, 2014   Hennig Preserve   Peter Fedorick
Greetings, How about a change of pace and take away the steep terrain of some of the recent hikes and join Susan Roberts on a nice woods walk on the trails of Saratoga PLAN's Hennig Preserve located in town of Providence. This preserve joins additional trails on county land that pass old stone walls, mill sites, and old foundations. Diverse habitats include a glacial esker. Plan on a total of ~4-6 miles, route TBD. This is a joint activity with the Taconic Hiking Club. Meet at the Amtrak rail station in Saratoga Springs at 9:15 or at the Hennig Preserve at 10:00. If you have any questions please contact me by email or call 893-2629 (H) up to 8:30 Tuesday AM or 281-3834 (C) thereafter. Inclement weather will cancel so please monitor your email. Amtrak station located at 26 Station Ln, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, click HERE for directions to the Hennig Preserve trailhead. It is also Election Day – so don’t forget to vote!

October 28, 2014 Hopkins Mountain   Karen Burka
Right now, it looks like the weather for next Tuesday, October 28, is going to be nice and a great day to hike Hopkins Mountain in Keene Valley via Mossy Cascade Brook. It's a moderate 6.3 mile hike with a few steeper sections. The elevation change is 2120 feet, and the summit elevation is 3183 feet. The trail along the brook is through hemlock, there are some nice lookouts, and the open summit offers views of 22 major peaks up through the Ausable Lakes and Johns Brook valleys. Peter has volunteered to meet at WCMC at 8:00 AM with a prompt departure of 8:15 AM. If you plan on attending, it is important that you send me an email by Sunday evening (please include your phone number). Also, please let me know if you would like to meet at a different location or have any questions. Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

September & October 2014   Peter Fedorick's 2014 Foliage Tour