The Crooked Canes
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We meet at the north end of Carol Thomas Lane ("CTL"), Queensbury, NY 12845  
at 9.15 and depart from there at 9.30 UNLESS otherwise specified in the trip description.
Map & Directions
Outings from previous dates can be found on our archive pages included in the "Schedules" drop down menu above.
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.   A-Team! ???

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 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., 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.  A-Team! ???

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.   A-Team! ???

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   No Outing Scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter.

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   No Outing Scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter.

April 4   #1755   No outing scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter.

April 11   #1756   No outing scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter

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 mile and turn L onto the Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for slightly more than mile – the parking lot will be on your R. From Rt 9: Travel W on the E-W Rd. for mile and turn R onto Geyser Loop Rd.; continue on the Geyser Loop Rd. for mile – the parking lot will be on your left. Click HERE for maps and other helpful information.

April 25 #1758 No outing scheduled
If you would like to volunteer to lead an outing on this date please contact Peter.