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Gray/Skylight/ (Back backside of) Marcy (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 4:30 am,   Rating: A++
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- This is an epic 19+ mile hike with a gain of over 5127 feet of elevation that will take us by the beginning of the Hudson River at the "Tear of the Clouds." These (3) mountains are close together in proximity, but worlds apart in approach and appearance. Gray has its herd path approach and treetop covered summit. Skylight has its barren rock trail to the top of its equally bald summit with extraordinary views. We will climb up the back side of Marcy and over the highest summit in NYS from the 4 corners to make our escape back to the Loj. We will be deciding on the timing for lunch as a group. Bring your "High Peak Spirit" along with your camera! Please email or call to sign up for this hike. We will be meeting at the Queensbury Panera (Northway Exit 19) parking lot Saturday morning at 4:30 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Rainbow Lake    [ Paddle/Camp ]

Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: jayne bouder   636-3352


- rescheduled to July 15-6

Hurricane Mt.Wildflower/Photo Hike    [ Hike ]

Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 8:30 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Jack Whitney   793-9210


- Great views from this summit and some wild flowers along the trail. Round trip about 5.5 miles. Slower pace to allow for photographs. Call or email leader for details.

Santanoni, Couch, and Panther    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 8, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Mike Fuller   802-254-3314


- Well, here's my July hike. It's a big day so know your limits. Bring 3 to 4 liters of water. I'll bring a water filter for the hike out. If I have a co-leader, I'll split the group and take the slower ones out. I go rain or shine.

Hanging Spear Falls    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 8, 2017, 6:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863


- We will hike to the secluded 75 foot Hanging Spear Falls situated in a 500 foot gorge via the Mt. Marcy Trail to the Flowed Lands. Starting from the Upper Works parking lot, we'll go past the Henderson Monument on Calamity Pond to the breached dam at the Upper Works. Then we drop about 300 feet down the Opalescent River to reach the falls. Round trip about 10 miles and 2000 feet elevation gain. 6am meet at Panera.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Jul 11, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- We will most likely paddle a section of the Hudson River within an hour of Glens Falls. Call or email the weekend before for details.

Lower Great Range -Saw the WolfJaw's (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A++
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- This is a challenging hike. Our goal on this day is to conquer the Lower Great Range's five formidable high peak summits (Sawteeth, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper and Lower Wolf Jaws) This is a 17+ mile loop with 5078' of elevation gain including a 3.5 mile stroll down Lake Road and Pyramid Peak (not a High Peak- but none the less challenging). These peaks are an assortment of the best views in the Adirondacks and the accomplishment you will hold in your soul for a lifetime. We will be deciding on the timing for lunch as a group. Bring your "High Peak Spirit" along with your camera! Please email or call to sign up for this hike. We will be meeting at the Queensbury Panera (Northway Exit 19) parking lot Saturday morning at 5:00 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Lake Bonita and Lake Ann Loop-Moreau Lake State Park    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: C+
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736


- This loop of about 5 miles will begin at the spring on Spier Falls Road and proceed to the outlet of Lake Bonita at the site of the drinking reservoir for the old Mt. McGreggor Correctional Facility. We will lunch at the picnic table there and then proceed to the lean-to at Lake Ann. This will be an all day hike as the pace will be relaxed. There is some steep ascent at the beginning but it's mostly in nice, level woods.

Montcalm Point Hike and Swim    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Neal Van Dorsten   644-7034


- A great hike along the shores of Lake George to Montcalm Point. At the end we will take a swim and be transported back by boat. We will meet at public parking across from the Lakeside Lodge in Bolton Landing. Limited availability.

Rainbow Lake    [ Paddle/Camp ]

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: jayne bouder   636-3352


- Rainbow Lake lives east of Paul Smiths. It is somewhat domesticated, with Buck Pond State Campground at one end, camps crowding the other, and views of two firetowers. But there's plenty of wild area, interesting terrain, and free campsites. We should have time to explore the North Branch (of the Saranac River), Rainbow's namesake eskers, and The Flow without having to rush. Approx 12 miles, at a moderate to leisurely pace.

Noonmark Mountain    [ Hike ]

Sun, Jul 16, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: B
Leader: Steve Mackey   793-6484
Colead: Amanda Gomez   526-8932


- Noonmark is a 5.0 mile trip via the Stimson Trail. It is a moderate to difficult hike that will rise very quickly as you gain about 2300 feet in elevation within 2.1 miles. However, this ADK 100 highest peak will offer some spectacular 360 degree views including the Great Range, Dix Range, Giant Mountain and Ausable River valley. The Stimson Trail climbs moderately to steeply with only a few breathers to the base of some ledges at 1.12 miles. Swinging sharp to the left and up very steeply, the trail emerges on the open ledges at 1.16 miles where views of Keene Valley and the Ausable Club can be seen. After some steeper points it reaches unobstructed views from the summit at 2.06 miles.

Tuesday Outing - FTC    [ Hike ]

Tue, Jul 18, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: B
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- This week we will do another Fire Tower Challenge hike. Not sure which one I'll do, so stay tuned. I'm thinking maybe a Catskill fire tower? Call or email the weekend before.

Shelving Rock Loop hike & Log Bay swim    [ Hike ]

Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 10:30 am,   Rating: B+
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- We'll climb along the base of Shelving Rock cliff on the rock climber's trail, then scramble up to the summit, and back to the parking lot. The parking lot is located at the trail to Log Bay, so bring bathing suits if you please. About 2(+) miles, and 750 feet ascent.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Jul 25, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- We will most likely paddle a section of the Hudson River within an hour of Glens Falls. Call or email the weekend before for details.

Basin & Saddleback Sleeper    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- Saddleback and Basin are two of the most interesting hikes in the Adirondacks. The hike includes Slant Rock, the Shorey Shortcut and scaling a YDS Class III rock face to the summit! Incredible views all along the way of this 15.7 miles round trip with 4100 feet of net elevation. We will be deciding on the timing for lunch as a group. Bring your "High Peak Spirit" along with your camera! Please email or call to sign up for this hike. We will be meeting at the Queensbury Panera (Northway Exit 19) parking lot Saturday morning at 5:00 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 5:30 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Brian Coville   516-996-5086


- Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois are three of the most spectacular summits, all having lots of exposure and great views. Round trip is about 11.6 miles with about 4000 feet of elevation change.

Severance Hill (Neal Andrews Memorial Hike)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 am,   Rating: C+
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- We will hike to the summit of Severance in honor of one of the Glens Falls - Saratoga Chapter's "great" hike leaders, on his birthday. The trail is a little steep towards the top, 1,693 feet at the summit, and approximately 2 miles round trip. Meet at Severance Mt. trailhead, Route 9, Schroon Lake, 1.5 miles north of the village. Please bring rain gear. We're goin', rain or shine! See you there, hiker buds. Neal will be missed by many ADK members including myself.

Racquette Lake & St Williams    [ Paddle/Camp ]

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 7:30 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   232-9559


- July 29-30. We could camp at Big Island or Tioga Point, poke around the Needles, or do South Inlet to the falls (and maybe hike to the old Sagamore powerhouse). I'm open to suggestions. The paddle is 8-10 miles, at a moderate to leisurely pace. I have canoes to lend. Starting at 1 pm on Sunday, St. Williams on Long Point is having their annual chicken barbecue and silent auction. Anyone who would like just to do the barbecue can take a free ferry to there from Raquette Lake Village, between 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Allen "The Big Nasty"    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 5, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Mike Fuller   802-254-3314


- Summer's most enjoyable hike, it's 18 miles and 2540 feet of up. All the bridges are in place so there's no water crossings. DARN!!!!! I go rain or shine.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Aug 8, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Not sure where we'll be paddling this week. Usually we are on the water within an hour of Glens Falls. Check in by email or phone the weekend before.

Dix via Hunter Pass/Beck-horn (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- At 4,840 feet, Dix is the sixth tallest mountain in New York State. It serves as the prominent peak in the Dix Mountain range, which is a five mountain grouping just south of the main High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Hunters Pass is the separation between Nippletop and the northern shoulder of Dix that seems much more remote than many places in the Adirondacks. The approach is a relatively lightly traveled path, with exposure of the cliffs and terrific views of the cliffs and slabs of Dix and Nippletop to accent the traverse and magnify the feeling of wilderness. It has steep trail hiking, punctuated by sections of rock slab, rock steps and scrambles to traverse. We will summit and enjoy Dix before we travel back down the Beckhorn trail to the Elk Lake parking lot. This is a long day, but one you will have memories of for a lifetime.

Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 5:30 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Brian Coville   516-996-5086


- We'll spot a car at the Ridge trailhead and head up along the Roaring Brook Trail. We'll visit the summit of Giant, then head over to Rocky Peak Ridge. Our return will be by the Ridge Trail with its open ledges and great views. The distance is 9.4 miles with 4600 feet of elevation change.

Tenant Creek Falls    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: C
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863


- Tenant Falls is a series of three lovely waterfalls, averaging a 30 foot drop and reached via a relatively easy hike along Tenant Creek, about a 4 mile round trip. Tenant Falls is located north of the Sacandaga Lake, north of Northville. Meeting at Panera Bread at Exit 19 at 7am. Bring swimming suits!

Tuesday Outing - FTC    [ Hike ]

Tue, Aug 15, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- We might head up to the Old Forge area and do a fire tower hike or two, then stop by our fire tower correspondent if she's at her camp! Check the website, or call/email the weekend before for the updated plan!

Hooper Mine, William Blake, Botheration Ponds, Plus Elizabeth Point Loop, North River    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 8:30 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- This hike in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area is approximately 8 miles round trip with little elevation change. An all day, but not night, outing with no mishaps. Please dress for Adirondack weather change, rain gear mostly. Meeting place: Tops Market, Main Street, North Creek. See you there, hiker buds. P.S. No bears allowed on this hike!

Lost Gorge rockhop    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- The gorge is full of user friendly rocks, crystal pools, and waterfalls of all sizes. Approximately 4 miles, 1000 foot ascent, at a moderate pace. North Boquet River, Dix Mountain Wilderness.

Boreas Ponds Bike Ride    [ Bike ]

Sat, Aug 26, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863


- Let's check out the Boreas Ponds via a bike ride on the dirt road through the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Wilderness area. When we reach the pond, we will spend the day exploring in the area, returning back on the 3.6 mile bike ride to the parking area around 5pm (3.6 miles is the nearest parking area ... if we have to park out on the Blue Ridge Road, it's around 6 miles). Bring swim suits. Warning: This is berry season and I stop for blackberries!

Haystack via Marcy Swamp/Panther Gorge (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Aug 26, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A++
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- We will park at the Elk Lake parking lot and hike to Panther Gorge via the Elk Lake Marcy trail. We will hike over the shoulder of Pinnacle and through Marcy Swamp to get to Panther Gorge, which lies between New York's first and third highest mountains, Marcy and Haystack. This area hosts some of the most remote backcountry hiking in the Adirondacks. We will summit Haystack before stopping to enjoy our lunch. This is a long day, but one you will have memories of for a lifetime. We will be meeting at the Queensbury Panera (Northway Exit 19) parking lot Saturday morning at 5:00 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Erebus from the Vistas Trail    [ Hike ]

Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- The Vistas Trail is not heavily traveled. A former horse trail, it switchbacks softly up the ridge in search of views that are mostly overgrown now- excepting an interesting bump that was struck by lightening 12 years ago. The last mile to Erebus is a bushwack. There is a unique view of the Glen Island Group. Return trip will be along the Shelving Rock Brook trail. Approximately 8 miles (including 2 miles of bushwack) and 2100 feet ascent.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Aug 29, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Not sure where we'll be paddling this week. Usually we are on the water within an hour of Glens Falls. Check in by email or phone the weekend before.

Pharaoh Lake Via Mill Brook    [ Hike ]

Sat, Sep 2, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: C+
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736


- This is a poplar approach to Pharaoh Lake and is about a 7 mile round trip in to a lean-to on the lake. Only 300 feet of ascent and a relaxed pace is expected. Early fall is a nice time to do this.

Executive Committee monthly meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: John Caffry  


- Board meeting at Crandall Library in the Holden Room (2nd floor of the library).

MacNaughton via MacNaughton Brook    [ Bushwack ]

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 6:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863
Colead: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- At 4000 feet, and taller than 4 of the original 46 High Peaks, lies MacNaughton. Our approach will be from the west, via the beautiful McNaughton Brook. After a 5 mile hike to Preston Ponds, the brook herd path begins. For about 2 miles we'll be climbing - in and along the brook (rock scramble), squeezing through some overgrown blowdown (bushwhack), and up the path to the summit. Approximately 14 miles and 2800 feet ascent. Nice views along the way, and a rewarding finish vista!

Monthly Monday Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, Sep 11, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615
Colead: Mo Countant   518-745-7834


- During the school year, we go out every month for a walk or hike with the purpose of finding geocaches that have been hidden lately. You don't have to know anything about geocaching to come. It's just another excuse to get out in the woods. Call or email a few days before to find out the plan!

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Sep 12, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Not sure where we'll be paddling this week. Usually we are on the water within an hour of Glens Falls. Check in by email or phone the weekend before.

Sawteeth-Gothics-Armstrong/In Memory of Neal Andrews    [ Hike ]

Sat, Sep 16, 2017, 5:45 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Ron Lester   518-899-4187


- I first met our departed friend in 1996 on my initial ADK outing that included these 3 peaks. We car-pooled together that day, and little did we know of some grand adventures that would be shared in the future. Mt. Hood, Denali, Orizaba in Mexico, and Cotopaxi in Ecuador, not to mention several Butt-kickers in the Adirondacks. As my ashes will someday find their home on Gothics, I think it would be fitting to leave a little of Neal there as well. 14+ miles with a view or two.

Pharaoh Mountain    [ Hike ]

Sat, Sep 16, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: B+
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736


- This 8.6 mile round trip is an enjoyable moderate climb to a multi-summited site of an old removed fire tower. It has excellent views in all directions by visiting all five summits. Ascent from Crane Pond is 1470 feet. Plan on an all day outing.

Tuesday Outing - FTC    [ Hike ]

Tue, Sep 19, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Not sure which Fire Tower Challenge hike we'll do this week. We might head to the Catskills ... check the website or call/email the weekend before.

Israel, The Holy Land presented by Grethen Steen    [ Program ]

Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615


- Program will be held at Crandall Library. Gretchen Steen of Fort Edward traveled extensively throughout her career as a Spanish teacher both to keep up her language skills and to offer students the opportunity to experience Spanish culture and language first hand. Since she retired, the travels continue. She and her sister Linda joined Father Tom Babiuch's Fort Edward travel group on a trip to the Holy Land in October of 2016. They started in Tel Aviv, traveled along the coast to Caesarea, Haifa and Acre. Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights were the next stops. Along the way they visited the towns of the Bible. Each was blessed in the River Jordan on their way to Jericho. Floating in the Dead Sea was a unique adventure. And then they experienced Jerusalem. This program weaves in and out of Israel and Palestinian territories exploring this region which is so fascinating historically, relig- iously and culturally.

Lake George canoe & camp    [ Paddle/Camp ]

Sat, Sep 23, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- After Labor Day the lake quiets down, and we should be able to find a nice island site to camp. Probably close to Glen Island, to register without having to paddle too far. Launch will be from the end of Shelving Rock Rd. Approximately 5 miles paddling.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Sep 26, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Not sure where we'll be paddling this week. Usually we are on the water within an hour of Glens Falls. Check in by email or phone the weekend before.

Hammond and Moose Mtn. Ponds    [ Hike ]

Sat, Sep 30, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Bill Schwarz   518-307-6091


- Join us in North Hudson, near Northway Exit 29, for exploring Hammond Wild Forest. We'll visit Hammond Pond before doubling back, and then hiking into Moose Mtn. Pond. The trail has gentle grades, but we are doing about 8 miles. Bring lunch and a sense of adventure. Rain cancels.

Executive Committee monthly meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: John Caffry  


- Board meeting at Saratoga-Wesley Health Center, Civalier Conference Room.

Boreas Mtn.    [ Bushwack ]

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 6:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863
Colead: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- Located in the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Wilderness Area, at 3776 feet, Morrissey lists it as #65 of the top 100 in the Adirondacks. Previously only accessible via a private trail from the east from Elk Lake, we will approach via bushwhack from the southwest on a ridge walk to the site of the removed fire tower. About 3 miles, 2 miles of it bushwhack. 1700 feet elevation gain.

Boreas Mountain Bushwhack    [ Hike ]

Sat, Oct 14, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380
Colead: Jayne Bouder   518-232-9559


- We will meet at the pull off at Route 28N and Route 84, Blue Ridge Road, at 8:00 am, then drive to Gulf Brook Road. We will bushwhack from Gulf Brook Road to the summit of Boreas Mountain. Approximately 5 miles round trip with approximately 1,700 feet of elevation change. Dress for fall weather in the 'dacks and expect the unexpected along the hiking route. See you there, Hiker Buds.

Folded Rock Trail, Cambridge    [ Hike ]

Sat, Oct 14, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Bill Schwarz   518-307-6091


- Sometimes called Peaked Rock Trail, this is a 5-mile round trip in Battenkill State Forest. It is a steep uphill (for much of the distance) to a fine overlook of the Battenkill Valley and Taconic Range, at 1600 feet. Bring lunch and plentry of water. Rain cancels.

Executive Committee monthly meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: John Caffry  


- Board meeting at Crandall Library in the Holden Room (2nd floor of the library).

Turkey Trot #19 Saratoga Battlefield    [ Hike ]

Thu, Nov 23, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: C+
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- Once again, let's work up that old Holiday Hunger with approximately 4 to 5 miles of hiking in the Battlefield Park. Meet at the visitor's parking lot off Route 32, Stillwater. Dress for rain or snow. Happy Thanksgiving to all.


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