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Trailless Dixes    [ Hike/Snowshoe ]

Sat, Feb 24, 2018, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Mike Fuller   802-254-3314


- We'll begin with the two mile walk in from the winter parking lot. Our likely ascent will be by the Macomb slide to the summit. Our next peak will be South Dix. From there, it will be out to Grace and back. Hough is only a possibility, as it will depend on conditions, timing and how the group feels. All contacts and sign ups to Wayne.

Cobble Hill    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 8:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352
Colead: Jeff Mans   *518-265-4135


- This is a short scamper starting from the end of Henry Road (near the end of Loch Muller Rd. in the southern part of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area), up to Cobble Hill, where there are great views south, including Gore Mountain, and then down over to Bailey Pond and up towards the north side of Hayes Mountain, where there is an impressive sheer drop of grey rock near the col between Hayes and Marion Pond that I named Cathedral Rocks, and then over to Marion Pond and back down the herd path to the DEC parking lot at the end of Loch Muller Road. Directions for the start of the hike is the end of Henry Road, Olmstedville, NY, at 9 AM. Use 41 Henry Rd., Olmstedville, NY for your GPS address. General directions from Rte. 9 in Schroon Lake: turn onto Hoffman Road, right on Potash Rd., right on Loch Muller Rd., and then left on Henry Rd. Total distance is about 5-6 miles with an total ascent of about 1100 feet. Expect some wet weather and warmer than average temperatures.

Tuesday Outing    [ Other ]

Tue, Feb 27, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- So this week I thought I'd do something different and schedule an ice skating outing. Hopefully, there will be an outdoor rink available then. If not, we can head to the free Open Skate at the Glens Falls Rec Center behind the Y. Afterwards, we'll find a spot to have a warm beverage!

Boreas Ponds    [ Ski ]

Sun, Mar 4, 2018, 7:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Steve Mackey   518-793-6484


- I planned this trip last winter, and the conditions weren't good so I canceled. We will try it again and keep our fingers crossed. If the conditions aren't good for skiing I might try to bike in, with my fat bike. The road in is fairly gentle. It does have some hills, but they shouldn't be difficult. I'm not sure how far they will plow, so this is either a 6-7 mile round trip, or a 12-13 mile round trip. If the inner parking area is open, we might need four wheel or all wheel drive vehicles to get there safely. We also might have to break trail, but I'm guessing this will be a popular destination, and it will already be broken. We should be able to ski around the lakes a bit, if the ice is safe, so that will be a nice bonus. The views of the Great Range from the ponds are outstanding.

Monday Monthly Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, Mar 5, 2018, 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    [ Walk/Ski/Snowshoe ]

Tue, Mar 6, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This week we'll try to hike one of the mountains surrounding Lake George with microspikes? snowshoes? or just boots? You never know what we'll need this time of year! Call or email as it gets closer.

Executive Committee Meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Kathi Noble   999-9999


- Location - Crandall Library

Young Members: Game Night    [ Other ]

Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 6:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Jules Greiner   999-999-9999


- Wednesday March 7th 6:00pm Game Night Spend a fun evening with some of ADK's fabulous young members, playing games and making new friends! Game night will start around 6pm in Glens Falls. There will be board games to choose from, or bring your own, along with a snack or treat to share! Members and prospective members are both welcome, so tell your friends! Email Jules at Jules@adk.org for address and directions.

Cheney Cobble    [ Bushwack ]

Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863
Colead: Jayne Bouder  


- Located in the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Wilderness Area, at 3683 feet Morrissey lists it as #74 of the top 100 in the Adirondacks and he says it has "really unique and awe inspiring views!" Previously only accessible over private land, we will approach from Tahawus about 4 miles on the Allen Trail, then about 2 miles on logging roads in the newly purchased state land, then about a 1.5 mile bushwhack. About 15 miles, 3 miles of it bushwhack; 2200 feet elevation gain.

Blue Mountain Fire Tower    [ Hike/Snowshoe ]

Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 7:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Amanda Gomez   518-526-8932


- As apart of the Fire Tower Challenge, Blue Mountain fire tower is a 4.0 mile round trip that is an excellent snowshoe climb with great views of multiple lakes including Raquette Lake and a part of Long Lake. A few of the High Peaks are also visible to the northeast. Bring warm clothing as the summit may be windy and wear appropriate winter clothing and boots. (Please bring micro spikes as well.) We are sure to be treated to some fabulous views! Meeting place: Exit 16 park & ride. Carpooling encouraged.

Outings Leader Gathering    [ Meeting ]

Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 6:30 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- Join fellow trip leaders for an informal gathering to thank everyone for volunteering for our Chapter. Share ideas, stories, and pizza! Maybe even do a little planning for the next newsletter? If you are a trip leader or thinking about becoming one, please join us. Contact Maureen to sign up and get meeting place info.

Tuesday Outing    [ Hike ]

Tue, Mar 13, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: B
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This week we'll try to do another Fire Tower Challenge hike in the Catskills for anyone working on the winter challenge. Still another week or so left to have them count as winter! Call or email for more details as it gets closer.

"The Irresistibility of Historic Preservation", presented by Steven Engelhart.    [ Program ]

Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615


- 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This program is a general introduction to understanding the importance of preserving our nation's built environment. Using illustrations from all over the eastern seaboard and from the Adirondack region, it explores the many reasons that individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments are increasingly involved in promoting historic preservation, because preserving architecture adds beauty to our lives, connect us to our past, fosters community and national identity, contributes to community revitalization, helps to conserve energy, and is part of how we manage change and growth in an increasingly chaotic world. Irresistible, right?

Bog Hollow Ski    [ Ski ]

Sat, Mar 17, 2018, 9:30 am,   Rating: C
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736


- This old railroad bed would make a nice easy 4 mile round trip cross-country ski just east of Saratoga Springs on Route 29. So wear some green and join us for some level skiing.

3410ft    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 6:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- 3410 lives about a mile southeaast of Macomb Mountain and has great views! Approximately 9 miles (including 3 miles of bushwacking) and 3300 feet ascent. From WMB, North Hudson.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This is the bad weather day if last week's FTC hike didn't happen. But if it did, then we'll be doing a walk somewhere in the Glens Falls or Saratoga area. Call or email the weekend before for info.

Lost Pond Peak    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 5:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- #49 of the ADK 100 Highest. From Scott Clearing Lean-to, Indian Pass. 10 miles, 1700 feet ascent. Be prepared for crossing Indian Pass Brook and thick going at the top.

Tuesday Outing    [ Hike ]

Tue, Mar 27, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This week we'll be doing a hike at Moreau State Park. Not sure which trail. Maybe Lake Bonita to Lake Ann? Stay tuned and check in the weekend before.

monday Monthly Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 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!

Executive Committee Meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Kathi Noble   999-9999


- Meeting at The Wesley in Saratoga

Potash Mountain    [ Hike ]

Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 9:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Steve Mackey   518-793-6484


- Jungle Jim and I have spent quite a few days this past fall working on this trail. We are waiting for the official okay from the DEC before we do the heavy duty work on the state land part, but the trail is pretty much ready to go. It is going to be very popular once it officially opens. This is a nice opportunity to see it before it gets crowded. It is only about a mile and a half one way, but it has quite a bit of elevation to it. So far it doesn't appear to be muddy, so we'll see if that holds true in mud season.

Barton High Cliffs    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 8:00 am,   Rating: A-
Leader: jayne bouder   518-636-3352
Colead: Jeff Mans   518-265-4135


- These spectacular "little known cliffs that range for 1/4 mile along an unnamed mountain" were called Barton High Cliffs by Barbara McMartin. They live in Hague, northeast of Brant Lake. Our loop will give us views from the top, and a look up the cliffs as we pass below them on our way back. Approximately 4 miles with 800 feet of ascent.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, Apr 10, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- See April 24th.

Spruce Mountain (Fire Tower)    [ Hike/Snowshoe ]

Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 9:00 am,   Rating: C+
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- Let's hike or snowshoe to this 73 foot high tower, then up in the cab for some views. Summit elevation is 2009 feet. Round trip hiking is 2.2 miles with 1003 feet of elevation change. Meet at Spruce Mt. Road dead end where the trailhead starts, South Corinth area.

Minnewaska Scenic Ramble    [ Hike ]

Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 5:30 am,   Rating: A-
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Brian Coville   516-996-5086


- Last fall, I visited Minnewaska State Park after an absence of 30 years and was reminded of what a gorgeous place it was. We'll walk a combination of carriage roads and trails along and behind the escarpment. I'll make the choice of trails closer to the date when we see what conditions are like, but we'll plan for ten hours out, plus or minus, and 10 to 15 miles, many of which will be easy.

Blue Ridge from Big Marsh    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 6:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352
Colead: Jeff Mans   518-265-4135


- Blue Ridge Mountain starting from the south end of the Hoffman Notch trailhead at the DEC parking area at the end of Loch Muller Road in Schroon Lake. We will follow the Hoffman Notch trail for about 3.7 miles just past Big Marsh, and then a bushwhack of about 3.1 miles east to Hoffman Notch Brook and follow along the brook up to the col between Hoffman Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountain, and on to the summit of Blue Ridge. The route along Hoffman Notch Brook is quite spectacular when the water is running over the rocks and falls. Total distance approximately 13.6 miles round trip, and 10-11 hours at a steady pace with an elevation gain of about 2100 feet.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, Apr 17, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- See April 24th, but this week we may try to do a Fire Tower hike in the Catskills or Adirondacks. We've done the close ones, so it'll be a long drive!

" A tour of Italy including a Dolomites Hike and a Tuscany Bike" presented by Doug and Judy Beers    [ Program ]

Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615


- Join Doug and Judy Beers as they give highlights of their recent trip to Italy.

Vanderwhacker Mountain    [ Hike/Snowshoe ]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 7:00 am,   Rating: B+
Leader: Amanda Gomez   518-526-8932


- Vanderwhacker offers one of the best panoramas of the High Peaks. This 5.4 mile round trip (at a moderate pace) is level over the first half with a steep ascent to the summit. At this time of year, snowshoes may still be required; please bring mircospikes as well. Proper winter attire and hiking boots are required as the weather can change very quickly. You can call me with any questions. Meeting place: Exit 16 park & ride. Carpooling encouraged!

North Saddle & the Diameter    [ Paddle/Camp/Hike ]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- April 21-22 These two live on South Bay, near Whitehall. So do our hosts, Tim and Mary. Saturday we'll put in at the Route 22 bridge, unload at their place, and paddle to and past the Diameter Cliff. This end of South Bay is seriously beautiful and wild, with eagles, beaver, osprey, and spawning Gar. On Sunday we'll hike to the Waterwall, Devil's Den, and North Saddle. Approximately 8-10 miles of paddling, 4-6 miles of hiking, and 1300 ft ascent, at a moderate pace. See "Saddles State Forest."

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, Apr 24, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- We usually do a walk or hike in an area surrounding Saratoga or Glens Falls. I try to mix it up geographically and difficulty wise. So contact me the weekend before to see what I have planned. Generally we meet at Paneras in Queensbury, but on occasion we meet elsewhere.

Trail work on Tongue Mt.    [ Trail work ]

Sat, Apr 28, 2018, 9:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Tom Ellis   518-638-6139


- We will hike the trail and clear blow down. Leader has tools. Meet at Paneras in Queensbury at 9 to carpool or meet at the trailhead at Clay Meadow at 9:30.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, May 1, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- See May 29th.

Executive Committee Meeting    [ Meeting ]

Wed, May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Kathi Noble   999-9999


- Meeting at Crandall Library - probably contact Chair to verify

Spring Bird Walk - Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park    [ Walk ]

Sat, May 5, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: C
Leader: Rich Speidel   518-623-2587


- May is a great time to hear and see native and migrating birds in our area. This will be an easy morning walk of about three miles along the trails and varied habitats of Camp Saratoga. We will stop often and record the bird species identified. Group size is limited, so please call ahead to sign up. The rain date is Sunday, May 6. Meeting Place: Camp Saratoga, Scout Road.

monday Monthly Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, May 7, 2018, 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    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, May 8, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- See May 29th.

Cedar River Flow    [ Paddle/Camp/Hike ]

Sat, May 12, 2018, 6:30 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   518-636-3352


- This is a beautiful place! Approximately 9 miles, at a moderate pace. Hopefully we'll beat the black flies.

Spring Bird Walk - Pack Forest, Warrensburg    [ Walk ]

Sat, May 12, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: C
Leader: Rich Speidel   518-623-2587


- A leisurely morning walk of about three miles through the woods and along the waters of Pack Forest. There will be plenty of stops to observe the migrating and native birds crossing our path. We will check for birds around Pack Forest Lake and may visit the Grandmother's Tree, a towering 175-foot white pine some 325 years old. Group size is limited, so please call ahead to register. The rain date is Sunday, May 13. Meeting Place: Pack Forest - Route 9, 3/4 mile north of Route 28.

Tuesday Outing    [ Hike ]

Tue, May 15, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This week we will try to do a Fire Tower Challenge Hike. Possibly in the Catskills? Maybe Gore? Call or email the weekend before for details.

"India and Bhutan - Windows on the Himalayas" presented by John Schneider    [ Program ]

Wed, May 16, 2018, 7:00 pm,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615


- In April 2017 John Schneider took an 18-day trip to India and Bhutan. Come enjoy pictures of the New Delhi traffic, cows in the middle of such traffic, the most awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, unusual architectural features, Asian toilets, the hiking trek, monasteries and cultural places, the unique architecture of Bhutan, the large Buddha statue, the Tiger's Nest Monastery, and of course views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Blue Mountain Fire Tower    [ Hike ]

Sat, May 19, 2018, 8:30 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- We will hike to the summit for some good views, hopefully. Dress for mountain weather and bring your microspikes, too. We may need them. Four miles round trip, ascent 1550 feet, summit elevation 3759 feet. Meeting place: Tops Market, Main Street, North Creek. We will car pool from there. Let's "get 'er done," hiking buds!

Sleeping Beauty-Bumps Pond Loop    [ Hike ]

Sat, May 19, 2018, 8:30 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736
Colead: Christina Bombard  


- This Sleeping Beauty is a favorite Lake George area loop I do as a counter clockwise loop ascending Sleeping Beauty first and then dropping down to Bumps Pond and out. The round trip is 4.5 miles and the ascent from Dacy Clearing is 1038 feet. Pace will be moderate with time for a relaxing lunch and pictures on the summit.

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, May 22, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- This will be the first paddle of the season. Join me for an adventure somewhere within an hour of Glens Falls.

Mountain Bird Hike - Hadley Mountain    [ Hike ]

Wed, May 23, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: B
Leader: Rich Speidel   518-623-2587


- A gradual climb of Hadley Mountain, with frequent stops to identify the various bird species from the 1,150 foot starting elevation to the 2,675 foot summit. We will have lunch on the summit and enjoy the mountain and lake views from the fire tower. This morning and afternoon hike has a round trip distance of 3.6 miles with a 1,525 foot ascent. Please call ahead to register and for meeting time/details. The rain date is Thursday, May 24. Meeting Place: Hadley Mountain trailhead, Tower Road.

Mountain Bike near Gore Mtn    [ Bike ]

Sat, May 26, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: A+
Leader: Steve Mackey   793-6484


- I thought I would lead a trip on ADK's new Ididaride Mountain bike route. I have not done it, so I'll print up some maps, so we can figure it out, as we go. Here is their description - ADK is excited to announce a new 23-mile route for the 13th annual ididaride! in 2018! The new route is ideal for off-road riders, fat-tire bikes, gravel-grinders and overland riders. For those ididaride! cyclists who prefer being in the woods and a little closer to nature, rather than sharing the pavement and enjoying the expansive views along the traditional 75-mile road course, ADK has replaced the "short" road bike ride from Indian Lake with a 23-mile super-scenic mountain/hybrid bike route tour loop. The ride starts from the Gore Mt. Ski Bowl in North Creek ... just like the 75-mile road bike route. Some highlights of the 23-miler include biking along North Creek, crossing both Straight and Chatiemac Brooks and their waterfalls (familiar names to Gore Mt. skiers), biking along Mill Brook, passing tiny Riparius and its historic train depot, biking along rural sections of the mighty Hudson River as it flows through the Village of North Creek to Riparius ... and finally, possibly saving the best for last, biking on the suspended boardwalk trail that crosses under Rt. 28, bringing riders back to the Ski Bowl.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, May 29, 2018, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   518-745-7834


- We will do a walk or hike within and hour of Glens Falls area, generally. Type of outing varies, so call or email the week before to get details.

Monday Monthly Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, Jun 4, 2018, 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!


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