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Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, May 23, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- We usually do the Glen Lake fen around this time before it gets too choked up with weeds, so that is a possibility for this week, but our first outing to Second Lake from Lake Luzerne was postponed due to weather...so that's also a possibility. Call or email to see which trip we'll be doing.

OK Slip Falls, caves and Blue Ledge Overlook    [ Hike ]

Sat, May 27, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863


- This is a memorial hike for Neal Andrews, one of the few hikes I had done with him and with two of his "boys." We will hike on a DEC trail 3 miles to the fabulous OK Slip Falls, then an easy bushwhack 1 mile to the first cave at Carter's Landing on the Hudson River where we will check out the crazy rafters floating by. The Blue Ledge cave and lookout is another mile bushwhack. Both caves are easy entry, stoop over access, fairly dry, no ropes or climbing experience required. Headlamps or flashlights needed. 10 miles total, 1,500 feet of elevation gain. If there is time, on the trail on the way out we will check out the old Crehore Garnet Mine with a cavern and 90 foot tunnel. Hope for a warm day and the ice in the cavern will be a refreshing treat!

Sleeping Beauty Mt.    [ Hike ]

Sat, May 27, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Jack Whitney   793-9210


- Great views to be had from the summit. We will take the trail down to Bumps Pond. Should be some lady slippers along the way. Slower pace to allow for wildflower photos along the way. Round trip around five miles.

Spring Bird Walk - Pack Forest, Warrensburg    [ Walk ]

Sat, May 27, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: C
Leader: Rich Speidel   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 28. Meeting Place: Pack Forest - Route 9, 3/4 mile north of Route 28.

Tuesday Outing    [ Walk/Hike ]

Tue, May 30, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- We'll do either a walk or hike, most of the time within an hour of Glens Falls, but occasionally a bit further away. So call or email the weekend before to find out the plan for that week.

Mount Marcy Madness (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 5:30 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- Topping out at 5,343', Mount Marcy is the highest mountain in New York State. Marcy is the pinnacle of all ADK hikes and absolutely stunning on a sunny day, with its 360° views on the summit. We will break at Indian Falls on the way in and out with lunch on the summit. Bring your camera and dance at the top of NY on Marcy! 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 5:30 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Stewarts Ledge Sunset Photo Hike    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 6:30 pm,   Rating: C
Leader: Jack Whitney   793-9210


- A short hike for great views of Lake George. The trail is on the east side of Lake George. Round trip around 1.5 miles. Rain cancels hike.

Hadley Mountain    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 8:30 am,   Rating: B
Leader: Amanda Gómez   526-8932
Colead: Steve Mackey   793-6484


- Hadley Mountain is a single trail that is mostly bedrock for the 2.6 mile round-trip climb and nearly 1500 foot elevation gain. The trail starts to climb almost immediately, heading south toward Hadley's summit. After 0.8 miles the trail heads north. At 1.2 miles you reach a ridgeline that briefly levels out. At 1.8 miles you reach the summit. The fire tower that sits atop was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 23, 2001, offering you the highest peak view point in Saratoga County. As a part of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge, Hadley Mountain showcases expansive views of the Southern Adirondacks and the Great Sacandaga Lake. On a clear day you may be able to see Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. We can meet you at Panera at 8:30 or at the trail head at 9:15.

Spring Bird Hike & Climb - Pack Forest, Warrensburg    [ Walk/Hike ]

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: C+
Leader: Rich Speidel   623-2587


- This morning and afternoon birding trip includes the shoreline of Pack Forest Lake, and a gradual 400-foot climb to a scenic overlook for lunch atop Ben Wood Mountain. We will cover a round trip distance of about five miles at an easy pace, and record the bird species identified. Group size is limited, so please call ahead to sign up. The rain date is Sunday, June 4. Meeting Place: Pack Forest - Route 9, 3/4 mile north of Route 28.

Lost Gorge rockhop    [ Bushwack ]

Sun, Jun 4, 2017, 8:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   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.

Monday Monthly Geocache    [ Geocache ]

Mon, Jun 5, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Sarah King   518-798-0615
Colead: Mo Coutant   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, Jun 6, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- This paddle will be something fairly short and close to Glens Falls, since I will be doing the geocache outing the day before! So call or email the weekend before to find out the plan. A section of the Hudson? Maybe visiting the eagle nest on Lake George? Hmmm...

Executive Committee monthly meeting    [ Meeting ]

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


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

Tabletop & Phelps Fly Bath (The JP & Joe show)    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 5:30 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: JP Martin   607-232-0827
Colead: Joe Babcock   518-791-9395


- Tabletop and Phelps (2 summits, 4427' and 4160', respectively) are close together in proximity, but worlds apart in approach and appearance. Tabletop, with its large summit plateau, greets you with an additional two false summits visible to the northeast, a good view of Phelps and a great view of Marcy. Phelps's peak is largely tree covered, but offers great views of Tabletop, Indian Falls and Mount Marcy as well as a good view of Algonquin and the Lake Placid valley, with Whiteface and Esther off in the distance. 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 5:30 am. No phone calls after 8pm please.

Mt. Adams Fire Tower    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: B+
Leader: Rich Crammond   518-584-2380


- We will meet at the Upper Works, Allen Mountain trailhead, Route 25. Look for the black Ford pickup. The hike is approximately 5.2 miles with about 1,700 feet of elevation change. Great views of the High Peaks on a clear day! Please bring rain gear and warm skin cover, hiker buds; headnets too. Route 25 from Route 84, Blue Ridge Road, Tahawus, Newcomb area. Let's get 'er done. P.S. The black flies will meet us there. Eeks!

Tuesday Outing - FTC    [ Hike ]

Tue, Jun 13, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: B
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- This week we will do a Fire Tower Challenge hike. Not sure which one...member request! Let me know what you need and I'll try to accommodate whichever one gets the most requests. Call or email the weekend before to get the details. (Rating is an estimate at this point.)

Annual Sewards Black Fly Blood Drive    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Mike Fuller   802-254-3314


- It's time for the annual visit to feed our little friends, making sure they will be there for us in future years. The Sewards offer great views of the western Adirondacks. It's 16+ miles and 3,400 feet of elevation change. We'll meet at Panera Bread in Queensbury at 5:00 or the Coreys trailhead at 7:30. All sign ups and trip contacts to Wayne.

Crehore Garnet Mine and OK Slip Falls    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Nick Ringelberg   518-522-6863


- Near Gore Mt. and the Barton Garnet Mine, we will go back in history to 1900 to visit the abandoned Crehore Mine, the only underground Garnet Mine in the Adirondacks, including a 90 foot tunnel with rails and abandoned ore cars; nearby is the foundation of the refinery factory. Bring your brightest hiking lights for the Garnet Mine (ice doesn't melt until July), which is about 30 feet high and 200 feet long, and we should see some 8 inch Spotted Salamanders skulking underground in the vernal pools. From the mine, following an old trail, we will do a 1 1/2 mile mild bushwhack to hook up with the OK Slip Falls Trail. After the falls, one of the highest in the Adirondacks, we can drop down to the rapids of the Hudson River to watch the rafters floating by. About 9 miles total, 1,500 feet elevation gain, with some mild bushwhack on old trail. Hope for a warm day and the ice in the cavern will be a refreshing treat!

Tuesday Outing - Paddle    [ Paddle ]

Tue, Jun 20, 2017, time TBD,   Rating: NR
Leader: Maureen Coutant   745-7834


- This paddle falls almost on the longest day of the year. So we will travel a bit further to explore an area, since we have more daylight to play with! Maybe Lake Abanakee? Email with other suggestions. Call or email the weekend before to get the details.

Highway to the Sky - Wolf Jaws via Bennies Brook Slide    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 5:00 am,   Rating: A+
Leader: Wayne Richter   518-893-7895
Colead: Akane Suzuki   999-9999


- Come join us on the (hopefully) last black fly hike of the season! We will be taking one of nature's beautiful highways to the sky, the Bennies Brook slide, to Lower Wolf Jaw. We will then head over to enjoy the view on Upper Wolf Jaw before returning to the Garden parking lot. The Bennies Brook slide is one of the introductory slides in the Adirondacks. A pair of hiking boots with good grip will get you to its top. About 12 miles and 3000 feet of elevation. Meet at exit 19 at 5:00 am.

Chestertown Challenge Pick Two    [ Hike ]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 9:00 am,   Rating: B-
Leader: Reg Prouty   518-747-9736


- We will pick Kipp and a couple other of the Chester Challenge hikes . After anyone completes 6 out of the 8 required around the Loon Lake - Chestertown area, you will be awarded a pin from the Town of Chester town hall. There are beautiful overlooks of Loon Lake on several of these little mountains.There will be some steep sections but they don't last long with only a few hundred feet of ascent.

Rainbow Lake    [ Paddle/Camp ]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 7:00 am,   Rating: A
Leader: Jayne Bouder   232-9559


- June 24-5. This 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 fire towers. But there's also 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. The paddle is about 12 miles, at a moderate to leisurely pace. The leader has boats to lend.

Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs    [ Hike ]

Sun, Jun 25, 2017, 7:30 am,   Rating: B+
Leader: Lorraine MacKenzie   518-791-9794


- This is a 10.6 mile loop with over 2,700 feet of elevation gain. It has outstanding views of different high peaks and the Ausable Lakes. Standing on top of Indian Head reminds you how beautiful nature is. Rain cancels.

Grey/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 will be a gain of over 5127' of elevation 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. Grey has its heard path approach and treetop covered summit. Skylight with its barren rock trail to the top of its equally bald summit with extraordinary views. We will climb up the backside 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 you 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.

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.

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 Wolfjaws) This is a 17+ mile loop with 5078' of elevation gain includes 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 you 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.

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'll have a better idea when this is in the July-Sept newsletter...stay tuned.

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, which include Slant Rock, the Shorty Shortcut and scaling a YDS Class III rock face to 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 you 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 5:30 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


- 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.

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. Hunter's 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, terrific views of the cliffs and slabs of Dix and Nippletop to accent the traverse and magnify the feeling of wilderness. 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 Beck-horn trail to the Elk Lake Parking lot. This is a long day, but one you will have memories for a lifetime.

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!

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!

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).

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.

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).

Executive Committee monthly meeting    [ Meeting ]

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


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


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