Oct 1, Rideau Canal
TL: Dick Mooers. Participants: Marilyn Fayette, Mary Jane Watson. This paddling trip on 12 miles of the historic Rideau Canal was
completed in sunny, breezy weather. We launched at Upper Brewers Lock, which we portaged around and saw loons and osprey. We are
eager to return to paddling in the Rideau Canal System’s two rivers and its many rock-bound lakes.
Oct 2, Big Slide
TL: Lyle Montgomery. Participants: Shirley White, Nancy Skiff, Vasily Cateforis, Marsha Akins. We climbed over the Brothers to the
summit of Big Slide, enjoying clear panoramic autumn vistas at every turn, and leap-frogging with another group of exuberant children,
dogs, and mothers. The cascading waters of Slide Mt. Brook and the gentle Phelps trail made for a very pleasant return hike to the
Oct 9, Tooley Pond Mt. & Rainbow Falls
The weather was cloudy but no rain. There was a nice view from the summit with good fall colors. Rain had made the Copper Rock Falls
trail muddy so we went on to Rainbow Falls which was quite impressive. John led a chorus of camp tunes on the way out.
TL: Tom Ortmeyer of Potsdam (far right). Participants (from left): Niall Barron, Jean Gilbin, Fiona Barron, Rosalie Campbell, Ann
Ortmeyer. Photo: John Barron.
Oct 15 & 16, Stone Valley Trail Maintenance
Trail work this fall involved more than 25 volunteers during two rainy, but very productive days. Projects completed include:
A new 28 foot bridge over O’Malley Brook, two new bridges on the west side of the trail, four bog bridges that traverse muddy areas,
and a new section of trail that traverses the northwest side of the river. In addition to ADK volunteers, there was a strong
contribution from the SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Program, the Clarkson Mountain Biking Club, and the International Mountain
Bikers Association (IMBA)).
Special thanks go to Chad Crosby, Phil Bridgeman, Bob Dowman, and Wes Lampton (Coordinator of the ADK trails program)for the many
hours they spent organizing the projects, recruiting volunteers, and leading crews during the weekend. TL: Mark Simon.
Chad Crosby (foreground) and Lucas Monroe install planking on a new bridge during a volunteer trail
maintenance weekend at Stone Valley near Colton in mid October. Photo: Tom Ortmeyer.
Oct 23, Owl’s Head Mountain (Keene)
TL: John Wood (Thanks John for stepping in to lead the trip, since the original trip leader was ill) Participant: Donna Parisi.
Snow!! We found two inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground in the morning. Branches were down and wet snow was dripping so we
opted to walk to Roaring Brook Falls.
Oct 29, Hike at the Ranger School at Wanakena
TL: Jamie Savage. Participants: Ryan Savage, Niall Barron, John Barron, Suzanne Liberty, Ann & Armond Spencer. The group enjoyed
clear, blue skies, seasonal temperatures, and a dusting of fresh snow. We hiked about 5 miles of well-maintained Ranger School
trails, learning about forest management practices and the impacts of the 1995 microbusrst as we went. The fire tower and lean-to on
Cathedral Rock Mountain offered beautiful views of the Five Ponds Wilderness and Cranberry Lake.
Nov 2, Catamount Mountain Cleanup
TL: Cliff Daly. Participants: Gloria Daly, John Barron, Armond Spencer. All were keen and able as we lopped, sawed and laughed our way up Catamount on this rare sunny and dry autumn day. During our breaks below, we admired the burnt orange of the beeches surrounding us, while up high we enjoyed the mountain views anchored by the golden hues of the tamarack clusters peppering the valley west of Catamount. A physically rewarding day worth every second of effort.
Nov 5, Stone Valley
TL: Dick Mooers. Participants: Mary MacKinnon & Elizabeth Taylor. Dick, Mary, Elizabeth and the dogs, Maple and Abbey, had a good day at Stone Valley, stopping frequently along the Raquette, and spending lots of time at the 80 foot drop of the initial cascade, the Narrows, and the Tubs. There was a great deal of water thundering down the cascades and falls, as much as in the spring. The entire Tubs ledge system was under water. We left the trail system via the County Forest near O’Malley Brook’s Cathedral Grove. There we a few hunters about but they were east of the Lenny Road and apparently not in Stone Valley.
Nov 12, Haystack Mountain (near Raybrook)
An unexpectedly beautiful
mid-November day and good company made for an excellent hike. There was a dusting of snow at the beginning, which disappeared at
higher elevations and although the trail was wet and muddy in stretches, it was very manageable. For the most part, we all stayed dry
during many creek crossings and the day was warm enough to linger and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the summit, where we met members of
the Algonquin Chapter participating in a similar hike. While they retraced the trail, we chose to bushwhack the opposite side to hit
the Jackrabbit Trail and then the Mackenzie Mt. Trail to return to the trailhead. More good food at Morgan’s 11 in Saranac
Lake, and interesting conversation on the way home: a fine day.
Photo, l to r: John Barron (TL), Ron Johnson, Nikki Coates (TL), Debby Nikkari and Allison Gamble.
Nov 20, Paul Smiths Ramble
TLs: John & Susan Omohundro. Participant: Ken Coskran. We three walked around Black Pond, Long Pond, the connector to the Esker Trail, Silviculture Trail, Heron Marsh and back. We had no map but were never totally lost. Just a little snow and mud underfoot. Very Quiet. A good way to spend part of a dull November Day.
Dec 3, Hike & Cookout at Higley Flow State Park
There was snow and it kept on snowing while we were there but only one diehard (Joel) skied the whole
way. The rest of us tromped around the Beaver Pond Trail, then up to the Warm Brook lean-to. There we
enjoyed hot chocolate, oranges, hot dogs, sausages and marshmallows all on our fire. Grandpa Armond and
Grandma Ann even provided s’mores for dessert. A great 3 generation trip. Participants,
l to r: kids in front row - Syl Foisy, Cole Madore, Rebecca Miller, Gaetan Foisy; adults in back row -
Ann Spencer, Blair Madore, Armond Spencer, Jeff Miller, and Joel Foisy.
TLs: Blair & Marg Madore. Photo: Marg Madore.
Dec 11, Avalanche Pass Snowshoe
This early wintry day provided low snow levels for the trip through Avalanche Pass. The pass and
Avalanche Lake were quite scenic, but stark, with the cliffs highlighted with ice and snow. Everyone
enjoyed this eight and half mile hike into the heart of the high peaks. TLs: Tom & Eileen Wheeler.
Backed by a cliff near a new slide on Mount Colden are, l to r:
John & Susan Omohundro, Tom Wheeler, Armond & Ann Spencer, and Joe Rosenfeld. Photo: Eileen Wheeler.
Dec 17, Whiteface Toll Road Ski
David Trithart TL, Scott Arno, Willie Trithart, David Brouwer, Bill Romey, Peter Brouwer, John Wood,
Kathleen Wiley. Rather heavy snow at the start. Cloud ceiling at about 4000 feet so no view from the
windy summit. The Wilmington turn was blown completely free of snow, but good snow conditions everywhere
else. There were many others - skiers and snowshoers - on the road.