The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
April - June, 2011
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
Saturday April 9 - Copper Rock Falls
A forecast of sunshine and a high of 60 degrees drew a large crowd for our second annual spring waterfall hike. This year we hiked in over more than 18 inches of crusty snow and occasionally plunged in over our boots. The heavily-flooded river was a sight to behold but the trail disappeared onto an island and discretion being the better part of valor we turned back before reaching the falls proper. Luckily there are many great waterfalls in the area so most us headed off to Rainbow Falls, Twin Falls & Sinclair Falls.
L-R: Cathy Bentley, Melanie Sears, Tori Wilson, Storm Sears, Paige LaRock, Kathleen Norris, Payton LaRock, Cole Madore, Karen Edwards, Rebecca Miller, James Lynch, Margaret Madore, Sally Lynch, Pat Mueller, Bill Mueller, Gaetan Foisy, Joel Foisy, Sylvain Foisy, David Trithart, Charlie Hunnewell, Carol Shoemaker, Lila Hunnewell, Rose Rivezzi.
Photo: TL Blair Madore.
Sunny and calm, but everything underfoot: snow, mud, water, blowdown. At Bear Mountain lean-to, we celebrated Earth Day by each reading a poem or passage. Views of Cranberry Lake from the summit through the leafless trees were exhilarating. We noted with sadness the many sick beeches, but admired the big cherries and maples. All agreed that our 6.5 miles was plenty of spring training.
At the lean-to (l-r): Bill Meuller, TL John Omohundro, John Barron, Sylvia Haq, Brian Baston.
Photo: TL Susan Omohundro
At the overlook (l-r): John Barron, Bill Mueller, John Omohundro, Susan Omohundro, Brian Baston.
Photo: Sylvia Haq.
April 30 - Azure Mt. Hike & Trail Work
Mike McLean (TL), Cindy & Zoe McLean, Pat & Bill Mueller, Marianne Hebert, Joe Berner, Richard & Susanne Arens, Sarah, Nico & Mateo Homes. A beautiful day on the mountain as we performed trash pick-up, rock pile work, drainage work, and the removal of at least 9 large trees from the trail. Participants enjoyed warm sunshine and little wind on the top; some followed up with a nice late lunch at Deer Valley Trails resort.
April 30 - Everton Falls Clean-up
Duncan & Lois Cutter (TL’s), Doug Monroe (Nature Conservancy partner), Curtis Flood, Alex & Sally Jeffery. The loveliest day of early Spring enhanced our clean-up of the roadside and the bushing out of its hardwood trail. Much of the softwood trail was under water, as was the canoe launch. Nearly the greatest volume of water we had ever seen was cascading over the falls. High waters precluded canoeing, but we look forward to a float downstream later in the summer from Meacham Lake outlet to Everton.
May 1 - Five Ponds Wilderness via abandoned Leary Trail
The forecast improved dramatically, leaving us with blue skies and a breeze. The leaves hadn’t come out yet, allowing clear views of the terrain through the forest. We followed the old Leary Trail’s 3-mile length, saving 3 miles compared to the usual truck trail. It had the occasional large trunk across it, but wasn’t too hard to follow. We held a scenic snack stop at a campsite by the Oswegatchie bridge, but arriving at High Falls, all wanted to continue to Big Shallow Pond, where we startled a pair of ducks. We ate lunch at the lean-to while gazing across Big Shallow and then climbed the esker for a view of Big Five Pond.
L-R: Doug Dominy, Mark Lowell (TL), Alicia Schantz, James Engels.
Photo: Doug Dominy.
Baldface Mountain, May 7
A beautiful day to climb this mountain on the other side of DeBar Mt. near Meacham Lake. Wild flowers galore greeted us all the way up— spring beauties, Dutchmen’s britches and trout lilies. Just a few black flies were out, enough to let us know that as soon as it warms up there will be more.
L-R: Rich Arens, Carol Donnelly, Susanne Arens, Marianne Hebert, TL Brian Baston, Nate Dickinson.
Photo: TL Geri Ames.
Saturday May 21 - Black Fly Affair
The ADK’s annual fund-raising auction and ball was held at Highland Park Country Club in Queensbury. In keeping with tradition, many chapters contributed baskets of small items representing their region. Our basket, featuring items from both sides of the St. Lawrence, attracted a lot of interest and many bids, selling for a very good price. Thanks and congratulations to a number of chapter members and to local businesses which contributed.
Photo: John Barron.
May 21 - Spring Wildflowers along Ranger School Trails
Bill & Pat Mueller (TL’s), Gene & Carolyn Kazcka, Marianne Hebert, Ron & Holly Chorba, Sonmez & Jane Atesoglu, Tom & Ann Ortmeyer. A sunny day produced the dappled light of a forest walk on springy-soft trails, and many wildflowers, such as painted trillium, though we were about a week too soon for the pink lady slippers we had hoped for on Esker Trail. We enjoyed snacks atop Cathedral Rock in the new covered picnic area, a climb up a restored fire-tower, then down into glacier-created Frost Pocket deep in shade. A visit to historic Wanakena and refreshments at the general store completed our day.
May 28 - Phelps (in lieu of Street and Nye)
Heavy thunderstoms the night before added to the deluge of water already pouring down off the High Peaks. The ranger at the Loj parking lot advised us against attempting Street and Nye: not only was high water making it a difficult passage, but Indian Pass Brook was prone to flash flooding, and might have trapped us on the far side, unable to return. So, we substituted Phelps. We had quite good weather, often dry and sometimes sunny with an hour of moderate rain. The highest peaks remained in the clouds but others came in and out of view, making a very interesting scene.
L-R: Toni Towle, TL John Barron, Peter Blood.
Photo: a hiker from another party.
We enjoyed a relaxing river paddle 7.5 miles from Louisville Bridge to Massena fire station on a beautiful day. We stopped for lunch about half-way at the Massena Rod and Gun Club. Our photo there shows eleven smiling people!
L-R on the shore: Carol Donnelly, Ron Dumoulin, Geri Ames, Marilyn Levitan, TL Brian Baston, Carol LaDue, Tom Ortmeyer, Victoria Hall, Parker Doelger, Harry Doelger, Martha Orologio.
Photos: Richard LaDue
June 5 - Giant Mt. - Slightly overcast but a great day for a climb. We enjoyed great views and conversation,
and we met some fine fellow-hikers (two-legged and four-) on the way up. Wonderful
views were had from the summit.
L-R: TL Dana Chudzinski, Brian Baston, Toni Towle, Peter Blood.
Photo: Dana Chudzinski.
June 18 - Blue Mt. (NY) - A slightly overcast day at the trailhead with bits of sun poking through the clouds resulted in limited views on way to the summit. But we enjoyed identifying many
native plants, flowers and birds. Skies cleared as we approached the summit, where on this wind-less day we were greeted by a good mix of bugs making for the perfect
L-R: Sylvia Haq, Brian Baston, TL Dana Chudzinski, Marianne Hebert.
June 25 - Cycling the Great Bend of the Oswegatchie - The weather was dry and pleasant, just one brief sunshower. Our route traversed rolling farm country and woods. We counted
five separate crossings of the Oswegatchie, as well as several stretches running parallel to the river. Our turnaround point was the village of Oxbow, next to the
river’s 180-degree change of direction. There were some long tough climbs and some fast, exciting descents. Our lunch stop, near an abandoned bridge over the
river, featured a clear view of its powerful flow and impressive rapids.
L-R: Tom Ortmeyer, Toni Towle, Peter Blood.
Photo: TL John Barron.
June 25 (Saturday) Paddle St. Regis River from Santa Clara
Geri Ames (TL), Lori Soller, Fred LaChance, Joan & Guy Compeau. Misty on and off all day. Lunch was at a campsite that would be a beautiful place to pitch a tent and stay a night. We saw and heard an elusive loon.
We put our boats in at Outlet, Ontario and enjoyed a misty paddle to Huckleberry Hollow in Charleston Lake Provincial Park. From there we hiked up Blue Mountain for lunch and views on top. The participants generously contributed to the local ecosystem by way of blood donations to the numerous mosquitoes, but fortunately the peak was bug-free. On the return some paddlers paused for a refreshing swim. After the trip we stopped for supper at the local diner in Lansdowne.
In kayaks: TL Peter Blood, Brian Baston, John Barron, Tom Ortmeyer
(photo: TL Toni Towle)
On Blue Mt: Brian Baston, Tom Ortmeyer, TL Toni Towle, TL Peter Blood
(photo: John Barron)