The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.
Questions about outings? Contact Marianne Hebert, Vice-Chair - Outings
July - September, 2011
Contact Bill Mueller about Outings
July 9 (Saturday) Dial and Nippletop Mountains
Great weather and trail conditions with friendly conversation up and over Nippletop, then on to Dial. For some, these were first high peaks; others added these peaks to their in-progress Forty-sixer list, and some enjoyed a repeat climb. All were happy to be back to their cars long before dark.
Standing, L-R: Marianne Hebert, Lenka Halamkova, Brian Emlaw, Brian Baston, Linda Moerschell
Kneeling, L-R: Yeubie You, TL Debbie White, Toni Towle, Peter Blood
Photo: hiker from another party
Beautiful weather, if somewhat warm, contributed to excellent views and successful trip.
On Cascade (l-r): Tiffany Maynard, Gabe Hinkley, TL Brian Baston, Bjorg & Tom Cunningham, Dana Chudzinski.
On Porter (l-r): Brian Baston, Gabe Hinkley, Tiffany Maynard.
July 17 (Sunday) Piercefield Flow Paddle
Tom Ortmeyer (TL), John & Susan Omohundro, Alison Charles, Martha Orologio, Janet Mellor, Leslie Woler, Gloria Volz, Jean Rogers. Perhaps just a bit warmer than we would have liked. We paddled the flow counterclockwise, exploring bays and wetlands on the way out. Through the culvert under the railroad tracks, we enjoyed the small pond on the other side. We looked for and finally found the new lean-to shortly after lunch, between the rail line and the point where the Raquette River enters the flow. Some of us went up the river to Setting Pole Dam, while others returned to the put-in.
July 23 (Saturday) Nun-da-gao Ridge
A very sunny and hot (90+ degrees!) day greeted our leisurely hike along the ridge to Weston Mountain and Lost pond. The group caught some cool breezes along the ridge. During lunch, Koo shared a favorite Korean snack, “Choco Pies”, similar to Moon Pies or Skooter Pies that you might have had as kid. Many photo opportunities along the way included a split boulder and views of the High Peaks.
L-R: John Barron, TL Marianne Hebert, Yeubie You, Brian Baston, Sylvia Haq
Photo: S.H. Koo
July 30 (Saturday) Cycling along the Raquette River
John Barron (TL), Sam Harrison. This scenic bicycle tour leaves from South Colton up the River Road to Carry Falls Reservoir. It was a pleasure to meet Sam, whose grandfather owned the field where Sunday Rock is located. Sam’s family played a major part in having the Rock, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, installed at its present location.
July 31 (Sunday) Clear Pond Wild Forest Walk
Rose Rivezzi & David Trithart (TLs), Kathleen Fitzgerald, Marilyn & Gordon Bohl. This walk in the nearby wild forest is always impressive for the remote feeling and excellent trails. At our lunch destination, Lilypad Pond, we had a cooling breeze and watched a pair of loons. The blueberries and deer flies were abundant.
August 6 (Saturday) Sandstone Quarry Historical Walking Tour, Red Sandstone Trail
Prof. Carl started us off with an interesting geological history of the local transition between the Adirondack Mountains and the St. Lawrence River Valley, and the origins of the prized local red sandstone. We then proceeded down the Red Sandstone Trail and discussed the more recent history of the early Raquette Valley industry, focusing on sandstone quarrying. We ended up at the former quarry on this trail, where Prof. Carl illustrated his talk with drawings made during the working days of the quarry.
L-R: Ann Ortmeyer, Joe McWilliams, Kathryn Whitehorne, TL Jim Carl, Eleanor & Phil Hopke, Christine & Peter Schrauth, William & Lucia Dailey, Dixy Dufresne.
Photo: TL Tom Ortmeyer.
August 10 (Wednesday) Flat Rock Paddle Picnic
John & Susan Omohundro (TLs), Maria Shampini, Karen Todd, Bob & Janet Wakefield. We enjoyed a slow scenic paddle up Skate Creek for about an hour, then the skies turned dark and rumbled; we skeedaddled back to the launch, but the squall hit us as we beached. Five minutes later, the sun came out, so we concluded with a picnic overlooking the calm waters and complex cloud formations complete with double rainbow.
August 13 (Saturday) MacIntyre Range from ADK Loj
Mike & Cindy McLean (TLs). No takers for the entire range including a bushwhack up Shepherd’s Tooth, so Cindy & I made a shorter trip. Quick going to the waterfall and up to the top of Wright, enjoying the views and rebuilding large cairns, continuing to Algonquin and over to Iroquois for tremendous views. We headed back via Avalanche Lake enjoying lots of sunshine, views of Colden, and several waterfalls. Lots of hikers on the trail.
August 14 (Sunday) Vanderwhacker Mountain
The forecast was not perfect but we went forward determined to have a good day, rain or shine. The first half of the climb was gradual elevation gain. At the fire observer’s cabin, a moderately steep climb began. Views from the fire tower were great if somewhat limited by haze. Overall, we did have a good day.
L-R: Brian Baston, Junko Geddes, TL Dana Chudzinski, Marianne Hebert, Lenka Halamkova, Gardner Bayless.
Photo: Brian Baston
August 15-18 (Monday-Thursday) Paddle/Camp on the Rideau Canal
Dick Mooers (TL), Peggy Mooers, Don & Jan Govreau, Mary Jane Watson, John & Sue Omohundro. The canal, completed in the 1830s for defense, has changed little, and the locks in the western section are still hand-operated. Wonderfully scenic and charming, set in a landscape of farms, forests and small villages in the hard rock of the Laurentian Shield. We set up a base camp at Chaffeys Lock. We paddled about 4 mi. on Lake Opinicon on Monday, 11 miles from Upper Brewer Lock to Jones Falls on Tuesday, 6.5 miles from Jones Falls over Sand Lake on Wednesday, and 6 mi. out and back to Newboro Lake on Thursday, observing many loons. Our original five-day schedule was shortened because of the weather forecast. All of us want to paddle more of the Rideau Canal. Join us next year?
August 24 (Wednesday) Little River Evening Paddle
Ann & Armond Spencer (TLs), Tom & Ann Ortmeyer, Bob & Janet Wakefield, Alison Charles. Despite dire weather warnings, we had just a little sprinkle. We also had a nice picnic supper, the high point of which was Janet’s radiant face when she bit into one of Ann O&s dilled green beans.
August 26 (Friday) Chair Rock Flow to Burntbridge Pond Trailhead Rte 3
A Cranberry Lake 50 Hike - Gene & Carolyn Kaczka (TLs), John Barron, Tom Ortmeyer, Gary Snyder. After a 15-minute cruise on Cranberry Lake our group disembarked in shallow water at Chair Rock Flow trailhead. It was a beautiful morning and we moved along quickly on the well-marked pleasant rolling trail. The first major turn to the Dog Pond Loop Trail was missed by all 5 pairs of eyes. The trail sign was clearly visible on return as it was facing us at the sharply angled trail junction but the detour cost us an hour and forty five minutes. Our pace slowed on the Dog Pond Trail section for the lovely pond vistas and the trail sections flooded by beaver dams. The final three miles on the Burntbridge Pond Trail provided easy walking to Route 3. In the end, our planned 15.7 mile hike was about 19.1 miles, taking us 12 hours.
L-R: John Barron, TLs Gene & Carolyn Kaczka, Tom Ortmeyer, Gary Snyder.
Photo: Sparky, the boat owner who ferried us across.
August 27 (Saturday) Dean Road Mountain Bike
We got in a good day of both bicycling and swimming one day before Irene hit. Starting at the DEC parking lot just beyond the Rainbow Club, the very scenic logging road mostly followed the Middle Branch of the Grasse River. The riding was reasonably good, with occasional indications of high water this past spring. We reached Pleasant Lake just after noon with lunch and a swim there. On return, we took a side trip up the west side of the Stone Dam Parcel, to a bridge over the Middle Branch. We enjoyed great views upstream from the bridge before returning to our vehicles.
L-R: Tom Ortmeyer (TL), Bruce Smith
Photo: John Barron
September 3 (Sunday) Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails
Blair Madore (TL), Cole Madore. Recent blowdown from hurricane Irene was everywhere but did not prevent us from appreciating these well-maintained, easy trails. Views from the shoreline of Lake Placid were magnificent. It’s hard to believe this little bit of paradise is so close to downtown Lake Placid. We hope to visit it more often.
September 10 (Saturday) Massawepie Lake Paddle
Ann & Armond Spencer (TLs), John & Susan Omohundro, Art & Anne Johnson, Duncan & Lois Cutter, Rex & Sally Spicer, Jennifer Mitchell, Tom Lockridge. On a nearly perfect day, with sunshine, little wind, and moderate temperature we enjoyed a leisurely paddle along the shoreline of the lake. We saw a loon, lunched under towering pines on a sun dappled peninsula, and took a swim.
September 10 (Saturday) Azure Mountain Bushwhack and Trail Work
Mike McLean (TL), John Wilson. A most beautiful September day. We made our way over to the north side of the mountain for rockwork on the summit. The area where caterpillar infestation occurred a few years back is now full of very tall, man-eating pricker bushes, making the bushwhack quite interesting. We had the summit to ourselves, but descended past scores of folks on their way up.
September 11 (Sunday) Tri-County Corner Hike
After frequent conference stops, we found the area where John’s strategy called for us to start searching for the marker. We spread out and followed a bearing until we knew we must have passed it, then swung around for a second pass. Doug spotted the marker in his swath and we were all happy and relieved. We ate lunch there and got back to the trailhead just in time to sign out without headlamps.
Background: Cat Mountain Pond and Cat Mountain.
L-R: John Barron, TL Mark Lowell
Photo: Doug Dominy
Bill & Pat Mueller (TLs), Gary Novosel, Nancy Robert, Armond Spencer. Overcast but warm fall day, we hiked the woods trails, observed an eagle’s nest, and returned for chili, pie and conversation on the back porch.
September 25 (Sunday) Gothics Mt.
Dana Chudzinski (TL), Brian Baston, Lenka Halamakova, Damon Greenberg, Alicia Schantz. On a beautiful day, our true climb began after we reached Rainbow Falls for some great photos, then passed an impressive new slide. We were treated to perfect views on the summit. We decided to descend via Pyramid Peak.