Events Archive

Outings Schedule

Vice-Chair, Outings
Marianne Hebert

The public is invited on all trips unless otherwise indicated.

Please contact trip leaders before the trip

  • to check for last-minute changes, and
  • so the leaders can estimate how many people will be participating.

Please consider car-pooling and sharing the cost of gas.

Additional opportunities can be found on the ADK All-Club Outing Calendar
listing all outings from all chapters. If our chapter isn’t going there soon,
another chapter may be.

Want to lead an outing? Email or call Marianne Hebert (315-265-0756).

DifficultyAscent (ft)Miles
5. Very StrenuousOver 150010+
4. Strenuous1000-15008-10
3. Moderate500-10005-8
2. Fairly Easyto 4993-5
1. EasyMostly level1-3

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Sun, Jan 21: Potsdam - A Climate-Smart Community Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:30 PM. The town and village of Potsdam recently passed a resolution to become a Climate Smart Community. CSC is a program that is managed by NYS DEC. Villages, towns, and counties can pledge to become a certified Climate Smart Community. The commitment involves 10 elements including goal setting, decreasing community energy use, and supporting a green innovation economy, all dependent on informing and inspiring the public. Alex French, Sustainability Coordinator for Clarkson University, will discuss how the climate is changing in Potsdam; specific ways Potsdam and similar communities might fulfill the 10 elements needed to achieve a CSC certification; ways Clarkson will be involved; and the general process that the Town and Village of Potsdam might take to move forward.

Sat, Jan 27: Snowshoe Wellesley Island State Park We will explore the trails and visit the newly renovated Nature Center (if it is open). Bring lunch. 3-6 miles RT depending on the will of the group. Level 2-3. Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or

Sun, Feb 11: Great Camp Santanoni 10 miles round trip over mostly flat ground. We’ll ski this classic route to the Great Camp where we’ll cook a hot lunch on our backpacking stove. Level 4, strenuous, for length and remoteness. Contact Blair Madore at 315-261-0751 or

Sat, Feb 17: Skiing on the Peavine Swamp trail This famous old ski trail near Wanakena is more scenic than its name suggests. Several possible loops allow us to adapt the route to the weather and snow conditions. Easy to moderate, Level 3. Joint outing with North Woods Chapter. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

Sun, Feb 25: Snowshoe Hike to Harper Falls We’ll do an early afternoon snowshoe hike into Harper Falls on the Middle Branch of the Grass River, enjoy the falls, and explore some of the trails downstream from the Falls. Four to six miles round trip, and mostly flat. Fairly Easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-244-3707 or

Sun, Feb 25: Cycling Routes of the St. Lawrence River Valley and Northern Adirondacks Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:30 PM. After several years of work and revisions, Tom Ortmeyer and John Barron’s cycling guidebook to St.Lawrence County and neighboring areas of the North Country and Canada was released this summer by ADK Publications. Tom and John will describe the growing cycling program in the Laurentian Chapter, how the many varied routes suggested the idea of a guidebook, and the process of developing a manuscript and having it published in the digital age.

Sat, Mar 3: High Rock ski This level trail in Wanakena, in the Cranberry Lake Wilderness area, follows an old truck road to a pleasant lunch spot on rocks overlooking the Oswegatchie River. 7.8 miles RT. If no snow, we’ll hike the Moore trail nearby, which also follows the Oswegatchie River. 4 miles RT, Level 2-3 depending on conditions. Joint outing with North Woods Chapter. Chapter members only. Limit 12. Contact: Leaders: John and Susan Omohundro,

Sat, Mar 10: Bear Mountain Snowshoe or hike This will be a loop beginning at the gate of the Cranberry Lake campground. Nice views of Cranberry Lake. Approximately 5.5 miles RT, leisurely pace. Elevation gain 677 feet. Level 3, Moderate. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or

Sat, Mar 17: Snowshoeing to Trombley Landing 3.5 miles RT to a lean-to beside the Raquette River near Tupper Lake. Small hills but little change in elevation. Beginners and children welcome. Level 2. Joint outing with North Woods Chapter. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

Sun, Mar 25: Tupper Triad Join us as we attempt to snowshoe all three small mountains (Goodman, Coney and Arab) that form this challenge. Together, that is 7.6 miles and about 1700 feet of ascent. Of course, participants can opt out after the first or second hike, as they see fit. (There’s no guarantee the leader will make it through all three either). Contact Blair Madore at 315-261-0751 or

Sun, Mar 25: Environmental Effects of Roads in the Adirondack Park and St. Lawrence Valley Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:30 PM. Roads and road traffic have a dramatic impact on the surrounding environment. Road ecologists work with transportation engineers and transportation departments to mitigate the negative effects of roadways. Tom Langen, Chair of Clarkson University’s Biology Department, will discuss how roads affect environmental quality in the Adirondack Park and St. Lawrence Valley and ways to improve road design and management.