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Outings Schedule


Vice-Chair, Outings
Marianne Hebert
315-265-0756

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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Monday, Jan. 1 Annual New Year's Day Outing and Potluck. As is our tradition, we will be gathering on New Year's Day for an outing and light potluck. Meet at the Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson University campus and hike, ski, or snowshoe the trails. Plan to arrive in the early afternoon, and eat around 4. There are no kitchen facilities, just electric outlets. Activity level is very easy (in fact, optional). Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan. 6 Ski and Bird to Raquette Falls. As the ADK's High Peaks Region guide states, "This is one of the classic Adirondack ski tours". We will ski 4.2 miles along the Raquette River to the canoe carry intersection, and then walk a short distance to a lovely viewing area for the falls. With a bumper cone crop on red and black spruce, balsam fir, tamarack, and hemlock trees this year, we hope to observe many irruptive winter finch species. Bring binoculars! The Raquette Falls Trail has gentle and moderate ups and downs, with a couple of steeper areas near the end. (Taking off skis to walk down the steep sections will be fine.) Round trip distance is 8.4 miles. Moderately strenuous. This trip is jointly sponsored with St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon. Contact Joan Collins & George Yellott at (315) 261-4246 or jecollins@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Jan. 7 Haystack from the Loj. Joint trip with Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter. We will take the Van Hoevenberg Trail almost to Marcy, and then take a shortcut (15-minute bushwhack) at a former lean-to site to intersect the trail to Haystack. Full crampons and snowshoes needed, ski poles recommended. Good conditions may result in a climb of Marcy on the way back. Around 16 miles round trip. Very strenuous and demanding winter mountaineering. Contact Mike McLean at (315) 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan. 13 Skiing at the Visitor Information Center. In Paul Smiths. We will ski the long trail in the morning and some of the shorter ones in the afternoon. Easy to moderate. Contact Gene and Carolyn Kaczka at (315) 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan. 20 Snowshoe Baxter Mountain. We'll climb Baxter Mountain from Spruce Hill off Route 9N. The trail leads to lookouts on rock ledges with views of Keene Valley, the Great Range, and Marcy. Moderate climb. Bring snowshoes, lunch, camera. 770 foot elevation gain, summit 2440'. 2 miles round trip. Contact Duncan and Lois Cutter at (315) 328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday Jan. 21 Sawteeth. 12 miles, 3600 foot ascent. Very strenuous and demanding winter mountaineering. Snowshoes and crampons necessary. Spectacular views along the trail and from the summit of this high peak. Contact Nancy LaBaff at (315) 379-9885 or nlabaff1@twcny.rr.com, or Lyle Montgomery at (315) 394-0121 or lmontgom@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, January 21 Outdoors-Indoors: A New Zealand Adventure Tom Van De Water and Betsy Kepes and their son, Jay, spent many months exploring the wonders of New Zealand mainly on their bikes. Come spend an evening hearing about the highlights of their trip that also included a stop in Japan. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum. For details, email or call Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117.

Saturday, Jan. 27 Snowshoe Dial Mountain. We'll go up Dial via Bear Den. The total ascent is 4000 feet. If all goes well we can add Nippletop and make an interesting loop. Very strenuous and demanding winter mountaineering. Contact Debra White at (315) 322-4066 or dwhite46r@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Jan. 28 Snowshoe Pitchoff Mountain. If we can spot cars this is a 5.2 mile trip with about 1500 feet of elevation gain. Crampons may be needed. Strenuous. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at (315) 265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Saturday, Feb. 3 Ski and Bird on the Leonard Pond Trail. This fairly easy ski trip is on old dirt roads with mostly level terrain. The trail leads through a variety of primarily coniferous habitats - red pine, white pine, mixed coniferous/deciduous, and spruce-fir-tamarack boreal habitat. Our destination will be the gated location delineating the beginning of private land, and we will also take a short side trail to view Leonard Pond (& hopefully, the resident River Otters). This is a wonderful trail for observing boreal bird species. We will also be watching for irruptive winter finch species with this year’s bumper cone crop on red and black spruce, balsam fir, tamarack, and hemlock trees. Bring binoculars! Round trip distance is 5 miles. This trip is jointly sponsored with St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon. Contact Joan Collins at (315) 261-4246 or jecollins@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Feb. 4 Beginner Snowshoe at Indian Creek Nature Center and the Indian Creek Nature Center. This is an easy afternoon 2 to 3 mile return trip flatland snowshoe outing. We'll also be looking for birds. Snowshoes will be provided, so come on out and try your feet on this wonderful way to enjoy winter. Contact Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Saturday Feb. 10 Jenkins Mountain. We'll ski to the base of this small peak and snowshoe to the summit. If time and conditions permit we'll bushwhack to the northerly summit as well. Remarkable views. The start and finish is at the Visitor Information Center at Paul Smiths. An 8 mile trip with 1200 feet of elevation gain, with an easy to moderate pace with some short but challenging inclines. Contact Cliff and Gloria Daly at (613) 224-4413 or cliff.daly@pwgsc.gc.ca.

Sunday, February 11 Outdoors-Indoors: Hiking With Children The Foisy/Koehler family and the Madore family will share some of their experiences about hikes involving children. They will share special things to be considered and the special joys that come when hiking with kids on the trail. This would be a great opportunity if you’ve ever thought about hiking with children but feel unsure about it. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum. For details, email or call Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117.

Saturday, Feb. 17 (Rescheduled to Feb 24) - Ski in the St. Regis Canoe Area. If ice conditions permit, we'll ski the 7 Carries Canoe Route, which is a 9 mile "spot a car" trip with very little elevation gain. If not, we'll ski the Fish Pond loop, which is an 11.6 mile round trip with little elevation gain. Moderately strenuous. Contact Armond & Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Sunday Feb. 18 Black Pond (near Paul Smiths). Join us for a Kids on the Trail Hike/Ski/Snowshoe. We plan to eat lunch at the lean-to. We'll supply hot dogs and marshmallows if you supply the kids to roast them. Easy. Contact Marg and Blair Madore at (315) 265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 24 (Rescheduled from Feb 17) - Ski in the St. Regis Canoe Area. If ice conditions permit, we'll ski the 7 Carries Canoe Route, which is a 9 mile "spot a car" trip with very little elevation gain. If not, we'll ski the Fish Pond loop, which is an 11.6 mile round trip with little elevation gain. Moderately strenuous. Contact Armond & Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Sunday, Feb. 25 Skiing in the Gatineau Park. In the hills a short distance north of Ottawa. Good scenery. Warm shelters. Very well maintained trails, usually in good condition even when nearby areas are icy. About fifteen miles, hilly. Moderately strenuous. Trail fee. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or barronj@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Saturday, Mar. 3 Gothics and Armstrong (Jointly with Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter). We will head up the Ausable Club Road and then up the Beaver Meadow Falls Trail to the col between Gothics and Armstrong. First Gothics and then Armstrong, or possibly Armstrong then Gothics. We may throw in Sawteeth and Pyramid, or possibly Upper Wolf Jaw if the weather is good and we decide to descend via a loop trail. A full day with dinner in Keene Valley finishing the trip. Very strenuous and demanding winter mountaineering. Contact Mike McLean at (315) 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Mar. 4 Snowshoe to Harper Falls. This will be an afternoon trip to Harper Falls on the north branch of the Grasse River, north of Lampson Falls. It is a double falls with some interesting rock work to explore. Approximately 2 miles round trip, suitable for all ages. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8261 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Mar. 10 Ski the Peavine Swamp Trail from the Ranger School. We're planning a trip of about 8 miles round trip. Conditions and/or participants may alter these plans. Moderate. Contact Armond & Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

New! Sunday, Mar. 11, 1:30 pm. Beginner Snowshoe at Indian Creek Nature Center and the Indian Creek Nature Center. This is an easy afternoon 2 to 3 mile return trip flatland snowshoe outing. We'll also be looking for birds. Snowshoes will be provided, so come on out and try your feet on this wonderful way to enjoy winter. Contact Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Saturday Mar. 17 Ski/Snowshoe Cat Mountain. Assuming the snow depth is sufficient, we will ski to the vicinity of Janack's Landing (perhaps over ice part of the way) or a little farther, then stow the skis and snowshoe up Cat Mountain to enjoy its panoramic views of the Five Ponds Wilderness. About 10 miles round trip. Strenuous. Contact Tom Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or twheele3@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, March 18 Outdoors-Indoors: Planning a Trip to New Zealand Mike Klein spent six months in New Zealand. He will share some of the interesting places he explored and give suggestions in planning a trip to this spectacular country. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum. For details, email or call Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117.

Saturday Mar. 24 Mystery Trip. If we can find snow, we'll ski. If we can't find snow, we'll hike. In either case the trip will be moderately strenuous. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.