Events Archive

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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Saturday, April 5 -Grass River Whitewater Canoe and Hike. Brad Pendergraft 265-3010 penton@northnet.org. The trip starts with a carry to and around Lampson Falls then to Russell on the Grass River. All the difficult rapids are at the start of the trip and can be carried so even intermediate canoers can complete the trip. After the upper rapids are passed the trip is class I and II whitewater. A wet suit is mandatory. You must talk to Brad if you want to participate. Hikers are also needed to ferry vehicles to the take out. If you would like to hike the shore trail and watch the fun please call for more details. Level 3 The rain date will be April 26th.

Postponed Saturday, April 12 -Lampson Falls to Harper Falls. Armond Spencer 379-1383 aaspencer@verizon.net. I have started on this trip many times, and never made it. It shouldn’t be that hard. 5-6 miles RT with some bushwhack. Level 3.

Sunday, April 13 - Mud Season Potluck at the Potsdam Presbyterian Church Community Center. We will begin to gather at 5, and eat at 5:30. Bring a dish to pass and tableware. Following the potluck, Phil Hopke will make a presentation entitled "Ethanol Production in St. Lawrence County: Where's the beef?" Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@twcny.rr.com for further details.

Rescheduled from Apr 12 Saturday, April 19 - Lampson Falls to Harper Falls. Armond Spencer 379-1383 aaspencer@verizon.net. I have started on this trip many times, and never made it. It shouldn’t be that hard. 5-6 miles RT with some bushwhack. Level 3.

Rescheduled to Saturday, May 24 Saturday, April 26 - Catamount Mountain Cleanup (near Whiteface). Cliff Daly, 613-224--4413.

Saturday, April 26 - Everton Falls Cleanup. Duncan Cutter, 328-4675.

Sunday, April 27 - Spring Wildflowers & Early Migrants at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Peter O’Shea 848-2178. We’ll meet at the East End Entrance. Take Route 68 to Rensselaer Falls Road, and travel 2.5 miles. The East End Entrance will be on your left (there is a barn on the right). We’ll start at 9 A.M. Under one mile on level terrain. Level 1. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Wednesday, April 30 - Birding in the Clarkson Woods. Dick Mooers 265-2774 rmooers@twcny.rr.com. We’ll meet at 7:30 AM at the water tower on Clarkson campus and bird for an hour or so. We’ll check out the Great Blue Heron rookery. This is the first of four Wednesday morning birding adventures on the last Wednesday of the month. Level 1.

Wednesday, April 30 - Raquette River Reservoir Evening Paddle & Picnic. Dick Mooers 265-2774 rmooers@twcny.rr.com. Meet at Ives Park, Potsdam at 5 PM. Bring food and drink for picnic before launching or to take with you as conditions and daylight length dictate. PFD must be worn while boating. Level 1.

Rescheduled to Saturday, May 10 Saturday, May 3 - Catamount Mountain. Duncan & Lois Cutter 328-4675 dcutter1@twcny.rr.com. The scramble following rock cairns up the last reaches before the summit - with views of Whiteface and Taylor Pond - is always fun, as is the climb up Paul Jamieson's Chimney! Meet at our house (28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville) at 9:00 AM. Car pooling welcome. Bring insect repellant, wear long sleeves and pants, camera and lunch. 3.8 Mi. RT, 1560 feet elevation gain. Level 3.

Saturday, May 10 - Bike Ride. Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@twcny.rr.com. We'll take a 20-mile ramble along the back roads south of Heuvelton. Relaxed pace of about 10 miles per hour, mainly flat terrain. Level 2.

Rescheduled from Saturday, May 3 Saturday, May 10 - Catamount Mountain. Duncan & Lois Cutter 328-4675 dcutter1@twcny.rr.com. The scramble following rock cairns up the last reaches before the summit - with views of Whiteface and Taylor Pond - is always fun, as is the climb up Paul Jamieson's Chimney! Meet at our house (28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville) at 9:00 AM. Car pooling welcome. Bring insect repellant, wear long sleeves and pants, camera and lunch. 3.8 Mi. RT, 1560 feet elevation gain. Level 3.

Saturday, May 17 - Spring Bird Walk at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Joan Collins (315) 261-4246 jecollins@twcny.rr.com. Come enjoy a spring bird walk at Indian Creek Nature Center. Participants will view a wide variety of species on a hike through shrub land, marsh, wetland, and forest habitats along the Tower and Succession Trails. Bring binoculars! We’ll meet at 7 AM at the main parking lot at the Indian Creek Nature center near Rensselaer Falls,. A two-mile walk on level trails. Level 1. Jointly sponsored with Indian Creek Nature Center.

Sunday, May 18 - Massawepie Mire Birding Hike. Joan Collins261-4246 jecollins@twcny.rr.com & Eileen Wheeler 386-2482 eiwheeler@yahoo.com. Massawepie Mire is the largest bog (actually a fen) in New York State. We will walk the old, level railroad bed for ~ 4 miles RT and visit the South Branch of the Grass River near the trailhead. There will also be an optional 2-mile RT hike on the Mountaineer Trail along scenic Massawepie Lake in the afternoon. Boreal birds, bog plants, and scenic views will be our focus. We’ll start at 7:30 AM. Level 1. Jointly sponsored with the Audubon Society.

Wednesday, May 21 - Azure Mountain Birding. Joan Collins (315) 261-4246 jecollins@twcny.rr.com. Azure Mountain’s 2512’ fire tower summit is reached by hiking a one-mile trail with an elevation gain of 944’. There are many warbler species along the way. There are also several cliff-nesting species. Indigo Buntings can also be heard singing along the trail. Level 2. Jointly sponsored with the Audubon Society.

Saturday, May 24 - Newton Falls Mine Tailings Reforestation. Bill Mueller 262-2952 b-hutch-m@twcny.rr.com. Dr. Michael Bridgen of the Ranger School will guide us and explain the reforestation project on the iron mine tailings in Newton Falls, in which waste product from the paper mill is used to restore soil fertility. We will climb the massive tailings, wander upon the sea of sandy soil, and discover an innovative restoration that benefits environment and the local economy. Level 2.

Rescheduled from April 26 Saturday, May 24 - Catamount Mountain Cleanup (near Whiteface). Cliff Daly, 613-224--4413.

Sunday, May 25 - Blue Mountain Birding. Joan Collins Register by calling Joan at (315) 261-4264 before May 23; after May 23, call (518) 624-5528. jecollins@twcny.rr.com. Blue Mountain’s 3750’ fire tower summit is reached by hiking 2.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1550’. We will get an early start at the trailhead at 6 AM to ensure a good possibility of hearing Bicknell’s Thrush singing near the summit. Participants will likely observe many other species. Level 3. Jointly sponsored with the Audubon Society

Wednesday, May 28 - Birding in the Clarkson Woods. (See April 30)

Wednesday, May 28 - Raquette River Reservoir Picnic and Paddle, Carry Falls Reservoir. Dick Mooers 265-2774 rmooers@twcny.rr.com. Bring food and drink for picnic before launching or to take with you as conditions and daylight length dictate. PFD must be worn while boating. Meet at 5 PM at the highway pull-off south of the Raquette River bridge on SH 56 in Colton hamlet. Level 1.

Saturday May 31 - Colton Area Bike Ride. Mike McLean 315-262-2564 mpmclean@twcny.rr.com. We'll start at 9 AM from the Colton Kunoco and head on CR 58 to Parishville, then south on White Hill Road to Indian Road to Stark Road to Raquette River Road to South Colton. From South Colton north on 56, back to Colton for ice cream at the Kunoco. A 40-mile loop at a relaxed pace with several opportunities for scenic rest stops. Level 4.

Saturday May 31 - Lampson Falls Cleanup. Cliff Daly, (613) 224-4413.

Saturday, June 7 - Debar Mountain. Nancy Skiff 393-7507 nanas@northnet.org. We’ll meet at the trail parking lot at Meachem Lake Campground. 7 miles, 1600 feet elevation gain. Level 4.

Sunday, June 8 - Massawepie Lake Paddle. Gene & Carolyn Kaczka, 265-4806, gckaczka@twcny.rr.com. Plan upon spending a leisurely 4 hours paddling the entire shoreline of Massawepie Lake, a lovely lake close to home, owned by the Otetiana Boy Scout Council of Rochester, with a N.Y.S. Conservation Easement which denies public access from June 15 to August 31.  For those wishing to do a bit more, we may also paddle the shoreline of the much smaller Catamount Pond, visible from route 3. 

Saturday June 14 - Cranberry Lake Paddle and Cat Mountain Climb. Mike McLean 315-262-2564 mpmclean@twcny.rr.com. We'll push off from the Wanakena Ranger School at 9 AM, checking out the East Inlet and Janack's Landing lean-tos, to arrive the hiking trail at the south end of Dead Creek Flow. About 8 miles of paddling and 5 miles of hiking, to good views from the summit. TL has room for 1-2 folks without water transport. Level 3.

Saturday, June 21 - Gothics. John Barron (613) 828-2296 johnbarron@sympatico.ca. Ascend over Pyramid Peak, which offers what some consider the most dramatic view in the Adirondacks. Continue over the summit and descend via the Armstrong – Gothics col. About ten miles, 3500 feet elevation gain. Level 5.

Wednesday, June 25 - Birding at the Clarkson Woods. (See April 30)

Wednesday, June 25 - Raquette River Reservoir Picnic and Paddle, Stark Falls Reservoir. Dick Mooers 265-2774 rmooers@twcny.rr.com. Bring food and drink for picnic before launching or to take with you as conditions and daylight length dictate. PFD must be worn while boating. Meet at 5 PM at the highway pull-off south of the Raquette River bridge on SH 56 in the Hamlet of Colton. Level 1.

Saturday, June 28 - Chimney Mountain. Blair & Marg Madore 265-0602 madorebf@potsdam.edu. This 2.8-mile RT hike with 760 ft of elevation is a great challenge for kids and parents. Level 2-3. We will camp out Friday and Saturday nights, so call us early!