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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Thursday, Jan 1 New Years Day Ski/Snowshoe Outing with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We will gather early to mid-afternoon at the Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus for short, easy skiing or snowshoeing tours of the trails behind the lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres to pass, and plan to be back at the lodge around 4 pm to help bring in the New Year. Public welcome. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan 10 Jenkins Mountain from Black Pond with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. About 6.5 - 7 mile round trip with about 800 feet of elevation gain. Moderately strenuous. Public welcome. Contact Tom Wheeler at (315) 386-3482 or twheele3@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan 10 Snowshoe at the Wild Center with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Participants will snowshoe the trails from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Wild Center museum along the edge of the Raquette River. This trip precedes the 1 p.m. talk “Tippu Tip’s Lost Empire”, John and Terese Hart’s fascinating program on the Lomami Rain Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Wild Center will provide snowshoes for anyone who does not have them. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Northern NY Chapter of the Audubon Society. Very easy. Public welcome. Register by calling Joan Collins at (315) 261-4246 or jecollins@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Jan 11 Outdoors/Indoors - The Great Camps of the Adirondacks

Presentation of the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Mary Jo Whalen will share her pictures and knowledge of the Adirondack Great Camps, made famous by industrialists and financiers from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression. 7:00 PM in the Community Room located above the police station in Potsdam. Light refreshments will be served. Public welcome. For information, contact Rose Rivezzi at (315) 265-8117 or rrivezzi@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Jan 17 Mount Arab with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. This 1-mile trail takes an hour or so to climb, depending upon the amount of snow and whether previous hikers have made a track already. It leads to a fire tower on a largely open summit and possibly great views of southern St. Lawrence County. Brave souls can climb into the tower. Elevation gain is 700 feet. We'll have a snack on the porch of the caretaker's cabin, if it's not too windy. Proper winter gear a necessity. Easy. Public welcome. Contact John & Susan Omohundro at (315) 265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sunday, Jan 18 Snowshoe around Black Pond with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We'll ski/snowshoe/hike around this lovely pond near Paul Smith's. About 3 miles of level terrain. We'll provide hot chocolate for all participants. Families are encouraged to participate - kids and dogs are most welcome. Very easy. Public welcome. Contact Blair & Marg Madore at (315) 265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Rescheduled to Saturday, February 21 Saturday, Jan 24 Ski the Leonard Pond Trail with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Participants will cross country ski 5 miles round-trip on a wide, level trail in mixed forest and boreal habitat. We will end the trip at the famous “Backwoods Inn” for lunch. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Northern NY Chapter of the Audubon Society. Easy. Public welcome. Leaders Joan Collins & Eileen Wheeler. Register by contacting Joan at (315) 261-4246 or jecollins@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday Jan 24 and Sunday Jan 25 Beginners’ Snowshoe at Catamount Lodge with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. As a part of the Colton Festival, the Catamount Lodge will host a beginner's snowshoe trip on the lodge grounds. Snowshoes will be available to borrow.  Instructions on gear and technique will be offered prior to the trip. Very easy. Public welcome. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com

Rescheduled to Saturday, February 28 Saturday, Jan 24 Rocky Peak Ridge with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We will leave the parking lot on Rt. 9 in New Russia and head out on the East Ridge Trail to Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant. This trail will take us through the dark forest below Blueberry Cobbles and then on to the bright and many open views leading first to Bald Peak and then above tree line to the great rocky summit of the aptly named Rocky Peak where there are 360 degree views.  Weather can present difficult conditions. Crampons required. Approximately 11 miles, 3600 feet elevation gain.  Very strenuous and difficult winter mountaineering. Public welcome. Contact Art Boni at (613) 728-7455 or primo@rogers.com.

Saturday, Jan.31 Arbutus Lake (Huntington Forest) with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Participants will snowshoe a flat 2 mile loop through softwood and mixed forest around the shore of the lake. There is the possibility that Red and White-winged Crossbills will be in the softwoods along the trail. Those interested can stay and have lunch in Huntington Lodge which is currently being renovated. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Northern NY Chapter of the Audubon Society. Very easy. Public welcome. Contact Charlotte Demers at (518) 582-2157 or cdemers@esf.edu

Sunday, Feb 1 Mount Marshall with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We will hike up to Flowed Lands and make our way over to and then up Herbert Brook and thence to the top of Marshall. Nice views can be had on the ascent and from the summit if the weather cooperates. We will follow our tracks all the way back to our cars. About 12 miles round trip. Very strenuous and difficult winter mountaineering. Public welcome. Contact Mike McLean at (315) 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday Feb 1 Outdoors/Indoors - Our Local Trails: Past, Present, Future

Presentation of the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Panel discussion with Tom Ortmeyer, Rob Badger, Mark Simon, Bob Dowman, and John Omohundro of how the Chapter is involved in local recreation opportunities, including the Red Sandstone Trail, Stone Valley, Postwood Park, O’Malley Brook, and others the panel would like to add. They will discuss the history, current issues, and possible futures of these places. 7:00 PM in the Community Room located above the police station in Potsdam. Light refreshments will be served. Public welcome. For information, contact Rose Rivezzi at (315) 265-8117 or rrivezzi@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Feb 7 Ski the Ponds to Fish Pond with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Last year we skied the 7 carries. This time we want to ski (conditions permitting) from Little Clear across St. Regis , Ochre, and Monday Ponds to Fish Pond, and return on the ski trail. About 10 miles round trip. Strenuous. Public welcome. Contact Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Sunday, Feb 8 Riverside Trail Snowshoe with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. This will be an afternoon snowshoe trip on the Riverside Trail, a 1.4 mile loop going into the St. Regis River above Parishville. Call for details. Easy. Public welcome. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@twcny.rr.com

Saturday, Feb 14 Ski and Snowshoe of Rt. 458 to the St. Regis River with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We’ll ski in about 2 miles over gently rolling terrain, then stash the skis and snowshoe up a ridge and down to the river. About 6 miles round trip. Easy to moderate. Public welcome. Contact Duncan Cutter at (315) 328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com

Sunday, Feb 15 Ski the Jordan River Trail with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. If the ice permits we’ll ski across the Raquette and explore the Jordan River Trail. If not we will explore Church Pond. 4-5 miles round trip Easy to moderate. Public welcome. Contact Tom Van DeWater at (315) 386-8489 or tvandewater@yahoo.com.

Saturday, Feb 21 Ski Trip to Santanoni Great Camp with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. A lovely, moderate-level ski to a storied destination, this ten-mile round-trip is a classic Adirondack winter journey to an historic Great Camp. The dirt road trail is not groomed for skiing. Bring appropriate layers of apparel for the weather and temperature, skis, water, lunch or snacks. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Northern NY Chapter of the Audubon Society. Public welcome. Contact Pat & John Thaxton: at (518) 576-4232 or jpthax5317@aol.com.

Rescheduled from Saturday, January 24 Saturday, February 21 Ski the Leonard Pond Trail with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Participants will cross country ski 5 miles round-trip on a wide, level trail in mixed forest and boreal habitat. We will end the trip at the famous “Backwoods Inn” for lunch. This trip is jointly sponsored by the Northern NY Chapter of the Audubon Society. Easy. Public welcome. Leaders Joan Collins & Eileen Wheeler. Register by contacting Joan at (315) 261-4246 or jecollins@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday, Feb 22 Family Outing at the Indian Creek Nature Center with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We’ll ski or snowshoe around the trails at the Center, and regroup at the bonfire for cocoa and goodies. Very easy. Public welcome. Contact Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or aaspencer@verizon.net.

Saturday, Feb 28 Skiing Hayes Brook Truck Trail to the Sheep Meadows with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Easy terrain in Debar Mountain Wild Forest. 8 miles round trip, little change in elevation. Moderately strenuous. Public welcome. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca

Rescheduled from Saturday, January 24 Saturday, Feb 28 Rocky Peak Ridge with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We will leave the parking lot on Rt. 9 in New Russia and head out on the East Ridge Trail to Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant. This trail will take us through the dark forest below Blueberry Cobbles and then on to the bright and many open views leading first to Bald Peak and then above tree line to the great rocky summit of the aptly named Rocky Peak where there are 360 degree views.  Weather can present difficult conditions. Crampons required. Approximately 11 miles, 3600 feet elevation gain.  Very strenuous and difficult winter mountaineering. Public welcome. Contact Art Boni at (613) 728-7455 or primo@rogers.com.

Sunday, Mar 1 Wright and Algonquin with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. We will start from High Peaks Information Center to climb these two peaks which present spectacular 360 degree views. We will climb directly to Algonquin and then "bag" Wright on the descent. Wind and cold temperatures can be severe especially on Algonquin. Crampons required. Approximately 10 miles, 3000+ feet elevation gain. Very strenuous and difficult winter mountaineering. Public welcome. Contact Art Boni at (613) 728-7455 or primo@rogers.com

Saturday, Mar 7 Snowshoe Azure Mountain with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Departure from Potsdam at 9:30 to climb this St. Regis Falls fire tower mountain with great views.  About 2 miles with 900 foot ascent. Easy to moderate. Public welcome. Contact Gene Kaczka at (315) 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com

Sunday Mar 8 Outdoors/Indoors – Tour of the Northwest Passage

Presentation of the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Mary Jane Watson participated in an Australian-led expedition to transit the Northwest Passage during the summers of 2005 and 2006, sailing aboard the R/V Academic Ioffe. Starting in Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, the tour crossed to the western coast of Greenland, touching in several communities before crossing Baffin Bay to Lancaster Sound and stopping at Beechey Island, the site where the Franklin Expedition spent its first winter. After the Arctic ice cleared out in the spring of 2006, the expedition resumed and completed the transit of the Northwest Passage on the 100th anniversary of Armundsen's first successful transit of the Passage. Come hear Mary Jane talk about this incredible trip. Public welcome. 7:00 PM in the Community Room located above the police station in Potsdam. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Rose Rivezzi at (315) 265-8117 or rrivezzi@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday, Mar 14 Skiing in the Gatineau Park in Hull (near Ottawa) with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. The Gatineau has some beautiful trails, both for traditional and skating. We’ll choose routes on site. Moderate to strenuous. Public welcome. Contact Bill Romey at (315) 268-0231 or romeywl@potsdam.edu.

Saturday, Mar 21 Ski the Peavine Swamp Trails with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Hoping we still have some snow down there, we’ll ski one or more of the loops. 8 miles round trip. Strenuous. Public welcome. Contact Ron Johnson at (315) 769- 8241 or rjohnson454@gmail.com.

Saturday Mar 28 Hike/ Ski the trails at the VIC near Paul Smiths with the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Depending on conditions, we’ll ski, snowshoe, or hike some of the trails at the VIC. Easy. Public welcome. Contact Art Johnson at (315) 265-2619 or ajohns35@verizon.net.