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 4 - Hike or Ski at the VIC with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Depending on conditions, we'll ski, snowshoe, or hike some of the trails at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center. Easy. Public welcome. Art Johnson (315) 265-2619, johnsoal@potsdam.edu.

Sunday April 5 - Hike the North Branch of the Grasse with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. We plan an early afternoon start for this early spring hike, which may find ice or may find wildflowers. We'll hike down from Harper Falls (sure to be flowing well) to the confluence with the South Branch, and back. Approximately 7 miles round trip, little elevation gain, Moderate. Public welcome. Armond Spencer (315) 379-1383, aaspencer@verizon.net.

Sunday April 19 - Red Sandstone Trail Workday with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Begin Earth Week by giving something back to nature. Satisfying chores are available for all levels of skill and stamina: litter pickup, branch nipping, blowdown removal, sign nailing, rock work, light sawing. We'll begin in early afternoon; call for details. Public welcome. John Omohundro (315) 265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sunday April 19 - Spring (Mud Season) Potluck Party of the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Potsdam Presbyterian Church Community Room. We'll gather at 5 pm, to eat at 5:30. Bring a dish to pass and your own plates and utensils. Coffee and tea will be provided. Sherm Craig and Jamie Savage will make a presentation on the Cranberry Lake 50 - the new 50-mile hiking trail around Cranberry Lake. Public welcome. Tom Ortmeyer (315) 265-8219, tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

Thursday April 23 - Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop. Learn from a Master Educator about the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. This enjoyable presentation of about an hour will focus on ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Jointly sponsored by the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Wear On Earth. Meet at the store in Potsdam at 6 p.m. Public welcome. Shannon Fyrberg (315) 268-2163, shannon.fyrberg@gmail.com.

Saturday May 2 - Lost Pond Peak Bushwhack with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Challenging two- to three- mile bushwhack to the remote Lost Pond region, south of Street Mtn., wedged between ten miles of trail hiking. 2,000 ft vertical, very strenuous. Public welcome. Gloria and Cliff Daly (613) 224-4413, cliff.daly@rogers.com.

Saturday May 2 - Spring Wildflowers and Early Migrants with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. An easy nature walk jointly sponsored by Indian Creek Nature Center and the Northern NY Audubon Society. Public welcome. Peter O'Shea (315) 848-2178.

Saturday May 2 - Everton Falls Clean-Up with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. The annual day of maintenance at Everton Falls. We’ll pick up winter trash from beside the road and the falls, clear the nature trail, then eat lunch at the falls and spend the rest of the day canoeing. Public welcome. Duncan Cutter, dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sunday May 3 - Catamount Mountain Trail Maintenance with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Help side trim and remove dead wood from our adopted trail on this small but spectacular peak just north of Whiteface. Take lunch, work gloves, and shears or hand saw. Moderate 4 miles, 2000 ft ascent. Public welcome. Gloria and Cliff Daly (613) 224-4413, cliff.daly@rogers.com.

Sunday May 10 – Roaring Brook Falls, the Nubble, and Giant’s Washbowl with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. About a 5-mi circuit, 1500 ft elevation gain, much to look at. Moderate. Public welcome. John & Susan Omohundro (315) 265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org

Sunday May 17 - Spring Birds at Indian Creek with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. We’ll 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. Easy. Jointly sponsored by Indian Creek Nature Center and Northern NY Audubon Society. Public welcome. Joan Collins (315) 261-4246, jecollins@twcny.rr.com or Eileen Wheeler (315) 386-2482, eiwheeler@yahoo.com

Saturday May 23 - Mountain Biking Start-up with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Shannon Fyrberg will lead a trip on Clarkson University trails for confident road bikers who are tentative about transitioning to trail riding. The trip will cover 2-3 miles of woodland terrain; anyone with a front-suspension bike and confident road skills is welcome. Helmets are required. Shannon Fyrberg (315) 268-2163, shannon.fyrberg@gmail.com.

Saturday May 30 - Massawepie Mire Walk with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. The mire is the largest bog (actually a fen) in New York State. We will walk the old, level railroad bed for 4 miles round trip and visit the South Branch of the Grasse River. An optional 2-mile round-trip hike on the Mountaineer Trail along scenic Massawepie Lake in the afternoon. Boreal birds, bog plants, and scenic views will be our focus. Jointly sponsored with Northern NY Audubon Society. Easy. Joan Collins (315) 261-4246, jecollins@twcny.rr.com, or Eileen Wheeler (315) 386-2482, eiwheeler@yahoo.com.

Saturday May 30 - MacNaughton Mountain via Wallface Ponds with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Future 46ers and other hikers alike will enjoy this trip to MacNaughton, the peak that should have made Colvin's list of peaks over 4000 feet. We will start at Adirondak Loj and head into Indian Pass and then follow the trail up to Wallface Ponds. We will then bushwhack between the two large ponds and make our way the final mile to the summit. About 13 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing, very strenuous. An early start. Mike McLean (315) 262-2564, mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday May 30 - Lampson Falls Spruce Up with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Enjoy the tranquil Grasse River and its impressive, two-tiered falls as we do our annual clean up in their vicinity. Bring a few small garbage bags, work gloves, and lunch. 3 miles level, about 4 hours. Kids especially welcome! Meet at McDonalds in Canton, leaving there at 9:30 a.m. or at the Lampson Falls trailhead at 10:00 a.m. We finish by 2:00 p.m. then visit the Kepeses for a post-outing social. Easy. Gloria and Cliff Daly (613) 224-4413, cliff.daly@rogers.com.

Saturday June 6 - Catamount Bicycle Tour with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. We'll bicycle from South Colton up the River Road and over to Rt. 56. We'll then head south to Catamount Lodge area for a break, and then back to South Colton on Rt. 56. Moderate pace, with support. 22 miles total. Tom Ortmeyer (315) 265-8219, tortmeye@twcny.rr.com.

Saturday June 6 - National Trails Day – This national event in the ADK-wide program will be based in Cranberry Lake this year, with projects slated to include side-cutting, drainage clearing, and rock water bar construction. More information is available at www.adk.org/trails.

New Tuesday June 16th, rain date Tuesday June 23rd - Introduction to the Clarkson Nature Trails (Mountain Biking) with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the local trails by bike and either didn’t know where to go or were afraid of trails above your ability, fear no more! Clarkson University offers a great variety of forested biking trails from smooth, wide, sandy paths to narrow, twisting single track. Distance 1 to 4 mi, rolling terrain with small hills. We’ll start with the easiest trails and loop back to the parking lot with each increase in difficulty so everyone can have fun. Meet at the Clarkson University Outdoor Lodge Deck at 6:00 pm. Shannon Fyrberg, x19c84ski@yahoo.com, or call Wear On Earth 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Saturday, 315-265-3178.

Wednesday June 24 - Wednesday Picnic and Paddle: Higley Flow Reservoir with the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. Paddle to Higley Flow State Park beach with your picnic supper and return, about five miles. Personal flotation devices are required, and insect repellant is advised. Suitable for beginners with either kayaks or canoes. Meet at Big Rock launch ramp at Higley Dam, and be ready to launch at 5 pm. Dick Mooers (315) 854-4186, rmooers@twcny.rr.com.