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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July - September, 2009

July 11th (Saturday) - Canoe and Hike at Sugar Island (paddle/hike)
Join us for a kid-friendly paddle and hike in beautiful Potsdam! We’ll paddle from our home in Potsdam up the Raquette to Sugar Island, where we’ll hike the loop trail around to the power plant and back to the canoes before returning home. Interested but don’t have a boat? We may be able to help. Easy, about 4 hours. Contact Eileen Visser, (315) 265-1259

July 12th (Sunday) - New Hiker Series: Arab Mountain (hike)
A steady climb takes us up the side of Arab Mountain, a peak near Tupper Lake that offers wonderful views from its fire tower. Roundtrip distance is 2 miles, with about 800 feet of climb. Outing is limited to 25 people, so register early. Contact Rose Rivezzi, (315) 265-8117, for meeting time, place, and trip specifics.

July 12th (Sunday) - Cranberry Lake and Beyond (road bike)
We will cycle a very scenic loop starting near Cranberry Lake, going through Newton Falls and Star Lake, with a side trip to the Ranger School near Wanakena before returning to Cranberry Lake. The route is 35 miles and moderately hilly. Pace will be relaxed. Contact Lyle and Mike Montgomery, (315) 394-0121, lmontgom@twcny.rr.com

July 20th (Monday) - New Hiker Series: Azure Mountain (hike)
You’ll feel like you’ve climbed a mountain after reaching the summit of Azure, and you’ll be rewarded by the excellent views from its rocky summit and aluminum fire tower. Roundtrip distance is 2 miles, with about 1000 feet of climb. Outing is limited to 25 people, so register early. Contact Rose Rivezzi, (315) 265-8117, for meeting time, place, and trip specifics.

July 25th (Saturday) - New Hiker Series: Owl’s Head Mountain near Malone (hike)
You’ll have a great view of the mountain even before you start to climb. An abandoned mine site is near the top of Owl’s Head. Roundtrip distance is 2.2 miles. Outing is limited to 25 people, so register early. Contact Rose Rivezzi, (315) 265-8117, for meeting time, place, and trip specifics.

July 25th (Saturday) - Introduction to Kayaking and Evening Paddling (paddle)
We will meet at 4 p.m. at the Shane Fuller memorial boat launch in Ives Park, Potsdam (near the gazebo) to paddle on the Raquette and talk about boats. For those who are unfamiliar with kayaking, Wear On Earth will offer reduced-cost boat rentals for the event. Come join us and try out a new sport! Contact Shannon Fyrberg, (315) 265-3178, shannon.fyrberg@gmail.com.

July 26th (Sunday) - Lyon Mountain (hike)
In 2008 an ADK professional trail crew completely rerouted and rebuilt the trail on Lyon Mountain: we’ll admire the result. There is a fire tower at the summit, and in good weather there are views of Lake Chazy, Lake Champlain, and the skyline of Montreal. 6 miles RT, 2000 feet gain. Level 3-4. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296, johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

July 26th (Sunday) - Burgers & Boats Festival in Potsdam (paddle)
Although this is not an ADK-sponsored outing, members may find it interesting. Wear On Earth is throwing a boating party in Potsdam where various new, demo, and used kayaks and canoes will be sold at reduced prices. People are welcome to come try out the boats and have a burger while enjoying the company of friends. Contact Shannon Fyrberg, (315) 265-3178, shannon.fyrberg@gmail.com.

July 29 (Wednesday) - Picnic and Paddle at Blake Reservoir
Meet at Blake Reservoir’s southern boat launch immediately on the power development road at 5 PM. This is a distance south of the McNeil campground on Blake. The road to the launch begins very close to SH 56 just south of the Raquette River bridge in South Colton and goes several miles to the launch location. Paddle north to Blake Campsite for your own picnic supper and paddle back. Level 1: suitable for beginning paddlers. All participants must wear a pfd. Dick Mooers 265-2774 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

July 30th (Thursday) - Blue Mountain (hike)
Join us for this moderate climb up beautiful Blue Mountain. We’ll climb the fire tower and visit with the summit steward. Level 3. Contact Susan and John Omohundro, (315) 265-8365, omohunsl@northnet.org.

August 1 (Saturday) - Cycle tour of Madrid, Hopkinton, Parishville, Potsdam (road bike)
Join us for a cycle tour of the North Country’s rolling hills, passing through a number of lovely villages along the way. We'll stop for lunch, when the group wants it, somewhere in the open and forested terrain this route covers. About 60 miles at moderate pace (14-16 mph). Contact Art Boni, (613) 728-7455, primo@rogers.com.

August 1 (Saturday) - Noonmark and Round Mountain Loop (hike)
From the parking lot in St. Huberts we will head to the summit of Noonmark (3556 ft) via the Stimson Trail. After a lunch break, we’ll use the Old Dix Trail to ease over to Round Mtn (3100 ft) and loop back for a round-trip hike just under 7 miles, with 2200 ft of climb. Level 4. Contact Ed Moczydlowski, (315) 268-5507, smoczydl@twcny.rr.com.

August 15th (Saturday) - Canoe and Hike to Debar Pond and Baldface Mountain (paddle/hike)
We will canoe across Debar Pond, after a .3 mile carry on elevated boardwalk. After paddling through coves, we will pull up on Shelving Rock (good swimming and picnicking), and then begin the strenuous bushwhack up to the ledges of Baldface. From there, we’ll have views toward the pond as well as Whiteface, Loon, Sable, and Debar Mountains. New York State once raised elk not far from here, and there will be blueberries and loons. Good introductory paddle for beginning paddlers, since the bushwhack is optional. Contact Lois and Duncan Cutter, (315) 328-4675, dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

August 16th (Sunday) - Paddle and Picnic on the Upper and Lower Lakes (paddle)
Join us on the Upper and Lower Lakes near Rensselaer Falls, where we’ll spend an enjoyable afternoon paddling and watching for birds. We’ll start at 3 P.M. Bring binoculars, PFD, whistle, bug dope, and picnic fare. Level 1. Contact Ann Spencer, (315) 379-1383, aaspencer@verizon.net.

August 22nd (Saturday) - Giant of the Valley via Zander Scott Trail (hike)
We’ll ascend Giant Mtn by the Zander Scott trail, which climbs the long open ridge to the summit of the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks. We’ll enjoy the views from Giant’s summit, and may add a side trip to Rocky Peak if the group is so inclined. 6 miles RT, 3050 feet feet of climb. Strenuous. Contact Hollis Easter, (315) 212-1326, adk@holliseaster.com.

August 26 (Wednesday) - Picnic and Paddle on the Grasse River, Canton
New launch location We will still paddle on the Grasse, but because Taylor Park will be closed for the season, we will launch on the Little River. To find the launch location, take Park Street (starts at the Canton Post Office) past the university, and turn in to the launch site immediately after the wooden truss bridge across Little River. Beware muddy banks! Launch time is still 5 PM. Paddle first, then picnic, so bring a snack for the boat. Level 1: suitable for beginning paddlers. All participants must wear a pfd. Dick Mooers 265-2774 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

September 5th (Saturday) - MacIntyre Range Traverse (Iroquois, Boundary, Algonquin, Wright Peaks) (hike)
We will meet at Adirondak Loj and head into Indian Pass to ascend the trail between Marshall and Iroquois mountains. At the top of the pass, we will bushwhack the steep .4 miles up to Shepherd’s Tooth and the summit of Iroquois. From there, we'll head east over to Boundary, Algonquin, and Wright peaks, completing the loop by returning to the Loj. Very strenuous, with 11 miles of hiking and 4000 feet of climb. Contact Mike McLean, (315) 262-2564, mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

September 6th (Sunday) - Cycling the 1000 Islands Parkway (road bike)
We’ll bicycle along the 1000 Islands Parkway on the Ontario side of the St. Lawrence, from Gananoque eastward. 25 miles one way; car shuttle. Flat, level 2-3. Possible swim at beginning or end. John Barron, (613) 828-2296, johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

September 12th (Saturday) - Canoe Upper St. Regis, Spitfire, and Lower St. Regis Lakes (paddle)
We’ll paddle these three beautiful lakes that offer beautiful views of St. Regis Mountain, starting with a 0.2 mile portage across the St. Regis Esker to put in on Upper St. Regis. From there it’s a moderate paddle down through the three connected lakes. Contact Ron Johnson and Nikki Coates, (315) 212-4957, rjohnson454@gmail.com.

September 12th (Saturday) - Hike around Massawepie Lake (hike) Cancelled
We’ll hike around this beautiful bit of water near Tupper Lake. About 6 miles, little elevation gain. Level 2. Contact Armond Spencer, (315) 379-1383, aaspencer@verizon.net.

September 12 (Saturday) - Sea Kayak Saranac River and Lakes Cancelled
Paddle 14 miles from Middle Saranac Lake to the village of Saranac Lake. Meet at South Creek boat launch at 9 AM for shuttle arrangements, and launch around 10 AM. Participants must be experienced and able to maintain 3 to 4 mph for several hours. Also, wind on Middle Saranac can kick up a sea quickly. Lunch at the SH 3 DEC boat access to Lower Saranac Lake. Dinner in town follows. Level 4-5. All participants must wear a pfd. Dick Mooers 265-2774 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

September 19th (Saturday) - Baldface Mountain Bushwhack (hike)
Come climb Baldface Mountain, a small peak in the Debar Mountain Wilderness. Baldface has beautiful open views of Debar Mountain, and may have changing leaves by late September. About one mile of bushwhacking each way. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219, tortmeye@twcny.rr.com, or Geri Ames, (315) 842-2107, geriames@gmail.com.

September 20th (Sunday) - New Hiker Series: Red Sandstone Trail in Potsdam (hike)
Bring your kids, their grandparents, and your dogs for a fun romp around Sugar Island near Potsdam. Weather permitting, a campfire cookout and treasure hunt will be part of this easy adventure. Contact Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu.

September 26th (Saturday) - September Walk at September Farm, South Colton (hike)
Walk the foothills of the Adirondack mountains on wooded trails in what used to be a 19th-century farm. Participants will see second-growth forest covering the moderate hills of South Colton, with beaver ponds, bubbling streams, and giant white ponds. Afterwards, join us for chili, cornbread, coffee, tea, and conversation. Approximately 2 miles walk, 100 feet elevation gain. Easy and suitable for new hikers. Contact Bill Mueller, (315) 262-2952, b-hutch-m@twcny.rr.com.

New September 27th (Sunday) - New Hiker Series: Azure Mountain (hike)
You’ll feel like you’ve climbed a mountain after reaching the summit of Azure, and you’ll be rewarded by the excellent views from its rocky summit and aluminum fire tower. Roundtrip distance is 2 miles, with about 1000 feet of climb. Outing is limited to 20 people, so register early. Contact Rose Rivezzi, (315) 265-8117, for meeting time, place, and trip specifics.

September 30 (Wednesday) - Picnic and Paddle on Norwood Lake
Launch at Norwood Beach, Lakeshore Drive. Access the park from either Cemetery Road (turn at the Lobster House) or from the Village center. The park gate will be open from 4:45 to 5 PM, then locked. Late arrivals will have to carry to the lake from the road, about 100 yards. Bring a snack for the boat, as we will “picnic” at the Lobster House to celebrate the summer series. Level 1: suitable for beginning paddlers. All participants must wear a pfd. Dick Mooers 265-2774 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.