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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October - December, 2013

Wed, Oct 2: Jay Mt. Wilderness Jay Mountain’s (3600’) new 2.5 mile trail takes us to the to the ridgeline with great open views. The group can decide whether to proceed to Jay Mt. (1.5 more miles). Level 3 or 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 5: Ampersand Mt Ampersand offers a great view over outstanding lake country. 5.5 miles RT, 1,800 feet of gain. Level 4, strenuous. Contact John Wilson at 315-322-5821 or tresawilson@gmail.com.

Sun, Oct 6: Noonmark Mt An almost-High Peak with spectacular views of the Great Range, near St. Hubert’s. 6 miles RT, 2,200 feet of gain. Steep, but slow pace. Level 4. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Oct 12: New Hike to Lilypad and Long Ponds In the White Hill area near Parishville. Approximately 5 mile RT, some modest elevation gain, level 3. Contact Armond Spencer at aaspencer@verizon.net or 315-379-1383.

Sat, Oct 12: Cancelled Furnace Mt To avoid the crowds on Columbus Day weekend, we’ll climb a little mountain few know of, off the Red Tavern Road. About 6 miles RT and 900 feet elevation gain, level 3, moderate. Contact Armond Spencer at 315-379-1383.

Sun, Oct 13: Afternoon Kids Pirate Hike on Red Sandstone Trail A joint event with Nature Up North (natureupnorth.org), this 3 mile walk on mostly level ground includes a hot dog and marshmallow cook out midway along the trail (all food provided). A little known band of Pirates from the Caribbean lost their gold along this trail. Learn the legend and look for their treasure. Along the way we’ll learn about frogs, beavers, hydropower, the history of the region and much, much, more. LIMITED TO 24 participants. Contact Blair Madore at madorebf@potsdam.edu or 315-265-0602 to reserve your spot.

Sat, Oct 19: Moved to October 26 Debar Mt Hike from Meacham Lake state campground through beautiful forest, past kettle holes at gentle slopes except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. 7.4 mile RT, with over 1600 feet of climb. Level 4, strenuous. Great views to the west. Contact David Trithart at 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 19: ADK Fall Trails Day Various projects in the High Peaks region, most of them accessed from the HPC at Heart Lake. Meet at the HPC at 7:30 AM. Ratings from easy to hard. Not a Laurentian Chapter outing.Information and registration form is at http://www.adk.org/page.php?pname=fall-trails-day.

Thu, Oct 24: Moved to Thursday, November 7 Malone Snow Geese Return Not just for birders. Watch a spectacular evening display as Snow Geese come back to the Salmon River for the night. We’ll plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level 1, easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Fri, Oct 25 - Sun, Oct 27: Stone Valley Trail Work Weekend There will be many SUNY Potsdam Students involved; therefore, we are primarily in need of crew leaders who know the Stone Valley trails and/or have experience with trail maintenance and construction. Projects will include: trash clean-up, trail marking, bridge building, mountain bike trail construction, clipping brush, and trail maintenance. Please contact Mark Simon by October 14th at simonm@potsdam.edu or 315-262-2571.

Sat, Oct 26: Debar Mt Moved from October 19 Hike from Meacham Lake state campground through beautiful forest, past kettle holes at gentle slopes except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. 7.4 mile RT, with over 1600 feet of climb. Level 4, strenuous. Great views to the west. Contact David Trithart at 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Thu, Oct 31: Student Leadership Presentation at SUNY Potsdam/Wilderness Education. New The Laurentian Chapter is running an Educational Affiliate Program to attract student members to the ADK. Besides offering enjoyable outdoor trips, we are hoping to develop their skills to be outdoor leaders in the future. Many in the Wilderness Education program already have a very strong background in outdoor leadership and this presentation will showcase that fact. Students will be highlighting their expedition trips that they did this past summer. One group went to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the other spent time in the Siamese Ponds. The public is more than welcome. 3:00 PM at 7th Floor, Raymond Hall, SUNY Potsdam. This is a college event. A chapter contact for questions is John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Nov 2: Bike ride on the St. Lawrence We’ll try for one last bike ride along the Saint Lawrence River, from a scenic overlook to Kring Point Park and back. The round trip total is 28 miles. There are shorter options, contact the trip leader for details: Tom Ortmeyer tortmeye@gmail.com or 315-265-8219.

Wed, Nov 6: Walk and Dinner at Paul Smiths A walk of 2-3 miles on the “green dot trails” at Paul Smiths, followed by dinner (optional) at St. Regis Cafe, on campus at Paul Smiths. The walk visits a couple of lean-tos and ponds, over rolling terrain on which it is safe to walk during hunting season. Moderate Difficulty. The restaurant requires reservations and costs $12.00 per person, so sign up 3 days before the event. MEMBERS ONLY. Contact John and Susan Omohundro 265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Thu, Nov 7: Malone Snow Geese Return Moved from Thursday, October 24 Not just for birders. Watch a spectacular evening display as Snow Geese come back to the Salmon River for the night. We’ll plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level 1, easy. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sun, Nov 10: Annual Meeting and Fall Pot Luck First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Arrive at 5:00 PM for supper to start promptly at 5:30. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Bill Kirchgasser, Professor of Geology, Emeritus, SUNY Potsdam, who will present “Lines, Planes, and Curves of the Adirondacks: A Geologist’s Perspective”. Contact John Barron johnbarron@sympatico.ca or 613-828-2296.

Sat, Dec 7: Early Season Ski/Snowshoe/Hike at Higley Flow State Park Please bring your kids, their grandparents and the dog on our annual 2-3 mile romp. We’ll finish with a campfire at the Warm Brook lean-to - hotdogs, hot chocolate and marshmallows provided. Contact Blair Madore madorebf@potsdam.edu or 315-265-0602.

Sat, Dec 14: Indian Creek Snowshoe Let’s celebrate winter with an easy snowshoe or hike of about 2 miles at Indian Creek Nature Center, just outside of Rensselaer Falls. We’ll finish with s’mores and cocoa (provided). A fun event for the kids (bring extra mittens). We have snowshoes to lend. Level 1. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sat, Dec 14: Whiteface Toll Road Cross Country Ski This was an annual event for the chapter for many years. Whiteface often has snow when the low country is bare. This is a very strenuous climb of 5 miles one-way. Ability to ski in crusty and wind-swept snow is essential. Conditions can be harsh, and participants must dress for cold and wind. Level 5. Contact David Trithart 315-265-8117 or dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Dec 21: Mt. Marcy on the Solstice At 5,344 feet this is the highest of the High Peaks. This one is for experienced winter climbers. Dress in layers, balaclava, goggles, gloves/mittens, micro spikes/crampons, snowshoes, insulated water source and a determined spirit! With a long exposed summit windchill can be big factor. Heavy snow and or high winds will cancel. Level 5. Contact Brian Baston 315-600-1282 or brian.b.goode@gmail.com.