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, 2014

Sat, Oct 4: Hike around Massawepie Lake Approximately 6 miles with a few short climbs and descents but no significant elevation gain. We will traverse dramatic eskers, visit the source of the Grass River, and have lunch on one of the peninsulas. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Wed, Oct 8: Wednesday Walk in the Woods(WWW) Meet at 9:00 AM by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but may be slippery footing on the wetland side trail. WWW is also offered November 12. It’s OK to come unannounced, but unless you contact me, you won’t know if there has been a last-minute cancelation. Level 1, easy. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 11: Essex Chain Paddle (Newcomb) The Essex Chain Lakes area is a newer state acquisition that will rival the familiar St. Regis Canoe Area. Road round trip from Potsdam is 170 miles paved, 20 miles unpaved (high clearance vehicle recommended). The trip begins with 0.25 cart/carry to a short crossing of Deer Pond, then a 0.5 mile cart/carry to Third Lake. Paddle the length of Third and Second Lakes, for a short carry to First Lake. We will not likely make the 0.4 mile carry to Grassy Pond as we need to repeat the lakes and carries returning to our vehicles. We can, though, paddle from Third Lake to Fourth and even Fifth Lake as an option. Paddling is rated fairly easy, but the trip as a whole is rated moderately strenuous because of the total length of paddling (6-10 miles depending on options), Level 4, strenuous. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Oct 11: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sun, Oct 12: Hoffman Notch Point-to-point hike through a remote mountain pass near Schroon Lake. 7.5 miles one way. Car shuttle. Minimal elevation gain. Optional stop for supper afterwards at the dining room of the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake. Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Oct 12: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Mon, Oct 13: New - Red Sandstone Trail Work Day (if needed) Assist an Eagle Scout candidate to assemble a canoe launch at the North Tip of Sugar Island, beginning in the morning. Bring paddlecraft and tools. Contact John Omohundro 315-265-8365, omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Oct 18: Cycling the Amish Loop We’ll start this popular ride in Rensselaer Falls, pass through Kendrew Corners and Mud Lake into Heuvelton for a lunch break. Then back on the River Road to complete the loop. 28 miles. Level 3, moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Oct 19: Hike Deer Pond Loop Approximately 7 or 8 miles. Lunch at Deer pond. Level 3, moderate. Contact Armond Spencer 315-379-1383.

Sat, Oct 25: Hike Johns Brook Lodge area Depending on conditions we will hike into Johns Brook Lodge with a short trip up Short Job, a small prominence with excellent views of the great range. A bit of history thrown in as we go and an introduction to the trailheads and the JBL property. About 8 miles altogether. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Oct 25: Back Country Trail Work Day Trip. Help build and maintain our local trails. Work site locations may include: Stone Valley, The Red Sandstone Trail, The Rock Climbing site at South Colton, and Mount Azure. Projects may include: building new section of trail, building a timber frame bridge, cutting new bench along side slopes, clearing brush, and picking up litter, and installing trail markers. Beginners and experienced trail workers alike are encouraged to help build and maintain our local trails. Difficulty level will depend on projects that you are involved in, some projects will be very strenuous, other projects such as installing trail markers are easy. Bring items listed on the Day Trip List; meet at 8:00am at 224 Lenny Road. Contact: Mark Simon simonm@potsdam.edu or 267-3130. Levels vary Easy to Very Difficult.

Sun, Oct 26: Azure Mt. Hike and Rock Work. We will climb Azure and enjoy the views and fire tower before spending time relocating rocks hikers have carried up the mountain. Bring along 2 cloth/canvas bags to carry the rocks. 2 miles round trip to the top and extra half mile or so in rock hauling. Level 1, easy. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Oct 26: Malone Snow Geese Return Date depends on when the birds come in; any date change will be posted on the website. This year we’ll go up in the afternoon, take a walk in the park and watch the spectacular evening display as the Snow Geese come back to settle on the Salmon River. Plan to stop for dinner on the way home. Level l. Ann Spencer 379-1383.

Wed, Oct 29: New - SUNY Potsdam Wilderness Education Student Presentations Students will describe their 3-week backpacking trip in Gila Wilderness, NM this summer. 5:00 - 6:30 PM at the Fireside Lounge, Barrington Student Union Bldg, SUNY Potsdam. Public welcome.

Sat, Nov 1: Trip Leadership Clinic (Read the news article) If you’ve considered the possibility of leading outings in the ADK, here is a chance to practice leading a model hike and learn ways to handle some of the situations that can arise. This will be an all-day event at Higley Flow State Park. We will use our imaginations to conjure up all the types of outings that occur in the chapter. Everyone welcome, including prospective leaders, those with general interest, and experienced leaders with anecdotes about their own experiences. Members only. Level 1, easy. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca or Marianne Hebert at 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Wed, Nov 5: Jenkins Mountain Bushwhack/Hike Six miles RT, 900 ft elevation gain. We’ll approach the mountain from the south, bushwhacking on eskers, then join the trail for the last half. Retrace our steps to return. Should the weather dictate, we’ll skip the climb and circle the ponds. Moderate difficulty. Be prepared for some ice. 8 AM rendezvous. Members only. Level 3, moderate. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Wed, Nov 12: Wednesday Walk in the Woods(WWW) Meet at 9:00 AM by the Village of Potsdam water tower on the Clarkson hill campus (accessed from US 11 near the RR overpass) for a leisurely walk in the Clarkson woods, including a stop at the beaver marsh viewing tower. Level 1, easy at 2 miles max, with no climbing, but may be slippery footing on the wetland side trail. WWW is also offered November 12. It’s OK to come unannounced, but unless you contact me, you won’t know if there has been a last-minute cancelation. Level 1, easy. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or rmooers@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Nov 16: Fall Potluck Dinner with speaker Mark McMurray The SLU Head of Special Collections will speak on the topic of Adirondack fiction. Presbyterian church, Canton. 5-9 PM.

Sat, Dec 6: Early Winter Hike/Ski/Snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park We’ll walk/ski/snowshoe as conditions permit for about 2 miles and finish off with a campfire at the Warm Brook Lean-To. Hot dogs and marshmallows provided. You bring the kids, their grandparents and the dogs (leashed of course). Level 1, easy. Contact Blair Madore at 315-265-0602 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Dec 20: Hike Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake area Hike/snowshoe depending on conditions into Marcy Dam; return by the old trail. Then a quick peek at Adirondak Loj and tour of the Loj properties. A bit of history thrown in as we go and an introduction to the trailheads and what the property has to offer. Level 1, easy. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.