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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January - March, 2015

Thu, Jan 1: New Year’s Day at Clarkson Our annual New Year’s Day pot-luck will take place once again at the Adirondack Lodge at Clarkson University. There are no cooking facilities, so hors d’oeuvres and similar items that don’t require cooking or heating are standard. There will be short, easy walking, snowshoeing, or skiing tours on the scenic trails of the campus. Outdoor activities start by 2:00 and continue all afternoon until dark, snacks about 4:00 PM. Clarkson asks no pets indoors. Contact Tom Wheeler 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

Sat, Jan 3: Cross Country Skiing for Beginners Also experienced skiers who'd like a short easy ski. At Higley Flow State Park. Short and gentle, on roads that become ski trails in winter. Level 1. Warm new Lodge for putting on ski boots. Optional late lunch at South of the Rock Inn. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jan 10: Stone Valley Snowshoe We’ll start at the north end of the valley and snowshoe up to Colton, and then back on the other side. Mid-morning start, bring a lunch. 7 miles round trip, with some steep spots. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Jan 11: Part 1 of the Saranac 6er Series: Hike McKenzie and Haystack, 2 of the Saranac 6ers. For this trip we'll be doing McKenzie first, then bushwhacking to Haystack from the Jack Rabbit Trail, totaling about 12 miles. Level 5. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com.

Mon, Jan 12: Part 2 of the Saranac 6er Series: Hike St. Regis and Baker, 2 of the Saranac 6ers For this trip we will be doing St. Regis first, then breaking for lunch, then hiking Baker. St. Regis could be done as a stand alone hike. The hike to St. Regis is about 6.6 miles RT and Baker is about 1.8 miles RT. Level 3-4 for the entire day. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com.

Sat, Jan 17: Raquette River Snowshoe We’ll begin on the river access just above Moody Falls, which the chapter recently constructed, walking north along the west shore of the Raquette, past the trail below Moody Falls that the Eagle Scout improved. Continuing north to below Jamestown Falls, where a dirt road comes in from Rte 56. It’s about 1.5 mi (3 mi RT) or a little more. Difficulty moderate, depending on depth of snow. Members only. Contact John and Susan Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or omohunjt@northnet.org.

Sat, Jan 24: Grassy Pond Ski/Snowshoe A four mile ski or snowshoe on an old truck trail that crosses the Osgood River and then turns right through a beautiful mostly pine forest rising to a neatly kept lean-to above Grassy Pond. Lunch at the hut. Meet at home of Duncan and Lois Cutter, 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville. Optional meeting location, at the Hayes Brook trailhead off Route 30 about three miles north of Paul Smiths. Level 2. Contact Duncan Cutter 328-4675 or email dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sun, Jan 25: Exploring Antarctica (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. Glenn Clark, a science teacher at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, spent two months on an expedition to study the Totten Glacier system in eastern Antarctica. 7 - 8 p.m.

Sat, Jan 31: Loon Lake Road Ski, Debar Pond Snowshoe Ski to the old state game farm off the Loon Lake Road with an optional snowshoe to Debar Pond. The ski to the open meadows of the old elk farm is up a logging road, about one mile, with only about a 400 foot elevation gain. From there you can ski the level mile long perimeter of the meadow with its open views of Whiteface, Loon, Sable, Debar and Baldface mountains. Some people may wish to ski from there directly back to the Loon Lake Road parking area for a round trip of 3 miles. Others may elect to switch to snowshoes for a bushwhack across mostly level beaver ponds and past otter slides and colorful ice falls from Baldface’s lower cliffs just before reaching Debar Pond. This snowshoe spur adds about two and a half miles to the outing. The first part of the return on the logging road is a delightful quarter mile downhill run. Easy level 2. Contact Duncan Cutter 328-4675 or email dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

Sat, Feb 7: Snowshoe/hike in Stone Valley Meet on the Lenny Road at the Colton end, across from the entrance to the transfer station. This will be about 2-3miles, moderate in difficulty with some hills to climb. Contact Jim Akins at 386-4348 or akinsacres@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 7: Changed Part 3 of the Saranac 6er Series: Scarface This outing has been modified to include just one of the 6ers, Scarface. The hike to Scarface is about 6.8 miles RT, elevation gain 1500 ft. Lunch on the summit. Level 4. Contact Felicia Neahr at felicia.neahr@gmail.com. A hike up Ampersand Mountain, originally planned as part of this trip, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sat, Feb 14: Marble Rock Snowshoeing a figure-8 shaped trail system near Gananoque, Ontario. Trail is on the Frontenac Axis, the geological connection between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondacks. 7 miles, minimal height gain but many ups and downs. Level 3. Possible supper at the Stonewater Pub. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Feb 21: Ski in Canton. We’ll ski some trails near the village, then lunch at the Spencer’s (Bring your own sandwich, we'll provide mulled cider.) Fairly easy to moderate trails. Level 2. Members only please. Ann & Armond Spencer 315-379-1383

Sun, Feb 22: Climbing Kilimanjaro (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. Peggy MacKellar will tell us about her exciting adventures climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at over 19,000 ft. the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Note that there is an earlier start time for this presentation! 6 - 7 p.m.

Sat, Feb 28: Snowshoe St. Regis Mountain 6.6 miles round trip, 1200 foot vertical rise. Level of difficulty: 3 or moderate. A hike to a mostly open summit with a fire tower and 360 degree views. Steep climbing near the summit, but the trail is mostly over easy terrain in open woods. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Mar 1: Snowshoe in Five Ponds Wilderness on Leary Trail Abandoned after the 1995 wind storm, this trail is again navigable. If conditions allow, if we make it as far as the truck trail, we can decide whether to press deeper toward the Five Ponds, or go for High Falls. About 10 miles RT to truck trail over mostly gentle terrain. This area is on the northern fringe of the “lake effect” zone, and elevation is 1,500’+, so it may have good snow when our towns don’t. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, (315) 386-3945 or markl@stlawu.edu.

Sat, Mar 7: Postponed to March 14 Snowshoe Haystack Mountain Don’t confuse this Saranac mountain with the high peak! We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to difficult mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 3.3 mile hike up offers us. Though there is some flat snowshoeing at first a low elevation gain should be expected with a steep climb to the top. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. This mountain will have great views on a clear day. 6.6 miles RT, 1302 feet of ascent. Elevation: 2864’. Level 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Julia Zakaryan, (646)-894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu or Kirk Peter Sweet, (716) 359- 0514 or sweetkp196@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 8: Postponed to March 15 Snowshoe Mt. Arab We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to easy mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 1 mile hike up offers us. Though some sections may be steep there are stairs along the way. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. Level 3, moderate. 2 miles RT, elevation gain 700ft. Contact Adam Smith, (716) 861-9976 or smithad195@potsdam.edu and Julia Zakaryan, (646) 894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Mar 14: Ski to High Rock Join us on this 7.6 mile round trip on mostly easy terrain to this lovely spot on the Oswegatchie River near Wanakena. Expect an easy to moderate pace. Call Blair Madore 315 265 0602 or email madorebf@potsdam.edu. Level 3 - moderate.

Sat, Mar 14: Postponed from March 7 Snowshoe Haystack Mountain Don’t confuse this Saranac mountain with the high peak! We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to difficult mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 3.3 mile hike up offers us. Though there is some flat snowshoeing at first a low elevation gain should be expected with a steep climb to the top. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. This mountain will have great views on a clear day. 6.6 miles RT, 1302 feet of ascent. Elevation: 2864’. Level 4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Julia Zakaryan, (646)-894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu or Kirk Peter Sweet, (716) 359- 0514 or sweetkp196@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 15: Postponed from March 8 Snowshoe Mt. Arab We will be snowshoeing on this moderate to easy mountain. At the top we will see a beautiful view for the effort the 1 mile hike up offers us. Though some sections may be steep there are stairs along the way. Snowshoes with claws/cramp-ons are required due to how slippery it may be. Level 3, moderate. 2 miles RT, elevation gain 700ft. Contact Adam Smith, (716) 861-9976 or smithad195@potsdam.edu and Julia Zakaryan, (646) 894-6970 or zakaryj198@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Mar 21: Snowshoe or 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 3, moderate. Contact Marianne Hebert at (315) 265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 22: Algonquin and Wright Peaks 360° views from both peaks. There will still be enough snow remaining at elevation to require snowshoes. We are looking for favorable snow conditions so we can walk DIRECTLY from Algonquin to Wright without a thick bushwhack or spruce traps, hopefully a highlight of the trip. Wright is acknowledged as the most windy of the 46! About 3,400’ elevation gain and 10 miles: Level 5, Very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, markl@stlawu.edu, (315) 386-3945.

Sun, Mar 22: Pluto and The North Country Skies (Outdoors - Indoors) At the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served. The New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th. Why did scientists kick Pluto out of the planet club? What new discoveries will be made about this distant, icy world? And where in the sky will you have to look so that you can gaze in the direction of Pluto? Astronomer Jeffrey Miller has the answers. 7 - 8 p.m.