Events Archive


Events, July - December, 2005

Saturday, July 9 Catamount  David Trithart and Rose Rivezzi  (315) 265- 8117  
This is a fairly short (3.6 mile RT) but rigorous hike, with a total ascent of over 1500 feet.  There is a lot of exposed rock along the way and the notorious “chimney” which can either be exciting or disconcerting, depending on your appreciation for rock scrambling.  Morning start.  Bring a lunch. We will meet in Potsdam to coordinate rides. Level 3-4

Sunday July 10  Nature Walk in the Star Lake area  Peter O’Shea (315) 848-2178   and Eileen Wheeler (315) 265-2013.  A walk on old woods  roads visiting some ponds and marshes.  The trail can get muddy.  Make sure to bring bug dope and lunch.  Level 2

Wednesday, July 13 Paddle and Picnic on  Madawaska Pond  Sandy Hildreth (518) 891-1388. We’ll   meet at the large DEC parking lot South of Santa Clara.   Bring your own beverage and some food to share. Limit of six boats.  Call for details. Level 1

Saturday, July 16  Paddle the Racquette River  Mary JoWhalen (315) 287-1572  We’ll paddle from Axton’s Landing to the Boat launch on Route 3.  Call for details. Level 1

Sunday, July 17  Whiteface Hike/Lake Placid Paddle (Joint with Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter) Mike McLean (315) 262 -2562. This trip has two parts; approximately a 7 mile hike, and a 4 mile paddle.  We’ll leave the Lake Placid State Boat Launch facility at 7 A.M. and paddle to Whiteface Landing.  From there we’ll head up the trail to the lean-to.  If conditions are dry we’ll scoot over to a stream just above the lean-to and climb the slide that leads us almost to the summit.  Bring money for snacks and a smile for the tourists taking your picture. Return down the trail, back across the lake, and end the day with a good dinner in Lake Placid. Level 5

Monday, July 18  Paddle the West Branch of the St. Regis River  Geri Ames (315) 764-009. We’ll paddle and explore the river from the bridge on 11C. We‘ll plan to meet at the put in.  Call for details. Level 1

Friday, July 22 Giant Mountain  Nancy LaBaff (315) 379-9885  and Linda Moerschell (315)265-8122.  Hike up Giant via the Zander trail.  We’ll plan to leave Potsdam  at 7:30.  Make sure to bring lunch, bug dope, and water. Level 4-5

Sunday, July 24  Baker Mountain Blair and Margaret Madore (315) 265-0602. This “Kids on the Trail” hike is short (0.9 mi) but steep (900 feet ascent) and features a beautiful view of Saranac Lake and the surrounding area.  We plan to picnic and swim at Lake Colby after the hike, weather permitting.  Families are encouraged to come.    We’ll leave Potsdam at 8:30.  Level 2

Wednesday, July 27  Evening Paddle and Picnic in Hannawa Falls  John and Susan Omohundro (315) 265-8365. Assemble in Hannawa Falls; paddle down the Racquette River about an hour to the new take-out in Hannawa Falls near the dam; potluck picnic at the new picnic area near the start of the Red Sandstone Trail.  Call for departure time and place.  Level 1

Saturday, July 30  Paddle Debar Pond and Bushwhack up Baldface Mountain Duncan Cutter. The trip starts with a .3 mile carry, then a paddle across the pond and then a bushwhack up the mountain.  There is great swimming.  Some may wish to stay at the pond while others go up the mountain.  Level 4

Sunday, July 31 Mt. Arab   Robin Rhodes-Crowell (315) 379-9723. A child friendly hike up Mt. Arab.  Really designed for families with kids, but anyone is welcome of course and probably a good hike for seniors (if they don’t mind a lot of kids along).   Level 2

Saturday, August 6  Cat Mountain  Bill Mueller (315) 262-2952.  Hike up Cat Mountain in the Five Ponds Wilderness. (Or should it be called Blow-down mountain?)  11-12 mile round trip.  We’ll meet in Wanakena at the General Store.  . Level 3-4

Sunday, August 7 Pitchoff Mountain  Lyle Montgomery ( 315) 394-0121.  A scenic ridge traverse with exceptional views.  We’ll leave Potsdam about 8 A.M.  Level 3-4

Saturday, August 13  Black Pond   David Trithart and Rose Rivezzi (315) 265- 8117.  A kid friendly hike around Black Pond near Paul Smiths. Level 1

Sunday, August 14 Haystack  Nancy Skiff (315) 393-7507.  This is not the Haystack of the 46 High Peaks but the one near Ray Brook.  Hike is   6.6 miles round trip   with a 1240 feet ascent.  On a clear day, the views are beautiful.  Level 4

Wednesday, August 17  Paddle and Picnic in the Upper and Lower Lakes Conservation Area  Ann and Armond Spencer (315) 379-1383.  An evening paddle that we’ve done before and want to try again.  Plan to paddle, look for birds and picnic.  Level 1

Wednesday, August 24  Evening Paddle and Picnic at Flat Rock  John and Susan Omohundro (315) 265-8365.  Assemble in Hannawa Falls, drive about 40 minutes to Flat Rock Reservoir on the Oswegatchie River (Between DeGrasse and Newton Falls).  Paddle the arms of an undeveloped reservoir, Picnic, maybe swim.  Call for departure details.  Level 1

Saturday, August 27  Dix  John Barron (613) 828-2296.  A classic hike in the High Peaks.  Moderate pace. 15 miles. Level 5

Sunday, August 28  Bike the Red Tavern Road Tom Ortmeyer (315) 265-8219.  We’ll start in the early afternoon and bike from St. Regis Falls to Everton Falls, take a break at the Falls, and bike back the same way.  Round trip distance is about 20 miles. Level 2

Saturday, September 3  Jay Range   Tom and Eileen Wheeler (315) 265-2013.  The Jay Range provides one of the most spectacular ridge hikes in the Adirondacks.  Because of the forest fires at the beginning of the 1900’s the ridgeline has many areas of open rock which  provide expansive views.  After a 1.6 mile sometimes steep ascent to the ridgeline, the hiker is greeted with outstanding views.  These views continue and expand along the 1.5 mile ridgeline with 360 degree views from the high peaks to Lake Champlain and Vermont.  A prompt start from Potsdam.  Moderately strenuous.  Level 4-5

Saturday, September 10  Paddle  and Hike  Ron Johnson and Nicki Coates (315)265-3232. The trip will be a paddle across Lake Lila ( about  1 hour each way) and a hike up Mt. Fredrika (about an hour), for some grand views over the lake. We’ll meet at the Hideaway Diner  in Colton for breakfast, and go from there.    This is a fairly easy trip that does include a short (0.3 mi.)  carry.  Also on a windy day the lake will be choppy. Level 2

Saturday, September 17 Paddle in Little Tupper Lake  Ann and Armond Spencer (315) 379-1383.  We’ll paddle in Little Tupper Lake or some other nearby water, depending on the weather conditions. Level 1

Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 23, 24, 25  Fall Outing in Lake George  Marge Karowe (518) 377-8901. A great weekend of hikes and paddles, plus a chance to meet ADKers from other chapters. Banquet and entertainment Saturday night. For more information visit the web site.

Saturday, October 1 PADDLE THE RIDEAU CANAL SYSTEM. The Rideau Canal is famous for its Ottawa section but this up-country section from Lower Brewer Falls to Jones Falls can be an off season joy. See for information. This is a good trip for sea kayaks and fast canoes that can handle some wind and maintain 3-4 mph for several hours. We’ll be pushing the season a bit, so contact leader for a required equipment list. Strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact Dick Mooers (315) 265-2774 or

Saturday, October 1 HIKE KATE MOUNTAIN. Off-trail hike to the twin summits of this small mountain near Onchiota. Many features of interest. Distance and elevation gain are not great, but do not be deceived. Rough ground will make it a challenge. Depart Potsdam 09:00 or Paul Smiths 10:00. Public is welcome. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or for details.

Sunday, October 2 HIKE BIG SLIDE. A classic High Peak hike, approximately 10 miles return trip, about 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Very strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact Lyle Montgomery (315) 394-0121 or

Saturday, October 8 PADDLE MIDDLE SARANAC TO SECOND POND. Meet at the park in Hopkinton. We’ll start at South Creek, have lunch on an island, then canoe through the locks and take out at Second Pond. Approximately 7 miles, easy flat water, no carries. Public is welcome. Contact Brad Pendergraft (315) 265-3010 or for details.

Saturday, October 8 BIKE TO WHITE FATHERS AND BEYOND. A trip on dirt roads back to White Fathers on the Kushaqua Mud Pond Road. Plan to meet at Paul Smiths. Bring bike helmet, water, lunch, and a spare tube just in case. This is a nice, moderate ride on back country roads. Road bikes are not appropriate. We’ll explore Mud Pond and some of the roads around that area. Approximately 20 miles return trip. Public is welcome. Contact Geri Ames (315) 764-0009 or

Sunday, October 9 HIKE TOOLEY POND MOUNTAIN AND COPPER ROCK FALLS. Tooley Pond Mountain is a modest climb with a view of Tooley Pond. We’ll follow this with a short, easy walk into nearby Copper Rock Falls. Total distance is approximately 2.5 miles. Public is welcome. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

Saturday, October 15 HIKE HURRICANE MOUNTAIN FROM KEENE. A six mile return trip with 1600 feet of elevation gain. Moderately strenuous. Public is welcome. Call Duncan and Lois Cutter (315) 328-4675 or for details.

Saturday, October 15, Sunday, October 16 STONE VALLEY WORK WEEKEND. The Chapter maintains this scenic trail near Potsdam. Help is needed to replace bridges, re-route sections of trail, hang missing trail markers, and perform general maintenance. Easy to strenuous depending on the project you select. Public is welcome. Contact Mark Simon at (315) 262-2571 or by Saturday, October 8th.

Saturday, October 22 ADK FALL TRAILS DAY. You can help the Adirondack Mountain Club maintain trails in the High Peaks Region. This includes cleaning drainage ditches and water bars. Public is welcome. For information, call (518) 523-3480.

Sunday, October 23 HIKE OWLS HEAD (KEENE). This is a 1.2 mile return trip hike with wonderful views. Ideal for younger ones or those who want great views without climbing a High Peak. Public is welcome. For details, contact John Wood at (315) 262-2647 or

Wednesday, October 26 Rescheduled to November 3. CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN TRAIL MAINTENANCE. Come and help spruce up our adopted trail on this small but spectacular peak just north of Whiteface. Bring lunch, work gloves, a small garbage bag, and shears. Public is welcome. For details, contact Cliff Daly at (819) 956-4950 or, or Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

Saturday October 29 HIKE AT THE RANGER SCHOOL IN WANAKENA. We’ll do a loop hike including the Microburst Trail, the 1915 red pine plantation, and the fire tower on Cathedral Rock. Easy to moderate. Public is welcome. For details, contact James Savage at (315) 848-2566 days or (518) 359-0000 evenings, or

Wednesday, November 2 Rescheduled from October 26. CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN TRAIL MAINTENANCE. Come and help spruce up our adopted trail on this small but spectacular peak just north of Whiteface. Bring lunch, work gloves, a small garbage bag, and shears. Public is welcome. For details, contact Cliff Daly at (819) 956-4950 or, or Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

Saturday, November 5 HIKE STONE VALLEY. We’ll hike our own Stone Valley Trail in Colton. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Dick Mooers at (315) 265-2774 or for details.

Saturday, November 12 HIKE HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN IN RAY BROOK. Great views on a clear day. 6.6 miles round trip, 1200 feet of ascent. Strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact leaders Ron Johnson and Nikki Coates at (315) 769-8241 or

Sunday, November 20 HIKE AT THE PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE TRAILS. Weather permitting, we’ll spend a few hours rambling on Paul Smith’s College trails. Quite short and easy. Public is welcome. Contact leaders John and Susan Omohundro at (315) 265-8365 or for details.

Sunday, December 3 HIKE AND COOKOUT AT HIGLEY FLOW STATE PARK. Hike, snowshoe or ski (short, easy) at Higley Flow State Park and follow up with a campfire cookout at the lean-to. We’ll have hotdogs and marshmallows for kids of all ages. Public is welcome. Call Blair and Marg Madore at (315) 265-0602 or for details.

Sunday, December 11 HIKE AVALANCHE PASS. Depending on conditions, hike or snowshoe approximately 10 miles return trip. Strenuous. Public is welcome. Call Tom and Eileen Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or for details

Saturday, December 17 ANNUAL SKI OF WHITEFACE. This traditional early season ski includes a five mile gradual climb to the “castle” on the Whiteface toll road followed by a pleasant descent. Weather can present difficult conditions including extreme wind and cold. Strenuous. Public is welcome. Call David Trithart at (315) 265-8117 or for details.

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