Events Archive


Events, 2006

Sunday, January 1 Annual New Year's Day Potluck and Outing As is our tradition, we will be gathering on New Year’s Day for a combined ski/snowshoe outing and potluck. Meet at Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus, and ski or showshoe the trails behind the lodge. This will be followed by a potluck. Plan to arrive in the early afternoon, and eat around 4. For information, email or call Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219. No kitchen facilities, electric outlets only. Members only.

Saturday, January 7 Cascade Mountain. 4.8 mile RT with 1900 feet of elevation gain. A nice "get in shape for winter mountains" hike. Level 4-5. Contact Tom Wheeler at 265-2013 or for details.

Sunday, January 15 (originally scheduled for Sat, Jan 14). Snowshoe Owls Head (Near Long Lake). 6.2 mile RT with 1150 feet of ascent. Hope to climb the refurbished fire tower. 8:30 Start. Level 3. Leaders: Carolyn & Gene Kaczka, 265-4806 or

Saturday, January 21 Ski at Higley Flow State Park Easy to intermediate morning ski at the park. Level 2-3. For details, contact Kathie & Gordon Batson at 265-8491 or

Saturday, January 21 Big Slide Loop from the Garden (Joint with Glen Falls- Saratoga Chapter) With an 8 AM start from the Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley , we’ll head into John’s Brook Lodge and debate along the way whether (weather) to climb up via Slide Brook trail or Via Klondike Notch Trail and climb Yard Mountain as well. Return via the Brothers trail. A relaxed pace. Level 5. Leader: Mike McLean 262-2564,

Saturday, January 28 Phelps Mountain 8.8 miles RT with 1982 feet of elevation gain. Snowshoes and crampons required. Level 5. Leaders: Lyle Montgomery, 394-0121, & Nancy Skiff, 393-7507,

Sunday, January 29 Outdoors-Indoors: Wilderness Medicine Phil Royce, director of the Outdoor Program at SLU will instruct us how to handle many of the medical emergencies commonly faced in the back country. This will be an interactive program with hands-on techniques. It’s important information for anyone considering leading an outing or even just participating in one. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum. For details, email or call Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117.

Saturday, February 4 Ski a trail off the Blue Mountain Road Sandy Hildreth (518) 891-1388 A fairly easy ski on an old road, approximately 5 miles. Level 2

Sunday, February 5 Ski the Jackrabbit Trail Bill Romey 268-0231 8 to 10 mile RT on this classic XC trail. Make sure to bring a lunch. Level 3.5

Friday, February 10 Moonlight Snowshoe at the Spencer’s farm Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383 Plan to come for a potluck in the evening and we’ll head out when the moon is high enough. Level 1-2 (For members and guests only)

Saturday, February 11 Sawteeth Debra White 322-4066 We’ll park at the Ausable Club lot and ski the 3.5 miles to the lake. We’ll go up the Weld trail and down the scenic trail. About 12.5 miles RT with 2275 feet of elevation gain. Level 5

Sunday, February 12 Outdoors-Indoors: Riding the Rails in Central Asia Rose Rivezzi 265-8117 Dick and Alison Charles will share slides and tales of last spring’s scenic trip by train and car through Central Asia. Their trip started in Xi’an, China and followed the old northern Silk Road route to Istanbul. The section shown will be from Turkmenistan, through Iran, and across Turkey. 7 PM at the Potsdam Museum.

Saturday, February 18 Ski the Peavine Swamp Trails Ron Johnson 769-8241 and Nikki Coates 265-3232 The Peavine Swamp trail is near Cranberry Lake. If skied from route 3 it is 8.2 miles and rated as moderate to difficult. An alternate and shorter route to the lean-to on the trail is from the Ranger School at Wanakena. There is also the option of making this a point to point trip and spot cars at each end. Depending on ski conditions and the group’s wishes, we will decide on which route we take. Level 3-4

Saturday, February 18 Naturalist Hike (Joint with the National Audubon Society) Peter O’Shea 848-2178 and Eileen Wheeler 265-2013 Snowshoe in the Leonard Pond, Jamestown Falls area to look for animal tracks and observe wildlife. RT 3 miles. Level 1

Sunday, February 19 Snowshoe the Riverside Trail Tom and Ann Ortmeyer 265-8219 An early afternoon departure to snowshoe the Riverside Trail, on the St. Regis River above Parishville. This is a 2 mile loop with a significant stretch along the River. The trailhead is on the Sylvan Falls road 2 miles south of Parishville. Level 2

Monday, February 20 Snowshoe Round Mountain Duncan Cutter 328-4675 A continuation of Duncan’s exploration of the “smaller” mountains in the Keene Valley, a 4.6 mile RT with 1800 feet of elevation gain with grand overlooks, and a summit ‘you just don’t want to leave’. Level 4-5

Saturday, February 25 Ski from Henderson Lake to Duck Hole John Barron (613) 828-2296 Remote and very scenic trip in the western High Peaks. Partly on lakes, partly on trail with short steep sections. Carry snowshoes for a short bushwhack near the end. Plan to leave Potsdam at 07:30. Level 4-5

Sunday, February 26 Tabletop John & Susan Omohundro 265-8365 Snowshoe the 4427 foot Tabletop Mountain in the High peaks. About 10 mile RT with 2248 feet of elevation gain. Plan on an early start. Level 5. Members only.

Saturday, March 4 Snowshoe to Owen, Copperas and Winch Ponds Art Johnson 265-2619 The trailhead to these pretty little ponds is 5 miles east of Lake Placid. The hike to Winch is about 3.6 miles RT, mostly level, about two hours hiking time. That leaves time to browse in Lake Placid, or Saranac Lake or the VIC at Paul Smiths. Bring a lunch. Level 2

Saturday, March 11 Ski Debar Pond and the old Elk Meadows Duncan Cutter 328-4675 Ski from Debar Pond to the Elk Meadows with about a 1 mile brushy leg in the middle. One might want snowshoes for this part. Level 4

Saturday, March 18 Snowshoe Mount Van Hoevenberg Eileen Wheeler 265-2013 4.4 miles RT to the summit 740 feet elevation gain. Level 3

Saturday, March 25 Ski to Lake Lila Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383 One of Ann’s favorite ski trips (when the weather is right) 11.5 mile RT on the Charley Pond Road. When conditions are right, the skiing is easy. Level 4

Sunday, March 26 Outdoors-Indoors: The World of Martha Reben Rose Rivezzi 265-8117 Betsy Tisdale with present a slide talk about her research into the amazing life of Adirondack author, Martha Reben, a tubercular patient originally from New York City, who wrote several books including “The Healing Woods” and found health and much more while camping on Weller Pond. 7 PM Potsdam Museum

Saturday, April 1 - April Fool’s Day Ski! Walk in the Rain!. There’s no snow, so the most foolish idea we could find was a walk in the rain. Deer Pond loop near Tupper Lake. Easy to moderate. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

Sunday, April 2 - Guest Speaker Peter O’Shea will talk about his new book, "The Great South Woods II: the Story Continues". He will have books there to sign. Location is the Presbyterian Center, 42 Elm St. in Potsdam, at 7 PM. Public is welcome. For information, contact Rose Rivezzi at (315) 265-8117 or

Saturday, April 8 -Hike the Red Dot Trail. Kids of all ages are invited to join us on this child friendly ramble on the Red Dot Trail near Paul Smiths. Plan to eat lunch on the trail. Hot drinks will be provided. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Blair and Marg Madore, (315) 265-0602 or

Saturday, April 15 - Grass River Whitewater Canoe and Hike. The trip starts with a carry to and around Lampson Falls, then continues on to Russell on the Grasse River. All the difficult rapids are at the start of the trip and can be carried so even intermediate canoers can complete the trip. After the upper rapids are passed the trip is class I and II whitewater. A wet suit is mandatory. You must talk to Brad if you want to participate. Hikers are needed to ferry vehicles to the takeout. If you want to walk the shore trail and watch the fun, call for more details. Public is welcome. Contact Brad Pendergraft at (315) 265-3010 or

Saturday, April 22 - Moose Mountain Hike. We go via the Lake Trail/Two Brooks/Loch Bonnie. About 7 miles, 2200 feet elevation gain, moderate pace. Starts near the end of the Whiteface Inn road, at the Jackrabbit trail junction. Strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact Cliff & Gloria Daly (613) 224-4413 or

Sunday, April 23 - Trail Work on the Red Sandstone Trail. Help maintain and improve this popular recreational trail, on the west bank of the Raquette River between Hannawa Falls and Potsdam. We’ll start about 1 P.M. Inquire about projects and necessary equipment. Public is welcome. Contact John & Susan Omohundro at (315) 265-8365 or

Saturday, April 29 - Everton Falls Cleanup, Canoe, and Hike. This is our annual clean up at Everton Falls. Clean up from about 11 to 12, lunch on the rocks at the falls, then easy canoeing or hiking. Public is welcome. Contact Duncan & Lois Cutter at (315) 328-4675 or

Saturday, May 6 - Leader’s Choice Canoe Trip. Mary Jo will choose a very nice, easy, flat water canoe trip. Public is welcome. Contact Mary Jo Whalen at (315) 386-3525.

Saturday, May 13 - Spring Wildflower Walk with the Audubon Society. Meet at 1:30 P.M. in the Stone Valley parking lot on the East side of the Raquette River in Colton (Just beyond the fire station). Participants should wear sturdy footwear, preferably hiking boots, bring a snack, water and bug dope. A hiking stick would be a good idea. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Nancy Eldblom at (315) 265-5365 or

Sunday May 14 - Canoe in Round Lake. We have been anxious to do this trip ever since we heard that this lake would become part of the Forest Preserve. We hope to find lots of birds and flowers. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

Saturday, May 20 (rescheduled to June 3) - Lunch at Avalanche Lake. We’ll hike in from the Loj, by Marcy Dam and through Avalanche Pass to Avalanche Lake, have lunch and return. A fairly strenuous hike of 11 miles, with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. Public is welcome. Contact Nancy Skiff at (315) 393-7507 or

Sunday-Monday May 21-22 - Santanoni Range Hike. Sunday afternoon we’ll hike in to Bradley Pond where we’ll spend the night. On Monday we’ll ascend Santanoni and Panther. Moderate pace, 10 miles, 3200 feet elevation gain. Very strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

Saturday, May 27 - Lampson Falls Cleanup. Come out and enjoy the spring flowers and the roaring Grasse River as we pick up litter in the vicinity of the falls. Take a few small garbage bags, work gloves, and lunch. Meet at the McDonalds in Canton for breakfast at 9:00 A.M. or at the Lampson Falls trailhead at 10. We finish by 2 PM. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Cliff and Gloria Daly at (613) 224-4413 or

Sunday May 28 - Bike around Lake Kushaqua. A trip on dirt roads, going around Lake Kushaqua on the Kushaqua Mud Pond Road, around Loon Lake, and then back to Onchiota. Road bikes are not appropriate. Approximately 20 miles round trip. Moderate. Public is welcome. Contact Geri Ames at (315) 764-0009 or

Saturday June 3 - National Trails Day in Inlet with ADK. A day of volunteer trail maintenance work, which will include drainage cleaning, blowdown removal, and side cutting. Social events Friday and Saturday evenings. Free camping at the Limekiln Lake Campground for volunteers. You must register in advance. For more information, and to register, go to the national trails day page on the ADK website or call (518) 523-3441.

Saturday, June 3 (originally scheduled for May 20) - Lunch at Avalanche Lake. We’ll hike in from the Loj, by Marcy Dam and through Avalanche Pass to Avalanche Lake, have lunch and return. A fairly strenuous hike of 11 miles, with about 1000 feet of elevation gain. Public is welcome. Contact Nancy Skiff at (315) 393-7507 or

Sunday, June 4 - Bird and Flower Trip in the Chaumont Barrens. Last year we saw many yellow lady slippers, and tons of prairie smoke, and other flowers. Prairie warblers and golden winged warblers are found there. It is a geologically significant site. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Tom & Eileen Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or

Saturday, June 10 - Mt. Marcy. This is a long arduous hike, about 14 miles RT and 3166 feet of elevation gain. The views are spectacular. Public is welcome. Contact Nancy Skiff at (315) 393-7507 or, or Nancy LaBaff at (315) 379-9885 or

Sunday June 11 - Cycling near South Colton. A half day loop trip following the course of the Raquette River near a series of dam controlled lakes. Return by highway 56, passing through the steep sided defile at the Snow Bowl. 25 miles, some hills. Moderately strenuous. Public is welcome. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2299 or

Saturday, June 17 - Crooked Creek Paddle. We’ll explore Crooked Creek as it meanders through extensive marshland just before it joins the St Lawrence at Chippewa Bay. It will be a leisurely trip of abut 7 miles round trip. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, and sun and bug protection. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Tom and Ann Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

Saturday, June 24 (originally scheduled for June 10) - Mt. Marcy. This is a long arduous hike, about 14 miles RT and 3166 feet of elevation gain. The views are spectacular. Public is welcome. Contact Nancy Skiff at (315) 393-7507 or, or Nancy LaBaff at (315) 379-9885 or

Saturday June 24 - Hike at the Wanakena Ranger School. Bill has spent the year as a student at the Ranger School, and will lead a hike on and off the Ranger School trails. Easy. Public is welcome. Contact Bill Mueller at (315) 262-2952 or

Sunday, June 25 - Bird Watching and Dinner Cruise on the St. Lawrence. A two hour cruise with dinner catered by Chris Fay. We’ll depart from Waddington at 5 P.M. on a large pontoon boat. We expect to have experienced birders to help with identification. The cost is $50 per person, $5 of which goes to the Chapter campership program. Public is welcome. You must register in advance: contact Betsy Tisdale at (315) 265-4721 or

Wednesday, June 28 - Evening Paddle and Picnic. This is the first of four Wednesday evening paddles in the upper Raquette hydro reservoirs. We'll grab a bite before we launch. We'll choose from: Above the bridge in Colton, Colton Falls (Three Falls), Five Falls, Rainbow Falls, Blake Falls, and Stark Falls. Level 1 or 2, depending. Contact Dick Mooers at 265-2774, 854-4186 (cell), or

Wednesday, June 28 - EVENING PADDLE AND PICNIC - Dick Mooers, 265-2774 or 854-4186 (cell), This is the first of four Wednesday evening paddles in the upper Raquette hydro reservoirs. We'll grab a bite before we launch. We'll choose from: Above the bridge in Colton, Colton Falls (Three Falls), Five Falls, Rainbow Falls, Blake Falls, and Stark Falls. Level 1 or 2, depending.

Saturday, July 1 (Rescheduled to August 26) - EVERTON FALLS - Robin Rhodes-Crowell, 379-9723, Join us on this kid-friendly hike for hiking, bird watching (bring binocs and ID book if desired) and a picnic lunch. All ages welcome. Level 1

Tuesday, July 4 MT. ARAB CLIMB AND WILD CENTER TOUR - ( Jointly with the Rideau Trail Association) - Cliff Daly, (613) 224-4413, .To start the day off, we'll climb Mt. Arab, enjoy the views from the fire tower, and afterwards head to Tupper Lake to join in the official opening day celebration of the Wild Center, the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. Level 2

Saturday, July 8 - "BEAT THE HEAT" CANOE TRIP - Alison Charles, 388-4245, This will be a flat-water, laid-back trip to somewhere with good swimming and little or no portaging. Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit, suntan oil, bug juice, and lots of food. Level 1

Sunday, July 9 - CLIMB MT. COLDEN - Charles Tracy, 347-3585 or 347-2696, We will ascend via the Lake Arnold trail and descend by way of Avalanche Lake taking in the two "hitch-up Matildas." 13.4 mile RT, 2850 ft. elevation gain. Level 5

Thursday, July 13 - PADDLE FOLLENSBY AND POLLIWOG PONDS- Duncan Cutter, 328-4675, We'll explore island campsites on Follensby, then a short carry to Polliwog for some great views and swimming. We'll start at 9 a.m. Level 2

Saturday, July 15 - BEAR MOUNTAIN FROM THE CAMPGROUND- Bill Mueller, 262-2952, This is a relatively short loop trail over Bear Mountain with some great views of Cranberry Lake. Level 2

Wednesday, July 19 - EVENING PADDLE AND PICNIC IN COLES CREEK- Tom Ortmeyer 265-8219 We'll put in at the new NYPA boat launch at the north end of Town Line Road, and explore upstream. The wooded eastern shore features numerous inlets to explore. Level 1

Saturday, July 22 - HIKE IN THE WOLF LAKE STATE FOREST- Dick Mooers, 265-2774, Hike a delightful circuit of three small ponds (Huckleberry, Moon and Wolf Lake) near Edwards. The 4.5 mile RT trail is rough underfoot making the distance seem longer, but the scenery is pretty on this relaxed pace walk in the Laurentian Shield. Bring a garbage bag for a little incidental clean-up. Not advisable for young children unless yours is a tiger. Level 2

Wednesday, July 26 - WEDNESDAY EVENING PADDLE- Dick Mooers. See the June 28 listing for description.

Saturday, July 29 - BIKE THE "ICE CREAM LOOP" - Geri Ames, 764-0009, We'll start at the intersection of Rtes 30 and 86 at Paul Smiths, ride down to Donnelly's for ice cream and return via Rtes 3 and 30. Bring water, lunch and money for ice cream. Level 2

Saturday, August 5 - CLEANUP ON CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN- Cliff Daly, (613) 224-4413, Come and help spruce up our adopted trail on this small but spectacular peak just north of Whiteface. Bring lunch, work gloves, garbage bag and shears. Level 2-3

Sunday, August 6 - BLUEBERRY BUSHWHACK UP BALDFACE- Duncan Cutter, 328-4675, We'll paddle across Debar Pond, bushwhack up to the ledges on Baldface for the views and blueberries, swim off the ledge of the pond, and look for loons on the way out. The paddling is easy, but there is a .3 mile carry from the parking lot, and the bushwhack is strenuous. Level 3-4

Wednesday, August 9 - EVENING PADDLE AND PICNIC ON THE GRASSE RIVER- Alison Charles, 388-4245, We'll canoe from Bucks Bridge to the park in Madrid, a distance of about 3.5 miles. There is one small set of rapids we may have to lift around. I have seen mink, beaver and muskrats and lots of birds on this section so bring binoculars and a swim suit to swim at the takeout. Level 2

Saturday, August 12 - CLIMB STREET AND NYE MOUNTAINS- David Trithart and Rose Rivezzi, 265-8117, These are two of the Adirondack 46 without maintained trails. Approximately 7.5 mile RT with 2200 feet of elevation gain. The trip may be quite strenuous because of trail conditions due to recent blowdown. Level 5

Wednesday, August 16 - PADDLE ON THE ST. REGIS RIVER NEAR EVERTON FALLS- Duncan & Lois Cutter, 328-4675, A short after-dinner paddle below Everton Falls, up to the falls then downstream between the balsams, looking for herons. Convene at 6 p.m. Level 1

Saturday, August 19 - PADDLE IN MIDDLE AND LOWER SARANAC LAKES - Ron Johnson and Nikki Coates, 265-3232, We'll start from the boat launch or South Creek, go through the locks and into Lower Saranac, to swim in Ampersand Bay. Level 3-4

Sunday, August 20 - HIKE IN RESERVE NATIONALE DE FAUNE DU LAC ST-FRANCOIS - Tom and Ann Ortmeyer, 265-8219, We'll tour three short trails in this bird sanctuary located in the wetlands on the south side of the St. Lawrence River just across the border from Ft. Covington. We'll start in the afternoon on the Woodland Trail, then to the boardwalk, and finish with the great Egret Trail in the early evening. Bring photo ID for the border crossing. Level 1

Wednesday, August 23 - PADDLE AND PICNIC ON HANNAWA POND - John and Susan Omohundro, 265-8365, A late afternoon paddle from Brown's Bridge to Hannawa Falls followed by a picnic supper at the new picnic area at the south end of the Red Sandstone Trail. Level 1

Saturday, August 26 (rescheduled from July 1) - EVERTON FALLS - Robin Rhodes-Crowell, 379-9723, Join us on this kid-friendly hike for hiking, bird watching (bring binocs and ID book if desired) and a picnic lunch. All ages welcome. Level 1

Saturday, August 26 - PADDLE ON THE GRASSE RIVER- MaryJo Whalen, 287-1572. We'll paddle in the Grasse above Lampson Falls. There is at least one obstruction to carry around, otherwise an easy paddle. Level 2-3

Sunday, August 27 - SEVEN CARRIES CANOE TRIP- Brad Pendegraft, 265-3010, This is the classic "Seven Carries" trip- there are actually only six carries now, with the longest being a half mile. The others are considerably shorter. Total distance is 9 miles. Level 4

Wednesday August 30 - WEDNESDAY EVENING PADDLE IN A RAQUETTE RIVER RESERVOIR - Dick Mooers. See the June 28 entry for description.

Saturday, September 2 - HIKE ELIZABETHTOWN #2 - Tom Wheeler, 265- 2013, We will a begin the hike on a well defined hunter's path for about two miles. We will then start a bushwhack through mostly open woods and will reach extensive open rock before the summit. There are nice views across much of the southern High Peaks and the Dix wilderness. (Only by unanimous consent would we extend the trip to Spotted Mountain). About 7 miles RT. Level 3-4

Saturday, September 9 - HIKE BAXTER MOUNTAIN - Blair Madore 265-0602, Baxter Mountain in Keene Valley is a 2 mile RT with elevation gain but not too steep. This "Kids on the Trail" hike is an ideal first mountain for kids or grandparents. Plan to eat lunch on the top.

Level 1 Saturday, September 9 - LAKE OZONIA PADDLE - Betty and Donald Peckham, 386-8224, Canoe two miles down Lake Ozonia to the Peckhams' rustic A-frame camp. Enjoy a swim, your bag lunch and exploring the SE end of the lake before paddling back to the put in. Level 2

Saturday, September 16 - PADDLE MIDDLE SARANAC LAKE TO LAKE FLOWER (Jointly with the Champlain Kayak Club) - Dick Mooers, 265-2774 or 854-4186, A fun 14-mile "A" trip for strong paddlers. Plan to meet at Second Pond parking area at 9a.m. to arrange shuttle to Lake Flower parking area. Launch at 10 a.m. There is a limit of 10 boats and some people have already signed up. A nice culminating trip for summer and a dinner at Little Italy. You must contact the leader before the trip. Level 5

Wednesday, September 20 - EVENING PADDLE IN A RAQUETTE RESERVOIR - Dick Mooers. See the June 28 event for description.

New Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24 - STONE VALLEY WORK WEEKEND led by Mark Simon. Multiple crews will install water bars, build cribbing, build bog bridges, and other projects. For information, contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219 or

Friday, September 29 to Sunday October 1 - FALL OUTING - Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219,, or Eileen Wheeler 265-2013, The all-club event hosted by our chapter in Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Wanakena. Check the ADK Fall Outing website for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 7 - Fall Colors on the Osgood Alison Charles 388-4245 rcharles@usadatanet.netWe’ll canoe from Church Pond through Osgood Pond, to the Osgood River, which is navigable for about three miles, through a spruce swamp and bog. Bring binoculars, lunch and a swimsuit (if you are hardy) about 9 miles Round trip. Level 2

Sunday, Oct. 8 - The Crows Loop Nikki Coates 265-3232 Ron Johnson 769-8241 The Crows are two rocky crags, east of Keene, that provide great views after a steep but short climb. The trip is approximately 3 miles long and takes 2-3 hours with a vertical rise of 1096 feet. Level 2-3

Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Hurricane Mountain Duncan & Lois Cutter 328-4675 A six mile RT with 1600 feet of elevation gain. Level 3-4

Thursday, Oct. 12 - Laurentian Chapter Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Potsdam First Presbyterian Church. Executive Committee meetings are open to chapter members, and all are invited.

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Hike in the Wolf Lake State Forest Dick Mooers 265-2774 Hike a delightful circuit of three small ponds (Huckleberry, Moon, and Wolf Lake) near Edwards. The 4.5 miles of trail are rough underfoot making it seem longer, but the scenery is pretty. Relaxed pace. Bring lunch, water, binoculars (for birding) and a garbage bag to do a little cleanup. Not for young children, unless yours is a tiger. Level 2-3

Sunday, Oct. 15 - Snow Mountain Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383
We’ll climb Snow Mt. near Keene Valley for some great views of the surrounding peaks, and take a short side trip to a waterfall. RT distance of about 5 miles with 1360 feet of elevation gain. Level 3

Saturday, Oct. 21 - Palmer Hill Mine Hike Brad Pendergraft 265-3010 This is a long drive for a short hike to a very interesting location. We will hike up Palmer Hill and down the other side to see an abandoned iron mine. Iron mining began at Palmer Hill in 1825 and continued until 1893. The deepest work was at a depth of 2200 feet. Bring a hammer, magnet and bags for samples. The hike is easy but good balance is needed on the path. Total distance is about 1 mile. Level 2

Sunday, Oct. 22 - Bike from Norwood to Winthrop Geri Ames 764-0009 We’ll ride from Norwood to Winthrop on an abandoned RR. The bed is nice, even with a few bumpy spots. A 20 mile RT with some nice scenery. Level 2-3

Sunday, Oct. 22 - Santanoni Mountain (Jointly with Glens Falls Chapter) Mike McLean 262-2564 Our main objective will be Santanoni Peak, but time and conditions may let us do Panther as well, and possibly Couchy if the group is willing. Expect some thick going and a long but fun day. Level 5

Saturday, Oct. 28 - Biking Near the Indian Creek Nature Center Tom Ortmeyer 265-8219 We’ll bicycle a 20 mile loop on the back roads near the Center. A mid-morning start with a lunch stop along the way. Level 3

Sunday, Oct. 29 - Owl’s Head Carolyn & Gene Kaczka 265-4806 This is the Owl’s Head near Long Lake. A 7.2 mile Round Trip with approximately 1100 feet of elevation gain. There is a refurbished fire tower to climb. Level 3

Saturday, Nov. 4 - Lyon Mountain Cliff and Gloria Daly (613) 224-4413 Come out and climb the Adirondack’s northeast sentinel. Great views of the High Peaks and St. Lawrence Valley. A relatively short but continuous climb with a few steep pitches. 5 Miles RT 2000 feet elevation gain. Moderate pace. Level 3-4

Saturday, Nov. 4 - Harvest Moon Madness ADK’s gala fall banquet, 10th Annual Live and Silent Auction at the Historic Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY. Details can be found at

Sunday, Nov. 5 - Fall Potluck and Annual Meeting Tom Ortmeyer 265-8219 and Duncan and Lois Cutter 328-4675 First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, Meet at 5, eat at 5:30. If your last name begins with: A – H bring salad, bread or appetizer, I-N bring dessert, O-Z bring a main dish. The program will feature the Grace Peak Committee.

Sunday, Nov. 5 (Rescheduled to November 11) - Averyville Road to Wanika Falls John Barron (613) 828-2296 Scenic low-elevation hike near Lake Placid. Moderate pace. 13.4 miles, 500 feet elevation change. Level 3-4.

Saturday, Nov. 11 (Rescheduled from November 5) - Averyville Road to Wanika Falls John Barron (613) 828-2296 Scenic low-elevation hike near Lake Placid. Moderate pace. 13.4 miles, 500 feet elevation change. Level 3-4.

Sunday, Nov. 12 - Rocky Falls John & Susan Omohundro 265-8365 Hike to Rocky Falls from the Loj, with a circuit of Heart Lake and a possible climb of Mt. Jo. Distance of 4.5 to 8 miles depending on weather/trail conditions and desires of the group. 8 AM departure Level 3.

Saturday, Nov. 18 - Ampersand Mountain Ed & Stephanie Moczydlowski 268-5507 A short but steep climb with great views from the top. 5.4 miles 1775 feet of elevation gain. Level 3-4.

Sunday, Nov. 19 - Debar Mountain Cancelled! Nancy Skiff 393-7507 We start from the Meacham Lake Campground. Debar is a steady climb of 7.5 miles with 1700 feet of elevation gain. Views from the top can be great. Level 3

Saturday Dec. 2 - Bear Mountain Bog Blair and Marg Madore 265-0602 On this “Kids on the Trail” hike we’ll tromp through woods to a boardwalk over the bog. Plan to eat lunch. Hot drinks will be provided. 3.4 miles RT, Level 1.

Saturday, Dec. 9 - Hike on the Cutters’ trails Duncan and Lois Cutter 328-4675 Plan to hike and enjoy the forest near the Cutter’s home in Nicholville. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck after. Members Only, limit 10 persons. Level 1.

Saturday, Dec. 16 - Rooster Comb Tom Wheeler 265-2013 This early season snowshoe (we hope) is a 4.5 to 5 mile RT with 1720 feet of elevation gain. If time, conditions, and wishes permit we may include a side trip up Snow Mt. Level 3-4

Saturday, Dec. 23 - Whiteface Ski Cancelled! David Trithart 265-8117 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 cold and wind. Level 5.

Saturday, Dec. 30 rescheduled to Sat Dec 31 - Ski to Slush Pond Armond & Ann Spencer 379-1383 We biked in this area this summer, and think it would make a nice ski. It’s a fairly gentle trail, approximately 8 miles RT or shorter if we wish. Level 2-3.

Monday, Jan. 1 2007 - Annual New Years Day Outing and Potluck Tom Ortmeyer 265-8219 and Duncan and Lois Cutter 3328-4675 As is our tradition, we will be gathering on New Years Day for an outing and light potluck. Meet at the Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus and hike, ski, or snowshoe the trails. Plan to arrive in the early afternoon and eat around 4. There are no kitchen facilities, just electric outlets. Level 1

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