Events Archive

Saturday July 7 - Cycling from Cape Vincent to Sackets Harbor. Scenic ride along the shore of Lake Ontario, 50 miles round trip. Moderate pace. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

Sunday July 8 - Lake Lila Canoe Birding Trip & Mt. Frederica Climb (with St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon). Explore Lake Leila (8-10 miles of canoeing) including a 3 mile round-trip hike to the summit of Mt. Frederica (450 feet of ascent). Spectacular views. Quarter-mile carry required. Bring binoculars for bird observation. Strenuous. Contact Joan Collins at (315) 261-4246 or or Eileen Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or

Thursday July 12 - Arab Mountain. A midday hike to the fire tower and discussion of history with the student interpreter there. Lunch on the summit. On the way home, we'll swing through Conifer and remind ourselves of the history of the Emporium hardwood lumber company. Easy. Contact John & Susan Omohundro at (315) 265- 8365 or

Saturday July 14 - Canoe Jones Pond to Church Pond. We will start at Jones Pond and take the navigable stream to Osgood Pond. We will have the option of doing some swimming and exploring the Osgood River before navigating through some canals connecting to a smaller pond and ultimately Church Pond. About four miles, moderate. Please contact trip leaders by Wednesday July 11. Contact Nikki Coates at (315) 265-3232 or Ron Johnson at (315) 769-8241.

Saturday July 21 - Whiteface Paddle, Hike, Slide Climb. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Lake Placid Boat Launch. A four-mile paddle and seven-mile hike. We’ll take off around 7:00 a.m. and paddle over 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 cold drinks on the summit. Return the same way to a nice Lake Placid restaurant to end the trip. Very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean at (315) 262-2564 or

Wednesday, July 25 - Evening Picnic and Paddle at Higley Flow. Meet at the boat launch on Pine Road off Gulf Road at 5 PM and plan to picnic at the state park. Cancelled if raining. Launch from the concrete ramp or from a sandy beach that is a 25-yard carry through open woods. Note: There is no parking right at the launch location. Easy. Contact Dick Mooers at (315) 854-4186 or

Sunday, July 29 - Lilypad Pond. Easy afternoon hike to scenic Lilypad Pond in the White Hill Wild Forest, approaching from the Goldmine Road. 2 miles round trip, with one steep section. Possible extension to Long Pond if the group is willing. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

Saturday Aug. 4 - Canoe Sandy Creek. Canoe the marshes of Sandy Creek into Lake Ontario, where you'll find sand dunes and excellent swimming. About 10 miles round trip if the winds cooperate. The put-in is about 30 minutes past Watertown, and if we can get enough double racks we'll do some car pooling. Contact Alison Charles at (315) 388-4245.

Saturday Aug. 11 - A Ranger School Adventure. We'll look for an "old growth" cherry, find out what a hill of Dunkeld Larches looks like, and discover a hidden lean-to as we traverse the North Boundary Trail and environs. Moderate. Contact Bill Mueller at (315) 262-2952 or

Wednesday Aug. 15 - Evening on the St. Lawrence. Canoe or kayak around Ogden Island, which has some nice sheltered bays and sandy beaches for swimming. Be prepared for fairly strong current in a couple of short stretches. If the wind is up we'll canoe one of the sheltered inlets near Waddington instead. Total distance 4-5 mi. Picnic on the island. Easy. Contact Alison Charles at (315) 388-4245.

Postponed until fall Saturday Aug. 18 - Crane Mountain. Barbara McMartin wrote that this was her favorite mountain. About 5 miles round trip with 1300 feet of elevation gain. It is quite a drive, so we may consider staying over, possibly camping out Saturday night, and driving home Sunday. Moderate. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

Cancelled Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 24 - Paddle Sections of the Historic Rideau Canal. Five days canoeing or kayaking the southern end of Ontario's famous waterway from Kingston to Ottawa. You may join for some or all of the days. Camping is available, also B&B's. Contact Dick Mooers by cell phone at (315) 854-4186 (even during the trip), or

Wednesday Aug. 29 - Evening Picnic and Paddle at Hannawa Pond. Park and launch just off Highway 56 at the canoe launch near the Hannawa Falls fire station at 5 PM and picnic at Postwood Park. Cancelled if raining. Easy. Contact Dick Mooers at (315) 854-4186 or

Monday Sept. 3 - Fairy Ladder Falls. We will look for this waterfall, discovered by Verplanck Colvin in 1873 near Elk Pass in the High Peaks. About six miles one way, most of it quite easy, concluding with a quarter-mile of thick bushwhacking. Depending on time and energy we may return via overlooks over the Ausable Lakes. Early start from Potsdam. Very strenuous. Contact Tom Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or

Saturday, Sept. 8 - Blue Mountain Birding Hike (with St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon). We will climb Blue Mountain for spectacular views and a chance to hear and observe Bicknell's Thrush before its fall migration to the Caribbean. There is a fire tower on the summit that offers 360-degree views of many high peaks and surrounding mountains and lakes. 4 miles round trip with a 1500ft elevation gain. Bring binoculars. Strenuous. Rain date is 9/9. Contact Joan Collins at (315) 261-4246 or or Eileen Wheeler at (315) 265-2013 or

Sunday, Sept. 9 - Bear Mountain Bog. Join us for this easy 3.5 mile hike to interesting boardwalks over a large bog. This Kids on the Trail hike is ideal for families with children, grandparents and substitute grandparents. Easy. Contact Blair & Marg Madore at (315) 265-0602 or

Saturday Sept. 15 - Cycling the Tooley Pond Road. Significant climbs on the trip out, fast descents on the return. Several short rugged hikes to waterfalls on the Grasse River. 20 miles of cycling. Moderately strenuous. Contact Geri Ames at (315) 764-0009 or or John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

Saturday, September 15. Saranac Lakes and River. Dick Mooers 265-2774 or 14 mile paddle for sea kayaks and fast canoes from Middle Saranac Lake to Lake Flower, a four year tradition for the chapter. Paddlers need to average 3 to 4 mph comfortably. Lunch break at Second Pond launch ramp, early dinner at Little Italy. Joint trip with Champlain Kayak Club and Adirondack Pirate Paddlers group (Glens Falls, mainly). Limit of ten boats. All safety gear required. Meet at South Creek ramp at 9 AM to organize shuttle; launch at 10. All participants must have a pfd, and kayakers must use a spray skirt.

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Hike the foothills of the Adirondacks at September Farm. A 2-mile loop through pine and hardwood forest, woodland lore, birds, streams and beaver ponds. To be followed by chili, cornbread, tea and coffee (supplied) - the rest potluck, around the 19th-century Garner House and barn. Easy. Contact Bill Mueller at (315) 262-2952 or

(Rescheduled to Sept. 29) Wednesday Sept. 26 - Evening Picnic and Paddle at Norwood Pond. Meet at the Lakeshore Drive entrance to the Norwood Municipal Beach at 4:30 p.m. to be let through the gate. Potential for downwind sailing with an umbrella! Possible alternative "picnic" at the Lobster House to cap the summer series. Easy. Contact Dick Mooers at (315) 854-4186 or

(Rescheduled from Sept. 26) Sunday Sept. 29 - Evening Picnic and Paddle at Norwood Pond. Forecast wind and weather are severe enough to postpone the Wednesday Picnic and Paddle event from today to Sunday. If you are at the Norwood beach gate at 4:30 PM on Sunday you can drive in. The gate will be locked while we paddle. We will launch from the sandy beach, paddle for maybe a couple of hours, and then go to the Lobster House for a sit down dinner together. If you wish to instead eat a picnic dinner at the park, that's fine, but you will have to load up, drive out to the road and then walk back to the picnic area, as I will be locking the gate. Plan on eating between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. The picnic area is not far from the road. Easy. Contact Dick Mooers at (315) 854-4186 or