Events Archive

Saturday Sept. 29 - Azure Mountain Art Johnson 265-2619. I will leave Potsdam about 8:30 and will spend the day on the top, but others may descend when they wish. Level 2

Saturday, Sept. 29 - Massawepie Mire Hiking/Birding Trip Joan Collins 261-4246, Massawepie Mire is the largest fen in New York State. We will walk the old, level railroad for ~ 4 miles RT and visit the South Branch of the Grass River location near the trailhead. There will also be an optional 2-mile RT hike on the Mountaineer Trail along scenic Massewepie Lake in the afternoon. Level 3. Jointly sponsored with High Peaks Audubon and St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon.

Saturday, October 13 - Palmer Hill Mine Hike Brad Pendergraft 265-3010, Meet at the park in Hopkinton at 8 a.m. This is a long drive for a short hike to a very interesting location. We will hike over Palmer Hill to see an abandoned iron mine. Bring a hammer, magnet, and ziploc bags for samples. Good balance is needed on the path into the mine. Total distance is 1 mile. Level 2.

Saturday, Oct. 13 & Sunday Oct.14 - Stone Valley Work Days Mark Simon 262-2571.

Saturday, Oct. 20 - Indian Creek Nature Center Bird Walk Joan Collins 261-4246, Bring binoculars! RT distance is approximately 2 miles on level trails. Jointly sponsored with Indian Creek Nature Center and St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon. Level 1.

Sunday, Oct. 21 - Hike the trails at Paul Smith's VIC. Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8210, We'll enjoy the late fall colors and scenery in an area with no hunting. We’ll walk several of the loops as time permits for 2 to 4 miles total. Level 2

Sunday, Oct. 21 - Red Sandstone Trail Work. John Omohundro 265-8365, We're building some steps and bridges across a gully beside the Sugar Island Flow. An afternoon project.

Saturday Oct. 27 - Hike in the Wolf Lake State Forest Dick Mooers 265-2774, Hike a delightful circuit of three small ponds. The 4.5-mile trail is rough underfoot making it seem longer, but the scenery is pretty. Bring lunch, water, bionics and a garbage bag for a little cleanup. Not for young children unless yours is a tiger. Level 2-3.

Saturday Oct. 27 - Catamount Lodge & Forest Woods Walk (TAUNY event) Take a walk in the woods and learn more about the future of a special tract of Adirondack land at the Catamount Lodge & Forest Woods Walk, Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hosts Joe and Ruth McWilliams invite you to join them and TAUNY staff for a visit of their 379-acre forest property at Catamount Lodge in South Colton. Forester Robert McLaughlin will lead the woods walk, followed by hot lunch at the lodge. Offered in conjunction with TAUNY's current exhibit of North Country woodwork, the program will focus on sustainable resources for different types of woodwork. A stop at Carry Falls Reservoir will be part of the walk.

Over lunch back at the Lodge, the McWilliams will share their objectives for owning the property and talk about their long-term management plans for the forest. They purchased Catamount from St. Lawrence University in 2005. They are managing it for recreation, wildlife, timber, water and educational benefits. As a special benefit, logger Bob Hostetter and sawyer Richard Shea will also be available during the program to talk about their work.

Cost per person is $15 members, $20 non-members. Registration is required. For details about this and other special programs offered by TAUNY, or to register for the Catamount Lodge & Forest Woods Walk, call the TAUNY office at 315-386-4289 or visit the TAUNY website at

Sunday, Oct. 28 - Owls Head Mountain Gene & Carolyn Kaczka 315-265-4806, This mountain overlooking Long Lake has a recently restored fire tower on its 2780-ft summit. RT is 6.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1150 feet. This moderate climb gets steep at the end. Level 3.

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Crane Mountain Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383, Barbara McMartin wrote that this was her favorite mountain. About 5 miles RT with 1300 feet of elevation gain. It is a long drive, so we may consider staying overnight, possibly camping out Saturday and driving home Sunday. Level 3-4

Sunday, Nov. 4 - Annual Meeting and Potluck Tom Ortmeyer 315-265-8210, or Duncan & Lois Cutter 328-04675, At the Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. Meet at 5 and eat at 5:30. ADK Executive Director Neil Woodworth will speak at 7.

Saturday, Nov. 10 - St. Regis Mountain John Barron (613) 828-2296, & Geri Ames 764-0009, 7-mile RT with 1250 feet of elevation gain. Magnificent views. Level 3-4.

Sunday Nov. 11 - Hike to Eagle Eyrie overlooking Lake Placid. John & Susan Omohundro 265-8365, About 8 mi RT, or 2.5 mi on trail from Connery Pond to Whiteface Landing, then about 1.5 mi. on un-maintained path with about 500 ft. gain to summit. May be icy. Level 3.5.

Monday Nov. 12th (Veterans Day) - Lower Wolf Jaw via Bennie's Brook Slide Mike McLean 262-2564, Start 7:00 a.m. sharp at trailhead! Up the Southside Trail to Benny's Brook, where an established herd path takes us to the slide. Below-freezing temperatures may dictate the use of full crampons. Return via the Wolf Jaws Trail. Estimate 8 or so miles of hiking. Level 5.

Saturday, Nov. 17 - Rideau Trail. John Barron. (613) 828-2296, Hiking from Beveridge's Locks (near Smiths Falls) to Perth, Ontario. Flat and easy, partly on Tay Canal towpath. 10 miles. Level 3. Optional supper in Perth.

Saturday, Dec. 1 - Birding hike (or ski?!) on the Leonard Pond Trail Joan Collins 261-4246, and Eileen Wheeler 265-2013, A fairly easy hike/ski trip on old dirt roads with mostly level terrain. RT distance is 5 miles. Jointly sponsored with St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon. Level 2.

Saturday Dec. 8 - Hike to Clear Pond Blair & Margaret Madore 265-0602, This pleasant walk on a seasonal road leads to the abandoned Boy Scout Camp Vigor on the shores of lovely Clear Pond. We plan to cook lunch (weather permitting) over a fire at the lake. Families (young and old) are encouraged to join us. Level 1.

Saturday, Dec. 15 - Hike to Big Pine, Wanakena. Bill Mueller 262-2952, Snowshoe or winter hike to an "old growth" pine. Easy two-mile RT. Level 1

Saturday Dec. 22 - Whiteface Ski 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 2008 - Annual New Year's Potluck and Ski/snowshoe Outing. Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson University campus. We meet starting at 1 pm to enjoy the trails near the lodge, and then gather to share hors d'oeuvres and conversation around 4:00. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, for details and directions.