Events Archive

Saturday, Oct. 4 Paddle Round Lake This will be a 6 to 8 mile paddle in a beautiful, fairly recently opened lake. Possible swim. Moderate. Contact Duncan & Lois Cutter at (315) 328-4675 or

Sunday, Oct. 5 Leonard Pond Trail 5 mile round-trip hike on a wide, level trail in mixed forest and boreal habitat. Optional added bushwhack to Chandler Pond. Expect woodland birds, migrants, and boreal species, including the possibility of Red and White-winged Crossbills. Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet at the trailhead on Route 56 (2.5 miles north of the Route 3-Route 56 intersection). Easy. Contact Joan Collins at (315) 261-4246 or Co-leader Peter O’Shea.

Saturday, Oct.  11   Fall Cycling We’ll bicycle the Red Tavern Loop starting from St. Regis Falls, and enjoy the late season color.  Total length 40 miles. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 18 & 19 - Stone Valley Work Days Contact Mark Simon ( for further information.

Saturday, Oct. 18 Ranger School Trails and Cathedral Rock  2800 acres of forest tended since 1912 by Ranger School students and teachers with a dozen or so trails running through a varied landscape which includes marshlands, rocky outcroppings, impressive forest stands, bogs and eskers.  We’ll explore it all!  Four miles, moderate elevation gains Easy. Contact Bill Mueller at (315) 262-2952 or

Saturday, Oct. 25   Catamount Mountain Trail Maintenance Come out and help spruce up our adopted trail on this small but spectacular peak just north of Whiteface.  Take lunch, work gloves, a small garbage bag and shears or saw. 4 miles; 2000' ascent. Strenuous. Contact Gloria &Cliff Daly at (613) 224-4413 or

Cancelled Sunday, Oct. 26 Owen, Copperas and Winch Ponds Easy hike to scenic ponds near Lake Placid. Approximately 4 miles round trip, with little elevation gain. Contact Nancy Skiff at (315) 393-7507 or

Saturday, Nov. 1 Cliff Mountain We will leave the Upper Works Parking Lot at 7 a.m. and make our way up to Flowed Lands and then along the Opalescent to the start of the herd path just behind Uphill Brook Lean-to. A well-defined herd path will take us up a few steep sections to the top, where wonderful views can be found. Around 10 miles round trip. Very strenuous, but at a leisurely pace. Contact Mike McLean at (315) 262-2564 or

Sunday, Nov. 2   Fall Potluck and Annual Meeting Canton Presbyterian Church, 17 Park Street, Canton. Note: not Potsdam Presbyterian Church as in previous years. Bring a dish to pass. Gather at 5 pm for supper at 5:30.  Dr. Roy Horst will present “Surviving the Winter in the North Country”, about adaptations animals make to survive the northern winter. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

Saturday, Nov. 8 Hike the West and East Side trails of Ausable River We’ll hike to Lower Ausable Lake, with a side trip to Cathedral Rocks. About 10 miles, moderately strenuous, on hunting-free Adirondack Mountain Reserve land near St. Hubert’s. Contact John & Susan Omohundro at (315) 265-8365 or

Sunday, Nov.9 Owls Head Mountain (near Malone) Short, easy walk to a scenic overlook. Suitable for all ages, children welcome. Approximately 2 miles round trip, with 700 feet elevation gain. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

Saturday, Dec. 6 Hike to Clear Pond This pleasant, easy 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. Contact Blair & Margaret Madore at (315) 265-0602 or

Saturday Dec. 20 Whiteface Toll Road Ski Trip 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. Very strenuous. Contact David Trithart at (315) 265-8117 or

Saturday, Dec. 27 Phelps Mountain Nine miles round trip with 1982 feet elevation gain. Winter hiking gear required. Very strenuous and difficult winter mountaineering. Contact Chuck Tracy at (315) 854-0485 or

Thursday, Jan. 1 2009 New Year’s Day Ski/Snowshoe Outing We will gather early to mid-afternoon at the Outdoor Lodge on the Clarkson campus for easy skiing or snowshoeing on the trails behind the lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres to pass, and plan to be back at the lodge around 4 pm to help bring in the New Year. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or