Events Archive

July - September, 2010

July 3 (Saturday) - Hike Silver Lake Mountain (New Hikers Series) Bring your kids to this beautiful mountain which offers great views. This is a great first mountain hike and as a bonus it’s a “Kids on the Trail” hike. About 2 miles roundtrip and 700 feet of elevation gain. Level 2. Contact Blair Madore,, (315) 265-0602

July 10 (Saturday) - Paddle the St. Lawrence from Hawkins Point to Long Sault Dam We will put in at Hawkins Point boat ramp and paddle up to Long Sault Dam on the quiet waters of the old St. Lawrence River. We will meet at 1pm. Distance 4-5 miles, easy. If there is interest, we can go for ice cream after the paddle. Contact Geri Ames,, or Brian Baston, (315) 769-3483

July 14 (Wednesday) - Evening Paddle Picnic on St. Regis River We’ll put in at the Parishville Park in late afternoon for a leisurely paddle for an hour or two upriver to the riffles, downriver to the bridge, then return to the park for a potluck picnic. Bring an item to share. Swimming beach. We’ll fire up the grill if you wish to cook. Level 1. John & Susan Omohundro, (315) 265-8365,

July 17 (Saturday) - Hike Stone Valley (New Hiker Series) Celebrate Colton Country Day with an easy hike in Stone Valley. Children welcome. We will walk a couple of miles. Level 2. Contact Duncan Cutter at (315) 328-4675 or

July 28 (Wednesday) - Evening paddling trip Trip details to be announced. Contact Dick Mooers,

July 31 (Saturday) - Treasure Hunt on the Red Sandstone Trail (New Hikers Series) Celebrating Raquette River Awareness Week. We’ll start in Hannawa Falls and hike to the Northern Terminus. A varied terrain of rapids, waterfalls, and impoundments along with dams and a sandstone quarry makes this an interesting and informative hike. Along the way hikers will have to solve clues to find hidden “Letter Boxes.” A few inclines but only about 2 miles: level 1. Contact Blair Madore,, (315) 265-0602

August 4th (Wednesday) - Evening paddle picnic on the Colton Reservoir of the Raquette River Celebrating Raquette River Awareness Week. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219,

August 7 (Saturday) - Hike Blue Mountain (New Hikers Series) Celebrating Raquette River Awareness Week. An easy-to-moderate hike for adults and within the capability of many children, who are especially welcome. Celebrate Raquette River Awareness Week with a scenic drive up the river valley and a hike to a terrific view of Blue Mountain Lake, near the headwaters of the Raquette. Optional swim in Long Lake. 4 miles round trip, 1600 ft of gain. Level 3. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296,

August 11 (Wednesday) - Evening Paddle Picnic on Raquette River We’ll put in at Brown’s Bridge in late afternoon and laze downriver for an hour or two, to Hannawa, for a potluck picnic at the takeout near the fire department. Bring an item to share. Swimming possible. We’ll fire up the grill if you wish to cook. Level 1. Limit: 12 boats. John & Susan Omohundro, (315) 265-8365,

August 14 (Saturday) - Hike the Ranger School Trails We will hike several of trails eventually climbing Cathedral Rock with its authentic Adiron- dack fire tower, and return to the Ranger School campus. If participants are agreeable, we may seek out an unusually large pine tree on the property with a little side bushwhack. Level 2. Contact Bill Mueller,, (315) 262-2952

August 18 (Wednesday) Location change - moved to Streeter Lake Emeryville Paddle on the Oswegatchie New info: We will meet at 5 PM at the blinking light on Rt. 3 in Oswegatchie, just west of Star Lake, and proceed to the put-in. We will paddle the lake and stop at the landing below the lean-to for supper and a walk. Level 1. For details, contact Jan and Bob Wakefield 315-287-4179 (h), 315-778-6490 (Jan’s cell), or

August 22 (Sunday) - Bicycle Tooley Pond Road This is a 20 mile RT bicycle trip plus short hikes into several of the Grasse River waterfalls along the road. Level 3. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219,

August 25 (Wednesday) - Evening paddling trip Trip details to be announced. Contact Dick Mooers,

August 28 (Saturday) - Paddling the Osgood River We will put in on the Osgood (near Paul Smiths) and leave cars north of that at Meacham Lake. Distance about 8 miles, paddling with the current. This is a classic ADK paddling adventure. Some barriers to drag over. Level 3. Contact Geri Ames,, or Brian Baston, (315) 769-3483

August 28 (Saturday) - Hike Arab Mountain (New Hikers Series) A terrific hike for young hikers, with a steady ascent of about a mile and a fire tower at the top. Mount Arab was the first mountain for many North Country residents. Contact Rose Rivezzi, (315) 265-8117,

September 8 (Wednesday) - Paddle Brandy Brook An evening paddle and picnic from the Brandy Brook boat launch on Rte 37. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, (315) 265-8219,

September 11 (Saturday) - Seymour Mountain We’ll need to get an early start for this 14-mile trailless hike. Thankfully, the first 5.5 miles are fairly flat, with the elevation gain happening during the last 1.5 miles climb. Gain of elevation is 2370 feet, making this a very strenuous hike. Plan on spending at least 10 hours on the trail. Level 5. Contact Debbie White (315) 322-4066, in the US or John Barron (613) 828-2296, in Canada

September 18 (Saturday) - Geocaching at Black Pond / Long Pond (New Hikers Series) Learn the basics of geocaching! Find treasure boxes hidden in the woods using a GPS. This hike will take us on a 5 mile loop from Paul Smiths VIC via the Woods and Waters Connector trail to Black Pond and Long Pond. We will search for two geocaches hidden near the ponds. Lunch at Long Pond, then return via the Jenkins Mountain Trail. Back at the VIC we will visit the butterfly house and other VIC attractions. Level 2. Contact Marianne Hebert (315) 265-0756

September 22 (Wednesday) - Evening paddling trip cancelled Trip details to be announced. Contact Dick Mooers,

September 25 (Saturday) - Azure Mountain Bushwhack and Rock Work This will be quite a rocky trip. We will meet at the trail head at 9am and bushwhack and scramble up the mountain alongside the southern rocky cliffs to pop out on the summit to the west of the large glacial erratic. We will then take a break before spending an hour or so placing stones previously carried to the summit by hikers to erosion areas near the erratic. Bring long pants for the bushwhack and two canvas bags for the summit work. We will hike back down the trail around noon and make a stop into Deer Valley Trails restaurant for a late lunch. Level 3, with 2.5 miles of rocky mountain climbing. Contact Mike McLean,, (315) 262-2564