Events Archive

July - September, 2011

July 9 (Saturday) - Climb Dial and Nippletop - We will attempt to climb both mountains, depending upon weather, overall being 12 miles round trip. Level 5, Very strenuous, 2500+ feet climb. An early start needed for this hike - Contact Debbie White, 315-322-4066,

July 16 (Saturday) - Cascade Mt.- One of the easier high peaks with excellent views of the high peaks. Altitude gain just shy of 2,000ft., 5.8mi. RT, Level 4 or 5 strenuous. Contact Brian Baston, 315-769-3483,

July 17 (Sunday) - Paddle Piercefield Flow - Explore Piercefield Flow on the Raquette River. About 5 miles paddling plus picnic and a swim. Level 3, Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

July 23 (Saturday) - Nun-da-gao Ridge - Join us for a picturesque hike along this ridge to Weston Mountain and Lost Pond. This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike along a rocky ridge with many panoramic views and attractions along the way. 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,403 feet. Level 3-4 (of 5) Moderate to strenuous. Contact Marianne Hebert, 315-265-0756,

July 30 (Saturday) - Cycling along the Raquette River - Starting at Sunday Rock in South Colton, we will cycle the River Road past the reservoirs. Upon reaching SH 56 at Stark Road, we may continue a couple of miles to Catamount Lodge. Return will be on SH 56. 25 miles, hilly and moderately strenuous, level 3-4. A Raquette River Awareness Week event. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296,

July 31 (Sunday) - Clear Pond Wild Forest Walk - We will start at the parking area at Clear Pond in Parishville, hiking toward Little Rock Pond, Long Pond, and even to Lilypad Pond if conditions are good and the group willing. Total RT is over 7 miles with little elevation gain. Level 3 (moderate) hike. We will assemble first in Potsdam. Contact David Trithart, 315-265-8117,

August 6 (Saturday) - Sandstone Quarry Historical Walking Tour - Join Prof. Jim Carl on a tour of the former sandstone quarry on the Red Sandstone Trail and a discussion of the geology that formed the sandstone as well as the quarrying and use of the sandstone. Meet at the Red Sandstone Trail Head across from the Hannawa Falls Fire Station at 10 AM. About a one mile walk. Easy. A Raquette River Awareness Week event. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

August 13 (Saturday) - MacIntyre Range from ADK Loj - We will visit all four high peaks in this range this day. We will head into Indian Pass to Scotts Clearing and head up the trail between the Marshall/Iroquois col and take the herd path to Marshall. We will retrace our path back to the col and then bushwhack up to Shepard's Tooth and Iroquois. From Iroquois to Algonquin and Wright, thence back to the car. A long day with lots of ups and a few downs. Around 13 miles with 5,000 feet of elevation and a half-mile or so of thick bushwhacking. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean, 315-262-2564,

August 14 (Sunday) - Vanderwhacker Mt. - This 3385 ft. summit provides perhaps the finest panorama of the High Peaks from the south. Though closed on three sides, its fire tower will afford views all around. The hike is 5.4 mi. RT with 1650 ft. elevation gain-Level 3 (of 5)-moderate to strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski, 315-528-3468,

August 21 (Sunday) - One-Way Day Hike on the Cranberry Lake 50 Trail - Rick Kovacs of Packbasket Adventures will boat us across Cranberry Lake to Chair Rock Flow, from whence we walk 15.7 miles out to the Burntbridge Pond/Brandy Brook trailhead on State Route 3. Cost of boat is $75 split 5 ways (max. of 5 persons due to shallow nature of Chair Rock Flow). Boat departs 7:30 AM from State Boat Launch Site in Cranberry Lake. Moderate to strenuous level 4 (out of 5). Contact Gene or Carolyn Kaczka, 315-265-4806,

August 24 (Wednesday) - Paddle Picnic Little River to the Grasse - We will convene about 4PM and paddle down the Little River to the Grasse, up the Grasse a bit, then back down for a picnic. Level 1 (of 5). Contact Ann & Armond Spencer 315-379-1383,

August 27 (Saturday) – Mountain Bike on the Dean Road - We will start on the Dean Road and cycle on logging roads to Pleasant Lake, with stretches along the Middle Branch of the Grasse River. 20 miles RT. Mountain bikes and helmets required. Level 4 (of 5), strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

September 3 (Saturday) - Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails - (New Hiker's Series and Kids on the Trail) About 2 miles of trails on this peninsula in Lake Placid. Easy Level 1. Kids and families welcome! Blair Madore, 315-265-0602,

September 10 (Saturday) - Azure Mountain Bushwhack and Rock Work - We will bushwhack up the northern side of the mountain through relatively open woods to arrive at the summit and then spend an hour or so doing rock work in the eroded areas on the mountain. Bring nylon pants for the bushwhack and a canvas bag for the rocks. Around 2 miles RT with 900' in elevation gain, a moderate hike, Level 3 (out of 5). Contact Mike McLean, 315-262-2564,

September 10 (Saturday) - Canoe Massawepie Lake - We will explore the shoreline and coves of this beautiful Adirondack lake. Level 2 (easy to moderate). Contact Ann & Armond Spencer 315-379-1383,

September 11 (Sunday) - Tri-County Corner Hike - St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Hamilton Counties meet at one marked point S of Cat Mt. and W of Lows Lake. The final half-mile of this hike will be a bushwhack to search for the marker. We’ll start from Wanakena along Dead Creek Flow, pass near Cat Mt., and head for Cowhorn Junction. From there, a re-opened trail heads south towards the Lows-Oswegatchie canoe carry at Big Deer Pond. There’s no marked approach to the boundary marker, so the bushwhack will be a little adventure! 1,000’ elevation gain and 17 miles RT, Level 5-very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, 315- 386-3945,

September 17 (Saturday) Cancelled – Peavine Swamp Trail Hike - This 5-mile trail on the west side of Cranberry Lake (in lovely mixed forest, not swamp) is a segment of the "Cranberry 50" loop. Elevation change is modest. Several loops off of it provide numerous options for hikes; we'll decide on our itinerary at the trailhead. Difficulty Level 2 (of 5), easy to moderate. Contact Neal Burdick, 315-386-4648 evenings,

September 24 (Saturday) - Fall Hike at September Farm (S. Colton) - Visit what was once a farm in the Adirondack foothills; hike about 2 miles, elevation gain of 300’ through an 80 year-old forest now covering what was once farm fields. Learn about woods lore, enjoy towering pines, Wolf Brook and beaver ponds, plus a wildlife surprise! After the hike enjoy chili, drinks, pie and conversation; tour the 19th-century barn and house. Easy hike, level 1 of 5. Contact Bill or Pat Mueller, 315-262-1952,

September 25 (Sunday) - Gothics Range - The summit (elev. 4715 ft.) is top of most lists for having the best view in the high peaks. This challenging climb provides many great views. We will be taking the lake road until we hit the trail just past the reservoir. 10 miles RT, assent 4000 ft. Level 5 (of 5), very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski, 315-528-3468,