Events Archive

October - December, 2011

October 1 (Saturday) - ADK Fall Trails Day - We will help restore trails and backcountry infrastructure in the Adirondack High Peaks damaged by hurricane Irene. Laurentian chapter contact is Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING.

October 2 (Sunday) - Stephenson Range Traverse - We will set up a car shuttle to hike one way over this range northeast of Lake Placid. Our route will begin near the gatehouse of the Whiteface Auto Road and follow the ridge line past Cooper Kiln Pond. 6 miles, 900 feet of gain, 1,500 feet of descent. Destination may change, depending on the state of the trail following Hurricane Irene. Moderate: more downhill than up. Level 3. Contact John Barron at or 613-828-2296.

October 8 (Saturday) - Bicycle along the St. Lawrence - We’ll bicycle upstream from the St. Lawrence State Park Golf Course to Jacques Cartier Park and return, with a possible extension to one of the scenic overlooks if the group desires. 20-25 miles RT. Helmets required. If the headwinds are stiff, we’ll pick a quieter ride in the area. Level 3, moderately strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

October 9 (Sunday) - Dix Mt. - (subject to re-opening of the trail) - A challenging climb from Rt. 73 is rewarded by a 360-degree view from this 4800+ -foot peak. 13.6 Miles RT, 3200 feet elevation gain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or

October 15 (Saturday) - Red Sandstone Trail Workday - A few hours in the afternoon to do some vegetation cutting along the Sugar Island Trail, plus a few chores here and there. Work exists for all abilities. Contact John and Susan Omohundro,, 315-265-8365.

October 16 (Sunday) - Develop New Access Trail above Moody Falls - In conjunction with the DEC our chapter is developing a new site to access the Raquette River just above Moody Falls. Help is needed to clear brush and provide general trail maintenance. Plan to work for a few hours in the afternoon. Call Blair Madore at 315-265-0602,

October 21, 22, 23 (Fri-Sun) - Stone Valley Trail Work Weekend Volunteers who would like to work for the day will meet at 8:00 AM at 224 Lenny Road, which is one mile south of where County Route 24 crosses Lenny Road at Browns Bridge. Volunteers should bring work gloves and have sturdy boots. Contact Mark Simon, 315-262-2571. PLEASE NOTE: If you are willing and able to work on large projects such as bridges and stairs, contact Mark before October 15th.

October 22 (Saturday) - Wakely Mt. Cancelled - This is one of 28 peaks listed on the “Fire Tower Challenge” website. Wakely fire tower is considered to be the highest in the Adirondacks. Approximately 6 miles RT. Elevation gain of 1,625 feet. Level 4: Fairly strenuous. The summit is wooded, but there are 360-degree views from the tower. Contact: Marianne Hebert (315) 265-0765,

October 23 (Sunday) - Five Ponds Wilderness via Leary Trail - This trail used to be the shortest route to the Five Ponds and High Falls. Abandoned after the 1995 wind storm, it remains closed, but the leader has explored it and can follow it. After coming out on the truck trail, we can decide whether to press deeper into the area to the scenic lean-to at Big Shallow Pond. About 1,100’ climbing and 14 miles RT to Big Shallow over mostly gentle terrain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, or 315-386-3945.

October 29 (Saturday) - Rock Dunder - This short, easy hike ascends 500 feet to an overlook of Ontario’s Rideau Canal waterway. All welcome - especially suitable for young people and new hikers. We will continue on by car to view a historic Rideau Canal lock. 5 miles, level 2. Contact John Barron at or 613-828-2296.

November 6 (Sunday) - Annual Meeting and Fall Pot Luck - Heidi Kretser of the Wildlife Conservation Society will present “On the Scent of Moose in the Adirondacks”. First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Arrive at 5 PM for supper to start at 5:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Contact John Barron at or 613-828-2296.

November 13 (Sunday) - Long Pond Loop Walk - Located near Paul Smith’s, Black Pond and Long Pond with their three leantos make a scenic 4-mile loop on mostly level ground. We’ll start mid-morning and lunch at one of the leantos. Level 2. Contact John and Susan Omohundro,, 315-265-8365.

November 20 (Sunday) - Lyon Mt. - The newly-constructed 7-mile RT trail climbs 1900 feet with rewarding views from the fire tower-topped summit. Level 4, moderately strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or

December 10 (Saturday) - Hike/Snowshoe/Ski at Higley Flow State Park - We’ll do about 2-3 miles on the camp trails and follow up with a cookout at the Warm Brook lean to. Hot chocolate, hot dogs and marshmallows provided. Kids, dogs (leashed) and grandparents are encouraged to join us for a fun romp. Contact Blair Madore at 315-265-0602 or email

December 18 (Sunday) Rescheduled to Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 - Winter Snowshoe Trek at Indian Creek Nature Center near Canton. - An easy afternoon snowshoe ramble. We’ll check for tracks and birds, and then have ’Smores by the fire. Remember to bring extra mittens for the kids. We have Íloaner” snowshoes. Jointly with Indian Creek Nature Center. Contact Ann Spencer 315-379-1383.