Events Archive


Events, 2012

January 1 (Sunday) New Year’s Day at Clarkson. Our traditional party will take place at the Outdoor Lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres for a simple potluck; there are no cooking facilities. People usually drift out onto the trails about mid-afternoon for an hour of hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing, depending on the weather and ground conditions. About 4 or 4:30 we’ll eat in the Lodge. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

January 7 (Saturday) Cross-Country Ski for Beginners - Higley Flow State Park. We will take our time, explore the park, and practice herringbone on climbs, snowplow on descents, and diagonal stride on flats. Easy and short. Level 1. All welcome, especially beginners and children. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

January 14 (Saturday) Ski Robert Moses State Park and Massena Dike Trails while Birding. We’ll ski along the river on the Richard Landing Dike Trail then through forest and meadow habitats near the former nature center at Robert Moses State Park. We'll keep an eye out for winter birds and other animal life on this ski of about 5 miles. Joint outing with NNY Audubon. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Eileen Wheeler at 386-2482 or

January 15 (Sunday) Wright Peak. A winter high peak climb from the ADK Loj with beautiful views of the other peaks. 7 miles RT, 2400 ft elevation gain. Level 5, very strenuous, about 8 hrs. Minimum micro spikes/crampons & snowshoes. Contact Brian Baston (315) 600-1282,

January 21 (Saturday) Ski/Snowshoe to Grassy Pond. We will ski/hike a 3-mile round trip scenic undulating forest trail into the well-kept Grassy Pond lean-to from the Hays Brook trailhead near Paul Smiths. We will leave from our house, 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville at 10:00, with lunch at lean-to. We will look for signs of browsing moose. Families welcome. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan or Lois Cutter, (315) 328-4675 or

January 22 (Sunday) From TB Patient to Adirondack Nature Writer: The Life of Martha Reben (Outdoors-Indoors). Slide show by Betsy Tisdale. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

January 28 (Saturday) Ski to Hedgehog Pond. A 10-mile round trip ski to Hedgehog Pond east of Cranberry Lake, with possible extension to Hedgehog Bay. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at (315) 265-8219 or

February 4 (Saturday) Ski and Soup with the Spencers. Rescheduled to Feb 11 We’ll ski the SUNY Canton trails in the morning, then go for soup at the Spencers’ (bring your own sandwich) then ski the Spencers’ trails after lunch. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Armond or Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

February 5 (Sunday) Winter Climb of Street and Nye. We’ll get an early start, and attempt to climb both. Approx. 8-1/2 miles, 2800 ft elev. gain. Potentially difficult winter mountaineering, with one (we hope frozen) stream crossing. Participants should have mountain snowshoes that have good crampons, warm waterproof boots, and appropriate winter layers to be comfortable even if we have unexpected stops. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Toni Towle/Peter Blood (613)387-2829 or

February 5 (Sunday) Leonard Pond Cross-country Ski and Birdwatch. We’ll ski about 5 miles round trip on a wide, level trail in mixed forest and boreal habitat keeping an eye out for finches and other winter birds. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and lunch. Joint trip with NNY Audubon. Contact Eileen Wheeler (315) 386-2482,

February 11 (Saturday) Hike/Snowshoe Gothics via Beaver Meadow Falls Trail. We’ll head in from the Ausable Club at 8 am. Weather and hiker conditions will determine if we return the way we entered or we could return via Armstrong and Upper Wolf Jaws or Pyramid. 11-plus miles round trip. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean (315) 262-2564 or

February 11 (Saturday) Ski and Soup with the Spencers. Rescheduled from Feb 4 We’ll ski the SUNY Canton trails in the morning, then go for soup at the Spencers’ (bring your own sandwich) then ski the Spencers’ trails after lunch. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Armond or Ann Spencer at (315) 379-1383 or

February 11 (Sunday)Ski/Snowshoe Brasher State Forest The Tri-Town Winter Carnival will hold its 6th annual x-country ski and snow shoe poker run in the Brasher State Forest (19,000 acres). The course is approximately 3 miles in length, very flat, and passes through some beautiful woods and a large beaver pond. This event is part of the Tri Town Winter Carnival. All participants need to purchase a 2 dollar carnival button to be eligible for prizes. The event will start between 8:30am-9:00am at the DEC Headquarters in Brasher Falls. The forest is a real hidden jewel. For more info call Mark Helmer at 389-4390.

February 12 (Sunday) Owls Head Mt. Snowshoe (Long Lake). This 6.2 mile RT climb will start out with a gradual elevation gain with a steep scramble at the top. After a climb of 1,100 vertical feet we will be treated to some great views from the fire tower of the surrounding area. Level 4, strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or

February 12 (Sunday) Rescheduled from Dec 18, 2011 - 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.

February 18 (Saturday) Ski to Raquette Falls. Starting at Axton Landing, not far from Tupper Lake. Estimate 9 miles RT, some short hills. Level 4. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

February 19 (Sunday) Snowshoe in Five Ponds Wilderness on Leary Trail - Abandoned after the 1995 wind storm, this trail is again navigable. If conditions allow, if we make it as far as the truck trail, we can decide whether to press deeper towards the five ponds, or go for High Falls. About 10 miles RT to truck trail over mostly gentle terrain. This area is on the northern fringe of the "lake effect" zone, and elevation is 1,500’+, so it may have good snow when our towns don’t. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mark Lowell, (315) 386-3945 or

February 26 (Sunday) Snowshoe St. Regis Mountain. Join us on a great adventure up this “fire tower challenge” mountain with wonderful views. 6.8 mile RT with 1265 ft elevation gain. Level 3 to 4, moderately strenuous. Contact Blair Madore (315) 265- 0602 or

February 26 (Sunday) Working in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Outdoors - Indoors). Illustrated presentation by Stephanie Solla, Clarkson junior, on her internship in summer 2011 for USGS and National Park Service. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

February 29 (Wednesday) Leap Day Bushwhack to unnamed mountain near Mountain Pond, Paul Smiths. We will meet at 12:30 pm; everyone should have eaten lunch before we start. We’ll be snowshoeing across Mt. Pond to reach the mountain. RT is about 2 miles. Level 2, fairly easy. It is satisfying to look at the mountain when driving north and say to yourself, “I was up there.” Afterwards, dinner at Paul Smiths College or Dawn's in St. Regis Falls. Contact Carol LaDue ( or Geri Ames (

March 3 (Saturday) - Azure Mountain Snowshoe. A climb up nearby Azure Mountain (2 miles RT & almost 1,000 foot elevation gain) is a winter delight for novice or expert alike. Come join in the fun! Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Gene and Carolyn Kaczka, (315) 265-4806 or

March 10 (Saturday) Skiing in Gatineau Park. On well-maintained, trackset trails a short distance north of Ottawa. Possibly Meech Lake to the fire tower, as conditions dictate. Confidence on moderately steep hills required. 15 miles RT, 1000 ft elevation gain, level 4, strenuous. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

March 11 (Sunday) McKenzie Mt. Snowshoe / Hike. Rescheduled to Sun Mar 25 We will be using the trailhead on Whiteface Inn Rd. for this 7.2 mile RT snowshoe.After a climb of 1,940 vertical feet we hope to have some great 360-degree views achieved at two different ledges with 180-degree views. Level 4-5, strenuous to very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or at

March 18 (Sunday) Exo-Planets and Aliens (Outdoors - Indoors). Jeff Miller, professor of astronomy at St. Lawrence University, on new discoveries made possible by the latest high-powered telescopes. 7 pm in the Potsdam Community Room (over the police-rescue department). Refreshments will be served.

March 25 (Sunday) McKenzie Mt. Snowshoe / Hike. Rescheduled from Sun Mar 11 We will be using the trailhead on Whiteface Inn Rd. for this 7.2 mile RT snowshoe.After a climb of 1,940 vertical feet we hope to have some great 360-degree views achieved at two different ledges with 180-degree views. Level 4-5, strenuous to very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at (315)528-3468 or at

April 7 (Saturday) Church Pond Bushwack. We will explore the Church Ponds area just off State Highway 56. This will be an exploratory trip into an old piece of state land with some old growth forest. Prepare footwear for muddy, wet ground. We may also get somewhat lost, though we will have map, compass and GPS. We’ll identify trees, rock, and wildlife in the headwaters of the North Branch of the Grasse River. Level 3. About 4 miles RT. Contact Tom Vandewater (315) 386-8489 or

April 14 (Saturday) Charleston Lake Provincial Park. About 1 hour from Ogdensburg Bridge. Hike the West Side Trail - 7 miles RT, rugged terrain, Level 3-4. Good lake views. Optional supper afterwards at Rapid Valley Family Restaurant near Lansdowne. Remember your passport. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

April 21 (Saturday) Spring Wild Flower walk. We’ll be out looking for spring wildflowers, probably at The Pinnacle. All welcome. Level 1. Contact Tom Ortmeyer (315) 265-8219 or

April 22 (Sunday) Earth Day hike at Catamount Lodge. We’ll climb Catamount and walk to the Carry Reservoir shore. Participants are asked to bring some text to read to the group commemorating the occasion. 500 ft elevation gain, 3 miles total. Moderate. level 3, Contact John or Susan Omohundro, (315) 265-8365 or

April 28 (Saturday) Everton Falls Cleanup with the Nature Conservancy. Contribute to maintaining this beautiful natural area and have fun too. Meet at the Cutter residence, 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville at 9:30 AM with bag lunch, trash bag, and your canoe or kayak to cruise the St.Regis above or below the Falls after lunch on the ledges by the Falls. For everyone of all ages. Contact Duncan Cutter (315) 328-4675 or

April 28 (Saturday) Hopkins, Green, and Owl’s Head Mountains. We will head in from St. Huberts and climb Hopkins via Mossy Cascade Brook Trail, enjoying great views. Then we will head up to the lean-to and enjoy a short but steep half-mile bushwhack to the wooded summit of Green Mt. Back down to the lean-to and then a mostly down and short up to the ledges of Owl’s Head Look-out, finishing the hike at the parking area of Route 9N and into Baxter Mountain Tavern for dinner afterwards. An early start is expected with approximately 12 miles of hiking. Very strenuous, level 5. Contact Mike McLean (315) 262-2564 or

April 29 (Sunday) Red Sandstone Trail Work Day. We’ll work a couple of hours at midday with time for washing up before the potluck that evening. Chores for workers of all ages and levels of fitness. Wear sturdy shoes, bring gloves. Other tools may be useful; we’ll discuss that when you contact us to sign up: John and Susan Omohundro (315) 265-8365 or

April 29 (Sunday) - Spring “Mud Season” Potluck Party. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St., Potsdam. Arrive at 5:00 PM for supper to start at 5:30 PM. Chapter member Betsy Robinson will be our guest speaker, to discuss Rachel Carson, a founder of the environmental movement, whose efforts led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. A Laurentian Chapter “Earth Week” event. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

May 5 (Saturday) Azure Mountain Hike and Spring Cleanup. We will meet at the trailhead at 9 AM and climb the mountain via the trail, doing general trail maintenance (blow down removal, drainage work, short cut brushing in, summit rock work). Will probably finish the hike with a late lunch at Deer Valley Trails Inn. 2 miles RT with 900’ of elevation gain and great views from the summit and fire tower. Level 3. Contact Mike McLean (315) 262-2564 or

May 6 (Sunday) Hike Downerville State Forest. The forest runs parallel to the North Branch of the Grasse River. Members of the St. Lawrence County Mountain Bike Association and the DEC have been doing trail work to develop the area for hiking and mountain biking. This trip will be a good chance for people to become acquainted with the area for future hikes and mountain bike rides. This would be a moderate hike, level 3, of about 8 miles RT. We will meet at the St Lawrence Co. highway substation on County Route 24. Look for the Downerville State Forest DEC sign about a mile northeast of Russell. Contact Jim Akins (315) 386-4348 or

May 12 (Saturday) Peavine Swamp Trail. Walk through a beautiful mature Adirondack woods (not a swamp) over moderately rolling ground where we will follow ancient logging traces between State Highway 3 and Cranberry Lake. The hike will be 4-8 miles depending on group. Level 3, Moderate difficulty. Contact Neal Burdick (315) 386-4648 or

May 19 (Saturday) Lampson Falls to Harper Falls Bushwhack. We did this a few years ago, and think it’s worth doing again. About 5 or 6 mile hike, with 2 miles or so off-trail. Not much elevation gain. Moderate difficulty, Level 3. Contact Ann & Armond Spencer (315) 379-1383 or

May 20 (Sunday) Dial and Nippletop Mts. This 12.6 mile RT climb will take both summits in a loop. Many guide books put the view from Nippletop near top of the list for great views. This climb will have a total assent of 4050 feet. We will have to get an early start for this climb. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski (315) 528-3468 or

May 26 (Saturday) Big Slide and the Brothers. 10 miles, 3000 foot elevation gain, level 5, very strenuous. Fine views of the great Range. Contact John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

May 27 (Sunday) Third Annual Spring Waterfall Hike. We will try again to investigate Copper Rock Waterfall off the Tooley Pond Road near Cranberry Lake - Last year we turned back because of deep snow in mid-April! This is an easy, level 1, family-friendly hike of about 1.4 miles RT. Contact Blair Madore (315)-265-0602 or

June 2 (Saturday) Orchid Hunt at the Ranger School: Pink Lady Slipper Adventure. We’ll hike the Esker Trail in NY’s best-kept secret forest looking for our native orchids, and end up on top of “Cathedral Rock” to climb the restored fire tower; return via microburst & reservoir ridge trails. About three miles, afterwards, perhaps a stop at Wanakena’s historic general store for refreshment. A Moderate hike, Level 2. All ages welcome. Contact Bill or Pat Mueller (315) 262-2952 or

June 2 (Saturday) Road Bike Into and Out of the Adirondack Foothills. This would be a strenuous ride - 50 miles, level 5. The loop begins and ends in Potsdam. To Parishville, over White Hill, down Joe Indian Rd. north along Racquette Rd. into S. Colton. Return to Potsdam on Rt. 56. Will probably take 5 hours at a steady pace, with a stop for lunch. A good road bike is essential. Contact David Trithart at (315) 265-8117 or

June 9 (Saturday) A Black Fly Affair: A Hikers’ Speakeasy. To commemorate the founding of the ADK in the 1920’s, this year’s fund-raising gala being held in Queensbury, NY will have a Roaring 20’s theme. There will be live and silent auctions, music and dancing, great food, and complimentary wine. Formal dress or costume optional, hiking boots mandatory (or at least recommended). See the ADK web site or Adirondac for details. If you’ve questions you may contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

June 10 (Sunday) Goodnow Mountain. Located south of the High Peaks near Newcomb, this small mountain is both a Fire Tower Challenge and a Kids on the Trail destination. 4 miles round trip, 1000 ft elevation gain. Easy to moderate, level 2-3. All ages welcome, especially children and youth. Contact, by June 8 please, John Barron (613) 828-2296 or

June 16 (Saturday) Cranberry Lake-Newton Falls Bike Ride. This 25-mile ride will start in Cranberry Lake and follow the Oswegatchie River to Newton Falls. We’ll return on Rte 3, with a lunch stop in Wanakena. Level 3. Contact Tom Ortmeyer (315) 265-8219 or

June 17 (Sunday) Rocky Peak Ridge. With two options: 1) A 7.4 mile RT climb on the Zander Scott trail from chapel pond; 2) A one-way climb starting from the same as option #1 but rather than reversing course on the summit we would continue over RPR and head down the East Trail into New Russia, a 10.4 mile RT. Total assent would be 4300 ft. The choice will be determined as the climb nears. Early start. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski (315) 528-3468 or

July 7 (Saturday) - Cycling from Malone to Mountain View Lake The route follows Rt 30 south, a long climb to the Adirondack Plateau. We will make a fast descent on a side road near Titus Mountain Ski Area and follow back roads past Owl’s Head to Mountain View Lake, around which we will make a loop. The return, on Co. Rd. 25, is much less hilly. Total 35 miles, level 3-4. John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

July 11 (Wednesday) - Raquette Evening Paddle/Picnic in Potsdam Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details, 315-265-8219,

July 14 (Saturday) - Paddle the 1000 Islands We will put in at Gananoque, Ontario and paddle the St Lawrence River through the Admiralty group of islands, stopping for a picnic lunch and a swim on one of the islands. All participants must wear PFDs. Depending on the route taken, total distance will be about 10 miles and include open water crossings of 1/2 mile or more. Level 3-4, moderate to strenuous. Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood 613-387-2829,

July 18 (Wednesday) - Raquette Paddle/Picnic near Norwood Canoe/kayak a little-used section of the river between Norfork and Norwood with good birding. Bring food to eat along the way. There may be some current, depending on water level. Easy to moderate. Meet near Norfolk at 4:30. Contact Alison Charles for exact directions, 315-388-4245 or

July 21 (Saturday) – Garage Sale of Outdoor Items to Benefit Laurentian Chapter 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 29 Waverly St., Potsdam. Got gear? Need gear? Dust off your unused but still useful outdoor gear; all proceeds go to the chapter. Leave your clean outdoor items, identified with your name for return, in the garage any time Monday through Friday. Come back Saturday to shop for the perfect piece for your kit. You will need to take back your unsold items. This will be a public sale. Help is needed to sort, display and sell. Dick Mooers, 315-854-4186 or

July 22 (Sunday) - Bike Canton to Heuvelton Approx. 30 miles RT, fairly flat. Level 3-4, Medium difficulty. Contact David Trithart, 315-265-8117 or

July 26 (Thursday) – Acadia National Park September 10-14 Planning 29 Waverly St., Potsdam, 7 p.m. Meet with the trip leaders to find out more about this extended outing’s opportunities to explore Acadia National Park, Maine, and express your interests. See the trip description below. Dick and Peggy Mooers, 315-854-4186 or

July 28 (Saturday) - Historic Walking Tour in Stone Valley Evelyn Riehl will narrate the walk with anecdotes provided by residents who remember the old days along the river. Meet at 10:00 at the Stone Valley trailhead on the east side of the river, a short distance downstream from the fire station in Colton. The distance will be short, going as far as the first major waterfall, known as "Munger’s Pitch (The Tub)". Easy, Level 1. Lunch at the falls, finish by 2 PM. A Raquette River Awareness Week event. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

July 29 (Sunday) - Official Opening of Canoe Access Trail to the Raquette River near Moody Falls For a couple of years the Laurentian Chapter has been working in conjunction with the DEC to establish a new access trail to the Raquette River on conservation easement land near Moody Falls near Seveys Corners. The work is now complete and an official opening will take place at 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 29. The location is on State Highway 56 about a mile north of the intersection with SH 3 and is marked with a Canoe Access sign. Paddling will not be an organized chapter activity but anyone interested is welcome to explore the area independently. This will be a joint Laurentian Chapter/DEC event in conjunction with Raquette River Awareness Week. Contact John Barron at (613) 828-2296 or

August 4 (Saturday) - Paddle Second Pond to Saranac Lake We will paddle through the Saranac River, Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower, with time to explore and lunch along the way. A moderate paddle, Level 3. Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details, (315) 265-8219,

August 11 (Saturday) - Mac Naughton Mt. via Wallface Ponds We will meet at Adk Loj at 7am and head into Indian Pass and then up to Wallface Ponds. We will cross the ponds on an old beaver dam and bushwhack the last mile through relatively open woods to the summit of MacNaughton. Good views can be had from ledges on the summit. Approximately 14 miles with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Mike McLean 315-262-2564 or Deb White at 315-322-4066 or 315-328-4022 or

August 11 (Saturday) - Paddle Moose Pond Located between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale with a convenient put-in, small but with a nice island to explore, shelving rock from which to swim and ample mountain views. Beginning paddlers will enjoy its shoreline. Three hour touring plus exploring — hard to beat for a pleasurable paddle on an Adirondack gem. From Nicholville at 10AM, bring swimsuit, water, sunscreen, camera and binoculars, lunch, canoe or kayak. Level 1, easy. Contact Duncan and Lois Cutter, 315-328-4675 or

August 12 (Sunday) - Esther Mt This climb will start at the Wilmington reservoir. We will be taking the Wilmington trail up the side of Marble Mt. From there we hit the unmaintained trail to Esther. This 4240 ft summit will have an accent of 2993 ft. Trip distance 9.2 miles (RT). Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski, 315-528-3468

August 15 (Wednesday) - Paddle and picnic on the Grasse River We’ll meet at the little park in Pyrites at 4:30, paddle up to a neat little waterfall for a picnic. Ann & Armond Spencer 379-1383 or

August 26 (Sunday) - Rock Dunder This short hike in Ontario about an hour west of the Ogdensburg Bridge was so popular last fall that it is being repeated. About 5 miles, with a couple of moderate hills. Total elevation gain 500 feet. Level 2. Good views. Options include swimming, a short walk at the nearby Jones Falls Lockstation of the Rideau Canal, and supper at the dining room of the historic Hotel Kenney. John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

September 1 (Saturday) - Snow Mt In Keene Valley. ADK calls this 2360 foot mt. “a gem among the giants”. At 3.4 miles roundtrip and 1360 feet of elevation, it is not easy, but accessible to most people. We will take a moderate pace suitable for fit kids, parents, and grandparents. Please no dogs. Blair Madore 315-265-0602 or

September 8 (Saturday) - Port Kent Road - Rural Cycle Ramble leisurely pace, about 20 miles, final route TBD, depending on participants. Please reserve a spot with leader in advance. Level 3, moderate. Marilyn Levitan (Ottawa, Canada) 613-424-2127 or

September 9 (Sunday) - Snowy Mt Rescheduled to Sep 23 This 3899 ft. summit towers over the Indian Lake area. Although this is not a high peak it compares in difficulty and views with many high peaks. There is also a fire tower on the summit. Trip distance 7.8 miles RT, ascent 2106 ft. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski, 315-528-3468 or

September 22 (Saturday) - Hike September Farm, South Colton Enjoy a two-mile trail through a second-growth forest (most forests in the North Country are fifth-growth or more) on land that used to be an Adirondack farm. We’ll explore beaver ponds, hilly ridges and ledges, identify plants and wildlife, and return for chili, coffee and conversation at the “farmhouse.” Bill & Pat Mueller, 315-262-2952,

September 23 (Sunday) - Snowy Mt Rescheduled from Sep 9 This 3899 ft. summit towers over the Indian Lake area. Although this is not a high peak it compares in difficulty and views with many high peaks. There is also a fire tower on the summit. Trip distance 7.8 miles RT, ascent 2106 ft. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski, 315-528-3468 or

September 29 (Saturday) - Paddle/Hike Bog River and Low’s Ridge We’ll put in at the lower dam on the Bog River and paddle upstream to the take-out at the southwest end of Hutchins Pond. From there we will hike 2.2-mile roundtrip to Low’s Ridge. Level 3, easy to moderate hiking and paddling. Contact Ron Johnson, 315-212-4957,, or Nikki Coates, 315-265-3232,

September 29 (Saturday) - Paddle from South Creek (inlet to Middle Saranac Lake) to Saranac Lake Village Strenuous 14 miler for paddlers who can maintain 3+ mph for several hours. Trip may be shortened to land at Ampersand Bay, depending on conditions. PFD must be worn in the boat. Contact Dick Mooers at or 315-854-4186 for details. Limit of ten boats, with several already committed.

October 6 (Saturday) Hike “The Ledges” Near Malone, a series of rock ledges overlooks a magnificent view of Adirondack peaks southward. One-mile RT. After a gentle start the base of a hill is reached for a steep, unrelenting 500’ climb. Families and hearty seniors welcome. Easy to moderate, level 2. Contact Bill Mueller at 315 262-2952 or

October 7 (Sunday) Wakely Mt This is one of 28 peaks listed on the “Fire Tower Challenge” website. Wakely fire tower is considered to be the tallest 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 315 265-0756 or

October 13 (Saturday)  Ampersand Mt. From the top we'll enjoy unimpeded views in all directions, with the Saranac Lakes north and the Seward range south. 5.4 miles RT, 1780' elevation gain, level 4, fairly strenuous.  Tom Ortmeyer, 315 265-8219 or

October 14 (Sunday) ‘Tour de Howe Island’  Bike Trip Starting in Gananoque, we'll cycle a loop which will take us across scenic Howe Island, getting on one ferry and off on the other.  We'll come back either on Hwy 2, which has a paved shoulder, or on back roads. All roads will be paved.  Afterwards we can unwind at a local pub in Gananoque. Approximately 25 miles of mostly gently rolling terrain.  Moderate, level  3.   Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood at 613 387-2829 or

October 14 (Sunday) Climb The Pinnacle, near Santa Clara.  A one-mile RT to a panoramic view of the St. Regis watershed. This is a good hike for families with young children.  Easy, level 1. Neal Burdick, 315 386-4648 evenings or

October 20 & 21 (Saturday and Sunday) Stone Valley Trail Work Trail work will occur on much of the Stone Valley trail system.  Projects will include: a new mountain bike trail on the West River Trail (pending final approval), maintenance on several of the stairs on the East River Trail,  general maintenance on the trail system, and trash clean-up. Call in advance 315/262-2571 if you are interested in running a crew.  Bring trail tools, gloves, safety glasses, if you can.  We will meet at 224 Lenny Road at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

October 26-28 (Friday-Sunday) College Weekend at Adirondack Loj, near Lake Placid. The ADK has organized this exciting event for EAP and other student ADK members from all over New York. High Peaks climbs, easier hikes, nature walks, history, socializing, more. Contact John Gilewicz, (716) 515-8939 or

October 27 (Saturday) Hike the Sargent Pond loop A five-mile hike passing four pretty ponds. Not much elevation gain. Easy to moderate, Level 2. Ann & Armond Spencer 315 379-1383.

November 3 (Saturday) Map and Compass Course Primarily for EAP students, but others welcome if space available.  Mark Lowell and John Barron leading. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

November 4 (Sunday) St. Regis Mt. This 2837-foot summit provides fantastic views for a moderate amount of effort, with an ascent of 1233 ft. and a distance of 3.4 mi. (6.8 RT). Level 4, strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski 315 528-3468 or

November 10 & 11 (Saturday and/or Sunday) Hiking in Gatineau Park, near Ottawa. Saturday's hike is a circular route that climbs and descends the Eardley Escarpment on faint paths. Great views. There will also be a short off-trail excursion passing a couple of small lakes to illustrate the wonderful possibilities of the Gatineau backcountry. 7 miles, 1000 feet gain, level 4, strenuous. If anyone wants to make a weekend of it, there's the possibility of supper in Ottawa and an easier, very scenic, completely on-trail hike on Sunday. Contact leader if you're interested in Saturday or Sunday or both: John Barron, 613 828-2296 or

November 18 (Sunday) Annual Meeting and Fall Potluck Supper First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for supper to start promptly at 5:30. Guest speaker Mary Coffin will tell us about the North Country National Scenic Trail. Contact John Barron at 613 828-2296 or

December 1 (Saturday) Wilderness First Aid Course Primarily for EAP students, but others welcome if space is available. Nominal charge to cover cost of first aid kits supplied. Date being confirmed as we go to press; please check with contact person as early as you can for an update. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

December 8 (Saturday) Higley Flow State Park Hike and Cookout Families and leashed dogs are encouraged to join us on this easy ski/snowshoe/hike on park trails. We'll walk about two miles, then have a cookout at the Beaver Pond lean-to (food and hot chocolate provided). Contact Blair Madore at 315 265-0602 or

December 22 (Saturday) Grassy Pond Ski and Snowshoe About 3 1/2 mi. RT thru a pine forest with a crossing of the Osgood River. Fairly gentle upgrade on the way in, a nice glide back out, with a clean, cozy lean-to overlooking the pond. Suitable for beginners and families. Level 2, fairly easy. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315 328-4675 or

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