Events Archive

April - June, 2012

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