Events Archive

July - September, 2012

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.