Events Archive

April - June, 2014

Sun, Apr 6: Members’ Nature Poetry (Outdoors - Indoors) The majesty of the Adirondacks and other natural areas have inspired poetry from many members. We will read aloud and discuss a selection of them. Please email your outdoors-related poems soon to: Lila Hunnewell,, to be included (and also placed on our chapter’s website). Use Arial, 12-pt. type. (She cannot open docx attachments; jpeg OK). Include your contact information. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Sun, Apr 13: Mud Season Potluck Dinner Spring Potluck will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, beginning at 5 PM. Our guest speaker will be Andrew Hamlin, ADK Trails Coordinator. His talk will provide a brief history of the program, a review of the trails programs’ accomplishments over the last decade, developments in methods and skills, and future directions of the program.

Sat, Apr 19: Tooley Pond Road, Spring Waterfall Walk We will stop along the road and (when necessary) walk in to see several waterfalls which should be spectacular with spring melt. To get a little more exercise we will ascend Tooley Pond Mt. after a short hike of about a mile. Level 1, Easy. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or

Tue, Apr 22: Earth Day Hike MEMBERS ONLY We will hike to Lampson Falls and probably beyond, starting midmorning. Bring lunch. RT less than 4 mi., moderate difficulty (hills, mud, rough footpaths). Each participant is asked to bring and read a short writing about nature, original or otherwise. Contact John Omohundro at 315-265-8365 or

Sat, Apr 26: Everton Falls clean-up Meet at 9:30 at the Cutters 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville, or at 10:00 at the falls (Red Tavern Road, County Road 14 out of St. Regis Falls) at 10:00. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or

Sun, Apr 27: Hike Gould Lake Conservation Area, Ontario 1.5 hours from the Ogdensburg Bridge. Circular route a short distance west of Frontenac Park, incorporating a stretch of the Rideau Trail. High cliffs, good water views. Many short climbs and descents with a total of 10 miles, makes this a level 4 (strenuous) trip. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or

Sat, May 3: Azure Mountain Hike and Trail Work We will hike up the trail to the summit doing some minor trail work as needed (brushing in, drainage work, blow-down removal). Approximately 10 SUNY Potsdam students will be on the mountain hauling rocks to the summit as a fund raiser to raise money for their leadership trip to New Mexico. Meeting at 9am at the trail head. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or

Sun, May 4: Clarkson Woods Wildflower Walk Afternoon walk in the Clarkson woods looking for spring wildflowers. Level 1, easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details, 315-265-8219,

Sat, May 10: Phelps and Big Slide Mountains via Klondike Notch. We will head in from South Meadows up to Klondike Notch lean-to and head up Phelps following a nice defined herd path and gradual trail. Back down to the lean-to and continue along the Klondike Notch Trail and then a left turn over Yard to Big Slide. From there down the Brothers to the Garden. About 11 miles round trip. Level 5, very strenuous. 8 AM trailhead start. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or

Thu, May 16 - Thu, Jan 1: Paddle on South End of Indian Lake with option to camp. MEMBERS ONLY. Over the weekend, paddle 16 miles round trip from the state boat launch at the south end of Indian Lake to Dug Mt. Brook for a short hike and return. Paddler’s choice whether to camp at Indian Lake Islands State Campground or do a long day trip on Saturday. The camping option can include exploring the lower Jessup River. Participants must make their own reservations for a campsite, but campsites may be shared. Leader’s site will accommodate six on first come basis. Limited to 12 paddled boats. Contact Dick Mooers at 315-854-4186 or

Sat, May 17: Lampson Falls Clean-up Meet at 10:30 AM at the entrance to Lampson Falls. Bring a sturdy trash bag and lunch. After cleaning up the area around the falls, we’ll enjoy lunch on the rocks facing the falls. For those wishing a longer hike, we can walk down along the Grass River to where the old bridge once crossed the river. The walk out to our cars will be on the old woods road. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kackza at 315-265-4806 or

Sat, May 24: Algonquin and Iroquois Mountains We’ll enjoy the boardwalks that were built between these two High Peaks last year. Terrific 360 degree views. Moderate pace or slower, very long day. 10 miles RT, 4,000 feet of gain. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact John Barron, at 613-828-2296 or

Thu, May 30 - Sun, Jun 1: ADK Spring Outing at Cazenovia College Hosted by the Onondaga Chapter. For information see their Spring Outing Page. John Barron will be going as a participant and can act as a contact point for anyone from Laurentian wanting to go. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or

Sat, Jun 14: Biking the New Stone Valley Mt. Bike Trail This is a beginner/intermediate ride of about 1 1/2 hours, meeting at Kunoco in Colton. Helmets mandatory. Level 4, strenuous, with some small hills to climb and a few moderate descents. Contact Jim Akins at 315-386-4348 or

Sat, Jun 21: Cycling Quebec’s Route Verte From Saint-Zotique near the Ontario-Quebec border we will follow the St. Lawrence River to Lake St. Louis near the island of Montreal. Canals and river views. Much of the route is on bike paths. 30 miles RT, Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

Sat, Jun 28: ‘Tour de Howe Island’ Bike Trip Starting in Gananoque, Ontario, we’ll cycle a loop which will take us across scenic Howe Island, getting on one ferry and off on the other. As we will be along the St Lawrence waterfront for much of route there will be several opportunities for a swim, including a beach at our possible lunch stop in Grass Creek Park. Optional trip to the Stonewater pub in Gananoque afterwards. Approximately 25 miles of mostly gently rolling terrain on paved roads. Level 3, moderate. Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or

Sun, Jun 29: Climb Mt. Marshall We will be approaching this 4360 ft. peak by climbing Calamity Brook Trail with many great views of the high peaks. From this trail we will branch off and continue on a trail-less and challenging final section. Total distance, 12.4 miles with an assent of 2716 feet. Level 5, very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or