Events Archive

July - September, 2015

Sat, Jul 11: Cycling from Ingleside to Morrisburg Follows Ontario’s Waterfront Trail along the St. Lawrence, on bike paths and some paved shoulders. Bird sanctuary, Upper Canada VIllage, site of the War of 1812 Battle of Crysler’s Farm, swimming. 30 miles RT. Level 3, moderate. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

Wed, Jul 22: Rescheduled to July 23 Evening paddle/picnic on Brandy Brook We’ll start at the Brandy Brook boat ramp and paddle either upstream or downstream depending on the weather. Bring a sack supper. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

Thu, Jul 23: Rescheduled from July 22 Evening paddle/picnic on Brandy Brook We’ll start at the Brandy Brook boat ramp and paddle either upstream or downstream depending on the weather. Bring a sack supper. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

Sat, Jul 25: New Hike Big Slide - Return via Southside Trail This High Peak hike is 9.5 miles RT with some steep parts on a ladder, and open ledges to offer the participant some breathtaking views. Depending on the weather, there are some “tenderfoot pools” along the Southside Trail for a fun quick dip on the return. Hikers should be prepared for a moderate pace, in order to keep it under a 10-hour day. Over 2,000 foot ascent, level is 4 - strenuous. Trip will be canceled if weather is poor, and group will be limited to 10. Contact Debbie White 315-322-4066 or

Sat, Aug 1: Bike the Seaway Trail in Massena Starting at Robert Moses State Park, we will cycle along the beautiful St. Lawrence River, following the Seaway trail towards Wilson Hill. Along the way we will explore many off-road cycling options including a trail across from Alcoa, trails behind the Massena Intake, trails through the Massena Beach and Country Club and a trail to Whalen Park. Portions of the ride will be on the road including out to Wilson Hill. Mileage will be roughly 15 miles one way (30 miles roundtrip), relatively flat terrain. Contact Jeanna Matthews,

Sat, Aug 8: Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs A long walk to a lovely overlook of Ausable Lake. The first 3+ miles along the Ausable Club’s Lake dirt road is fairly easy with a gentle climb to the lake. We will explore the trails to the cliffs, which are fairly steep. Bring lunch. 10.5 miles, elevation gain 750ft. Level 5 for the distance. Contact Marianne Hebert, 315 265-0756 or

Mon, Aug 10: Evening Paddle/walk/picnic on the Racquette A late afternoon start and leisurely paddle downriver about 3.5 miles to Hannawa Falls. The picnic area near the start of the Red Sandstone trail has charcoal grills if you have something in your supper to cook, and you can walk part of the trail if so inclined. Members Only. John and Susan Omohundro, 315/265-8365,

Sat, Aug 15: Picnic lunch in Alex Bay, hike at Wellesley Island Nature Center Meet for picnic lunch at noon in pavilion, Alexandria Bay (1000 Islands), followed by easy hike on trails near Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park. Bring lunch and something to share. Beautiful water views; don’t forget the camera. Some people may want to stay on for dinner in the area. Contact Lila Hunnewell, 854-8000 or

Sat, Aug 22: Cycling to Kring Point State Park We’ll bicycle from a scenic overlook on Route 12 to scenic Kring Point State Park, lunch, relax, and swim, and then return for a total of 30 miles. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219,

Mon, Sep 7: Cancelled Wolf Lake State Park Hike A 5.2-mile loop over undulating terrain to three attractive glacial lakes, each with a lean-to, in a state forest near Edwards. Level 2. Contact Neal Burdick, 386-4648 or

Sat, Sep 12: Catamount Hike This medium-sized mountain not far from Whiteface features much open rock, a climb through “the chimney”, and sweeping views from the summit. 6 miles RT, 1600 ft elevation gain, Level 3 plus. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

Sat, Sep 12: New “Ten Miler” Paddle, Middle Saranac to Ampersand Bay Meet at 9 AM to set up a shuttle, then launch at 10 AM for the 9.5 mile paddle to Ampersand Bay at the northeast end of Lower Saranac Lake. We will let ourselves through the hand-powered state locks--much fun. Lunch on one of the islands in Lower Saranac Lake. This trip is highly dependent upon weather, as Middle Saranac Lake can get rough very quickly. Rating is 4 for distance and open water. Advance sign-up only. Leader is Dick Mooers, or (315) 854-4186.

Sat, Sep 19: Azure Mountain Bushwhack and Summit Rock Work We will bushwhack and scramble up the south side of the mountain along interesting cliffs and boulders and enjoy the views as we climb. Once on top we will spend some time placing rocks carried to the summit in erosion concern areas. A two mile hike as a relaxed pace with a bit a rock hauling, bringing along a canvas bag as they work best for carrying the rocks. Level 3 Moderate, contact Michael McLean at 315-262-2564 or

Sat, Sep 26: Hike portions of the Cranberry Lake 50 trail near Peavine Swamp On National Trails day we put in a mile of new trail which will soon provide elimination of several miles of road walking along route 3. The new trail is quite scenic with mature deciduous woods, a beaver flow, and a pleasant trail bed. Depending on whether the final connector has been completed, we may need to do a loop or spot cars. Altogether about five miles of pleasant hiking in beautiful woods. Contact Tom Wheeler 315-386-2482 or