Events Archive

April - June, 2016

Sat, Apr 9: Bear Mountain Hike This 2,200 ft. mountain offers excellent views of Cranberry Lake and the Five Ponds Wilderness area. Start at the campground gate, make a loop back, for 4.0 miles and 1500 feet elevation gain. This replaces the climb we had to skip last winter. Moderate difficulty due to climb, but leisurely pace. Limit 10. Cross-listed with North Woods chapter. Chapter members only. Leaders: John and Susan Omohundro, 315-244-9131,

Sun, Apr 17: 8000 Miles from Home (Outdoors-Indoors) Our left turn in Texas was a good decision! Join Dick Mooers as he brings us along on the journey he and Peggy took to many great national parks and monuments along a route to California, the Oregon coast, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, with a side trip to Alaska. 7 - 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (handicapped-accessible). Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Apr 20: Pitchoff Mountain Climb This ridge defines the north side of the Cascade Lakes Pass. The views are frequent and impressive. We’ll go one way, northeast from Cascade parking to the Pitchoff parking, for 5.2 miles. If weather is poor, we’ll turn around at Balancing Rocks, for a 3.2 mile RT. Moderately strenuous because of all the ups and downs (at least 1900 feet total elevation gain). Pace will be moderate, for photos and nature appreciation. Cross listed with the North Woods chapter. Chapter members only. Limit 10. Leaders: John and Susan Omohundro, 315-244-9131,

Sun, Apr 24: Tooley Pond Road Waterfalls visit multiple waterfalls during spring runoff for astounding views and photos. A total 2-3 miles of walking split over several trails. Contact Blair Madore 315 261 0751 or for details. Level 1.

Sun, Apr 24: Spring Potluck Community Room, First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam. Arrive between 5 and 5:30 PM, supper at 5:45 PM. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Supper will be followed by a presentation: Sandy Hildreth (well known Adirondack artist) will speak on “Wildlife in Plein Air art in the Adirondacks.” Contact Tom Wheeler at (315) 386-2482 or

Sat, Apr 30: Everton Falls Annual Clean-up Meet at Duncan and Lois Cutter’s house in Nicholville (28 Port Kent Road) at 10:00 with a sack lunch and one or two plastic grocery bags for collecting roadside trash. Lunch on the rock ledges beside the falls after roadside clean-up and trail maintenance. Canoeing if water level is not too rambunctious (call ahead for recommendations 328-4675).

Sun, May 1: Spring Wildflower Walk in the Clarkson Woods We’ll take an afternoon walk looking at the wildflowers on May Day. Level 1: Easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer (315-265-8219, for details.

Sat, May 7: Phelps Mountain Nine miles round trip with 1982 feet elevation gain. Very strenuous. Level 5. Contact: Eileen & Tom Wheeler, (315) 386-2482.

Sun, May 8: Frontenac Provincial Park Hike Located north of Kingston, Ontario in the Frontenac Arch Bioshere Reserve. We will hike Big Salmon Lake loop, which circumnavigates the largest lake in the park. There is a parking fee, but we’ll carpool so the cost per person is minimal. 10 miles of rolling terrain mostly in mature forest. Level 4. Strenuous for distance, but the terrain is moderate. Contact: Toni Towle and Peter Blood,, 613-387-2829.

Sat, May 14: Cycling in Ottawa The tulips should be in bloom. We will view many of the scenic highlights of the city during a 25 mile RT tour on bike paths. Level 3. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

Sat, May 21: Lampson Falls Clean-up Meeting mid-morning, we’ll hike into the falls to participate in the Chapter’s annual clean-up activities. Bring trash bags and lunch. Call for details. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kaczka at 315-265-4806 or

Sat, May 28: Colden Much trail rehabilitation work occurred on this High Peak last year, and we’ll admire the results. 12 miles RT, 3000 ft of gain. Very strenuous, but pace will be slow. Level 5. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or

Sat, May 28: Easy Stone Valley Hike along the magical Raquette River. Meet at the trailhead, 10:30 AM, bringing lunch. We’ll break for lunch midway, and continue to an area about a half mile beyond the tubs. Level 1. Contact Lila and Charlie Hunnewell, (315) 854-8000.

Sat, Jun 4: Robert Moses State Park Bike and Hike, Massena We will explore the park on our bicycles and a quick pass on foot for the Nature Center trails and new Nature Center building. We will try to see a ship going through Eisenhower Lock and the Hawkins Point Visitor Center. We will bike ~10 miles around the park and walk 1-2 miles on the Nature Center trails. Relatively flat easy terrain. If there is interest, we could consider going to the beach that afternoon and/or camping that evening. Family friendly event. Level 2, Moderate. Contact Jeanna Matthews,

Sat, Jun 11: Paddle/Sail Carry Falls Reservoir (Canoes only) We’ll paddle from Jamestown falls north to the Carry Falls Dam (about 5 miles). We’ll bring tarps/ropes and poles to rig temporary sails if wind conditions permit. Direction of travel may also reverse depending on wind. Expect a great day of play and exploration on this large body of water. Contact Blair Madore 315 261 0751 or for details. Level 3.

Sat, Jun 18: 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

Sun, Jun 19: Coney Mountain Beginner’s Hike 2.2 miles round trip, 570 feet elevation gain. The Coney Mountain Trail is a gradual looping trail leading to an open rock summit. Level 2: Fairly Easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer (315-265-8219, for details.

Sat, Jun 25: Cathedral Rocks, Bear Run and Pyramid Falls Come explore the trails of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve near St. Huberts. We will visit cliff walls and interesting rock formations. Expect great views of the High Peaks. Very steep in some sections and includes a bit of scrambling. 5 miles RT miles, 300 foot elevation gain. Level 3, moderate. Contact Marianne Hebert, or 315 265-0756.