Events Archive

July - September, 2017

Sat, Jul 1: canceled Robert Moses State Park, Massena Bike and Hike We will explore the park on our bicycles and a quick pass on foot for the Nature Center trails and new just opened Nature Center building. We will try to see a ship going through Eisenhower Lock and the Hawkins Point Visitor Center. I estimate 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 afterwards and there are fireworks in Massena at the mall that evening. Family friendly event. Contact Jeanna Matthews,

Sun, Jul 2: Oak Rim Trail at Barnes Corners A joint outing with the Black River Chapter. This trail runs along the edge of Inman Gulf, with spectacular views and waterfalls. It is 1.9 miles in one direction. We can return the same way or make a loop with Williams Road. Our group will meet at the Ski Trails Parking Lot on route 177. We will determine the time based on the weather and convenience for the participants. Level 2. Contact Marie Steinbeck  (text) 315-558-8568, or Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756,

Sat, Jul 8: Bicycle the Madrid-Waddington loop This is a 25 miles scenic road loop going down to the St. Lawrence through Chipman Corners, stops at several parks on the river, and then back to Madrid along the Grasse. Largely flat. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or

Sun, Jul 16 - Thu, Jul 20: Discovering the Ausable: An Aquatic Stewardship Program This aquatic science program is for teens ages 13-16. Participants will explore the Ausable River watershed, while learning about aquatic ecology and participating in water quality experiments. The groups stay in a lean-to at Heart Lake’s Wilderness Campground while going on field trips everyday in the Ausable River Watershed. Cost: FREE; includes instruction, transportation during the course, all meals, and use of group equipment (tents, stoves, cook sets, etc.). Application required: Registration: 518-523-3441.

Sat, Jul 22: Paddling in Kingston, Ontario Highlights include the city’s Lake Ontario waterfront and harbour, Old Fort Henry, Royal Military College, the Cataraqui River, and the start of the Rideau Canal. Kayak or canoe rentals available. Optional supper at the Kingston Brew Pub afterward. Moderate, and within a small area. Contact John Barron 613-828-2296, or Toni Towle,

Sun, Jul 23: Hike Azure Mountain and Fire Tower History lecture Bring the kids for this classic chapter outing. Azure Mt. is a “Firetower Challenge” and a “Kids on the Trail Challenge” destination. 2.2 miles RT, elevation gain 944 ft. Level 2/3. Afterword, we will head over to Paul Smiths VIC for a lecture by author Marty Podskoch on the history of the Adirondack Fire Towers, and optional visit of the Butterfly House. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756,

Sat, Aug 19: Mountain Bike to Burntbridge Pond This is a 13.5 mile round trip ride on trails in the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.  Largely flat. Highlights include a scenic view of Cranberry Lake of Brandy Brook Flow and wetlands along the trail, as well as a lunch stop at Burntbridge Pond.  Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer,

Sun, Aug 20: Canoe down the Grass River We will rendezvous at the Lampson Falls parking area, then carpool up to the put-in and parking area about 3 miles upstream. It is a nice quiet paddle, very little current, with a stop above the Falls and a chance to stretch our legs before paddling back to the cars. About 5 miles round-trip. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675,

Sat, Sep 9: Landon Bay Centre This area near Gananoque, Ontario is part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a protected area of special ecology on the link between the Canadian Shield and the Adirondacks. Rugged trails and a high lookout over the Thousand Islands. Pace slow to moderate. 5 miles RT, Level 3. Possible swimming. Optional supper at the Stonewater Brew Pub. Contact John Barron, or Toni Towle,

Sat, Sep 16: Ancient Pines and Jackrabbit walk We’ll start in the settlement of Gabriels and walk to a grove of majestic old pines, about 1.5 miles RT, partly a bushwhack. Each old tree has dogtags and its history is recorded in a database by devoted volunteers and forestry students. Next, we’ll post a car at the VIC and walk the Jackrabbit Trail from Gabriels to the VIC. Rolling terrain amidst big evergreens, about 2.75 miles one-way. Perhaps in a shoreline lean-to we’ll eat a trail lunch. Level 2. Joint trip for Laurentian and North Woods chapter members only. Contact John or Susan Omohundro, 315-244-9131.

Sun, Sep 17: Chapter Barbeque/Potluck 1:00-5:00pm at the home of Blair and Margaret Madore. Burgers and drinks will be provided – participants are asked to bring salad, side dish or dessert. Families are especially encouraged to come see our kid’s fort, feed our bunnies, and play garden games. Members only. Contact Blair Madore,

Sun, Sep 24: Baxter Mountain Hiking with kids. This is a short and mostly gentle hike to a good picnic spot with views of Keene Valley, the Great Range, and Mt. Marcy. Round-trip 2.2 miles, elevation change 770 ft. Level 3. Contact Maria Fernandez de Alaiza,, 786-291-3473 or Marianne Hebert, 315-265-0756,