Events Archive

October - December, 2017

Sun, Oct 1: Owl's Head of Long Lake This is a fire tower peak, with views accordingly. Pace slow to moderate. 6.5 miles RT, 1200 feet of gain. Level 3 plus. Optional supper at the Adirondack Hotel dining room. Contact John Barron, by Friday September 29.

Fri, Oct 6 - Mon, Oct 9: 40th Annual ADK LI Columbus Day Weekend in the High Peaks Enjoy the Fall foliage with the Long Island Chapter, accommodations at the ADK Loj, hikes at all levels. Registration and costs on pg. 11: Contact Cathy Stare ( to confirm availability and reserve a spot.

Sat, Oct 7: Fall foliage hike to Boreas Ponds Curious about the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Tract area? This will be pleasant walk along the dirt road to the Boreas Ponds, with spectacular views of the high peaks. No major elevation changes though there are a few ups and downs. 7.2 miles RT. Level 3. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or

Sat, Oct 14: ADK Fall Trails Day, High Peaks Region This is the last chance to clean drainages of fallen leaves and other debris before the snow arrives. Ten different trails located in the Adirondack High Peak Region will be focused on. A cold, continental breakfast will be served at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) starting at 7:30 am before the crews leave for the day at around 8:45 am. Participants can camp for free in the ADK Wilderness Campground both Friday and Saturday nights. Pre-registration is required if staying in the campground.

Sat, Oct 21 - Sun, Oct 22: Trail Maintenance Weekend Join Mark Simon, coordinator of the Stone Valley Trail, and many students and other supporters in a work blitz to maintain and upgrade trails in our region. Projects range from difficult and technical to easy. Areas that have been featured in the past include Stone Valley Trail System, Red Sandstone Trail, Azure Mountain, and the climbing site at Snow Bowl State Forest. Contact Mark Simon at 315-261-8644 or

Sun, Oct 22: Trail Maintenance on the Red Sandstone Trail Come out for a few hours to help with general trimming and maintenance of this beautiful trail that runs from Hannawa to Potsdam. Anyone wanting to work on a more technical project should contact me well in advance. Call or email to determine start time and location. Blair Madore or 315 261-0751.

Fri, Oct 27: Presentation - Hiking the John Muir Trail Three recent graduates of SUNY Potsdam, and former members and leaders in the Laurentian Chapter’s Educational Affiliate Program, will make a presentation about their recent hike on this challenging and scenic long distance trail in California’s Sierra Nevada. Alaina Dochylo, Melissa Cole, and Hannah Racette are presenting. 3 PM at Raymond Hall, 8th Floor, SUNY Potsdam. For further information, contact Adam Wheeler,

Sat, Oct 28: Hike along the St. Regis in Nicholville Meet at Duncan and Lois Cutter’s house in Nicholville (28 Port Kent Road) at 10:00 to explore the wooded trails on the Cutter estate. Attractions include a natural spring, the scenic remnants of Nicholville’s 1910 power dam, the Northcountry’s largest sand mine, views of the river from Eagle Rock, and a series of beaver dams. 3 miles RT, Level 2, Fairly Easy. Contact Duncan Cutter 315-328-4675 or

Sat, Nov 4: Murphys Point Provincial Park Near Perth Ontario, about 1 hour from the Ogdensburg Bridge. Several short, easy trail segments featuring the historic Silver Queen Mica Mine, old homesteads, and Big Rideau Lake. About 8 miles. Small hills but little elevation gain. Level 2-3. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or

Sat, Nov 11: Hurricane Mountain We’ll hope for a sunny late autumn day to climb Hurricane Mountain and go up the newly climbable fire tower. We will hike from the Rte. 9N trailhead, and the hike is 6.8 miles roundtrip with a 2000 foot elevation gain. You will be rewarded by great views from the summit as well as the tower. Strenuous, Level 5. Contact Tom Ortmeyer,, 315-244-3707.

Sun, Nov 12: Annual Meeting and Fall Pot Luck First Presbyterian Church on the Park, 17 Park St., Canton. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Arrive at 5:00 PM for supper to start promptly at 5:30. Photo contest results will be announced. Guest speaker Richard Grover will make a presentation on behalf of the Algonquin to Adirondack Collaborative, featuring planning for the A2A Trail. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or

Sat, Nov 18: Janack’s Landing This mostly level trail connects Wanakena to a lean-to on the site of John Janack’s cabin. John was the first observer in the Cat Mountain fire tower at the turn of the twentieth century. The lean-to is situated on scenic Dead Creek Flow, a leg of the spidery Cranberry Lake. 6.5 miles RT. Level 3, moderate. Shared with North Woods chapter. ADK members only. TL: John Omohundro, 315-244-9131.

Sat, Dec 9: Snowshoe at the Newcomb VIC at an easy pace over rolling terrain It’s a bit of a drive but a pretty high probability of snow for snowshoeing. Interesting terrain with the possibility of wildlife viewing, especially of some species which are hard to find in lower terrain. Try to leave by 8 and perhaps have an early meal in Long Lake on the way back. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or

Sat, Dec 16: Annual Early Season Hike/Ski/Snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park Bring your kids, their grandparents, and your leashed dogs to this annual romp. We’ll ski or snowshoe or hike as the conditions permit for about 2-3 miles followed by a cookout at the Warm Brook Lean-To. I’ll supply the hot dogs and hot chocolate. Level,1 Easy. Contact Blair Madore, or 315-261-0751.