Events Archive

Events, 2019

Tue, Jan 1: New Year's Day at Clarkson University The traditional New Year’s Day party will take place at Clarkson’s Adirondack Lodge. Bring hors d’oeuvres for a simple pot luck; there are no cooking facilities. People usually drift out onto the trails about 2:00 - 2:30 PM for an hour or so of skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking depending on the weather and ground conditions. About 4:00 a pot luck party takes place at the Lodge. If questions, contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jan 12: Ski/Snowshoe Catamount Mountain (South Colton) This small mountain offers a nice overlook of the Carry Falls Reservoir. Depending on conditions, we can ski in for the first mile, and then switch to snowshoes when the going gets steep. Colton Winterfest will be in full swing, so we have the option to visit Catamount Lodge afterwards for refreshments and to see the quilt show. 3-4 miles RT, 330 ft elevation gain. Level 2, slow pace. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Jan 13: Robert Moses State Park A half day of easy trail activity including an hour or two each of skiing and snowshoeing. Equipment is available for rental on site. Level 1-2. Option to go out for supper afterward, timed to view this evening’s Outdoors/Indoors presentation. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Jan 13: Cancelled Outdoors - Indoors: Wilderness Education Leadership II - From West Elk, Colorado to Bob Marshall, Montana Follow the story of four students taking a Wilderness Leadership course with SUNY Potsdam in two remote National Wilderness Areas in Colorado and Montana. Relive their adventure as they learn to adapt to the elements, respond to chance encounters of the 4-legged, toothed variety, and face unique aspects of wildland travel. As John Rendon narrates the trip, the audience will be privy to a photo slideshow of the breathtaking Rockies scenery that students and visitors quickly become accustomed to. Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Fri, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 20: ADK Winter Outing Join fellow winter enthusiasts for cross country skiing and snow shoeing at the annual ADK Tug Hill winter outing at the Mad River Club in Sandy Creek. For details, and registration, visit the Club website: www.adk.org/play/snow-sports-information/winter-outing/.

Sun, Jan 20: Postponed to Feb 17 XC Ski to Great Camp Santanoni Join us for an ADK classic 9.8 mile roundtrip ski to the historic Great Camp Santanoni. We’ve timed this for their winter open-house so we can enjoy hot drinks and a warm fire when we arrive. Please be prepared for a full day trip (6+ hours). Call Blair Madore 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Jan 26: Snowshoe or Ski at Paul Smith’s VIC We will explore the trails at Paul Smiths, XC ski or snow shoe depending on conditions. The Chili Ski Fest will be happening, so plan on a chili lunch indoors and options to participate in other family fun activities. Day use fees may apply. 3-4 miles, mostly flat terrain, easy pace. Level 2. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Feb 2: Ski to High Rock This almost 8-mile round trip ski tour begins in Wanakena and follows an old truck trail to a beautiful outlook over the Oswegatchie River. The trail is mostly level and passes several pretty beaver meadows. Participants are invited to the leader’s house for hot chocolate and cookies when we return. Level 3. Contact Holly Woodworth at 315-848-2953 or hswoodworth@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 9: Black River Trail (snowshoe, ski or hike) Beginning in Great Bend of Rt. 3, we will follow the trail to the midway point at 3.5 miles, then return. 7 miles RT. Joint outing with the Black River Chapter. Level 3, moderate pace. Contact Linda Quackenbush 516-662-5020 or lindaq04@yahoo.com.

Sat, Feb 16: Black Pond/Long Pond Snowshoe - These two ponds near Paul Smith’s offer nice esker geology and a lean-to for a mid-hike snack. It’s 2.8 miles round trip and 365 feet of up and down. Joint outing with North Woods, Members only. Inquire with John and Susan Omohundro at adknwoutings@gmail.com.

Sun, Feb 17: Rescheduled from Jan 20 XC Ski to Great Camp Santanoni Join us for an ADK classic 9.8 mile roundtrip ski to the historic Great Camp Santanoni. We’ve timed this for their winter open-house so we can enjoy hot drinks and a warm fire when we arrive. Please be prepared for a full day trip (6+ hours). Call Blair Madore 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Feb 23: Ski and Snowshoe to the Pinnacle About 5 miles round trip (4 miles on skis and 1 on snowshoes) and 500 feet of elevation gain. Level 2. Contact Blair Madore at 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Feb 24: Skiing/Snowshoeing at Summerstown Trails A half day exploration of this area near Cornwall, Ontario. Easy terrain. Equipment is available for rental on site. Level 1-2. Option to go out for supper afterward, timed to view this evening’s Outdoors/Indoors presentation. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Feb 24: Outdoors - Indoors: Newfoundland Wilderness Experience on the Northern Peninsula Join Laurentian Chapter members as they recount their recent trip to the Northern Peninsula where they explored mountains, fjords and the national parks of Newfoundland. Come see and hear about the geology, wildflowers, roadside gardens, whales, iceberg (one), Vikings, the spectacular views they shared and how they got “screeched in.” Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Sat, Mar 2: Riverside Trail Snowshoe This is an afternoon snowshoe on this 1.5-mile loop trail along the St. Regis River above Parishville. The trail is steep in spots, with a nice stretch along the river. Level 2. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com, for details.

Sat, Mar 9: Skiing in Gatineau Park Route and length will depend on weather and snow conditions. About 10 miles, Level 3-4. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sun, Mar 24: Outdoors – Indoors: Walking the Shikuku, Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage Pilgrims have walked a 1,200-kilometer Buddhist pilgrimage route around the mountainous island of Shikoku for over a thousand years. In March of 2016, Tom Van de Water and Betsy Kepes walked half of the 88-temple route. Many of the ancient temples are high in the mountains and are reached by trails and small roads. Tom and Betsy will show slides of their journey and explain why they would like to go back to Japan to finish the walk. Potsdam Civic Center Community Room (above the police station), 7:00pm.

Sun, Mar 31: Road walk on the Dean Road We will celebrate the end of winter with an afternoon walk on an unpaved Dean Road along the Middle Branch of the Grass River. Distance will be around 6 miles. Level 3. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sun, Apr 14: Spring Pot Luck, "All About Birds" Community Room, First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam. Arrive 5:00 PM for supper to start at 5:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Guest speaker will be Joan Collins, who is well remembered as a member and leader of the Laurentian Chapter and now lives in Long Lake. Joan is one of the best known birders of Northern New York. Her topic is “All About Birds”. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296, johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Mon, Apr 22: Mt Arab Climb Joint outing with North Woods. Members only. Celebrate Earth Day by sharing a bit of nature poetry, essay, or art. Moderate difficulty, two-plus miles roundtrip and 750 feet elevation gain; pace will be leisurely. John and Susan Omohundro, adknwoutings@gmail.com.

Sun, Apr 28: Tooley Pond Road Waterfall Tour Join us for our annual visit of these gorgeous waterfalls during spring runoff. We will do several short hikes of .6 miles RT, .2 miles RT, .6 miles RT, and 1.4 miles RT. This is a Level 1 hike and an excellent trip for photographers and families but not ideal for dogs. Contact Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, 315-261-0751) for details or to sign up.

Sat, May 4: Spring Tour and Clean Up On the Red Sandstone Trail Join us for a tour of the approximately five mile trail starting from Hannawa. We’ll see dams, rapids, gorges, a sandstone quarry, and beaver activity. Along the way we’ll pick up brush deposited by winter storms and generally inspect the trail. This is a level two hike (moderate) of about five miles with some elevation changes along the way. Especially good hike for dog owners and families with children over 8 years old. Contact Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, 315-261-0751) for details or to sign up.

Sun, May 5: Clarkson Woods Wildflower Walk Afternoon walk in the Clarkson woods looking for spring wildflowers. Level 1, easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer for details, 315-244-3707, tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, May 11: Kate Mountain Bushwhacking ascent of this trailless peak near Onchiota. View toward Vermontville from a ledge at the summit. 5 miles RT, 1200 feet of gain, Level 4. Fairly strenuous. Pace slow. Joint outing with North Woods Chapter. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, May 11: Inlet Flow Paddle We’ll paddle from Wanakena toward Cranberry Lake to Hawks Nest beach near the entrance to the lake for lunch. Near the beach is a beautiful overlook with a view down the Dead Creek Flow arm of the lake. It will be a leisurely paddle of approximately 6 miles round trip. Must wear PDF while on the water. Contact Holly Woodworth 315-848-2953 or hswoodworth@gmail.com.

Sat, May 25: Cycling in Eastern Ontario Triangle-shaped tour of the historic villages of Lyndhurst, Athens, and Delta. 25 miles, slow to moderate pace. Level 3. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jun 1: National Trails Day ADK will be celebrating this national event with a trail maintenance day in Cranberry Lake. There is a choice of ten work parties with a wide range of effort level including ones suitable for young children. Some involve a boat ride across Cranberry Lake. Free camping will be provided at Cranberry Lake Campground on Friday and Saturday evening. Closing supper at the Pine Cone on Saturday including live entertainment and prizes. This is an all-Club event. For further information, choice of work crew and to register, go to www.adk.org/protect/volunteer/national-trails-day/ . If you’ve questions you can contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jun 8: Southville State Forest Hike We will explore the River Hill trail loop and enjoy the views of the St. Regis River. Hopefully we will find spring wildflowers still in bloom. 3 miles RT, one short hill ~100 ft elevation gain. Level 1-2. Contact Marianne Hebert 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Jun 9 - Fri, Jun 14: ADK Cycle Outing Two options: June 9-14 and June 14-19. Join us for 5 days of riding in 2019 Cycle Outing. Based from the Clarkson University campus, with multiple rides per day in the area. Contact Tom Ortmeyer to register (tortmeye@gmail.com, 315-244-3707)

Sat, Jul 13: Postponed Paddling on Tupper Lake Views of surrounding mountains, many islands and coves. Boat rentals available on site. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Jul 27: Ididaride! ADK’s challenging long-distance cycling tour based in North Creek. Two options, a 75 mile road course and a 25 mile mountain bike course. Both have a lot of elevation gain. Visit www.adk.org/play/cycling-information/ididaride/ for information and to register.

Sat, Aug 3: Postponed Cycling along the Rideau Canal From Burritt’s Rapids to Merrickville. Several lock stations and the picturesque village of Merrickville. 15 miles RT, Level 2. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Aug 17: Ampersand Mountain This is a 5.5 mile RT hike 1800 foot elevation change. There are excellent views of the High Peaks from the summit. Plan on an optional swim on Middle Saranac Lake at the end of the hike. Strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, Aug 24: St Regis River Canoe This is a joint outing with the North Woods chapter. We’ll launch just above the falls and paddle up this winding, grass-banked river as far as the group wishes, probably 2-3 miles, before lunch on the shore and returning to our put-in. It will be necessary to walk our boats through a rocky area, coming and going. Boat limit 8. Contact us by Aug. 22 for details on time and place: adknwoutings@gmail.com. Leaders: John and Susan Omohundro

Fri, Sep 6 - Sun, Sep 8: ADK Fall Outing Harriman State Park. Sponsored by several downstate chapters. Large variety of hikes and paddling trips. Visit midhudsonadk.org/adk-fall-outing/ for information and to register.

Sat, Sep 7: Lost Pond Loop Hike/Big Pine Hike This exploratory outing will consist of two short trips near each other (Wanakena and Cranberry Lake). Participants are welcome do either or both hikes. The Wanakena “Big Pine” is one of the largest virgin pines in the Adirondacks (4.5+ feet in diameter and 140 feet tall). 2.5 miles RT. We will then drive to the recently reconstructed “Lost Pond” lollipop loop trail for a short hike and lunch near Cranberry Lake. If we are lucky we will see great blue herons or osprey, and wildflowers. 2 miles RT. Total miles 5.5 RT, no elevation gain. Level 1 or 3. Contact Marianne Hebert, hebertm@potsdam.edu or 315-265-0756.

Wed, Sep 11: Rescheduled to Sept 13 Paddle to Beautiful Round Lake About 7-8 miles. Lunch, swim, and relax at beach. Maybe walk up to Bog River outlet. Family friendly for avid paddler kids with parent/guardian. Poor weather reschedules. Contact Janet Wakefield, tssfjow@gmail.com, 315-778-6490 (text, voice).

Fri, Sep 13: Rescheduled from Sept 11 Paddle to Beautiful Round Lake About 7-8 miles. Lunch, swim, and relax at beach. Maybe walk up to Bog River outlet. Family friendly for avid paddler kids with parent/guardian. Poor weather reschedules. Contact Janet Wakefield, tssfjow@gmail.com, 315-778-6490 (text, voice).

Sat, Oct 5: Charleston Lake Provincial Park In Ontario, one hour from Ogdensburg bridge. Several short loops of 1 to 3 km for a total of about 7 km (4 miles). Participants can do one or more loops as they like. No elevation gain. Level 1-2. Pace slow. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Fri, Oct 11 - Mon, Oct 14: Columbus Day Weekend in the High Peaks The Long Island chapter invites all ADK members to join them for their 42nd annual Columbus Day weekend based at Adirondack Loj. Details: www.adkli.org/outing/42nd-annual-columbus-day-weekend-in-the-adirondack-high-peaks/.

Sat, Oct 12: Cycling the Essex Chain Fat tire (recommended) or hybrid tire cycling on fair woods roads in the Essex Chain of Lakes Complex near Newcomb. Carpool from Potsdam or meet at a Newcomb location TBA at 10 AM, then cycle 10-12 miles on woods roads around Deer Pond and on to Jackson Pond. Views of Deer, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Jackson ponds. Bring lunch, water and repair kit. Bright clothing items recommended. This is not an off-road mountain-biking trip and the pace will be slow. Contact Dick Mooers, rmooers@twcny.rr.com or 315-854-4186.

Sat, Oct 19: Hitchens Pond Walk We’ll start just west of Horsehoe Lake, which lies south of Tupper Lake, onto a gated old road that winds through marsh and forest for 2.4 miles to Hitchens Pond, where once A. A. Low ran his maple sugar, spring water, and logging empire. After lunch, we’ll return the same way. Little elevation change. Bad weather day on Sunday. A joint outing with North Woods chapter. Contact by Thursday for meeting time and place: John and Susan Omohundro, adknwoutings@gmail.com.

Sun, Oct 20: Bike Hopkinton - Lake Ozonia - St Regis Falls Bike ride from Hopkinton to St. Regis Falls via Lake Ozonia, and then back to Hopkinton on the Port Kent Road. 25 miles, level 3. Contact Tom Ortmeyer tortmeye@gmail.com, 315-244-3707.

Sat, Oct 26 - Sun, Oct 27: Stone Valley 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 simonm@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Nov 2: Hike Baker Woods Preserve Join us while we explore the trails of the Baker Woods Preserve in the Indian Lakes Conservancy near Natural Bridge, NY. We’ll visit a cedar bog, various pine forests, and Beaversprite pond (an active beaver pond). Optional side trip to Indian River. Approximately 4 miles RT, a few steep hills. Level 2. Contact Marianne Hebert, hebertm@potsdam.edu, 315-265-0756.

Sun, Nov 10: Annual Meeting and Fall Pot Luck First Presbyterian Church, Canton. Arrive 5 PM for supper to start at 5:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Brief organizational meeting and presentation of photo contest awards. Guest speaker Neil Woodworth will give us his views of the Club as he approaches retirement as Executive Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Contact David Katz at 315-386-4393 or davidk@slic.com.

Sat, Nov 16: New Exploring Parc Guindon in Cornwall This large municipal park is known for its network of cross country ski trails. We’re planning to hike some of the trails to become familiar with the layout in anticipation of skiing or snowshoeing there when the snow arrives. 6 km, small hills, Level 1-2. Sunday November 17 in case of bad weather. Contact John Barron (613-828-2296, johnbarron@sympatico.ca) or Marianne Hebert (315-265-0756, hebertm@potsdam.edu).

Thu, Dec 5: Laurentian Chapter Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm, Potsdam. Contact David Katz, davidk@slic.com, 315-386-4393 for details.

Sun, Dec 8: Higley Flow State Park Annual Ski/Snowshoe/Hike and Cookout: Bring your kids, their grandparents, and your dogs to this annual early winter event. We’ll choose ski,snowshoe, or hike depending on conditions and do 2-3 miles followed by a cookout at a lean-to. I provide hot chocolate, hot dogs and fixings. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Contact Blair Madore, madorebf@potsdam.edu, 315-261-0751.

Sat, Dec 21: Solstice Ski to Clear Pond Ski into Clear Pond in the White Hill Wild Forest in Parishville. It is 1.9 mi. from the paved road (where we park) to the pond, following a snowmobile trail. The trail continues along the north side of the pond. Depending on how far we can go, the round-trip will be 4 to 5 miles. This is a moderately strenuous trip. It will be weather dependent for skiing. We will hike if there is no snow. Contact David Trithart, dtrithar@twcny.rr.com.

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