Events Archive

Events, 2020

Sat, Jan 4: New Year Party and Potluck For the first time we’re shifting the traditional New Year’s Day party to the following Saturday and are holding it at the Eugene L Nicandri Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park near Massena. 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM out on the great trails suitable for skiing, snowshoeing, or walking. 2:00 PM a short presentation by Nature Center staff/volunteers about the Center followed by a simple no-cooking potluck party and we’ll finish by 5 PM. Contact David Katz, 315-386-4393 or davidk@slic.com.

Fri, Jan 17 - Sun, Jan 19: ADK Winter Outing at Tug Hill Visit https://www.adk.org for details.

Sat, Jan 25: Massawepie We’ll trek along the top of some eskers among some big and little lakes, visiting their shorelines. Massawepie easement is on Rte 3 near Childwold. Rolling terrain, 4 miles approx. Joint outing with North Woods Chapter. Let us know that you’re interested by Jan. 23. John and Susan Omohundro, adknwoutings@gmail.com, 315-244-9131. Limit 12.

Sat, Jan 25: Hike or Snowshoe Catamount Mountain (South Colton) This small mountain offers a nice overlook of the Carry Falls Reservoir. Depending on conditions, we can hike or snowshoe. The first mile is a gradual climb, and then gets pretty steep for the last ½ mile. 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 26: Outdoors - Indoors: Alaska - Birds, Other Wildlife, and Scenic Vistas Presented by Eileen Wheeler at 7:00 pm at the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room. Contact David Katz, 315-386-4393 or davidk@slic.com.

Sat, Feb 1: Snowshoe Trip to Lilypad and Long Ponds We’ll snowshoe on the Goldmine Road south of Parishville, then take the trail to scenic Lilypad Pond and on to Long Pond for lunch. 5 miles round-trip, elevation gain 200 feet. Level 3. Moderate. Contact Tom Ortmeyer at 315-244-3707 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

Sat, Feb 8: Tupper Triad Join us as we attempt to snowshoe all three small mountains (Goodman, Coney and Arab) that form this winter challenge. Together, that is 7.6 miles and about 1700 feet of ascent. Of course, participants can opt out after the first or second hike, as they see fit. (There’s no guarantee the leader will make it through all three either). Contact Blair Madore at 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Feb 9: Outdoors - Indoors: An Introduction to the Natural History of the Adirondack Mountains Presented by Tom Langen at 7:00 pm at the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room. Contact David Katz, 315-386-4393 or davidk@slic.com.

Sat, Feb 15: Skiing and Snowshoeing at Summerstown Trails A half day exploration of this area near Cornwall, Ontario. Groomed trails, easy terrain. Equipment is available for rental on site. Level 1-2. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Feb 22: Ski the Peavine Swamp Lean-to Loop We’ll start at the Ranger School end of the trail in Wanakena. First we’ll visit the lean-to that is 1.4 miles up the trail in a pretty grove of large white pine. Then we will continue around the loop enjoying some moderately steep hills. Total distance is about 4.5 miles. Level 3. Optional late lunch at the Pine Cone Grill in Wanakena. Contact Holly Woodworth at hswoodworth@gmail.com or 315-848-2953.

Sun, Feb 23: Snowshoe at Paul Smith’s VIC The VIC is hosting its 3rd Annual Snowshoe Festival. We won’t participate in the races, but there will be other activities and refreshments. There is also a day use fee to use the trails. 3-4 miles RT, not much elevation gain. Level 2, slow pace. Contact Marianne Hebert, 315-265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

Sun, Mar 1: Outdoors - Indoors: Hiking in the Cotswolds Presented by Marianne Hebert at 7:00 pm at the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room. Contact David Katz, 315-386-4393 or davidk@slic.com.

Sat, Mar 7: Skiing in Parc Guindon This large municipal park in Cornwall has a network of groomed and trackset cross country ski trails.About 8 km (5 miles), a few minor hills. Level 2. Contact John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

Sat, Mar 14: 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. Level 3-4. Call Blair Madore, 315-261-0751 or madorebf@potsdam.edu.

Sat, Sep 19: A hike into Church Pond from Route 56 will involve some bushwhacking into a piece of Forest Preserve with big trees and a quiet pond. This is the headwaters of the North Branch of the Grass(e). Expect wet feet. We’ll spend the morning thrashing through the woods and some may want to climb nearby Catamount in the afternoon. Bring snacks and water. Contact Tom VandeWater if interested: 315-261-1723.

Sat, Oct 3: Harper Falls from the Grass River confluence in the Donnerville State Forest This is a longer way to Harpers Falls-- we’ll hike up the north branch of the Grass River from its confluence with the main branch. The trail varies from river level to scenic heights overlooking the river. 4 miles round trip, level 3. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, tortmeye@gmail.com, 315-244-3707.

Sun, Oct 4: Peavine Swamp Christmas Tree Loop We’ll start at the Rte 3 end of the trail where there is plenty of parking. The trail has some sections with rolling hills and some large magnificent trees. We are hoping to still have beautiful foliage to enjoy. We will keep a comfortable pace and have a break for lunch. It is about a 5.5 mile hike - level 3. We will be social distancing and wearing masks when needed. Limited to 8 participants. Contact Holly & Neil Woodworth at hswoodworth@gmail.com or 315-848-2953.

Sat, Oct 10: Lost Pond Trail at Cranberry Lake 2 miles rd. Easy, some rolling hills, circling the pond. An osprey nest, maybe we will see them and hopefully fall foliage. Snack break and then head to Tooley Pond Mountain, 2 miles rt. Also easy to summit, nice views. I will have maps of the Tooley Pond waterfalls along Tooley Pond Road which people can chose to continue on their own. Level 3. Limited to 10 participants. Social distancing with masks. Contact Linda Quackenbush lindaquackers@yahoo.com or 516-662-5020.

Sat, Oct 10: Red Sandstone Nature & History Tour, Part 1 Sponsored by the Potsdam Public Library. An easy walk on the southern half of the trail to enjoy the fall colors and discuss the history of the area and the trail itself. We will walk to the quarry and return, about two miles total. Dress for the weather, expect uneven ground. Bring a snack, a drink, and a mask. Limited to 8 participants. Contact William Eckert, weckert@potsdamlibrary.org to register. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2658283707770587/.

Sun, Oct 11: Red Sandstone Nature & History Tour, Part 2 Sponsored by the Potsdam Public Library. A 3-mile loop on the northern part of Red Sandstone Trail to enjoy fall colors and learn about the generation of hydropower. We will also discuss some history of logging and the railway in this area. Dress for the weather, expect uneven ground. Bring a snack, a drink, and a mask. Limited to 8 participants. Contact William Eckert, weckert@potsdamlibrary.org to register. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2658283707770587/.

Sat, Nov 7: Stone Valley Trail Work Day (rain date: Nov 8) Work will primarily focus on digging bench cut along steep slopes along the river trails. Please call Mark Simon, 315-261-8644 for details regarding meeting time and location, and other work related details.

Wed, Nov 11: Armistice Day hike to Silver Mountain, in the northeast Adirondacks We’ll hike up a rocky trail to the jack pine-covered summit, 900 ft. Elevation gain and 1.8 miles RT, for good lake views. Then we’ll drive briefly to the trailhead for Silver Lake Bog, a 2-mile RT trail, mostly level, to a scenic ledge over the lake, featuring a half-mile boardwalk through the bog. A joint outing with North Woods chapter, ADK members only. Sign up by November 9. Limit 8. John Omohundro, adknwoutings@gmail.com.

Sat, Dec 12: Hike/ski/snowshoe at Higley Flow State Park. Joint outing with Potsdam Public Library, limited to 8 participants. Details: www.facebook.com/events/135327871303471/. Email William Eckert, weckert@potsdamlibrary.org for more information or to register.

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