Previous Outings: December 2022

Sat, Dec 3 (rain date Dec. 4) – Map and Compass Workshop in the Bluestone Wild Forest (mileage to be determined by the workshop and waypoints)
Leader: Sharon Klein,
This workshop will be conducted in the field and will be conducted off trail in the Bluestone Wild Forest/Onteora Lake area. Limited to 8 participants. All are required to possess a compass with baseplate, direction of travel and orienting arrow. It is highly recommended to have a compass with adjustable declination. We will meet before the hike at a local coffee shop where we will do some map reading and training, and plan our route. The outing will be conducted by Lyn W. of the ADK Long Island Chapter. Lyn is a Catskill 3500 Club and Winter 35’er, and ADK 46 finisher and a NH 48 finisher. She also completed the Catskills All Trails challenge and is a member of the SAR team in the Catskills. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sun, Dec 4 – Balsam Mountain hike from Rider Hollow. Distance 5.5 miles with 1,629′ elevation gain. Class A
Leader: Roger Green
Balsam Mountain is one of the 35 peaks in the Catskill Mountains that is over 3,500 feet in elevation. Although we’ll be on trails expect at least two stream crossings. Depending on water level we’ll decide same day whether to do as a loop or a simple out and back. Pace is relaxed, but not too relaxed. Join us as Lori moves closer to completing her 3500 requirements. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 10 – Pine Road to Spring Farm through hike. This is a moderate hike of about 7 miles.
Leader: Roberta Forest
Bring enough food and drink for a hike of about 5 hours from one Preserve parking area to another. Dress in layers. Always carry a wind break/rain jacket. A car shuttle is required. You MUST wear a mask during the shuttle. Details will be sent to all who have registered a few days before the hike. Spikes or snowshoes may be needed. Mohonk Preserve day pass is $15 or free with yearly membership. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 10 – Peach Hill Park, Town of Poughkeepsie. Easy 2-2.5-mile loop hike with a gradual climb that offers a good view from Poughkeepsie’s high point.
Leader: Georgette Weir,
All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sun, Dec 11 – Annual Holiday Party and Potluck Supper
Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

4:00pm House Tour of the Samuel F.B. Morse Mansion [optional, $15 at the door]
5:00pm Social Hour with Appetizers and Drinks

5:45pm Potluck Supper, followed by Dessert Table, Coffee, Tea
8:00pm Clean-up Commences!
Place: Locust Grove,  2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Click for Directions
RSVP with Carole Marsh by Wed., Dec. 7th:  845-849-2044 or

– Include the appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert you will contribute.
– Include whether you will be attending the 4pm House Tour.
– Please offer to help setup at noon and/or breakdown at 8pm! Thanks!!
The club is providing plates, utensils, hot and cold drinks and light libations. 

Wed, Dec 14 – Cobble Mountain, 3.5 miles 600 ft vert, B hike
Leader: Paul Silverstein,
We will climb Cobble Mountain, just over the Connecticut line from Wasaic. Beautiful views! Moderate but steep climb (with some scrambling) of 500 ft to start, then follow the ridge and then 500 ft moderate descent.
Will hike from north to south paralleling Macedonia Brook Rd. Moderate pace. Details will be available as hike date approaches. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Fri, Dec. 30 – Mills-Norrie State Park.
Leader: Georgette Weir,
End the year in the company of other outdoor-loving people with an easy-to-moderate loop hike just north of Hyde Park. About 4.5 miles, including a long stretch right along the Hudson River. Beautiful! All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Hike/Snowshoe Burroughs Slabsides ~5 miles C
Leader: Ginny Fauci or 845-399-2170 (text only).
We’ll hike the trails at Burroughs past the pond, down to the waterfalls at Black Creek, and up the ridge to Slabsides. Lots of photo opportunities.