Another Great First Day with ADK


Lisa, Anthony, Jill, Georgette and Peter enjoy sun and views from the top of Mount Taurus in Putnam County, with Storm King Mountain in the background. Photo by Jean-Claude Fouere.

Mid-Hudson ADKers enjoyed another New Year’s Day with mild temperatures and blue skies, which got folks out for First Day excursions at Vassar College and Mount Taurus in the Hudson Highlands.

A group of 16, led by Sue Mackson, walked the edge of the Vassar College campus over to Vassar Farms, where the sun warmed the group as it trod along. Another group–5 hikers plus leader Jean-Claude Fouere, hiked up Mount Taurus and couldn’t believe the absence of snow or ice. This group enjoyed unobstructed views north to the Catskills and south to the NYC skyline, with bends and turns of the Hudson River glistening in the brilliant sun.

A good number returned to Sue’s house for soup, bread and conviviality.  It’s become a nice way to start the  year.

Reports submitted by Sue Mackson and Jean-Claude Fouere; photo by J-C Fouere.


Bushwhack up West Stoppel Point, NE Catskills

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Five of us had a fine 8-mile hike up West Stoppel Point (3100 ft.), near Lake Capra & Colgate Lake in the NE Catskills. This was something new and interesting. The ridgeline summit of this mountain, which lies west of Stoppel Point on the Escarpment Trail, was a really nice walk because the woods are open and there are views of the Blackhead Range when the leaves are off the trees. After we came down, we found a beautiful frozen waterfall on the East Kill, which dumps into Lake Capra. Here’s a picture of it. There’s also a group “selfie” taken on the summit.

Finally, Spring!

Hike leader Mike Phipps sent this assessment of his April 4 hike on the Appalachian Trail in Orange County: “This past weekend’s hike to Fitzgerald Falls went well!  We had 9 hikers in all; no issues, just smiles!  We did some trail maintenance as the loss of winter snows uncovered much trash…came back home with three bags full! ”

Hudson River Hike Series: Storm King

StormKingGroupApril 6, 2013: Fourteen of us met on this early spring weather perfect day to hike the Stillman Trail from Mountain Road to Route 9W, offering along the way several beautiful views of the Hudson River, on to Butter Hill where we enjoyed a lunch break overlooking the Hudson River. While sharing lively conversations, delicious homemade treats (smoked sausage and jerky) were passed around by some participants.

Yet another very enjoyable outing in the beautiful Hudson Valley as commented by
some of the participants: “A lovely hike with a very friendly and welcoming group!”; “The
members of ADK are all very friendly and welcoming.” –Hike leader Jean-Claude Fouere.

For additional photos, click here.

Trip Post: Jan. 12, 2013, Riverside Park, NYC

Wildlife in The City: The Hippo Playground in Riverside Park.

Wildlife in The City: The Hippo Playground in Riverside Park.

An eager group of MHADKers filled a Metro-North train car early Saturday morning and headed to the Big City for an urban park adventure. This was the first in a planned seven-hike series along the Hudson River, from Manhattan to Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks, organized by Jean-Claude Fouere. For more photos of the day, click here to go to the co-leader’s Flickr page.