Another Great Winter Weekend in the Adirondacks at Heart Lake

Our Chapter’s annual Presidents’ Day Weekend at the Wiezel Cabin, part of ADK’s Heart Lake lodging in the heart of the High Peaks, was another adventure-filled success. Big thanks to Pete and Carol McGinnis for arranging the weekend and making sure there were plenty of snacks and beverages for all to enjoy; to Chris Bickford for helping to organize the two dinner potlucks; and to all who participated with enthusiasm and good spirits. See you next year!


July 13, 14, 15: Local Appalachian Trail Volunteer Weekend, BBQ, Campout

Join our local trail colleagues, The Ralph Peak Hikers Cabin Volunteer Club,  for its 20th annual AT Work Weekend and BBQ/Campout, July 13-15. Come for part or all of the weekend. The club maintains the Appalachian Trail and RPH cabin in the Hopewell Junction area.

Proposed projects this year are: paint and repair Seth Lyon Memorial Bridge; install new check dams; rebuild wooden walkway; replace rotted water bars; prune back invasive foliage along trail right of way;  build steps. There is work for all levels of experience and skills.


  • Tim Messerich, Trail Work Leader, or 845.401.8817
  • Jim Gahn, President, or 914.213.7250

The club works on the AT in the vicinity of RPH Cabin every Saturday, weather permitting, and invites new participants.


Hike Maine’s 100-mile Wilderness

Join members of the Mid Hudson Chapter of ADK as we hike and explore
Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness, some of the most remote country along the Appalachian Trail’s entire 2150 miles.

This region was carved by glaciers millions of years ago. This
is Lake Country, where wild life (Moose), outnumber people. There are
mountain ranges with big, panoramic views of Mountain Ranges as far North as
Katahdin and carpets of green trees – hardwood and spruce, with lakes and
streams in between. Click on links below to

Learn more: Hike Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness

Register: Registration Form-Hiking Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness

Complete Release of Liability Form: Liability Release-Hiking Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness

Chapter Offers Support, Scholarships for Outdoor Education

ADK summit steward (2)

Our Mid-Hudson Chapter gives funds to support ADK education programs such as the Summit Steward program in the Adirondacks (above) and Catskills.

In the last couple of years the Adirondacks and the Catskills have seen a large increase in the number of hikers.

On the one hand, it is good to have more people enjoying and benefiting by exercising in these beautiful natural places. On the other hand, it leads to added stress to the trails and the summits.

In response, ADK has put in place a “Summit Stewardship Program”. Upon giving training to staff and volunteers, the program then deploys them to the summits, where you can find them educating hikers about flora and plant communities, and about the importance of protecting them from trampling.

Our Mid Hudson Chapter regularly donates funds to support this very valuable education program.

ADK Teen program

Our Chapter also gives scholarships for youth education programs. Learn more from our Chapter Chair.

Additionally, the Chapter has made available to young people scholarships to help them attend outdoors programs and youth environmental camps. Contact the Chapter Chair Dan Jones,, if you wish to learn more about how your children, grandchildren or other young people might benefit from our scholarship opportunities.

Chapter Donation Supports Girl Scout Project at Stony Kill


In February, our chapter received a thank-you letter from the executive director of the Stony Kill Foundation, for funding  the “Little Free Library” project at three locations on the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) owned lands just north of Beacon. Our Mid Hudson Chapter gave $500 for the project, which was constructed by Girl Scout Chailyn Schroll last autumn.

The mission of the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is to develop environmental, educational and historical interpretive and outdoor recreation programs and events at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Center in Wappingers Falls. More than 10,000 people of all ages visit the farm each year to walk trails and gardens, and attend environmental-themed events, workshops, summer camp and field trips.

The “Little Free Library” project was originally proposed by DEC as a way to bring more people to the property by offering a unique learning concept. The libraries are located near the Stony Kill farm pond, the garden plots and the trailhead to the Woodland trail.

Books pertaining to hiking, gardening, cooking, nature, environmental studies, farm life and children’s books are housed in each library, encouraging visitors to take a book and leave a book. There are picnic tables and a newly constructed bench on the woodland trail where visitors can read while on the property.

Chailyn started the library project in September 2017 as part of her Gold Award. In addition to our chapter’s $500 donation, she raised additional money to fund building three libraries. She was able to construct the library using plans found online and secured additional labor from her Girl Scout troop, family and a carpenter. She also collected enough books to fill each library.  Look for them the next time you are in the area to hike or ski the trails.