Views of a Taconic Backpack

Beautiful photos from leader Russ Faller’s September backpack trip along the Taconic Mountains.


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.

Join Us at Environmental Fair at Vassar Farm

Look for Mid Hudson ADK September 25th at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve!

We will be tabling at the URBAN WILDERNESS FESTIVAL & ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR, 1-4pm–part of an afternoon of activities for people of all ages. 

Come out and enjoy:

~ Guided hikes on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve ~ Tour the newly renovated dairy barn

~ Learn about environmental efforts in Dutchess County

~ Kids’ activities and more! Hosted by the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council

For details, contact

Sign Up Now for Our Annual Fall Picnic


Hike to this viewpoint on the Hyde Park Trail at Norrie State Park before our annual picnic.

Date: Sunday, September 25, picnic to start at noon

Location: Mills-Norrie State Park, Rt 9, Staatsburg. Follow yellow ADK signs to gazebo by the river. The club will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers,hot dogs, buns and necessary condiments. Attendees are asked to bring their own plates, knives, forks and water bottles. Also to bring a dessert, salad or side dish to share.

RSVP to Carole Marsh by September 22. 845-849-2044 or nanagrace91@aol.comSun, 


 Jeff and Dave Kaplan will lead a paddle at the picnic.  Launch is at 9:45 am from the gazebo area (not the marina). Canoeists are encouraged.   Note: we go out as a group and we return as a group!

High tide is ~9:15AM.  The plan, therefore, is to travel upstream (The Hudson) for 2 miles, circle the Esopus Lighthouse and return: first leg is upstream/north and should take 1 – 1 1/2 hours with the 2nd leg (return to launch site) (downstream, falling tide should take ~40 minutes, barring unforeseen issues such as weather, wind, etc. (* Alternate is Indian Creek).  Must have at least 13.5 Ft boat, equipped with proper flotation devices such as bulkheads or airbags, PDF and plenty of water.

Salley Decker will lead a hike; 845-454-4206. Hike the “new” section of the Greenway Trail starting at Thompson Lane. This will be an in and out hike of less than 4 miles round trip.  Trail goes through nice woods with a wonderful viewpoint of the Hudson River and Shaupeneak Ridge   Contact leader for additional information.

Exploring the Essex Chain Lakes

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Photo of loon by Rick Cronk. Other photos by Jean-Claude Fouere.

Jean-Claude Fouere organized a 4-day late-July exploration of the Essex Chain Lakes, south of Newcomb in the Adirondack’s Essex County ( This special area was acquired by New York State and opened for outdoor recreation in the summer of 2014.

Our Mid-Hudson party of three started with a short carry to Deer Pond, a second longer carry upon crossing Deer Pond (alternatively one can carry around Deer Pond) to launch on Third Lake, paddle to Second Lake and then carry to First Lake. (One could also paddle to Forth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh lakes.)

Several primitive campsites are available along the shore of the lakes, making for a very enjoyable wilderness experience.