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MHADK OUTINGS  2019

MID-WEEK HIKES – The leaders offer hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  Hikes may be followed by a stop for refreshments.  Leaders: Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com  845-399-2170 or Lalita Malik, Lalitamalik@aol.com  (845) 592-0204. They will be held every Thursday, weather permitting.  To add your name to the Mid-Week hike list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription.

QUICK RESPONSE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – GET ON THE LIST NOW!
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
Good snow doesn’t last very long around here.  That’s why you’ve got to get out and enjoy it right after the storm.  If you have the luxury of dropping everything and going out to ski, contact Russ Faller at   russoutdoors@yahoo.com  to be put on the Quick Response X-C Ski List.  When there’s a good snowstorm, you’ll get an e-mail invitation to ski right after the storm ends.  This could fall on a weekend or a weekday.  If you were on the list last winter, you’re still on the list.  If you want off the list, contact Russ.

QUICK RESPONSE SNOWSHOEING – GET ON THE LIST NOW!
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
 If you have the luxury of dropping everything and going out to snowshoe, contact Ginny Fauci at gefauci@gmail.com to be put on the Quick Response Snowshoe List.  When there’s a good snowstorm, you’ll get an e-mail invitation to snowshoe after the roads are cleared.  It could be on a weekend or a weekday.  Please contact Ginny to make sure you’re on her list.

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Updated Oct 29, 2019

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NOVEMBER 2019

Fri, Nov 1 – Mills-Norrie State Park
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
4-mile morning loop hike that includes the scenic River Trail and other woods paths.
Contact leader for meeting time and details.

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Sat, Nov 2 – Daylight savings ends, turn clocks back an hour.

 
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Sat, Nov 2 – Dutchess Rail Trail,  Diddell Rd to Lagrange trail head. Easy, flat C 5 miles 
Leader: Sayi Nulu 845-264-2270 (text preferred) sayinulu@yahoo.com
Meeting time: 12PM (noon).  
We will meet at Diddell Head and do a shuttle to the Lagrange trail head.
Walk starts from the Lagrange trail head at Titusville Rd towards to Diddell trail head. We’ll shuttle people back to the Lagrange trail head to get their car(s). Bad weather (heavy rain) cancels. Contact hike leader in advance.
This walk is part of a plan to walk the entire 13 mile Dutchess Rail Trail in sections.

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Sun, Nov 3 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) & Saugerties Lighthouse C+ 3.5 miles 
Leader: Carla Barrett barrettinclintongmail.com  Cell 315-527-8478
This is a family-friendly walk/hike. Start at 11AM at FWP and then all go by own car with Leader to the Lighthouse Trail 8 minutes away. We can eat lunch on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  This event appeals to walkers and hikers of all skill levels.  Children welcome. Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline can be avoided.  Shoes may get wet/muddy. Bring food and water; binoculars if you have them.  Meet at FWP, Dominican Ln, Saugerties, NY 12477.  Driving Directions: Off Route 9W or Route 32 south of Saugerties, follow Main St in Glasco NY to Delaware and York.  For GPS: 45 York St, Saugerties 12477 will put you near the entrance where there is a sign.  Confirm with leader.

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Sat, Nov 9 – Table Rocks & Bonticou Crag, B Joint with Mohonk Preserve
Leader: Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com 845-399-2170 text preferred
Meet at Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm Trailhead at 9:30 am.  We’ll hike out to Table Rocks, back over Northeast Trail and up Bonticou Crag Trail.  Depending on time & interest we may continue over Guyot Hill before going back to parking lot.  Bring Lunch, snacks, and layer for the weather.  Rain will cancel.  If there’s snow, we will snowshoe.  Carry micro-spikes with you in case of ice.  Confirm with leader.

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Sat, Nov 16 – Minnewaska State Park Preserve (in the no-hunting zone). 8-ish miles, route will depend on conditions.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com 
Am thinking to include Mossy Glen, Blueberry Run, possibly out to Wolf Jaw Trail, then various carriage roads and perhaps a bit of Jenny Lane to get back to parking area. Contact leader for meeting time and details. Empire State Pass or parking fee.

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Sun, Nov 17 – Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan – Class C, 2 to 3 miles
Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com
Home to the only forest on Manhattan Island and the only remaining salt water marsh. We will hike on the blue and orange trails that will take us through the heart of the park’s wild forest with lovely views of the Hudson River, Palisades and Spuyten Duyvil Creek and the Henry Hudson Bridge. We will see the spot where Native Americans “sold” Manhattan Island to Peter Minuit. If time permits, we will visit the nearby Dyckman Farmhouse and Museum, the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan. Meet at 1:15 pm at the end of 207th Street. 
Directions: Take the 10:52 am Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie or 11:10 am from Beacon to New York. Transfer at Tarrytown and take the 12:01 pm local train to New York. Get off at the University Heights station. Walk up the stairs and take the University Heights Bridge across the Harlem River into Manhattan. This is 207th Street. Continue on 207th Street about a half-mile to the end where the entrance to the park begins. Look for a yellow “End” sign. Bring picnic lunch and long pants. Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with Leader.

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Sun, Nov 17– Annual Planning Meeting.
All members are welcome to attend. Potluck lunch.
Additional information to follow in weekly emails.

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Sun, Nov 24 – Burger Hill & Ferncliff Forest
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com 845 891-3361
This is a 2 part hike. We will meet at Burger Hill at 11am and walk to the top. We will then drive to Ferncliff Forest and have a picnic lunch before hiking. Fine to just do part 2, Meet us for lunch at Ferncliff Forest at 12:15. Hike to start at 12:45. Rain cancels, snow and we’ll snowshoe, ice bring micro spikes. Confirm with leader and for additional information.

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Sun, Nov 24 – Walk on the New Ashokan Rail Trail, Class C – 3 to 4 miles. Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com
We will take a leisurely stroll on the new Ashokan Rail Trail which parallels the north shore of Ashokan Reservoir with beautiful vistas of the reservoir and Catskill Mountains.  Meet at 11:00 am at the Ashokan Rail Trail – Woodstock Dike Trailhead in West Hurley, NY.  Directions from the NYS Thruway: Take exit 19 – Kingston. After the toll take the traffic circle onto Route 28 west about 8 miles. Continue 0.4 miles past the Stewarts Shop at the intersection of Zena Rd. Trailhead parking will be on the left across from the Post Office. Confirm with Leader.  Heavy rain or snow cancels.

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SAVE THE DATE

Go With The Snow! MLK 2020 Ski Weekend on the Tug Hill Plateau
Leaders:  Ron Gonzalez iamrongon@gmail.com & Russ Faller russoutdoors@yahoo.com  
Enjoy great cross country skiing on the Tug Hill’s lake effect snow, skiing state forest trails or at a rustic, well-run local nordic center. Stay three nights in a shared house with full kitchen, linens provided, etc. Great opportunity to try ‘nordic backcountry’ skiing on gently rolling terrain.  Not open to beginners, but intermediates and up are welcome. For the skiing, we will divide into two groups, with advanced skiers in one group (longer tours, faster pace, more difficult terrain) and intermediates in the other (shorter distance, more leisurely pace, less difficult terrain). Each group will have its own leader. It is strongly recommended that all participants have at least some winter hiking experience in deep snow (and enjoy it). For those who prefer groomed-track skiing, there are two excellent nordic centers in the area. There is a small local downhill ski area that often offers real powder skiing. It’s also possible to drive to the western Adirondack Park for a day of wilderness skiing (if conditions permit and there is interest among participants). If there’s enough snow, it’s often possible to get in a few telemark turns along the way. If you’re interested in learning the turn, or if you love turning your ‘backcountry’ cross country skis in natural powder snow, this could be what you’re looking for. This would be an option for *advanced* level skiers only. Contact leader for information, or to register for the trip.
COST:  Adult: $180 member / $180 non-member. *Lodging in shared house, full bathrooms, beds with linens, towels, full kitchen with basic staples prd.

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President’s Day Weekend at Wiezel Cabin at Heart Lake
Once again our Chapter is leading a week end at the Wiezel Trails Cabin.   It will be on President’s Week end from Friday February 14 to Monday February 17, 2020.  Cost will again be $80 per person.  Please make check payable to Mid-Hudson Chapter ADK, mail to Pete McGinnis, 515 Haight Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.  Questions – call Pete at 845 797 7945, e-mail pmcgin1@aol.com