Current Outings & Events


Updated June 30, 2022


The Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK, in alignment with ADK, has updated outing restrictions due to Covid 19 and the emergence of new variants. 
As has been our Chapter policy, leaders may use their discretion in accordance with Federal and State Covid guideline to set rules and limitations for their hikes as they deem fit.


MID-WEEK HIKES – The leaders offer hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Leaders: Ginny Fauci,  845-399-2170 (text preferred) or Lalita Malik, (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.

MID-WEEK PADDLES – Now on Tuesdays!
Leader: Glenda Schwarze    She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins.   Starting in May they will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month.  To add your name to the Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly email to update your subscription.

JULY 2022

Sun, Jul 3 – Paddle the Rondout Creek in Kingston
Leader: Jeanette TB,
Registration begins June 28
We’ll kayak/canoe the Rondout Creek in Kingston from the Hudson, past the waterfront up to the Eddyville Dam and back. About 7 miles, 4-4.5 hours total. We won’t be in the Hudson, so smaller kayaks are ok as long as you’re a strong paddler and are comfortable paddling around bigger boats (in a “no wake” zone). PFD required. Bring water/snacks. Must confirm with leader for meeting place and time. Group size is limited. After the paddle we may stop in town for some food along the waterfront.

***CANCELLED*** Fri, Jul 8 – Wed, Jul 13 – Canal kayaking in the Finger Lakes, Geneva, NY (Moderate)  Max of 8 participants
Leader: Don Urmston,, 845-549-4671
We’ll spend a couple days exploring the Erie Canal and hopefully complete the Cayuga-Seneca canal.  We may have to fit in a visit to a winery and one of the many restaurants in Geneva.  Mileage will be 10-15 miles/day on the canal, which is beginner friendly.  Participants should have a kayak at least 12ft. long (longer is better), and a life vest must be worn at all times while on the water.  This is a great introduction to canal paddling.  We will have the use of a house in Geneva, with a full kitchen and bathrooms, but there aren’t enough bedrooms, so sleeping will either be a spot on the living room floor or a tent in the back yard.  Alternatively, you can stay at one of the hotels in Geneva at your own expense.  Trip is limited to 8 paddlers.  If I haven’t paddled with you before, I may request to paddle with you before the trip.  The paddling is easy, but the mileage does add up.  Contact leader with any questions.  All ADK COVID rules still in effect on these dates regarding vaccination, carpooling & mask wearing will apply.

Sun, Jul 10 – Westkill Mountain 6.4 miles, 1,800 feet elevation gain, Rated A
Leader: Roger Green
Registration begins Tuesday, June 28
We will hike out and back from Spruceton Road. We’ll follow Diamond Notch Trail to the bridge over the falls, then follow the Devil’s path to the Westkill summit. Nice views not far from the summit. About a half hour of hyperventilation-inducing steep trail for a nice workout.  Pace will be relaxed, but not too relaxed. Please bring plenty of water as well as snacks and lunch. Please dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

***Rescheduled from July 3***
Sun, Jul 10 – Morning Mills-Norrie Brunch Hike.  4 easy miles; bring your own brunch.
Leader: Georgette Weir,
Registration begins on Tuesday, June 21.
We will aim to beat the summer heat on this holiday weekend with a loop hike that includes a 2-mile stretch along the Hudson River and 2 miles through shady woods. We’ll stop midway for a brunch break. Bring your own brunch, plus water. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place and time. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Wed, July 13 – Fri, July 15 – Kayak/Camping on the Hudson River: Popolopen Creek to Wappingers Total mileage = 22.2; Moderate Pace; Big Water
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or
This outing is joint with AMC. Besides confirming with Russ, this hike requires an online registration with AMC. Contact Russ for the AMC link on/after June 28 and register early.
Registration begins Tuesday, June 28
Some say that this is the most beautiful section of the Hudson River.  We’ll paddle from just north of the Bear Mtn. Bridge at Anthony’s Nose, past West Point and around the S curve at World’s End & Constitution Island, then through the fjord of the Hudson Highlands to campsite on a point, with views up and down the river. The next day we’ll continue upriver, enter the lower Wappinger Creek, and take out at the Village of Wappingers Falls. The tides are in our favor on these dates, and will help us ascend the river on a flood tide. Daily mileages will be about 12.9 on Thursday & 9.3 on Friday. On Wednesday, we’ll do a car shuttle, launch in the late afternoon and paddle only a few miles to a campsite. On Thursday, participants will have the option of dinner at the campsite or at a restaurant in a river front town. 
During the car shuttle, facemasks will be required and drivers will open windows to allow air circulation.  Participants must be fully vaccinated.
This outing is for paddlers, who have experience paddling the Hudson River.  You must feel comfortable crossing the Hudson with barges & tugs and fast-moving power boats.  Participants should be able to do a wet exit & assisted re-entry.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. long and with dual bulkheads.  PFDs must be worn while on the water.  Other recommended gear: bilge pump, spray skirt, extra paddle, paddling gloves, water shoes with toe protection. Meeting place & time will be sent, along with an itinerary and complete info to all confirmed participants. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.


More August Outings Coming Soon!

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Sat, Aug 6 – Paddle “The Flight of Locks” in the Erie Canal (RENTALS AVAILABLE) 
Leader: JeanetteTB,

If you’ve always wanted to paddle through the locks on the Erie Canal, this is your chance! We’ll spend a leisurely afternoon paddling through five historic locks. The “Flight of Locks” is a series of five locks in Waterford, NY. This is a 2.7 mile, one-way stretch of quiet water with a lift of 169 feet (approx. 30 feet per lock). We’ll enjoy dramatic scenery, towering locks and easy paddling. Rentals are available, or you can bring your own kayak/canoe. Beginners welcome. The one-way paddle will take several hours; the bulk of the time is spent in the locks. We’ll meet around noon to give you time to drive to Waterford on Saturday morning. Those interested can meet for a late lunch/early dinner before the long drive home. You MUST wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) while in the water. Please contact leader if you are interested and indicate whether you will need to rent a boat.

Sun, Aug 21 – Kayak and Walking Tour of Bannerman Island ***TOUR INCLUDES KAYAK***
Coordinator: JeanetteTB,
Registration is now open
This is not an official ADK outing since we are using a tour group.
I’d like to get a group together to kayak to “Pollepel” Island and take a walking tour to visit Bannerman Castle.  We’ll begin our afternoon adventure by taking a leisurely paddle across the Hudson River to “Pollepel” or Bannerman Island. We’ll then make our way up from the shore on the walking trails. A Bannerman Castle Historian will then direct a tour along the walkways of the island alongside the former arsenal and residence. Light hiking and many stairs are part of this tour. Round trip paddling distance of approximately 2.5 miles.
This is a guided tour run by a local kayak tour company.
They provide kayak, paddle and PFD/lifejacket as well as instruction before you hit the water. Both single and tandem kayaks are available. Guides are available throughout the tour to help participants. First time kayakers are encouraged to join.
You will need to purchase tickets for the tour. Tour cost is $100 per person + $5 processing fee. Limit 20. This tour may fill up quickly.
Please email JeanetteTB for instructions to register for the group tour:
We’ll get a 10% group discount if we have more than 10 registered. 


Fri, Sept 23 to Sun, Sept 25 – ADK’s Centennial Celebration & Fall Outing
Registration is now open
silver-bay-fall-photo2-1Cold River Chapter is hosting ADK’s Centennial Celebration & Fall Outing on September 23 – 25, 2022 at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference & Family Retreat Center in Silver Bay, NY (near Hague).
If you haven’t been to any other Fall Outing, this is the one you shouldn’t miss. The YMCA is on Lake George, with spectacular views of the lake and mountains, and has boats, tennis courts, hiking trails and a gym. If you don’t want to stay at the hotel, you can come on Saturday just for the day and join us for a barbecue dinner, or you can camp nearby at NYS Rogers Rock Campground. There will be 60 outings, including a pontoon boat tour of Lake George, musical entertainment on Friday night by Dan Berggren and Jamcrackers, and a special guest speaker on Saturday night – noted environmentalist and author Bill McKibben.
Registration is now open: