Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2022

Updated April 17, 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. Outing participants must show proof of vaccination unless a valid medical exemption is provided. Additional protocols can be found on the ADK’s COVID-19 Guidelines page.
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 OUTINGS

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


MID-WEEK PADDLES – Leader: Glenda Schwarze schwar582@aol.com. Glenda will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins.  Starting in May they will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays 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.

APRIL 2022

Sun, Apr 3 – Mohonk Preserve Duck Pond to Spring Farm, shuttle hike, ~6 miles of rolling hills
Leader: Roberta Forest, robertaforest@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, March 22
As this is a through hike, all will need to carry masks for shuttle at the start and end of the hike. The hike itself will begin at the top of Pine Road. We will follow Lenape Lane to the Blue trail, which we will take from here, it’s start, until it ends, close to the Spring Farm parking area. Weather and land conditions will determine whether we hike or snowshoe, and whether we need traction (such as microspikes). Bring snacks, lunch and something to drink. Dress in layers. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time.


Sun, Apr 3 – Cleanup hike at Old Croatan Aqueduct Trail C
Leader Starchild (David Koehler), Starchildjourney@icloud.com or txt 917-613-2043
Registration begins Tuesday, March 22
The Old Croatan Aqueduct Trail runs from the Croatan Reservoir to Yonkers. We will be starting at the northern end, view the dam with it’s iconic falls then hit the trail. We will be out for a few hours, distance will be determined by pace we can maintain while helping the trail but we can expect maybe 5 miles or so from the dam to Croatonville and back, it is a bit hilly so expect to be either walking slightly up or down, and not so much flat but not much total vertical. Due to it’s popularity and proximity to a high population center we are going to help out the trail and pick up trash along the way to help spread the love and joy contained in Leave No Trace for all those who come next. Bring a trash bag as well as disposable gloves. Kids welcome, we are bringing ours. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time.


Wed, Apr 6 – The Long Path, 12 miles, relatively flat
Leaders: Sharon Klein CatsNGunks@gmail.com  or Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, March 29
The Long Path runs from the George Washington Bridge up to John Boyd Thacher State Park near Albany. Sharon and Roberta will be leading through hikes on sections of the Long Path. The first of these hikes is planned for April 6, and start at the west side of the George Washington bridge. The path parallels the Palisades Parkway and is a relatively flat 12 miles. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with Sharon or Roberta if you’re interested in joining this initial hike.


Sat, Apr 9 – CATSKILLS FIRE TOWER CHALLENGE: Mt. Tremper Fire Tower via the Willow trail 7.6 miles rated A
Leader: Sharon Klein, CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, March 29
Please register with your full name and phone number. We will make a steady ascent from Willow, to pick up the Long Path to the fire tower, which we will be able to climb. The DEC is awarding a patch for 2022 for all 6 fire towers hiked. Come enjoy the best the Catskills has to offer. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time.


Sun, Apr 10 – Palm Sunday Hike in Harriman State Park Moderate pace
Leader: Russ Faller, 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration begins Tuesday, March 29
Besides confirming with Russ, this hike requires an online registration with AMC. Contact Russ for the AMC link and register early.
We’ll hike in southern Harriman State Park with the goal of arriving, by trail, to the 1880 St. John’s-in-the-Wilderness Church.  Parishioners are planning a free picnic for hikers at 2 PM.  Unlike their long-standing tradition, a church service will not be part of the event due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This hike will be 6 or 7 miles on blazed trails and unmarked woods roads with typical Harriman ascents/decents. Significant rain cancels. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply.


Fri, April 15 – Fahnestock State Park. Moderate 6.5 mile loop hike.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 5.
Our route will take in portions of the Cabot, Charcoal Burners, Fahnestock, Appalachian, and 3 Lakes Trails as we ramble through woods looking for signs of spring. We’ll view Jordan and Beaver Ponds, Canopus and Hidden Lakes. No doubt there will be some spring mud and wet areas, with one possibly tricky stream crossing. The route includes two crossings of Rt. 301. Small group. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time.


Sat, Apr 16 – The King’s Chamber, Carmel, NY, Class C, 3.5 miles.
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com

Registration begins Tuesday, April 5
Located adjacent to the California Hill State Forest, we will hike through a dense forest to the biggest of the mysterious chambers that are abundant in Putnam County. Much debate on the origins of these man-made chambers or caves. Some theorize that they were built by native Americans, others by European explorers several centuries ago, still others by farmers to store their vegetables (highly unlikely once you see them). ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Contact Leader for start time and directions.


Fri, April 22 – Roosevelt Farm Lane and Side Trails, moderately easy 4ish miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 12
We will walk the wide wood path, some of it paved, through woods between Rts 9 and 9G, then return taking excursions onto two attached foot paths. Hoping to see emerging spring plants. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time.


Fri, Apr 22 to Mon, Apr 25 – Backpack/Basecamp to Echo Lake in the Catskills. Moderate Pace
Leader: Russ Faller, 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 5
Besides confirming with Russ, this hike requires an online registration with AMC. Contact Russ for the AMC link and register early.
A backpack of about 5 miles from Meads (near Woodstock) to Echo Lake, where we’ll camp for 3 nights. The trail is an old carriage road up Overlook Mtn., with a gradual grade.  At the top, we’ll drop our packs and take the short side trip to Overlook’s fire tower for what many people say is the best view in the Catskills.  The trail to Echo Lake is a typical foot path.  We’ll basecamp where the last Native American encampment in the Catskills was located. Day hikes include (1) an 8.5-mile hike to the Devil’s Kitchen and Sherman’s Lookout on Indian Head Mtn., with a stop at Cod Fish Point, (2) a trail & bushwhack loop over Plattekill Mtn., one of the Catskill 67 at 3100 feet and (3) a short, but interesting, bushwhack down the Saw Kill, Echo Lake’s outlet. This outing is perfect for beginner backpackers who are also experienced day hikers. Experienced backpackers will also enjoy it. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply. Significant rain cancels. 


Sun, Apr 24 – Olana, 5 miles easy pace, C+
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com 845 891-3361
Registration begins Tuesday, April 12
We’ll explore the trails and gardens at Olana, and have time for an indoor tour for those interested. Bring a lunch, dress for the weather. Please confirm with leader for meeting time and place details. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply.


Sun, Apr 24 – Balsam Lake Mountain – 5.8 miles – 1,150 feet elev gain, Rated B+ (Catskill Fire Tower Challenge)
Leader: Roger Green, roggr5959@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 12
Balsam Lake Mountain is perhaps the least difficult hike of the required peaks for the 3500 Club. It boasts a fire tower on the summit with spectacular views. We’ll have a nice out and back from the DEC Parking area on Millbrook Road with a relaxing snack / lunch on the summit. Pace will be relaxed, but not too relaxed. Please bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply.


Friday Apr 29 – Twin Mountain, a Catskill 3500 peak elevation 3,640 – 5.4 miles, 1,650′ elevation gain. Co-listed with the 3500 Club. Rated A
Leader: Sharon Klein, CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 12
Join me on a hike of one of the more varied and challenging hikes in the Catskills of Twin Mountain, on the Devil’s path. We will approach Twin from Pecoy Notch, pass the Dibbles Quarry slate thrones overlooking the Platte Clove, past a dramatic waterfall and beaver meadow to Pecoy Notch, which can be seen by the trained eye from may high points in the Shawangunks and when traveling north on the Thruway. The last .7 miles is a challenging scramble to the summit where one of the best views in the Catskills awaits you.


Sat, Apr 30 – Mills Norrie State Park – Hopeland Area, 4 miles easy pace, C
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com 845 891-3361
Registration begins Tuesday, April 19
Hope the Daffodils are out at Hopeland, we’ll see and explore the trails in this lesser traversed part of Mills Norrie State Park. Bring a snack/light lunch, dress for the weather. Please contact leader for meeting time and place details. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination apply.

MAY 2022

Mon, May 2 – Sam’s Point to Minnewaska, 12 miles of trail hiking, some of which is strenuous. Level A hike. 
Rain, high temperature or humidity date is Wed, May 4
Leader:  Roberta Forest, robertaforest@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 26
This is a shuttle hike. Vehicles will be left at Sam’s Point and lower Awosting lot in Minnewaska. We will be hiking through unique and varied terrain on our 12 mile hike. You need to be confident that you can hike this distance as cars will only be at the end points. You are responsible for carrying all the food and water you’ll need for a full long day of hiking. Stops, including for snacks and lunch, will be short. Carry whatever first aid supplies, medicines, bug sprays, sun screen, etc. you may need for the duration of the hike. Also make sure you have a good headlamp, and spare batteries. Details of the hike and the shuttle will be sent to all a few days before this hike. Must confirm with the leader for meeting place and time.  ADK Covid guidelines will be followed.


Fri, May 6 – Holiday Party Trail Work Outing at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Each year, Locust Grove makes its gorgeous facility available to MHADK for our Holiday Party (scheduled for December 11, 2022). In exchange, we offer to do trail work on their grounds. A good deal for us and an opportunity for good trail camaraderie! This year, we are being asked to help clear an area of invasive barberry. Clippers and loppers will be provided for those who do not bring their own. We will start in the morning and work (with a lunch break) until mid afternoon or the task is complete, whichever comes first. Come and help for as long as you are able. Sign up by contacting Georgette Weir at the email address above.


myparkday_leafchangeSat, May 7- Love My Park Day – check your favorite local park & join them.

 


Sun, May 8 – Paddle the Bashakill  ***CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER***
***This event will be rescheduled***
Leader: Jeanette TB, jeanettetb.ny@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, April 26
Join us as we kayak the beautiful marsh of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area in Wurtsboro, N.Y. Spring is the perfect time to paddle the marsh; the birds are plentiful, and the weeds have not yet clogged the waterways. Difficulty: Easy, about 4 miles at a moderate pace for 2-3 hours. PFD required. Bring water/snacks and perhaps binoculars to watch the birds. Must confirm with leader for meeting place and time. ADK Covid guidelines will be followed.


Fri, May 13 – Rosendale meander 4-5 ish miles rated C
Leader: Sharon Klein, CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, May 3
We’ll climb We’ll climb Joppenbergh Mountain for fantastic views of the Rosendale trestle and Rondout creek and then continue exploring the old and new trails on this wonderful local trail system. After the hike, we can walk around the charming village of Rosendale and cross the bridge to walk some more trails along the Rondout Creek if we are up for it. Option to have lunch or desert at one of the cafes with outdoor garden seating. Must confirm with leader. ADK COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


Sun, May 15 – The Great Swamp Hike, Pawling, NY, 5 miles, Class B
Leader: John Ragusa, jrjr1059@msn.com  or 917-692-1159
Registration begins Tuesday, May 3
The Great Swamp runs for nearly 20 miles through 4 towns covering around 6,000 acres making it one of the largest wetlands in New York. We will walk over the Appalachian Trail boardwalk that runs for 1,600 ft over the swamp, including a 34-foot bridge over the Swamp River then hike through beautiful woods gaining 400 ft in elevation then through more wetlands to an open field towards more woods ending at the Dover Oak, the largest oak tree in New York. We will then go back the same way we came. Bring sturdy boots, insect repellent and sunscreen. Contact Leader for start time and directions. ADK Covid guidelines will be followed.


Fri, May 20 – Barry Skura Memorial Hike: Schunemunk Mtn.   About 5 or 7.5 mi.   Moderate Pace
Leader: Russ Faller  845-297-5126 (until 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration Starts Tuesday, May 10
This hike is joint with AMC (Barry’s other club) so register early.  Besides confirming with ADK through Russ, this hike also requires an online registration with AMC.  Contact Russ for the AMC link and register early.
Barry died while hiking the Trestle Trail of Schunemunk Mtn. on May 17, 2021.  As remembrance of his passing and to celebrate his life and love of hiking, we’ll follow his footsteps up Schunemunk Mtn. Our walk will be either a total of 5 mi. or 7.5 mi., depending on group consensus.  When registering, please indicate whether you want to do 5 or 7.5 mi.  We’ll take the following trails: Trestle, Barton Swamp, Western Ridge, Jessup, and either the Sweet Clover or Ridge-to-Ridge trails, depending on the mileage chosen. Significant rain will reschedule. ADK Covid guidelines require all participants to be fully vaccinated.


BowdoinParkSun, May 22 – Mid-Hudson ADK Spring Picnic at Bowdoin Park
Contact Carole Marsh, 845-849-2044 or pcatm43@gmail.com
RSVP by Thursday, May 19 – Please include your choice and quantity of hamburgers, veggie burgers and/or hot dogs so Carole knows how many to purchase. Thank you!
Morning picnic hike and paddle information will be provided ahead of time. The Club will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments.  Members are asked to bring their own plates, utensils, and drinks and welcome to bring a dessert, salad or side dish to share.


Fri, May 27 – Sugarloaf, Catskill 3500 peak 6.4 miles, elev. gain 1750’ rated A
Co-listed with 3500 club
Leader: Sharon Klein, CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, May 17
We will climb Sugarloaf mountain via Pecoy notch, passing Dibbles Quarry, a spectacular waterfall and beaver meadow. We may do this as a loop hike depending on the group and weather, making the hike a bit longer. Must confirm with leader. All ADK COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


Sat, May 28 – Mon, May 30 – South Taconic Mountains Backpack/Basecamp: Sages Ravine Backpack is 5 to 6 miles/day over 2 days; day hike mileage = 6 to 9 miles; Moderate Pace
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration begins Tuesday, May 10
This hike is joint with AMC so register early.  Besides confirming with ADK through Russ, this hike also requires an online registration with AMC.  Contact Russ for the AMC link and register early.
On Memorial Day Weekend, we’ll backpack 5 to 6 mi, at a leisurely-to-moderate pace.  The most difficult ascent will be about 800 ft. in 1 mile.  The reward will be 3 days/2 nights camping in the very wild and extremely beautiful Sages Ravine.  On our way, we’ll visit glorious Race Brook Falls, then take the AT up Race Mtn. (2365 ft.) for the fabulous view across the flats of SW Massachusetts.  Continuing on the AT along an escarpment, we’ll have non-stop views.  This will either be an out-and-back or point-to-point trip, requiring a car shuttle, depending on the coronavirus levels at the time.
Day hike options include:

  1. A 5 or 6-mile loop over Bear Mtn. (2316′), Connecticut’s highest summit.
  2. Adding 2 or 3 miles to #1 above for the view on Round Mtn. or viewpoints on both Round & Frissel Mtns., respectively.  The viewpoint on Frissel is higher than Bear Mtn!

Significant rain cancels. ADK Covid guidelines requires that all participants must be fully vaccinated.

 

LOOKING AHEAD 2022

Fri, Jul 8 to Wed, Jul 13 – Canal kayaking in the Finger Lakes, Geneva, NY (Moderate)
Leader: Don Urmston, Mrurmston@gmail.com 845-549-4671
Registration for the following trip will not begin until the end of May, but it is being posted now to determine interest in this trip.  If you are interested, please contact Don for additional information. 
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. All ADK COVID rules still in effect on those dates regarding vaccination, carpooling & mask wearing will apply. Max of 8 participants. Contact leader with any questions.


Fri, Sept 23 to Sun, Sept 25 – ADK’s Centennial Celebration & Fall Outing
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). https://midhudsonadk.org/2022/01/04/adks-centennial-celebration-fall-outing-2022/
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: