Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2020

Updated Nov. 16, 2020

We resumed our outings starting July 1st.
Please follow our Outings safety guidelines.
Our outings are currently open to ADK members only.
Group sizes may be limited.

Not sure if you’re a member? Check your membership status by calling the main office at 518-668-4447.

 

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Not a member? Come on a few of our day outings to check us out before joining. Your membership supports local and statewide outdoor recreation and helps protect the natural and wild places that we love and need.

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.

QUICK-RESPONSE SNOWSHOE – If there’s snow & the roads are clear, I’ll schedule a snowshoe hike. Contact me if you want to be on my list. Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com

QUICK-RESPONSE X-COUNTRY SKIING
– Info to follow

NOVEMBER 2020

Fri, Nov 6 – Twin Mountain, Catskill 3500 high peak.  3,650′ via Dibble’s Quarry. 
Leader: Sharon Klein, 845-255-1045 (text only) or Musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com.  
Strenuous A rated hike 5.4 miles RT,  1,650 elevation gain with some scrambles.  Twin is one of my favorite Catskill  high peaks with great views at the top.  We will be approaching the summit from a newly re-routed trail.   Limited to 8 hikers.  You must confirm with hike leader by Nov. 3 for time and meeting place.  Hikes fill up quickly so don’t delay! 

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Sat, Nov 7 – Post Election Loop D Loop hike.  About 7 miles with occasional scrambles.
Leader: Roberta Forest, 845-750-7059 or robertaforest@gmail.com 
Starting at Spring Farm,  we’ll descend the Chapel Trail to Undivided Lot, which we hike end to end.  Then we’ll double back via Giant’s Workshop and over to Zaidee’s Bower.  From there, we’ll find our way (short bushwhack) to Undivided Lot and retrace our route back to our vehicles.  MUST confirm with leader for meeting time & group size. Wear something orange as it is hunting season at Mohonk Preserve.

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Sunday, November 8 – Burger Hill and Ferncliff Forest, 3.2 miles C
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com, tel # 845 891-3361
Warmup hike up Burger hill for the view then caravan to Ferncliff Forest for the 2.2 mile firetower loop, up the firepower for another view if able. Ok to just meet for the forest hike if you don’t want to get too windblown up on Burgher Hill. Bring water, and snack or lunch and dress for the weather.
MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Fri, Nov. 13 – Mills-Norrie State Park, 4-mile easy loop walk, including River Trail.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com.

MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size. ADK members only.

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Sat, Nov 14 – Dover Stone Church Hike. Dover Plains, NY Class C – 4 miles.
Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com
The Dover Stone Church is a remarkable geological and historical landmark located on the Stone Church Brook. It has been visited and sketched by famous artists and authors of the 19th & 20th Centuries including Asher Durand and Benson Lossing. We will explore this natural phenomena (it’s an open cave) and enjoy hiking on the beautiful trails within the park.  Wear long pants and bring water and a picnic lunch.  Must register and confirm with Leader for time and meeting place. If no interest, hike will be cancelled. Max. of 8 people.

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Sat, Nov 14 –  Mt Tremper fire tower and Warner Creek trail.  Strenuous A rated hike with about 1800′ of elevation gain over 3 miles.  
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com or text 845-255-1045 (no calls please).
We will climb the fire tower and continue on the Warner Creek trails.  Total mileage 7-10  RT depending on the group and discretion of the leader. Hike limited to 8 hikers.  MUST register and confirm with leader by Nov. 1.

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Fri, Nov 20 – Best Views, No Bull. Class B+ 6 miles, 1400 feet.
Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908. 
We will amass views from one of the “classic” Hudson Highland peaks, Bull Hill (also known as Mount Taurus). In order to get all the best viewpoints, we will combine the Washburn and Undercliff trails in a somewhat unique way.  We will benefit from the trail conference’s work relocating part of the Washburn trail in order to improve already great views (as well as the trail footing). All the better: a lot of the leaves will be down. We finish by visiting the remains of the Cornish estate. If you have not already read the Mid-Hudson ADK Covid safety statement, please do so now.  It is available on the chapter website and from the leader.  You must bring a face mask, hand sanitizer, personal first-aid kit and pen. You MUST confirm with the leader for the meeting place and time.  The group size is limited to 8 hikers.  

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Fri. Nov. 27- Rainbow Falls, Minnewaska State Park. B+
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com or text 845-255-1045
Post Thanksgiving day Turkey walk-off. It may be a different kind of Thanksgiving this year, but many of us will still be stuffing our faces with Turkey in deference to Covid! Let’s take a refreshing hike out to Rainbow Falls in Minnewaska the day after. Around 8 miles round trip, this iconic hike will make its way along the Peterskill on the beautiful Mossy Brook trail. No matter what time of year, this moderate-strenuous hike at a relaxed pace does not disappoint. Weather and conditions will determine final route. Hike is limited to 8 people. Please register by Mon. Nov. 23. Leader to disclose time and meeting place.

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Sat, Nov 28 – Bowdoin Park (Poughkeepsie) Ramble. 
Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com 
This Dutchess County Park has 6 miles of easy to moderate trails. We will likely explore about 4 miles of them, depending on our pace and inclinations. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size. ADK members only.

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DECEMBER 2020

Fri, Dec 4 – Fahnestock Flashback. Class B 6.5 miles, 500 feet.
Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908.
Join Barry for the first hike in his “winter hiking series” — moderate terrain, friendly to hikers that are winter novices. This time, we will have a pleasant walk on some central Fahnestock trails—3 Lakes, Old Mine Railroad, and Appalachian trails. Along the way, we will have a sense of the rural communities that used to dominate this region. We will hike on their woods roads, and see old stone walls and foundations, historic mine pits, and even a civil war era railroad bed. We will also pass scenic lakes and lush swamps. If you have not already read the Mid-Hudson ADK Covid safety statement, please do so now. It is available on the chapter website and from the leader. You must bring a face mask, hand sanitizer, personal first-aid kit and pen. You MUST confirm with the leader for the meeting place and time. The group size is limited to 8 additional hikers.

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Sat, Dec 5 – FDR State Park Hike, Yorktown Heights, NY. 3.5 miles, class C
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com
We will hike on the yellow, white and green trails through deciduous forests and observe old CCC campgrounds. Since the official season has ended, there will be no entrance fee for parking. Contact Leader for meeting time and place. Hike limited to 8 people. Bring hiking boots (some trails might be wet and muddy), water, and lunch. If no interest, hike will be cancelled. Heavy rain cancels.

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Fri, Dec 11- Fahnestock S.P.
Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com
Moderate loop hike, approximately 4 miles on Perkins Access, Fahnestock, and Round Hill Bypass trails. Must have spikes. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

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Sat, Dec 12 – Shawangunk Ridge loop and Buttermilk Falls.
Leader: Sharon Klein, text only 845-255-1045 or musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
We will hike a section of Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge trails south of Ellenville. 7 miles rated A, as there is some steep elevation gain and rugged terrain. We’ll stop at a hidden waterfall on the way back. Contact leader for time and meeting place. Hike limited to 8.

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Sun, Dec 13 – Valkill (2-3 hours) C
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com or 845-819-8113
We will hike, or snowshoe if conditions are right to Top Cottage and Eleanor’s Loop at Valkill in Hyde Park. Easy grade, some views from the too. Bring water, snacks and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Sat, Dec 26 – Locust Grove
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Relaxed walk during the holidays. About 2 miles. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

 

LOOKING AHEAD 2021

Thursday, Feb 4 – Fri, Feb 5 – Sled-Packing in the Willowemoc Wild Forest, SW Catskills (Backpacking too)
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Additional information in January