Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2020

March 17, 2020

All March Outings Are Cancelled (COVID precaution)

Stay Tuned for Updates re April and Beyond

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.  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.
INTERMEDIATE SKIING WITH MARTY CARP EVERY MONDAY & FRIDAY, 3-5 HOURS DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS FROM DECEMBER 6 – MARCH 31
*** Marty’s March hikes are back on!!! (posted 02/27/2020)
No snow, we will do a moderate hike 6-9 miles.  Possible trails may include intermediate scrambles. Meet @ the Mohonk Visitor Center @ 9:30 am for drive/shuttle to trailhead. Questions welcomed.  Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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MARCH 2020

JOY OF HIKING LIBRARY TALKS
Presented by Eric Harvey, eharvey@fairpoint.net
All presentations in March are cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
3/14: Olive Free library, 11:00 Am (located in West Shokan)
3/17: Pleasant Valley Library, 6:30 pm
3/24: Esopus Library, 7:00 PM (located in Port Ewen)
Eric could use volunteers to assist him with his presentations.  Please contact him to let him know which library you’ll be able to help at.  The presentation will include the following information.
Hiking is wonderful way to stay fit and enjoy the beauty of nature.  All you need is proper equipment, shoes and clothes. This program will give information about how to stay warm and comfortable outdoors, hiking tips, what gear you will need, where to hike, and information about hiking groups in the area. Examples of hiking equipment and apparel recommended for hiking and snowshoeing will be on display. The session will also cover how to select hikes suitable for your abilities, an introduction to trail maps, and books and resources available at your local library on the subject. 

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Fri, Mar 13 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Sat, Mar 14 – Olive Library, 11 am
Presented by Eric Harvey, eharvey@fairpoint.net
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
See detailed description above

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Sat, Mar 14 – Mills-Norrie S.P. easy 4 miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com.
We will start at 10am from the large north parking lot below the mansion at Staatsburgh Historic Site and take foot paths to marina area. Return on River Trail. Meet time: 10am; confirmation deadline: Fri, 8pm. (Hike will be cancelled if there are no confirmations.) Bring water, snacks/lunch. Leader may bring some pruners for light maintenance if needed.

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Sun, Mar 15 – Black Rock Forest Beware the Ides of March hike
Leader: Bryan Sachse   benttriker@hotmail.com, cell 845-863-7864
Meet at 10am at Black Rock Forest Consortium 9W South Parking Area. Use google maps to find. Intent is about 6 miles B level. Exact loop will depend on conditions. Microspikes mandatory whether we need them or not, iambic pentameter optional. Confirm with leader – who will bring some treats.

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Mon, Mar 16 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Tues, Mar 17 – Pleasant Valley Library, 6:30 pm
Presented by Eric Harvey,eharvey@fairpoint.net
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
See detailed description above

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Fri, Mar 20 – Olana State Historic Site, including tour $15/person, via the Hudson River Skywalk, 6-7 miles moderate pace pavement and carriage path trek
Leaders: Adrienne Scivolette 845-729-8767 (text preferred) or adscivolette@gmail.com and Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 (text preferred) or gefauci@gmail.com

We’ll meet at 9AM at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill, which is on the west side of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Public restrooms are available at the bridge offices. We’ll walk across the bridge on the protected pedestrian path, then proceed north on the path along 23 to enter the grounds for Olana. Our group will enjoy a private 1-hour guided tour (starting at 11 AM) of the magnificent home of Frederic Church, the American landscape painter and prominent member of the Hudson River School. The fee for the tour is $15 per adult (no senior/Empire discounts). Following the tour we will explore the grounds and have our lunch picnic-style (picnic tables available). Dress in layers, bring sufficient water, lunch and snacks. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. Traction devices may or may not be needed.
Please RSVP to Adrienne at 845-729-8767 (text preferred) or adscivolette@gmail.com so that she may plan a head count for the tour tickets. This outing is limited to 12 trekkers. 
Car pools west of the Hudson: Meet Ginny at the Kingston Thruway P&R at 8:30 AM or meet Adrienne at the New Paltz Thruway P&R at 8:15 AM.  Confirm with leaders if you are carpooling.

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Fri, Mar 20 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Sat, Mar 21 – This is the first in a series of dog hikes for dogs and their humans.
Leader: Sharon Klein 845-255-1045 or musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com

We will meet at 10 am at Pine Road (Mohonk Preserve) parking area and then hike the trails around Duck Pond. Per Preserve rules, dogs must be on a leash not longer than 6’ and under owner’s control at all times.  Humans without pups welcome as well.  Confirm with leader.  Mohonk day use is $15 or a yearly pass.  Local libraries have 3-day passes available for free.

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Mon, Mar 23 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Mon, Mar 23 – Urban hike in Manhattan, Tenement Museum, minimum 15 people ($28 adult, $25 seniors) 
Leaders: Pat & Anthony Galfano 914-715-4202 or pgalfano3@optonline.net

Meet at Grand Central Terminal at 10 am. There will be 1/2 hour break between tours for lunch (packed is best).  Rain will cancel.  Less than 15 people will cancel.
11:30am-1pm Walking Tour Outside the Home for 15 adults and/or 15 seniors
1:30pm-3pm Apartment Tour Meet Victoria Confino for 15 adults and/or 15 seniors
Katz’s Deli for food afterwards at 3:00pm then back to Grand Central for train home. Please confirm with leaders.

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Tues, Mar 24 – Esopus Library (located in Port Ewen), 7 pm
Presented by Eric Harvey,eharvey@fairpoint.net
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
See detailed description above

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Fri, Mar 27 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Fri, Mar 27 – Hudson Highlands S.P. (Beacon) strenuous 8 miles.
Sat, Mar 28 – Hudson Highlands S.P. (Beacon) strenuous 8 miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com.
***NEW DATE*** This hike has been rescheduled
We will meet at the large parking area at the end of Sunnyside Rd  and take the Overlook Trail up to Fishkill Ridge loop via Dozer Junction. We’ll do the loop and enjoy great views along the way. Retrace our steps to the parking area.  Meet time: 9:30am; confirmation deadline: Thurs, 8pm. (Hike will be cancelled if there are no confirmations.)

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Mon, Mar 30 – Ski/hike with Marty Carp, see description above
*** Marty’s March hikes are back!
Please confirm with Marty the night before the hike. Text, email, or call: 845-214-8520 or martymcarp@gmail.com

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Tues, Mar 31 – Dennings Point/Madam Brett scenic history hike, 4-5 miles, flat, easy.
Leader: Tom Amisson 203-241-3423
We will meet in the Long Dock parking lot in the morning and walk the newly re-opened Dennings Point loop looking for wildlife and enjoying the multiple scenic vistas.  We will visit the remains of the Denning estate as well as the remains of Denning Point industries, referring to Jim Heron’s wonderful history book.  Call leader to confirm attendance and start time.

 

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APRIL 2020

JOY OF HIKING LIBRARY TALKS
Presented by Eric Harvey, eharvey@fairpoint.net
Our April presentation has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
4/02: Poughkeepsie library (Boardman Road), 7pm.
Eric could use volunteers to assist him with his presentations.  Please contact him to let him know which library you’ll be able to help at.  The presentation will include the following information.
Hiking is wonderful way to stay fit and enjoy the beauty of nature.  All you need is proper equipment, shoes and clothes. This program will give information about how to stay warm and comfortable outdoors, hiking tips, what gear you will need, where to hike, and information about hiking groups in the area. Examples of hiking equipment and apparel recommended for hiking and snowshoeing will be on display. The session will also cover how to select hikes suitable for your abilities, an introduction to trail maps, and books and resources available at your local library on the subject. 

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Wed, Apr 1 (April Fool’s Day) dog hike (humans welcome) to Onteora Lake/Bluestone Wild Forest.
Leader: Sharon Klein 845-255-1045 or email musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
Let’s explore the more remote trails as we support the efforts to save this 3000 acre forest preserve from the onslaught of neighboring industrial development.  Meet at 10:00 at the parking area on route 28. Registration necessary due to DEC limitation on group size. 5+ moderate miles. Dogs must be leashed.

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Thur, Apr 2 – JOY OF HIKING Poughkeepsie Library (Boardman Road), 7 pm
Presented by Eric Harvey,
eharvey@fairpoint.net
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat.
See detailed description above

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Sat, Apr 4 – Catskills Great Outdoors Expo, Kingston, NY, 10 am – 5 pm
***CANCELLED***
Volunteers needed to man the MHADK table for 2-3 hours.  Contact Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 (text preferred) or gefauci@gmail.com to volunteer.

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Fri, Apr 10: Macedonia Brook S.P. in eastern Connecticut (Kent).
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com
We will hike the Ridge Loop, 6-7 miles; considered strenuous. Beautiful hike with views from the ridge; pretty trout stream in the valley between the ridges. Meet: 9:30am at the park by ranger station. Contact leader to confirm by Thursday, 5pm. The hike will be cancelled if there are no confirmations.

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National Park Week is April 18th-25th, 2020.
Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2020 from April 18 to 26! Parks across the country hosted a variety of special programs and events. To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees were waived on Saturday, April 18! There are also special days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks.

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Sat, Apr 18, West Point Foundry Cove in Cold Spring, a Scenic Hudson park.
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com
An easy walk of 2-4 miles (depending on whether we go through the village) that includes both natural and early industrial archaeology & history. Some stairs and modest hills; lots to see; a truely unique site. Meet at the park’s info kiosk by the parking lot at 10am. Confirm with leader. The outing will be cancelled if there are no confirmations. Optional lunch/snack in Cold Spring after, on your own or with participants.

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Sat, Apr 18 – Long Dock Park, Denning’s Point, and Madam Brett Park Combo, Approx. 6 miles, C+
Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332   ruidisch3@gmail.com   cell (845)453-0871
We will proceed through Long Dock Park and into Madam Brett Park to enjoy both the estuary and waterfall. We will, then, circle around Denning’s Point before returning. Bring lunch and 2 quarts water. Meet by the kayak pavilion in Long Dock Park at 9:00 am.  Confirm with leader.

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Sun, Apr 19 – Blueberry Run end to end. 10 miles.  Moderately Strenuous
Leader:  Roberta Forest 845-750-7059
Meet at lower Awosting parking lot at 9:30 am. To get to one end of Blueberry run, we will use Warwarsing Turnpike onto Jenny Lane.  It meets Blueberry Run in less than two miles.  We then follow Blueberry Run to the end.  At this point, we’ll get on the Rainbow Falls Trail which we will also take end to end. After that we’ll return to our vehicles via Mossy Glen Trail.  Expect a lunch stop.  Bring any food and water you’ll require for a full day hike. Cancelled if raining.  Contact leader with any questions and to confirm.

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Fri, Apr 24 – Indian Head Circular-Possible Twin Detour
Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520
Please register for this not overly brisk paced Catskill hike.
Please call, text or email if you have any questions. Tread Lightly!

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Sat, Apr 25 – Bashakill Wetlands Paddle, Bloomingburg, NY. – Beginning Paddlers Welcome! (C, Easy)
Leader: Don Urmston email: Mrurmston@gmail.com or phone 845-549-4671 (before 9pm).
Observe ducks, frogs and Bald Eagles as we drift along through this beautiful wetland.  We will paddle for 2-3 hours at an easy pace.  PFD (Lifevest) Required!  Early season trip so be prepared for cold and some wind.  Contact leader for time and meeting place.  Register with leader by 4/23

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Sat, Apr 25 – Hyde Park Trails “Walkabout” Kickoff at the Wallace Center, 10 AM – 2 PM
The new 2020 patch will be introduced, and there will be a guided hike.  There is also a recycling event in the parking lot at the same site.  

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Tues, Apr 28 – The Waterfalls of Beacon.  Easy-moderate, 2 hours.
Leader: Tom Amisson 203-241-3423
We will carpool and hike to 3 local waterfalls enjoying the Spring ephemeral flower blooms.  Some optional bushwhacking to the top of one of the falls.  Call leader for time (morning) and meetup place. 

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SAVE THE DATE

Sat., May 2.   9th Annual Riverkeeper Hudson River Sweep: Lower Wappinger Creek
The 2020 Riverkeeper Sweep has been postponed. New date TBD.
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Join us for Riverkeeper’s 9th Annual Hudson River Sweep – a day of service for the Hudson River & its tributaries.  We’ll clean-up the lower Wappinger Creek (from the Falls to the Hudson) as well as certain land areas along the creek.  You’ll need a boat for the creek litter pick-up, but you can clean up the land areas if you do not have a boat.  Wear sturdy footwear that can get wet & clothes that can get dirty.  Please bring hat, sunscreen, work gloves, water & lunch.  (If you do not have work gloves, leader can supply some.)  Snacks will be supplied if the supermarkets come through with donations.  Litter bags will be supplied.  If you’re planning on doing the creek clean-up, bring your boating gear.  PFDs must be worn while on the water.  Meet at the boat launch at 117 Market St., Village of Wappingers Falls, NY, at 9 AM.  (Use Google Maps or contact leader for driving directions.)  We’ll work until 1 PM or as long as you’d like.  At 1 PM, we’ll have an optional social hour over a free beer at a brewery on an organic farm. 

Register with leader via http://www.riverkeeper.org/sweep.  Scroll down to Dutchess County.  Choose the event describing the lower Wappinger Creek, Wappingers Falls, NY.  If you run into difficulty registering, contact leader.

 
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Tues, May 12 – Kayak from Long Dock, Beacon, to Fishkill Creek and waterfalls, 2 hours, 4 miles
Leader: Tom Amisson 203-241-3423
We will look for spawning carp and avian wildlife. Winds >10mph will cancel.  Kayak rentals available.  Call leader for launch time (morning). 

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Fri, June 5 – JOY OF HIKING LIBRARY TALKS, LaGrange library, 6:00 PM
Presented by Eric Harvey, eharvey@fairpoint.net
See description above

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Sun, June 28 – Black Creek Paddle & Clean-out
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Help us with our annual clean-out of the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd. Mid-Hudson ADK has been maintaining this beautiful watertrail each year since we helped the Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council open it in the 1990s.
We’ll spend a few hours of typically light water trail maintenance, then take an optional pleasure paddle on the creek. Bring canoes/kayaks, paddling gear, lunch, water & tools such as loppers, saws, rope, garbage bags, work gloves. If you don’t have these tools, leader can provide loaners. If you don’t have a boat, leader can loan you one. Contact him.
Meet at 10 AM in the parking area on the SW side of the bridge over the Black Creek on Rt. 299 in Uster County. (Look for sign announcing Black Creek Launch.) This is about 6 mi. E of New Paltz, NY, or about 1 mi. W of the junction of Rtes. 9W & 299. RSVP with leader to let him know you’re coming and to confirm that clean-out is on.

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White Mountains trip will tentatively be July 26-August 1, depending on lodging availability
Leader: Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 (text preferred) or gefauci@gmail.com 
We will stay at various places during the week as usual and we will hike some 4,000 footers during our week at the leader’s moderate pace and hike in a group.  If interested, please contact Ginny.  Limit 10-12 hikers.

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Tom Amisson 203-241-3423 is looking for canoe/kayak adventurers to help plan a 5 day trip in the Adirondacks.  I’m considering the Moose River but am open to other Class 1, 2 streams.  We will camp at DEC sites on route.  Please contact him if you’re interested.