Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2021

Updated Nov. 28, 2021

 
The ADK now requires all participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Leaders may set rules and limitations for their outings 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 only) 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.

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QUICK RESPONSE SNOWSHOEING – Leader: Ginny Fauci. When there’s snow & the roads are cleared, an email will be sent out to everyone on the list. To add your name to the Snowshoe-Quick Response list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription.



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QUICK RESPONSE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – Leader: Russ Faller russoutdoors@yahoo.com. Contact Russ to be on his list. If you’ve already been put on the list, you need not request that again this season. Everyone stays on the list until he/she requests to be taken off or when Russ purges the list.
 
 

NOVEMBER 2021

Fri, Nov 5 – History + Nature in Hudson Highlands State Park. 4.5 miles, moderate (B).
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration opens Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Our meandering, lollipop route will take us to the ruins of two Revolution-era forts–North and South Redoubts–in Garrison. We should get glimpses of the Hudson River (partly depends on leaf cover). Club policy requires participants be vaccinated. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.


Sun, Nov 7 – High Point State Park, Wantage, N.J., 4.5 miles, Class B
Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com
Registration begins Tuesday, October 26.
Only an hour’s drive from Fishkill across the state line from Orange County. We will hike the Monument Trail and the Cedar Swamp Trail at New Jersey’s highest point (1,803 ft). It doesn’t seem that high, but the 360 degree views, dense forests, fields and wetlands will be worth remembering as well as the view of 3 states. Let’s pray for good weather! Atop the summit is the High Point Monument, dedicated to New Jersey’s veterans. A brief but interesting history of the state park will also be told. Bring hiking shoes, appropriate clothing for the season and lunch. ADK Covid guidelines requiring vaccination will apply.  MUST confirm with leader for meeting time and place. Heavy rain cancels.


Tues, Nov 9 – Overlook Mountain from Meads Meadow parking lot  5.8  miles, 1,550′ elevation gain.
Leaders: Roger Green and Sharon Klein.  Roggr679@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 2
We will hike to the Overlook Mt. fire tower from the recently built trails at the Meads Meadow parking lot.  We will pass the ruins of the old Overlook Mountain hotel and may be able to climb the fire tower.  These are some of the best views in the Catskills.   We will hike at a relaxed pace and have lunch at the on the summit.  Roger is a Fire Tower volunteer on Overlook and is thrilled to share his love of the mountain with our chapter.   Note: we will begin with 0.5 mile forest trail, then climb 2.3 miles up a steep trail on a wide woods road.   ADK Covid guidelines apply; all hikers must be vaccinated.  Time and meeting place will be confirmed upon registration.


Fri, Nov 12 – Eagle: Catskill 3500 peak.  Moderate-strenuous hike at a relaxed pace.  8 miles, 1600’ elevation gain in 4 miles.
Leader: Sharon Klein CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 2
We’ll do this hike as a traverse starting at Seager Road, over Haynes Mt. and ending at Rider Hollow.  Although this route has none of the iconic Catskill views, it passes through some deep virgin forest with the sounds of rushing streams following us on a lot of the hike. Car shuttle required. Per ADK guidelines all must be vaccinated and wear masks while in the car. Must confirm with leader.


***CANCELLED***
Fri, Nov 12 – Sun, Nov 14 – Basecamp in the Neversink Valley of the southern Catskills Moderate pace; mileage TBD
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration begins Tuesday, October 26
This is a good opportunity for experienced day hikers to break into backpacking.  Experienced backpackers will also enjoy this outing. We’ll backpack a short distance (3 to 5 mi.) to establish a base camp on the E. Branch of the Neversink River.  We’ll do day hikes from there.  There are several from which to choose:

  1. Table & Peekamoose mtns.   ~9.5 mi. RT (~8.5 mi. RT w/o Peekamoose)
  2. Slide Mtn. via the fisherman’s path   ~8 mi. RT
  3. Cornell Mtn. via the fisherman’s path  ~10 mi. RT
  4. Bushwhack to Rocky & Lone mtns.   ~6 mi. loop
  5. Bushwhack to East Wildcat Mtn.  ~7 mi. RT
  6. Bushwhack to Wildcat Mtn.  ~8 mi. RT

Hikes #1-4 are Catskill High Peaks.  Hikes #5 & 6 are among the Catskill 67 (peaks between 3000 ft. and 3500 ft. For a gear list, go to amc-ny.org/backpacking/backpacking-gear-lists/#.YHHY8qySIPY . Per ADK guidelines all participants must be vaccinated. Must contact leader to register.


Sat, Nov 13 – Mills-Norrie State Park, Hopeland Area.
Contact: Georgette Weir at georgette.weir@gmail.com
Help take down and build a trail bridge. (Possible option to finish project on Sunday; sign up for as much time as you are willing to give.) 
Short, easy walk to work site. Tools and materials will be provided and delivered to the work site. Project will be joint with the NY-NY Trail Conference East Hudson Trails Crew and NYS Parks. Great opportunity to apply skills you have, learn new ones, enjoy outdoor camaraderie with other trail enthusiasts, and provide community service to the park! Register by Thursday, Nov. 11.


Tuesday, Nov 16 – Poet’s Walk & Montgomery Place C+
Leader: Ginny Fauci 845-398-2170 (text only) or gefauci@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 9
Another easy Tuesday walk. We’ll begin at Poet’s Walk, go to the gazebo overlooking the Hudson with views of the Catskills & then follow the trails through the woods. Following that we’ll take a short drive up the road to Montgomery Place and follow the trails there. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination will apply. Must confirm with leader.


Sat, Nov 20 – Vassar Farm Ramble 3-4 miles, including one modest hill (C+)
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 9
Woods, meadows, wetlands, farmland–Vassar Farm has it all. Walk will include foot trails and farm road. Club policy requires participants be vaccinated. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.


Sun, Nov 21 – Wallkill Valley rail trail, off the beaten (railroad) track abandoned railroad spur, cement mines and Giant Ledges trail in Mohonk.
Leader: Sharon Klein CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 9
4.5-5 miles.  An easy C rated hike through history will bring us from the Binnewater Kiln parking area, across the RR trestle to a hidden railroad spur, the remnants of an old mine, caves and kilns from the Rosendale Cement days. We’ll continue the hike on the Giant Ledges trail which connects with the rail trail in the Mohonk Preserve northern most section. Optional after-hike lunch in one of Rosendale’s trendy restaurants. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination will apply. Must confirm with leader.


Sat, Nov 27 – Black Creek (easy 3 miles, 2 hours)  C
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com 845 891-3361
Registration begins on Tuesday, November 16
We will hike (or if really lucky snowshoe) the Black Creek trail which leads to the Hudson River.  Bring water, snacks, light lunch/Thanksgiving leftovers (we’ll eat riverside) and dress for the weather. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination will apply. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size


Sat, Nov 27 – Post-Thanksgiving hike, Zaidee’s Bower Circular 9+ miles with some scrambles.
Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 16
This hike will start at the Trapps parking area. From there we’ll make our way to the Old Minnewaska trail and on to Laurel ledge. We’ll scramble through Giant’s Workshop to reach Plateau Path and Zaidee’s Bower. We’ll complete this scramble and then head towards Clove Path. From there, it’s Undivided Lot to a lollipop repeat of our earlier trails. Bring plenty of water and lunch/snacks. Rain cancels. Wet rocks will alter route. ADK COVID guidelines requiring vaccination will apply. Must confirm with leader.


 

DECEMBER 2021

Fri, Dec 3 – Vanderbilt Estate, approx. 3 easy miles
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration begins on Tuesday, November 23
We will walk the loop, including to the river at Bard Rock then along Crum Elbow Creek. Route is a combination of paved and woods roads. Bring water, snacks, and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.


Sat, Dec 4 – Vernooy Falls: A Short Hike/Bushwhack for a Short Day; Miles TBD, but more than 3.5; Moderate Pace
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration begins Tuesday, November 23
We’ll take a 1.7 mile trail hike to Vernooy Falls in the Sundown Wild Forest of the southern Catskills. This is a beautiful waterfalls. After admiring the falls, we’ll bushwhack up the Vernooy Kill until we’ve seen enough of this beautiful, wild country. There are no long, steep ascents, just wilderness and rough footing. Significant rain cancels. Bring lunch, trail snacks and 2 qts. of water. Also pack rain gear (just in case), microspikes or other traction devices and a headlamp or flashlight. Hiking poles will help on the bushwhack part. You must be fully vaccinated against the Covid virus, as per ADK policy.
Register with the leader. Include your full name, phone number and e-mail address. Confirmed participants will be given the meeting place and time.

 


Sun, Dec 5 – Hike from Spring Farm to West Trapps. About 6-7 rolling miles.
Leader: Roberta Forest,  robertaforest@gmail.com
Registration begins on Tuesday, November 23
This hike involves a shuttle, so in addition to being fully vaccinated, bring a mask to wear in vehicle during shuttle. We’ll shuttle from West Trapps to Spring Farm, where the hike will begin. We’ll start on Chapel trail, then do the length of Undivided lot trail. At its end, we’ll follow Old Minnewaska trail and then take Shongum to the parking area. Bring water, snacks, lunch. Have layers of clothing, gloves, head covering. It is hunting season, wear something orange or red. Bring foot traction if conditions require. Falling rain or snow will cancel this hike. MUST confirm with leader for time and group size.


Sat, Dec 11 – Easy afternoon walk on Stonykill trails, Wappingers Falls NY. C approx. 2.5 to 3 miles
Leader: Sayi Nulu,  sayileela@gmail.com 845-264 2270 ( text preferred)
Registration begins Tuesday, November 30
We will meet at the visitor center 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls,NY 12590. Planning to do Sierra trail and if possible part of Freedom trail. link to map https://stonykill.org/programs/trails Snow on ground or bad weather cancels. Must confirm with leader for meet time. ADK COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


Sun, Dec 12 – Spirit Stones in the Woods; an exploration of the relationship our local indigenous tribes had to the natural world
Leader: Sharon Klein with special guest Glenn Kreisberg of the Overlook Mountain center.
Registration begins Tuesday, November 30
Register at: CatNGunks@gmail.com Please include your full name and phone number when registering. COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.
The hike/outing will be an exploratory bushwhack of approximately 2 miles in rugged terrain over about 4 hours. (may be shorter, weather depending). Limited to 12 participants.
Details: The outing will visit the Spruceton Valley site in Westkill, deep in the Catskill Mountains. Considered Manitou Hassanash (spirit stones) the site is suspected to be a Native American ceremonial stone landscape (CSL).
Site features include: dry stacked stone constructions consisting of cairns (piles or mounds), walls and effigies (serpents and turtles). Some features show alignments with solar positions. Overlook Mountain Center (OMC), as a small non-profit, works with Native American tribal historic preservation offices (THPO), in identifying and protecting CSL in our region. Through cultural heritage tours, these partnerships help raise awareness about these unrecognized resources of cultural significance. Glenn Kriesberg is a NYS DEC licensed outdoor guide, engineer, writer and researcher, studying archaeoastronomy and landscape archaeology in the northeast.


***Recently Added***
Sun, Dec 12 – Falling Waters Preserve, Glasco, NY. Class C 2 miles

Leader: John Ragusa, jrjr1059@msn.com 917-692-1159
Registration begins Tuesday, November 30
A short hike through a meadow with outstanding views of the Catskills, a couple of picturesque waterfalls and rock ledges that slant precipitously into the Hudson River. We will also observe the remains of an ice house. Meet in the parking lot at the end of the entry drive. Pre-registration is required. Heavy rain or snow cancels. COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


Tues, Dec 14 – Valkill, C+
Leader: Ginny 845-399-2170 (text only) or gefauci@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, December 7
We’ll hike up to FDR’s Top Cottage and then walk around Eleanor’s Walk. If it’s open for tours without a reservation, that would be an option. Bring your Senior Pass if you have one. MUST confirm with leader for meet time. COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


Fri. Dec. 17- Dibbles Quarry and Pecoy Notch. rated B, 4+ miles
Leader: Roger Green, roggr679@gmail.com,  Co-leader Sharon Klein, CatsNGunks@gmail.com
Registration begins Tuesday, December 7
We will hike this Catskills trail which leads to the col on the Devil’s path, between Sugarloaf and Twin mountains. We will not summit the mountains, but will hike what some consider to be the best part of that hike without the crazy hard part. At Dibbles Quarry we will have some fantastic views of the valley below as we sit on the slate chairs made of quarry slabs. We will pass a small waterfall and beaver meadow on the way to Pecoy Notch. The hike could turn into a snowshoe if conditions allow. Registration begins Dec. 7. All ADK covid guidelines apply. Please register with your full name and phone number.


***Recently Added***
Sun, Dec 26 – James Baird State Park, 3 mile C+ hike/snowshoe in the woods

Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com 845 891-3361
Registration begins Tuesday, December 21 & ends Friday, December 24
If we had a really white Xmas, optional x-country ski on the golf-course after. We’ll have a lunch-break on the trail, so bring some food/water and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with the leader for meeting time. All ADK COVID rules requiring vaccination apply.


 
 

LOOKING AHEAD 2021

Fri, Jan 14 – Mon, Jan 17, 2022 – “Go With The Snow!” MLK Weekend Skiing on the Tug Hill Plateau, NY
Leader: Ron Gonzalez, email iamrongon *at* gmail *dot* com
Registration begins on Dec 1, 2021
Enjoy great Nordic skiing on the Tug Hill’s lake effect snow. Not open to beginners, but intermediate-level skiers and up are welcome. For experienced cross country skiers, this is a great opportunity to try out ‘Nordic backcountry’ skiing on relatively easy trails with usually good snow conditions.
The skiing on the state forest trails is over rolling terrain, not mountainous, but not ‘flat’ either. If we get hit with a lake effect storm we may have to take turns breaking trail. Wider backcountry skis help. It is strongly recommended that participants have 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 also a charming local downhill ski area that often offers real powder skiing. A small group may peel off to spend a day there if conditions permit and there is interest. I can’t guarantee there will be transportation or ride shares to these places.
We’ll stay three nights in a shared house with bedding, linens, towels provided. Large eat-in kitchen with good appliances, pots and pans, cutlery, tableware and glassware provided. Shared potluck suppers (bring a pre-cooked dish to warm up and share). Participants make their own breakfasts and trail lunches.
Since we’ll be sharing a house and eating meals together, all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have documentation to prove it. All participants (and the leaders) will be required to take a COVID test 72 hours before the trip, and report your results to the leader *before departing for the trip*. You MUST cancel If you test positive for the trip, but there will be no monetary penalty if that happens.
There is no public transportation to this area. You will either need to drive or find a ride share with someone who drives. Participants organize ride shares among themselves.
Cost: $210 (incl tax) per person for the 3 nights. 


 

President’s Day Weekend 2022 – Wiezel Cabin Program
The MHADK Chapter typically rents Wiezel Cabin at Heart Lake, North Elba, NY for our exclusive use for Presidents’ Day Weekend (2/18-2/21). The cabin holds 16, four in each of four bunk rooms; however we will be limiting the occupancy to 8-10 persons, 2-3 max per room, to permit adequate social-distancing. We share men’s/women’s bathrooms, a common room for socializing and eating, and a small kitchen for meal preparation.
Occupancy of the cabin shall conform to the ADK Covid-19 Precautions and Protocols listed below. These are subject to change over time and can be viewed at adk.org. The cost for 8 persons will be $150 per person, for 10 persons it will be $120, for the three nights.
Arrival date is Friday the 18th.  All meals, hors-d’oeuvres and beverages will be on your own this year.  There will also be no pot-luck meals. At this time meals prepared in the Loj are only for guests at the Loj.  This may change over time as well. 
ADK Covid-19 protocol, as of 11/12/21, requires the following:

  • All participants must be vaccinated
  • Submittal of proof of vaccination to Pete Cantline by 12/15/21 
  • Submittal of proof of negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of 2/17/22 to Pete Cantline
  • Masks are required indoors, provided by yourself
  • Maintain social distancing (6-feet or more)
  • Maintain healthy hand sanitation, including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, provided by yourself
  • Wipe down and disinfect shower stall and sinks after use, materials will be provided in each of the two bathrooms

At this point we are looking for an expression of Interest, proof of vaccination, and an indication of your willingness to share a room with one or two other persons by 12/15. The list of intended participants will be distributed to permit you to select the individuals with whom you would be willing to share a room.  Your final commitment and payment of fee will be due by 1/20/22. If the number of registrants is less than eight, a revised fee schedule may be required. 
Please contact Pete Cantline: pete.cantline@gmail.com