Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2021

Updated April 19, 2021


Our outings are currently open to ADK members only.  Group sizes may be limited.
Please follow our
COVID-19 Safety Hiking/Paddling Guidelines for outings.

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

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 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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MID-WEEK PADDLES Leader: Glenda Schwarze, schwar582@aol.com. She 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 2021

Fri, April 2 – Osborn Loop and AT, Possibly Seasoned with Curry Pond. B+ 6 – 7 miles,
Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908.
Celebrate the beginning of Spring by getting nice views along the Osborn Loop and Appalachian Trail near Garrison. After a steep initial climb, most of the route is moderate rolling terrain with easy footing. Depending on trail conditions, we will hike either a 6.7 mile version sticking to these two trails, or shorten it to six miles by connecting via the Curry Pond trail – very nice trail but parts can be swampy in wet weather. We will comply with Mid-Hudson ADK Covid guidelines. You MUST confirm with the leader for the meeting place and time. The group size is limited to 7 additional hikers in addition to the leader.
*** Registration will begin March 22 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

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Sat, Apr 3 – Inspiration Point, Escarpment Trail; North-South Lake area.
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
This is one of my favorite Catskills hikes with unmatched views, interesting rock formations, great local history, and a side trip to Kaaterskill Falls viewing platform. Moderate hike at a relaxed pace of about 6.5 miles. Rated B+ Group limited to 8 including leader. I will offer some spots to registrants from the website and will hold open spots for those responding from the email blast. A rain date will be offered closer to the hike if needed.

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Fri, Apr 9. Minnewaska State Park Preserve. B+
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
5-mile loop hike to include Red Trail to top of old ski lift, High Peterskill to Awosting parking lot, carriage road back to Peterskill parking area. Small group. Covid guidelines will be followed. MUST contact leader for meet time and to register. 
*** Registration will begin March 30 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

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Sat, Apr 17 – Mills Norrie S.P.,  C+
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
4-mile loop hike will include one mile along the Hudson River. A perennial favorite. Small group. Covid guidelines will be followed. MUST contact leader for meet time and to register.
*** Registration will begin April 6 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

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***CANCELLED*** to be rescheduled
Sat, Apr 17 –  Snake Hill Hike, Newburgh, NY.  3.0 miles, Class B.

Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com
This is the Hudson Valley’s hidden gem. Newburgh’s highest peak with commanding views of the Hudson Highlands and the River between it. Beginning at picturesque Crystal Lake, follow a 1.5 mile woodland trail past an old Jewish cemetery then steadily uphill to the 700 ft summit and take in the spectacular views.  Parking area is small so maximum of 6 hikers. Must be an ADK member. Must confirm with Leader for meeting place and time.

*** Registration will begin April 5 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

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Sun, Apr 18 – Mud Pond via Verkeederkill Falls, Sam’s Point/Minnewaska State Park. ~8.5 miles, B+
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
A moderate hike at a relaxed pace will take us through the southern end of Minnewaska State Park, traversing the unique dwarf pine barrens ecosystem. Mud Pond, on the 75 mile long Shawangunk Ridge trail, is one of the Shawangunk Ridge’s “sky lakes.” This is an out and back hike that is fairly easy, with gentle, rolling terrain and a couple of short, steep climbs. Group limited to 8 including leader. I will offer some spots to registrants from the website and will hold open spots for those responding from the email blast. A rain date will be offered closer to the hike if needed.

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Sun, Apr 18 – Slabsides, Esopus 3-4 miles C+
Leader: Paul Silverstein, paulinpokny@gmail.com
A grand tour of this Gem, including the newer waterfall trail. Includes 2 lakes, 4 waterfalls, mill ruins, cabin and a “cave”. Easy to moderate but with some rocky clambering. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time, and group size. Covid group hike guidelines will be followed
*** Registration will begin April 6 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

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***FULL*** Thurs, April 22 & Fri., April 23 – Backpack the Hudson Highlands on Earth Day @15 mi., Strenuous
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Celebrate Earth Day by hiking in the Hudson Highlands. Total mileage will be about 15 mi., with about 6 on Day 1 and 8-9 on Day2. We’ll summit So. Beacon Mtn., Sugarloaf North & Mt. Taurus for their exceptional views.
Campfires are not be permitted.
Beginner backpackers (but not first-time hikers) will be considered. You must be physically fit and have all necessary equipment. Click here for the 3-season gear list.
Contact leader if you have questions about the gear listed. Rental sources are listed at the end of the lists. Some sources will mail the items. You could also contact Kenco on Rt. 28 in Kingston to inquire if rentals are available.
Club Covid-19 policy will be followed. Go to www.midhudsonadk.org to review this policy. Click on link on right side of the home page.
This outing is co-listed with AMC. Sign up now if you’re interested. It’s expected to fill up quickly

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Sat, Apr 24 – Hike with several scrambles. 7-8 miles.
Leader: Roberta Forest, 845-750-7059 or robertaforest@gmail.com
This is a loop hike beginning at Duck Pond entrance to the preserve. We will take a steep hike up the Birchen trail and follow Staircliff into the Lemon Squeeze. We’ll head to Lily Pond for lunch and then take the labyrinth on our way back to our vehicles. Bring lunch and/or snacks, plenty to drink. Have some means of securing water bottles and any other items in outside pack pockets, as it is easy to loose those while scrambling. Rain or wet rocks will cancel. MUST confirm with leader for meeting time & group size.
*** Registration will begin April 12 to give everyone a chance to sign up.

MAY 2021

Sat, May 1 or Sun, May 2 – Love My Park Days
myparkday_leafchangeVolunteer at your local park.
Register at https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day

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Fri, May 7- Sugarloaf, Catskill 3500’ 7 miles, 1780 elev gain A
Leader: Sharon Klein, MusicWithoutWalls@gmail.com
Registration will begin Tuesday, April 27.
This is a strenuous (but FUN) hike at a relaxed pace, with challenging terrain, on the Devil’s Path. Some scrambling involved. We’ll do the loop passing a beautiful beaver meadow, waterfalls and Dibbles Quarry with its slate thrones overlooking Platte Clove. Must confirm with the leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Sat, May 8 – Chadwick Lake Newburgh (4 miles 2hrs) C
Leader: Sayileela Nulu, sayileela@gmail.com or 845-264-2270
Registration will begin Tuesday, April 27.
We will walk following blue trail until we get to a place where we will have lunch midway. Trail is easy and paved around the lake. We may stop and inspect Mushrooms and try to identify them. Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Fri, May 14 – Burroughs Nature Sanctuary, West Park, NY.
Leader: Georgette Weir,  georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 4.
Moderate 5ish miles on a loop hike through varied rugged terrain, viewing Black Creek, Chodikee Lake Slabsides (writing cabin of John Burroughs), and MORE!. Small group, limited parking. Covid guidelines continue to apply. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Sat, May 15 – Trout Pond, Russell Brook Falls, Western Catskills,
Leader: Sharon Klein,  MusicWithoutWalls@gmail.com
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 4.
This is a beautiful hike in a remote, less traveled area of the Catskill Park. This lollipop loop route will pass by 2 beautiful ponds, wetlands with numerous birds and wildflowers, streams and a waterfall. Total mileage 8.3, rated B, as there is very little elevation gain. NYNJTC Catskills Trails Map 144. The trail head is out near Roscoe. We will picnic by a rustic lean-to overlooking Trout Pond. An easy hike at a relaxed pace. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Sun, May 16 – Paddle the Bashakill
Leader: Jeanette TB,  jeanettetb.ny@gmail.com
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 4.
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 here; 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, time, and group size. Covid group guidelines will be followed.

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Sat, May 22 – Round Hill/East Mountain Loop B+ 7.5 miles, 1374’ gain
Leader: Barry Skura, Barry.Skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908.
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 11.
Moderate hike in the section of Fahnestock with the most climbs and views – as well as fewer two-footed distractions. Particularly near the top of Round Hill, you get some really nice vistas. East Mountain provides some views to the north. Refresh at a scenic waterfall. We will also visit the farming community which existed along School Mountain Road and East Mountain trail. Pass old homesteads, an abandoned school house and stone property walls. 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. We will be practicing social distancing on the trails. We will comply with Mid-Hudson ADK Covid guidelines, at Current Outings & Events – Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club (midhudsonadk.org). Bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Due to MHADK COVID-19 Guidelines, we will not share any snacks or equipment, nor will we carpool. You MUST pre-register with the leader by 7 PM, Thursday May 20. The group size is limited to 9 additional hikers in addition to the leader.

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Sun, May 23 – High Point. 9 miles. A-
Leader: Roberta Forest, robertaforest@gmail.com 845-750-7059
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 11.
Hike begins at Sam’s Point. We’ll visit Verkeederkill Falls on our way to the start of High Point Trail. This trail has lots of views as we hike and climb from one rock ledge to another. Bring plenty of water, snacks and/or lunch. Wear sunscreen. This is a full day hike. Rain or wet rocks will cancel. Must confirm with the leader for meeting time, place and group size. Additional information will be sent to participants two days before this hike.

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Fri, May 28 – Fahnestock State Park, Cold Spring.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
Registration will begin Tuesday, May 18.
Moderate 6ish mile loop hike on Charcoal Burners-Fahnestock-Perkins Trails. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size. Covid guidelines continue to apply.

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Sat, May 29 – Mon, May 31 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Sleeping with the Witch Backpack/Basecamp, Strenuous; 24 Miles
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Registration for this backpack will begin May 4.
We’ll basecamp in the Witch’s Hole State Forest, the most remote and wild section of the Shawangunk Ridge. From here, we’ll day hike into Minnewaska State Park and Sam’s Point Preserve. The backpack to basecamp will be 3 to 4 miles up a very long ascent totaling 2000+ feet. Three day hikes will range from 3.5 miles to 9 miles RT. No camp fires will be allowed. We’ll practice Leave-No-Trace principles in this pristine forest. This trip is for experienced 3-season backpackers. Beginners with considerable recent day hiking experience, in good physical shape and with all necessary gear can also apply. Group size is limited to 8. Jointly listed with AMC.

LOOKING AHEAD 2021

Sat, June 5 & Sun, June 6 – Kids ‘Beginner Level’ fun backpack – Mud Pond Catskills (each day 1.5 – 2 miles, less then 500 ft vertical per day.)
Leader: Starchild, Starchildjourney@icloud.com or 917-613-2043
Registration for this beginner’s backpack starts on May 11, not before.
We will get a later than usual start as we only have a short distance to make camp. Since this is a beginner backpack, or perhaps for some hikers a season shakedown backpack, we will be going slow and will be taking breaks especially for kids who may not be used to carrying their own gear. In a very short time we will be at our camping area and can enjoy a campfire, s’mores, and the pond with possible swimming if it’s warm enough. Demian (12 yrs old) is happy about getting into backpacking and though it’s something he has done in the past wants a easy one to start this season and invites others to bring their kids along to help make this an awesome time.
Mud Pond, or perhaps nearby Cable Lake, is our destination and you can see this trail on NYNJTC Catskills Trail Map 144 (also on Avenza app). I will be making the decision as to which one as we get closer to the date. Equipment needed will be explained further during registration but the basics are tent, sleeping bag (blankets can work if it’s going to be a warm night), sleeping mat, cook stove/pot, food, snacks, a rope to hang bags, water/drinks, headlamp w/ extra batteries, navigation basics (map/compass/skills/gps etc), warm change of clothes, camp/water shoes & swim gear (if warm enough). While some backpacking gear can be expensive, a perfectly serviceable set can be had on the cheap at the big box stores and it is a good way to get started, let me know if you have any questions. Weather may cancel the event, we will not be going in adverse conditions.