Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2020

Updated June 30, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will resume our outings on July 1st.

Please note that, during July, our outings are open to ADK members only.

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Please read our
Outings safety guidelines during COVID-19.

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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. Hikes may be followed by a stop for refreshments. Leader: Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com 845-399-2170. 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. 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 e-mail to update your subscription.
TUESDAY EVENING PADDLES – Leader: Dave Webber, webberd1@yahoo.com , 845-242-9905. Paddling on the Hudson River at spots between Beacon and Norrie Point. On the water at 5:30pm and paddling for 1.5 to 2 hours. Often a refreshment stop after. For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads. To add your name to the Tuesday evening and Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription preferences and select Kayaking.

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JULY 2020

Tues, July 7- Huckleberry Point, about 4.5 miles, B+
Leader: Sharon Klein 845-255-1045, text preferred or musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
Let’s hike to one of the most beautiful views in the southeastern Catskills. You MUST confirm with the hike leader 2 days prior to the hike for time, meeting place and group size, which will be limited.

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RECENTLY ADDED: Tues, July 7 – Shaupeneak Ridge Grand Tour, moderately strenuous hike, 9-10 miles.
Leaders: Adrienne Scivolette and Ginny Fauci

Explore every trail in this Scenic Hudson preserve which has it all: a steep uphill trek, Hudson River views, a large pond with beaver dams and lily pads,  grasslands with wildflowers, a small waterfall, stone walls and rock formations, and maybe a glimpse of painted and snapping turtles, black and garter snakes, eagles, ravens, water birds.  MUST confirm with Adrienne adscivolette@gmail.com or text 845 729-8767,  by 5 pm Monday July 6 for time, meeting place & group size. Inclement weather or excessive heat will cancel.

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Fri, July 10 – Shaupeneak Ridge, moderately strenuous hike, 5.5-6 miles with 700’ elev. Gain
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com
We will take the White trail to the red connecting to blue and around Louisa Pond, then return to parking lot. Early start to beat the heat. MUST confirm with leader by Thursday 5 pm for time, meeting place & group size. If no confirmations, hike will be cancelled.

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Sun, July 12 – Catfish Loop plus Chimney Top, 6.5 miles at steady, but mellow pace, class B
Leader: Barry Skura barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908
Hike Fahnestock’s Catfish Loop with short side trip to Chimney Top with its great Hudson Highlands views. The trail is moderate, but interesting with several hilly spots, ledges, boulders, small streams and rock walls. MUST confirm with leader by Saturday 5 pm for time, meeting place and group size.

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RECENTLY ADDED: Tues, July 14 – Millbrook Mountain via Millbrook Ridge trail, out and back. Moderately strenuous hike with steep scrambles at start and finish, 7-8 miles.
Leader: Adrienne Scivolette 
Incredible views of the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley.  Low bush blueberries may be available to fuel the hike. MUST confirm with Adrienne adscivolette@gmail.com or text 845 729-8767,  by 5 pm Monday July 13 for time, meeting place & group size. Inclement weather or excessive heat will cancel.

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Fri., July 17 – Bike & Hike South Taconic Ridge Approx. 8 m. bike & 11 m. A hike
Leader: Jean-Claude Fouéré
***Rescheduled from Friday, July 10

One of my favorite hikes in Dutchess County. It offers superb views of the Hudson Valley and of the Catskills. Upon leaving our cars at the Quarry Hill Drive parking area, we will bike along the Hudson Valley Rail Trail to Copake Falls where we would leave our bikes, hike up to Bash Bish Mountain, head to Alander Mountain, follow the Ashley Hill trail, connect to the South Taconic trail, up to Brace Mountain and South Brace Mountain, and head down back to Quarry Hill Drive parking. Refer to Trail Conference South Taconic Trails map #107. Contact leader by Wednesday July 8 for meeting time and place jcfouere@gmail.com.

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UPDATED: Sat., July 18 – Sun., July 19 Kayak/Camping on the Hudson River
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
Due to recommendations to avoid car shuttling during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ll do an out-and-back kayak/camping trip on the Hudson River.
There’ll be 2 choices, with the majority of participants deciding the location. The first is camping on an island (with a hiking trail) almost mid-river off the Staatsburg, NY, shore. Swimming is great here. Day paddles include exploring the mouths of Black Creek and Indian Kill then visiting an 1872 lighthouse, where a keeper had two pet skunks! The other paddle is a Gilded Age mansions boat tour, with stops at some mansions.
The other choice is camping on a different island off the shore of Stockport Station, just N of Hudson, NY. Day paddles include (1) up a tributary to a waterfalls, then into a marsh and, possibly, visiting an 1874 lighthouse and (2) visiting the ruins of an 1885 Hudson River ice house and, then, Rattlesnake Island.
This trip is for experienced paddlers who feel comfortable paddling with large barges and ocean-going freighters. Occasionally, the Hudson gets rough and windy. If this happens, we’ll stay close to shore or even get off the water. We plan to cross the river on these day paddles.
Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 feet and have dual bulkheads. Bring an extra paddle, bilge pump, spray skirt, your own first aid kit and other gear. Gear will not be shared. Canoes will be considered, but paddlers must be able to keep up with typically faster sea kayaks. PFDs must be worn while on the water.
Each participant is responsible for their own food, drink and cooking gear. There will be no communal kitchen due to the pandemic. Participants will need to pack drinking water for the weekend, rather than drawing water from the Hudson. Social distancing will also be enforced, e.g. tents at least 6 feet apart, people 6 feet apart while sitting around the campfire, cooking, etc. The only exception will be members of the same household.

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Sat, July 18 – Peterskill meander 5.5-6 moderate miles.
Leader: Sharon Klein 845-255-1045 (text only, no phone calls please) or musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com
In the heat of July it’s great to hike as much as possible near or alongside water. Relaxed pace hike, spending lots of time hanging around various bodies of water in Minnewaska. In addition to your usual hiking gear, bring water shoes/sandals, stuff to eat, etc. Be prepared for an early start as the parking lot fills up very early on weekends. You MUST confirm with the hike leader 2 days prior to the hike for time, meeting place and group size, which will be limited. Text or email. No phone calls please.

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RECENTLY ADDED: Sun, July 19 – Croton River Paddle, Croton-on-Hudson NY
Leader: John Ragusa jrjr1059@msn.com or 917-692-1159.
Paddle up the Croton River from the Croton Train Station. Once we reach the far end of the river, we’ll break for lunch and optional swimming. MUST confirm with Leader by EOD Saturday, July 18 for time and meeting place. Maximum 6 to 8 people. If no confirmations, paddle will be cancelled.

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Fri, July 24 – Franny Reese State Park, 2.5-3 moderate miles, with some ups and downs
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com
Early start to beat the heat. MUST confirm with leader by Thursday 5 pm for time, meeting place & group size. If no confirmations, hike will be cancelled.

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Sat, July 25 – Jenny Lane, Blueberry Run, Rainbow Falls end-to-end, moderately strenuous, 8-12 miles
Leader: Roberta Forest 845-750-7059
We will hike three separate trails from end to end starting with Jenny Lane, then Rainbow Falls. From there we’ll walk to Castle Point and the beginning of Blueberry Run which we will hike back to Jenny Lane and our cars. This hike will include a lunch stop. Bring sufficient water. There will be many scenic views along the way. We’re looking at an early start as Minnewaska parking areas fill by 9 am on the weekends. MUST confirm with leader by Friday 5 pm for time, meeting place and group size. Rain or very high temperatures will cancel.

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RECENTLY ADDED: Sun, July 26 – Hike on the Charcoal Burners Loop Trail, Fahnestock State Park, Carmel, NY. 5 miles, Class B.
Leader: John Ragusa jrjr1059@msn.com or 917-692-1159.
We will start on the Charcoal Burners trail to Beaver Pond then pick up the Fahnestock Trail to the Appalachian Trail and eventually pick up the Charcoal Burners trail to the starting point. Beautiful trails through woodlands and meadows. Relatively flat trails with some ups and downs but no steep hills. MUST confirm with Leader by EOD Saturday, July 25 for time and meeting place. Maximum 6 to 8 people. If no confirmations, hike will be cancelled.

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