Current Outings & Events

MHADK OUTINGS  2021

Updated Feb. 25, 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 and QUICK RESPONSE

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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NEW!! QUICK RESPONSE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING FOR BEGINNERS – GET ON THE LIST NOW!
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
For beginning cross country skiers, guidance and instruction will be offered at Wilcox Park when snow conditions allow. If interested, send an email now to Eric Harvey at eharvey@fairpoint.net to get your name on the quick response list. When we get good snow, you will receive a short notice email with the particulars of meeting. This could fall on a weekday or weekend. Group size must be kept small, so first come first served will be in effect. You must bring your own equipment.
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QUICK RESPONSE CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – GET ON THE LIST NOW!
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
Good snow doesn’t last very long around here. That’s why you’ve got to get out and enjoy it right after the storm. If you have the luxury of dropping everything and going out to ski, contact Russ Faller at russoutdoors@yahoo.com to be put on the Quick Response X-C Ski List. When there’s a good snowstorm, you’ll get an e-mail invitation to ski right after the storm ends. This could fall on a weekend or a weekday. If you were on the list last winter, you’re still on the list. If you want off the list, contact Russ.
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QUICK RESPONSE SNOWSHOEING – GET ON THE LIST NOW!
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
The list is now on Mailchimp. To get on the list, go to the very bottom of one of our emails, click on “update subscription preferences”. Mailchimp will then say it will email a link. Click on that. In the email click “update your preferences” and then check snowshoe & save.
When there’s a good snowstorm, Ginny will send an e-mail invitation to snowshoe after the roads are cleared. It could be a weekend or a weekday. Leader: Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 2021

Thurs.-Fri., Feb. 4-5 – Sled-Packing in the Willowemoc Wild Forest, SW Catskills (Backpacking, too)
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM), or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
The 14,800-acre Willowemoc Wild Forest in the SW Catskills is not a land of dramatic viewpoints and tall mountains like the High Peaks region to its east. However, the Willowemoc has its own kind of beauty and mystery. It has ponds and trout streams, ruins and artifacts left by the people who lived there in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are trail junctions with intriguing names, e.g. Junkyard Jct., Coyote Jct., Bobcat Jct., Iron Wheel Jct. and Gravestone Jct. And, yes, there really is a tombstone at the latter junction – one to children (11 yrs. & 13 yrs.) who died in a cabin fire there in 1933. The Willowemoc is also made for sled-packing, with a maze of old woods roads with gentle ascents/descents. Total mileage will depend on trail conditions, but will not be more than 14.5 miles, with @7 mi. each day. You can either arrive early morning on 2/4/21 or before dark on 2/3/21 for a 1/2 mile walk to a primitive tent site on a pond. Although this is a sled-packing trip, backpackers are welcome. This outing is appropriate for 3-season backpackers who want to progress to year-round backpacking. You should also have experience with winter day hiking.
The Club’s Covid-19 policies will be adhered to on this outing. Please review them at www.midhudsonadk.org.

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Fri, Feb 5 – Verkeederkill Falls, Minnewaska State Park at Sam’s B+ Point
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com or text 845-255-1045
We will hike out to Verkeederkill Falls through the unique ecosystem of the Sam’s Point Preserve’s dwarf pine barrens. Depending on the weather and group we may opt to add an extra 2 miles onto the hike with a continuation onto Mud Pond, one of the Shawangunk Ridge’s “sky lakes”. For this hike I would like to keep some slots open for those who have been waitlisted on my other hikes. If we have snow, this will be a great snow shoe hike. Rain date Feb 6 or 7 if necessary. Time and meeting place to be disclosed to confirmed hikers close to the date. $10 parking fee or Empire Pass, free for seniors weekdays.

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***TO BE RESCHEDULED***
Sat, Feb 6 – Red Wing Nature Trail in LaGrangeville.
Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com
3-4 miles RT, moderate (short but steep hill section). Leader will provide more details once she has scouted it. We will hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time, and group size.

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Sat, Feb 13 – Hudson Highlands Nature Center Hike, Cornwall, NY 3.5 miles, Class C.
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or jrjrj1059@msn.com.
We will hike the Green, Blue and Yellow Trails through meadows, woods and around ponds. If there’s snow on the ground, we can snow shoe. Contact Leader for time and meeting place. Heavy snow, ice or rain cancels. Hiking boots and traction devices are required.

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Fri, Feb 19 – Bluestone Wild Forest
Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com
Town of Kingston (3 miles north of Thruway Circle). Moderate (B-B+) hike or snowshoe. 5-6 miles of varied terrain. ADK is actively working with a coalition of groups that aim to protect this land from neighboring development proposals. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time, and group size.

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Sat, Feb 20 – Napanoch Point via Smiley Carriage Road 7+ miles RT B+
Leader: Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com or text 845-255-1045
We will start the hike at the Berme Road park parking area in Ellenville and make our way up the old Smiley Carriage road, which is more like an old woods road, connecting for a short while with the renovated carriage road, then going off on a herd path to Napanoch Point where we will have fantastic views of the Rondout Valley. This is an out and back hike with about 1500′ in elevation gain over 3 about miles. Meeting time to be disclosed to confirmed hikers close to the hiking date. Hike is limited to 8 participants per ADK guidelines. Rain/snow date Feb. 21.

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Sun, Feb 21 – James Baird State Park, (3 – 3.5 miles, 3) C+
Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com, 845 819-8661
We will hike (or snowshoe if conditions are right) the red trail in James Baird State Park. Its moderate terrain, some small hills, and will be moderate pace. Its ideal for snowshoeing if the weather cooperates. Bring water, snacks or light lunch and dress for the weather. MUST confirm with leader for meeting place, time and group size.

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Thu. Feb. 25 – Wilderness First Aid: What Every Hiker Needs to Know – Online
Leader: Appalachian Mountain Club New York-North Jersey (AMC)
Join the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for this free online presentation of first aid in the wilderness. 
***This event is SOLD OUT, but it will be recorded and available on the Appalachian Mountain Club New York-North Jersey (AMC) Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/AMCNYNJ/videos

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Rescheduled to 03/12
Fri. Feb. 26 – Fahnestock Surprise hike or snowshoe. Foot traction (spikes) required. B+ due to likely weather conditions.

Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908.

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Sun, Feb. 28 – Lost City Circular. 7 moderate miles.
Leader: Roberta Forest, 845-750-7059 or robertaforest@gmail.com
Route to be determined by weather, ground conditions and need for traction. Ideally, we will go to Lost City, then head down Kings Lane and up again on High Peterskill trail. We’ll next head to Compass Rock, and then onward to the Peterskill bridge before heading back to our vehicles. Bring water, a snack and/or lunch, traction such as microspikes.
Specifics of meeting time and place will be given a day or two before scheduled hike.

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MARCH 2021

Wed, Mar 3 – Fri, Mar 5 – Sleeping with the Indian SledPack/Backpack
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
We’ll pull sleds or carry backpacks about 2 miles to basecamp at the Devil’s Kitchen Leanto in the 11,500 acre Indian Head Wilderness on the eastern escarpment of the Catskill Mountains. Day hikes: (1) Indian Head Mtn. [@5 mi., RT; @1272 ft. ascent] on Mar. 3rd, (2) Plattekill Mtn. (bushwhack), Echo Lake & Overlook Mtn. (trail) [@9.5 mi. RT; @1640 ft. total ascent] on Mar. 4thand (3) Kaaterskill High Peak [9.4 mi. RT; 1705 ft. ascent] on Mar. 5th. This area is rugged and inter trail conditions are uncertain, so we may have to modify these hikes. But we’ll still enjoy hiking in beautiful surroundings with some dramatic views. This outing is for experienced Winter backpackers who have all the necessary gear. Group size limited to 7 + 2 leaders.
Joint with AMC, so register now if you want to go. The Club’s Covid-19 policy will be adhered to on this trip. Please review them at www.midhudsonadk.org.

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Fri, Mar 5 – Explore two new short hikes in the lower Catskill Park
Leader: Sharon Klein Email: MusicWithoutWalls@gmail.com
Hike 1: Ticeteneyck Mountain, Shokan. We will hike up a newly blazed trail which goes up the mountain to fantastic views of the Ashokan Reservoir; a high peaks view without the long hike. This hike is about 2.75 miles out and back with about 1000′ elevation gain. Rated A for steep elevation
Hike 2: After we get back our cars, we take a 15 minute drive to the Ashokan Quarry trail in West Hurley. We will discover the ruins of bluestone quarries, old stone buildings and a train depot that was used to bring materials for the building of the reservoir. This is an easy 2.5 mile hike on gentle, rolling terrain, rated C. Gorgeous scenery and forest trails that will not disappoint! Both of these DEC trails have opened in the past year. Rain/snow date Saturday March 6. Hike limited to 8 per club guidelines.

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Rescheduled from 03/12
Wed, Mar 10 – Red Wing Nature Trail in LaGrangeville, moderate hike. Signup opens Tuesday, March 2.

Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com
3ish miles RT, moderate (short but steep hill section). We will hike to the summit of this hill, enjoy the view, pass the cell tower, and wander through the woods and meadows, past two lakes (at least) and walk along a stream. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time, and group size. Covid group hike guidelines will be followed.

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Rescheduled from 02/26
Fri, Mar 12 – Fahnestock Surprise — Probably Chimney Top Mountain    Foot traction (spikes) required. B

Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908.
Moderate hike somewhere in Fahnestock Park Route and mileage will be decided the week of the hike, depending on likely weather and trail conditions. But most likely will be roughly five miles to Chimney Top Mountain via Catfish loop and Moneyhole Mountain trails. Appropriate for 3 season hikers who are winter novices. But no first time hikers. Leader will provide additional information on equipment closer to the date of the trip. In addition to appropriate winter gear, you must 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.

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Fri, Mar 19 –Fahnestock Moderate Loop Hike. Signup opens Tuesday, March 9.
Leader: Georgette Weir, Georgette.weir@gmail.com
We will follow the AT south from Dennytown Road to South Highland Road. We will walk up this quiet road about a mile, then take the G, Y, and R trails back to make a loop of about 5 miles. Must confirm with leader for meeting place, time, and group size. Covid group hike guidelines will be followed.

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Sat, Mar 20 – First Day of Spring Hike in Minnewaska State Park 5-8 miles B+
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com
We will start from the abandoned quarry at the end of Shaft 2A Road, climb to the top of Stony Kill Falls. After enjoying the scenery, we’ll hike up to the Smiley Carriage Road. We’ll follow that to Fly Brook or beyond. We’ll return to our cars via the Stony Kill Carriage Road, which takes us to a swimming hole above the falls. We’ll retrace our steps from there to our cars. You’ll need to register with the leader as ADK policy to limit group size will be in effect. You’ll be told the meeting time and given driving directions once you’re confirmed by the leader. Do not wait for the last minute to register. ADK Covid-19 policy will be enforced , e.g. facemasks, hand sanitizer, social distancing, no sharing of food, drink or gear (including personal first aid kit) unless you’re from the same household. Go to www.midhudsonadk.org for the full policy. Dress for the weather in layers, bring traction devices (microspikes), but not YakTracks, lunch, 2 qts. of water, snacks, etc.

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Sat, Mar 20 – Illinois Mountain Hike, 51 Reservoir Road, Highland, NY 4.5 miles, B
Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or jrjr1059@msn.com
We will hike the red, white and blue trails through deep woods. Some elevation gain, but lots of switchbacks. We will also observe small reservoirs that supply drinking water to Highland. If there’s snow, we’ll snowshoe, otherwise bring micro spikes. Contact leader for time and meeting place. 8 people max. Must be ADK members.

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Sun, Mar 21 – IT’S SPRING! Shawangunk Ridge State Forest, (rescheduled from December) B+
Leader Sharon Klein, musicwithoutwalls@gmail.com or text to 845-255-1045
We will hike up the steep red trail starting from Old Mountain Road, to the intersection of the co-joined Long Path and Shawangunk Ridge trail, taking the loop around back to the SRT and LP for a total of about 7.5 miles. and about 1000; elevation gain. This is very interesting and varied terrain that can be quite challenging in some areas. There is one steep climb of about a mile at the beginning. The rest of the hike is rolling terrain. After the hike we will explore a local waterfall off a hidden path that crosses an abandoned railroad bed. Map 106B NYNJ Trail Conference Shawangunk-Wurtsboro map. Time and meeting place to be disclosed to confirmed hikers close to the date.

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Fri, Mar 26 – Osborn Loop & AT, Possibly Seasoned with Curry Pond, B+ 6-7 miles
Leader: Barry Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com or 646-734-1908
Celebrate the first Friday 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 either do 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 at Current Outings & Events – Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club (midhudsonadk.org. 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.

 

LOOKING AHEAD 2021

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.