Current Outings & Events

Recent Updates:
December 1 – Added Eagle and Haynes Mountains from Rider Hollow on Sun, Dec. 18
November 28 – Cobble Mountain rescheduled from Dec. 12 to Wed., Dec 14.
November 23 – Map and Compass Workshop in the Bluestone Wild Forest is full. Contact Sharon for waitlist

The Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK, in alignment with ADK, has updated outing restrictions due to Covid 19 and the emergence of new variants.  As has been our Chapter policy, leaders may use their discretion in accordance with Federal and State Covid guideline to set rules and limitations for their hikes as they deem fit.

December 2022

Sat, Dec 3 (rain date Dec. 4) – Map and Compass Workshop in the Bluestone Wild Forest (mileage to be determined by the workshop and waypoints)
Leader: Sharon Klein,
***FULL*** Please contact outing leader to be added to the wait list

Registration begins Tuesday, November 22
This workshop will be conducted in the field and will be conducted off trail in the Bluestone Wild Forest/Onteora Lake area. Limited to 8 participants. All are required to possess a compass with baseplate, direction of travel and orienting arrow. It is highly recommended to have a compass with adjustable declination. We will meet before the hike at a local coffee shop where we will do some map reading and training, and plan our route. The outing will be conducted by Lyn W. of the ADK Long Island Chapter. Lyn is a Catskill 3500 Club and Winter 35’er, and ADK 46 finisher and a NH 48 finisher. She also completed the Catskills All Trails challenge and is a member of the SAR team in the Catskills. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sun, Dec 4 – Balsam Mountain hike from Rider Hollow. Distance 5.5 miles with 1,629′ elevation gain. Class A
Leader: Roger Green
Registration begins Tuesday, November 22
Balsam Mountain is one of the 35 peaks in the Catskill Mountains that is over 3,500 feet in elevation. Although we’ll be on trails expect at least two stream crossings. Depending on water level we’ll decide same day whether to do as a loop or a simple out and back. Pace is relaxed, but not too relaxed. Join us as Lori moves closer to completing her 3500 requirements. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 10 – Pine Road to Spring Farm through hike. This is a moderate hike of about 7 miles.
Leader: Roberta Forest
Registration begins Tuesday, November 29
Bring enough food and drink for a hike of about 5 hours from one Preserve parking area to another. Dress in layers. Always carry a wind break/rain jacket. A car shuttle is required. You MUST wear a mask during the shuttle. Details will be sent to all who have registered a few days before the hike. Spikes or snowshoes may be needed. Mohonk Preserve day pass is $15 or free with yearly membership. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 10 – Peach Hill Park, Town of Poughkeepsie. Easy 2-2.5-mile loop hike with a gradual climb that offers a good view from Poughkeepsie’s high point.
Leader: Georgette Weir,
Registration opens Tuesday, November 29.
All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sun, Dec 11 – Annual Holiday Party and Potluck Supper
Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

4:00pm House Tour of the Samuel F.B. Morse Mansion [optional, $15 at the door] 
5:00pm Social Hour with Appetizers and Drinks
5:45pm Potluck Supper, followed by Dessert Table, Coffee, Tea
8:00pm Clean-up Commences!
Place: Locust Grove,  2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Click for Directions
RSVP with Carole Marsh by Wed., Dec. 7th:  845-849-2044 or

– Include the appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert you will contribute.
– Include whether you will be attending the 4pm House Tour.
– Please offer to help setup at noon and/or breakdown at 8pm! Thanks!!
The club is providing plates, utensils, hot and cold drinks and light libations. 

***New date*** 
Wed, Dec 14 – Cobble Mountain, 3.5 miles 600 ft vert, B hike

Leader: Paul Silverstein,
Registration begins Tuesday, December 6
We will climb Cobble Mountain, just over the Connecticut line from Wasaic. Beautiful views! Moderate but steep climb (with some scrambling) of 500 ft to start, then follow the ridge and then 500 ft moderate descent.
Will hike from north to south paralleling Macedonia Brook Rd. Moderate pace. Details will be available as hike date approaches. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

***Recently added*** 
Sun, Dec 18 – Eagle and Haynes Mountains from Rider Hollow

Distance 7.8 miles, Elevation gain 1,560 feet. Rated A
Leader Roger Green
Registration begins Tuesday, December 6
Join us as Lori moves ever closer to finishing her 3500 peaks. We’ll follow the trails from Rider Hollow over Haynes Mountain to Eagle. In case of high water levels we may decide to go a longer route with less and easier stream crossing. There is a short deviation from marked trails to a well trodden herd path. Pace is relaxed, but not too relaxed. Foot traction and waterproof boots are needed for safety. All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Fri, Dec. 30 – Mills-Norrie State Park.
Leader: Georgette Weir,
Registration begins Tuesday, December 20
End the year in the company of other outdoor-loving people with an easy-to-moderate loop hike just north of Hyde Park. About 4.5 miles, including a long stretch right along the Hudson River. Beautiful! All ADK COVID rules regarding vaccination will apply.

Sat, Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve Hike/Snowshoe TBA
Leader: Ginny Fauci or 845-399-2170 (text only)

Looking Ahead

Friday, Feb 17 – Mon, Feb 202023 Wiezel Cabin Program
Leader: Pete Cantline

Wiezel Cabin at Heart Lake, North Elba, NY.

The MHADK Chapter will be renting Wiezel Cabin at Heart Lake, North Elba, NY for our exclusive use for Presidents’ Day Weekend (2/17-2/20). The cabin holds 16, four in each of four bunk rooms. 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 The cost for 8 persons will be $150 per person, for 10 persons it will be $120, for the three nights. If the number of registrants is less than eight or more than ten, a revised fee schedule may be issued. 
Arrival date is Friday the 17th . Friday dinner will be on your own. Saturday and Sunday dinners will be pot-luck meals . Hors-d’oeuvres and beverages will be on your own, including wine glasses. Meals can be eaten at the Loj with prior reservations. This policy may change.
ADK Covid-19 protocol, as of 11/12/21, requires the following:

  • All participants must be vaccinated
  • Participants over the age of 12 are required to show proof of vaccination upon check-in unless a valid medical exemption is provided.
  • Masks are optional
  • Participants are encouraged to make every effort to maintain social distancing (6 feet or more) from staff and guests outside their party. Participants are also asked to maintain healthy hand sanitation, including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.

    If a participant experiences symptoms of COVID-19 during their visit, we ask that they notify the outing leader immediately and make arrangements to leave the property. Refunds will not be provided.

We are currently looking for an Expression of Interest and an indication of your willingness to share a room with one or two other persons by 1/17/2023.  The list of intended participants will be distributed for your use. Your final commitment and payment of fee will be due by 1/30/23. 
RSVP Pete Cantline