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MHADK OUTINGS  2019

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.  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.

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.

QUICK RESPONSE SNOWSHOEING – GET ON THE LIST NOW! 
(PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS A SERVICE OPEN ONLY TO ADK MEMBERS)
If you have the luxury of dropping everything and going out to snowshoe, contact Ginny Fauci at gefauci@gmail.com to be put on the Quick Response Snowshoe List.  When there’s a good snowstorm, you’ll get an e-mail invitation to snowshoe after the roads are cleared.  It could be a weekend or a weekday. 
Please contact Ginny to make sure you’re on her list.

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MARCH 2019

Sat, Mar 9 – Sterling Forest Fire Tower and Iron Mines, B loop hike. 4.5 miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
This is the first in a planned series of hikes to fire towers in our region. We will begin from the beautiful Sterling Forest Visitor Center, which features history of iron mining in the region. Our route will take us past historic mining remains, the fire tower, and Sterling Lake. Contact leader for car-pooling and meet time.


Tues, Mar 12 – NYC Trip (snow date Thurs, Mar 14).
 Leader: Pat & Anthony Galfano pgalfano3@optonline.net or 914-715-4202.
After arriving at Grand Central, we will walk to 59th Street Tram to Roosevelt Island, then walk the 2 mile island, visit the new Four Freedoms Park at south end, possible tour of the new Cornell Graduate School Tech Business Center, cafe stop, then NY Waterways ferry to N. Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, to walk and view the historic Domino Sugar sight renovation and esplanade along the East River, lunch at Mekelburgh’s (craft beer, small plates and Chocolate Babka, get one to GO!) Depending on time possible ferry from Williamsburgh to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Back to Grand Central for train home.
Meet at Poughkeepsie train station to catch the 8:33am (off peak) to Grand Central. We will join at Cold Spring.  Carpool and split the parking cost at Poughkeepsie. Dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes, bring money for lunch and incidentals, and your Metro Card (if you have one) for the ferry, otherwise buy ticket in NYC as needed, East River Ferry Terminal at E. 34th Street. Ferry rides are $2.75 each way. Confirm with leaders.


Fri, Mar 15 – Short Hike Black Creek Preserve, C loop hike. 2 miles. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.comContact for car-pooling, meet time.


Sat, Mar 16 – Sun, Mar 17   Indian Head Wilderness Basecamp – Catskill Mtns.
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com 
A short 2-mile backpack to a basecamp for 1 night in the Indian Head Wilderness of the NE Catskills.  Day hike options include: (1) 3,573-ft. Indian Head Mtn., one of the Catskill High Peaks (@5 mi. RT), (2) 3,100-ft. Plattekill Mtn., one of the Catskill 100 Highest (@3.5 mi. RT), (3) Cod Fish Point, a fabulous panorama of the Hudson River (@1.5 mi. RT).  This outing will focus on winter camping skills.  This is an end-of-winter trip suitable for those with 3-season camping experience and winter day-hiking experience.  Experienced winter campers are welcome to join us, but will need to make allowances for those with no winter camping experience.  We will always hike as a group to assist the less experienced.
Winter boots with removable insulated liners, sleeping bag with at least zero degree F rating, white gas stove (e.g. MSR Whisperlite) will be required.  Also required will be some combination of snowshoes, microspikes &/or crampons, depending on trail conditions.  Gear can be rented.  Contact leader.  Pulk sleds are welcome.  Register with leader by March 9thContact leader if you wish to discuss this outing and your readiness.


Sun, Mar 17 – Gertrude’s Nose Loop, 6+ miles B, moderate pace hike/snowshoe, Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com  or 845-399-2170. If there’s snow & skiing at Minnewaska, this will be changed to somewhere else.  Contact leader for meeting place and time.


Tues, Mar. 19 – Wilcox Park in Milan.
Leader: Eric Harvey. eharvey@fairpoint.net, 845-625-9431. 
Moderate 3-4 mile trek up and down through the woods. Depending on surface conditions and consensus, we will either ski, snowshoe, or hike, and choose from the park’s variety of loop options. Meet at 10:00 in main parking lot. Confirm with leader.


***CANCELLED***
Sat, Mar 23 – Lost City to Bonticou Crag 12 Fast Scrambling Miles Joint with Mohonk Preserve & AMC.
Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520. 
Scramble the best of Lost City–Tito`s Escape Route (very difficult scramble but optional).Scramble up Giant`s Workshop (moderately difficult).Scramble down Giant`s Workshop & up Giant`s Fire Escape(both optional).  We then take the beautiful Plateau Trail to Zaidee`s Bower (moderately difficult), & a variety of trails to the moderately difficult Rock Rift scramble. Finally we proceed to Bonticou Crag where we have multiple options–the obvious up & perhaps down/examine the cave exits as surveyed by the New Jersey Grotto Club etc.  Anything is possible–bring headlamps!!!  Meet at Mohonk Preserves Spring Farm parking lot at 10:30AM.  I will be picking people up at the New Paltz bus stop 10:00AM. In case of inclement weather please call or email leader.  Confirm with leader.


Sun, Mar 24 – Teatown Lake Reservation Hike, Ossining, NY (4 miles)   C+
Leader: John Ragusa,
john.ragusa@bnymellon.com, 917-692-1159.
We will hike around the Lakeside loop of Teatown Lake then merge onto the Hidden Valley Loop.  Bring water, snacks, and a picnic lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at the parking lot at the Nature Center on Spring Valley Road at 12 Noon (first day of Daylight Savings Time).  Directions from the North: Take Taconic State Pkwy South. Cross over the Croton Reservoir and take the first exit – Route 134. Make right at end of exit. Go a few hundred feet and make first right onto Illington Rd. then a quick left onto Grants Lane. Take to end (2/10 mi). Make right onto Spring Valley Rd. Go 7/10 mile. Parking area and Nature Center on right. Confirm with leader. Heavy rain or snow cancels.


 

Sun, Mar 24 – Spring Farm to West Trapps through hike.  8-9 miles Joint with Mohonk Preserve.
Leader: Roberta Forest 845–750-7059. 
We’ll take Chapel Trail to Undivided Lot Trail.  We’ll follow that to Old Minnewaska all the way to Split Rock.  From there, we’ll take one of two possible trails up to the West Trapps Lot.  Meet at 9:30 at the West Trapps parking area for shuttle to Spring Farm. Confirm with leader.


Wed, Mar 27 – Table Rocks 6 Miles Moderate Pace Joint w/Mohonk Preserve Bob Babb hikers & AMC.
Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520. Optional Scrambling.
Meet at Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm parking lot at 9:30AM In case of inclement weather call or email leader.  Confirm with leader.


Fri, Mar 29 – Short Hike + Fire Tower, Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck. C hike, meandering–2-ish miles. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com. Contact leader for car-pooling, meet time.


Sun, Mar 31 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail   C+ hike or snowshoe, approximately 3.5 miles.
Leader: Carla Barrett barrettinclinton@gmail.com   or Cell 315-527-8478.  
This is a family-friendly walk/hike/snowshoe. Start at 10AM at FWP and then go by own car to the Lighthouse Trail 8 minutes away. We can eat lunch on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  This event appeals to walkers and hikers of all skill levels. Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline can be avoided.  Bring food and water; binoculars if you have them.  Meet at FWP, Dominican Ln, Saugerties, NY 12477.  Driving Directions: Off Route 9W or Route 32 south of Saugerties, follow Main St in Glasco NY to Delaware and York.  For GPS: 45 York St, Saugerties 12477 will put you near the entrance where there is a sign.  Confirm with leader.


Sun, March 31 – Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock and Madam Brett Parks Walk, Beacon, NY 4 miles, Class C.
Leader: John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com   (Rescheduled from Feb. 24)
We will walk on the Klara Sauer Trail along the River and connect to the Madam Brett trail leading to dramatic waterfall and tidal marsh sceneries including a boardwalk. On our return, there will be an optional visit to the Dia Beacon museum which offers FREE admission to Hudson Valley residents on the last Sunday of the month.

Meet at Long Dock Park’s parking lot near the historic red barn at 11:30 am. (next to the Beacon train station). Confirm with leader. Bring a picnic lunch. Heavy rain or snow cancels.

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APRIL 2019

Sat, Apr 6 Vassar Farm in Poughkeepsie 
Leader: Sayileela Nulu, sayileela@gmail.com  mobile 845-264-2270
Moderate 4-5-mile loop hike following footpaths up and over the drumlin (small hill), and around the farm through the woods. See beaver activity.  Contact leader to confirm meet time. 


 

Sat, Apr 6 – Schunemunk traversée, approx. 9 miles A hike
Leader: Jean-Claude Fouéré jcfouere@gmail.com
We will meet at the Otterkill Road parking area and car shuttle to the park southern parking area, hike up along the Long Path, up to the Western Ridge, and down on the Trestle trail to Otterkill Road for approximately 9 miles hike. Refer to TC West Hudson Trails map #114.
Contact leader for exact meeting time and car shuttle arrangement.


 

Sun, Apr 7 – Hike/Scramble to Skytop 7-8 miles Joint with Mohonk Preserve 
Leader: Roberta Forest   845-750-7059
We will meet at the top of Pine Road at 9:30 a.m.  Walking past Duck Pond, we’ll take the Duck Pond trail to the Birchen Trail to Staircliff path into the Lemon Squeeze.   From there, we’ll head for lunch at Lily Pond, after which we’ll follow the labyrinth back to the Birchen Trail and reverse our starting route.  Rain will cancel.  Confirm with leader. 


 

Sat, Apr 13 – South Beacon Mountain Fire Tower. Rating A+ (for approx 1500′ elevation, not counting the fire tower); 4-ish miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com.
This will be an up-and-back hike to the restored fire tower from Mount Beacon Park, and is the third in our series of fire tower hikes in our region. Contact leader for car-pooling and meet time.


 

Sun, Apr 14 – Angle Fly Preserve Hike, Somers, NY (4 miles)  C+
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com
Named after the last natural brook-trout spawning stream in Westchester County, with 654 acres of diverse habitat, the preserve provides opportunities for hiking among other outdoor activities.  Terrain is relatively flat with some small ups and downs. Bring water, picnic lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at parking area off Primrose St at 12:00 noon.  Directions from the North: Take I-684 South to exit 6 Cross River. At end of exit ramp, make right onto Rt. 35 west. Go about 1 ½ miles to light and make right onto Rt. 100 North. Go ½ mile and make left onto Rt. 139 – Primrose St.  Go 1 mile. Entrance to park on left. Take park road to end at parking lot. Confirm with leader. Heavy rain cancels.


 

Sat, Apr 14 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail   C+ hike or snowshoe, approx 3.5 miles. 
Leader: Carla Barrett barrettinclinton@gmail.com  Cell 315-527-8478
This is a family-friendly walk/hike. Start at Noon at FWP and then go by own car to the Lighthouse Trail 8 minutes away. We can eat lunch on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  This event appeals to walkers and hikers of all skill levels. Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline can be avoided.  Bring food and water; binoculars if you have them.  Meet at FWP, Dominican Ln, Saugerties, NY 12477.  Driving Directions: Off Route 9W or Route 32 south of Saugerties, follow Main St in Glasco NY to Delaware and York.  For GPS: 45 York St, Saugerties 12477 will put you near the entrance where there is a sign.  Confirm with leader.


 

Sun, Apr 14 – Celebrate Palm Sunday by sharing the verses of your favorite psalm – mine is 118:24.
Leader: Skip Doyle – OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com
Meet in the parking lot of Saint John in the Wilderness AT 9:30 am.  Six-mile, undulating hike to Big Hill shelter and JJ Mountain fire tower at a moderate pace. Church services at 3 pm. Refreshments at 4 pm. St. John’s in the Wilderness.  Meet at Saint John in the Wilderness Church parking lot – Harriman State Park, 16 Johnstown Road, Stony Point, NY.


 

Sat, Apr 20 – Celebrate Earth Day (officially Mon, Apr 22) at Locust Grove with some trail TLC
Leader: Dave Webber webberd1@yahoo.com  845-242-9905
Where:  Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY
When:   10am-2pm, Sat, Apr 20.   (Rain date: Sat, Apr 27)
We’ll celebrate our Earth with two projects. The first is removing barberry and other invasive plants alongside the trail.  The work will be cutting back brush and hauling it away.  Stooping and bending is a given as we use loppers, clippers and hand saws to cut and gather brush. The second project is building water bars to direct water off the trail.   We’ll use picks and shovels to install the water bar to fix the drainage problems.  Long pants, long sleeves, work gloves and sturdy footwear are recommended.  Safety Glasses are a good idea.  And of course bring lunch and water.   If you have tools bring them along. If not, then we’ll provide tools.   Hope to see you at Locust Grove!  Confirm with leader.


 

Sun, Apr 21 – Easter Sunday


 

Fri, Apr 26 – Denning Point and Madam Brett Park in Beacon. Rating C-. Approx. 5 miles.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com
We will start at Long Dock Park and take the Klara Sauer Trail to Dennings Point, then along the Fishkill Creek to Madam Brett Park. Then return (omitting Dennings loop).


 

Fri, Apr 26 – Mt. St. Mary, Desmond Campus, Newburgh
Presentation – Kayaking: How to Get Started – 6 pm
Leader: Don Urmston, mrurmston@gmail.com, 845-549-4671
Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) trip leader and ACA instructor, Don Urmston will tell you how to get started, what gear you’ll need, where to go paddling, where to meet other paddlers and where to get instruction on your technique.  Special attention is given to kayak safety and choosing your first kayak.
Volunteers are always welcome to join him


 

Sat, Apr 27 – Hyde Park Trails Annual Kick-off and NPS ROVA Annual Earth Day Recycling event at the Hyde Park Drive-In Theater on US Route 9.
Contact: Salley Decker sadecker2002@yahoo.com
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   New patch introduced.   At 12:00 noon, take a guided hike on the Farm Lane Trail.  Park at trail head lot on US Route 9.   More information on Hyde Park Trails Facebook page:     http://www.hydeparkny.us/facebook


 

Sun, Apr 28 – Paddle Bashakill Wetland (All skill levels)
Leader: Don Urmston, mrurmston@gmail.com, 845-549-4671
I used to lead this paddle every year as the first paddle of the season and Ellie Shortle would always be there.  In honor of Ellie, I’m bringing it back this year.  We’ll paddle for 2-3 hours at a moderate pace.  Bring water, food, extra clothing and dress for whatever weather we have.  We’ll meet at 10am, exact location to be determined by water levels. 
All participants must wear a pfd (lifejacket).  Please confirm with leader.


 

Sun, Apr 28 – Moneyhole Mountain Vista. Fahnestock   5 miles, 3 – 4 hours.
Leader: Margaret Douglas 845 661-4132 mljdmt@gmail.com Voice mail preferred. No calls after 9pm.
As I write this I am looking forward to new growth and no snow. Out and back trails from Sunken Mine Road parking lot off Dennytown Road.  Lunch/snack at the Vista.  If time and desire, we can explore a nearby loop.  From Route 301 turn onto Dennytown Road.  Drive past Taconic Outdoor Center.  Parking lot on left.  Be prepared for mud.  Bad weather cancels.  Confirm with leader.


 

LOOKING AHEAD:

White Mountains trip will be held July 21-27 this year.  Trip is full.  There is a wait list.
Leader: Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 (text preferred) or
gefauci@gmail.com .

We will stay at various places during the week as usual and we will hike some 4,000 footers during our week at the leader’s moderate pace and hike in a group.  If interested, please contact Ginny.  Limit 10-12 hikers.