Outings & Events List

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Recurring Activities

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 e-mail to update your subscription.

HARRIMAN DOG-FRIENDLY HIKES – Susan Sterngold and her dogs lead hikes every day in Harriman.  Dogs will be on all the hikes and you’re welcome to bring yours.  Hikes are scheduled a few days ahead of time.  To receive notifications of the hikes, please join her yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/harrimanhike.  When signing up, pick special notices and mention you are a Mid-Hudson ADK hiker.

HOW TO GET STARTED KAYAKING – PRESENTATIONS – All ADK members are welcomed to attend and/or assist with the presentations–No kayaking experience is necessary. Contact: Don Urmston: Mrurmston@gmail.com    or 845-457-4552.Always wanted to try kayaking but don’t know how to get started?  Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) trip leader 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.  See and feel the difference in kayaks, paddles and other equipment with our hands-on presentation.  Special attention is given to kayak safety and choosing your first kayak.  Whether you just want to paddle occasionally or you want to become an expert sea kayaker, this program will get you started.  Free to all.

How to Get Started Kayaking Presentations 2017

3/26 – Sun – Gardiner Library 12:30

4/6 – Thur – East Fishkill Library 6:00pm

4/8 – Sat – Standfordville Library 10:00am

4/20 – Thur – Saugerties Library 6:30pm

5/3 – Wed – Goshen Library 6:30pm

More dates TBA


Scheduled Outings for Spring

Fri, Feb 10 – Full Moon Snow Shoe at James Baird State Park. Leader: Dave Webber webberd1@yahoo.com or 845-452-7238. We’ll explore trails and open lands under the full moon for 1.5-2 hours total walking time at a moderate pace.  Please bring snow shoes if there is snow. If no snow then we’ll take a moonlit hike thru the park. Please dress warmly and bring a light though I’ll ask that lights are off during the hike.  6 PM meeting time.   Please confirm with leader to get directions to meeting spot.  

Sat, Feb 11 – Fahnestock State Park – Catfish Loop Trail – Class B; 5.9+/- Miles. Leader: Tom Buckley TrailHikerTom@gmail.comThe Catfish Loop Trail is one of the original trails in Fahnestock State Park. This is one of my favorite hikes in any season. Please bring micro spikes in case we encounter some icy conditions.  We will meet at the large Dennytown Road parking area. Email leader for directions and meeting time.

Sun, Feb 12 –  High Banks Preserve, Ulster Park, NY (2 miles)  Hike or Snowshoe if snow on ground C+. Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymllon.com or 917-692-1159
This is the newest of the Scenic Hudson Preserves.  We will hike along varied terrain-from rocky upland forests and deep flooded wetlands to the shore and peat covered waters of Esopus Lake.  If there’s enough snow on the ground, we will snowshoe on easy trails.  Meet at 10 am at the Scenic Hudson trailhead for High Banks Preserve. 132 River Rd, Ulster Park. Directions: Take the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9W north at Highland.  Take Route 9W north approximately 7 miles. After going through Esopus, look for River Rd on right side. Take River Rd. 2 miles to the trailhead on the left.  Confirm with leader.  Heavy rain or snow cancels.

Fri, Feb 17 – Mon, Feb 20 – Winter Weekend at Wiezel Trails Cabin. Leader: Pete McGinnis pmcgin1@aol.com or 845-454-4428. We have once again reserved the Wiezel Trails Cabin for our winter outing.  The rate is the same at $80 per person.  There are 4 rooms with two bunk beds in each room, separate showers-bathrooms and a full kitchen.  We will have pot luck on Sat. and Sun.  Cross country skiing and hiking w/excellent shopping, restaurants and sightseeing Lake Placid. Please make your check to Mid-Hudson Chapter-ADK and mail to Pete McGinnis, 515 Haight Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY.   Questions pmcgin1@aol.com, 845-454-4428.

Sat, Feb 18 – Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

CANCELLED. Sat, Feb 25 –-Bull Hill (Mount Taurus), Hudson Highlands State Park (6 miles, 4-5 hours) A. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.comHike or snowshoe:  We will start from the parking area on Fishkill Road and hike on a route that comprises the Lone Star, Washburn, Undercliff, and Nelsonville Trails.  NY-NJ Trail Conference calls this a “strenuous” hike. Elevation gain is about 1100 feet, +/-. Several great viewpoints over the Hudson River and Highlands.

RESCHEDULED TO SUN MARCH 5 Sat Feb 25:  Easy Walk/Hike at a Westchester Park TBD.  Up to 5 miles C. Leader:  Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com 845 471 9892 (H) 845 891-7173 (C). Depending on weather, we’ll head south for a wintry walk in an undetermined park.  No high hills to deal with, pace will be very moderate. Meet to carpool at 10:00 am at MacDonalds on Route 9 south of Route 84.  May need to use traction devices.  Active snow or rain will cancel.  Can check with leader morning of hike before 9 am.

SUN FEB. 26. –  Tour of “Nobody’s Fool” film sites in Beacon 
Leader: Christopher Cring  845-249-5305  christopher.cring@gmail.com
Come join us on a guided walking tour of many of the filming locations featured in the Academy Award and critically claimed movie “Nobody’s Fool” filmed in Beacon and staring Paul NewmanJessica TandyBruce WillisMelanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The tour will begin at the Yankee Clipper Diner at 397 Main Street, Beacon.  Meet at the municipal parking lot located behind the diner at 10 AM.  The tour covers 8 prominent filming locations over a 3.4-mile span and will be approx. 2.5 hours. We will also be passing by many of the shops and art galleries along the way. After the tour, we will have lunch at the diner used in the film (optional). Contact me if you have any questions. Wear good walking shoes, bring water and dress warm.  Please confirm if you plan to attend.

Sat, Mar 4 – Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY. Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sat, Mar 4 – High Peterskill End to End Snowshoe or Hike. Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.com  Meet 9:30 at Coxing where we’ll leave some cars and shuttle to starting point.  This is a moderate 6 mile hike or snowshoe.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  The Preserve fee is $12.

Sun, Mar 5 – Easy Walk/Hike at a Westchester Park TBD.  Up to 5 miles C Teatown Lake Reservation. Leader:  Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com 845 471 9892 (H) 845 891-7173 (C). Depending on weather, we’ll head south for a wintry walk n this Northern Westchester Park..  No high hills to deal with, pace will be very moderate.  We will take a 2 mile loop walk and, depending on the weather, have an option to add another loop of a mile to mile and a half. Let’s look for signs of Spring in this week prior to change to daylight savings time. Meet to carpool at 10:00 am at MacDonalds on Route 9 south of Route 84.  May need to use traction devices.  Active snow or rain will cancel.  Can check with leader morning of hike before 9 am.

Sat, Mar 11 – Blackhead (and possibly Black Dome and Thomas Cole) 5.2 (7.6) miles, 1800′ (2650′) Ascent    A Hike (or snowshoe) – Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club. Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com (914) 489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. Another hike with spectacular views of the northern Catskills. If conditions permit, we will do a thru-hike across the Blackhead Range.  If weather and terrain are exceptionally challenging, we will hike only Blackhead. The Catskills generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region.  Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or microspikes (or crampons). Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Registration period: Mar 2 – Mar 9. 

Sun, Mar 12 – Thur, Mar 16 – Tmax & Topo Hostel trip, Adirondacks. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.comCelebrate the start of daylight savings time in the Lake Placid area of the Adirondacks.  The snow should be good for x-country skiing and snowshoeing, but, if not, there are innumerable places for all levels of hiking.  Lake Placid has great shopping, restaurants and other activities, e.g. dog sledding, the Olympic Center.  At the beginning of the week, we are in a good position to have the hostel to ourselves.  Go to www.tmax-n-topo.com.  We will share pot-luck dinners and cook our own breakfasts in the large, well-supplied kitchen.  Bunkroom accommodations will total $112 + tax.  Private rooms also available.  Please contact leader to register and for more info. 

Sun, Mar 12 – Sunset/Moonrise walk at Peach Hill. Leader:  Sue Mackson  845 471 9892  suemackson@gmail.comSunset is prior to 7 pm (daylight savings time will have begun) and full moon rise is shortly afterward. Meet 5:45 pm at entrance to Peach Hill which has easy up and down hill trails through an abandoned apple orchard.  The site is highest point in Poughkeepsie, which isn’t saying much, but affords 360 degree views.  We will walk first, then watch.  Bring a short poem to share.  Flashlight or headlamp will be helpful when leaving, but we will try to walk in the dark.

Sat, Mar 18 – Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm – Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sun, Mar 19 – Esopus Meadows Preserve, Ulster Park, NY (2.5 miles)   C+
Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymellon.com, 917-692-1159.
We will hike along woodland trails and a shoreline with stunning views of the Hudson. This is a prime spot for watching bald eagles and the shallow waters just offshore are among the most important spawning grounds for striped bass.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Meet at 10 am at the Scenic Hudson trailhead for Esopus Meadows Preserve. 257 River Rd, Ulster Park. Directions: Take the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9W north at Highland.  Take Route 9W north approximately 7 miles. After going through Esopus, look for River Rd on right side. Take River Rd. 1.3 miles to the trailhead.  Preserve is adjacent to the Lighthouse Park. Confirm with leader.  Heavy rain or snow cancels.

Sat, Mar 25 –Mills-Norrie State Park. 5 mile loop hike with light trail maintenance (litter pickup, clipping) if needed. 
Leader: Georgette Weir. Phone: 845-462-0142 and/or email georgette.weir@gmail.com Best time to call is before 9pm. The trails were in good shape in mid-January. We’ll see how they look after winter. Walk will include 2.25-mile River Trail along the Hudson.

 Sat, Mar 25 – Wonder Lake & Laurel Pond Loop Hike – Patterson, NY – Class B   5.5+/- Miles. Leader: Tom Buckley: TrailHikerTom@gmail.comA snow and ice storm prevented me from leading this hike in mid-December, so I have rescheduled this hike to the first Saturday in Spring. We will start our hike on the Highlands Trail and will circle around Wonder Lake & Laurel Pond. We will continue a little further into this State Park on the blue Orchard Hill Trail back and then join the Yellow Trail for our return hike to the parking lot. We will meet at the Wonder Lake parking lot on Ludingtonville Road in Holmes, NY. Email leader for directions and meeting time.

Sun, Mar 26 – Watchung Reservation History Trail   B, moderate 6.5 miles. Leader: Sue Mackson 845 471 9892 h 845 891 7173 c suemackson@gmail.comStill fascinated with Revolutionary War History, I’m going down to NJ, to the Mountains where George Washington retreated after his defeat in Manhattan.  Description of the hike can be found on the NYNJ Trail Conference web site: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/watchung-reservation-0.  I doubt I’ve ever set foot in Union County and the trip will require a car trip of almost two hours.  Join me for this adventure to the land where the oil flows.  Please reserve with me by March 24 for carpool and meet time and location.

Sat, Apr 1 –Jenny Lane Loop.  This is a moderately strenuous 7-8 mile hike. Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.com. Meet 9:30 at the lower lot of Minnewaska State Park.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  Minnewaska parking is $10/car or Empire Pass. 

Sat, Apr 1 – Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Westward  B  No altitude gain in Brooklyn. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.comMeet at Metro North Train before 8 am in Poughkeepsie to get to the Gardens prior to noon, when entry is at no charge.  We’ll look for daffodils and magnolias in bloom, head past the herb garden, check out the native plant area and the Childrens’ Garden and then, depending on the group, head west to the Gowanus Canal area. Lots of walking on hard surfaces. Bring lunch to eat outside. Please contact leader by March 30.

 Tues, Apr 4 – Audubon hike #1. Audubon trails in Sharon, CT.    5 +/- miles, C. Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, djanderson@fairpoint.net or 518 398-5320 (before 9 PM). Join us in the morning at the Sharon Audubon Center where we plan to hike about 5 miles of gentle trails that wind up and down through deciduous woodlands to a quiet pond with a boardwalk for viewing wildlife. Bring lunch or snack and a supply of water. Hiking boots or good trail shoes are advised, as there may be wet areas. Hiking poles and binoculars may also be useful. There is a suggested fee of $3 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, at the Audubon Center. Bathrooms will be available. We may also want to drive a short way afterward to do the mile-long pond loop trail at the Audubon Sharon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary nearby. For meeting time and directions, please contact the leaders by Sunday evening, April 2 before 9 PM.

Sat, Apr 8 – MOUNTAIN LIONS, Special Chapter Event 2 pm. Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland, NY 12528, 845-691-7578. Contact:  Kathy Paulsen kaypea51@aol.comChristopher Spatz, a dedicated mountain lion researcher, will present an illustrated introduction to cougar biology, ecology and history.  His talk will be based on a new book, Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America by William Stolzenburg.  Additional info in Spring newsletter.

Sat, Apr 8 – Thurs, Apr 13 – Appalachian Trail Backpack: Manassas Gap, VA, to Big Meadows (Shenandoah National Park) VA   (54 miles, Moderate Pace, Class A). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comWe continue our odyssey on the Appalachian Trail.  This will be a 6-day (including driving down & back) adventure through the wilds of Virginia and ending at the sumptuous Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park.  (Sorry, we will not stay at the lodge, but can poke around inside.)  The ascents/descents are gentle.  Daily mileages range from 8 miles to 15.5 miles – ranging about 5.5 to 10 hours hiking.  Thirteen fabulous viewpoints along the way and we’ll linger to enjoy them.  Register with leader no later than April 1st.  Joint with AMC

Sun, Apr 9 Long Dock Park, Denning’s Point, and Madam Brett Park Combo, Approx 6 miles,  C+. Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332   ruidisch3@gmail.com   cell (845)453-0871This hike offers beautiful views of both the Hudson River and Fishkill Creek estuary.   We will start at Long Dock Park and follow two trails to Madam Brett Park to enjoy both the estuary and Fishkill Falls.   We will, then, circle back to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries building before entering Denning’s Point.   Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water.  Meet by the kayak pavilion in Long Dock Park at 9:00 am.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, Apr 9, Psalm Sunday Pilgrimage in Harriman State Park (6 miles, 5 hours) B. Leader: Skip Doyle, OutdoorSkipper@gmail.comCelebrate Palm Sunday by sharing the verses of your favorite psalm – mine is 118:24. Meet at 9:15 at Sloatsburg municipal parking lot, 98 Orange Turnpike (Route 59)and carpool to Saint John in the Wilderness parking lot.  Six-mile hike to Big Hill shelter and JJ Mountain fire tower (1000’ elevation gain). Church services at 3 pm. Refreshments at 4 pm.   Newspaper article from prior year (Poughkeepsie Journal).  http://www.outdoorskipper.com/uploads/4/9/0/2/49029123/palm_sunday_hike.pdf

Sun, Apr 9 – Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Cragsmoor, NY. Class B+ (6 miles). Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.comLocated on the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains, the area contains a globally rare community of high altitude pitch pine barrens and a matrix of chestnut oak forest. We will hike the loop trail around Lake Maratanza, one of the five Shawungunk sky lakes and explore ice cave crevices as well as numerous scenic vistas. We will also see former Huckleberry Picker Shacks along the way. Bring a picnic lunch.  Meet at 12:00 noon at the Sam’s Point Visitor Center.  There is a $10 parking fee so carpooling is encouraged. Free for those with an Empire Passport. Directions: Take I84 West across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Take exit 6. Turn right onto Route 17K west. Go 2 miles. Make right onto Coldenham Rd. and take to end. Make right onto Orange Ave. Take to end and make left onto Main St. in Walden. Continue onto Route 52 west (S. Montgomery St.) for 14 miles passing thru Pine Bush and Walker Valley. In Cragsmoor, make right onto Cragsmoor Rd. Follow signs for Sam’s Point for 3 miles. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat, Apr 15 – “Hyde Park Trails”     Introduction of the new patch for 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm. Contact: Salley Decker  845-454-4206 or sadecker2002@yahoo.comMeet at the Vanderbilt National Historic Site.  Hikers will be shuttled to the F.D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.  There will be a 4-mile guided hike on the Hyde Park Trail back to the Vanderbilt National Historic Site.  The new patch for 2017 will be introduced.  Wear good hiking boots/shoes and bring water and snacks.  Contact Salley for more information and to register.  Pre-registration is not required, but it would be good to know how many ADK members might be joining the hike.

 Tues, April 18 – Appalachian Trail at Bulls Bridge   C Hike   Little elevation approx. 2.5 miles. Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com  845-471-9892. The narrow, but easy, trail overlooks the roiling Housatanic. A bit of up and down, but no great elevation challenges. Walked this in January an its location is so beautiful we thought it would be more so in spring. We will start in the afternoon at the covered bridge and turn around at a lovely meadow less than two miles away.  Meet early afternoon to car pool.  Check with leader for meeting place.  

Sat, Apr 22 – Fahnestock State Park – 3 Lakes Trail & the AT – Class B   5.5+/- Miles. Leader: Tom Buckley: TrailHikerTom@gmail.comApril 22nd is Earth Day. Let’s celebrate by taking a hike. If you are you interested in observing evidence of the very active beaver activity at Fahnestock State Park, then you should enjoy this hike. We will see some of the many dams and lodges they have built along the waterways. On last year’s ADK hike we encountered downed trees with fresh beaver bite marks and shavings from earlier that day. I do not expect to actually see any beavers as we hike, but we may be surprised. Email leader for meeting place time & directions.

Sat, Apr 22 – Paddle the Bantam River, Western Connecticut.   Quiet Water, Appropriate for canoes & all types of kayaks, all ability levels. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comWe’ll enjoy paddling this narrow, flat water river as it twists and turns through the White Memorial Conservation Center in Connecticut’s Litchfield County, then spills into Bantam Lake.  This is a wildlife preserve filled with all kinds of birds, turtles and other fauna.  The banks are undeveloped until you get to the lake.  Expect to pull over beaver dams.  Bring lunch & water.  You must cartop boat & equipment to launch.  There are rentals in the area.  Contact leader for a rental list.  PFDs required.  Beginners welcome.  Rain cancels; contact leader if in doubt.  Optional refreshments/conversation stop after the paddle.  Group size limited.  Joint with AMC.  Register with leader.  You’ll be sent driving directions.

Sun, Apr 23 –Walk in New York City – Highline. Leader: sayi nulu  sayinulu@yahoo.comTake early morning train to Grand central, walk over to Highline and check it out and then have lunch . After lunch depending on interest and time check out anything interesting around there and take train back to Poughkeepsie.  Rain cancels.  Contact leader for more info.

Sat, Apr 29 –Fahnestock State Park. Moderately strenuous 6-mile loop at a moderate (2mph) pace. Leader: Georgette Weir. 845-462-0142 or georgette.weir@gmail.com  Best time to call is before 9pm. We will hike on the Appalachian Trail and Blue Trail in Fahnestock SP from Route 301. Find details at http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/fahnestock-state-park. Meeting Time/Place & carpool directions: Contact leader for info.

 Sat, Apr 29 – Minnewaska State Park/Mohonk Preserve. (9 miles, 6 hours) A Level Hike. Leader: Michael C. Phipps phippsmcp@aol.com   Cell: (646) 373-5891.
This loop hikes over Millbrook Mountain to Gertrude’s Nose offers outstanding views, sweeping vistas, cliffs, and ledges.  Bring 3+ liters of water, snacks, and lunch.  Dress for the weather. Meet at West Trapps Parking Lot at 9 am.  Confirm with leader.

Sun. April 30 – Bashakill Wetlands Paddle – Beginning Paddlers Welcome! (C, Easy). Leader: Don Urmston email: Mrurmston@gmail.com or phone 845-549-4671 (before 9pm). Bloomingburg, NY.  Observe ducks, frogs and Bald Eagles as we drift along through this beautiful wetland.  We will paddle for 2-3 hours at an easy pace.  PFD Required!  Early season trip so be prepared for cold and some wind.  Contact leader for time and meeting place.  Register with leader by 4/29.

Tues, May 2 – Audubon Hike #2. Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary in Stanfordville, NY.   5+/- miles C. Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, djanderson@fairpoint.net or 518 398-5320 (before 9 PM). We are planning a morning walk of 5 miles or less over the varied terrain of Buttercup’s rolling grassland, wooded areas and marsh. Groomed trails will lead us along a bluebird trail to a secluded stream, old orchard and fine view of Stissing Mountain. Bring lunch or snack and a supply of water. Hiking boots or good trail shoes are advised, and you may need a hat. Binoculars and poles may also be useful. For meeting time and directions, please contact the leaders by Sunday evening, April 30, before 9 PM.

 Sat, May 6 – I Love My Parks Day

 Sat, May 6 – AT and Three Lakes trail in Fahnestock Park.  4-5 miles, B, family friendly. Leader: Tom Amisson   tamisson@aol.comWe will search out various spring wildflowers and explore several iron mine sites.  Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat., May 6    Annual Riverkeeper Hudson River Sweep:  Lower Wappinger Creek. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comLet’s join Riverkeeper’s 6th annual Hudson River Sweep by paddling & cleaning up the lower Wappinger Creek from the falls to the Hudson.  Spend as much time as you are able.  This event does so much more than removing trash from our waterways and shores – it connects people to waterways.  The lower Wappinger Creek is our creek.  We paddle it. Who else will clean it up if we do not?  Trash bags provided.  Bring any kind of boat & gear, wear shoes that can get wet, wear clothing that can get wet and dirty.  Don’t forget the sunscreen & hat.  Meet at 4 PM at the launch at 117 Market St., Village of Wappingers Falls (across from Temple Field).  Confirm participation with leader.  Contact leader if needing driving directions.

Sun, May 7 – Combined Paddle and Hike.   Saugerties. Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com or cell (914) 489-0654. We will first paddle from Waterfront Park to the lighthouse, around the point and south on the Hudson to the Falling Waters Preserve. There we will hike the trails, exploring the preserve before returning to our boats and Saugerties. Paddle is moderate – big water rules apply – hike is easy (2 miles).   Contact leader for meeting time and place.

 Sun. May 7 – Wallkill River, Middletown to Montgomery – Beginning Paddlers Welcome! (C, Easy, but some distance- launch can be muddy). Leader: Don Urmston email: Mrurmston@gmail.com or phone 845-549-4671 (before 9pm). With the opening of a new boat launch in Middletown, we can finally paddle this seldom-used section of the Wallkill River.  We will go with the current for about 10-12 miles.  This section is usually clear and has no rapids.

Sat, May 13 – Kenco’s 7th Annual Outdoor Fest   9 am – 4 pm Volunteers needed for MHADK table.  Contact Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com for additional info.

Sat, May 13 – 5 Hyde Park Trails Patch-in-a-Day Hike   6+ miles Fast pace. Leader: Mike Cunningham 203-748-7233 between 7 pm-9 pm or hikermiker@yahoo.comFor the past 7 years, Mike Cunningham has led a club trip to hike 5 trails and earn a Hyde Park Walkabout patch in a single day.  If it rains, bring rain gear.  Bring lunch.  No dogs. Meet at Roosevelt Farm Lane parking on Route 9G, opposite the Val-Kill entrance at 9:30 am.   We will need to drive between hikes. Any e-mails received after noon on 5/12 will not be answered.  Pre-registration is not required.

Sat, May 20 – Combined Paddle and Hike.  Esopus. Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com cell (914) 489-0654. We will paddle from Chodikee Lake to the waterfall on the Black Creek. From there we will hike several of the trails in the Burroughs Sanctuary. Easy 3-mile paddle and 4-mile hike. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat, May 20 – Schaghticoke Mountain   6 miles B at easy pace. Leader:  Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com 845-471-9892. Appalachian Trail where it winds back and forth between CT and NY is mostly easy climb of 1,000 ft, most of it in the early part of the hike.  Beautiful views out over the Housatonic Valley and then to the west. We will end within the bounds of the Schagticoke Indian Reservation and return to our starting point.  Call leader for meeting place and carpooling.  Expect to begin the hike from Schagticoke Rd at 10 am.

Sun, May 21 – Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Wallkill, NY. Class C (3.5 miles). Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.comEstablished in 1999 to support grassland dependent migratory birds and wintering raptors. The refuge has been identified as a biodiversity focus area and an important bird area.  Two interconnected loop trails wind through the refuge’s open grasslands with views of the Shawangunk Ridge.  Two observation platforms are located along the trail. Meet at 12:00 noon in the Visitor Parking Lot within the Refuge.  Directions: Take I-84 west across the Newburgh-Beacon bridge to exit 10S (2nd exit after bridge). Make left onto Route 32 North. Go about 3 miles and continue straight onto Rt. 300 North. Take to end and make left onto Rt. 208. Continue on Wallkill Ave into the Village of Wallkill (you will leave Rt. 208). Turn left onto Bruyn Turnpike (P.O. at corner). Continue about 2 miles and at top of hill, make right onto Hoagerburgh Rd. Go about another mile and make right onto Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat, May 27 – Nuclear Lake and Cat Rocks on AT. Moderately strenuous 8-9 miles at a moderate (2mph) pace. Leader: Georgette Weir. 845-462-0142 or georgette.weir@gmail.com Best time to call is before 9pm. We’ll take Appalachian Trail from Rt. 55, passing Nuclear Lake on our way to Cat Rocks for the view. Retrace steps to Nuclear Lake, than back on other side of the lake on Yellow Trail. Meeting Time/Place & carpool directions: Contact leader for info.
Sat, May 27 – Minnewaska State Park-Sam’s Point Area.  (9 miles, 6 hours)  A Level Hike. Leader: Michael C. Phipps phippsmcp@aol.com   Cell: (646) 373-5891.
This loop hike offers sweeping views, a waterfall, with several cliffs and edges. Bring 3+ liters of water, snacks, lunch. Dress for the weather.  Meet at Sam’s Point Visitors Center at 9 am.  Please confirm with leader.

Sat, May 27 – 5 mile out and back paddle from Long Dock,Beacon. Leader: Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.comWe will paddle around Dennings Point into the Fishkill Creek estuary.  We will see bird life (possibly an eagle or osprey) and other aquatic activity.  Contact leader for time (will depend on tide and weather). Suitable for novices, kayak rentals available. 

Mon, May 29 – Memorial Day Hike to the Veteran’s flag located along the Beacon Fishkill ridge. Leader: Chris Cring christopher.cring@gmail.com (845) 249-5305. Come join the ADK for a hike to visit the United States flag that has been maintained for decades by the Darcy family in honor of Robert Darcy, a Veteran, who passed away in 1994.  The flag flies high at a clearing with a spectacular view overlooking the Hudson Valley. This Mountain range happens to be the location that the first American Veterans maintained a look out to protect George Washington’s Headquarters. After arriving at the Vista, there will be a short ceremony honoring Veterans.  This is a moderate to strenuous 3 hour hike with a stream crossing and elevation. Bring water and snacks. Please confirm if you plan on attending or if you have any questions. Meet at Pocket Road Trail Head, Beacon NY at 9:30 AM

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Sat, June 3 – National Trails Day – contact Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.com for information.

Sat, June 3 – Black Creek Paddle & Clean-up. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comCome help us clean up the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd.  Our Chapter worked with the Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council to build this water trail many years ago.  The maintenance is typically light work.  We’ll have time for a pleasure paddle for those interested.  Bring work gloves, loppers, saws & ropes.  (If you need tools, contact leader for loaners.)  Trash bags supplied.  Bring your boat & gear.  (Contact leader if you need a boat.)  Meet at 10 AM in the parking area at the Black Creek Bridge on Rt. 299 between the NYS Thruway & Rt. 9W.  This is across from Motel 299.  There’s a sign on the S side indicating the launch for the Black Creek.  Please confirm participation by contacting leader.

 Sat, June 10 – Kingston Kayak Festival. Mark your calendars!  The Kingston Kayak Festival is on this date at Kingston Point Beach in Kingston, NY.  More info in the Spring newsletter.

Sometime the end of June:  Appalachian Trail Backpack: Rockfish Gap to Troutville, VA   (133 miles, 11 days, incl. driving time). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comCheck Summer newsletter, weekly e-mails or contact leader for more info.