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MHADK OUTINGS 2018 &  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.

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.

SCHEDULED OUTINGS

Tues, Oct 2 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com  From Mohonk Preserve’s Pine Road Trailhead we will ascend to Skytop at a 3 mph pace.  How we get back to our cars is an open question.  Hike starts at 11:00 AM which gives us time to pick up the bus people from NYC.  In case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

Wed, Oct 3 – Millbrook Ridge Loops. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet at Mohonk Preserve’s West Trapps Trailhead at 9:30 AM. The entire hike is about 8 moderate miles.  For those wanting a shorter hike, 3 mile & 5 mile loops are possible. Registration is not required but in case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

Sat, Oct 6 – Fahnestock State Park hike. Level: A. Approx 8 miles, moderately strenuous. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com.   Bring water, snacks, lunch. Contact leader for meet time. We will start from Hubbard Lodge on Route 9, Cold Spring, hike up School Mountain Road (a woods road), turn left onto Hubbard Loop, then back onto School Mountain Road to East Mountain Loop. We will climb East Mountain, come down and cross School Mountain Road to Perkins Trail, then turn off onto the Fahnestock Trail, heading up and south over Round Hill.  Perhaps 1000-1200 feet of total elevation. Bad weather will cancel.

Sun, Oct 7 – Race Brook Falls Trail to the AT (4 – 5 miles RT/5 hours, 1,300’ gain, moderately strenuous, B+ level). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djanderson@fairpoint.net. Race Brook Falls Trail leads through a beautiful forest of hemlock, oak and mountain laurel in the southern Taconics. It crosses and re-crosses Race Brook where there are splendid waterfalls. The trail climbs steeply in sections along switchbacks until reaching Race Brook Falls Campsite and the intersection with the AT. We will find a place to lunch there, hopefully with a view, before descending the way we came. Bring lunch/snacks and ample water. Dress in layers as conditions on the ridge may be cooler. Poles and an extra pair of socks are a good idea on this hike. We meet at the trailhead on the west side of Route 41 (about 7 miles north of Salisbury, CT) at 10 am. Carpool available from Pine Plains. We have room for 3. Please register with the leaders prior to the day of the outing.

Tuesday, October 9.  – Audubon Buttercup Farm Sanctuary (4 miles/hours, C level). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djandrerson@fairpoint.net  We will follow trails through rolling grassland and along the hedgerows of Buttercup West leading down to Wappinger Creek where we ought to see migrating birds and some beaver activity. We will then loop back to the starting point and lunch across the road at a viewpoint overlooking Stissing Mountain and surrounding farmland. After, we may walk the trails of Buttercup East, depending on the wishes of the group. Bring lunch/snack, water and dress for the weather with good footwear for possible marshy conditions. Poles are an option, binoculars useful. We plan to meet at the parking lot for Buttercup East on Route 82 in Stanford at 9 am. Please register with the leaders prior to the day of the outing.

Tues, Oct 9 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. From Mohonk Preserve’s Pine Road Trailhead we will ascend to Skytop at a 3 mph pace.  How we get back to our cars is an open question.  Hike starts at 11:00 AM which gives us time to pick up the bus people from NYC.  In case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

RESCHEDULED Sat, Oct 13 20 – Trail work at Wilderstein. Leader: Chris Cring Christopher.cring@gmail.com or 845-249-5305. Looking for ADK volunteers to do trail work at the Wilderstein trails in Rhinebeck. The local ADK has a long history of helping maintain these trails that were once owned by Daisy Suckley, an original ADK member. The trails are free to the community for hiking.  Please bring any equipment that would help clear the trails and shovels for spreading mulch.  We will meet at 9:30 am at the Wilderstein gatehouse adjacent to the trail head parking lot.  Please contact leader if you have any questions and plan to attend.

Sun, Oct 14 – James Ramsay Hunt & Mary Welsh Parker Sanctuary at the Bedford Audubon Society and Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Katonah, NY. 3.1 miles Class C. Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com. The shrub lands, wetlands and fields create a beautiful landscape that hosts a rich variety of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. We will start on the Meadow Loop Trail leading to the Meadow Hill Trail to the Katonah Ridge Trail and return.  Meet at 10 am at the trailhead. Bring a picnic lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Contact Leader to confirm. Directions: Take I-684 South towards White Plains. Take exit 6 – Cross River – Rt. 35.  At end of exit ramp, make left onto Rt. 35. Go to next major intersection and make left onto Rt. 22 north. Todd Rd. will be your 4th right (about a mile). Bylane Farm is located a half-mile down the road. Look for a small historic white sign on the left side of the road indicating the Bedford Audubon Society. Immediately across the road is a small gravel parking lot where the trailhead starts.

Tues, Oct 16 – Sharon Audubon Center (3.5 – 4.5 miles, 4 – 5 hours depending, C level). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djanderson@fairpoint.net. Gentle trails wind up and down through fall woodlands to a quiet pond with an inviting boardwalk for viewing wildlife. We plan to eat at picnic tables back at the Center where there is also an extensive aviary for birds of prey well worth visiting. Bring lunch/snacks and a supply of water. Good trail shoes are advised as there may be wet areas. Hiking poles and binoculars will also be useful. The Center suggests a fee of $3 adults, $1.50 seniors for use of the trails. Afterward, we may drive a short way to walk the mile-long pond loop trail at the Audubon Sharon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary nearby, an outstanding place for birdwatching. We meet at the Sharon Audubon Center on Route 4 east of Sharon at 10 am. Carpool available from Pine Plains. We have room for 3. Please with the leaders prior to the day of the outing.

Tues, Oct 16 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. From Mohonk Preserve’s Pine Road Trailhead we will ascend to Skytop at a 3 mph pace.  How we get back to our cars is an open question.  Hike starts at 11:00 AM which gives us time to pick up the bus people from NYC.  In case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

Sat, Oct 20 – Trail work at Wilderstein. Leader: Chris Cring Christopher.cring@gmail.com or 845-249-5305. Looking for ADK volunteers to do trail work at the Wilderstein trails in Rhinebeck. The local ADK has a long history of helping maintain these trails that were once owned by Daisy Suckley, an original ADK member. The trails are free to the community for hiking.  Please bring any equipment that would help clear the trails and shovels for spreading mulch.  We will meet at 9:30 am at the Wilderstein gatehouse adjacent to the trail head parking lot.  Please contact leader if you have any questions and plan to attend.

Sun, Oct 21 – Annual autumn leaf hike to Gertrude’s Nose.  Moderately strenuous hike of about 10 miles. Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader:  Roberta Forest. (845)750-7059. This hike will take us to both Millbrook Mountain and to Gertrude’s Nose.  Bring enough water and food for the day.  We’ll meet at 9:30 at the upper parking lot of Minnewaska SP.  Most of hike is on trails, with carriage road start and finish. Rain cancels. 

Tues, Oct 23 – Mount Everett and Guilder Pond. (4 miles, 4 -5 hours depending, 900’ gain, B- level). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djanderson@fairpoint.net. The road walk is one mile up to the trailhead for Mt. Everett and is especially pleasant in the fall. The AT trail to the summit, an additional .7 miles, is rocky, short and sweet, lined with oak and laurel. Near the top of the mountain there will be a clearing with a lean-to where we can snack and view the landscape to the east with Mt. Greylock in the distance. After summiting, we will return the way we came and stop at Guilder Pond nestled in the woods at over 2,000 feet. After lunch we can investigate a .7-mile trail around the pond. Bring food and ample water. Dress for the weather in layers. We plan to meet at 10 am at the lower parking lot for Bash Bish Falls (Route 344 off 22) to carpool/caravan up to the entrance to Mt. Everett in Massachusetts. Carpool available from Pine Plains. We have room for 3. Please register with the leaders prior to the day of the outing.

Tues, Oct 23 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. From Mohonk Preserve’s Pine Road Trailhead we will ascend to Skytop at a 3 mph pace.  How we get back to our cars is an open question.  Hike starts at 11:00 AM which gives us time to pick up the bus people from NYC.  In case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

Sat, Oct 27 – Wittenberg, Cornell & Slide Distance: 9.5 mi. Ascent: 3600′, Elev: 3780′, 3860, 4180′ . Leader: Joe Ferri #2223 W945 newpaltz33@yahoo.com or 914-489-1582. Moderate paced trail hike, requires shuttle.  Must register with leader.  Registration Period: Oct 18 – 25.  Joint with 3500 Club.

Sun, Oct 28 – Croton Gorge Park , 451 Yorktown Rd , Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. website : https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/croton-gorge-park/. Leader: Sayi Nulu 845-264-2270 or sayileela@gmail.com. It’s 2.1 miles, Up-and-Back, 2+ hours total if we go slow. Assemble in the visitor parking lot (may be $10.00 per car to enter) at 10:30 AM and after greet and meet we will go on the 2.1 miles walk up the dam and whatever we can do. Discussing the historic importance of this dam for NY city water. Bring your own lunch, water good shoes. Hope the weather co-operates. Carpool: Rt 82 & Rt 29 Clove branch Road – before we get to Taconic south.  There is a gas station and other businesses we will find a place to park our car. NOTE: Access to the park is $10 per car on weekends ($5 if you have a park pass), May through September only. All other times, it’s free.  Please confirm with leader.

Tues, Oct 30 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. From Mohonk Preserve’s Pine Road Trailhead we will ascend to Skytop at a 3 mph pace.  How we get back to our cars is an open question.  Hike starts at 11:00 AM which gives us time to pick up the bus people from NYC.  In case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

 Wed, Oct 31 – Split Rock to Giants Workshop 6-10 moderate miles. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com. The full 10 mile hike includes a scramble & a couple of miles on unmaintained trails.  Meet at Mohonk Preserve’s West Trapps Trailhead at 9:30 AM.  Registration is not required but in case of inclement weather please confirm with leader.

Sat. Nov. 3, Minnewaska State Park Preserve (8-ish miles, 5-6 hours). This is a no-hunting zone.  Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com (contact by Friday, 6pm). We will do a circuit from the Lower Awosting parking lot, along Mossy Glen Trail, up Blueberry Run to Castle Point, then along Rainbow Falls Trail, pick up Jenny Lane to its connection with the northern end of Blueberry Run, then back on Mossy Glen to parking area.  Bring water, lunch, snacks and layer for weather. Meet to depart on hike at 9:30 at Minnewaska parking area ($10/car parking fee or Empire State Pass) or contact leader for car-pooling options. Contact leader to confirm.

Sat, Nov 3 – Daylight savings ends, turn clocks back an hour.

Sun, Nov 4 – Moneyhole Mountain View  Fahnestock  5 miles,3 – 4 hours. Leader: Margaret Douglas mljdmt@gmail.com, 845 661-4132. Phone preferred. No calls after 9pm. Out and back trails from Sunken Mine Rd parking lot off Dennytown Road. Lunch/snack at The View. From Route 301 turn onto Dennytown Road. Drive past Taconic Outdoor Center. Parking lot on left. Meet at 10am. Car pool available for three people. Confirm with leader by Saturday night. Bad Weather cancels.

Sun, Nov 4 – Zaidee’s Bower Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Roberta Forest 845-750-7059. This hike/scramble will do a large loop from and to the Coxing lot of the Mohonk Preserve.  Likely route will take us up Old Minnewaska trail, through Giant’s Workshop, under  arching rocks, to Cathedral Path, to Plateau Path and then to Laurel Ledge Path before we arrive at Zaidee’s Bower before our return to Coxing. $15 Mohonk Preserve visitor fee or membership card.  Rain cancels.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, Nov 4 – Bonticou Crag 8 fast miles w/scrambles. Leader: Marty Carp 845-214-8520 martymcarp@gmail.com. We might enter a cave or two on this exploratory hike. Wear long loose fitting pants over knee sleeves & have two fully charged headlamps.  We will reach the Crag via the unmaintained Northeast trail. Park at Mohonk`s Pine Rd. Trailhead at 10:30 AM.  T-Storm cancels.  Rain Reroutes.  Confirm with leader.            

Sat., Nov. 10 – Mon., Nov. 12   Central Catskills Backpack   19.7 mi.   Level A. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. Spend Veteran’s Day Weekend on the Dry Brook Ridge and Mill Brook Ridge trails in the central Catskills.  We’ll start by climbing Pakatakan Mtn. (2430 ft.), in Margaretville, and camp at a lean-to on the Dry Brook Ridge (7.25 mi.).  Next day, we’ll climb Balsam Lake Mtn, (3723 ft.) and take in the fabulous 360-degree view from its fire tower, then camp at the lean-to and tent site on the mountain (4.7 mi.).  We might be able to tour the fire watchmen’s museum if it’s open.  The more energetic may want to take a side hike.  There are 3 directions to go.  On Veteran’s Day, we’ll travel down Mill Brook Ridge to Alder Lake to our cars (7.8 mi.).  This is a point-to-point hike with a 30-min. car shuttle.  We’ll need to start early on Sat. morning, so you’ll need to arrive at Alder Lake (directions to be provided) on Friday evening to camp on the Lake.  Register with leader by Nov. 5th.  A rainy weekend could cancel.

Sat, Nov 10 – Old Croton Aqueduct Weir and Dam Tour, Ossining & Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 3 miles, C+ . Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymellon.com or 917-692-1159. We will first view a short film about the Aqueduct at the Joseph Caputo Community Center in downtown Ossining then descend into the nearby original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. We will then walk north along the Aqueduct to the New Croton Dam and enjoy the beautiful scenery and craftsmanship of the dam.  Meet at 9:15 am at the Croton Gorge Park located at 35 Yorktown Rd (Route 129), Croton-on-Hudson.  We will then carpool to the Joseph Caputo Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining. Bring a picnic lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with leader. I have room for 3 people in my car.

Sun, Nov 11 – NORTH DOME & SHERRILL Joint with 3500 Club Leader: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com   914-489-1582. Distance: 6.5 mi. Ascent: 2500′, Elev: 3540′, 3610′. Moderate paced, difficult bushwhack. Registration Period: Nov 1 – 8. 

Sat, Nov 17 – 5 Hyde Park Trails Patch-in-a-Day Hike about 6 miles overall. Leader: Mike Cunningham at 203-748-7233 between 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. or hikermiker@yahoo.comFor the past 8 years, Mike Cunningham of ADK has led a club trip to hike 5 trails and earn a Hyde Park Walkabout patch in a single day.  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. Fast pace. If it rains bring rain gear. Bring lunch and water. No dogs. Parts of these trails cover land formerly owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Pre-registration is not required.

Sun, Nov 18 Mills Norrie River Trail (5 miles, 3 hours) C. Leader: Annette Caruso, annettecrs@gmail.com, 845 891-3361. Meet at 10:30 at the Marina parking lot in Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, Staatsburg.  We will hike along the river trail and loop back, stopping for lunch near the mansion.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Meet at the Marina, 10:30 am.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, Nov 25 – 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 or Cell 315-527-8478.  This is a family-friendly walk-hike/snowshoe. Start at 10 AM at FWP and then go to the Lighthouse Trail. 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.  Parking should be ample.  Confirm with leader. 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.

SAVE THESE WINTER WEEKEND DATES:

January 19-21, 2019.  “Go with the Snow” Ski Weekend – MLK Birthday Weekend (annual). Leader: Ron Gonzalez iamrongon@gmail.com. 
January is a frustrating month for skiers. It can be the coldest month of the year.  There is one place near us where there’s always snow in mid-January. The Tug Hill Plateau of north-central New York State gets copious amounts of snow in December and January. I’ve been leading MLK ski weekends on the Tug Hill for over a decade now, and ‘The Hill’ hasn’t let me down (yet!). While we can never absolutely guarantee snow anywhere in the Northeast on any given day in the winter, this is as close as it gets to a sure thing.  The Tug Hill Plateau has fairly gentle, rolling terrain, interspersed with deep ‘gulfs’ (ravines) formed by the rivers that flow west to Lake Ontario. There are several State Forest areas with designated cross country ski trail networks. While not exactly groomed, local volunteers use snowmobiles and weighted sleds to pack down the snow on the trails. This makes for a great introduction to ‘backcountry’ skiing, completely suitable for novices and intermediates. Expert skiers can go off the trails and ski through the woods, which are often covered in feet of beautiful lake effect powder.   We typically divide up the participants into two groups. One group is for the novices and intermediates, which will stay on the trails, travel at a slower pace, and may not travel as far in the day (usually less than 8 miles). The second group is for advanced/expert skiers, which will usually go off-trail for at least part of the day, will take on tougher terrain, and may go farther in the day (10+ miles).  Each group gets its own leader.   There is a top-notch Nordic center in the area, which has great snow, first-rate grooming, lots of fun trails, an excellent ski shop, and is reasonably priced. It’s not fancy, but it’s one of the best ‘skier’s’ centers in the East.  We stay at a nice ‘hostel’—actually a house we hire to share—complete with full kitchen, large dining table, and full bedding (with blankets, sheets and towels included). There’s a living room with a sofa and a TV with DVD player.

February 15-18, 2019, President’s Day Weekend at Wiezel Cabin at Heart Lake. Once again our Chapter is leading a week end at the Wiezel Trails Cabin.   It will be on President’s Week end from Friday February 15 to Monday February 18, 2019.  Cost will again be $80 per person.  Please make check payable to Mid-Hudson Chapter ADK, mail to Pete McGinnis, 515 Haight Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.  Questions – call Pete at 845 797 7945, e-mail pmcgin1@aol.com

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