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MHADK OUTINGS 2018
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, email@example.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.
EVENING PADDLES – Through mid-October. Leader: Dave Webber, firstname.lastname@example.org , 845-242-9905. Paddling on the Hudson River at spots between Beacon and Norrie Point. On the water at 5:30pm and paddling for 1.5 to 2 hours. Often a refreshment stop after. For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads. To add your name to the Tuesday evening and Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription preferences and select Kayaking.
MID-WEEK PADDLES – Through mid-October. Leader: Glenda Schwarze email@example.com. She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins. They will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month ending mid-October. 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.
Sat., Sept. 1 – Mon., Sept 3 (Labor Day Weekend) – Cape Cod in the Adirondack Mountains: A. Paddling/Camping/ Hiking/Bushwhacking Outing (@3 mi. mandatory, the rest up to you). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s like going to Cape Cod! Wide sandy beaches form the circumference of Carey Falls Reservoir, NW of Tupper Lake. Few people go there, so there’s only an occasional power boat and, typically, no campers. The swimming is fabulous – clear water, sand and some sandbars. This will be a relaxed outing. We’ll paddle only @3 miles (@1 hr., 30 mins.) to a base camp on the beach. There’ll be opportunities to explore the Carey Falls Reservoir (including Radio Island) and the Stark Falls Reservoir (with a very short carry), hike/bushwhack into an old growth forest in the Raquette-Boreal Primitive Area, and/or swim, then just lay back with a book on the beach. Friday arrival is strongly recommended. (There’s drive-up camping at the launch site if you must arrive after dark.) The paddle starts early Saturday morning. Canoes, sea kayaks, rec kayaks can be used. (Rentals are available in Tupper Lake.) You’ll need to bring camping gear and food. (No communal kitchen.) This trip is not for beginners. Contact leader to register by Aug. 24.
Sat, Sept 8 – Wappingers Greenway Creek Trail, 4 miles, C+/B. Leader: Georgette Weir: email@example.com. We’ll hike on the Wappingers Creek Trail, a surprisingly rugged (lots of ups and downs, and possibly some overs of blowdowns), lollipop route from Market Street Industrial Park in the Village of Wappinger Falls to New Hamburg, then back. We’ll pay our respects at an 19th-century cemetery that overlooks the creek and Hudson River. The group will set the pace. Contact leader for exact meeting place and time and car pooling arrangements.
Fri, Sep 14, 10:30 – Paddle and Hike, Malden and Saugerties NY. B- . Leader: Carla Barrett firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-527-8478. Put in at Malden Boat Ramp, paddle 2.5 miles to Saugerties Lighthouse and Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve, and return on the rising tide. Short hike at Preserve rewards with waterfall. Bring snack, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, pad or towel to sit on beach. Personal flotation device required. This “Big Water” requires minimum boat length 13.5 ft and dual bulkheads or flotation devices in bow and stern. Canoes do not come under these big water requirements. Confirm with Leader. Rough water/rain cancels. Meet at Malden Boat Ramp, 215 Riverside Dr, Village of Malden, 12453 (May show up as being in Saugerties 12477 but is same place). We will go with the south and north tides. Bring binoculars if you have them. Duration 3 to 4 hours.
Sun, Sept 16 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail C+ approx. 3.5 miles. Leader: Carla Barrett email@example.com or Cell 315-527-8478. This is a family-friendly walk-hike. Start at 11:00 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. The tide will be out so the adventurous could swim by the LightHouse. 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.
Sun, Sept 23 – Storm King Mountain Hike, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. 5 miles, Class B. Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will meet at 11 am at Scenic Hudson’s Esty & Hellie Stowell Trailhead providing access to Storm King State Park with challenging trails leading to dramatic summit views of the Hudson River and Highlzsands. We will start on the Highland trail from the parking lot trailhead and proceed on the Stillman Trail to the summit then take the Bluebird Trail back to the parking lot trailhead as a continuous loop.
Directions: From Newburgh-Beacon Bridge: Take Route 9W South/Route 32 exit after bridge. Take Route 9W South 4.5 miles through Newburgh and Windsor. Make right at Rt. 218 exit. Trailhead is 1.6 miles from this point. Continue on Route 218/Academy Ave which turns into Hudson St. then turns into Bayview Ave (Just stay on Rt. 218). Trailhead will be on right. Bring a picnic lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with Leader.
Sun, Sept 23 – Hike from Sam’s Point to Minnewaska. Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Roberta Forest 845-750-7059. À through hike that starts and ends with a shuttle. Meet at 9:05 in lower Awosting lot in Minnewaska for shuttle to Sam’s Point parking area. From Sam’s Point, we will hike to Verkeerderkill Falls, Mud Pond, Margaret Cliff, Castle Point, and then take Blueberry Run and Mossy Glen trails on our return to lower Awosting Lot. 12+ miles with some rock scrambling. Meet 9:05. Rain cancels. Confirm with leader.
Tues, Sept 25 – Hike Stissing Mountain (2 mile loop)/paddle Stissing Lake. B-. Leader Eric Harvey 845-625-9431 or email@example.com. Stissing Mountain is a short but steep climb on rocky terrain with a 900-foot elevation gain. The fire tower at the top has a six-state view on a clear day. We will hike up the steeper, shorter route and return by the somewhat more forgiving route. For those who are interested, a slow paced paddle will follow the hike on Stissing Lake, which is a two minute drive up the road. Stissing Mt. trailhead is not well marked. From the west, just before entering Pine Plains on route 199, turn right on Lake Road and proceed 1.4 miles to the parking area on the left. Meet at 11:00 AM, bring lunch to eat at the top. Confirm with leader.
Sun, Sept 30 – Annual ADK Picnic at Mills-Norrie State Park. Details to follow in weekly email. Need a volunteer to lead a morning paddle on the Hudson from the Pavilion area. Georgette Weir will lead an easy morning hike along the River Trail, north to Statsburgh Historic Site (Mills Mansion), then back on various trails to the picnic area. Meet at Riverside Pavilion to depart at 10:30am.
Tues, Oct 2 – Audubon Buttercup Farm Sanctuary (4 miles/hours, C level). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Tues, Oct 9 – Skytop Express Training Hikes 7-11 fast paced miles W/scrambles a possibility. Leader: Marty Carp email@example.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 13 – Trail work at Wilderstein. Leader: Chris Cring Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 11 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
SAVE THE DATE: January 19-21, 2019. “Go with the Snow” Ski Weekend – MLK Birthday Weekend (annual). Leader: Ron Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.