Outings & Events List

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MHADK OUTINGS SCHEDULE SUMMER/Fall 2017 – through November

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.

EVENING PADDLES – Through mid-October.  Leader:  Dave Webber, webberd1@yahoo.com , 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 schwar582@aol.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, Aug 5 – Vanderbilt Estate, Hyde Park   Walk – C. Leader: Sayi Nulu – sayinulu@yahoo.com  or 845-264-2270. We will walk to the gardens and then take a trail in Vanderbilt Estate. Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at visitor parking lot at 10 am.  Confirm with leader.  

Sun, Aug 6 – Annsville Creek Paddle, Peekskill, NY. Leader: John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com. Meet at the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center.  We will paddle in the large inlet off the Hudson River where the Annsville Creek flows out from.  It is protected from waves and rough waters. Look for many types of water fowl.  We will paddle during high tide so we can paddle up into the creek. Meet at 10 am at the Annsville Paddlesport Center.  Free parking and if you don’t own a kayak or canoe, rentals are available right there.  Easy put-in.  Bring a picnic lunch.  There’s a beautiful park we can paddle to on the Peekskill side to have lunch and a swim for those interested.  Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with leader.
Directions: Take Route 9 south.  Just before Peekskill, you will come to a traffic circle, locally known as the Annsville Circle.  Take the first right out of the circle heading towards the Bear Mountain Bridge (Routes 6 & 202). As you leave the circle, immediately to the left is the entrance to the Annsville Paddlesport Center.

Fri, Aug 11 – Bike & Swim at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Approx. 11 miles. Leader: Georgette Weir,  georgette.weir@gmail.com845-462-0142 (H) before 9pm. We will bike the Upper Awosting Carriage Road to and around Lake Awosting, stopping at the beach for snack/lunch and swim. Return via Hamilton Point Carriage Road. Optional: End your outing with another swim at Lake Minnewaska.  Contact leader for meet time and place.

Sat, Aug 12–Fri, Aug 18 – Paddling/Camping on the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley.   69 miles experienced paddlers.  Deadline to register is Fri, Aug. 4. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.comAs we paddle the border between Vermont & New Hampshire, you’ll be treated to historic, quaint villages, covered bridges, farmlands, woodlands & bird habitat.  The river here is historic.  This was a major trade route for Indians & European colonists.  Major Robert Rogers & his Rogers’ Rangers retreated along this section during the French & Indian Wars.  We’ll launch at Woodsville, NH and sleep at river-access-only campsites (some on islands) on our way to Cornish, NH.  There are 2 short portages – 400 yds. & 1/4 mile. You must arrive at launch site by 5:30 PM on Sat, Aug. 12.  Group size limited.  Joint with AMC.

Sun, Aug 13 –Stissing Mountain   B 4 miles with 950 altitude gain. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845 471 9892 suemackson@gmail.comShort, but steep, with a fire tower at the top. This is beautiful countryside, with good views from the tower. If the trail around Thompson Pond is in reasonable shape, we’ll take a leisurely walk there afterward.  Morning hike. Steady rain cancels.  Call leader for carpool info.

Sat, Aug 19 – Paddle Black Creek – Easy (Beginners Welcome). Leader: Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. We will launch from 299 in the town of Lloyd and paddle upstream through the marshes as far as we can.  Then we will head downstream, passing our put-in and continue another mile or two through a wooded area until the creek veers and drops off. Contact leader for details.

Sat, Aug 26 –Kayak Skills – Rescue Class – White Pond, Carmel, NY
Leader: Don Urmston,
mrurmston@gmail.com, 845-549-4671.
Bring your kayak, bring your gear.  Come learn how to do a wet exit, T-rescue, self-rescue, paddle float rescues, and more.  Try rescues yourself, or just observe how they are done–it’s up to you.  All skills levels are welcome.  Contact leader for meeting time. 

Sat, Aug 26 – Southwest Hunter and Hunter–  10 miles, Ascent 2400′    Moderate Paced A- hike. Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com  (914) 489-1582 & Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654. This is a loop hike through some very pretty and varied terrain. We will climb two peaks – Southwest Hunter is technically a bushwhack (though there is an unmaintained trail to the canister). On Hunter, the second highest Catskill peak, you can climb to the top of the fire tower for some spectacular views. Joint with Catskill 3500 Club – maximum 12 hikers. Registration is limited. Sign up period Aug. 17 – Aug. 24. Contact leaders for details.

Fri, Sept 1 – Mon, Sept 4 (Labor Day Weekend)   Paddling/Camping up the Jordan River (Adirondacks). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com. We’ll launch onto the Carey Falls Reservoir, with its wide sandy beaches, then go up the Jordan River to basecamp.  On Sunday, we’ll explore the upper reaches of the river in empty boats.  This is a wild & remote area in the NW Adirondacks offering the ultimate in solitude.  The portage is cart friendly.  Carts available for rent in Tupper Lake.  Late Fri. afternoon arrival, but you could catch up with us Sat. morning.  Contact leader to register by August 25th.

Sat, Sept 9 – Peekskill, NY (Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center) B+
Leader: Mark Tatro, mark1126@me.com or 845-987-0306. We will paddle from the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center launch docks to the Bear Mountain Bridge and pull in at the Popolopen shoreline to relax and have lunch before returning.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather.  Meet at launch) at 9 am.  Confirm with leader. Kayaks must conform to ADK requirements for Hudson River paddles.

Sun, Sept 10 – Easy Sunday family friendly morning hike/walk at Bear Mountain Approx 3.5 hours and a total of 5 miles. Leader:  Christopher Cring  Christopher.cring@gmail.com 845 249 5305. We will start from the Visitor Center at Fort Montgomery at 9:30 am and walk over the  Popolopen Creek suspension foot bridge that connects to the old Fort Clinton grounds. The trail connects to the
actual starting point of the famous Appalachian Trail at the Western side of the Bear Mountain Bridge. We will follow the AT trail across the Bear Mt bridge and through the Zoo and up to the Lodge. We will stop at the lake picnic tables for snacks/lunch.  We will then walk around Hession Lake and return back to Ft Montgomery. (We may see AT thru hikers so as “trail angels” a spare orange is usually appreciated).  Please confirm with leader.

Wed, Sept 13 –Thurs, Sept 14 – Kayaking/Camping/Hiking at Lake Taghkonic State Park, Ancram,NY. Leader: Glenda Schwarze  schwar582@aol.com  or 845-266-5203. Wednesday kayak on Lake Taghkonic, Thursday kayaking on Kinderhook Lake, Niverville, NY.  Beginners are welcome, any type kayak or canoe is fine.  Contact leader for additional information.

Sat., Sept. 16 – Sun., Sept. 17    So. Taconic Mountains Backpack  @ 23 mi.  A. Russ Faller  845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com. We’ll backpack both ridges of the So. Taconics from Catamount Mtn. to Lions Head.  We’ll stop at many fabulous viewpoints, view one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area, climb the highest mountain in Connecticut and summit 6 other mountains.  This is a 2-night trip.  We’ll sleep on the summit of Catamount Mtn. with a knock-you-dead view on Friday and at a pristine spot next to a gurgling brook on Saturday.  The camping will be primitive.  Arrival in Millerton, NY, on Friday evening is required.  Register with leader by Friday, Sept. 8th.

Sat, Sept 16 – Spring Farm Rambles B 5-6 miles   Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com or 845-399-2170. We will meet at Spring Farm parking lot at 9:30 AM and hike to Table Rocks, Bonticou Crag and over Guyot Hill.  Bring water, snacks, lunch and dress for the weather.   Free for Mohonk members or $15 day pass which can be applied towards a membership.  Confirm with leader.

Sat, Sept 16 – Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires, Joint with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Irvington, NY. Class C, 3 miles.  Leader:  John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bynmellon.com. We will meet at Irvington’s Village Hall.  We will then walk north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street in Irvington) to Lyndhurst and admire architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views, while learning the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  Along the way, we will discuss the history of the mansions lining that portion of the Trail.  We will continue walking north on the Aqueduct to Tarrytown (and if time permits, enjoy coffee and dessert at a local eatery) and take the Metro-North train back to Beacon and Poughkeepsie.

Directions:  We will take the 8:50 am Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie (9:08 am from Beacon) to the Irvington train station (we will need to change at Tarrytown for the local to Irvington).  Confirm with leader.

Sun, Sept 17: Twin Mountain 6.02 miles A hike. Leader: Dana Bennet, dana.f.bennet@mail.com or 914-715-3876. A challenging Devil’s Path hike done at a moderate pace. Some scrambling is involved but the views make it all worthwhile. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat, Sept 23 A Harriman circular   8 miles   B     Joint with Mohonk Preserve.  Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531. We will hike to a scenic lunch spot suitable for the day and pay tribute to one of our great hike leaders of the past.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather.  Meet 9 AM in the parking area where the RD trail intersects Route 106.  Confirm with leader. 

Sun, Sept 24 –Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way (Rt. 117), Pleasantville, NY. Class B 3-4 miles.  Leader: John Ragusa  917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com. The Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society. The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, the carriage roads, many of which are accessible, allow visitors to experience and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges. 

Meet 11 am at the Visitors Parking Lot.  There is a $6 fee for parking.  Carpooling is recommended.  Bring a picnic lunch.  Confirm with leader and if you want to carpool.  I have room for 4 others.  Directions: Take Rt. 9 South towards Tarrytown. After Briarcliff Manor, Route 9 will turn into a 4 lane road. Look for signs for Rt. 117 towards Pleasantville and make a left onto Rt. 117. Go about 2 miles. The park entrance will be on the right.

Fri, Sept 29 – Hike and Clip on trails at Mills-Norrie State Park. C level. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com; 845-462-0142. Easy walking, 2-4ish miles, depending on how much clipping we do. Great trail right along the Hudson River and other short trails for a loop hike. Bring clippers if you have them (leader has a couple to share) and your enthusiasm for trails. Trail maintenance training offered along the way as (if) needed. Come out and get a taste of what it takes to maintain a trail.

Sat, Sept 30 – Paddle the Hudson River from Quiet Cove 6-8 miles, Level: advanced. Leader: Russ Faller, outdoorsruss@gmail.com or 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM). We’ll launch from Quiet Cove Park, in Poughkeepsie, and paddle south, with the ebb tide, for @6-8 mi. RT.  We’ll paddle under the Walkway Over the Hudson and past Kaal Rock.  Optional stop at the Ice House at Waryas Park for refreshments.  But pack lunch and water just in case.  We may cross the river.  We may have to buck the tide on the way back.  Paddlers should have experience on the Hudson River or other “big water”.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. long & with dual bulkheads or bow & stern flotation bags.  Canoes welcome. Meet in Quiet Cove parking lot at 9 AM.  Quiet Cove is located on Rt. 9, north of the City of Poughkeepsie and across from the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center.  Please confirm participation with the leader or he will not show.

Sun, Oct 1 – Fishkill Ridge Hike, Approx 6 miles, A. Leader: Louis Ruidisch   home (845) 896-9332   cell (845) 453-0871   ruidisch3@gmail.com . This hike will reward participants with a challenging uphill climb and numerous scenic vistas of the Hudson Valley below.  We may even see rattle snakes.  Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water. Confirm with leader for meeting place and time.  No dogs, please.

Tues, Oct 3: – Thompson Pond (2-3 mile loop, C+ hike). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, djanderson@fairpoint.net or 518 398-5320 before 9 PM. Join us in the morning for an easy hike around Thompson Pond situated at the base of Stissing Mountain. It is a unique 75-acre glacial pond protected by the Nature Conservancy and headwaters for Wappinger Creek. The loop trail we will take passes through woodland and winds through a beautiful bog with fern and sedge along a series of newly replaced boardwalks. Bring water, plus lunch or a snack. Hiking boots are advised. Hiking poles and binoculars may also be useful. For meeting time and directions, please contact the leaders by Sunday evening, October 1 before 9 PM. Dogs not permitted at the Thompson Pond Preserve.

Sat, Oct 7-9 (Columbus Day Weekend) – Old Loggers Path (PA) Backpack (27.5 miles, Moderate Pace). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com. The Old Loggers Path is one of Pennsylvania’s premier loop trails.  It showcases some of the state’s most scenic areas.  You’ll enjoy sweeping vistas, beautiful waterfalls, scenic streams and cascades and rock outcrops.  Much of the hiking will be on abandoned, historic logging roads.  But there will be some steep ascents & descents, too.  Meet in PA at 11:30 AM on Saturday, 10/7.  Register with leader no later than Sept. 30th. 

Sat, Oct 7 – Cold Spring Foundry Dock Park B+. Leader: Mark Tatro, mark1126@me.com  or 845-987-0306. We will paddle from Cold Spring a few miles north to a nice sandy beach where we can relax and have lunch before returning.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at launch at 9 am.  Confirm with leader. Kayaks must conform to ADK requirements for Hudson River paddles.

Fri, Oct 13 – Catskill Hike to Overlook Mountain summit and fire tower from Platt Clove, with possible excursion to Echo Lake on return. B-B+ , 10 miles roundtrip to summit. Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com  and, maybe, Jean-Claude Fouere.  A surprisingly easy and very beautiful walk to the summit, passing interesting quarry sites along the way. Contact Georgette for meet time and place.

Sun, Oct 15 – Burger Hill and Ferncliff Forest. Leader:  David Kaplan phone til 10 pm 845-876-4642. Come out at 10 am to Burger Hill, on Rte 9G in Rhinebeck, for a short uphill walk and a spectacular view to the Catskills with a bas relief map for identifying the mountains..  We’ll linger for less than an hour and then drive a few miles to Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck Village.  Bring a light lunch to eat in the parking lot. We’ll walk the trails and climb the fire tower for additional views of the autumn scene. Heavy rain cancels.  Register by Oct 12.

Sat, Oct 21 – Mianus River Gorge   C up to 5 miles. Leader: Sayi Nulu, sayinulu@yahoo.com , 845-264-227. We’re losing our hemlocks, so come see this hemlock ravine (always shady) in Westchester County.  Many of the trees, hundreds of years old, have been lost. The trails are wide, soft, and up and down.  Meet at the trailhead at 11 AM.   http://www.mianus.org/visit- the-preserve/. Please notify the leader no later than Oct 19th if you plan to attend. Carpools can be arranged if you contact Sayi Nulu. No dogs. Mostly no picnicking. Please bring your sturdy shoes and poles (some places you may need to use them).

Sat, Oct 21 – Mohonk scrambles 9 miles   B+    Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531. We will hike to a scenic lunch spot and then devour 2 rock scrambles as we head back to our vehicles.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather.  Meet at 9 AM in the Spring Farm parking area.  Free for Mohonk Preserve members or $15 day pass which can be applied to a season pass.  Confirm with leader. 

Sun, Oct 22 – Governers Island, NYC   C. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.com. This island, in New York Harbor’s Buttermilk Channel, was once a Naval Installation.  It’s now a playground for the city–no car’s, lots of bikes, hammocks for lounging and a spectacular view up the Hudson River and of the many water vehicles in the Harbor.  We get there by free ferry and may return via ferry to Brooklyn and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Wear shoes that cushion your feet from pavement.  Bring picnic lunch.  Bring kids–there’s a great playground there. We will leave Poughkeepsie Metro station between 7:30 and 8:00 am.  Confirm with leader. 

Tues, Oct 24 – Franny Reese walkabout, 3-4 miles, optional additional walk on the Walkway. Leader: Carol Gray outdoorcarol16@gmail.com or 845-471-1168. Meet at Johnson-Iorio Park at 10 am.  Contact leader for additional information and to confirm.

Sun, Oct 29 – Huckleberry Point     C+. Leader:  Sue Mackson   845-471-9892, suemackson@gmail.com.  At the height of autumn color we do an easy walk out to a view of the mountains above Plattekill Clove. Mountain upon Mountain. Trail ascends and descends but i go slowly and the total mileage is under 5 miles. Wear hiking boots, layers, and bring lunch/snacks and at least 2 quarts water.  Meet at Thruway park and ride in New Paltz at 9:30 am.  Contact leader for other carpool locations. 

Sat, Nov 4–5 – Backpack: NE Catskills to Warner Creek on Long Path (17.5 miles, Moderate Pace). Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com . We’ll hike the Long Path and camp at a most beautiful and pristine spot.  (Sorry, no fires allowed.)  We’ll enjoy the fabulous 360-degree view from Mt. Tremper’s fire tower, as well as, from Plateau Mountain’s lookout.  There are a few steep climbs, but the terrain is generally not demanding.  The pace will be moderate and we’ll linger at the viewpoints.  You can either arrive Friday evening to camp 2 nights or Saturday morning for 1 night.  Register with the leader no later than Oct. 28th.

Sun, Nov 5 – Indianhead   6.16 miles A hike. Leader: Dana Bennet, dana.f.bennet@gmail.com or 914-715-3876. A very challenging Devil’s Path loop hike done at a moderate pace. A hike for those who like to scramble and don’t mind a bit of exposure. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Fri, Nov 10 – Hike TBD. Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com  and, maybe, Jean-Claude Fouere. Watch weekly email for details or contact Georgette.

Sat, Nov 11 – Annual Veteran’s Day hike to the flag on Fishkill Ridge. Leader:  Christopher Cring  Christopher.cring@gmail.com 845 249 5305. See future weekly emails for additional information or contact the leader.

Sun, Nov 12 – Lemon Squeeze to Skytop at Mohonk, approx. 6 miles A. Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332  ruidisch3@gmail.com  cell (845)453-0871. This challenging hike offers rock scrambling, crevasses, and ladder climbing as we work our way towards a breathtaking view.  We will, then, continue on to Skytop Tower for even more views of the Mountain house and ridge.  Bring lunch and 2 quarts water.   Confirm with leader for meeting place and time.  For those without an annual Mohonk Preserve pass, the day fee is $15.00.   No dogs, please.

Sat, Nov 18 – A Harriman circular 9 miles    B+     Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531. We will hike to our lunch spot on the Whales back and return to our vehicles through the Lemon Squeezer.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather.  Meet at the Elk Pen parking area in Harriman State Park at 9 AM.  Confirm with leader. 

Sun, Nov 19 –Arden Point & Glennclyfe    C. Leader:  Sue Mackson   845-471-9892   suemackson@gmail.com. Hike passes several panoramic views of the Hudson River near Garrison and part of the trail was used by Benedict Arnold. Easy get-out on an autumn day.  Meet at 10:30 am at McDonald’s parking lot south of Route 84–the large plaza on the right to carpool. Bring snack or lunch and water. Under 4 miles total.