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MHADK OUTINGS SCHEDULE WINTER 2017 – 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, 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.

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.

MID-WEEK CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AT MOHONK PRESERVE EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY STARTING DECEMBER 26. See details in calendar below.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI BEGINNER LESSONS AT MOHONK PRESERVE EVERY MONDAY IN JANUARY. The first two lessons will take place on flat Bonticou Road, so park at the Mohonk Mountain Gatehouse. Now that you are ready for a small hill or two the next two lessons will take place on Cedar Drive, so park at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm parking lot.  Meeting time for all lessons is 10:30 AM. Confirm with leader-Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com (H) 845-255-0531 (C) 845-303-3764

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.

“Go With The Snow!” – Tug Hill XC Ski MLK Weekend, Fri, Jan 12 – Mon, Jan 15, 2018. Leader: Ron Gonzalez, iamrongon@gmail.com   Co-leader: Russ Faller, outdoorsruss@gmail.com. Find details in listing below.

SCHEDULED WINTER OUTINGS

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.

Sat, Dec 2 – Full Moon Walk at John Burroughs. Leader:  Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. We will explore some of the beautiful trails in the John Burroughs Preserve in Esopus. Bring headlamps for an easy and pleasant evening hike.  If there’s snow, we’ll snowshoe; if there’s ice, we’ll use micro-spikes. Anticipated starting time 7:00 pm.  Call leader for specific details.   

Sun, Dec 3 – Holiday Party. Check your email invitation for details. 

Sat Dec 16 – Locust Grove, “Twas the Night before Christmas” hike. 3 Mile easy to moderate C+ hike. Leader: Chris Cring 845-249-5305 or Christopher.cring@gmail.com
Henry Livingston (B 1748) originally created Locust Grove.  As many historians have discovered, he wrote the popular poem “Twas the Night before Christmas” from his small Dutch home at Locust Grove. During the walk we will discuss this poem, his beliefs, life at Locust Grove, and his family background including being a cousin to Elizabeth Schuyler, wife of Alexander Hamilton.  Meet at Locust Grove Route 9 Poughkeepsie at 10:00 AM.  Please confirm with leader.

Sun, Dec 17 – Teatown Lake Reservation Guided Walk. Leader:  Sue Mackson 845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.com. There is a $7 fee for non-members of the reserve that will allow us to join a 2 hour guided meditative walk called “Shirin Yoku”.  There is a lovely visitor’s center and we will gather after the walk to decide to get lunch nearby or to do some fast walking after picnicking at the center.  Call leader by Dec 14 to reserve your space and decide on carpool site.  We will leave by 8:30 am

Sun, Dec 17 – Big Indian and Fir   10+ miles, 2500′ Ascent A+   Hike or Snowshoe. Leaders:  Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com 914-489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. The Catskills are challenging.  They generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or micro-spikes (or crampons).   This will be part trail hike and part trail-less.  We’ll start from the Biscuit Brook parking area and follow the trail to Big Indian. From the summit we will bushwhack to the summit of Fir and finally back to the trail and our cars.  Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Pre-registration required. Registration period: Dec. 8 – Dec. 15.  Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club.

SUN, DEC 17 – Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, 4.5 miles, Class C. Leader: John Ragusa –john.ragusa@bnymellon.com or 917-692-1159. We will walk on the Long Trail along the top of the Palisades parallel to the Parkway with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Westchester County.  We will start at the Rockefeller Lookout and walk north to the Park Headquarters.  Dress for cold weather and bring picnic lunch.  Meet at 11:00 am at the Rockefeller Lookout on the northbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Directions from the North: Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge from Garrison or take Route 9W South towards Bear Mountain and at the traffic circle, get on the Palisades Interstate Pkwy heading towards New York/New Jersey.  Go all the way to exit 1 (Englewood Cliffs). At end of exit ramp, make left at stop sign onto Palisade Ave and go underneath Parkway and make left back onto Parkway heading north.  Go about 1 mile and the Rockefeller Lookout will be on the right where there is a large parking area.  Heavy rain or snow cancels. Contact Leader if interested.

Fri, Dec 22 – Explore Taconic-Hereford Multiple Use Area (LaGrange/Pleasant Valley). Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com. Hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions. A moderate hike of 4-6 miles. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather.  Spikes or snowshoes may be required, depending on conditions.

Sat, Dec 23 – Falling Waters Preserve and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail C+ approx. 3.5 miles. Leader: Carla Barrett barrettinclinton@gmail.com or 315-527-8478. Start at 10AM at FWP and then go to the Lighthouse Trail. We can eat our packed lunch on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline.  We’ll avoid those if it’s icy. The usual winter gear and food/water.  No bathrooms. Parking should be ample.  Confirm with leader.

Tues, Dec 26 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com .We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Dec 29 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Sat, Dec 30 – Walk in New York City – Highline. Leader: Sayi Nulu sayinulu@yahoo.com or 845-264-2270. Take 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/snow cancels.  Contact leader for more specific info.  Minimum 4 people.

Mon, Jan 1 – New Year’s Day Hike – Vassar Campus or Vassar Farms. Leader: Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com  845-471-9892.  The campus is free of students and has paved paths.  We meander through the campus.  Be prepared for icing.  If warm, we may walk at Vassar Farms.  Return to my home for soups and accompaniments. We meet at 1 pm at Collegeview Parking Lot (Vassar North Gate).

Mon, Jan 1 – Start 2018 off right with a moderate trail walk at Mills-Norrie State Park in Staatsburg. Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com. We will do a loop of about 4 miles, including the popular River Trail along the Hudson River. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather.  Spikes or snowshoes may be required, depending on conditions. 10am-1pm.

Mon, Jan 1- Hunter Southwest Hunter   10 miles   2000′ Ascent   A-   Hike or Snowshoe. Leaders:  Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com 914-489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. The Catskills are challenging.  They generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. But this is one of the easier Catskill hikes. Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or micro-spikes.  Hunter is the second highest Catskill and the fire tower on its peak affords impressive views.   We’ll do it as a loop depending on weather and trail conditions.  Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Registration period: Dec 22 – Dec 29.  Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club.

Tues, Jan 2 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve.

Fri, Jan 5 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Sat, Jan 6 – Sunset Hike and/or snowshoe up Mt. Beacon.  2 miles RT, steep. Leader: Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.com. Great views.  Hiking poles, micro spikes highly recommended.  Will meet one hour before sunset in Route 9D parking area.  Confirm with leader by email for meetup time and details.

Sun, Jan 7 – Blueberry Run, “End to End.”  7-8 miles B+, Leader: Roberta Forest 845-750-7059. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve lower lot at 9:30 am.  This is a moderate 7-8 mile hike/snowshoe.  If not enough snow, bring micro-spikes.  The Minnewaska parking fee applies.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve. 

Sunday, January 7 – Millionaire’s Row Walk on the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, 2 miles, Class C. Leader: John Ragusa –john.ragusa@bnymellon.com or 917-692-1159We will walk on the Long Trail along the top of the Palisades parallel to the Parkway and observe and learn the history of the former mansions that used to line the Palisades before the Parkway was built. Joint hike with Palisades Park Commission.  If time allows, we will walk an additional 2 miles north to the State Line Lookout passing the Women’s Federation Monument and enjoy refreshments at the snack bar and beautiful views of the Hudson and across to Westchester County.  Dress for warm weather. Meet at 1:00 pm at the Palisades Park Headquarters.  

Directions from the North: Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge from Garrison or take Route 9W South towards Bear Mountain and at the traffic circle, get on the Palisades Interstate Pkwy heading south towards New York/New Jersey.  Get off exit 2 (Alpine-Closter).  At end of exit ramp, make right onto Route 9W North.  Make immediate first right going underneath parkway then another right at fork following Park Headquarters signs.  Ample parking near Park Headquarters. Please confirm with leader and if you wish to carpool.

Mon, Jan 8 – x-country beginner ski lessons Bonticou Road from Mohonk Mountain Gatehouse. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com (H) 845-255-0531 (C) 845-303-3764.

Tues, Jan 9 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Jan 12 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Jan 12 – Mon, Jan 15, 2018 – “Go With the Snow!” – Tug Hill XC Ski MLK Weekend . Leader: Ron Gonzalez, iamrongon@gmail.com   Co-leader: Russ Faller, outdoorsruss@gmail.com.  We’ll spend the long weekend in the most reliable snow pocket in the East, the Tug Hill Plateau of north-central New York State. The Tug Hill typically receives over 300 inches of snow per winter. Northwest winds pick up moisture from Lake Ontario before running into the Tug Hill’s 2000 foot elevations. The result is the famous “lake effect snow machine.” We’ll be cross country skiing on well-maintained backcountry trails in the area’s state forests, with the option for spending a day at the local nordic center. There is also a sweet little downhill ski area nearby if some in the group want to make turns.
Outings are suitable for intermediate and advanced XC skiers. You will need to bring your own ski equipment, food and water, proper clothing, and any other gear necessary for spending a full day out in the snowy woods. We’ll be staying in a shared house with full kitchen, bathroom, linens and towels. Bring food for pot luck dinners; we’ll each make our own breakfasts and trail lunches. Plan on a 4+ hour drive from the Poughkeepsie area to the Tug Hill. Be prepared to drive in heavy snow conditions if the lake effect kicks in. We’ll be driving up Friday, January 12. Saturday and Sunday will be the main activity days. Some people leave for home Monday morning, but there’s always a few who stay most of Monday to play in the snow, leaving in the afternoon. Email leader to register or for further information.

Sun, Jan 14 – Peach Hill in winter. Leader: Sue Mackson 845-471-9892 suemackson@gmail.com. Deer herds, tracks in the snow, lovely view all around, not far away.  A nearby spot good for a short walk with some uphill and downhill.  May go up College Hill as well.  Meet at 1:00 pm at trailhead.   Park is at 32 Edgewood Rd, Poughkeepsie 12603. Visit the Friends of Peach Hill website for additional info and consider becoming a “friend” http://peach-hill-park.org  Deep or active snow or rain cancels.  Call me that am.

Mon, Jan 15 – Big Indian and Eagle   6-8 Miles  Ascent 2200′   A,   Hike or Snowshoe.Leaders:  Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com 914-489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. The Catskills are challenging.  They generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. We will through-hike up Pine Hill West Branch Trail from Biscuit Brook toward Big Indian, take the short unofficial trail to the summit, return to the Pine Hill Trail, which we’ll follow to Eagle Mountain. From there we will either continue north to the Oliverea Mapledale Trail to the parking area at McKenley Hollow or cut out two miles by bushwhacking from Eagle directly to the parking area.  Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Pre-registration required. Registration period: Jan. 6 – Jan. 13.  Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club.

Mon, Jan 15 – x-country beginner ski lessons Bonticou Road from Mohonk Mountain Gatehouse. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com (H) 845-255-0531 (C) 845-303-3764.  

Tues, Jan 16 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Jan 19 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com, We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Sat, Jan 20 – Wappinger Creek at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary, Stanford, NY. (5 +/- miles, C). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djanderson@fairpoint.net. Meet at the parking area for Buttercup East at 10 am. We will cross the road and walk down the fields and hedgerows to the former railroad bed that runs parallel with Wappinger Creek. We will look for signs of winter and ought to see various birds from a vantage close to the creek. After the walk we can warm ourselves at the Platter Café in the center of Pine Plains. Bring snack and water and dress for the weather. Poles and binoculars will be useful. This is not a ski/snowshoe outing, therefore conditions too difficult for hiking will cancel.  Please register with the leaders prior to the date of the outing.

Mon, Jan 22 – x-country beginner ski lessons Cedar Drive from Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com (H) 845-255-0531 (C) 845-303-3764.  

Tues, Jan 23 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve.

Fri, Jan 26 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve. 

Sat, Jan 27 – Sun, Jan 28 – One-Night Short Backpack & Camping in the So. Taconic Mountains. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. Take the step to expand your backpacking/camping season.  Gathering at the Mt. Washington State Forest HQ in SW Mass. on Sat. morning, we’ll backpack only 1.5 – 2 mi., set up camp, then day hike.  Here are 2 day-hike possibilities: @8-mi. RT to Brace Mtn., @3-mi. RT to Alander Mtn.  You know you want to try winter camping, so let’s do it!  Our tent site will have a picnic table, fire ring and food vault, with outhouse nearby.  Participants do not need winter camping experience, but should have winter day hiking experience.  Contact leader if you wish to discuss your experience or gear.  Pack sleds can be used.  Contact leader to register and/or with your questions, concerns – even fears.  Registration deadline is Jan 19th.

Sat, Jan 27 – Hike or Snowshoe on new Scenic Hudson Trail on Snake Hill in Newburgh   2-3 miles RT . Leader: Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.com. Fantastic Hudson River views on this soon to be opened steep and scenic trail.  Meet at 9:30 am.  Contact leader to confirm and for meetup details and directions.

Mon, Jan 29 – x-country beginner ski lessons Cedar Drive from Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm. Leader: Marty Carp martymcarp@gmail.com (H) 845-255-0531 (C) 845-303-3764. 

Tues, Jan 30 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 2 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 2 – Fahnestock State Park hike/snowshoe/or ski, depending on conditions. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com. Bring water and snacks and dress for the weather.

Sat, Feb 3 – Rockefeller State Park hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions. B- 5-6 miles . Leaders: Barry and Kathy Skura, barry.skura@gmail.com (H) 914-779-0936 (C) 646-734-1908An easy to moderate hike on Lucy’s Loop and other trails in the new Buttermilk Hill area, in the northeast part of the park.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at 9:30 at the Route 117 parking lot closest to Taconic State Parkway (not main park entrance).  Coming from Taconic Parkway, look for large sign on your left that says “Parking for North Country Trail and Access to Rockefeller State Park Preserve.”  This is the trailhead for Lucy’s Loop.  Please confirm with leader. 

Sat, Feb 3 – Balsam Lake and Graham   10 Miles   Ascent 2300′   A  Hike or Snowshoe. Leaders:  Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com 914-489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. The Catskills are challenging.  They generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Though Graham is officially considered a bushwhack  by the 3500 club, there is a well-worn herd path and both of these peaks offer good views of the western Catskills. We will follow the Dry Brook Ridge Trail south from which we will go to the summits, returning via the same trail. Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Pre-registration required. Registration period: Jan. 25 – Feb. 1. Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club.

Tues, Feb 6 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 9 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Sun, Feb 11 – Wonder Lake Loop   C No more than 5 miles. Very little altitude gain.Leader: Sue Mackson 845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.com. The trails at Wonder Lake wind around Wonder Lake, large and tranquil, and the smaller Laurel pond.  We will walk for 2-3 hours. We will meet at 10:30 at the trailhead, 390 Ludingtonville Rd, Holme, NY 12531, accessed from the Ludingtonville Rd exit from I-84. Active snow or rain cancel.  Check with leader that morning.

Tues, Feb 13 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 16 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 16 – Mon, Feb 19 – 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.

Sun, Feb 18 – Stony Kill Freedom Trail, Fishkill, NY, 2.5 miles, Class C. Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon,com. We will walk or snow shoe on one of the newer and more secluded trails of Stony Kill Farm as we wander across diverse terrain. We will find rock walls, hills, wetlands, fields and forests. Deer, woodpeckers, foxes, raccoons and opossums can all be found here. Meet at 11:00 am at trailhead located on Stonykill Rd.  Directions: Take Route 9D south towards Beacon. After passing Stewarts on the left, make a left at the next intersection onto Stonykill Rd. Go about a half-mile and trailhead will be on the left. Heavy rain/snow or very cold weather cancels.  Call leader if interested.

Mon, Feb 19 – Peekamoose and Table   9 Miles   Ascent  3000′  A   Hike or Snowshoe. Leaders:  Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com 914-489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com 914-489-0654. The Catskills are challenging.  They generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region.  From Peekamoose Road in Sundown we will follow the Peekamoose Table Trail to both peaks. The trail has pretty woods, lots of elevation and lots of views.  Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Pre-registration required. Registration period: Feb. 10 – Feb. 17.  Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club.

Tues, Feb 20 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

Fri, Feb 23 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve.

Fri., Feb. 23 (2:30 PM) to Sun., Feb. 25: Indian Head Wilderness (Catskills) Basecamp. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5125 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@gmail.com. This is a short, 2-night backpack to a basecamp.  Friday afternoon, we’ll backpack 2 mi. to set up a basecamp in the Devil’s Kitchen area of the Indian Head Wilderness of the NE Catskills.  On Saturday, we’ll day hike up 3,573-foot Indian Head Mtn. (@5 mi. RT) and possibly 3,640-foot Twin Mtn. (8.5 mi. both mtns.) depending on trail conditions.  On Sunday, day hike to Codfish Point (@1.5 mi. RT) for the fabulous view.  Upon returning, break camp and backpack the 2 mi. to our starting point.  This trip is suitable for those with 3-season backpacking and winter day hiking experience who want to try winter backpacking.  You know, deep down, you want to do this!  Contact leader to register or if you just want to discuss gear and your readiness for this adventure.  Register with leader no later than Feb. 16th.

Sat, Feb 24 – Sunset Rock and the Book Barn, Hillsdale, NY. (1 mile, B-). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm, djanderson@fairpoint.net. Sunset Rock is a short, secluded and primarily level woods trail in the Taconic range with an impressive viewpoint far to the west and farmland below. There are some minor rises in the path and a couple of step downs, but it is only half a mile each way. This is not a ski/snowshoe outing, so if conditions are too difficult to hike on the ridge, we will walk the perimeter of Rojan Park opposite the library instead. For those who wish to, we’ll then warm ourselves at the Book Barn 20 minutes away, an intriguing place loaded with excellent used books on all subjects. Carpool available from Pine Plains. We have room for 2. Otherwise meet at 10 am in the parking area for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library south of Hillsdale. Bring lunch, snack and water, and dress for the weather. Please also register with the leaders prior to the date of the outing. 

Tues, Feb 27 – Mohonk Preserve x-country ski   (7-11 miles) B+. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764   martymcarp@gmail.com. We will x-country ski on the best available trails.  Bring a hot drink, water, lunch, snacks, and an extra pair of gloves.  Meet at the Spring Farm parking lot at 10 AM and please confirm with leader.  Hey we might have to hike or call it a day.  Do not forget the $15 fee if you are not already a member of Mohonk Preserve

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Sat, Mar 31 – Full Moon Walk at John Burroughs. Leader:   Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com   914-489-0654. We will explore some of the beautiful trails in the John Burroughs Preserve in Esopus. Bring headlamps for an easy and pleasant evening hike.  If there’s snow, we’ll snowshoe; if there’s ice, we’ll use micro-spikes. Anticipated starting time 8:00 pm.  Call leader for specific details.   

 

 

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