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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.

How to Get Started Kayaking program by Don Urmston.  All ADK members are welcome to attend and volunteers are needed to help carry gear and promote the ADK (no kayaking experience needed!)  Contact: mrurmston@gmail.com

MID-WEEK PADDLES – Leader: Glenda Schwarze schwar582@aol.com.   She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins.   Starting in May they will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month.  To add your name to the Mid-Week paddle list, go to the bottom of the weekly e-mail to update your subscription.

TUESDAY EVENING PADDLES – 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.


Fri, May 4 – Old Croton Aqueduct Walk in the Bronx. Leader:  John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com We will walk on top of the Old Croton Aqueduct starting from the Jerome Park Reservoir and ending at the High Bridge, which spans the East River. Along the way, we will learn about the first source of plentiful, pure water for New York City from the Croton Reservoir in Westchester County as well as see remnants of aqueduct structures along the way.  Contact leader for meeting place and time.

Sat, May 5 – Seventh Annual ‘I Love My Park Day’. Volunteer at one of the parks in the area to do clean-up, trail maintenance or whatever else is scheduled to be done at this day.  Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Walkway are two local parks that participate.  More info can be found at PFNY.org (Parks & Trails New York).

 Sat, May 5 – Seventh Annual Clean-Up Paddle on the Lower Wappinger Creek. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com Let’s participate in Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep – a day of service for the Hudson River & its tributaries – by cleaning up the lower Wappinger Creek from the falls to the Hudson.  We paddle it, so let’s keep it beautiful.  You’ll need to bring your own boat & gear, but we have a few boats to loan.  Any type of boat is good – the more open, the better.  PFDs must be worn when on the water.  Trash bags & work gloves provided.  Bring lunch & water.  After the clean-up, we’ll go to a local craft brewery for a free beer.  Meet at 10 AM at the boat launch at 117 Market St., Wappingers Falls (across from Temple Field).  Contact leader if you need driving directions. 

Sun, May 6 – Undivided Lot trail from end to end.  8 miles B+. Roberta Forest. 845-750-7059 or robertaforest@gmail.com We’ll hike full length of Undivided Lot trail, followed by some rock scrambles as we return to our starting point.  Meet at Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm parking area at 9:30 a.m.  Day fee of $15 for non-members.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve

 Sat, May 12 – Vanderbilt mansion C 3+ miles (round trip) . Leader: Sayi Nulu sayinulu@yahoo.com  or 845-264-2270. We will meet at Vanderbilt Mansion visitor parking lot at 11AM. (late start)   Walk to the gardens and get on the trail, we will stop at the river front (Bard rock) for lunch and then return back to the parking lot continuing on the trail.  Some of it is paved road.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Advise to protect from ticks with bug spray.  It is your responsibility.  Confirm with leader.  

 Sat, May 12 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail C+ approx. 3.5 miles. Leader: Carla Barrett  barrettinclinton@gmail.com or Cell 315-527-8478. This is a family-friendly hike. Start at 10AM at FWP and then go to the Lighthouse Trail. We can eat the lunch we bring on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline.  Bring food and water.  No bathrooms.  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.

Sat, May 12 – Schunemunk traversée, approx. 9 miles, A hike. Leader: Jean-Claude Fouéré jcfouere@gmail.com Co-leader: Georgette Weir. Starting from the Otterkill Road parking area, we will hike up the Trestle trail, follow the Western Ridge, take the Ridge-to-Ridge trail to the Jessup trail and hike down to the parking area on Seven Springs Road for approximately 9 miles hike. Refer to Trail Conference West Hudson Trails map #14. Contact leader for meeting time and place, and car shuttle.

Sun, May 13 – Innisfree gardens in Millbrook C 3 miles. Leader: Annette Caruso annettecrs@gmail.com or 845-891-3361. Meet at 11 am for an easy hike/walk to explore the gardens.  Bring a picnic lunch. Bring your grandchildren, your mother, your children, a friend. Contact leader to confirm. Rain cancels.

Sat, May 19 – Long Dock Park, Denning’s Point, and Madam Brett Park Combo, Approx 5 miles  C+. Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332   ruidisch3@gmail.com   cell (845)453-0871 .This hike offers beautiful views of both the Hudson River and Fishkill Creek estuary.   We will start at Long Dock Park and follow two trails to Madam Brett Park to enjoy both the estuary and Fishkill Falls.   We will, then, circle back to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries building before entering Denning’s Point.   Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water.  Meet by the kayak pavilion in Long Dock Park at 9:00 am.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, May 20 – Ashokan Reservoir Walk and the NYC Water Supply System   5.5 miles   Class C. Leader:  John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com  A leisurely walk alongside the Ashokan Reservoir outside Kingston off Route 28 with beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains as a backdrop to the 2nd largest of the city reservoirs. Abundant wildlife includes eagles, hawks, and plentiful deer. A short history of the former site of several hamlets and the New York City water supply system will be included. Bring a picnic lunch.  Meet at 11 am in the Parking area off Route 28A, Town of Olive. Directions: NYS Thruway to exit 19 Kingston.  After toll, bear right onto Route 28 west. Go 5 miles and make left at light onto Basin Rd. (Stewart’s on right). Make quick left and follow signs to Spillover Rd. Continue ½ mile and bear right onto Dike Rd. (Reservoir Restaurant on left) Go to end of road. At Stop sign, make right onto Route 28A. Continue exactly 6 miles. Look for road forking on right with Dead End sign. Take road into parking area. Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with Leader.

Sun, May 20 – Cold Spring to West Point. Paddle Rating: Advanced. Leader: Mark Tatro 845-987-0306 (before 9pm); mark1126@me.com. Join us on one of the most beautiful routes along the Hudson as the river turns and narrows by West Point allowing for playful riding of the large boat wakes. After a lunch along the east shore, we’ll paddle towards South Dock and touch the crew docks as we return home. We will time this paddle with the tide currents.  13.5 ft. minimum kayak length and boats must have dual bulkheads or flotation devices in bow and stern; PDF required.  Meeting place: Metro North parking lot in Cold Spring. E-mail leader for exact launch time.

Fri, May 25 – Mills-Norrie State Park hike and easy trail clean-up. C level hike of about 4 miles. Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com. We will walk along the White River Trail from Norrie Point up to Mills Mansion, then take a variety of paths back. We will pick up light litter and clear minor branches as needed. No big trail work. Meet at 9:30 at the Norrie marina parking area. Bad weather will cancel. Confirm with leader.

Sat, May 26 – Azalea Walk to Sunset Rock, Taconic Ridge, Hillsdale, NY. (2.5 miles B-). Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm.  djanderson@fairpoint.net. Meet at the NY side parking lot for Bash Bish Falls at 10 am to shuttle to the trailhead on Sunset Rock Rd. There, a secluded, mostly level path winds through a forest of azaleas and lady slippers to the impressive view at Sunset Rock. We then descend a gentle 2 miles to our cars. A couple of wet places and some loose rock, but otherwise the trail is wide and even underfoot. After the hike, we may cross the bridge at Bash Bish Brook for more wildflowers and visit the stone furnace outside the Ironworks Museum (an additional .8 miles roundtrip). Bring lunch, snack, water, and dress for the weather. Carpool available from Pine Plains. (We have room for 2.) Please register with leaders prior to the date.

Mon, May 28 – Memorial Day. Leaders:  Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com or 845-399-2170 and Lalita Malik, Lalitamalik@aol.com  or 845-592-0204. This year’s Memorial Day hike will go up to the flag on Anthony’s Nose.  Meet on 9D at the end of the Bear Mountain Bridge at 10 am.  Confirm with leaders and for additional information.

Fri, June 1 – Millbrook Mtn. & Gertrude’s Nose   8 miles at a good solid pace. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764-cell 845-255-0531-home martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet in Minnewaska State Park`s upper lot overlooking Lake Minnewaska at 11 AM.  In case of inclement weather call leader.

Sat, June 2 – National Trails Day – contact Tom Amisson tamisson@aol.com for information.

Sat, June 2 – National Trails Day “End2End” 9-mile hike in Hyde Park. Trail runners and hikers welcome.  Pre-registration required. ADK Contact: Salley Decker at sadecker2002@yahoo.com. The hike is from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt.  Participants are shuttled from the parking lot at Vanderbilt up to Top Cottage.  There are usually three shuttle buses with runners going on the early shuttle at about 8:00 AM.  This annual event is sponsored by Hyde Park Trails and the National Park Service.  There is a drop out point at the FDR Wallace Center and transportation back to the Vanderbilt will be provided. Water will be available at Riverfront Park (near Hyde Park Railroad Station).  Details available on the Hyde Park Trails Facebook page. Updates will be included in the MHADK weekly e-mails and website.  Contact Salley for additional information.

Sat, June 2 – Black Creek Paddle & Clean-up. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com. Come help clean-up the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd.  Our Chapter worked with the Highland Environmental Conservation Council to clear this water trail many years ago.  The maintenance is typically light work.  Bring work gloves, loppers, saws, rope.  (If you need tools, leader can supply).  Trash bags supplied.  Bring own boat, paddle & PFD.  (Leader can loan a canoe & gear.)  Meet at 10 AM in the signed parking area at the bridge on Rt. 299.  This is @5 mi. east of the New Paltz exit of the Thruway & @1.5 mi. west of the jct. of Rtes. 9W & 299.

Sun, June 3 – Foundry Cove Paddle, Cold Spring, NY (2 – 3 hours)  
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com . We will paddle from the launch at the Cold Spring Metro North Parking lot to the nearby Foundry Cove, a beautiful inlet of the Hudson, and observe water birds including Great Blue Heron and Black Cormorants as we paddle into nearby Constitution Marsh. Meet at the Cold Spring Metro North parking lot at 11 am.  You can rent a canoe or kayak right at the launch site for a reasonable fee.  Heavy rain cancels. Bring snacks, sunscreen and hat. Confirm with leader.

Tues, June 5 – 8 mile Mohonk Scramble Hike at a relaxed pace. Leader:Marty Carp 845-303-3764-cell 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet at Mohonks West Trapps Trailhead at 11 AM. In case of inclement weather call leader.

Fri, June 8 – Mohonk Scramble Hike 7-9 miles at a steady pace. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764-cell 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet at the New Paltz Adirondack Trailways bus stop at 10:00 AM. Trailhead, route & scrambles will be tailored to group.  In case of inclement weather call leader.

Sat., June 9 – Kingston Kayak Festival. Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. A fun-filled day for you and your entire family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before.  Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner & friends.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not just kayaks.  There will be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for you to try.  The emphasis will be on education, demonstrations, lessons and guided tours for all levels of paddler, as well as, for those who’ve never paddled before.  If you have a boat, bring it.  We need volunteers to help run this event.  You need not be a paddler to be of help – contact Russ.  You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours, so you’ll still be able to do some paddling – a lesson, a guided tour, etc.

Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK get in free.  Bring your membership card.  Non-members are asked to donate $10 to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center.  Go to Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Av., Kingston, NY, between 10 AM to 4 PM.

Fri, June 15 – Mohonk Scramble Hike 7-9 miles at a steady pace. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764-cell 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet at the New Paltz Adirondack Trailways bus stop at 10:00 AM. Trailhead, route & scrambles will be tailored to group.  In case of inclement weather call leader.

Sat, June 16 – Gilded Age Mansions of the Hudson River Paddle 11.5 miles   Experienced paddlers. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com. This will be a paddle, with historic commentary, at the following locations:  Maid of the Meadow Lighthouse, Mills Mansion, Vanderbilt Mansion & Mt. St. Alphonsus.  Launching at Esopus Meadows Point, we’ll go with the ebb tide, disembarking at the Mills & Vanderbilt Mansions for outside tours.  Then paddle back to our starting point.  Paddlers should have experience on the Hudson River.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. and with dual bulkheads or flotation bags in bow & stern.  Canoes welcome.  PFDs required.  Bring lunch, snacks & water.  Rain cancels.  Contact leader for meeting time. 

Sat, June 16 – 2 pm – ADK has partnered with Wilderstein for a Guided Hike. Come explore Wilderstein’s landscape and trails with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK).  This hike will recreate one of many hosted by Daisy Suckley at Wilderstein.  Tea and light refreshments to be served immediately following the hike.  Tickets are $15 ($10 for Wilderstein and ADK members).  To register and for additional information, please call 845-876-4818.

Sat, June 23 Mohonk Preserve 14-15 mile Hike & 5 Major Rock Scrambles. Leader: Marty Carp (C) 845-303-3764 (H) 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. Hike will be conducted at an expeditious but not at a breakneck pace.  The scrambles are as hard as they come and a headlamp is mandatory.  Meet at Mohonk’s Spring Farm parking lot 9:30 AM.  Make sure that your footwear has excellent traction!  In case of inclement weather hike will be modified or postponed.  Contact leader for additional information.

Sat, June 23 – Hike to the King’s Chamber, Putnam Valley, NY (4 miles)   Class C
Leader: John Ragusa, 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com. We will hike to the mysterious King’s Chamber near Fahnstock State Park. There are many theories on how these stone chambers came to be.  The Leader will offer some possible explanations.  We will also visit a smaller stone chamber nearby. The openings of these stone chambers align with the sunrise of the summer solstice which is 2 days prior to our hike (but close enough).  Meet at the end of Waywayanda Ct in the small parking area at 10:00 am.  Directions:  Take the Taconic Pkwy South. Go a few miles past the Cold Spring exits and look for the Pudding Street exit.  This is a LEFT exit so be very careful when crossing the northbound lanes. Stay on Pudding St. for about 2 miles. It is a very winding road. Immediately after the large rock outcrop that nearly sticks out on the road, make a right onto Waywayanda Ct. Turns into a dirt road with some potholes. Go about 1 mile to the very end.  Bring a picnic lunch. Heavy rains cancels. Confirm with leader.

Sun, June 24 – Minnewaska State Park Ramble   9-10 moderately paced hike w/a short scramble A. Leaders:  Ginny Fauci 845-399-2170 gefauci@gmail.com , Lalita Malik 845-724-5786 LalitaMalik@aol.com. Meet at Jenny Lane parking lot on Rt. 44/55 at 9:30 AM.  We will take the Shawangunk Ridge Trail (Jenny Lane) to Lake Awosting.  After enjoying the view, we will take Hamilton Carriageway to a short rock scramble up to Castle Point Carriageway.  We will hike to Awosting parking lot via Blueberry Run trail and  Mossy Glen and continue on SRT (Wawarsing Tpk) to return to Jenny Lane parking.   Confirm with leaders.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.

Tues, June 26 – Black Rock Forest Swim Hike. Leader: Marty Carp (C) 845-303-3764 (H) 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. How far you swim is up to you.  How far we hike depends on which trailhead is available to us.  The emphasis is on the swim and the most scenic and expeditious route to Sutherland Pond.  All trailheads and routes have been scouted.  Meet at the junction of Angola Road and Route 32 at 9:50 AM.  Park in the Black Rock Game Club Parking lot WHERE WE AWAIT OUR FRIENDS FROM NYC.  Contact leader for additional information.

Fri, June 29 – Mohonk Scramble Hike 7-9 miles at a steady pace. Leader: Marty Carp 845-303-3764-cell 845-255-0531 martymcarp@gmail.com. Meet at the New Paltz Adirondack Trailways bus stop at 10:00 AM. Trailhead, route & scrambles will be tailored to group.  In case of inclement weather call leader.

Fri, June 29 – Hike Ferncliff Forest Preserve in Rhinebeck to the Fire Tower. C approx 3 miles, some small hills.  Possible wet areas.  Spectacular view of the Hudson River, Catskill Mts, Connecticut and Massachusetts from the Tower.  Leader:  Carla Barrett barrettinclinton@gmail.com or 315 527-8478.  Start at 5PM. Approximately 1.5 hours with stop for viewing.  Confirm with Leader.  Meet at parking area.  Address is 68 Mt Rutsen Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Close to village so dinner is handy.  Or bring your dinner and go on to Poet’s Walk nearby for a picnic dinner with a view of the Hudson River, the Catskills to the West and the sunset. (1 mile RT).  Leader will show you how to get to Poet’s Walk.

Sat, June 30 – Exploratory Paddle the Fishkill Creek. Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or russoutdoors@yahoo.com. This is an easy paddle on moving water that’s appropriate for novices.  Experienced paddlers will enjoy it also.  We’ll paddle both ways on the creek, as the current is not strong, for about 3-4 hrs.  Even though this creek is located in a suburban area, it offers a good wilderness feel.  Any kind of boat is suitable, e.g. rec kayaks, canoes.  PFDs must be worn while on the water.  Bring lunch, water, paddling gear, sunscreen and hat.  Contact leader for meeting time/place.