Friday, May 14, 2010

Taconic Hiking Club May Activities

Sunday, May 2: AT in New York from Rte 22 to Old Rte 55

This is section III of the AT in New York. Highlights of this Harlem Valley hike include; Swamp River, the giant Dover Oak and Nuclear Lake.

CONTACT: R.J. Hydorn at or 283-6056.

LENGTH: 7.4 miles with 720 feet of ascent and 480 feet of descent.

ROAD DISTANCE: 200 miles round trip with a car spot.

Tuesday, May 4: Cat and Thomas Mountains, Lake George, NY

We will walk up the road to the peak of Thomas, then take the trail to Cat and return via the road. There may be some wild flowers along the way. Meeting place is at the Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride at 8:30 A.M.

CONTACT: Katie Henrikson at or 439-4308.

LENGTH: 7 miles round trip with an ascent of 1300 feet.

ROAD DISTANCE: 130 miles round-trip.

Wednesday, May 5: Snowhole, Petersburgh, NY

We will hike north on the Taconic Crest Trail into the “Snowhole” and enjoy the beautiful views along the way. Meet at the Wal-Mart parking lot off Route 7 in Brunswick, NY at 9 A.M.

CONTACT: Phil Fountain at or 371-8585.

LENGTH: About 6 miles round-trip with ascent of about 700 feet.

ROAD DISTANCE: About 60 miles round-trip.

Friday May 7: Hike or bike in Northern Columbia County.

Look for spring wildflowers in a local nature preserve or bike a loop, return to leader's house to eat your lunch and see the baby goats.

LENGTH: 25 miles if biking

Call leader for directions and meeting time

CONTACT: Susan Roberts 766-4170

Monday, May 10: Canoe or Kayak, Schenectady.

We will spot a car at Lock 7 and start our paddle from Schenectady County Community College. MUST call Judy for details and car spot.

CONTACT: Judy Brandow at or 482-4610.

LENGTH: 9 miles.

ROAD DISTANCE: 48 miles round trip.

Tuesday, May 11 Paddle Mohawk and Hudson Rivers

We will launch from Waterford and will explore the intersecting area of the two rivers including a Hudson River lock and the falls south of Peebles Island. We will eat lunch at Peebles Island. This is intended to be a good seasonal warm up paddle. We will meet at Northway Exit 9

Park and Ride at 0900

CONTACT: Bill Valentino at or 439-9686.

LENGTH: Paddle distance 8 miles.

ROAD DISTANCE: 20 miles round-trip.

Wednesday, May 12: Bike Mohawk Trail, Colonie, NY

This will be a gentle bike ride on a paved trail. You must have recent bike experience and provide your own bike and helmet. Meet at 9:00 A.M. at Guptill’s Skating Arena Parking Lot on Route 9 in Latham, NY.

CONTACT: Phil fountain at or 371-8585.

LENGTH: 15 to 25 miles round-trip, with minimal elevation.

ROAD DISTANCE: 3 to 4 miles to the Bike Path Parking Lot

Thursday, May 13: Bike Ride, Lake George.

We will bike from Fort Edward to Lake George. First 4 miles will be on the “Feeder Canal Park Heritage Trail”. The next 12 miles will be on the “Warren County Bikeway”. Meet at Exit 9, Park and Ride at 8:30 AM, must call Dick before the ride.

CONTACT: Dick Hughes at or 371-7655.

LENGTH: 32 miles round trip.

ROAD DISTANCE: 70 miles round trip.

Saturday, May 15: End to End Endurance Challenge

Today our End to End will start at 5:30 A.M. at Berry Pond in the Pittsfield State Forest.

We are planning to have the hikers led out of the camping area by our own bagpiper, Neil Roberts. After the contestants have left the area the sweeps will be in place and make sure everyone reaches the next area. In the mean time all camping and kitchen equipment will be packed up and the car moving will begin to Rt. 346 and the end of the Challenge. Come and offer your support to the hikers and all the volunteers needed to insure a successful endeavor.

Wednesday, May 19: Sugarloaf Quarry, Kaaterskill Falls Tannersville and Palenville, NY

The first hike is on a trail towards the summit to Sugarloaf Mountain. It is a fascinating and unexpected place, featuring extensive stonework crafted out of the remnants of an old stone quarry. The second hike will be a trip to Kaaterskill Falls, which is the highest falls in NY State

(260 feet). Plan to walk on a road and then hike on a marked trail to the center part of the falls. We will meet at the Elm Avenue Park and Ride in Delmar (off Route 32) at 9:00 A.M.

CONTACT: Phil Fountain at or 371-8585.

LENGTH: Quarry – about 2 miles round trip with ascent of 200 feet. Falls – about 2.5 miles round-trip with ascent of 350 feet.

ROAD DISTANCE: About 90 miles round-trip.

Thursday, May 20: Paddle Kayaderosseras and Fish Creek

We will be spotting cars in order to paddle the 6½ miles from Kelly Park in Ballston Spa to the State Boat Launch on Saratoga Lake. This is a very attractive semi rural paddle with the possibility of class I water in spots when the river is up. We should be prepared to wade and clear logjams in just a few places. We will meet at Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride at 0830.

CONTACT: Bill Valentino at or 439- 9686.

LENGTH: Paddle distance 6 1/2 miles.

ROAD DISTANCE: 30 miles round-trip.

Saturday, May 22: Bike Washington County, NY

This will be a bike ride in Grandma Moses country, via mostly scenic back roads to four protected farms. We will enjoy the history of the area and view a few of Grandma Moses’ painting sites and her still present working farm. We will also bike across the Buskirk Historic Covered Bridge on our way to Cambridge and back. We will meet at the

Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride, off Fire Road, at 9:30 A.M.

CONTACT: Phil Fountain at or 371-8585.

LENGTH: 22 miles round-trip loop, with some rolling hills.

ROAD DISTANCE: About 60 miles round-trip

Thursday, May 27: Paddle Round Lake, NY

This will be an early evening paddle to search out the Great Blue Heron nests on this small lake. We will meet at the Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride, off Fire Road, at 5:30 P.M. or at Round Lake at 5:45P.M.

CONTACT: Phil Fountain at or 371-8585.

LENGTH: 3 to 4 miles round-trip.

ROAD DISTANCE: 10 miles from Exit 9 to Round Lake.

Thursday, May 27: Housatonic River and Woods Pond Paddle

This will be a leisurely mostly flatwater, with a touch of quickwate paddle on the Housatonic River between Pittsfield and Lenox. River distance is approximately 4.3 miles and ends in Woods Pond, which is a bit over a hundred acres and about two miles of shoreline. According to the guidebook, Woods Pond is like paddling in a large goldfish bowl – lots of goldfish in it, along with other pond critters and plants. Contact leader for time and meeting place.

CONTACT: Lynn Filarecki, 674-2125 before 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 25.

LENGTH: About 7 miles.

ROAD DISTANCE: Approximately 120 miles.

Taconic Hiking Club Membership Information

45 Kakley St. Robert J. Hydorn

Albany, NY 12208-1805 2 Miller Ave.

Troy, NY 12180


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