Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Summer Outings Schedule

Note to All Club Members.

The Taconic Hiking Club has a 15 ft Grumman canoe available for persons coming on club trips. It has paddles and life jackets and is "good to go". Call Colin Campbell if you are interested in using it at 438-9629.

 Saturday, June 2: National Trails Day, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY

A work party will take place at GLSP on National Trails Day.  We will meet at the Park & Ride in the Brunswick Wal-Mart Plaza at 8:15 AM so we can carpool and be at the Shaver Pond Nature Center by 9:00 AM. We will be putting up new trail markers along the Long Pond Trail. Should only take a couple of hours. Volunteers also get to partake in a picnic lunch afterwards. Contact  R.J. Hydorn at or 283-6056.

Monday, June 4: Paddle Upper Schroon River and Clark Island, Schroon Lake, NY

Put in at the Rt. 9 bridge if we have enough water, if not we will put in at the Rt.73 bridge.

CONTACT:  Dick Hughes at or 371-7655.
LENGTH: Approximately 12 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  160 miles round-trip.

Wednesday, June 6: Paddle West Lake/Canada Lake/Lilly Lake, Caroga, NY

Canada, West, and Lilly Lakes are but 60 miles from Albany.  But these Adirondack lakes have a wilderness feel about them in places and are abundant with wildlife.  Most of the shoreline is privately owned but we should see little recreational activity this early in the season.  We will paddle less than nine miles and meet at 8:00AM at JCPenney’s parking lot at Crossgates Mall. 

CONTACT: Bill Valentino at or 439-9686.
LENGTH: Paddle distance 9 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE: 120 miles round-trip.

Saturday, June 9: Paddle the Battenkill

Let's see how the covered bridges on the Battenkill made out from the high waters and hurricane floods of the past. Call Colin for details.  We will meet at 8:30AM, car pool as much as possible. Colin can take at

least one  more boat on his rack or if needed, take his trailer for four canoes/kayaks. Bring lunch, sunscreen and all the usual. Swimming?

CONTACT:  Colin Campbell at or 438-9629.
LENGTH:  To be determined by the group.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Contact Colin.

Sunday, June 10: Bike Ride, Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Lanesboro, MA

We will meet at the Rts. 4 & 43 Park & Ride at 8:00AM.  Call George for details.

CONTACT: George Astle at (508) 735-2116.
LENGTH:  To be decided by the group.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 60 miles round-trip from the P&R.

Monday, June 11: Berlin Mountain, Petersburgh, NY

We will hike in from Petersburg Pass on the Taconic Crest Trail. There may be mountain laurel in bloom in addition to the good views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.  Meet at 8:00 AM in the Park and Ride at the intersection of Rts 4 & 43.

CONTACT: Katie Henrikson at or 439-4308.
LENGTH:  Approximately 6 miles and 800 ft of ascent.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Call Katie for details.

Tuesday, June 12: Berkshire Ramble (or scramble?)

Maybe the mountain laurel will be blooming – anyway we’ll get a good leg stretch.  Alander, Brace, Frissel?  Call Susan with your preferences or suggestions and meeting time and place.

CONTACT:  Susan Roberts at 766-4170.
LENGTH:  5-8 miles at a slow moderate pace.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Under 100 miles round-trip, depending on destination.

Wednesday, June 13: Martin Dunham Reservoir, Grafton, NY

We will paddle the Martin Dunham Reservoir.  Meet at the Rt. 7 Walmart Park & Ride in Brunswick at 9:00AM.  Must call Etta for details.

CONTACT:  Etta Menges at 233-8310.
LENGTH:  Desire of the group.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 40 miles, round-trip.

Sunday, June 17: Schodack Island State Park
Taconic Hiking Club Annual Pot- Luck Picnic

Our activities for the day are:

  • 1:00 PM POTLUCK salads, desserts and treats along with THC supplied hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks (lemonade and iced tea) and condiments.
  • Please bring your own soda, beer or wine.
  • Lawn chairs and games are recommended, as well as pictures to share.
  • 2:00 PM short THC meeting.
  • Enjoy the park for the rest of the day.

Margaret Parks will be handling reservations so please contact her at or 250-5452 to let her know how many people are coming, how many hot dogs and/or hamburgers you want and what your contribution to the picnic will be (appetizer, salad or dessert). 

Tuesday, June 19: Paddle Round Lake, Round Lake, NY

We will put in at the boat ramp just off Rt. 9 in Round Lake at 9AM.  Call George for more information.

CONTACT: George Astle at (508) 735-2116.
LENGTH:  Approximately 6 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE: Your house to Round Lake.

Sunday, June 24, West Stockbridge rambles and Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood

Afternoon easy hiking in Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s Stevens Glen and Burbank Preserve (5 miles total) followed by picnic (bring dish to share) on the lawn at Tanglewood and 8PM Concert, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo Yo Ma.  Lawn admission $20 for picnic/Tanglewood.  Bring a picnic, short lawn chair/blanket; dish to share, drink, warm jacket   Meeting place will be Schodack Park & Ride, 1PM

CONTACT:  Sharon Bonk, or 674-0042.
LENGTH:  To be determined.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 80 miles round-trip.

Tuesday, June 26: Hike Crane Mountain and Pond, Johnsburg, NY

We will climb to the summit where there once was a fire tower. We will then proceed down to the pond where we will lunch and swim. After this break we will climb up the ridge NW of the pond looking for blueberries. Bring swimsuit and container for berries. Our walk out will take us along the outlet from the pond and down to our cars.

CONTACT: Mary MacDonald at 371-1293.
LENGTH: About 8 miles with a vertical rise about1300 ft.
ROAD DISTANCE: Call Mary for details.

Wednesday, June 27: Paddle Harris Lake, Newcomb, NY

The Paddle from Harris Lake into the beginning of the Hudson River offers beautiful scenery, the occasional river otter and almost always the appearance of loons.  We will paddle less than eight miles.  We will meet at 7:30AM Exit 9 Park & Ride.  

CONTACT: Bill Valentino at  or 439-9686.
LENGTH: Paddle distance 8 miles    
ROAD DISTANCE: 190 miles round-trip.

Monday, July 2:  The Brothers and Big Slide, Keene Valley, NY

This trip is 3.9 miles to the summit with elevation gain of 2800 ft. Summit elevation 4240 ft. This is a high peak. We will have an early start and hope for a clear day as the views are grand. Bring a container for blueberries that we may find along the way. Our return trip follows the Slide Brook Trail to the Phelps Trail and thus to The Garden parking lot. Return mileage is 5.6 miles.

CONTACT: Mary MacDonald at  or 371-1293.
LENGTH:   Approximately 9.5 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE::  Call Mary for details

Monday, July 9: Bike ride, Ft. Edward, NY

We will ride from Fort Edward to Lake George and return.

CONTACT:  Dick Hughes at or 371-7655.
LENGTH: Approximately 34 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  70 miles round-trip.

Tuesday, July 10: Paddle the Kunjamuk, Speculator, NY

The Kunjamuk is a beautiful winding stream up in the Adirondacks near Speculator.  It will require some skill in frequently turning the boat but the reward will be seeing the beauty of nature up close.  The paddle is approximately 10 miles round trip. Contact Etta for a meeting time and place.

CONTACT:  Etta Menges 233-8310.
LENGTH:  Paddle distance approximately 10 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  About 150 miles round-trip.

Friday, July 13, Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Lanesboro, MA

This is twenty-two miles of essentially flat cycling from Pittsfield, MA to Adams MA and return.  Meeting place will be Rts. 4 & 43 Park & Ride at 9:00AM or trailhead off Rt. 8 near Berkshire Mall at 10:00AM.  Contact Sharon for details.

CONTACT:  Sharon Bonk, or 674-0042.
LENGTH:  22 miles. Round- trip.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 70 miles round-trip from the P&R.

Saturday, July 14: Hoosic River Paddle, Eagle Bridge, NY

This event is joint with the Rensselaer Land Trust.  Bring your kayak or canoe and paddle eight miles on the Hoosic River. We will put in at the NYS DEC public boat launch on the Rensselaer Land Trust's Hoosic River property in Eagle Bridge, and take out downstream just before the Johnsonville Dam.  This attractive stretch of the Hoosic is flat water and features coves and marshy backwaters with bird and other animal life.  The banks are mostly forested, with some farms and few houses.  Provide your own boat and PDF.  Bring snacks and water.  You need to be in good physical condition to negotiate about 1/4 mile of dense water chestnut growth at the take-out.  Hoosic River boat launch is approximately one mile west of Eagle Bridge on the north side of Route 67, at the DEC sign. 

CONTACT: Paul Schroeder at or 674-2480.  If you would like to try the sport, but don't own a boat, contact Christine Young at or 859-4363 to borrow a boat.  Christine has a few available that can be borrowed. 
LENGTH:  Approximately 8 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Your house to Eagle Bridge.

Monday, July 16: Paddle Cedar River Flow, Hamilton Co., NY

Cedar River Flow is a very special place.  Well off the beaten path, it takes a bit of effort to get there and few people use it.  The site possesses a man-made lake, which was a long abandoned holding area for the lumber drives of yesteryear.  This will be a leisurely paddle of around eight miles with plenty of waterfowl and aquatic vegetation that we will, hopefully, successfully navigate. We will meet at Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride at 0730

CONTACT: Bill Valentino at or 439-9686.
LENGTH: Eight mile paddle.
ROAD DISTANCE: Approximately 210 miles round trip. To the extent people have rack room we will carpool where possible

Friday, July 20: Bike Ride, Amsterdam, NY

We will ride on the Amsterdam Bile Path to Karen’s Ice Cream stand.  We will meet at 9:00AM.  Call George for details.

CONTACT: George Astle at (508) 735-2116.
LENGTH:  Approximately 15 – 20 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE: Your house to Amsterdam Bike Path.

Sunday, July 29: Phil’s Memorial Activity

Today is the first anniversary of Phil’s passing.  We, as a family, have had a hard time trying to find an appropriate activity to honor Phil.  He was a man who was very diversified and enjoyed all the wonders of the outdoors. 

We are asking that instead of planning a group activity for today, that you do whatever activity brings you enjoyment and think of Phil, our friend, leader and inspiration for outdoor fun.

Phil’s family, Gayle, Andy, Brian, Missy, Tonya, Abby and Claudia.

Wednesday, August 1: Lake George Paddle-Northwest Bay to the Narrows

Lake George offers summer paddlers great swimming and some of the most spectacular views in the Adirondacks.  We will launch from Northwest Bay Brook and paddle south along the western edge of Tongue Mt. to Montcalm Point.  Once past the point we will turn northeast into the Narrows.  There are many routes, islands and state campsites in the Narrows.  We will pick an unoccupied one have a swim and lunch.  After lunch we will retrace out route.  What with boat wakes and the possibility of increasing wind I would suggest kayaks over canoes.  The paddle should be about 12 miles.  We will meet at Northway Exit 9 Park and Ride at 8AM.

CONTACT: Bill Valentino or 439-9686.
LENGTH:  The total trip will be about 12 miles
ROAD DISTANCE: Approximately 120 miles round trip. To the extent people have rack room we will carpool where possible

Wednesday, August 1: Greenport Conservation Area, Columbia County

Five miles of easy and moderate trails, via a series of loops in woodlands and meadows with views of the Hudson and the Catskills, from this Columbia Land Conservancy property.  Meet at Schodack Park & Ride at 9:30AM.

CONTACT: Sharon Bonk, or 674-0042.  (Note: Leader will be away until 7/29.)
LENGTH: To be determined.
ROAD DISTANCE: Approximately 70 miles round-trip.

Monday, August 6: Canoe or Kayak, Eighth Lake, NY

Explore the Brown Tract Upper and Lower Ponds near Eighth Lake.  We exit by the Brown’s Tract inlet and take out from Raquette Lake.  Call Dick for details.

CONTACT:  Dick Hughes at or 371-7655.
LENGTH: Approximately 5 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  224 miles round-trip.

Tuesday, August 7: Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Lanesboro, MA

Bike a paved, relatively level trail between Lanesboro and Adams, MA.  A very scenic trip past lakes and wetlands., with a few road crossings.  Call Susan for meeting time and place.

CONTACT:  Susan Roberts at 766-4170.
LENGTH: 22 miles round-trip.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 60 miles from Schodack Park & Ride.

Wednesday, August 8: Taconic Crest Trail & Berry Pond, Pittsfield, MA

This hike is designed to help a THC member finish his last segment of the TCT. We’ll climb 1.75 miles and 800’ to the Taconic Crest Trail on a private access route from Lebanon Springs, NY.  From there it’s another mile and 400’ vertical going north on the Crest Trail to Tower Mountain, where we can mourn the loss of former views. Continuing northeast for a mile of slight descents and uprisings, we’ll come to Berry Pond, the highest body of fresh water in Massachusetts.  It’s a lovely place for lunch, and we can head up the road a bit for a fine view down into Goodrich Hollow and NY.   We’ll retrace our steps back to Lebanon Springs for a total mileage of 7.5 miles.  If it’s a nice day, plan on a swim at the end of the hike. Contact leaders for meeting time and place

CONTACT: Karen Ross at or 794-7474 or Mary MacDonald at or 371-1293. 
LENGTH: 7.5 miles
ROAD DISTANCE: It depends on where you’re coming from.  Lebanon Springs is 35 miles east of Albany on Rt. 20 and then 2 miles north on Rt. 22.

Thursday, August 9:  Fred Schroeder Trail plus Long Path, Thacher Park

Come for the hike and stay for the AMC Mohawk Hudson Chapter picnic, or not. The FS trail is a 3 mile loop trail with connectors and extensions to viewpoints along the Long Path North which will give us about 5 miles of hiking. Co-leaders will meet you at park office on Rte 157 at the Horseshoe Lot at 11:30 AM for carpool to trail head. Do not pay entrance fee unless you are planning to stay for the picnic. We'll have lunch along the way and get back to Hailes Cave around 3:30. For details about picnic call leader. 

CONTACT: Co-leaders John Tifft at or 439-5686; or Sharon Bonk at or 674-0042.
LENGTH:  Approximately 5 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Your house to the park.

Saturday, August 11: Lake George Paddle, north of Bolton, NY

This will be a paddle on Lake George in Northwest Bay and around the Tongue Mountain Range Island.

Bad weather date is Sunday, August 12. 

Bring your kayak or canoe and paddle about fourteen miles on a river, along the shores and coves of the Tongue Mountain Range, round the Point of Tongue and paddle around some of the islands in Lake George and then head back.  This is a long paddle and you must be strong enough to handle 5-7+ hours of continual steady paddling with breaks for swimming and lunch and be comfortable in open deep water with possible waves.  This is a beautiful paddle, very scenic with opportunities to swim.  You will need water, sunscreen, food, PDF and a swimsuit.  We will meet at the put-in spot.  To get there, take the Northway north to Exit 24.  Go right at the top of the ramp and continue over the mountaintop to the "T" with Route 9N.  Go left.  After about 5-6 miles, you will see on the right the sign for the Northwest Bay boat launch area.  We are meeting there.  Contact Christine for details.

CONTACT: Christine Young at or 859-4363.
LENGTH:  Approximately 14 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 130 miles round-trip.

Wednesday, August 15:  Mohawk River Bike Path Cycle, Niskayuna, NY

Niskayuna Lions Park to Cohoes and return with lunch at the Cohoes Falls.  Meet at 10 AM at Lions Park parking lot Rosendale Rd, Niskayuna, off Rt. 7, west of I 87.

CONTACT:  Sharon Bonk,, 674-0042.
LENGTH: Approximately 15 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Your house to the park.

Wednesday, August 15: Fall Schedule activities due

Today is the deadline for your contribution to the fall schedule.  Please continue to do your part in helping to keep our club as diverse and active as it has been, you really make a difference.

CONTACT: Gayle Fountain at or 371-8585.
LENGTH:  Any length of a bike ride, hike or paddle.

Wednesday, August 22: Prospect Mountain, Lake George, NY

There's more than one way to get to the top of Prospect Mountain, by Lake George. We will spot cars in the Lake George Recreation Area, then drive north of the village and hike in from Big Hollow Road, on a skimobile trail. The ascent is about 1,000 ft, steady but not steep. We will cross the top summit and descend the south side of the mountain to the spotted cars.. Meet at 8:00AM in the Northway Exit 9 Park & Ride in Clifton Park.

CONTACT: Katie Henrikson at or 439-4308.
LENGTH: Approximately 6 miles.
ROAD DISTANCE:  Approximately 110 miles round-trip.

REMEMBER “Get out and stay out”!


Thursday, September 6:  Paddle Brant Lake, Brant Lake, NY

Brant Lake is a classic example of an Adirondack lake enjoyed by hundreds of campers, vacationing at numerous youth camps spread throughout the lake.  There is a great boat launch but little public land available for day visitors to use.  Consequently, we will fully explore the lake, snacking enroute and returning to the launch for a late lunch.   It will be late in the season so there should be little recreational activity and there might even be some foliage colors.  This will be a leisurely paddle of less than 10 miles.

We will meet at Northway Exit 9 Park & Ride at 8:00AM.

CONTACT:  Bill Valentino or 439-9686.
LENGTH: The total trip will be about 10 miles
ROAD DISTANCE: Approximately 120 miles round trip. To the extent people have rack room we will carpool where possible


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