MHADK OUTINGS SCHEDULE WINTER 2016-2017 – December, January, February (If changes/additions to these hikes occur, they will be found on the website www.MidHudsonADK.org

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. Contact one of the leaders for more info.

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 for more info.

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 for more info.

WINTER KAYAK POOL SESSIONS WITH DON URMSTON - See details on Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, March 4 and March 18 

Sat, Dec 3 –Mills-Norrie State Park Easy Hike(4-5 miles, 2-3 hours)  Staatsburg, NY Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com An easy walk at 2 mile/hr pace along footpaths and woods roads at this park on the Hudson River. A few moderate hills. Approximately 2 miles will be along the River Trail, a rare opportunity to walk in the woods along the beautiful Hudson River. Plan is weather/conditions dependent, so check with leader to confirm or learn of new plan. If there is sufficient snow, a cross-country ski on the parks woods roads is possible. (Hunting is not permitted at this park, so we should be safe.)

Sat., Dec. 10 - Sun., Dec. 11: Beginners' Winter Backpack, Harriman, NY Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com Follow infrequently used trails in SE Harriman State Park.  We'll start from the Town of Ramapo Equestrian Center and climb Panther Mtn. to camp on a pristine lake.  Backpack in will be about 5 and 1/4 miles.  Optional pack-free loop on woods roads to 2 other lakes and Big Hill for the view.  Backpack out is only about 2 and 1/4 miles, but can be lengthened if desired.  Must have 3-season backpacking experience.  Visit www.amc-ny.org/backpacking-gear-lists/#.V8N6p4-cHIU for a winter gear list.  Joint with AMC.

Sat, Dec 10 - Esopus Meadows Preserve Hike, Ulster Park, NY (1.5 miles)   Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymellon.com or 917-692-1159 We will hike along woodland trails and a shoreline with stunning views of the Hudson. This is a prime spot for watching bald eagles and the shallow waters just offshore are among the most important spawning grounds for striped bass.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Meet at 10 am at the Scenic Hudson trailhead for Esopus Meadows Preserve. 257 River Rd, Ulster Park. Directions: Take the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9W north at Highland.  Take Route 9W north approximately 7 miles. After going through Esopus, look for River Rd on right side. Take River Rd. 1.3 miles to the trailhead.  Preserve is adjacent to the Lighthouse Park. Confirm with leader.  Heavy rain or snow cancels.

Sun, Dec 11 – Alexander Hamilton Walking History Tour, Beacon NY Leader: Chris Cring   christopher.cring@gmail.com   845-249-5305 During the Revolutionary War, and after when trying to build and unite a country, Alexander Hamilton spent much of his time in the Hudson Valley. During this period he lived in Beacon, Washington's Headquarters in New Windsor, West Point, the Fishkill Supply Depot, and at his father-in-law’s house in Albany. The center of these travels was Fishkill Landing (now Beacon).  The tour will start at the Beacon Train Station. We will walk along the river and pass by Wiltse Landing where Hamilton disembarked many times by sloop , including Oct 1787, after he just completed writing Federalist paper No 1 on a voyage from Albany. We will then proceed to Madam Brett Park where he lived in a rented house with his new bride Elizabeth. He moved across the river after he resigned as Washington's Aid. While staying here, he wrote and formed some of his ideas about the future of the country. During the tour I will have copies of the actual letters written and received while he was in each location, and discuss why he traveled to each area and how. This is a moderate 3 hour (4 mile) tour/hike. Wear walking shoes, bring water and snacks. Please confirm if you plan to attend.  Meet at the Beacon Farmers Market (Train Station) at 10:00 AM

Sat, Dec 17 - Wonder Lake & Laurel Pond Loop Hike - Patterson, NY - Moderate Hike; 5.5+/- Miles Leader: Tom Buckley TrailHikerTom@gmail.com We will start our hike on the Highlands Trail and will circle around Wonder Lake & Laurel Pond. We will continue a little further into this State Park on the blue Orchard Hill Trail back and then join the Yellow Trail for our return hike to the parking lot. The trails are relatively only moderately hilly, nothing strenuous, but please bring micro spikes in case we encounter some icy conditions. We will meet at the Wonder Lake parking lot on Ludingtonville Road in Holmes, NY. Email leader for directions and meeting time.

Sun, Dec 18 - Hunter and Southwest Hunter 10 miles, 2500' Ascent Strenuous Hike (or snowshoe) – Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club Leaders: Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com (914) 489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654 We will do a loop hike to the fire tower starting on the Spruceton Trail. From the top of Hunter we will take the Devil's Path down, detouring to the summit of Southwest Hunter before returning to the parking area. Great views throughout. This is a through hike and will involves shuttling cars. The Catskills generally have earlier and more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time and information regarding what winter gear may be necessary. Registration period: Dec. 9 – Dec. 16.

Sun, Dec 18 - Let's Explore Pelham Bay Park in the Off Season Bronx, NY Leader Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com  845 471 9892 Largest Park within the confines of NYC. It is also the site of Orchard Beach on Long Island Sound. If possible, we will car pool to the park and explore its trails and marshes, walk on the beach. Expect to leave by 8:30 am and spend the day. Active snow will cancel as will icing Expect to leave by 8:30 am and spend the day.

Sat, Dec 24 – Lost City half day Moderate hike – less than 5 miles with optional scrambling New Paltz, NY Leader: Roberta Forest robertaforest@gmail.com Meet at Coxing Parking on Clove Road at 9:30. We will do a loop up the High Peterskill and across the ledge to lost city and return on Kings Lane. Joint with Mohonk Preserve. $12 day fee applies.

Sun, Jan 1 – New Year’s Day Hike – Vassar Campus or Vassar Farms.  Poughkeepsie, NY 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 2 (New Year's Day celebrated) - Balsam (and possibly Eagle) 5.2 (9.4) miles, 1900' (2900') Ascent Strenuous Hike (or snowshoe) – Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com (914) 489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654 Balsam is one of the peaks required to be done in the winter by the 3500 Club for the patch. We'll do it as a loop, and depending on weather and trail conditions we may also include Eagle. The Catskills generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or microspikes (or crampons). Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Registration period: Dec. 24. – Dec. 31.

Tues, Jan 3 – Two-part Moderate snowshoe (hike) Joppenbergh Mountain, Rosendale & rail trail Leader: Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com or 845-399-2170 Let’s snowshoe up Joppenbergh Mountain in Rosendale stopping at the viewpoint looking down on the Trestle Bridge before continuing over the top and down the other side (2 mile loop). Following that we will drive over to Binnewater Road and snowshoe the Rail Trail through Williams Lake and back over the Trestle Bridge before returning to our cars. After our snowshoe is an optional stop at one of the many restaurants in Rosendale. Meet at the public parking lot behind the Rosendale Theater at 11 am. Please confirm with leader. If no snow, we will hike and most likely need microspikes or other traction.

Sun, Jan 8 – Hike Mt Beacon moderate 4+ miles with some elevation, Beacon, NY Leader: Chris Cring  Christopher.cring@gmail.com  845-249-5305 This is the classic Beacon Mountain loop hike. The hike will pass through the old ski area, the "dry stream" waterfalls, the reservoir, the old cabins along the ridge, the incline rail station and the old Casino and Mountain Hotel site. Wear hiking boots, bring water and snacks. Meet at the Scenic Hudson trailhead at Rt 9D and Howland Ave (Across from Bobs Deli) at 10:00 AM. Please confirm if you plan to attend.

Fri, Jan 13 – Mon, Jan 16 - Go With The Snow for 2017! Near Lowville, NY Leader: Ron Gonzalez iamrongon@gmail.com We'll be making our annual journey up to the Tug Hill Plateau of north-central New York State, where lake effect snows fall in abundance.  We'll be cross country skiing on state forest trails, with options for groomed trail skiing at the local Nordic center, or lift-assisted downhill skiing at a charming little ski hill. This outing is not open to beginners, but is appropriate for intermediate-level cross country skiers with winter hiking experience who would like to try Nordic backcountry skiing in relatively gentle terrain. More advanced cross country skiers will enjoy the great snow, nice views, and an occasional challenge along the trails. Telemark and downhill skiers will enjoy exploring the sidecountry at the local ski hill. Excellent cross country ski lessons are available at the Nordic center. You will need to bring your own ski setup(s).  We will be staying in a clean hostel with a full-service kitchen, shared bedrooms, and shared bathrooms. Meals are pot-luck style (bring prepared food to share with the group). Lodging costs must be paid in advance, and are non-refundable (i.e., no cancellations allowed). Ride shares are arranged by participants.  Registration by email is required. Email the leader for details.

Sun, Jan 15 - Tour of "Nobody's Fool" film sites in Beacon  Leader: Christopher Cring  845-249-5305  christopher.cring@gmail.com Come join us on a guided walking tour of many of the filming locations featured in the Academy Award and critically claimed movie "Nobody's Fool" filmed in Beacon and staring Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The tour will begin at the Yankee Clipper Diner at 397 Main Street, Beacon.  Meet at the municipal parking lot located behind the diner at 10 AM.  The tour covers 8 prominent filming locations over a 3.4-mile span and will be approx. 2.5 hours. We will also be passing by many of the shops and art galleries along the way. After the tour, we will have lunch at the diner used in the film (optional). Contact me if you have any questions. Wear good walking shoes, bring water and dress warm.  Please confirm if you plan to attend.

Sat, Jan 21 - Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sat, Jan 21 –Minnewaska State Park Preserve (4-5 miles, 3-4 hours) Moderate Hike, New Paltz Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com If conditions are suitable for hiking, we will meet at the Peterskill Park Office area (on the north side of 44/55, before the main entrance if coming from New Paltz direction). Hike will include Red, Yellow, High Peterskill Trails as well as the Awosting Falls Carriage Road to White connecting trail back to parking area.  Plan is weather/conditions dependent, so check with leader to confirm or learn of new plan.

Sun, Jan 22 – Winter Walk in Beacon – Walk - 3+ miles total Leader: Sayi Nulu 845 264 2270 Meet at Beacon Train station at 10 am and walk up to Main Street and then enjoy a winter stroll through Beacon.  

Sun, Jan 29 - Appalachian Trail at Bulls Bridge   Easy Hike Little elevation approx. 2.5 miles Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com  845 471 9892 We will only hike if no snow for the previous week. Flat section of AT along the CT/NY border.  We will start at the bridge and walk along the Housatonic.  Meet late morning to car pool.  Check with leader for meeting place and carpooling. Stop in Kent CT for refreshments.

Sat, Feb 4 - Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY     Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sat, Feb 4 - Windham and Burnt Knob 7 miles, 1800' Ascent Strenuous Hike (or snowshoe) – Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com (914) 489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654 This is a through-hike affording beautiful views of the northern Catskills. The Catskills generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or microspikes (or crampons). Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Registration period: Jan 26 – Feb 2.

Fri, Feb 10 - Full Moon Snow Shoe at James Baird State Park, LaGrange, NY   Leader: Dave Webber webberd1@yahoo.com or 845-452-7238 We'll explore trails and open lands under the full moon for 1.5-2 hours total walking time at a moderate pace.  Please bring snow shoes if there is snow. If no snow then we'll take a moonlit hike thru the park. Please dress warmly and bring a light though I'll ask that lights are off during the hike.  6 PM meeting time.   Please confirm with leader to get directions to meeting spot.  

Sat, Feb 11 - Fahnestock State Park - Catfish Loop Trail - Moderate Hike; 5.9+/- Miles Carmel, NY area Leader: Tom Buckley TrailHikerTom@gmail.com The Catfish Loop Trail is one of the original trails in Fahnestock State Park. This is one of my favorite hikes in any season. Please bring micro spikes in case we encounter some icy conditions. We will meet at the large Dennytown Road parking area. Email leader for directions and meeting time.

Sun, Feb 12 – High Banks Preserve, Ulster Park, NY (2 miles)  Easy Hike or Snowshoe if snow on ground Leader: John Ragusa, john.ragusa@bnymllon.com or 917-692-1159 This is the newest of the Scenic Hudson Preserves.  We will hike along varied terrain-from rocky upland forests and deep flooded wetlands to the shore and peat covered waters of Esopus Lake.  If there’s enough snow on the ground, we will snowshoe on easy trails. Meet at 10 am at the Scenic Hudson trailhead for High Banks Preserve. 132 River Rd, Ulster Park. Directions: Take the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Route 9W north at Highland.  Take Route 9W north approximately 7 miles. After going through Esopus, look for River Rd on right side. Take River Rd. 2 miles to the trailhead on the left.  Confirm with leader.  Heavy rain or snow cancels.

Fri, Feb 17 – Mon, Feb 20 - Winter Weekend at Wiezel Trails Cabin, Adirondacks 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.

Sat, Feb 18 - Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sat, Feb 25 –-Bull Hill (Mount Taurus), Hudson Highlands State Park (6 miles, 4-5 hours) Difficult Hike ear Cold Spring, NY Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com Hike or snowshoe:  We will start from the parking area on Fishkill Road and hike on a route that comprises the Lone Star, Washburn, Undercliff, and Nelsonville Trails.  NY-NJ Trail Conference calls this a “strenuous” hike. Elevation gain is about 1100 feet, +/-. Several great viewpoints over the Hudson River and Highlands.

Sat Feb 25:  Easy Walk/Hike at a Westchester Park TBD.  Up to 5 miles Leader:  Sue Mackson suemackson@gmail.com 845 471 9892 (H) 845 891-7173 (C) Depending on weather, we'll head south for a wintry walk in an undetermined park.  No high hills to deal with, pace will be very moderate. Meet to carpool at 10:00 am at MacDonalds on Route 9 south of Route 84.  May need to use traction devices.  Active snow or rain will cancel. Can check with leader morning of hike before 9 am.

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Sat, Mar 4 - Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY     Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.

Sat, Mar 11 - Blackhead (and possibly Black Dome and Thomas Cole) 5.2 (7.6) miles, 1800' (2650') Ascent Strenuous Hike (or snowshoe) – Joint with the Catskill 3500 Club Leaders: Joe Ferri newpaltz33@yahoo.com (914) 489-1582, Shari Aber shnaber@yahoo.com (914) 489-0654 Another hike with spectacular views of the northern Catskills. If conditions permit, we will do a thru-hike across the Blackhead Range. If weather and terrain are exceptionally challenging, we will hike only Blackhead. The Catskills generally have more snow and harsher winter conditions than other mountains in the region. Be prepared with winter gear including snowshoes and/or microspikes (or crampons). Contact leaders for details including meeting place and time. Registration period: Mar 2 – Mar 9.

Sun, Mar 12 - Thur, Mar 16 - Tmax & Topo Hostel trip, Adirondacks Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com Celebrate the start of daylight savings time in the Lake Placid area of the Adirondacks.  The snow should be good for x-country skiing and snowshoeing, but, if not, there are innumerable places for all levels of hiking.  Lake Placid has great shopping, restaurants and other activities, e.g. dog sledding, the Olympic Center.  At the beginning of the week, we are in a good position to have the hostel to ourselves.  Go to www.tmax-n-topo.com. We will share pot-luck dinners and cook our own breakfasts in the large, well-supplied kitchen.  Bunkroom accommodations will total $112 + tax.  Private rooms also available.  Please contact leader to register and for more info.

Sat, Mar 18 - Kayak Pool Session – 2:00-4:00 pm - Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY Leader: Don Urmston: mrurmston@gmail.com or 845-549-4671. Clean up your kayak and come get some time on the water this winter.  We will work on rescues, draw strokes, sculling and rolling.  ACA Level 2 instructor will be on hand.  $50 gets you 2 hours in the pool and instruction, or work on your own.  ($50 per session).  Must register in advance. Need a minimum of 6 people or the session will be canceled.  100% of the money goes to the college to support their programs.