Adirondack Mountain Club Laurentian Chapter announces 14 events through June
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 8:29 am

The Adirondack Mountain Club Laurentian Chapter is hosting 14 events and outings between April and June. Outings are ranked by difficulty from "easy" to "strenuous." Participants must contact the trip leader beforehand.

• April 6 - An “Outdoors-Indoors” event, members' nature poetry, 7 to 8 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room, which is handicap-accessible. Adirondack-inspired poetry-readings with discussion after. Refreshments will be served.

• April 13 - Spring potluck dinner. Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, 5 p.m. Our guest speaker is ADK Trails Coordinator Andrew Hamlin. He will give a brief history of the program, a review of the trails programs’ accomplishments over the last decade, developments in methods and skills, and future directions. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

• April 19 - Spring waterfall walk on Tooley Pond Road. The group will see several waterfalls and ascend Tooley Pond Mt., a short hike of about a mile. Easy. Contact Tom Wheeler at 315-386-2482 or northflow@gmail.com.

• April 26 - Everton Falls clean-up. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Cutters 28 Port Kent Road, Nicholville, or at 10:00 a.m. at the falls, Red Tavern Road, county Route 14 out of St.Regis Falls. Contact Duncan Cutter at 315-328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

• April 27 - Hiking at Gould Lake Conservation Area, Ontario. Ninety minutes from the Ogdensburg international bridge. Circular route a short distance west of Frontenac Park, incorporating a stretch of the Rideau Trail. High cliffs, good water views. Many short climbs and descents with a total of 10 miles. Strenuous. Contact John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• May 3 - Azure Mountain hike and trail work. THe groupl hike up the trail to the summit, doing minor trail work as needed, such as brushing in, drainage work and blow-down removal. Approximately 10 SUNY Potsdam students will be on the mountain hauling rocks to the summit as a fundraiser for their leadership trip to New Mexico. Meeting at 9 a.m. at the trailhead. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

• May 4 - Afternoon walk in the Clarkson woods. Looking for spring wildflowers. Easy. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 315-265-8219, tortmeye@gmail.com.

• May 10 - Phelps and Big Slide Mts. via Klondike Notch. Two High Peaks via trails and faint paths. About 11 miles round-trip. Very strenuous. 8 a.m. trailhead start. Contact Mike McLean at 315-262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

• May 17 - Lampson Falls clean-up. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Lampson Falls. Bring a sturdy trash bag and lunch. After cleaning up the area around the falls, the group will eat lunch on the rocks facing the falls. Contact Gene & Carolyn Kackza at 315-265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

• May 24 - Algonquin and Iroquois Mts. Hike includes the boardwalks that were built between these two High Peaks last year, 360-degree views at the summit. Moderate pace or slower, very long day. 10 miles round-trip, 4,000 feet of gain. Very strenuous. Contact John Barron, at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• June 14 - Biking the New Stone Valley Mt. bike trail. Beginner/intermediate ride of about 90 minutes, meeting at Kunoco in Colton. Helmets mandatory. Strenuous, with some small hills to climb and a few moderate descents. Contact Jim Akins at 315-386-4348 or akinsacres@gmail.com.

• June 21 - Cycling Quebec's Route Verte. From Saint-Zotique near the Ontario-Quebec border, the group will follow the St. Lawrence River to Lake St. Louis near the island of Montreal. Canals and river views along the way. Much of the route is on bike paths. 30 miles round-trip, moderate. Contact John Barron, (613) 828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• June 28 - "Tour de Howe Island" bike trip. Starting in Gananoque, Ont., the group will cycle a loop across scenic Howe Island, getting on by one ferry and off by another. Possible swim. Optional trip to the Stonewater pub in Gananoque afterwards. Approximately 25 miles of mostly gently-rolling terrain on paved roads. Moderate. Contact Toni Towle or Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@gmail.com.

• June 29 - Climb Mt. Marshall. The group will approach this 4,360-foot peak by climbing Calamity Brook Trail with many great views of the high peaks. From this trail we will branch off and continue on a trail-less and challenging final section. Total distance, 12.4 miles with an assent of 2,716 feet. Very strenuous. Contact Dana Chudzinski at 315-528-3468 or chudski63@yahoo.com.