ADK Laurentian Chapter posts autumn schedule of outdoor activities
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 4:12 pm

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has set its autumn schedule of outdoor activities, and is planning its annual New Year’s gathering on the Clarkson campus for skiing and a potluck.

For more information and to let them know you want to participate, contact the event leader.

The schedule:

• Oct. 2 (Saturday) - Paddle/Hike Bog River and Low’s Ridge; put in at the lower dam on the Bog River and paddle upstream to the southwest end of Hutchins Pond, then the 2.2 mile roundtrip hike to Low’s Ridge. Easy to moderate hiking and paddling. Ron Johnson, 212-4957,, or Nikki Coates, 265-3232

• Oct. 3 (Sunday) - Climb Sawteeth, ascending via the Scenic Trail, with a succession of views of Lower Ausable Lake. From the summit, descend the Alfred E. Weld trail (via the Sawteeth/Gothics col). 14 miles, 3,000 ft. of gain, very strenuous. John Barron, (613) 828-2296,

• Oct. 9 (Saturday) - Climb Haystack in the High Peaks, via the trail to Mount Marcy from the Adirondack Loj, short bushwhack from the former Snowbird Lean-to site, then a slight drop before final approach to Haystack. Very strenuous all-day hike, about 20 miles. Mike McLean, 262-2564,

• Oct. 10 (Sunday) - Climb Catamount, 4-mile round-trip hike, good views of Whiteface on the summit. Elevation gain 1,500 ft. Easy pace, moderate terrain except for the scramble up the “chimney.” Geri Ames and Brian Baston, 769-3483,

• Oct. 16 (Saturday) - Cycling on the Red Tavern Loop, starting from St. Regis Falls, to enjoy the late season color. Total 40 miles; a 20-mile option exists for going to Everton Falls and back. Strenuous. Contact Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219,

• Oct. 16 (Saturday) - Climb Scarface Mountain in the northern Adirondacks near Ray Brook, a moderate hike at an easy pace. 6.4 miles, 1,480 ft. elevation gain. While the summit is partially wooded, views from ledges are beautiful. Marianne Hebert, 265-0756,

• Oct. 17 (Sunday) - Red Sandstone Trail Workday. Help carry in lumber to build another section of bridge through the gulch on Sugar Island Flow. An afternoon project. John Omohundro, 265-8365,

• Oct. 30 (Saturday) - Marble Rock Hiking Trail. Described as a “little jewel,” the trail is near Gananoque, Ont., about 45 minutes from Ogdensburg bridge. Lots of steep rocky hills, amazing lookouts, beautiful woodland. 7 miles round trip, about 1,000 feet of climb, a moderate-difficulty hike. John Barron, (613) 828-2296,

• Nov. 13 (Saturday) - Workshop: Wilderness Navigation Using Map & Compass, one-day map and compass clinic, for skills needed to navigate off-trail with confidence; for both beginners and those wanting a thorough refresher. Theory first inside, then “hands on” in the Grasse River highlands. Maximum of four participants. Start 8:30 a.m., finish by about 5 p.m. Must provide your own “folding mirror” compass, preferably with declination adjustment. $5 to cover handouts. Cliff and Gloria Daly, (613) 224-4413,

• Nov. 21 (Sunday) - Annual Meeting and Fall Potluck, at Canton First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St. Electing next year’s executive committee, reviewing bylaws, presenting awards. John Barron, (613) 828-2296,

• Dec. 4 (Saturday) - Higley Hike and Cookout, family-friendly hike/ski/snowshoe (as conditions dictate) around some beautiful park trails, followed by a campfire cookout at the Warm Brook lean-to. Suitable for outdoor people of all ages. Blair Madore, 265-0602,

• Dec. 18 (Saturday) - Whiteface Toll Road Annual Ski Trip; join David Trithart for traditional early season 10-mile ski up and down the Whiteface Memorial Highway, the highest road in New York State. Moderately strenuous cross-country skiing, depending on conditions. David Trithart,

• Jan. 1 (Saturday) - New Year’s Gathering, afternoon skiing and snowshoeing followed by apres-ski potluck snacks. Meet at the Clarkson University Outdoor Lodge in the early afternoon for skiing; the potluck usually happens around 4 p.m. Tom Ortmeyer, 265-8219,