Laurentian Chapter of ADK to offer several spring hikes April - June
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 5:54 pm

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club will offer several spring hikes between April and June. Outings range from “easy” to “very strenuous.” For more information about a specific trip contact the trip leader or visit www.adklaurentian.org/. The trip schedule follows:

• Sunday, April 21 - Spring "Mud Season" Pot Luck Party at the First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St., Potsdam at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share and tableware. Guest speaker Hadley Kruckzek-Aaron of SUNY Potsdam's Department of Anthropology will tell the story of the archaeological project at Timbucto in North Elba, Essex County. They are uncovering evidence of abolitionist settlements established prior to the Civil War. Trip leader: John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• Saturday, April 27 - Everton Falls Cleanup. Meet at the Cutter home in Nicholville at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and a bag to collect roadside trash at the roadside park on the St. Regis River, a stone’s throw from the “ghost town” of Everton. Trip leader: Duncan Cutter at 328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

• Sunday, April 28 - Frontenac Park. Hike a long loop starting at Kingsford Dam. Lakes, Laurentian Shield rocks, viewpoints, history. 12 miles. Strenuous. In Ontario, 1.5 hours from the Ogdensburg Bridge. Trip leader: John Barron at 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• Saturday, May 4 - Azure Mt. Trail Work and Cleanup Day. Learn the joys of work while enjoying the beauty of this local gem of a fire tower mountain. Work the morning away, enjoy some time at the top, and then lunch at Deer Valley Trails. Trip leader: Mike McLean at 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

• Saturday, May 11 - Coney Mountain. Coney is south of Tupper Lake with an open rocky summit and great views of the lake. This is a great hike for families and anyone new to mountain climbing. Fairly Easy, 2.2 miles round-trip, 523 ft elevation gain. Trip leader: Marianne Hebert at 265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

• Sunday, May 12 - Paddle Meacham Lake to Osgood River. Paddle up the outlet and across the southern end of Meacham Lake admiring Debar Mountain's profile across the lake - optional continuation up the Osgood River to the first esker. Fairly easy. Trip leader: Duncan Cutter at 328-4675 or dcutter1@twcny.rr.com.

• Saturday, May 18 - Lampson Falls Clean-up. Meeting mid-morning, hike into the falls to participate in the chapter's annual clean-up activities. Walk along the Grass River for a short way and then picnic on the rock ledge looking across to the falls. Trip leader: Gene & Carolyn Kaczka at 265-4806 or gckaczka@twcny.rr.com.

• Saturday, May 18 - Bushwack: Blue Ridge East via Stephens Pond. One of the ADK Hundred Highest. Head in on the NP Trail from Lake Durant to arrive at Stephens Pond. Bushwhack approximately 2 miles to the wooded summit of Blue Ridge east. Come prepared for tough/thick bushwhacking. 12 miles round trip, 1,700 foot elevation gain. Very strenuous. Trip leader: Mike McLean at 262-2564 or mpmclean@twcny.rr.com.

• Saturday, May 25 - Marcy Peak. This hike will start off the summer climbing season with a bang by ascending the highest peak in the Adirondacks from the Heart Lake trailhead. The hike will be at a moderate pace, so plan on a long day of hiking. Approx 15 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3,500 ft. Very Strenuous. Trip leader: Toni Towle/Peter Blood at 613-387-2829 or blackrapids@ripnet.com.

• Sunday, May 26 - Stone Valley Trail Walk. Meet at the Colton firehouse in the afternoon and walk to "the Tubs" or beyond, depending on group consensus. Bring treats to share and water or other drinks. Wear sneakers or sturdy shoes. Easy. Trip leader: Charlie or Lila Hunnewell at 854-8000 or lhunnew61@aol.com.

• Saturday, June 1 - Owl's Head Lookout. The trail includes a pleasant walk though a hardwood forest and crosses an unnamed stream several times, requiring a bit of rock hopping. The elevation gain is moderate most of the way, with a sort steep climb at the end. Views of Giant and Rocky Peak Mountains to the south and Hurricane Mountain to the north. Moderately Strenuous, 5.4 miles round trip, 1,300 ft elevation gain. Trip leader: Marianne Hebert at 265-0756 or hebertm@potsdam.edu.

• Sunday, June 2 - Afternoon paddle on Blake Falls Reservoir. Paddle from the Raquette River Road boat launch to enjoy the scenery, with several stops along the route. Fairly easy. Trip leader: Tom Ortmeyer at 265-8219 or tortmeye@gmail.com.

• Saturday, June 8 - Cycling Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay. Including Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. With luck there will be a tail wind for most of the way. One way with a car shuttle. 32 miles, moderate. Trip leader: John Barron, 613-828-2296 or johnbarron@sympatico.ca.

• June 14-16 weekend - Spring Outing - Laurentian Chapter hosts all of ADK to a weekend of outdoor trips and entertainment based at SUNY Potsdam. For information visit adklaurentian.org/springouting2013/.