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Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH

Date: Thursday, February 21 - Sunday, February 24

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls or Flume Gorge sometimes happen. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. $165 ages 8+; $155 ages 3-7; Children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib (non-members $175; $165). To register click "Register Now" button OR copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2197. Questions: Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com, 508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH,
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer (eddy.luttmer@gmail.com) 617-413-1815 (Before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Suitable for all abilities
Link: Register Here

Circle of the Stones Hike 2C5(H)

Date: Friday, February 22

In the 1600's Dutch traded here with Native Americans exchanging fur pelts for metal tools. This area while lacking scenic value is of major historic significance. Rarely visited and dimly remembered by our leaders, we will endeavor to trace Harry Smith's old route which takes us past mystic Val Cutajar Falls. 1936 MAP AVAILABLE BY EMAIL FROM LEADER Moderate pace. Sorry, no public trans. Cell morning of hike only 973 568 2721 Meet: 10 a.m. Reeves Parking l. david sutter, co l. Jay Bellis. dsuttr@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A DOG FRIENDLY HIKE AND ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RESPECT PARK ORDINANCES

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Reeves Meadow Visitor Center Harriman State Park
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Sutter (dsuttr@gmail.com) 973-568-2721 (Cell phone morning hike only) , jay beilis
Trip Difficulty: 2C5

Friday Mohonk Intermediate/advanced Cross Country Ski

Date: Friday, February 22 - Friday, February 22

Ski from Mohonk`s Spring Farm Trailhead-3-4 hours Intermediate-advanced. If conditions are unfavorable for skiing we will hike out of Mohonk`s Pine Road Trailhead.Expect a hike of 4 hours. Microspikes & headlamps might be needed if we scramble(E level). Please register for the activity of the day! Since this is primarily a ski posting the pace of our hike will have a larger window(2.5-3.5) depending on our group. There is a 15 dollar day fee for Mohonk Preserve Joint w/ADK-Mid-Hudson Chapter martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Spring Farm Trailhead
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com) 845-214-8520
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
Link: More info about skiing at the Mohonk Preserve

X-C Skiing (or winter hiking) weekend -- Fahnestock State Park

Date: Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24

ReCreation weekend at Graymoor (Garrison, NY) featuring cross-country skiiing for all levels: first-timers to experienced; ski classes, movie, and meditation. Hiking in Hudson Highlands if no snow; and clinic on winter hiking traction aids. For more information, contact Skip Doyle. Limited to 15 participants. $275 single occupancy; $200 double occupancy. When contacting leader, state whether you need ski equipment rental.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Graymoor - Spiritual Life Center - Garrison, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: All levels: beginner, novice, experienced
Link: Graymoor - online registration

Hike Hunter & Southwest Hunter in the Catskills 3D10(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23

Sat. Feb 23 - HUNTER AND SOUTHWEST HUNTER (WW) Distance 10.2 mi. Ascent 2300', Elev: 4040', 3740' 3700' This is a great hike with a Fire Tower but a strenuous paced hike. We will climb a trailed peak and a bushwhack peak. Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This trip will fill up fast so register early!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Catskill Mountains
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: tim watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D10

Tiffany Iridescent Magic, Corona Walk & Queens Museum 2A4(W)

Date: Saturday, February 23

Experience the magic of iridescent glass; find out the science and artistry behind the metallic-like surfaces; be dazzled by the vivid colors and endless patterns of found glass shards as well as completed glass art objects; walk past the site of the Tiffany Corona factory; imagine the past and appreciate the present on this walk in Corona, Flushing Meadow Park and Queens Museum. Walk will be approximately 4 miles. Lunch in the park; bring your own. Snacks, hot and cold beverages will be available for purchase at the Museum Café, but otherwise may not be well stocked. Admission price to museum is a suggested contribution ($8 general; $4 seniors). Meet at 10:30 am in front of the Cape Cod Fish Market at the intersection of Junction Blvd and Roosevelt Ave. in Queens. Transportation: #7 train to Junction Blvd station; exit Roosevelt Ave on the south side of the street.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Intersection of Junction Blvd & Roosevelt Ave, Queens
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A4
Link: Queens Museum

Jockey Hollow (NJ) 3B8(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23

This will be a brisk hike through beautiful Morristown National Historical Park with rolling hills. Bring lunch, water and wear hiking boots. Micro spikes a must. Please email or text if intending to join, we meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot Please be ready to hike by 10:00 am L. Rita Gollin, ritagollin@yahoo.com Tel: 973-720-0953 Directions to Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historical From GW Bridge take Rt. 80 west, at Ext 43 follow directions to 287 South to Exit 33 Harter Rd in Morris Township Turn left onto Harter Rd (0.9 mi) Turn left onto US-202 S (0.8 mi) Drive to Jockey Hollow Rd in Harding Township (2.8 mi) Jockey Hollow Visitor Center Tempe Wick Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Jockey Hollow Visitor Center Tempe Wick Rd. Morristown NJ
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: Rita Gollin (ritagollin@yahoo.com) 973-720-0953
Trip Difficulty: 3B8

9 Mile Pine Swamp MT hike 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, February 23

Let's have some more fun this Sat. by going hiking again. The hike will be about 9 miles in a pretty part of the park that doesn't have a lot of steep hills, but enough to get the heart moving. It will be at a brisk, pace and we will stop as needed. It could be a demanding hike for some, but most regulars will find it easier than my typical hike. We will stop a reasonable number of times. If you are looking for a high intensity workout or a slow stroll this is the wrong hike. Leader determines the pace, mileage, the number of stops, and the duration of stops. If you want to run, do not come. No dogs allowed. Bring at least 2 quarts of water your lunch and wear hiking boots. Bring Traction devices for Ice, and if deep snow snowshoes. Rain, snow, ice storms or extreme cold cancels. First, we will do a car shuttle to the trail head. If all goes well we will take the ASB to the D, the D to the RD, the RD to the N, the N to the WB, the WB to the D, the D to the RD, the RD to the LP, and the LP to the parking lot. Trans. 1B Sloatsburg, Rockland CO., Bus riders take the 8:30 ShortLine bus from PABT NY which Arr. 9:15. The gate is 403. Bus riders please note: If there's an excessively large number of people waiting to board the 8:30 a.m. bus, there may not be enough room to seat those at the very end of the line. To ensure that you get a seat on the bus, it's best to get in line by 8:00 a.m. Sometimes the bus company will add a second bus-but not always. Drivers Meet at Municipal Building Parking Lot located north of 2nd stop light. Follow signs into parking lot. L: Joe Nigro 718-331-6148 ( 7:30-9:30 PM) Joeni1@msn.com

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 96 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsberg NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Joe Nigro 718-331-6148 (7:30-9:30 PM)
Trip Difficulty: 3D9(H)

Sylvan Glen, the less-traveled scenic gem 2B5(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, February 23

10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23 - Sylvan Glen. 6 miles, easy to moderate. This underused gem of a hike offers up soft earth and well-marked trails, enough climbs to keep us warm, views, streams, and a huge 200 year old Oak tree used to hang horse thieves (but not recently). All that plus a long abandoned granite quarry to explore. There's a lot of local history here and I'll share my enhanced insights as we go along. We're not likely to need micro spikes but best to bring them- just in case. Leader: Howard Millman, hwardmillman@aol.com, (914) 439-eight zero three one (day of hike) .

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Morris Lane parking lot, just 1/4 mile east of Lexington Avenue in Yorktown (
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Howard Millman (hwardmillman@aol.com) 914-439-8031 (day of hike)
Trip Difficulty: 2B5

Tallman Mountain State Park 2C6(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, February 23

Tallman Mountain State Park (Rockland Co, NY). 11:17 am. 6 miles, mostly flat but some rolling terrain. This will be a moderate hike through the Park where we will view the berms and salt marsh and learn its interesting history as a former oil tank farm. Then it's out the Piermont Pier to follow in the footsteps of the 40,000 US Troops per month who marched to the waiting ships to transport them to the Atlantic Theatre during WWII. We will see many sights as we walk the mile-long Piermont pier halfway across the Hudson! Finally, we will learn of the historic transformation of Piermont, NY from a blue collar factory town to its present day status. Trails include the Tallman Bike Path and the Long Path. Bring lunch and water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Don't worry, this will be a moderate-paced fun hike. There are many alternate routes in case of various levels of snow on the ground. Hiking boots or good sneakers recommended. We meet in front of 450 Piermont Ave. (building with mural), corner of Tate and Piermont Ave. in Piermont NY. Park down Gair St. in municipal lot D off to the right. Do Not park on Piermont Avenue. Public transportation from the city is available on the 10:40 AM Rockland Coaches 9A bus from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal to meet us in Piermont by 11:17. Tell the driver you are going to Piermont, NY. The bus will drop you off right in front of 450 Piermont Ave. (building with mural) on the corner of Tate and Piermont Aves. where we will be waiting. You may take the earlier bus from Port Authority but you will be an hour early. There are plenty of shops in town to pass the time. Steady snow, rain, or serious threat of thunderstorms will modify or cancel hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Piermont, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: John Jurasek (jurasek@optonline.net) 845-519-4247 (NCA 10 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 2C6

Urban Hike in Bronx's Little Italy to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans 3A4(W)

Date: Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, February 23

Registration is requested by clicking on the Register Now link above (but not absolutely required) in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to many last minute cancellations and no shows. On this urban hike, we walk along the streets of the Belmont neighborhood and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, in what many call New York's real Little Italy, with its many pastry shops, restaurants and markets. From there we walk cross town to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, on what was originally the NYU campus, now home to the Bronx Community College, where there are enshrined the Americans who are deemed to have achieved the highest level of excellence. We will see them face-to-face in the busts fashioned by some of the most accomplished sculptors. As an added bonus on this hike we visit the Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery where we meet, and also on the way to Little Italy, we pay a brief visit to the Fordham University Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art on the campus. Everything is free except for the Italian pastries which you must buy. We end at the number 4 subway train which we can take to our final destination. We will hike at a steady, intermediate (not fast, but definitely not slow) 3 level pace over a distance of 4 miles. We will not be stopping for lunch, so feel free to bring snacks to eat along the way (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as potentially unsafe ground conditions from ice or snow, may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. To get to the meeting spot, take the D train to Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx, and meet at the Poe Park Visitor Center on 2640 Grand Concourse at 1PM.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3A4

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, February 24

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Hike Turtle Back Trail @ South Mountain Reservation 2C5(H)

Date: Sunday, February 24 - Sunday, February 24

We will hike the Turtle Back trail, about 5 miles at a moderate pace.This will include having lunch at the actual Turtle Back Rock, which is located near a cliff overlooking North Field Avenue. Sneakers are OK, but hiking shoes/boots are preferred .Please bring water,snacks and a light lunch. Bus;#73 from Penn.Station Newark@ 7:53 am to Turtle Back Zoo.. call me I will pick you up.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Turtle Back Zoo South Mountain Reservation
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Leslie Arthur (larthurbk7@aol.com) 973-986-5262 (9 am-10 pm)
Registrar: leslie arthur (larthurbk7@aol.com) 973-986-5262 (9 am-10 pm)
Trip Difficulty: 2C5

Bradley Mine and Paradise Rock 2D5-7(H)

Date: Monday, February 25 - Monday, February 25

After the mine we will head over to Paradise Rock for beautiful views and lunch. Expect bushwhacking and difficult rock scrambles. Bradley mine will be spectacular!!! Meet at Lake Tiorati at 9:30 am with food, fluids, good boots, microspikes and poles. L Irv Reich, 917-913-2742, richiam@aol.com Please email richiam@aol.com to let us know if you are coming. You will receive an email by 7am if hike needs to be cancelled. Take N.J. Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Seven Lakes Drive/Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along Seven Lakes Drive for about 10 miles to the Tiorati Circle. Go 270° around the circle and proceed west on Arden Valley Road. Almost immediately, turn left into the Tiorati parking area. Or, take the Palisades Interstate Parkway N to Exit 18 and continue on Seven Lakes Drive to the Tiorati parking area. Coordinates 41.275723, -74.0887

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Seven Lakes Drive, Tiorati Parking Area
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Irv Reich (richiam@aol.com) 917-913-2742
Trip Difficulty: 2D5-7

Family Hiking/Snowshoeing, Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, NH

Date: Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3

Join us for a Family weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch, NH down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel …in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin ( Sub Sig) is toasty warm and comfy, but rustic w/outhouse and hauled in water. We will plan a hike choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7 - 12. Group size limited to 16 lucky souls. Cost is $70/adult and $60/child (ages 0 - 18) for lodging, 2 breakfasts and Saturday night dinner. To register click on "Register Now" OR copy and paste this link/URL into your browser https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2151. Questions contact Brian Witkov, user369128@aol.com, (978) 807-4901.

Activity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Hart's Location New Hampshire,
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Brian Witkov (animalhc@aol.com) 978-807-4901 (after 7 pm) , Rick Gershberg (rgershberg@verizon.net) 781-697-4442
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Register Here

Harvard Cabin Family XC & Downhill Ski Weekend, Jackson, NH

Date: Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3

After a social Friday evening at Harvard Cabin (https://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/camps-cabins/harvard), and a shared breakfast on Saturday, one group will set out to downhill ski at Wildcat, Attitash, or Cranmore, based on snow conditions and group preference. Another group will hit Jackson or Bear Notch or Great Glen for cross-country skiing. Sunday will likely be a shorter day that may include skiing (xc nordic or downhill) and/or another winter activity (e.g., inner-tube sledding) based on conditions and group preferences. Harvard Cabin is a rustic, but heated, structure with communal eating and cooking space, an outhouse, and cold running water. Most notably, this structure has communal sleeping loft (sleeping bags/pads on a shared floor space) accessible by a ladder. Participants will help with meal preparation and clean up. This will include preparation of Saturday breakfast, happy hour hors d'oeuvres, and dinner, as well as breakfast on Sunday. No dinner is provided on Friday night. You are responsible for your own lunch and daytime snacks. This trip is geared towards families with children ages 6-12. To register click "Register Now" OR copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2178. Questions Contact: Leaders: Eliza Grinnell (eliza.grinnell@gmail.com) and Peter Fraunholtz (p.fraunholtz@northeastern.edu)

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Harvard Cabin, Jackson, NH,
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Eliza Grinnell (eliza.grinnell@gmail.com) 617-515-1095 (Email is a faster way to reach me.)
Co-Leader: Peter Fraunholtz (salida04@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner > Expert
Link: Register Here

Ski Vermont with Miramar

Date: Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3

Two full days of riding, downhill, or XC skiing at Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Killington, depending on conditions. Stay as guests of Miramar Ski Club, at its lodge in Waitsfield VT. $310 ($280 if you pay by Feb. 15) includes bus from LI/Manhattan/NJ, comfortable accommodations, two large breakfasts and dinners, open bar before and after dinner, dancing, and fireplace conversation. For Novices there is a partial reimbursement for skiing or boarding packages that includes lessons, lift tickets and rentals. Use link to register starting 30 days before the trip. Trip discount offered up to 2 weeks prior to trip. See link for more details.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Nancy Rosenthal (RafaelMellace@gmail.com)
Link: more info

Catskill Mountains Three Night Beginner Winter Backpack

Date: Friday, March 1 - Monday, March 4

A three night beginner winter backpack in the Catskills. We will backpack a short distance (about 1/3 of a mile gently uphill) into the Wilderness to base camp for all three nights. Saturday we will drive to and climb Black Dome #3 on the Catskill highest with a total distance round trip of about 4 miles. This is a steep strenuous climb that may require crampons or microspikes in addition to snowshoes depending on the conditions. Sunday we will climb Windham High Peak #33 on the Catskill highest from our campsite. This is a more moderate climb of 6 miles with no ledges. The trip is suitable for people who have previous winter hiking experience who want to learn how to winter camp. People who have more experience are welcome to join us but will need to make allowances for the less experienced people in the group. Appropriate for the season winter camping equipment is required including boots with removable insulation liners; but we won't be so far from our cars that you can't be hiked out if you decide winter camping is not for you. Snowshoes will be required and used. The group will always hike together.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Maplecrest NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Howie Dow
Co-Leader: Gregg Homeyer
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Black Dome Trip Information

Urban Hike in Historic Jamaica and Jamaica Hills, Queens With its Many Treasures 3A4(W)

Date: Saturday, March 2 - Saturday, March 2

Registration is requested by clicking on the Register Now link above (but not absolutely required) in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to many last minute cancellations and no shows. This urban hike will take us through the interesting, vibrant Queens neighborhoods of Jamaica and Jamaica Hills, with many historic, landmarked government, retail and residential buildings. Among other things, we will walk through two small parks, one containing the home of a signer of the Constitution, visit a small art gallery in the Jamaica Center, and end the day with a delicious South Asian snack at Premium Sweets. We end the hike at the F train station at 169th Street. We will hike at a steady, intermediate (not fast, but definitely not slow) 3 level pace over a distance of 4 miles. There will be no lunch stop so please bring snacks to eat along the way if you wish (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as potentially unsafe ground conditions from ice or snow may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. To get to the meeting location, take the F train to Sutphin Boulevard in Queens, and meet in front of Popeyes outside the station, on 8760 Sutphin Boulevard at 1 PM.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: 8760 Sutphin Boulevard, Queens, NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3A4

Family Ski Weekend at Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH

Date: Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10

Family ski weekend based at the comfortable but rustic Pinestead Farm Lodge in Franconia, NH, a Family Outings Favorite. We have several simple "suites" of rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Breakfast and dinner are group events at the lodge. Lunch materials are provided. Pinestead is 10 minutes from Cannon Mountain and 5 minutes from the XC ski trails at the Franconia Inn. Bretton Woods Alpine and XC areas are about 45 minutes away. There's a sledding hill right behind the lodge (may need some "engineering") and another one at the nearby Franconia Inn where ice skating (for a fee) may also be possible. Group hikes to Bridal Veil Falls or Flume Gorge sometimes happen. The farm has chickens and cows and a small play structure. Suitable for kids all ages and skill levels. $110/adult; $100/kid (ages 3-7); children under 3 free on air mattress or in a crib. To register click "Register Now" button OR copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://regi.amcboston.org/event/2198. Questions contact Valerie Paul, valerie.paul@gmail.com, 508-561-8097.

Activity Categories: Ice Skating, Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine), Sledding, Snowshoeing
Location: Pinestead Farm Lodge, Franconia, NH,
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Valerie Paul (valerie.paul@gmail.com) 508-561-8097 (Before 9pm) , Eddy Luttmer (eddy.luttmer@gmail.com) 617-413-1815 (Before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Suitable for all skill levels
Link: Register Here

Ski Vermont with Miramar

Date: Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10

Two full days of riding, downhill, or XC skiing at Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Killington, depending on conditions. Stay as guests of Miramar Ski Club, at its lodge in Waitsfield VT. $310 ($280 if you pay before Feb. 22) includes bus from LI/Manhattan/NJ, comfortable accommodations, two large breakfasts and dinners, open bar before and after dinner, dancing, and fireplace conversation. For Novices there is a partial reimbursement for skiing or boarding packages that includes lessons, lift tickets and rentals. Use link to register starting 30 days before the trip. Trip discount offered up to 2 weeks prior to trip. See link for more details.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Downhill (Alpine)
Location: Waitsfield
Region: Vermont, Green Mountains
Leader: Edward Pitt (edwardpit@gmail.com)
Link: more info

Bicycling Committee Trip Planning Meeting for Current & Future Leaders

Date: Thursday, March 14 - Thursday, March 14

Join Current and Future AMC Bike Leaders plan the 2019 Season! The objective of this Bicycling Committee Planning Meeting (and Pizza Party!) is to share trip ideas, route notes, knowledge, and experience to come up with fun trips. We can also devise new trip ideas, especially with the New Tappan Zee Bridge's Multi-Use Lane opening this Spring! Existing Bike Leaders, Leaders-in-Training, and anyone considering becoming a Bike Leader, are encouraged to come. We can pair you with Bike Leader Mentors with shared cycling styles. Please register so we know how much pizza to order. Click Register Now to register in Meetup. Hope to see you all there!

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: AMC Office, 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Eileen Yin

Sleep with the Indian: Indian Head Wilderness Basecamp - Catskill Mtns.

Date: Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17

A short 2-mile backpack to a basecamp for 1 night in the Indian Head Wilderness in the NE Catskills. Day hike options include: (1) 3,573-ft. Indian Head Mtn., a Catskill High Peak (@5 mi. RT, difficult in winter), (2) 3,100-ft. Plattekill Mtn., one of the Catskill 100 Highest (@3.5 mi. RT, intermediate), (3) Codfish Point, a fabulous view of the Hudson River & Valley (@1.5 mi. RT, easy). This outing will focus on winter camping skills. This is an end-of-winter trip suitable for those with 3-season backpacking experience AND winter day hiking experience. Experienced winter campers are welcome to join us, but will need to make accomodations for those with no winter camping experience. We will always hike as a group to assist the less experienced. Winter boots with removable insulated liners, a sleeping bag with at least a zero degree F rating and a white gas stove (e.g. MSR Whisperlite) will be required. Also required will be some combination of snowshoes, microspikes and/or crampons, depending on trail conditions. Gear can be rented. Contact leader. Pulk sleds welcome. Contact leader if you wish to discuss this outing and your readiness.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Catskills
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Russ Faller (RussOutdoors@yahoo.com) 845-297-5126 (NCA 9:30 PM) , John Hilley (johnfhilley@yahoo.com) 845-988-6173 (NCA: 9:00)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Link: Indian Head Wilderness

Trip Leadership Training

Date: Saturday, March 16

This training is designed to provide the foundation soft-skills and tools required for leading trips for many of the committees of the NY-NoJ chapter. Participation in the training is the first step towards leading trips; after this training you will need to complete the training requirements for your specific activity committee. Leader status will be determined by the chair of the activity committee. Training will run from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. with lunch included. This is offered free of charge. Contact the leader if you have any questions about the training.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Hiking, Leadership Training, Walks
Location: AMC Office 5 West 63 St, Manhattan
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Henry Schreiber (hfschreiber@pobox.com) 917-691-5733 (NCA 9:30 p.m.)

Canoe&Kayak, Trip Leadership Workshop

Date: Sunday, March 17

Have you ever wanted to give back to the club that's given you so much? Or help advance our club's mission to get people out of doors (and onto the water!). This workshop is designed to provide the foundation skills and tools for leading trips for the Canoe&Kayak committee of the NY-NoJ chapter of AMC. Participating in the training is the first step towards leading trips; after this training you will be given leader-in-training status and will then assist leaders on actual trips. Leader status will be determined by the committee chair in consultation with leaders you assist. We strongly encourage you to take this workshop, even if you aren't able to give back immediately! Pizza will be provided for lunch! This course is offered free of charge and conducted by dedicated volunteer Canoe&Kayak leaders.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Leadership Training, Paddling
Location: AMC office, 5 W63rd St. New York NY
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Lenny Grefig (lenny.grefig@gmail.com) , Henry Schreiber (hfschreiber@pobox.com) 917-691-5733 (NCA 9:30 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: N/a

Traverse Three Neighborhoods, Two Boroughs, & Several Parks with River Views 2A6(W)

Date: Saturday, March 23

From Long Island City to Williamsburg with Greenpoint in between, see a blend of nature, industry, the new, the old, street art, unique landscaping and surprises along the way. Ride the L train back to Manhattan before it closes for long-term repairs. Bring lunch. Meet at 10:30 in front of the Citicorp Building at 1 Court Square in Queens; closest subway is the Court Square station on the E or 7 lines.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Meet: Citicorp Building at 1 Court Square in Long Island City, Queens
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Delaware Water Gap 4D11(H)

Date: Saturday, March 23

Fast enough to be warm. Snowshoes or traction aids may be needed. Unsafe driving conditions / steady rain cancels. Please register with leader (email preferred).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Dunfield Creek/AT
Region: New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap
Leader: Rich Siegelman (rsiegelm@optonline.net) 973-398-9207 (NCA 9 p.m. - email preferred)
Trip Difficulty: 4D11

Canoe/Kayak: Ramapo River, Class 1+

Date: Saturday, March 23

Join the crowd on our first trip of the year. Dry- or wet-suit required. Rental boats available for those that can transport them to and from the trip location (about a 30 min drive). Register online at the web address above. Some paddling experience required. Fee is $2 for those with their own boat, additional fee of $20-25 pp for those requiring rental boats.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Tuxedo, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Martin Plante (mjplante@yahoo.com) 201-444-3248 (NCA 9 p.m.)

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, March 31

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

New York/Northern New Jersey Climbing Class

Date: Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, April 7

The New York/Northern New Jersey Climbing Committee will be offering it's annual Climbing Class over two weekends in April in Southington, CT (4/6-7 & 4/13-14). Anyone interested in applying should feel free to check out our website for all details and a link to the application. Good luck! https://www.amc-ny.org/committees/climbing/#.XCUdDuSWyUk

Activity Categories: Climbing/Mountaineering
Location: Southington, CT
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Michael Geramita (amcclimbing@gmail.com)

Entire Ramapo-Dunderburg Trail 4D23(H)

Date: Saturday, April 13

Great hike across Harriman State Park. Beautiful views.This hike is 23 miles and about 6000 feet elevation gain. Experienced long distance day hikers only. Limited stops. Jones Point to Tuxedo, NY. Group will stay together. Rain or snow may reschedule or cancel. Contact L no later than Thursday 4/11 for details.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Ramapo-Dunderburg Trail, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Robert Monczka (unknowncaver2006@yahoo.com) 908-295-2095 (NCA 10 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 4D23

Fabulous Flatbush & Prospect Park Walk 2A6(W)

Date: Saturday, April 13

The story of Flatbush is expressed by its streets and buildings, many are landmarked-planned communities from the turn of the century to the age of the auto; a grand theater palace; an Art Deco department store; large synagogues and movie theaters now used for other purposes; once a mini-downtown, still bustling and filled with promise-work is finally underway to preserve the vacant 1787 Erasmus Academy Building. Explore a slice of this intriguing neighborhood; a walk in Prospect Park at the end will add perspective. Bring lunch. Meet at the intersection of Church Ave and E.18th Street in front of the Church Ave stop on the Q train in Brooklyn.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Intersection of Church Ave & E.18th Street in front of the Church Ave station, Q train, Brooklyn
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Massachusetts AT section hike

Date: Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, April 14

This will be moderately paced 21 mile section of the AT. On day one we will be hiking approximately 13 miles and 8 the last day. Previous recent backpacking experience required. Limited to 8 participants.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)

Psalm Sunday Pilgrimage 2C6(H)

Date: Sunday, April 14 - Sunday, April 14

Celebrate Palm Sunday by sharing the verses of your favorite psalm - mine is 118:24. Meet in the parking lot of Saint John in the Wilderness. Six-mile hike to Big Hill shelter and JJ Mountain fire tower. Church services at 3 pm. Refreshments at 4 pm. http://stjohnsinthewilderness.org

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking
Location: Saint John in the Wilderness church - Harriman State Park, 16 Johnstown Road, Stony Point, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2C6
Link: Psalm Sunday newspaper article

Entire Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail 5D24(H)

Date: Saturday, April 27

Hike across Harriman State Park. This hike is 23 miles with about 6000 feet of elevation gain. Must be self-sufficient. Experienced long distance day hikers only. Rain may reschedule or cancel. Contact L no later than Thursday 4/25 for details.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Suffern Bear Mountain Trail, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Robert Monczka (unknowncaver2006@yahoo.com) 908-295-2095 (NCA 10 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 5D24

New Jersey Pine Barrens Batona Trail Backpack

Date: Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28

Moderately-paced 1-night backpack on the Batona trail in the Pinelands National Reserve. Approximately 20 miles total, with mileage divided equally over the two days. Trail almost completely flat, sandy in places. This unique ecology is home to more than 850 plant and animal species. This trip is appropriate for beginning backpackers who are physically fit and have the appropriate gear. In accordance with area regulations, we'll camp in an established campground, and participants will split the cost of the campground fee. Maps of the area are available at the ranger station.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Wharton State Forest
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Ingrid Strauch , John O'Brien
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, April 28

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Backpacking the Loyalsock Trail

Date: Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12

Loyalsock State Forest's rocky and occasionally steep trails will provide us with an excellent setting for this backpacking adventure. As the trail guide mentions, "The name Loyalsock Creek is from the Native American phrase, 'LAWI-SAQUICK,' meaning middle creek, since it flows between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek." This area features rugged, forested mountains and valleys will offer us rich views of flora and fauna. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), visitors have observed black bears, an occasional bobcat, and even coyotes and river otters. Worlds End State Park, in the heart of Loyalsock State Forest, will be our meeting place and overnight parking location. We will begin our trip just off PA-154 on the High Rock and Loyalsock Trails. The first part of our trip will be the 7.5-mile Section 7 of the Loyalsock Trail from Worlds End State Park to Sones Pond, a possible dinner and overnight camping spot. We will continue on the Loyalsock Trail for another two miles or so until we cross the Loyalsock Creek on the (extremely convenient) Iron Bridge. From here, we will follow the 7.2-mile Link Trail to complete our loop hike, approximately 17 miles total. Meeting time at the Worlds End State Park Visitors Center is Saturday, May 11 at 8 AM. The visitor's center has maps and other information, restrooms, and water. We will register our vehicles here for overnight parking. The estimated travel times from the Delaware Water Gap and the Philadelphia area to Worlds End are two and a half and three hours, respectively. Plan accordingly! Equipment: Bring two to three liters of water and be equipped to filter or boil. Bring a variety of snacks to eat on the trail, two lunches, one breakfast, and one dinner. Follow the REI Backpacking Checklist for general guidance on gear. Direct detailed questions to one of the leaders. Participants will have their gear checked by one of the leaders before leaving the trailhead. Trail Information and Maps: Worlds End State Park - Review the park brochure and map for general information. Contact the park office directly at 570-924-3287 or worldsendsp@state.pa.us with detailed questions. Loyalsock State Forest - Review the state forest brochure and map for general information. Call the state forest office directly at 570-946-4049 with detailed questions. Loyalsock Trail - Review the DCNR brochure and map and visit the Alpine Club of Williamsport website (alpineclubofwilliamsport.com) for general information. Order and review the club's trail guide from the Keystone Trail Association bookstore at https://www.kta-hike.org/ktas-bookstore.html#mapsbooks for more details. Notice to Registrants: While anyone may register, this is a scouting trip that it will be run by leaders-in-training with experienced, qualified leaders providing backup.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Worlds End State Park, Forksville, PA
Region: Pennsylvania, Eastern
Leader: Dean Witman , David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Detailed Route Information

Pine Barrens Spring Paddle

Date: Saturday, May 11 - Saturday, May 11

Come join us for a Spring Paddle in the Pine Barrens! We will choose the river based on conditions (either the Wading or the Oswego rivers). The Pine Barrens are beautiful. This trip is a good one for paddlers of all skill levels. Email to register.

Activity Categories: Paddling
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: Rivers are twisty with obstacles.

Hike the Finger Lakes Trail in Allegany State Park

Date: Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27

This scouting trip will be led by a leader-in-training with back up from David Mong, an experienced backpacking leader. We will cover about 21 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail from south to north in Allegany State Park. This trail includes stream crossings, a wide variety of views, and a couple moderately challenging ups and downs. We will camp at each of the three lean-to's in the park. The group will meet at Red House Lake parking area (our end point), leave a couple cars here, then carpool to the parking area on Wolf Run Road (our start point). We'll head north on the Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail, visit the fire tower for some great views, then camp at Willis Creek lean-to (4.2 miles). On Saturday, we'll continue on the FLT/NCT to Stony Brook lean-to (6.4 miles), and on Sunday, we'll hike to Beck Hollow lean-to and add the Eastwood Meadows loop trail for a longer day (9.6 miles). Memorial Day is then just a short 2.6 miles back to Red House Lake.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Salamanca, NY
Region: New York, Finger Lakes
Leader: Jill Watkins (jill@watkinsdesignworks.com) , David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Link: Allegany State Park

Mullica River Family Canoe trip

Date: Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2

The Mullica River is a beautiful place with birds, turtles and lots of good times for all. We will be canoe gypsies traveling down the river and camping out at a wilderness campsite Saturday night. Boat rentals are available. Families welcome.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)

Canoeing in Moving Water: An Introduction

Date: Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16

Two days of canoe instruction and practice for first timers on moving water. Or, take the course as a refresher, and we will challenge you--tandem or solo. No prior paddling experience, no partner and no equipment needed. Learn basic strokes and maneuvers needed to negotiate the beautiful, relaxed-paced but twisty rivers in our area or to paddle across windy lakes efficiently without going in circles. This is a comprehensive course covering essentials from eddy turns to ferrying, with plenty of hands-on practice. Friday evening arrival highly recommended. Saturday training on a peaceful eddy with controlled current. Sunday group paddling trip down the Lehigh in moving water. Enjoy comforts of the bunk house or tenting, campfires, and companionship. Meal prep is communal with food provided and organized for community cooking. Registration is not complete until full payment is received. We warmly welcome you to a series of follow-up trips specially staggered to step-up your skills incrementally in slightly more energetic rivers. Search and book now for these day and overnight trips for further fun, and friendship. --Especially book early for: DEERFIELD FEST in MA, June 21-23.

Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Whitewater
Location: Canal Side Guest House
Region: Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com) 917-497-0446 (NCA 9 p.m.) , Charles Michener
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Monongahela National Forest WV Bike-Packing (40 miles biking/5 miles backpacking)

Date: Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21

This bike-packing trip begins and ends at Blackwater Falls State Park in WV. Much of the ride is on gravel forest service roads that allow vehicle traffic though there won't be much of it. Our first afternoon consists of taking a paved park road and on to national forest land to reach a parking lot for the Lindy Point Overlook. We leave our bikes here and hike .80 of one mile round trip to an outstanding overlook. Upon returning to our bikes we continue on rolling terrain with one stream crossing (no bridge) to the Table Rock trailhead. It is 1.1 miles to reach another outstanding overlook where we will camp for the night. Some of this trail can be ridden. There is no water at this campsite. On our second day we will return to the forest service road and continue till we reach a junction for FR244A. After another stream crossing (no bridge) we descend steeply on a gravel road to a narrow paved road on the other side of which is the Otter Creek Wilderness Area. We continue on this paved road to Hendricks WV where we will cross a river on a pedestrian bridge and take more gravel roads to enter the Fernow Experimental Forest. This part of the ride is uphill at about a 3-4% grade till we reach the Big Springs Gap trailhead. From here we leave our bikes and enter the Otter Creek Wilderness to get to a camping spot after .90 miles with swimming as an optional activity. On our third day we return to Hendricks and head to Thomas on a rail trail for 10 miles gently uphill. At Thomas we return to Blackwater on a busy 2 lane road which is also part of the Allegheny Trail. Daily biking mileage: 6.8/13.8/20 Daily hiking mileage: 1.9 rolling terrain assuming we walk to campsite/2.0 with 1.1 rolling and .90 downhill/.90 uphill Helmets, gloves, high visibility vest, spare tube & repair parts required along with backpacking gear that you can safely carry riding a bike. Mountain or Hybrid bikes only. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time for looking around and relaxing. While Sunday's mileage is a little long about 5 miles is downhill and 10 gently uphill on a 3-4% grade. Trip photo is the view from where we will camp Friday.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling, Bicycling - Mountain
Location: Davis WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: Dave Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , Dean Witman (witmand@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Jill Watkins
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate
Link: Google Maps Overall Route

Raritan Sojourn 2019: 7-Mile Paddle North Branch of Raritan River

Date: Saturday, July 27 - Saturday, July 27

Enjoy a seven-mile mostly flat-water paddle down the North Branch of the Raritan River from Bedminster through North Branch to Branchburg. Along the way, it passes farmlands (Snearowiski Farm only one of them) and several parks (White Oak Park, North Greenway Park, North Branch Park). There is one portage just before Rt. 202 over a small spillway. Our journey will end at the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Raritan River. We will stop at the crossing for Rt. 28 in North Branch for a snack. There is an option for an early out at the lunch stop. All details will be sent to registered participant one week before scheduled day. •Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. Must be comfortable paddling in moving water with many twists, turns, and rocks/obstacles. •PFD will always be worn on the river as a requirement of the trip. Self-inflatable PFDs are NOT allowed. Cancelation Policy: This trip will be postponed or canceled if there is continuous heavy rain, 70% chance or better pending heavy thunderstorms, or water level that is below 2.8 Ft or above 6.0 feet (as per USGS 01399830 Gauge on the North Branch Raritan River at Rt. 28 in North Branch NJ). Kayaking is an all-weather sport so we will go in light rain. RSVP: Your RSVP is REQUIRED at least 2 days before the event. Full details will be sent out one week prior to the event to those who registered.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Full details will be sent out one week prior to the event to those who registered.
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Brian Horowitz (Brian.Horowitz@Yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Easy Flat Water Paddle. Basic Paddle Skills needed
Link: Raritan Headwaters

Nine Mile Paddle in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge

Date: Sunday, July 28 - Sunday, July 28

Nine Mile Paddle in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge A rare north-flowing river, the Walllkill, flows through Sussex County New Jersey into Orange County New York. Paddle canoe or kayak, all types welcome. From Glenwood Road in Sussex, NJ to Oil City Road (State Line Road in Pine Island, NY. This river is all flat water with a minimal current. Some climb over's may be encountered. The nine-mile paddle will be a long nine miles, be sure you're up to it. Well worth the paddle. Join us for a spectacular paddle on a beautiful unknown treasure New Jersey river. No Club boats available, you must bring your own boat and all equipment. Register by clicking on the link below. Full Details will be sent out one week prior to the event to those who register.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Full Details will be sent out one week prior to the event to those who register.
Region: New Jersey, Western
Leader: Brian Horowitz 908-625-4916 (NCA 10 p.m.)
Co-Leader: Mary Ann Hoag (maryannhoag@yahoo.com) 212-729-3535
Trip Difficulty: Must have basic paddle skills and be able to stear
Link: Wallkill Paddle Brochure

A week in the Adirondacks

Date: Sunday, August 4 - Friday, August 9

Paddle the rivers in the Adirondacks - slow current and sharp turns requiring good boat control. The group will stay at Meacham Lake Public Campground. People would be responsible for their own meals or they can go to Paul Smith's College's dining hall, at least for dinner each night. If one goes there for breakfast as well, one can pick up bag lunches then. There will likely be lift-overs, duck-unders and beaver dams. Kayakers must be able to get in and out of their boats, sometimes in deep water. The trip is limited to 12 boats.

Activity Categories: Paddling
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Donald Getzin

Raritan Sojourn 2019: Paddle South Branch of Raritan river from Clinton to Darts Mills

Date: Saturday, August 17 - Saturday, August 17

Paddle an easy 10-mile paddle on the South Branch of the Raritan River from Clinton to Darts Mills with a few riffles that vary with water levels. The river meanders through fields and woods covered with wild roses. We start at the Clinton Put-in located at the end of Ramsey Road. This trip is a gentle section through woodlands and fields. After 0.5 miles, the river opens to two large ponds created by dirt removal during the construction of Interstate Route 78. We will explore the ponds for turtles and frogs. Then will exit the ponds by staying on the left side. After passing under the Hamden Road Bridge, we will approach the Round Valley pumping station and a dam which will require a very easy portage on grass. We then continue and to stop for lunch at Camp Car (real bathrooms available). From Camp Car, we will continue down the river. When we reach Packer's Island it is best to stay in the left channel. After passing under the Route 31 Bridge, in 1.3 miles past Packer's Island the river will parallel route 523 on our right. The Darts Mill take-out is on the right about 350 yards from the bridge. A total of 10 Miles and about 5 to 6 hours with a lunch/bio stop. •Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. Must be comfortable paddling in moving water with many twists, turns, and rocks/obstacles. •PFD will always be worn on the river as a requirement of the trip. Self-inflatable PFDs are NOT allowed. Kayak or Canoe OK. Recommend no boats over 14 Feet. Early Out for a shorter trip at Camp Carr can be arranged. All details will be sent to registered participant one week before scheduled day. This trip will be postponed or canceled if there is heavy rain, 70% chance or better pending heavy thunderstorms, or water level that is below 2.8 Ft. or above 9.0 Ft., as per USGS 01397000 Gauge. Kayaking is an all-weather sport so we will go in light rain. Your RSVP is REQUIRED at least 2 days before the event. Please call the trip leader after 8 AM on the day of the event to confirm that you are coming and that the trip is on.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Ramsey Rd, Clinton, NJ 08809
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Brian Horowitz (Brian.Horowitz@Yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Not for beginners
Link: Bridgewater EMS

Raritan Sojourn 2019: South Branch of Raritan River - Flemington to Neshanic Station

Date: Sunday, August 18 - Sunday, August 18

Paddle 8 miles on the South Branch of the Raritan River from Flemington to Neshanic Station Township. There will be at least one portage over Rockerfellows Mill Rd. Dam and fun few other ripples along the way. Hopefully, the Bald Eagles will return to their nest for another year. We will pass by a few parks, farmland and several bridges as well. Lunch will be at Old York road in Three Bridges which will be an opportunity for an early out. •Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. Must be comfortable paddling in moving water with many twists, turns, and rocks/obstacles. •PFD will always be worn on the river as a requirement of the trip. Self-inflatable PFDs are NOT allowed. This trip will be postponed or canceled if there is heavy rain, 70% chance or better pending heavy thunderstorms, or water level that is below 4 .0 feet or above 5.5 feet, as per USGS 01397420. Kayaking is an all-weather sport so we will go in the light rain. Your RSVP is REQUIRED at least 2 days before the event. Please call the trip leader after 8 AM on the day of the event to confirm that you are coming and that the trip is on.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Exact details will sent out to one week prior to event to those who register
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Brian Horowitz (Brian.Horowitz@Yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Not for beginners
Link: Raritan Headwaters Association

Raritan Sojourn 2019: South Branch of the Raritan River - Three Bridges to Branchburg

Date: Saturday, September 7 - Saturday, September 7

Kayak or canoe downriver on the South Branch of the Raritan River from Three Bridges, NJ to Old York Road in Branchburg, NJ. The 10-mile paddle will take around 4 to 5 hours with fairly steady but relaxed paddling with a lunch stop. This section of river flows through open space, sparse woods, and old fields, with lots bird life. This will be a flat-water paddle with a few class 1 ripples as the river meanders around many bends in a steady easy current. •Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. Must be comfortable paddling in moving water with many twists, turns, and rocks/obstacles. •PFD will always be worn on the river as a requirement of the trip. Self-inflatable PFDs are NOT allowed. The downriver trip will end where South Branch joins the North Branch to become the Raritan River proper. Early out option at lunch stop about half-way at Elm Street in Neshanic Station.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Full details will be sent to those who register about 1 week prior to the event.
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Brian Horowitz (Brian.Horowitz@Yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Not for beginners
Link: Raritan Headwaters Association

Raritan Sojourn 2019 - Rain Date/Leaders Choice

Date: Sunday, September 8 - Sunday, September 8

Weill paddle a 10 mile section of the Raritan River. Exact deatils TBA announced. Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. PFDs will be worn at all times as requirement of the trip. •Basic Paddling Skills Required. Must know how to steer, turn a boat and paddle in a straight line. Must be comfortable paddling in moving water with many twists, turns, and rocks/obstacles. •PFD will always be worn on the river as a requirement of the trip. Self-inflatable PFDs are NOT allowed. Your RSVP is REQUIRED at least 2 days before the event. Please call the trip leader after 8 AM on the day of the event to confirm that you are coming and that the trip is on.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Full details will be sent to those who register about 1 week prior to the event. GPS not correct.
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Brian Horowitz (Brian.Horowitz@Yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: Not for beginners
Link: Raritan Headwaters Association

Moose River Plains - West Canada Lakes Wilderness Bike-Packing (26 miles bike/5 miles hike) w/optional climb of Wakely Mtn.

Date: Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15

This Bike-Packing scouting trip begins Friday evening as an arrive anytime car camping night at Wakely Dam. We begin early Saturday morning by driving to the Wilson Ridge Trailhead. Leaving our cars there we bicycle around the Little Moose Wilderness on first Cedar River Road and then Otter Brook Road. We then take the Otter Brook Trail to the junction of the Lost Pond Trail. This is a bike ride of 18.7 miles. We leave bikes there as we enter the West Canada Lakes Wilderness on a 2.6 mile backpack to the Cedar Lakes #2 Lean-to/Camping area which is on the Northville-Placid Trail. Sunday morning return to our bikes and continue on the Otter Brook Trail which at Little Moose Lake becomes the Wilson Ridge Trail. End at our cars. This is a bike ride of 6.8 miles and hike of 2.6 miles. Note: There is one difficult stream crossing on Otter Brook Trail that may require we stop and retrace our route, find a new camping spot for Saturday night and return to our cars Sunday via Cedar River Road. See Otter Brook Pond Trail trip report for more information. Optional climb of Wakely Mountain. Leader will be arriving Thursday night to camp at Wakely Dam for a Friday ascent of Wakely Mountain. Wakely is #66 on the Adirondack 100 highest list at 3,766'. Let leader know if you want to do this optional climb. Ascent is 6 miles round trip if we drive to the trailhead. We will probably walk which will add 1 mile. Note that this is a scouting trip for the leader. I have visited Wakely Dam, climbed Wakely Mountain this past winter and driven Cedar River and Otter Brook Roads. I've hiked the N-P where we will be camping Saturday night. The rest is new. The roads are sand or gravel and generally flat or rolling. Otter Brook Trail according to the trip reports are generally a flat woods road. Helmets, gloves, high visibility vest, spare tube & repair parts required along with backpacking gear that you can safely carry riding a bike. Mountain or Hybrid bikes only. Leader likes a slow pace with lots of time for looking around and relaxing. Trip photo is the view from where we will camp Saturday.

Activity Categories: Backpacking, Bicycling - Mountain
Location: Indian Lake NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Dave Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate w/one bad stream crossing
Link: Route map & photos along route

Bike Old Croton Aqueduct - Croton to Yonkers

Date: Saturday, October 19 - Saturday, October 19

Must RSVP. Hybrid or Mountain Bike. Helmet and gloves are required. Bring adequate drinks, though we stop to buy lunch. Terrain: Rolling, flat, and minor hills. Enjoy an all-day, leisurely, Halloween, one-way ride through Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow including the historic Old Dutch Church. From the Croton Point Park, bicycle the dirt path of the OCA with many stops including Sing Sing, Octagon House, OCA Visitor Center, Lyndhurst, and the many weirs and conical ventilators. We set the tone and pace with a meditative labyrinth walk. Coursing through the middle of Westchester, the route is sometimes tricky to find, hence a guided tour. Early out options. The trail itself is mostly flat but there are some moderate climbs where we get on and off the trail at the fragmented points, and on the way to and back from our lunch stop in Tarrytown, NY. We take the Metro-North train back to Croton-Harmon from Yonkers ($5 bike pass (re-usable forever if you buy at Grand Central) + $5 fare). Must have wider tires, no road bikes. Note: Ride will not go in rain or wet roads. Map of route available at: Friends of Old Croton Aqueduct: http://www.aqueduct.org/ For more details and meet time, contact L.

Activity Categories: Bicycling
Location: Westchester County
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Skip Doyle (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Glenn Barnes
Trip Difficulty: 8B25
Link: Old Croton Aqueduct