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January 2018

Paul & Lanny’s Excellent Adventure to the Mashomack Preserve (B-)

Saturday, January 27

Mashomack Preserve, known as the Jewel of the Peconic is a natural area of over 2,000 acres that encompasses diverse habitats of woodlands, fields, salt marshes and beaches on Shelter Island. The Mashomack Preserve is home to an amazing variety of birds, including the endangered piping plover and least tern. We will hike together for awhile and then split into two groups. Paul’s group will walk the shorter 6 mile loop along the red, yellow and green loop. Lanny’s group will continue on the longer 10 mile blue loop with views of the Gardiners Bay. Click on the link https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/places-preserves/mashomack-trail-map.pdf to help choose choose the hike you wish to do. Stop for pizza in Greenport following the hike. Bring proper foot…

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February 2018

Harriman Leader’s Choice Hike (B+)

Saturday, February 3
Harriman State Park Tuxedo, NY 10987 United States + Google Map

A moderate to strenuous hike in Harriman State Park, to be determined. Full winter gear likely to be required (at least ‘spikes). Register by Thu Feb 1. No go rain/snow. michael.t.vaughan@gmail.com or (518) 637-9495

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Meeting, February 2018, DEC Trails (N/R)

Tuesday, February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Candlewood Path
Dix Hills , NY 11746 United States
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John D. Wernet, the Regional Forester for the Long Island Region of the Department of Environmental Conservation will be giving us valuable information about the DEC and their trails. The DEC user groups maintain all the trails. LIGHT and CLIMB are the largest and most dependable groups. John will talk about the need for stewardship of our trails and an update on Forest Health. Included will be the DEC trail problems such as the Southern Pine Beetle Oak. Lots of info will be shared so please don’t miss this!! Meeting is at: St Luke Lutheran Church- 20 Candlewood Path, Dix Hills

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Long Island Pine Barrens (B-)

Sunday, February 11

Easy paced 8 mile hike on gently rolling to flat terrain from Rocky Point (Rt.25A) to Ridge (Rt.25) on the Pine Barrens Section of the Paumanok Path. Car shuttle required. Limit 25. Only heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions will cancel. Heavy snow or ice conditions on the trail may shorten hike or require snowshoes or crampons. Register with leader by Thursday, Feb. 8. Chuck Brock (631) 664-1666. E-Mail registration preferred at brckobandit1@aol.com

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Tupper Lake Triad (B)

Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19

Presidents’ Weekend. Complete the Tupper Lake Triad (http://www.tupperlaketriad.com) in winter. Arrive in Indian Lake on Friday evening and  on Saturday hike Coney 2.2 miles RT with 548' ascent and Goodman mountains 3.2 miles RT with 581' ascent and and on Sunday hike Mt. Arab 2.2 miles RT with  764' ascent. Monday’s hike determined by group. Snowshoes and micro-spikes are required. Trip limited to 10 people. Cost: $100 for three nights lodging at local camp with all the ingredients for a DIY breakfast provided. Group dinner on Saturday & Sunday at local restaurants. Contact Dan Nielsen catskill549@yahoo.com or call 914-737-3959 (till 10 pm) before Friday, February 9.

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Panther Mountain (Catskills) (A)

Saturday, February 17

A moderately paced climb to this scenic Catskill summit. Elevation Gain: Approximate roundtrip mileage of 6.6 miles and 1700 ‘ elevation gain. Full winter gear required. Register between 2/5 and 2/15 (before 10 PM) with leader: Jeff Ritter 917-658-7302.

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37th Annual Genessee Valley Chapter ADK Winter Loj Trip (N/R)

Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25

37th ANNUAL GENESEE VALLEY CHAPTER ADK WINTER LOJ TRIP February 22-25, 2018  Our Chapter is taking over the Loj as its private retreat Thurs. Feb. 22 through Sun. Feb. 25.   For the past 36 years, the Winter Loj Trip has been an annual tradition - for members and non-members alike.  Join your old ADK friends, and make new ones. Snowshoe or ski High Peaks' trails right from the Loj, ride a bobsled at the Olympics Sports Center, ice skate on Heart Lake, or just hang out ‘round the fireplace in the Loj's Great Room – and in the evening - boast of your day’s feats over a beer or wine.  View our past Winter Loj Trip photos on-line: http://www.gvc-adk.org/home/photo-gallery/adk-loj-trips-gallery Annie…

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Peekamoose Mountain in the Catskills (A)

Saturday, February 24

7.8 miles roundtrip to the summit of Peekamoose Mountain in the Catskills.  2500 feet elevation gain.  Full winter gear required.  As in all winter hikes, the difficulty will vary with the conditons.  Register between 2/19 and 2/22 with leader Eric Markowitz: 516-364-5563.  

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Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail (B-)

Sunday, February 25

Hike the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, from Rt. 25 in Woodbury to Cold Spring Harbor, approximately 7 miles. We will end at Nature Conservancy Uplands Farm and explore fields and woods if there is interest. Car shuttle required. A nice moderate hike to get out of the house in winter and enjoy the outdoors. Bring proper foot gear/traction devices for possible snow/ice conditions. Rain/snow cancels. Register with leader by Fri Feb 23. Paul Lanzillotta, (631) 864-2576 eves 7-9:30 PM or pklanz@optonline.net

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March 2018

David Overton Preserve (C+)

Sunday, March 4

We will hike this rare beauty of vacant land in Coram. Farmstead dating from 1738. A very CREEPY Place to explore. Only those with a stout heart need venture into these woods. We will walk some 5 miles over level to rolling terrain. Register with RON ENGASSER at 631-289-5375 e-mail usron@juno.com

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Meet & Greet the Leaders (N/R)

Tuesday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Candlewood Path
Dix Hills , NY 11746 United States
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Come join us at 7:00 pm to help us finalize the planning of the spring schedule. Do you have any ideas for an outing? Would you like to find out what it takes to lead an outing? How can we make things better?  Come early and meet the leaders. We welcome new people! We welcome new ideas! Whether your a long time member or new to the club we welcome your participation!

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Meeting, March 2018, Plant Species for Hikers (N/R)

Tuesday, March 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 20 Candlewood Path
Dix Hills , NY 11746 United States
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Lara Urbat, who is responsible for identifying and clearing invasive species on the trails, will be our March presenter. She will focus on common invasive species that you will encounter on your hikes. Some of them are in low abundance, but we need to learn what to do, especially during trail maintenance. A portion of the program will focus on how to prevent spread between trails and campsites with best practices for decontamination of boats, shoes/clothes and vehicles. This presentation is important for all hikers. Please attend!! Meeting is at: St Luke Lutheran Church- 20 Candlewood Path, Dix Hills

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West Hills/Jayne’s Hill (C)

Saturday, March 10

Introduction to New York State County “Highpoints”. A short four mile hike at a leisurely pace in West Hills County Park to Jayne's Hill, the highest point in Suffolk County and all of Long Island (el. 401 ft). Meeting place TBD depending on status of the closure of West Hills County Park by Suffolk Parks Dept. More NYS County “Highpoint” hikes to follow later in year! Only heavy rain or hazardous driving conditions will cancel. Limit 25. Register with leader by Wed, March 7. Chuck Brock (631) 664-1666. E-Mail registration preferred at brckobandit1@aol.com

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The Casino Trail to Mount Beacon Firetower and Scofield Ridge (B+)

Sunday, March 11

Hike the Casino Trail to South Beacon Firetower. Multiple awesome viewpoints, climb the rebuilt firetower, incline railroad ruins. Our hike will be strenuous ranging 4.4 to 7.7 miles with 1,500 feet to 2,600 feet of elevation gain depending on the wishes and energy of the group. Enjoy some “eye popping” views at one of the most popular destinations in the Hudson Valley. The sweeping 360 degree views from the firetower will literally take your breath away! On a clear day its possible to see from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the high peaks of the Catskills! Continue on along Scofield Ridge along the Wilkinson and Fishkill Ridge trails with more spectacular views. Possible dinner stop after hike. Remember to turn…

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Catskills Last Chance Winter Weekend 2018 (N/R)

Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18

Join us in the Catskills for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and socializing on the last weekend of winter! Location: The Mansion at Alfie's, Tannersville, NY Conveniently located near Hunter, Windham and the Devil’s Path. Rates for Lodging (+ $12 Party Fee Per Person)*: $105 for a single room $60 for half of double room (or $120 for a whole double room) *Rates are for the entire weekend--not per night. *Rates assume we reach our minimum number of reservations. Includes: • 2 nights lodging (with shared bath) – Friday and Saturday. • 2 light breakfasts – Saturday & Sunday. • Saturday night cocktail party, and St. Patrick’s Day celebration after dinner. • Restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. • Lunch and…

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Catskill Winter Weekend St Patricks Day Hike Leader’s Choice (A)

Saturday, March 17

We hike one or possibly two 3500 Catskills peaks. Full winter gear required. Destination and full details available the week prior to hike. Register with Jerry Licht Register by Thursday March 15th 516-477-8602 before 9:00 Pm.

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Florida Everglades 10,000 Islands Canoe and Camping (N/R)

Saturday, March 17 - Friday, March 23

There is a one space for a male on this paddling in Florida trip - $1,298 per person Contact Leader: Micheline Kagan mfkagan@gmail.com, 516-659-8852 This is a canoeing and camping trip through Florida’s freshwater swamps, brackish estuaries and white sand beaches of the Keys. We will paddle through a maze of islands and mangrove estuaries, looking for dolphins, manatees and pelicans. Hopefully spy white ibis, osprey, and possibly a roseate spoonbill in this paradise where air plants and exotic flowers flourish. As we visit a wildlife preserve, we will enter a sub tropic world of endangered birds, alligators. We will paddle out into the bays off the Gulf of Mexico and camp on the beaches. Wilderness Inquiry will provide 2…

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Shawangunks: Millbrook Mountain/Gertrudes Nose Loop (B+)

Sunday, March 25

Approximately 8 miles and 1000 feet elevation gain. Beautiful views during a long ridge walk. Steady rain cancels. Register with leader by Fri March 23. Call or e-mail leader for details. Alan Chevat 718-768-1019 (no calls after 10 pm); achevat@nyc.rr.com

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Fahnestock State Park – Loop Hike (B)

Saturday, March 31

Moderately paced 7.2-mile loop hike on the Charcoal Burners, Cabot, Perkins and Fahnestock trails with gentle ups and downs. This hike has a little bit of everything that makes Fahnestock a great place to hike in all seasons. We’ll pass three ponds, open fields, mountain laurel thickets, and follow a gurgling stream. Excellent hike for fit beginners. Bring lunch and something to drink,. To register, contact leader Bill Schneider at offsetbill4@optonline.net (preferred) or 516-378-3043 (before 9 pm) by Thursday, March 29th.

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April 2018

Spring Trail Maintenance – Schunemunk Mt (B-)

Saturday, April 14

Please join us for the annual Spring clearing on our section of the Long Path - Schunemunk Mt. Distance is about 4 miles with good views from the top.  Bring loppers or pruning shears if you have them.  Leader: Pat Malodobry, contact via email pawachter@hotmail.com or cell 631-338-3711 (before 8:00 pm) by April 12.

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Stump Pond Circular (C)

Sunday, April 15

A moderately paced 5.4 mile loop around Stump Pond in Blydenburgh Park in Suffolk County. Stump Pond is the third largest freshwater body on Long Island and is rich with aquatic life. Follow a winding trail through the budding spring woods, crossing the headwaters of the Nissequogue River and enjoying occasional views of the blue waters of Stump Pond. Traverse a quarter mile wooden boardwalk through wetland area. Bring lunch and water. Register with leader Lanny Wexler highpt44@optimum.net or (516) 390-8912 between 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm by Thursday, April 13.

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Spring Trail Maintenance – Catskills (C+)

Saturday, April 21

Join us for the Spring Trail Maintenance of the section of Long Path – Catskill State Park.  The trail covers Bangle Hill, south-east of Peekamoose Mountain. Distance is about 4.2 miles. Bring works gloves and loppers or pruners if you have them. Contact Eunsil Recksiek eunsil.r@gmail.com or 631-921-0028 by April 19th.

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May 2018

ADVANCE NOTICE: Brothers Trail Maintenance Adirondacks (A-)

Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

-A to B Join LI Chapter members for the 51st annual maintenance trip to the Brothers Trail. Located in the High Peaks area in Keene Valley this scenic , rugged trail is 3 plus miles with outstanding views along the way. Help to keep the tradition alive. Work trip is Saturday , follow by a group dinner. Hike rating dependent upon distance assigned. Sunday is hiking of your choice. Thinking of coming along? Investigate lodging early as there is a shortage on the three day weekend. Registrar - Herb Coles e-mail please

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July 2018

Hiking and Ranch Adventure, Absaroka Mountains, WY (B+)

Saturday, July 28 - Saturday, August 4

The Absaroka wilderness is a gorgeous area with breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. We will stay in rustic but very comfortable cabins at the Absaroka Ranch. Very few places remain that offer both solitude and beauty on a grand scale and this guest house is one of them. Our daily moderate to strenuous hikes will be to secluded mountain lakes and lush alpine forests with views of high open wildflower meadows and snow capped peaks. Each evening we will enjoy a complimentary “happy hour” followed by a freshly prepared gourmet dinner as well as a campfire for storytelling and stargazing. Truly an adventure travel trip for both the body and spirit!  Sue Kenyon, snowsusie88@yahoo.com, 917-613-2042 (voice or text)

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Alaska – Hiking and Exploring Denali National Park  (B)

Monday, July 30 - Sunday, August 5

Hike in Alaska’s spectacular Denali National Park. See some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in America. Experience Alaska’s wonderful forest, wildlife and the Alaska Range, home of Denali formally known as “Mount McKinley”. Our accommodations at Denali Educational Center will be in comfortable newly renovated guest cabins, with double occupancy and private bath. The Center will provide all meals, guided informative hikes and evening presentations.  Micheline Kagan, 17108 Gladwin Ave., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365; mfkagan@gmail.com.

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September 2018

Fall Trail Maintenance – Catskills (C+)

Saturday, September 15

Join us for the Fall Trail Maintenance of the section of Long Path – Catskill State Park.  The trail covers Bangle Hill, south-east of Peekamoose Mountain. Distance is about 4.2 miles. Bring works gloves and loppers or pruners if you have them. Contact Eunsil Recksiek eunsil.r@gmail.com or 631-921-0028 by Sept 13th.

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