Snow and cold weather don’t prevent members of the Long Island chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADKLI) from continuing to hike and enjoy other outdoor activities, and newcomers are invited to join in the fun. When registration exceeds activity quotas, however, priority is given to members. Described briefly below are some of the hikes and other winter outings scheduled for the next three months, both on Long Island and further north.
Because hikes vary in level of difficulty and hikers very in level of ability, each hike is given a difficultly rating. Also, leaders discuss details with everyone who asks to join a hike. For more information about these winter outings, monthly (indoor) programs, ADKLI’s mission, environmental programs and a full schedule, visit adkli.org. ADKLI President Ed Moran welcomes questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stump Pond Loop, Blydenburgh County Park (Smithtown) (C+)
Saturday, Jan. 14
Moderate paced 6-mile hike around Stump Pond in Blydenburgh County Park, 102 New Mill Road. Traction aids will be required if there is ice on the trails. Register with leader Dave Sweeney email@example.com or 631-374-1975 by Thursday, Jan. 12. More information:
Fahnestock State Park loop hike (Dutchess/Putnam Counties) (B-)
Saturday, Jan. 21
Moderately paced 7.2-mile loop hike (or snowshoe?) on the Charcoal Burners, Cabot, Perkins and Fahnestock trails with gentle ups and downs. Excellent hike for fit beginners; it passes three ponds, open fields, mountain laurel thickets and follows a gurgling stream. Proper winter gear required, contingent upon conditions. To register, contact leader Bill Schneider by Thursday, Jan. 19, at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 516-378-3043 (before 9 p.m.).
LI Pine Barrens Trail – Paumanok Path (Rocky Point/Ridge) (B+)
Sunday, Feb. 5
Moderately paced 9-mile hike on the western-most section of the LI Pine Barrens Trail – Paumanok Path from Route 25A in Rocky Point to Route 25 in Ridge. Terrain rolls gently through a pitch pine and oak forest. Ground conditions will determine what traction aids, if any are needed. Car shuttle required. Register by Feb. 3 with leader Sue Kenyon at email@example.com or 917-613-2042. Find out more »
Storm King Empowerment Hike IV (Hudson Valley, Orange County) (C+)
Saturday, Feb. 11
Leisurely 4-mile loop hike with 500-foot elevation gain up Butter Hill to Storm King Mountain, inner By-Pass trail with spectacular views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands. Winter gear required based on conditions. Contact leader Pat Malodobry before Thursday, Feb. 9, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-338-3711 (before 8 p.m.).
North/South Lake Empowerment Phase IV Hike (Greene County, Catskills) (B-)
Saturday, February 25
5.5-mile loop with 800-foot elevation gain. From gatehouse, hiking to North Point with great views, continuing to Badman Cave and Ashley Falls, back to North/South Lake. Winter gear required based on conditions. Contact leader Pat Malodobry before Thursday, Feb. 23, at email@example.com or 631-338-3711 (before 8 p.m.).
Mount Snow Weekend Ski Trip (Vermont) (N/R)
Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12
ADKLI group package at the Lodge at Mount Snow includes Friday and Saturday dinners, hot breakfast, Saturday après ski party, two days all-mountain lift ticket, hot tub, spa, full bar, lounge with fireplace and TV. Shuttle to Mountain Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing on own.
Last Chance Winter Weekend (Hensonville, Greene County) (N/R)
Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the end of winter with ADK friends at the Hammos Brewpub and Lodge, an historic country inn with comfortable cozy rooms and Wi-Fi. Restaurant with extensive menu and handcrafted brews, game room. Saturday night cocktail party, live music for dancing. Discount lift tickets available for Hunter and Windham Ski areas. Close to hiking for all levels in the Blackhead Range and the northern Escarpment Trail. Continental breakfast included and bag lunches available. For rates and details, contact Christine Gillen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-761-2131 (before 9:30 p.m.).
Giant Ledge Empowerment Phase IV Hike (Panther, Ulster County, Catskills) (B+)
Saturday, March 25
Approximately 7-mile hike with 1500-foot elevation gain. Panther is one of the Catskill 3500 peaks with great views from both Giant Ledge and Panther. Winter gear required based on conditions. Contact leader Pat Malodobry before Thursday, March 23. at email@example.com or 631-338-3711 (before 8 p.m.).
To learn more, contact the leader listed with the activity described above or ADKLI President Ed Moran.