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Wilber Park – January 17, 2023

Report by Sarah Patterson.  Twenty-five of us met at the tennis courts to park as the upper- level gate is closed for the winter.  We planned to hike the Blue trail out and the Red trail back. Tracy and I had hiked it on Friday and it was soggy in spots with variable terrain. I…

Stamford Rail Trail – January 10, 2023

Report by Jim Ipsen. Twenty-four brave souls assembled at the trail head of the Stamford Rail Trail toward Grand Gorge, for what turned out to be a five-plus mile (round trip) hike to Mayham Lake. Our group got started after a brief history lesson about the rail line from Ron Weiss. Thank you, Ron. It…

Fortin Park – January 3, 2023

Report by Barbara Baumann.  With temperatures in the 40s and light rain falling, twenty-three enthusiastic hikers, wearing raincoats, ponchos and/or carrying umbrellas, made their way around the former F&F Airpark’s landing/take-off field. Near the banks of the Susquehanna River we sighted mergansers. By the Charlotte Creek we noted the power of water to change its…

Neahwa Park – December 20, 2022

Report by Tom and Roberta Austin. The group of twenty-seven hikers walked 2-2.5 miles around Neahwa and Catella Parks at an easy pace.  We viewed the many Festival of Lights displays set up in the Park by businesses and organizations along the way. Photos by Tom Austin.

Susquehanna Greenway      December 13, 2022

Report by Linda Pearce.  With temperatures in the teens and a cloudless blue sky, twenty-four people gathered for a brisk walk at the Susquehanna Greenway on December 13th.  As we crossed the field to the trail, we entered into what seemed like a “Winter Wonderland”.  The snowfall from the previous Sunday had clung to all…

Gilbert Lake State Park     December 6, 2022

Report by Bill and Kathy Holmstrom.  Despite the cold, wet weather, 22 hikers showed up for today’s outing at Gilbert Lake State Park. Because deer hunting season is still open, we confined our walks to the lake perimeter trail and road. Thirteen hikers took the 2.2-mile CCC Road and then walked the Lake Trail for…

Upper Riddell State Park    November 29, 2022

Report by Liza Mundy.  Twenty-three hikers made their way to a grove of hemlock trees, led by Jeff O’Handley, OCCA Program Director, and Devin Merkley from Mohican Farm/Clark Foundation. The purpose was to identify the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, an invasive species that has been found in the hemlocks there, as well as other areas in…

Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Spur – November 22, 2022

Report by Tom and Roberta Austin.  Sixteen hikers, including one new person, who has subsequently joined our chapter, hiked the trails. The plan allowed for an easy walk of 1.6 miles, which a couple of folks accomplished. The rail trail portion has some very nice overlook views of farm land, stream, and stream overflow area.…

Star Field, Cooperstown – November 15, 2022 

Report by Peggy Palmer.  The hike to Star Field started out chilly, but 23 people braved the first really cold weather this fall to make the hike. We circled around the field and had a great view of Lake Otsego which everybody appreciated. The hike follows an old road eliminating the usual roots, making easy walking. However,…

Gilbert Lake State Park – November 8, 2022

Report by Carolyn and Jim Austin.  It was a chilly start for the twenty members who walked one side of Gilbert Lake and then to the cabin area.  We meandered along the cabin roads and back to the swimming end of the lake.  After walking along the other side of the lake we went through the field…

Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park – November 1, 2022

Report by Sarah Patterson.  It started out a bit brisk but the forecast called for a warmup and by the end, several of us were in shirtsleeves! We had thirty-one hikers to hike Andy’s Trail in Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park.  It was a good thing I had scoped it out the day before…

Milford State Forest – October 25, 2022

Report by Linda Pearce.  A warm and sunny autumn morning awaited the thirty-one hikers that gathered to walk at Milford State Forest.  We were pleased to welcome two “first-timers” to our group – Anne Carroll and Dave Steen.  We went a short distance down State Land Road (a dirt road) and then onto a trail…

SUNY College Camp -October 18, 2022

Report by Jendy Murphy and Paul Wehren.  The hike at College Camp in Oneonta on Tuesday, October 18th drew twenty-four warmly dressed adventurers. The chill of the morning gave way to seasonably warm temperatures. A pale blue sky was adorned with a half-moon illuminated by the sun. We hiked up the red trail, past the…

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Sanctuary Trails – October 11, 2022

Trip report by Diane Aaronson.  Tuesday, October 11, 2022 was foggy in the valley, but clear and sunny at the DOAS Sanctuary where twenty-eight hikers gathered at the barn.  We then headed up to the observation station where Sandy Bright spoke to us about the annual Hawkwatch event and gave us tips for identifying hawks…

North-South Lake State Park – October 4, 2022 (Challenging Hike)

For the first time in many years, members of the Susquehanna Chapter ventured into the Catskills for a more challenging hike than we do in our local area.  Pastor John Buddle, an avid Catskill hiker, agreed to lead the hike.  When it became apparent that he was unable to lead it on that date, he…

Lower Reservoir Rd., Deserter’s Hiding Place – October 4, 2022

Report by Janice Downie.  It was a cool, crisp, cloudy October 4th when eighteen ADK hikers began ascending to the “Deserter’s Hiding Place” on Upper East St. in Oneonta. Bruce Downie gave a brief history of the legend of the Civil War Deserter who, in 1864, supposedly spent the winter in this cave. It was…

Mud Lake Trail, Riddell State Park – September 27, 2022

Report by Bill and Kathy Holmstrom. Twenty-one hikers, including ADK members and a few guests headed off towards Mud Lake from the Pine Lake parking area at 9:15 AM. Ken, a local resident who’d grown up in the area and was intimately familiar with the trails and park history, joined us for the hike and…

Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park – September 20, 2022

Report by Linda Pearce.  As we gathered in the parking lot at Sunset Pavilion a light mist was in the air which became a light drizzle for the first portion of our hike.  This didn’t dampen the spirits of the twenty-two hikers as we trekked along the 2.7 mile Andy’s Trail that goes around the…

New Island – September 13, 2022

Report by Aleda Koehn.  On a day of uncertain weather, fifteen intrepid ADKers walked the newly paved path through Catella park, across the I-88 off and on ramps, and onto the grassy slope leading to the trail toward New Island.  Goldenrod of many species in full bloom, displays of giant pokeweed with red stems and purple-black berries, many…

Emmons Pond Bog – September 6, 2022

Report by Jendy Murphy and Paul Wehren.  On an eerily beautiful, misty, late summer morning, seventeen hikers circled the Emmons Pond Bog along the mile and a half trail.  Since it had rained a lot the day before, the tall grasses and goldenrod at the beginning and end of the loop pretty well drenched everyone’s…


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