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 fieldContinue reading “Gilbert Lake State Park – November 8, 2022”

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 beforeContinue reading “Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park – November 1, 2022”

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 trailContinue reading “Milford State Forest – October 25, 2022”

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 theContinue reading “SUNY College Camp -October 18, 2022”

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 hawksContinue reading “Delaware-Otsego Audubon Sanctuary Trails – October 11, 2022”

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, heContinue reading “North-South Lake State Park – October 4, 2022 (Challenging Hike)”

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 wasContinue reading “Lower Reservoir Rd., Deserter’s Hiding Place – October 4, 2022”

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 andContinue reading “Mud Lake Trail, Riddell State Park – September 27, 2022”

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 theContinue reading “Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park – September 20, 2022”

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, manyContinue reading “New Island – September 13, 2022”