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 forContinue reading “Gilbert Lake State Park     December 6, 2022”

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 inContinue reading “Upper Riddell State Park    November 29, 2022”

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.Continue reading “Andes Rail Trail and Bullet Spur – November 22, 2022”

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,Continue reading “Star Field, Cooperstown – November 15, 2022 “

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)”