Outings

Welcome to our Group's Outings page. Here you can view photos and descriptions of past Outings. If you are interested in joining an Outing, go to http://meetup.com/sierraclubny and join the Atlantic Chapter's Meetup.com group website. We post Outings and track attendees on the Meetup website. By joining the Meetup.com group you will receive automatic emails when new Outings are announced; and you can choose to join an Outing through the Email's enclosed RSVP button. If you want to get outdoors with us, I urge you to join the Meetup.com group. There is no cost or obligation, and your information is kept confidential. If you have a suggestion for an outing, please contact me.

Hope to see you on the trail.
Andy Moss
Mid-Hudson Group Outings Chair

Leaders Wanted
We are seeking Sierra Club members who want to share their love of the outdoors. New Outing Leaders are needed. An outing can be a day of photography, bird watching, hiking up a mountain, kayaking a creek, or walking an estate - whatever you want to share. Whatever outdoor activity interests you, please consider becoming an Outings Leader. Contact Andy Moss at 845-336-5446 (evenings) or via email at andy@hvi.net.

View our Upcoming Outings

Saturday, September 27
JOHN BURROUGHS NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY SPARROW WALK
Click here for details and to join the walk.

 

Past Outings

Peterskill Trail at Minnewaska State Park
Deep snow provided beautiful scenery and lots of fun.
Date: February 16

May 18
Castle Point and Rainbow Falls
This is a classic hike that combines two of Minnewaska State Park’s best features: Castle Point, which is the highest point in the park with remarkable views of the Hudson River Valley; and Rainbow Falls, a beautiful hike through a ravine that leads to this dramatic waterfall. We had a large group on this hike as we picked up some AMC hikers who missed their hiking group in New Paltz. They were new to the area so were happy to join us on our hike at Minnewaska.

hikers


June 22
Wittenberg Mountain
This is one of the Catskill 35 (there are 35 peaks over 3500' in elevation). It is a rugged hike over varied terrain that is about 9 miles roundtrip. We start the hike in the day-use parking area at the Woodland Valley Campground. After crossing the creek there is a steep ascent for the first stretch. The hike moderates but continues up with several rock scrambles along the way. Our effort was rewarded by the view of the Ashokan Reservoir. We took time to enjoy our lunch and relax before beginning our return down the mountain.

hike to wittenberg mtn


Wethersfield Estate Walk
Marie Caruso led 16 attendees on a wonderful walk at the beautiful Wethersfield Estate in Amenia. The morning hike was hot, but the picnic area and gardens had nice shade, and the mansion and carriage house were cool. A gorgeous setting for a day of exploration.
Date: August 4th

HIKE TO LAKE AWOSTING - SWIM - HIKE TO CASTLE POINT
A sunny day of hiking, swimming and great views.
Date: July 21st

KAATERSKILL FALLS and NORTH LAKE - HIKE AND SWIM
Hike to Kaaterskill Falls and then swim at North Lake.
Date: July 15th

MID-HUDSON GROUP PICNIC/BARBEQUE
A great time for eating, swimming and good conversation at Dutchess County's Wilcox Park.
Date: July 8th

VERMONT HIKING WEEKEND
Stowe, VT, the heart of the Green Mountains.
Date: June 22-25

Hike Kaaterskill Clove Escarpment Trail
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Sign up and read more about this outing at our meetup website.

Hike to Castle Point and Rainball Falls at Minnewaska State Park
Saturday, August 13, 2011

We begin at Minnewaska State Park's Lower Awosting Parking Area (west of the main entrance on 44/55). The first portion of our trip is on the Mossy Glen Trail following the Peters Kill stream as it carves a beautiful path through the bedrock. We then turn onto Blueberry Run, aptly named for the expansive blueberry bushes that fill both sides of the trail. As we climb upwards we will find ourselves on the open rock pine barrens dominated by Pitch Pines - a unique landscape. Finally, we arrive at Castle Point, the highest overlook in the park. From here we can see Gertrudeís Nose and Millbrook Mountain below us, and amazing views of the Hudson Valley. After lunch we will begin our journey via a stretch of the Long Path to Rainbow Falls. This secluded valley is a moss-covered-rock wonderland. Our journey ends with an easy walk out on the Lower Awosting Carriageway and Mossy Glen Trail.


Bike ride to the Walkway Over the Hudson and Mid Hudson Bridge
Friday, July 15, 2011, 10:00 AM

We begin our bike ride at the Tony Williams Town Park in Highland. We'll ride along the paved rail trail that follows the old railroad bed to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Along the way we will see some light posts and remnants of 19th Century railway equipment. This rail trail is shady and cool most of the way. We'll arrive at the Walkway and take time to enjoy the sights and have refreshments. After our sojourn on the Walkway we will continue along a designated path through Poughkeepsie streets to the Mid Hudson Bridge. On the bridge we will take some time to enjoy "Bridge Music". A series of musical pieces created by striking various parts of the bridge. The music is primal and very percussive. Powerful speakers will give us an exciting taste of these original compositions. After crossing the bridge we will take a moment to stop at Johnson-Iorio Park for a break.


Hike to Castle Point in Minnewaska State Park
Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Distance: about 6 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

We begin at Minnewaska State Park's Lower Awosting Parking Area (west of the main entrance on 44/55). The first portion of our trip is on the Mossy Glen Trail following the Peters Kill stream as it carves a beautiful path through the bedrock. We then turn onto Blueberry Run, aptly named for the expansive blueberry bushes that fill both sides of the trail. Hopefully blueberries will be in ample supply. As we climb upwards we begin to see more rock outcroppings and pitch pines - a unique landscape. Finally, we arrive at Castle Point, the highest overlook in the park. From here we can see Gertrude?s Nose and Millbrook Mountain below us, and amazing views of the Hudson Valley.


Sunday, May 29 8:45 AM - Ashokan High Point

This is a classic hike that will give us an opportunity to explore expansive forests and look for spring blooms by both flowers and trees...not to mention the fantastic views

The first section of the trail follows an old woods road along the Kanape Brook. The trail climbs gradually, passing through patches of mountain laurel, stands of Norway spruce, and many beautiful beech trees, all the while crossing over numerous intermittent streams. 2.5 miles into the hike we'll reach the low point on the ridge connecting High Point and Mombaccus Mountain.

Turning left the trail becomes much steeper as we climb nearly 1000 feet to the summit. The forest composition then changes to almost exclusively hemlock, mountain laurel, and white pine saplings. We will see very few of the oaks, beech, and maple that were so prevalent before. At the rocky summit we will find anchor bolts in the rock where an old tower once stood. There are views of the Esopus and Rondout Valleys, and the Shawangunk Ridge to the east. But the best is yet to come.

After a break for lunch we will then follow an unmarked trail .5 miles to a lower ledge blueberry meadow sometimes called Little High Point. Here we will be greeted with panoramic views that will take your breath away.


HIKE RATING SYSTEM
Distance
1. up to 3 miles
2. 3 to 5 miles
3. 5 to 8 miles
4. 8 & up
Elevation Gain
D. under 500 feet
C. 500 to 1000
B. 1000 to 2,000
A. 2,000 & more

Call trip leader beforehand for permission to participate and for any additional information you may need. Know that things, including weather, may change. Remember that your safety and comfort is your responsibility.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, refer to: www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/index.asp or contact the Outings department at (415) 977-5630 for a printed version.


Have you taken any photos that you'd like to contribute to this page? Please send your digital images to andy@hvi.net.

The 2002 Outings Leader Handbook replaces all previous versions (Red Book). It is available in print and on the net.

Sierra Club