12:00 PM12:00

Taconic Hiking Club Annual Pot-Luck

Taconic Hiking Club Annual Pot- Luck Picnic at Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY We will be at the Deerfield Pavilion, which is about 1 mile from the main entrance, on the left.

In addition to mingling and meeting new members and catching up with old friends, our activities for the day include: (Check back as we get closer regarding hiking opportunities.)


 1:00 PM POTLUCK salads, desserts and treats along with THC supplied hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks (lemonade and iced tea) and condiments. Please bring your own beverage.

 2:00 PM short THC update meeting

 Enjoy the park for the rest of the day. There are several trails for hiking as well as kayak rentals.

Please note: There is a fee per vehicle to enter the park on weekends. Reservations: Contact Margaret Parks at margaretparks123@gmail.com or 518-250-5452 to let her know how many people are coming and what your contribution to the picnic will be (appetizer, salad or dessert).

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9:00 AM09:00

Stockbridge Trails hike by Taconic Hiking Club

Stockbridge Trails—Laura’s Tower, Ice Glen, and Mary Flynn Trail Come explore a lovely in-town triplex of trails that lead out from one parking area and into some fine white pine and hemlock glades and then through a dark and dramatic ravine. These trails are maintained by the Laurel Hill Association, although the Ice Glen property is owned by the Town of Stockbridge. The other two trails are on the Sedgwick Reservation. Altogether the mileage is about 4 miles and there is about 700’ of vertical.

The Glen requires some boulder scrambling; it is not an easy trail to negotiate and will take some time. We will likely car pool since the parking area is limited.

See https://housatonicheritage.org/Places/lauras-tower-trail-ice-glen-trail-stockbridge-mass/

Contact leaders for time and place to meet. Leaders: Karen Ross, 794-7474 or kcoyross@aol.com or Lori McCarron, 587-1957 or mmccarr2@nycap.rr.com

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9:00 AM09:00

Notchview Reservation Hike by Taconic Hiking Club

This is a joint Taconic Hiking Club/Berkshire Knapsackers outing. Notchview, a Trustees of Reservations property in Windsor, MA, offers beautiful pine and hemlock forests, sweeping views, streams, and lovely trails. We’ll do about 5 miles with app. 400’ of vertical. Our goal is to head NNW and include Judges Hill, Bumpus and Whitman.

This will give you an overview of the property--http://www.thetrustees.org/places-tovisit/berkshires/notchview.html See http://www.thetrustees.org/assets/documents/places-tovisit/trailmaps/Notchview_trailmap_ski_2018.pdf for the trail map

April can be unruly, so dress for the forecast, and bring lunch and water. This is a dog-friendly hike. Dogs must be leashed at all times at Notchview, and plan to pick up after your dog. Contact leaders for meeting time and place. Leaders: Vicky Singer vsinger30@gmail.com, 413 442-3701 Karen Ross, kcoyross@aol.com, 518 794-7474

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9:00 AM09:00

High Falls Conservation Area Hike by Taconic Hiking Club

High Falls Conservation Area in Philmont. The High Falls Conservation Area includes 2 miles of moderate wooded trails along the Agawamuck Creek and a view of Columbia County's highest waterfall.

We could optionally make an additional stop at Borden's Pond in Ghent. I plan to finish with a bite to eat at Chatham Brewery. I have 2 special reasons for visiting High Falls: Susan Roberts and Dot von Bieberstein. Susan introduced me to High Falls several years ago and it was one of Dot's favorite areas. I miss them both and I know others do too.

Contact: Bob Armao at bob_armao@yahoo.com or 518-271-6512 (home) or 518-322-6889 (mobile)

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6:00 PM18:00

Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Clinic & Meeting

Here’s your opportunity to learn a new sport that will last a lifetime.  Fly Fishing!!   Home Waters Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be offering clinics and guest speakers at their monthly meeting.  The April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Grafton Lakes State Park Welcome Center, which is located at the end of the main parking lot.  If main gates are closed, please enter via the Winter Entrance at the four corners in Grafton.

 Our guest speakers this month will be Elizabeth Mosher and Natalie Ohl who will speak about taxonomy of streams.  Elizabeth earned a bachelor's of Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Conservation Biology. Her undergraduate honors thesis was focused on comparing the macroinvertebrates assemblage into very distinct central NY lakes. Elizabeth now works as Field and Laboratory Coordinator and Aquatic Arthropod Taxonomists at Watershed Assessment Associates. Elizabeth holds two Society of freshwater Sciences Taxonomy Certifications.

 Natalie Ohl earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology, Environment, and Evolution from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her work was on the thermal preference of two species of darters under the threat of predation. She is working to complete her Masters of Water Science from Murray State University studying the re-colonization of macroinvertebrates and Ledbetter embayment on Kentucky Lake. Natalie has been a professional aquatic macroinvertebrates taxonomists for eleven years identifying macroinvertebrates from across the United States and Canada. She currently works at Watershed Assessment Associates as a Senior Taxonomists. Natalie holds five Society of Freshwater Sciences Taxonomy certifications.

 A short business meeting immediately following the presentation.  All are encouraged and welcome to attend.

 Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there. 

 Contact us at homewaterstu@gmail.com or 518-326-6201 for more information. 


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9:00 AM09:00

Hidden Trails of Lenox Mountain Hike by Taconic Hiking Club

“Hidden Trails of Lenox Mountain" Lenox, MA.

We will be exploring mountain bike trails and old wood roads on Lenox Mountain in the Berkshires - easy to moderate - one slightly washed out trail, the rest of the footing is good - several bail out points if you need to leave early.

Planned ending around 1-2 p.m. Distance will depend on trail conditions. Carpool location TBD from either Defreestville or East Schodack Park and Rides.

Contact leader for meeting time and place. Leader: Ginny Akabane - gakabane@hotmail.com or 413-637-9609

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