Come out and meet other members and guests of the Central New York Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. We look forward to a great season of recreational and work hikes. If you would like more information about a particular hike or event, call the volunteer coordinator listed in the description. When you go on a hike, be sure to dress for the season/weather, and bring a snack/lunch and water. Also, bring any medications that you may need, such as for bee stings if you are allergic. The coordinator will arrange car-pooling at the meeting place. Remember that the coordinators are volunteers; please help them by staying with the group during the event. Of course, hiking involves risks; anyone participating does so at his/her own risk. Work Hikes: Work hikes typically involve trail maintenance or, on occasion, trail or structure construction. No expertise is needed! The chapter supplies tools, but if you can bring loppers, bow saw, or a weed whip that would be great. Also, remember to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, bug repellent, and sunscreen. And we always recommend long pants and long-sleeved shirts if working where ticks could be found.
Recreation (Rec) Hikes: just as they sound these are purely for fun, learning, and exercise in the great out-of-doors… but there will not be any work involved. Come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear (we always recommend long pants and long-sleeved shirts treated with permethrin to decrease risk of tick bites) and bring food, water, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

Fri. Feb 10 Moonlight Snowshoe Hike (med difficulty, mildly varied terrain)
Location: Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia
Starts: 7 pm
Coordinator: Steve Kinne 315-882-3684
Description: On this full moon evening, we’ll do a 2-3 mile loop in the SQHAP, starting at the main building. Bring headlamps. Dress appropriately and bring an extra layer and some water. Ski or hiking poles are encouraged.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Take a 2-mile snowshoe hike in this flat, but picturesque, ecologically-unique area managed by the NYS DEC. On this medium-difficulty hike we'll encounter fields, woods, streams and a beaver pond. In case of limited snow, we'll make it a foot hike. Ski or hiking poles encouraged. Sponsored by the CNY Chapter of the North Country Trail Asso. Free and open to the public. Meet at the DEC trailhead parking lot on Stone Quarry Road (Constine Bridge Rd.), opposite the Cazenovia Transfer Station, between Ballina and Hardscrabble Roads. Hike leader is Mark Wadopian 315-682-1793.

Sat. Apr 8 Link Trail Work Project (easy)
Starts: TBD
Location: (assigned by coordinator) Coordinator: Jack Miller Be part of a team that will be checking on and replacing blazing/signage on road crossings between Canastota and Forestport (requires car driving), and also on sections of road walk between Cazenovia
and the Adirondack Boundary (requires both driving and some walking). Teams will be assembled and instructions given. Volunteers who cannot make it on this Saturday can check a section on an alternate day during April.

Sat., Apr 29 Rec Hike (M) Lehigh Valley RR (easy, flat)
Starts: 9am
Coordinator: Scott Sellers 315-655-9363 Location: meet at Nelson Road Trailhead (2.4 miles south of Rt 5 Canastota)
Description: Hike 3 miles along the old LVRR from Nelson Rd to Quarry Rd and then return along the same trail. Pass through fields and woods and even a cow pasture on this historic RR section.

Thurs. May 4 Spring Birding Hike (easy, some hills)
Starts: 8 am (arrive by 7:45)
Coordinator: Steve Kinne 315-882-3684 Location: New Woodstock… meet at trailhead approx. 2.5 miles east of New Woodstock on Damon Rd (watch the mileage - there are two trailheads on Damon Rd.)
Description: This is spring bird migration time, so let’s see how many birds we can find and identify by sight/sound on the ˝ mile trail to the beaver dam complex. Bring binoculars, and any identification keys you like (e.g. books, birding apps).


Sat., May 13 Spring Birding Hike (easy, some hills)
Starts: 8 am (arrive by 7:45)
Coordinator: Steve Kinne 315-882-3684 Location: New Woodstock… meet at trailhead approx. 2.5 miles east of New Woodstock on Damon Rd (watch the mileage - there are two trailheads on Damon Rd.)
Description: This is spring bird migration time, so let’s see how many birds we can find and identify by sight/sound on the ˝ mile trail to the beaver dam complex. Bring binoculars, and any identification keys you like (e.g. books, birding apps).

Sat, May 27 Work Project (easy)
Location: (assigned)
Starts: 9 am
Coordinator: Jack Miller
Description: Finish our complete inventory and re-blazing of both NCTA and Link Trail. Teams will be assigned to certain sections and given both instructions and materials to compete the re-blazing project.

Sat., June 3 – National Trails Day – Wildflower Hike (Easy)
Location and Time: 1:15 p.m. parking lot at south end of Cazenovia Lake on Rte. 20 just east of NY 92. We will carpool to nearby Nelson Swamp Unique Area, since parking there is limited.
Coordinator: Mary Dineen, 315-424-1284.
Description: Join us for a Wildflower Hike. Will the trout lilies, spring beauties, and trillium still be out? On a previous Wildflower Hike, we identified 57 flowers and other plants! (Short hike, probably a couple of miles; NSU Area does qualify for the Hike 100 Miles on the North Country Trail Challenge)

Sat. June 24 Kiosk Work Project (easy)
Location: (see description below)
Starts: 9 am
Coordinator: Scott Sellers 315-655-9363
Description: Break into two teams and help repair and refurbish trailhead kiosks at both Chenango St and at Nelson Swamp Unique Area (both in Cazenovia area). Contact coordinator for details



Sat, Jul 22 Work Hike (med difficulty)
Location: Mount Pleasant Cemetery Trail Head, Canastota
Starts: 9 am
Coordinator: Mark Wadopian 315-682-1793
Description: Trimmming and clearing trail

Sat Aug 19 Work Hike (med difficulty)
Location: TBA
Starts: 9 am
Coordinator: Steve Kinne 315-882-3684
Description: Trail project to be determined

Sat., Sept. 23 NCT Annual Trail Days Hike Location: Clark Hill SF (NW of Rome NY)
Starts: 10 am
Coordinator: Steve Kinne 315-882-3684
Description: Come with us and explore Clark Hill SF where the North Country Trail may be re-routed in the future. This will be off road hiking in varied terrain… the exact route will be determined as the date approaches.

Sun., Oct. 22 Annual Meeting
Location, time and speaker TBA. Andrea Ketchmark, the new NCTA Executive Director, will be joining us.

Central NY Chapter NCT Executive Committee Meetings: Second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November. Annual Meeting: Fourth week
in October. Call Steve Kinne (315-882-3684) for information.

Website Central NY Chapter: www.nctacnychapter.org Website Main Office: www.northcountrytrail.org




 

 
 

2017 Trail Events

North Country Trail Association Central New York Chapter

 CNY CHAPTER RECREATIONAL AND WORK HIKES
 AND OTHER EVENTS
2017
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