Mohawk Valley Alpiners Hiking Club

located in the Central Mohawk Valley of Upstate New York


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Cooperstown Christmas Walk

Posted by kathy miles on December 23, 2017 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

December 17, 2017

We enjoyed a brisk walk around town to view the old homes and their Christmas decorations. We viewed the lake from two locations and learned more about Castle Rock. We realized it is not located at the brewery. We observed the beginnings of the mighty Susquehanna River before it flows 464 miles in to the Chesapeake Bay. We noticed that an art gallery in the Library opens at 11:00 so we looped a couple of more streets and returned to warm up and view photo and works of local artist. We walked through the main drag before returning to the Hawkeye Grill for another great meal.

Holey Boulders and Watch Hill

Posted by kathy miles on December 6, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Event # 1114

December 2, 2017

One canine and nine human Alpiners gathered at the Watch Hill trailhead in Indian Lake. The group first set foot to the Snowy Mountain boulder field (also known as the Holy Boulders) following an informal path covered in a dusting of snow over crunchy leaves through open woods. The massive glacial erratics came into view at one mile. Everyone enjoyed exploring the unique boulders and took advantage of many fun photo opportunities. We then returned to the parking area where we proceeded to climb Watch Hill. It was a mild, windless December day so the group was able to take in the views of Snowy Mountain peaking through the clouds, the Griffin Brook Slide and portions of Indian Lake from the open ridge of Watch Hill at .7 miles. Snacks and spirits along with lively conversation where shared before trekking back down to the parking area. The group covered 4.2 miles in two short hikes. A post hike lunch stop was made at Logan's in Spectulator.

Sleeping Lion hike

Posted by kathy miles on November 20, 2017 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)



14 members and one pup attending

We were fortunate to have a cool sunny day sandwiched between

two dreary days for our hike. We eventually assembled from several

meeting points at one of the trailheads (except for three members

through no fault of their own).

Sleeping Lion is a relatively easy hike through nicely maintained mature

forest. The trail does undulate but is by no means difficult. On descent the

lake can be seen through the trees.When we arrived at the trailhead we were

greeted by Kathy,Linda and Jan…..a happy meetup. We decided to extend the

hike a bit down a small loop along the lake. Max enjoyed a refreshing swim.

Our day ended with a delicious lunch at the newly redecorated Hawkeye

Grill. The overall distance was 4 miles.

Hadley Mt. hike

Posted by kathy miles on November 6, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Saturday October 28,2017

Event 1112

It was a beautiful Fall morning and the parking area at the base of the mountain was already full. A dozen Alpiners signed in and headed to the summit. Hadley has the challenge of an immediate ascent over bedrock and loose boulders and now leaves have been added.The trail ,however, is beautifully maintained and just requires a bit of caution. Although the group set out at a variety of paces we all convened at the summit In time for lunch. It was quite windy but none-the-less enjoyable. We decided to leave the “Animal Park” for our next visit and after checking up on maintenance that was being done on the forester’s cabin we all headed down. Hadley has a very strong presence of organized care through the Cornell Extension Service out of Ballston Spa. They have a tremendous brochure at the sign-in kiosk and have added numbered spots along the trail with points of interest. Well done! When we got to the base, we checked the register and tallied the total hikers at that point in the day as over 100 signed in.

Camp Sagamore Trails

Posted by kathy miles on October 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday October 26, 2017 Shorty?????

What a perfect fall day! Twelve Alpiners started our hike around Sagamore Lake on the east side of the camp. The trail was beautiful with easy climbs and views of the lake. Halfway around the lake we found a monument for John Hoy. Marie started an idea to figure out who he might be!

When we approached the Slope trail all were interested in the side trip to the power house designed by Thomas Edison in 1911 to provide lights to the Sagamore Great Camp.

After exploring the power house we hiked the trail along the Sagamore Outlet to the parking area. Six plus miles.

Starving we headed to the Raquette Lake Hotel & Tap Room. We were treated to great food and drink by a great bartender and cooking staff. Marie googled John Hoy. She discovered that he was killed in a carriage accident and a Vanderbilt child was seriously injured

Learned that the road to Sagamore is plowed in the winter and might be great for a ski or snowshoe outing.


Shorty Stockade district of Schnectady

Posted by kathy miles on September 30, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Ten of us walked through the Schenectady stockade historic area, America's oldest historic neighborhood, on Wednesday. While there were many interesting houses we walked past, we stopped briefly at 22 of the structures to learn a little about them and look at them a little more closely. We saw homes of early governors and tradesmen, including one from the 1600's, and saw and entered two churches, one from the early 1700's. We also saw the early courthouse with its massive columns, a restaurant originally a bank and another church.

Nine of us then had lunch at the Glenville Queen before heading off our separate ways.


Extra hike-Waters Mill Pond-hike

Posted by kathy miles on August 8, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

With short notice 6 of us were available to get out to for a short local hike this day. Our route started from Potter’s Homestead. The trail starts on private property. The owner welcomes hikers. After a very short distance we were on state land. The trail is fairly level with few wet areas. We snooped around at the pond and found an old foundation with some artifacts (old trash). We crossed the outlet, some of us by rock hopping, some by walking across the beaver dam. From our turn-around point on the other shore, looking across the pond we saw a doe and fawn. Our other finds of the day were; some soft pieces of egg shell that we suspected were from turtle eggs, bee balm, bottle gentian, Indian pipe and a blue heron taking flight. It was a rewarding Sunday romp.

Tirrell Pond hike

Posted by kathy miles on July 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Tirrell Pond Hike

July 16, 2017

12 human members and one canine member attending

After spotting a car at the Lake Durant/NPT trailhead, we parked at the Blue Mtn parking area. This year's precipitation made for a wet, washed out trail, but we made our way to the pond in high spirits. At the pond, we were greeted by a loon and a beautiful sandy beach. Many of us enjoyed a refreshing swim in the pond. The trail improved after we left the pond. Some went to visit the second lean-to at the other end of the pond, while others decided to keep going on the trail. We met up at the parking area & enjoyed fresh Amish pineapple and a sour cherry dessert made by Kathy. Another beautiful day in the woods!

Shorty Wild Center

Posted by kathy miles on July 14, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Our group of 13 had a beautiful day for our Wild Center Adventure. We arrived around 11:00. We found a nice picnic area. Once nourished, we were off!


The center is divided half indoors and half outside. We divided into small groups and headed in different directions to enjoy the day.

Outside we explored The Wild Walk, the spider web and the eagles nest! We could see Whiteface Mountain in the distance. The summit was in the clouds, still breathtaking. Many exhibits were interactive making it fun.


There were a few trails down to the Raquette River bringing us to Oxbow Overlook with an uphill climb on the way out. I was proud of my Alpiners, they marched right up that hill passing people half their age. We then walked around a lovely pond to the new iForest. An immersive sound experience created by composer Pete M. Wyer. It was created specifically for this forested area of The Wild Center.


Inside the main building, called The Great Wolf Hall, we were able to view many exhibits featuring wildflowers and wildlife that we see hiking. There was also theater presentations on The Adirondacks from land and air. Many photographed and produced by photographer Carl Heilman, just beautiful. I only wished it was twice as long.

Now tired and hungry, well mostly hungry, we headed home stopping at The Adirondack Hotel for dinner. We enjoyed visiting and eating while overlooking part of Long Lake. Great way to end our adventure to The Wild Center.

Tassell Hill hike

Posted by kathy miles on June 27, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Trip Report – Tassell Hill Hike

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Event #1103

9 Alpiners and 2 guests attending

Following some hot and humid weather earlier in the week, we were greeted with a much cooler morning, with the threat of some rain showers later in the day. The coolness made for a perfect day for a hike, and the sun was shining brightly on us through some puffy white clouds.

We started off from a parking area on White Street (which is really just a gravel town road where we were), and walked down the road, to where one of the mountain biking trails headed off uphill. The first ascent was a moderate grade, enough to get our blood flowing and muscles stretched out. After that, the rest of the trail was a fairly easy “walk in the woods”.

The Cardinals, Robins and Wood Thrushes sang to us and we meandered up and down switchbacks on the trail, passing by remnants of old foundation sites and crossing an old town road. We had a few Mushroom hunters in our group, and the area did not disappoint for any lack of fungi! We paused quite a few times to admire the mycological wonders.

We passed over the first, unmarked summit of Tassell Hill (there are two summits), and then finally reached the more well-known open summit. The area had once been home to a communications tower, which is long gone, and now an open grassy area, with some spotty apple trees, and vernal pools. The view wasn’t the greatest from the top due to trees having grown up over the years, but still, we had reached the highest point in Oneida County!

We ventured back into the woods after some group photos and some yummy treats from Marilyn, and then sat down to a communion of chocolate covered strawberries and Bailey’s Irish Cream. After our short respite, we started off again, heading down a different mountain biking trail on the way back. This time there were slabs of bedrock strewn here and there along the path, which were cool to check out.

With all the switchbacks on the way down, we decided to cheat, and cut across many of them (they are more geared towards the mountain bikers). This pleased Lucy greatly! We also decided to take a slight detour, off-trail, to a beaver pond that we spotted in the woods. That turned out to be a real treat. The beaver dam was an impressive one for its height, about 5 or 6 feet tall. Pooniel spotted a large turtle that descended into the depths as we approached the pond. Just a very neat and peaceful area.

We then headed out the rest of the way, dodging one mountain biker on the way out. And followed an old town road back to White Street, and our awaiting vehicles. Feeling a bit hungry, we all drove down Route 20 to Bouckville, and then proceeded to chow down on some very yummy Ray’s Brother’s BBQ, sitting outside on a pleasant afternoon. With our post-hike and post-lunch coma coming on, we all said our good-byes and parted ways, satisfied that we achieved our goal of a most pleasant way to spend a Sunday.