Want to join one of our hikes on the outing schedule? If you are not a member of the Onondaga Chapter and would like to join us, e-mail the Outing’s Chair Lisa Druke at ldruke@twcny.rr.com.  Guests are welcome to join for 1 or 2 outings to see what we are all about – please contact us!


Note: DeLorme reference is copyright 2011 or later.

Walking Wednesday

Every Wednesday

Meeting Place: DeWitt Park and Ride [in front of Hobby Lobby]

Rating: (E-M)

Leaders: Mary Niemi 446-6725 and Sigi Schwinge 437-6906 sigischwinge@aol.com

Every Wednesday some of our members take a hike of 3-6 miles on one of the many trails in CNY (including the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail!).  The first Wednesday of each month during Spring, Summer and Fall is usually devoted to trail maintenance. The Wednesday hikers welcome new participants. Carpooling is the norm. Please bring lunch and sufficient water. Please call or email the leaders if you have Wednesday free and would like to hike.



 8140 Highland Forest Loops

Mon. Oct. 2                           

Rating/Distance:   (M) 4-5 miles

R/T Drive:   40 miles

Map: FLT O1

Leader: Sigi Schwinge, 315-437-6906, sigischwinge@aol.comWeather will determine which route we’ll take, so please contact Sigi by Sunday.  Bring water and lunch. Monday hikers walk most Mondays.  Please contact Sigi to be added to the email list (not an ADK group) of Monday hikers.


8141 Cascade Lake Hike

Sat. Oct 7                             

Rating/Distance: (M) (A)   6 miles

R/T Drive: 200 miles

Map: DeLorme 36/ADK West Central Guide

Leader: Sigi Schwinge 315-437-6906, sigischwinge@aol.com

We’ll walk around the lake and admire the beautiful Fall colors and new bog bridges, have lunch at the waterfall and may dip our legs into the water.

Optional:  afterwards we can walk the short distance from the road to Moss Lake and even walk the 4 miles around it.


8142 Black River Paddle

Sat. Oct 7                               

Rating/Distance:  (M) 5-6 miles

R/T Drive:   110 miles

Map:  DeLorme 49

Leader: Jon Bowen 315-638-8749 jkbowen@gmail.com

We’ll paddle from the end of Kayuta Lake upstream as far as we can to Crandall Falls area, have lunch and return.


8143 Mount Adams Fire Tower

Sun.   Oct 8                           

Rating/Distance: (M) (A) 4.8 miles

R/T Drive: 362 miles

Map: DeLorme 30, Natl Geo #744

Leader: Lisa Druke 637-6499 ldruke@twcny.rr.com

The hike will start from the Upper Works parking lot north of Newcomb.  The climb up Mount Adams (elev. 3520’) gets steep near the top (ascent 1800’), but has one of the most rewarding views surrounded by the high peaks.   Fall colors should be spectacular this time of year.  If interested, please contact the leader for more info.


8144 Cazenovia Gorge Trail Hike- NCT100

Sun.   Oct 8                           

Rating/Distance: (E) 4 miles

R/T Drive: 2 miles

Map: Link Trail Map – DeLorme 62

Leader:  Gail Swinburne, 315 532-0829, gsuanswinburne@gmail.com

We will walk on the Gorge Trail – the former LVRR that parallels Chittenango Creek.  Bring water and a snack.


8145 YM Fall Hike at Bear Swamp State Forest

Mon. Oct. 9                                       

Rating/Distance: (M) 7 Miles

R/T Drive 33 Miles

Map:   DeLorme 60

Leader: Michael Burkett 315-263-2268 mbb4759@rit.edu

If you are one of the lucky ones that get the holiday off let’s take advantage of it by taking a morning hike. We will hike the trails at Bear Swamp State Forest for some fall color hiking.  We will stop at a scenic overlook for a break and leaf viewing.


8146 Tobbie Bike Path in Old Forge Walk

Mon. Oct. 9                                   

Rating/Distance: (M) (A) 4-5 miles

R/T Drive: 150 miles

Maps: DeLorme 486

Leader: Jerry Smith, smithjpaul@hotmail.com

Let’s walk the TOBIE bike path from Thendara’s RR Station to Old Forge Pond/Beach. Next we will carpool (spotted car) from the beach to McCauley Mt. where we will hike the easy ski trail to the summit.  (Option-chairlift at a fair fare)  Bring a lunch to enjoy from the observation platform at the summit.  We will then carpool back to Thendara.


8147 Moxham Mountain

Thur.   Oct 12                       

Rating/Distance: (S) (A) 5 miles (1400 ft. ascent)

R/T Drive: 300 miles

Map: DeLorme 38, Natl Geo#744

Leader Dick Frio 315 679-0622, richardfriood@ hotmail .com

This new trail ascends and follows a ridge, drops into a small col, then follows a ridge up to a cliffy summit.  The summit offers impressive views of Gore, Snowy and Blue Ridge Mountain. Be prepared for weather. Bring water, snacks and lunch.


8148 FLT Maintenance Hike

Sat. Oct. 14                            

Rating/Distance: (E) Less than 4 miles

R/T Drive: less than 100 miles

Map: Depends on location

Leader: Tony Rodriguez (315) 446-3586 boricua1037@verizon.net

We will be doing maintenance on a portion of the Finger Lakes/North Country Trail for which our Chapter has responsibility. Please attend and support this important activity.  No special skills are required, just a genuine desire to ensure that trails are kept clear and marked for all hikers to enjoy.  Bring a pair of work gloves, a lunch, water, and wear appropriate clothing.  The Chapter furnishes all necessary tools. Outing will be canceled in case of severely adverse weather conditions.


8149  Seneca Canal Sculpture Trail

Sun. Oct. 15                          

Distance: (M) 5-6 miles

R/T Drive: 80 miles

Map: Delorme 59

Leaders: Peg Whaley 315 633 0154

We’ll walk the canal trail in Seneca Falls and enjoy peak fall colors. Level 5 – 6 mile hike.  Bring lunch and water.   Inclement weather cancels.


8150 Doggy Hike @ Clark Reservation

Thur. Oct. 19                       

Rating/Distance:  (M) 4-5 miles

Leader: John Lang johnnylang49@gmail.com

Map: DeLorme 61

Dogs must be on a leash and well behaved with other dogs and humans.   Rain cancels.  Contact leader ahead of time.


8151   Charleston Lake Provincial Park Hike

Sat. Oct. 21                           

Rating/Distance: (S)   9 miles

R/T Drive: 200 miles

Map: Eastern Ontario

Leader: Kathy Disque 315-656 3383, kathydisque@yahoo.com

Must have proper ID for customs

Join me for a hike at one of my favorite places in Eastern Ontario. Charleston Lake Provincial Park, with its rocky shoreline and many islands, looks very much like the lakes of Northern Ontario.  We will hike the west-side trails which take us along a beautiful bay with many scenic lookouts.  The trail will cross a unique floating bridge before looping back past a lovely beach.  This area has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its unique geology.  Participants must have a passport or other proper ID to enter Canada.   Call or email to reserve.


8152 Pratts Fall Hike

Sun. Oct 22                           

Rating/Distance: (M) 4 miles

Map: DeLorme 61

Leader:   Missy Ethridge 315-558-0765)

Let’s walk the trails of this county park.  Bring snacks and water.


8153   Whetstone Gulf Hike

Sat. Oct 28                             

Rating/Distance: (M) 4.5 miles

Meeting Place: Thruway Exit 34A

R/T Drive: 145 miles

Map: DeLorme 34, Whetstone Gulf State Park

Leader:  Jon Bowen 315-638-8749,


We will hike around the rim of this 400 ft. deep, 3 mile long gorge on a trail with occasionally steep pitches and outstanding views.


8154 Onondaga Lake Park

Sat. Oct. 28                          

Rating/Distance: (E) 3 miles

Map: Onondaga Lake Park

Leader: ldruke@twcny.rr.com

We will walk along the lake at an easy pace. Must call 2 days prior, inclement weather cancels.


8155 YM Pre-Halloween Trick or Treat Night Hike Camillus Unique Area

Sun. Oct 29                                                   

Rating /Distance: (E) / 3-4 Miles

Leader: Michael Burkett 315-263-2268 mbb4759@rit.edu

For Halloween it will be approaching full moon but not quite there yet. Let’s take advantage by having a night hike in the spooky woods.  We will hike past building ruins across open fields and through dark forests.  Come dressed in costume to get your  hiking treats.  We will meet in the parking lot right at sunset and the hike will be about an hour.   Everyone should bring a headlamp/flashlight in case they are needed.


8156 Onondaga Lake Park

Sat. Nov. 4                           

Rating/Distance: (E) 3 miles

Map: Onondaga Lake Park

Leader: ldruke@twcny.rr.com

We will walk along the lake at an easy pace, side of park to be determined. Must call 2 days prior, inclement weather cancels.


8157 Green Lakes State Park Hike

Sun. Nov.  5                                                

Rating /Distance: (M) 5-6 miles

Map: Green Lakes trail map

Leader Dick Frio 315 679-0622, richardfriood@ hotmail.com

We will hike some of the lesser known trails with rolling hills. Bring water, snacks and be prepared for weather.


8158 Fellows Hill Hike

Mon. Nov. 6                          

Rating/Distance: (M)   3.5 miles

R/T Drive: 50 miles

Map:   FLT O-1

Leader(s): Sigi Schwinge, 315-437-6906,


We’ll walk this forest loop near Fabius, pass Spruce Pond and creeks with little waterfalls. Bring water and snack.  Monday hikers walk most Mondays.  To be added to the email list (not an ADK group) please contact Sigi.


8159 Fall Banquet/Membership Meeting

Orchard Vali Golf Club –$20 Reservations required

Sat. Nov. 11

Leader: Pat Zangari 315-677-3394 & Gail Swinburne 315-532-0829

Social hour at 3:00 p.m., followed by our annual membership meeting at 3:30. At 4:00 p.m. Dr. Thomas Welch from ADK-Wilderness Medicine will speak on “Hiking and Health Potpourri” at 5 p.m. we will have a turkey buffet with the trimmings. Directions: from Syracuse take Rt 81 south to Lafayette exit 15, take Rt. 20 west ~5 miles to 4693 Route 20.   Dinner cost $20 per person, pre- payment and reservations are required, make checks payable to ADK-ON and mail to Kathy Disque, 785 Fyler Rd #23, Kirkville, NY 13082. Reservation form on page 1.


8160 Stone Quarry Art Park – NCT100

Sun. Nov. 12                                    

Rating/Distance: (M)  5 miles

R/T Drive: 5 miles

Map: DeLorme 61

Leader: Kathy Disque 315-656-3383

We’ll take a late fall hike on the Link Trail/NCT from Chenango Street to the Art Park and return. This qualifies for the NCT100 miles.


8161 NCT100 Erie Canal Hike

Sat. Nov. 18                              

Rating /Distance (E) 4.5 miles Map: DeLorme 62

Leader: Peg Whaley 315-633-0154 Join me for a nice afternoon walk starting on Canal Street in Canastota (heading east toward Wampsville)


8162 YM Hike Beaver Lake Nature Center

Sun. Nov. 19                         

Rating/Distance: (M)   6 Miles

Map: Beaver Lake NC Trails

Leader: Michael Burkett 315-263-2268 mbb4759@rit.edu

We will enjoy a late fall hike at Beaver Lake. We will hike around the lake on the Lake Loop trail, also stop at the lookout tower on the Bog Trail, and depending on the group interests also Deep Woods, and Three Meadows.  There is a vehicle fee for the park so anyone wishing to meet and carpool into the park to reduce the cost should contact the trip leader Mike Burkett to arrange a meeting place and time.


8163 Thanksgiving Day Hike Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail

Thur. Nov. 23

Rating/Distance:   (M)   4 miles

Map:   DeLorme 60

Leader:   315-424-1284

Enjoy a morning walk before going home to a big dinner.


8164 Hadley Mountain Fire Tower

Sat. Nov. 25                             Rating/Distance: (S) (A)    3.6 miles R/T drive:   300 miles Map: NatGeo 743, Eastern Trails ADK Guide pages 144-146 Leader: Mike Ogden, mogden317@gamil.com, 315-418-0083

Let’s work off some of that turkey with a hike to a fire tower in the Southeastern Adirondacks. There is an elevation gain of 1,525 on this hike. If there is time and interest we may hike Spruce Mountain Fire Tower just to the south. There could be snow, ice or mud. Be ready for anything with boots, snowshoes or microspikes. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Possible dinner stop if we hike Spruce Mt. also.


8165 Highland Forest – in Honor of my friend Hal Boyce

Sat. Nov. 25                            Rating/Distance:  (M) 6 miles

R/T drive:  40 miles

Map:  DeLorme 61

Leaders:  Theresa & Jay Evans


Hal Boyce was a long-time member of our club. He was also a dear friend. We hiked many times at Highland, both on designated trails as well as old roads and/or ski trails. We will replicate a similar hike this date. Dress for changeable conditions. Those who wish to drive to Highland can meet us in front of the Skyline Lodge at approximately 10:45 a.m. Park fee $3 per person.


8166 Green Lakes State Park

Sun. Nov.  26th           

Distance: (M) 4 miles

Map: Delorme 61, Green Lakes SP Map

Leader: Lisa Druke 637-6499 ldruke@twcny.rr.com

Join me for a nice hike on some of the trails at Green Lakes. We plan to hike the trails on the back 40 and do a combination of the loops on the red, blue or green trails.  Dress for the weather.  Bring a snack/water.


8167 YM Social Event – Clinton Square Ice Skating

Tues. Nov 28                         

Leader: Michael Burkett 315-263-2268 mbb4759@rit.edu

The tree and lights are up and the ice rink opens for the season the day after Thanksgiving. We will meet after work for some ice skating.


8168 Clinton Square Ice Skating

Wed. Nov 29             

 Leader: John Lang johnnylang49@gmail.com

Young at Heart Member Event.  Contact leader ahead of time if interested