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Please take care to match your physical condition and abilities to the stated length of the scheduled event you choose. It is each participant's responsibility to provide themselves with appropriate equipment and clothing. The outing coordinator may question participants in order to determine whether they are capable of completing the trip. Please cooperate for your safety and the safety of the group. It is in your best interest to let someone know if you have limiting physical conditions or are taking a medication.
"The superior hiker uses superior judgement to avoid situations requiring superior skill." 


CAUTION! The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation recently approved a logging operation in the vicinity of Potter Mountain Road as part of its commitment to forest management.  Loggers will remove trees infected with the emerald ash borer and other diseased and hazard trees.  The TCT will remain open throughout the operation, but please be careful when approaching a work area:

Stay 500 feet or more away from any active logging operation. 

Be sure the logger sees you as you proceed. 

There is a landing site near the gate, so if you want to park on Potter Mountain Rd you may be able to park farther down the road along the edge. 

            There will be no logging on Sundays and holidays.    


Dues for the 2018 calendar year are due on January 1. If you have not paid yet, please submit your payment of

$10.00 in the form a check made out to the "Taconic Hiking Club" and mail to Mary MacDonald:


Mary MacDonald

27 Woodside Drive

Clifton Park, NY 12065





An opening for Outings Committee Chair is expected in the spring/summer 2018.

At the November 2018 banquet a new President will be elected and there will be an opening vice president and for treasurer.  


The President position is a two-year term and the president cannot serve consecutive terms. The vice president and treasurer also have  two-year terms, but there are no term limits.  Job descriptions for these four positions can be found in the club by-laws available on the Taconic Hiking Club website.  

There is also be a need for a coordinator for the 2020 End-to-End challenge.  If you are interested in this position, it would be good experience to work with the current end-to-end coordinator as we are planning the 2018 endurance event.

Please contact Laura Fiske (
lfiske@nycap.rr.com) for additional information or to express interest in any of these positions.




Saturday, January 6: TCT Winter Outing

Our friends with the Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance are planning a hike/snow shoe outing on the Taconic Crest Trail.

Contact: Michael Jensen at JensenMK@gmail.com

Length: TBD


Monday, January 15:  Hunter Mountain Traverse, Hunter, NY

At 4,040, Hunter is the second highest peak in the Catskills and has a fire tower. Starting from Spruceton Trailhead off County Route 6, we'll start our hike on the Diamond Notch trail and return via the Spruceton Trail. It will be an 8 mike hike with about 2,000 feet of climbing.

Contact: David Pisaneschi at 518-459-5969 or dapadk@gmail.com

Length: 8 miles


Sunday, January 21: Open House at Tony Eldering’s, Altamont, NY

This will be a potluck get together after a hike/snowshoe/ski at a nearby location.  The hike will depart at noon, but please arrive by 11:30 a.m. if you are going to hike so that we can select a hike and be ready to leave by noon.  The choices for the hike are Thacher State Park, Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Tawasentha Park or Western Turnpike Golf Course.  All are 15 minutes away.  Food will be served by 3:00 p.m. Please contact Tony by January 10th with your potluck offering.  This year we will be holding the affair at the clubhouse which is next to the pool and near my unit.  If you have a problem locating the clubhouse, call Tony on his cell phone 518-227-6743. The address is 402 Kelly Circle, Altamont, NY 12009, but it may not show up on your GPS!  Type in 236 Brandle Road, Altamont and you will get here.

Contact: Tony Eldering at tonye11@verizon.net or 518-861-6828

Length: To be determined by group.


Saturday, January 27: 33rd Annual Winter Festival,

Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY

This is a full day of outdoor winter activities, including a X-C skiing trek or snowshoe hike sponsored by the Taconic Hiking Club. The club will also be hosting an information booth at the main building and need several volunteers to help get the word out about the THC and the Taconic Crest Trail.

Contact: R.J. Hydorn at rjhydorn@lycos.com or 518-283-6056 for THC info or GLSP at 518-279-1155 for complete list of the day's events.

Length: Depends on your choice of activity.


Wednesday, January 31: Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY

We will start on the Spruce Bog Trail to Crossover Trail, cross the road to NIMO to link to Long Pond Trail.  We will head northeast (right) to the beach where we will have a car spotted to return us to Mill Pond parking.   Snowshoes or stabilicers/microspikes as appropriate to the weather and snow covering. 

Contact: Sharon Bonk at 518-674-0042 or sboqc@mindspring.com

Length: Approximately 4 miles.




Friday February 2: Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown, MA

Groundhog Day. We've been to Hopkins Forest before and it is a good choice for a winter outing. The 4.5 mile figure eight loop offers fairly moderate cross country skiing or snowshoeing through the woods of Hopkins Forest, managed by the Williams College Center for Environmental studies. The more adventurous could optionally add a 1.5 mile ascent up the Birch Brook Trial to reach the Taconic Crest Trail. That would require good snow conditions and considerable effort.

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

Length: Approximately 4.5 miles (optionally more)


Thursday, February 15: Spring Schedule Activities Are Due

 Let's get a bunch of hikes, bike rides and TCT trail work days on the schedule for when the snow melts and the days get longer and warmer. Some of you are retired and prefer weekdays, but please consider leading weekend outings as well so there are outings for everyone.

Contact:  R.J. Hydorn at rjhydorn@lycos.com or 518-283-6056

Length:  Up to you.


Saturday, February 17: Black Head Range Traverse, Jewett, NY

We'll spot cars at the Barnum and Black Dome Valley Road trail heads. Total distance will be about 8.5 miles with about 2,000 feet of climbing.

Contact: David Pisaneschi at 518-459-5969 or dapadk@gmail.com

Length: 8.5 miles


Wednesday, February 28: Alford Springs Snowshoe/hike, Alford MA

This is a Berkshire Natural Resources Council property just over the NYS line from Austerlitz. Nice views toward Greylock and of Taconics. There are approximately 7 miles of trails.  We will do fewer if snowshoeing.  Snoeshoes or stabilicers/microspikes as appropriate to the weather and snow covering.

Contact: Sharon Bonk at 518-674-0042 or sboqc@mindspring.com

Length: Approximately 4 miles.




Saturday, May 12: 2018 TCT End-to-End, Rensselaer County, NY

If you haven’t already done so, please mark this date on your calendar and volunteer to help put on another great event this year.

Contact: R.J. Hydorn at rjhydorn@lycos.com or 518-283-6056.