Hike-a-thon

 

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**Online registration is now closed. If you would like to join a hike please inquire at the Hike-a-thon information table at Indian Ladder Farms on Sunday, July 17. Hikes depart at 1pm. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Summer Festival for $20.

For the second annual Summer Hike-a-thon there will be six different hikes from which to choose, including one that is wheelchair accessible. The hikes showcase some of MHLC’s protected lands throughout Albany County. We hope that frequent visitors to these trails will attend to learn even more about their favorite spots, and that those visiting the areas for the first time will return again to these wilderness jewels in their backyard.

All hikes are free, but donations are welcome. The hikes will be led by guides well versed in the history, flora and fauna of each trail.

General Registration
Registration is open until Wednesday, July 12th.  Hike-a-thon t-shirts are available for purchase for $20 each with registration.*

*While supplies last.

Shirts will be provided at check-in on July 17 and payment (cash or check) is due at that time.  If you are not able to participate you may pick up your shirt(s) at MHLC’s office at 425 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, after July 17.

Where to meet:  Hike check-in on Sunday, July 17– for all hikes except the wheelchair accessible hike– will take place from 12:30 pm to 1 pm at Indian Ladder Farms at the check-in booth located in front of the café at 342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY 12009.   At that time, participants will receive their t-shirts/gift bags and will carpool to their hike locations. 

What to bring:  Waterproof hiking boots, sunscreen, bug spray, and water are recommended. 

Questions?  Contact lea@mohawkhudson.org

 

 

Available Hikes and Topics

IMG_1572 copy1. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail ♿ | Botany and Railroad History | Bethlehem

This flat, easy, wheelchair accessible course is on the newly paved railroad bed of the original Delaware and Hudson line that brought travelers into Albany. It will be an out and back trip and will explore the botany and history of the trail guided by retired science teacher and Friends of the Rail Trail volunteer, Miles Garfinkel.  Check-in at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue at 1 pm to receive your t-shirt/gift bag. 

Starting point: Adams Street and Hudson Avenue, Delmar, heading westbound.

Distance: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

 

nice bennett hill copy2. BACK BY DEMAND: Bennett Hill Preserve | History | Clarksville

One of the most popular preserves in the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, this hike is a moderately challenging one with mostly steep hills. Clarksville Town Historian, Joseph Hogan, will speak about the history of this trail that offers views of the Helderbergs from its summit and beautiful wildflowers along the trail.  Trekking poles and hiking boots recommended.

Starting point: Bennett Hill Road, Clarksville.

Distance: 2.77 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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MWK_3714 copy3. Craven Easement | Waterfalls and Wildflowers | New Scotland  SOLD OUT-

A family-friendly off-trail hike on one of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s recently acquired easements, the Margaret Craven Snowden property, adjacent to the Heldeberg Workshop in the Town of New Scotland. This exclusive hike on private property will explore the beauty of the Conservancy’s Helderberg Conservation Corridor.  Enjoy a waterfall, wildflowers and unique, scenic views of the Helderberg Escarpment from below.  Hikers will encounter an active beaver pond and there may be sightings of red efts or other amphibians.  Waterproof hiking boots or galoshes and long pants are recommended.

Starting point: Martin Road Extension in the Town of New Scotland

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

 

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This self-guided hike is great for children of all ages!  Pick up your Bozen Kill Treasure Map at the Indian Ladder Farms hike check-in table and head off to explore the Conservancy’s Bozen Kill Preserve at your own pace. From 1 pm to 2:30 pm interact with Preserve Docents who will impart preserve “treasures” to you while you complete the activities listed on your treasure map.  Complete the map and return to the farm to receive your prize.

Starting point: Westfall Road, Altamont

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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ILF apple bins copyWEB5. Indian Ladder Farms |  History Tour | Altamont

Explore the origins of Indian Ladder Farms with local historian and author Timothy J. Albright.   Founded in 1916 by Peter G. Ten Eyck, the grandfather of the current owner, Indian Ladder Farms began with the purchase of the Andrew Smith farm; this original farm house is located at the far end of the current parking lot. The original Smith barns across the street from Indian Ladder Farms have since been converted to a house.  Over the years, as the farm began to grow, additional adjoining farms were purchased and the land was united to create Indian Ladder Farms.  This tour will educate participants on the fascinating history of the farm while exploring many of the farm’s original buildings and features.

Starting point: Hike check-in table at Indian Ladder Farms

Distance: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Explore the operations of Indian Ladder Farms with owner Peter Ten Eyck.   One of only two surviving fruit farms in Albany County, the farm, 250 acres in size, is composed of Chenango gravely silt loam, and is considered prime farmland according to the USDA’s Soil Survey of Albany County, New York.  The farm produces over 30 varieties of apples, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins, corn squash, sunflowers, assorted vegetables, and hay.  This tour will educate participants on the fascinating agricultural history of the farm while exploring the farm’s day-to-day operations. Participants will walk through the orchard of Indian Ladder Farms and learn the growing practices and challenges that face modern fruit growers. See the evolution of orchard design and gain insights into the issues of soil, weather, insects and disease that have to be mitigated in some way to be able to meeting the quality expected by the consumer.

Starting point: Hike check-in table at Indian Ladder Farms

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

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