Snowshoe or Hike Schodack Island State Park (Rescheduled from 2/9)

Rescheduled from February 9...   We will be hiking / snowshoeing or even cross country skiing the entire perimeter trail of Schodack Island State Park which is a total of about 5 miles.  Conditions will dictate what we do.  The trail is flat with very little incline.  There is a connector trail that leads down to the Schodack Creek Observation Point   Bring your binoculars and if you would like to bring a lunch we can stop there to eat and bird watch.  There is a picnic table at the point.   There are many small birds that inhabit the area. 

Schodack Island State Park sits off the eastern shore of the Hudson River just south of Albany. Approximately seven miles of Hudson River and Schodack Creek shoreline bound the 1,052-acre site. A day-use facility, the park has been designated a State Estuary, and a portion of the park shelters a Bird Conservation Area (BCA) that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities.

If there is snow... bring your snowshoes or cross country skiis.  Depending on the snow cover microspikes will work also. 

 Link to the trail map:

http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/SchodackIslandSchodackIslandWinterMap.pdf

Link for directions:

http://nysparks.com/parks/146/getting-there.aspx

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

  • please be dressed for the weather, we will go snow or shine
  • Dress in layers
  • wear appropriate hiking/snowshoeing footwear
  • microspikes are recommended if there is no snow but frozen ground.... there will be places that are icy
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen (yes, even in the winter), rain gear, day pack.
  • camera and/or binoculars if you have them

We will meet in the bus and trailer parking section of the day use area.  There are restrooms in this area.

Please be considerate of your fellow outing members, please change you RSVP to No if your plans change to allow others to attend.

If you need to contact us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee!

I hope you can join us for this outing.

 

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  • Doug M.

    Nice mellow hike with some friendly folks on a beautiful winter day. The animal tracking was fun. I'm looking forward to the next LL Bean trip in this area.

    February 18, 2013

  • Marisol

    great hike thank you dorothy and karen.

    1 · February 16, 2013

    • Karen

      Thank you Marisol, it was good to hike with you again!

      February 16, 2013

  • Rachel

    Very nice easy hike.

    February 16, 2013

  • Eva P.

    Oh No!! I haven't been on my computer since yesterday afternoon! I recelved the notification I was confirmed for the meetup yesterday evening. I didn't know I made it off the waiting list. It's now 10:30 AM and I'm too late!!

    February 16, 2013

    • Rose B.

      We missed you! Great day for a hike!

      February 16, 2013

  • Rose B.

    Wonderful Hike!

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Richard K.

    Nice hike beautiful day

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Barbara

    I can't make it. thanks

    February 16, 2013

  • Barbara

    Sorry I can't make this one. I already made plans. But thanks so much

    February 16, 2013

  • Bob R.

    Figures - no heel pain this morning! Oh well, I learned of a new place to hike. I am looking forward to checking it out on a Saturday in May when the spring flowers should be blooming! Bring my kayak to paddle after hiking.

    February 16, 2013

  • Heidi

    Snowshoes or Microspikes needed for hike?

    February 15, 2013

    • Karen

      Sorry guys but the gate was closed when I got there so couldn't go in and eyeball it for real. But the surrounding area had very little snow so i would say shoeing is out. It was quite warm today w/ bright sun and the temps are suppose to drop overnight so I think ice and frozen slush is a real probability. If you have spikes no harm in bringing them! :) See everyone tomorrow!

      1 · February 15, 2013

    • Rose B.

      Thank you Karen!

      February 16, 2013

  • Maggie

    Good morning. Something is wrong with my knee, having trouble walking. Was looking so forward to this. Have a good hike.

    February 16, 2013

  • Bob R.

    sorry this is so late - went out to dinner and then a movie - my heel pain came back when I was leaving the movie, so I am canceling for tomorrow

    February 15, 2013

  • Rose B.

    Goody~ I made it!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I will check back to see what you thing the conditions will be.

    February 15, 2013

  • Di

    still a maybe but unlikely I will be up early enough to get there on time. Going to be a late night.

    February 15, 2013

  • Sharon

    I might stop by since it is in my backyard.

    February 14, 2013

  • Karen and Bill T.

    did this hike last sunday...very nice shoe...something came up and can't attend sat...

    February 13, 2013

  • Maggie

    Looking forward to it

    February 8, 2013

  • Rebecca S.

    this is the third time I have said this....hope its understood that Wil and I are coming. Thank you.

    February 8, 2013

  • Bob R.

    hope some of the snow stays around

    February 8, 2013

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