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Full Moon Hike at the Pinebush

  • Albany Pinebush Trailhead

    20 Madison Avenue Extension, Albany, NY (map)

    42.715069 -73.877281

  • Dress in your favorite Halloween costume for this full moon hike.... are you going to be a ghoulie ghost.... batty bat.... glowing skeleton.... or even an M&M??   Costume contest at the end of the hike, prize for the best costume!   

    The Albany Pine Bush is a unique inland pine barrens environment. This sandy area is home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The trails are mostly flat with only a few small hills - making it ideal for easy hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

    We will be leaving from Trailhead #7 at the end of Madison Avenue Ext., NOT the Discovery Center.  The hike will be 3 + miles round trip with an elevation gain of 100 feet.  This is an easy hike and will take approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours with the blue trail included. 

    This hike is a big loop following the Yellow, white, red, white, yellow with an option to complete the blue trail as well.

    Appropriate hiking footwear is recommended.

    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 rain or shine 
    • headlamps or flashlight
    • wear appropriate hiking footwear
    • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as rain gear, day pack and bug repellant

    We will be meeting at Trailhead # 7.

    Directions to the trailhead area: At the intersection of NY Rte 155 and Washington Avenue Extension will be a blue water tank.  Turn at the water tank onto Madison Avenue Ext. Follow this road to the end. 

    From I-90: Take I-90 East or West to I-87 (Northway) North, follow directions for I-87.

    From I-87 North or South: Take I-87 to exit 2W (Route 5 West).  Travel west approximately 2 miles and turn left at light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road).  Travel approximately 1 mile to a second light. Trailhead #7 (Madison Ave. Pinelands) is another 0.25 mile at the third light where you turn right to the end of Madison Avenue Extension.

    If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. 


    ***NOTICE*** If your plans change please change your rsvp in advance to give someone from the waiting list a fair chance to attend the event. Please be considerate in regards to your attendance and rsvp's.

    Thank you!

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  • Sharon

    I canceled my hike there tonight...not sure where you live, Kate, but it is VERY, VERY windy East of Albany!!! Limbs falling already! Too much for my whimpy careful.

    October 29, 2012

  • Kate

    Although as of now, 2:30pm, we have barely any wind, and no rain here in Albany, we are going to play it safe and cancel this hike tonight!! Dorothy and I were both really looking forward to it so we will try and reschedule this one. I hope everyone is safe at home through the storm and we look forward to our next adventure. Take care!

    October 29, 2012

  • Lisa

    Hi Dorothy + Kate,
    I'm sorry... I thought this was going to be cancelled ... so I didn't even check on it. Anyway, under the circumstances, with the weather, I won't be making it tonight. If you go... be careful!!

    October 29, 2012

  • Kate

    Hi folks! As of right now we are still planning to go on this hike. We hope you still plan on joining us. To quote an unknown outdoorsman: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear." So please, dress appropriately! Wear warm layers, and waterproof shoes and outerwear. This hike is easy and you will be in good hands with Dorothy and myself, we promise an outdoor adventure tomorrow evening!! We will reassess the weather tomorrow by early afternoon, and let you know of any changes, but otherwise we hope to see you out there!!

    October 28, 2012

  • Sharon

    Hey Dorothy AND KATE! I will be in the Pine Bush as well with some ghoulie buds haunting you! I'll try to buzz by real quick at your trailhead...otherwise we will most likely cross paths. I'll leave you bread crumbs to a private geocache....hoo hoo.

    October 21, 2012


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