20 Madison Avenue Extension, Albany, NY
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)
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.