Join us for a full moon hike / snowshoe (if there is still snow) beginning at the Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We will be hiking the trail that circles the Discovery Center, Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens East). We will be walking clockwise following the yellow trail. *** Pinebush has reconfigured their trails and the trail length has been increased to 2.7 miles**
This hike will last approximately 3 hours and is easy, but once we start there are no escape routes.
Here is a little history of the Pinebush: The Albany Pine Bush is known as an inland pine barrens ecosystem. One of the largest of only about 20 other inland pine barrens worldwide, the Albany Pine Bush is globally rare. It was formed toward the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 - 15,000 years ago. At this time a large glacial lake stretched from present day Glens Falls, NY to Newburgh, NY. Over time, the water drained leaving behind the sandy deposits of the lake floor. These sandy soils now support the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. Less than 20% of the original Albany Pine Bush ecosystem still survives today.
Appropriate hiking/ snowshoeing 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 (layers and no cotton)
- wear appropriate hiking / snowshoeing footwear
- microspikes are recommended for this shoulder season... may be ice
- snowshoes if we have snow
- headlamp or flashlight
- please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as rain gear and day pack
Directions to the Discovery Center:
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. Turn left into 195 New Karner Road. Trailhead #1 (Karner Barrens East) is located at the rear of the Discovery Center parking lot at 195 New Karner Road.