What we're about

Welcome to Hiking Mates, the most popular meetup.com group in the Capital Region!

We're a low-key, high spirited group whose core members strive to create the most enjoyable outdoor events on this part of the planet. Our destinations and schedules are varied to meet peoples' goals and concerns -- and the fun out on the trail is just plain phenomenal.

The essential way to get the value of this group is to come out and share the trail with others -- all you need is an upbeat approach and a sense of camaraderie -- and leave your worries and cares behind. Hiking Mates a very inclusive and welcoming group -- you'll have a lot of fun out on the trail with us.

Visit our meetup.com website often and join us on our hiking and social events. If you are interested in being an organizer of an event, a hike leader, or just have an idea; please let me know.

Use the following adventure scale rating to see what adventures are right for you!

Distance Leader's Pace Terrain

A+=13 Miles or More 1=Fast A=Very Difficult

A=8 to 12 Miles 2=Moderate B=Strenuous

B=5 to 8 Miles 3=Slow C=Average

C=Under 5 Miles D=Easy

SOCIAL: Social event only... not a hiking activity.

Example Rating
A+1A (13+ Miles, Fast Pace, Very Difficult Terrain)
B2C (5-8 Miles, Moderate Pace, Average Terrain)

Upcoming events (4+)

Fall Foliage Hike in Thatcher Park to High Point Overlook

Thacher Park North Section

We'll hike approximately 3 miles on marked trails with some rocky areas, and possibly some some mud and slippery areas due to wet leaves. Beginners are welcome! There is not much elevation change, and nothing steep. Hiking boots are recommended. We'll enjoy the leaves and a wonderful view of Altamont and beyond from High Point Overlook. Meet at The Quarry on Carrick Road, off of Old Stage Road in Thacher's north section.

Please be sure to dress for the weather, and remember that it is often 10* cooler up there than in Albany. There are no bathroom facilities in this part of the park, so come pre-pooped- I mean pre-pared.

You'll be glad to know there are no Park usage fees charged in the north section. The fee in the rest of the Park is suspended from Nov 1st until May 1st.

For those who'd like to, we'll go for pizza or ice cream down in Altamont afterward.

Please remember you are responsible for yourself and are hiking at your own risk.

To get to The Quarry/ Carrick Rd from Albany, come up Rt 85 to Rt 157 as you normally would to go to Thacher Park. Take Rt 157 thru the Park, and past the new Visitor Center. Turn RIGHT on Ketcham Road to the end, where it again meets Rt 157. Turn RIGHT. Where Rt 157 bends to the left (~ 1/2 mile) you want to BEAR RIGHT onto Old Stage Road for about 7/10 mile. You'll go past Whipple Road. Just after the large, light brick, gated estate home, turn right onto Carrick Road. At the barricade, go left to the parking area.

(If you Google Carrick Road, Knox, NY you'll want to be heading for the “Thatcher Park Rock Formation”.) You can click on the attached map and zoom out slightly to see Old Stage Road and Rt 157.

Alternate directions:
Take Route 146 to Altamont. Squiggle up the mountain on Rt 156. Turn LEFT onto Old Stage Road (after Lewis Rd). Go up the steep hill that turns right then left. Go past the Long Path parking area. Turn left onto Carrick Road at the Fossil Stone Estate wall.


Cat Mountain Edgecomb Pond Trailhead


The goal of this hike is to photograph the sunset and the rising (near) full moon from Cat Mountain in Bolton Landing, NY. On October 18th - moonrise will be around 6:00 and Sunset will be a little after 6:00.

We will start up Cat Mountain at 2:30PM. We want to be on the summit no later than 5:00. There are two routes to the summit - one shorter and steeper and the other longer but more gradual. We can decide as a group which route to take when we get there. We will be taking the more gradual route down in the dark. The total elevation gain is approximately 1500 feet and the one-way distance is 2.3 miles. Participants in this event should be hiking regularly, in good shape and ready for a mountain climb. Participants should also have the gear and clothing to be comfortable on the summit. We will be spending a considerable amount of time out in the open. Temperatures can get very chilly in the Adirondacks in mid-October - especially on exposed summits and as night falls. You should dress in layers and have warm clothing such as a coat(s), hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

The descent will be in the dark so have a headlamp - a second headlamp or backup light source other than your phone is strongly advised. The group needs to stick together on both the ascent and descent. There are some trail junctions and it is easy to take a wrong turn - especially in the dark. We should be back at the cars before 9PM.

Everyone on this hike is responsible for their own safety and should be experienced hikers.

This event is very weather-dependent. If conditions are not favorable to see the sunset and moonrise this event will be cancelled.

Disclaimer…the photo in this post is not mine - stolen shamelessly from the internet 😄

Feel free to ask any questions or make comments. I’m looking forward to some great moon shots and a fun hike.


Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve


VISCHER FERRY NATURE PRESERVE MEET AT 645pm, HIKE Starts 700pm. Trailhead located on Riverview Rd , Clifton Park at Van Vranken
Rd. Intersection

Ok for beginners if you do not mind hiking after dark and are capable of walking 3-4 miles.

The location map for trailhead depicted here is accurate. Wear appropriate hiking gear and boots. Bring water, snacks. No dogs please. Also bring flashlight /headlamp. All attendees should be aware of Meetup Terms of Service/Policies.You are responsible for yourself and are hiking at your own risk. Rain postpones.My cell[masked] if needed.

I would ask organizers or more experienced hikers attending to be available to sweep/assist if needed. Thank you.

Giant Mt - Keene Valley NY/Adk HighPeak A2B

Giant Mountain/Ridge Trailhead


Plan to social distance and be courteous to other hikers.

NOTE: Please bring traction devices

Giant Mt is the 12th highest peak in the state at 4627'. We will utilize the Ridge trail from Rte 73. This is a steep 3 mile trail (one way) to the summit with 3050' elevation gain. Excellent high peak views along the way and from the summit. This is a strenuous hike and you must be doing regular aerobic exercise and be in excellent physical condition to participate. Dress for the weather in non cotton clothes and wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring microspikes,lunch, water, snacks.No dogs please. We can stop in Schroon Lake for food after for those interested. All persons participating should read and be aware of Meetup Policies and Terms of Service. You are responsible for yourself and are hiking at your own risk. Rain postpones the outing. My cell[masked] if needed.

I will be meeting everyone at the Giant Mt trailhead (Ridge Trail) at 645am for parking.Hike will start 700am.The location map depicted here is accurate. If leaving from Clifton Park Exit 9 P and R plan to leave there by 500am.

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