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+)

Tongue Mountain Range

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Tongue Mountain Range Rating: A2A

This hike will start from Clay Meadow and climb Fifth Peak initially which is a steady but moderate uphill climb for the first two miles or so. The hike will climb over all 5 peaks on the range and include a bushwack for part of the way. Only very experienced hikers should sign up for this. Please contact the leader to sign up for this and the meeting location will be identified.

From Fifth Peak, to the west we will see the northwest bay of Lake George and many peaks in the southern Adirondacks. The East view looks over Lake George and to Black Mountain and other peaks on the east side of Lake George From Fifth Peak, we will continue along the Tongue Mountain Ridge and make our way to First Peak eventually. From First Peak, we will bushwack our way to the northwest bay trail. The bushwack can be tricky at times since there is no marked trail and it’s not clear what the ice and snow conditions will be like. Experience at bushwacking is a must for this hike. The total round trip distance is 10 miles, with 2400 feet of ascent.

You will need full winter gear for this hike including snowshoes and microspikes. Hiking poles are strongly advised when bushwacking or on icy trails.

You should be doing regular aerobic exercise to participate. Dress in non cotton layers for cold weather and wear hiking boots. Bring microspikes, water, lunch (protected from freezing), snacks, carpool money. All participants should be aware of Hiking Mates Policies and Meetup Terms of Service. You are responsible for yourself and are hiking at your own risk. Rain or snow will postpone this hike.

Rating is A2A:

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

Sanders Preserve, West Glenville

sanders preserve

This hike will have two different distances depending on what individuals want to do. We all will take the 2.5 mile walk to the lean-to and back.
Anyone who wants to make it a longer hike can continue with me and do an additional 2 mile loop. This hike will be either 2.5 miles or 4.5 miles depending on your preference.
Expect the trail to be muddy in spots after recent rainy weather. We will also encounter the normal roots, rocks and some minor elevation. Waterproof footwear with good traction is strongly recommended.

NOTE: This is the last day of deer hunting season so please dress in brighter colors.

DIRECTIONS: From Scotia take Rt 5 West
and turn right on Gower Rd. When you come to the “T” at Sanders Rd turn left and the parking area will be a short distance on the left.

This hike is a beginner+ hike. The 4.5 mile option will be a bit harder. Even though it is a relatively easy hike those participating should be in good condition and be doing regular aerobic exercise. Everyone should be familiar with the Hiking Mates policy and take responsibility for their own safety.

My cell number is[masked] should you need it. I’m looking forward to a nice walk in the woods 👍

C3B Vroomans Nose Beginner Hike

Vromans Nose Trailhead

Vromans Noses is 1.8 miles round trip with about 500’ change in elevation. It is all up hill but the view is well worth the effort as well as the drive.

Those wanting to car pool from Albany should post a comment. It's about an hour from Albany.

Traction devices may be needed. Bring water/snacks/lunch. No dogs please. Forecast of rain postpones the outing. Everyone participating should be aware of Hiking Mates Policies (See Pages Tab). My cell[masked] if needed.

Rooster Comb Mt. hike/snowshoe -Keene Valley B2B

Clifton Park / Exit 9 (Fire Road) Park and Ride Lot



Rooster Comb is a moderate climb being 5-6 miles roundtrip out and back with 1500'+- elevation gain. Excellent views of several high peaks from the summit(2762' elevation)including Mount Marcy and Giant Mountain. You should be doing regular aerobic exercise to participate. Dress for the winter weather in non cotton layers and wear sturdy hiking Boots. Bring snowshoes,microspikes,lunch,snacks,hydration. No dogs please. Meet Northway Exit 9 Fire Rd Park and Ride 700am to carpool. Carpooling Contact your fellow hikers to arrange carpooling. *****NOTE: I will not be at Exit 9 , meeting you all at the trailhead for a 900am start. Directions to trailhead: Northway exit 30, route 73 towards Lake Placid approx 9-10miles to Rooster comb trail head parking lot on your left.

We can stop for food on the way home for those interested.

By attending you agree that You alone are responsible for yourself and are participating in the event at your own risk.Inclement weather postpones the outing. My cell[masked] if needed.


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