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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 (5)

POSTPONED-See Comment/ Pole Hill Pond Hike/ Bolton. B3B

Pole Hill Pond Trailhead

NOT A BEGINNER HIKE COVID 19- Social Distance and be courteous to other hikers on the trail. If comfortable carpooling respect the driver and other passengers; suggest wearing masks and/or cracking car windows . We will hike 6+- miles in a loop at the Pole Hill Pond Preserve in Bolton. We will climb to the top of Walnut Ridge which overlooks Lake George, and pass by Pole HilI Pond. This a high level B hike with some steady climbing.Bring snacks, water, bugspray/headnet and carpool cash. Meet at Pole Hill Pond trailhead 700am, I will meet everyone there. Location map depicted here is accurate.Very limited trailhead parking so carpooling important. We can stop for lunch/ice cream after for those interested. You must be doing regular aerobic exercise and be in good physical condition to participate. All participants should be aware of Meetup Policies and Terms of Service. You alone are responsible for yourself, and you are hiking at your own risk. Rain postpones the outing. My cell[masked] if needed. I will meet everyone at the trailhead at 700am. If carpooling from Clifton Park Exit 9 Park and Ride you should plan to leave there 545am.

Sunset Hike on Sleeping Beauty C2B

107 Main St

Hike is limited to 10 people to maintain COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Be courteous of fellow hikers and bring a mask in case one is required. **HEADLAMPS REQUIRED FOR THIS HIKE**-NOT A BEGINNER HIKE: We will meet at the Exit 18 Park & Ride (I-87/The Adirondack Northway) at 6:00PM and drive to the trailhead at Dacy Clearing. While the Park & Ride has no address I could find, the Sunoco station next door does: See Location Notes. From Dacy Clearing it is a 1.8 mile hike to the false summit (The true summit is roughly a half mile distant with the views obscured by trees). It is the false summit that offers the amazing views that Sleeping Beauty is well known for. Round trip should be 3.6 miles. Sunset for July 11th is calculated for 8:35PM The trail heading in is a very steady climb with switch backs. We won’t be hiking the longer loop down to Bump’s Pond. Rather, this will be a very direct hike to take advantage of Sleeping Beauty’s view at sundown. Feel free to bring food or beverage to share with other hikers at the top. Depending on the weather, we might hang around at the top for a while, if the group wants to. The hike back to the trailhead will be in the dark and we will use our head lamps (REQUIRED) As with many hikes these days, trailheads in the Adirondacks can fill up extremely fast. I’m hoping to circumvent that issue with an evening hike. Even so, carpooling is helpful and hikers need to be aware that we may need to park further from from the trailhead at the Hogtown parking area (1.6 miles away). All participants should be aware of Meetup Policies / Meetup Terms of Service. You are responsible for yourself and are hiking at your own risk. Expected round trip: 3.6 miles Round trip from Hogtown trailhead in the event that Dacy Clearing is full or closed: 6.8 miles Things to remember: -Hydration: You should begin hydrating 2-3 days before any strenuous activity. If you are waiting until the day of to drink enough water, you’re too late. You should also bring plenty of water. -This is not a beginner hike. While it is relatively short, the climb is steady. You should be doing regular aerobic exercise if you plan to take part. -We will be hiking at night on the return trip. Headlamps are required. -If we garner enough interest and a waitlist grows I may open the hike up to more people and we will separate into two groups. -Bring an extra layer for the top in case its windy and cool. Bring a layer in case we get unexpected rain. -Inclement weather will cancel this hike.

C3C Thacher Park North Section After Work Beginner Hike

Thacher Park North Section

Plan to Social distance during hike and bring mask. 10 person limit. We will hike a 3-4 mile loop along the Fred Schroeder and Long Path trails from the Carrick Rd trailhead at the north end of the park. We will stop along the way at one of the lookouts to check out the panaramic views. Plan to be out in the woods 2 hours. There are a few short hills and areas of uneven terrain but overall not a lot of elevation change. Although this is a beginner hike you should be doing regular aerobic exercise to participate. Dress for the weather and wear hiking boots. Please be on time the hike will start at 6:05. Bring water/snacks. 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.

Burrough's Cave

North Woods Club Road

***Please read the description carefully before signing up for this hike*** Burrough's Cave is a cave system located in Minerva at the outlet for Hotwater Pond. We will drive down North Woods Club Road to where it meets the train tracks. We will walk on the train tracks following the Boreas River for one and a half miles to the outlet for Hotwater Pond. A short trek through the woods will bring us to the caves. As with any cave exploration everyone will need a headlamp and alternate light source. The picture above is an accurate depiction of the caves taken by me on my last outing there. While this is not a difficult hike you should still be active and doing regular exercise. I would rate this hike as easy with minimal elevation change. Since it is a cave exploration dogs are not recommended. These are beginner caves but should not be taken for granted. Caving requires a level of upper body strength but mostly lower body strength. If you are claustrophobic or unsure of your footing I wouldn't recommend this hike. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of fluids. Despite the weather outside caves tend to be colder on the inside. People often wear gloves. Bad weather will cancel this hike. Car pooling is recommended. I will be at the Exit 18 park n ride at 8 am. The park and ride is located at the corner of Media and Main Street in Queensbury right off Exit 18. The park and ride is located right next to the Sunoco Station you will see when getting off exit 18. I drive a green Toyota Rav4. We should arrive at the train tracks on North Woods Club Road in Minerva around 9:15 AM. You have the option of meeting us at the train tracks. The hike should take 3-4 hours. We should be back at the park and ride by 3 pm. Hike is limited to 15 people to maintain current COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Be courteous of fellow hikers and bring a mask in case one is required. We will split into 2 groups based on the comfort level of the group with another event coordinator/experienced hiker leading the second group. There are two caves and we'll have the option of each group taking a turn exploring each cave. Please note that one of the caves has some shallow water at the entrance. The water can be avoided depending on recent rain fall but there is a good chance that you will get wet.

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Five Rivers Environmental Center - Beginner hike

Five Rivers Environmental Center

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