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Outings Schedule

All area codes are 607 unless otherwise noted.

Please call trip leaders for hike details and to car pool. Riders should contribute a fair share toward gas.

Each trip leader must have all participants sign the liability release form which may be downloaded from our website:

Please Note: The outings listed below were current when the Summer 2019, Foot_Loose! Newsletter was issued. Consult the calendar for subsequent changes, additions and details of "To-Be-Announced" (TBA) outings.


Ratings are subjective and chosen by the leader. If you are uncertain that you are up to the hike, consult the leader. Tuesday outings are walks.

Class A – Difficult: More than 1500’ climb or more than 8 miles distance. More than 35 miles on the bike.

Class B – Moderate: Less than 1500’ climb and 6 to 8 miles total distance. 10-30 miles on bike.

Class C – Easy: Well-graded trails and less than 6 miles total distance. 10 miles or less by bike, suitable for beginners.

Walk: Less than 4 miles total distance, suitable for children.

TO LEAD A HIKE: Contact Linda Pearce, 607-432-8969, lpearce42 (at) OR Julie Smith, 607-432-8642, smithj3 (at) Trip leaders must have all participants sign a liability release form, which may be downloaded from our website: If you have any questions regarding a hike, including CANCELLATION: 1) CONTACT THE TRIP LEADER 2) Check the website 3) Check email messages.

Apr 23, Wilber Park to Youngman Ave - Tuesday, April 23, Tracy Verma will lead the hike at Wilber Park. Meet at the trail map kiosk in the upper park between the pavilion and the playground. To get there from the west, drive on Center St until you go up the steep hill, then turn left at the gate for the park entrance, which is soon before Wilber Park Apartments. There’s plenty of parking near the pavilion. We will hike up and over the park to Youngman Ave and back on the following trails: yellow Crossover trail, blue Bridge Street Traverse trail, Orange Wilbur Park Drop trail, white Main Street trail, black Lower Loop trail back to orange Wilber Park Drop trail and then to the blue and yellow trails to where we began at the kiosk. Total elevation is 800 feet. It’s about 3 1/4 miles of up and down hill, totaling about 2 1/4 hours. We’ll leave right at 10 A.M. since it’s a longer hike. Some parts of the trail are wet. There are exposed roots and rocks in many areas and leaves covering much of the trail. Wear hiking boots that are firm and waterproof and bring walking sticks and water.
To make the hike easier and shorter, you have two alternatives.
1. When we hike down to Youngman Ave at the end of the white Main Street trail, you can walk on the sidewalks back along Main Street to Wilber Park, about a 15 minute walk. This will reduce the hike to about 1 1/2 hours.

2. Coordinate with Bob and Julie and Rita who plan to leave a car at the tiny parking area at the end of Youngman Ave to drive back to Wilber Park. There’s room for 2-3 or maximum 4 cars there. If so, plan to arrive 25 minutes before the hike to arrange who will leave cars at Youngman and get driven back to Wilber before we start the hike. Youngman Ave is off Main St near Rose Ave by the Chinese Restaurant. Any questions, call Tracy’s cell phone at 607-353-9620. See you Tuesday. - Tracy

Apr 30 - Sally & Rod Hebbard, 829-5811, Daffodils - Franklin Area

May 7 - Aleda Koehn, 267-4586, Mud Lake from Pine Lake

May 14 - Linda Pearce, 432-8969, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park

May 15 - MONTHLY MEETING - Michael Kudish - "Catskill Forest History" - Dr. Kudish received his PhD at the N.Y.S. College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. His dissertation on the history of Catskills forests was the beginning of a lifelong study; in 2000, Purple Mountain Press published The Catskills Forest: A History. Before his retirement, he was a professor in the Division of Forestry at Paul Smith’s College. He has written four books on the vegetation of the Adirondacks, including Adirondack Upland Flora and a number of articles on forest history of both the Catskills and Adirondacks. Now living in the Catskills, he continues to research mountain bogs and write about railroad geography. Dr. Kudish has been studying Catskill Mountain bogs since the 1990s. His research is the foundation for recreating the Forest History of the Catskills since the end of the Ice Age.

May 21 - Betsy Cunningham, 437-3758, Minekill Falls 54

May 28 - Kathy Carey, 746-7616, Catskill Rail Trail S. Kortright to Hobart

Jun 4 - Glenda Bolton, 432-7485, Federal Hill – Delhi, NY

Jun 11 - Currie & Ginny Marr, 432-5434, Catskill Scenic Rail Trail

Jun 18 - Liza Mundy, 286-7609, Nature Conservancy Waterfall

Jun 19 - Picnic at Gilbert Lake State Park - 6:00 PM - Note this change: This year we have rented the Beach Pavilion, not the usual Briggs building. Items may be dropped off at the Handicapped Parking area, but event parking for the Beach Pavilion is further along the road, behind the bath house at the beach (see map). Entry to the park is free after 6 pm. We will eat at 6:00 pm, but feel free to come earlier and enjoy the beach. Those attending often take a walk together after dinner, on the little trail that runs around the lake shore. New members and families with children are especially welcome to come out for this picnic. There is a playground as well as the beach, with a beach house for changing; and the entire area is delightful to explore. Because there is no formal program, there is more time for visiting, so this is a good occasion to get to know other members better, in a very pleasant setting.

Jun 25 - Lucille Wiggin, 432-1022, John Boyd Thacher State Park

Your executive committee, wishing to reduce our carbon footprint, encourages members from outside Oneonta to carpool to meetings and activities.