Summer Festival and Helderberg Hike-a-Thon 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a beautiful summer day in the Helderbergs!
For Summer Festival and Helderberg Hike-a-thon photos, click here.

It’s that time of year- the annual MHLC Summer Festival and Hike-a-thon! In the morning, enjoy free guided outings with our Heldberberg Hike-a-thon. From 12 PM to 4 PM, stop by Indian Ladder Farms for our Summer Festival: craft beer specials, local food, performances by a live band and the Bethlehem Traditional Irish Dancers, free face-painting, story time with the Albany Tulip Queen and her court, hikes on farm trails, a petting zoo, blueberry picking, and more!

Choose the special hike (or hikes) that best fits you and your family from our list of Hike-a-thon offerings below!

Online hike registration is now closed, but we still have spots available on some hikes. Join us at 9:40 AM at Indian Ladder Farms this Saturday to register and attend a hike or other outdoor adventure!

WHAT: This is the capstone event of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s 26th year, and we are celebrating with a special focus on the Helderberg Conservation Corridor (one of our Conservation Priority Areas).

HELDERBERG HIKE-A-THON: All morning, MHLC offers residents a menu of free outdoor activities in the Helderbergs. The 10 Hike-a-Thon activities are listed in detail below.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: From 12 PM to 4 PM at Indian Ladder Farms! After you conclude your morning activities, join us at Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery for hay rides, face painting, and more, while enjoying local foods, live music, and craft beverages.

WHERE: Across the Helderbergs! We’ll kick off the event at Indian Ladder Farms at 10 AM, with carpooling to various locations, and conclude the day with our Summer Festival at Indian Ladder Farms and the Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery.

WHEN: Saturday, July 21st. Hike-a-thon activities will be offered between 10 AM and 2 PM. The Summer Festival goes from noon until 4 PM. 

GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Online registration for the Hike-a-thon will remain open until Wednesday, July 18th.. We will also accept in-person registrations at Indian Ladder Farms on the morning of the 21st. If you will be participating in the Summer Festival but not the Hike-a-thon, there’s no need to sign up- just stop by!

Hike-a-thon t-shirts are available for purchase for $20 each with registration (while supplies last).  

Questions? Contact or 518-436-6346.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register ahead of time, as some outings have limited spaces available. We invite you to design your own Hike-a-Thon experience, and to choose from the many hikes available below. 

Click on the gray box to learn more about each event, or scroll through the full descriptions of each event by clicking here.

1. Outdoor Yoga at Indian Ladder Farms at 11 AM

2. Waterfall Hike in New Scotland at 10 AM - *FULL

3. Treasure Hunt at Bozen Kill Preserve from 10 AM to 1 PM

4. Wildlife Hike at Huyck Preserve at 10:30 AM - *FULL

5. Mountain Biking at Keleher Preserve at 10 AM and 11 AM

6. Wilderness Safety at Wolf Creek Falls with Ondatra Adventures from 10 AM to 1 PM

7. Accessible History Walk at Indian Ladder Farms at 10 AM

8. Plein Air Painting at Anderson House in Altamont from 10 AM to 2 PM

9. Bike-Hike on the Rail Trail at 11 AM

10. Cave Tour in Clarksville at 9 AM


The Summer Festival & Hike-a-Thon is an annual celebration

hosted each summer by MHLC.

Click here to see photos and read about the 2017 Summer Hike-a-Thon!

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:


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