Hike-a-Thon Offerings 2018

2018 Helderberg Hike-a-Thon Offerings


On July 21, MHLC is hosting our annual Summer Festival and Hike-a-thon. We’re offering ten free outdoor activities in the Helderbergs, followed by a festival at Indian Ladder Farms. 

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!

1. Back to Nature | Outdoor Yoga Session | Altamont 

Within the confines of a studio, yoga teachers do their best to create an ambience of soft lights and pleasant sounds, and even an aromatic experience. But striking a mood is perhaps just an attempt to evoke a natural setting—the great outdoors. Why settle for a replica of natural surroundings when you can have the real thing? This outdoor yoga session under the pines at Indian Ladder Farms will fill your senses with the beauty of the Conservancy’s Helderberg Conservation Corridor and provide you with an instantaneous freedom that cannot be replicated indoors. Pack a mat, grab the sunscreen/bug spray, and we’ll see you on the grass!

Starting time:  11:00 AM

Starting point:  Participants will check-in at the MHLC Registration Table located in front of the café at Indian Ladder Farms

Distance: 0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

2. Wildflowers and Waterfall | Botany and Amphibians | New Scotland FULL
*We are no longer accepting sign-ups for this hike, which has filled up.

A family-friendly off-trail hike on one of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s easements adjacent to the Heldeberg Workshop in the Town of New Scotland. This exclusive hike on private property will explore the beauty of the Conservancy’s Helderberg Conservation Corridor. Enjoy a waterfall, wildflowers and unique, scenic views of the Helderberg Escarpment from below. Hikers will encounter an active beaver pond and there may be sightings of red efts or other amphibians. Waterproof hiking boots or galoshes and long pants are recommended.

Starting time: 10 AM

Starting point: Martin Road Extension in the Town of New Scotland

Distance: 2 miles round trip

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

3. Bozen Kill Preserve | Treasure Hunt Hike | Altamont

This self-guided hike is great for kids of all ages! Pick up your Bozen Kill Treasure Map at the kiosk and head off to explore the Conservancy’s Bozen Kill Preserve  at your own pace. From 10 AM to 1 PM, interact with Preserve Docents who will impart preserve “treasures” to you while you complete the activities listed on your treasure map. Complete the map and return to the kiosk to receive your prize.

Starting time: 10 AM

Starting point: Westfall Road, Altamont

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

4. Huyck Preserve | Wildlife Hike | Rensselaerville FULL
*We are no longer accepting sign-ups for this hike, which has filled up.

This MHLC Partner is located in the scenic hamlet of Rensselaerville, NY and has been connecting people to nature for more than 80 years. Enjoy a guided wildlife hike on a portion of the 12 miles of trails which ramble through 2000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, and past the Rensselaerville Falls, which cascade over 120 feet. After your hike, stay for the afternoon and enjoy Lake Myosotis which is open to the public for kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing.

Starting time: 10:30 AM

Starting point: 5052 Delaware Turnpike, Rensselaerville

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

5. Keleher Preserve | Mountain Biking | Voorheesville 

Join mountain bikers from across the Capital Region to explore the Conservancy’s first preserve to open to mountain biking. The varied terrain, perfect for all riders, offers something for everyone. From 10 AM until 11 AM advanced bikers can enjoy the loop at a faster pace. Casual bikers will be welcomed at 11 AM.

Starting time: Advanced bikers at 10 AM; Casual bikers at 11 AM

Starting point: Gulf Hill Road, Voorheesville

Distance: 4 miles of trails

Difficulty: Moderate

6. Wolf Creek Falls Preserve | Wilderness Safety and Survival Skills | Knox 

Have you wondered what it takes to survive in the wild? Join Dave Muska of Ondatra Adventures as we explore fundamental skills and tools of wilderness survival at the Wolf Creek Falls Preserve. In this workshop you’ll be introduced to the skills necessary to keep yourself and loved ones safe in the forest and off trail. Dave will offer his knowledge and experience with skills such as shelter building, edible & medicinal plants, and fire building, friction fire, and more. This is a great course for hikers, backpackers, and outdoors people alike. All skill levels and interests are welcome.

Starting time: 10 AM to 1 PM

Starting point: Bozenkill Road, Altamont

Distance: 2 miles round trip

Difficulty: Easy

7. Indian Ladder Farms | History Walk (Accessible) | Altamont 

Explore the origins of Indian Ladder Farms. Founded in 1916 by Peter G. Ten Eyck, the grandfather of the current owner, Indian Ladder Farms began with the purchase of the Andrew Smith farm; this original farm house is located at the far end of the current parking lot. The original Smith barns across the street from Indian Ladder Farms have since been converted to a house. Over the years, as the farm began to grow, additional adjoining farms were purchased and the land was united to create Indian Ladder Farms. This accessible tour will educate participants on the fascinating history of the farm while exploring many of the farm’s original buildings and features.

Starting time: 10 AM

Starting point: Hike check-in table at Indian Ladder Farms

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

8. Anderson House | Landscape Painting Workshop | Altamont

This Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop takes place at the private home of the descendants of Victor Anderson (1882-1937). Victor Anderson was an American painter of the Hudson River School and was well known for his paintings and illustrations of rural life scenes and landscapes. This session will include a brief tour of the home and paintings followed by a plein air oil painting workshop from the home’s picturesque hay field with views of the Helderberg Escarpment. This session will be taught by artist Fred Holman. Fred currently sits on the Board of Directors of the North Country Arts Center and is a member of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, the Saratoga Arts Council and the Guild of Adirondack Artists.  His work has been shown at these venues and in juried art shows throughout the Adirondack region.  To learn more about the instructor, visit www.fredholman.com.

This session will include a landscape demonstration and individual instruction and critique. Any level of experience is welcome, but some basic, previous experience with oil paints is recommended. The workshop will focus on design and composition, making a value plan in your sketchbook, basic techniques, and executing one or two small sketches. This four-hour workshop will include a 30 minute break for lunch. Participants will be required to supply and carry their own folding chair or stool, backpack, portable easel, painting supplies, and a bag lunch. A more formal supply list will be emailed upon registration. 
Limited to 10 participants.

Starting time: 10 AM– 2 PM

Starting point: Altamont, NY

Distance: 0 miles

Difficulty: Easy

9. Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail | Bike-Hike | Albany/Delmar/Slingerlands/Voorheesville/Altamont 

Our guided Bike-Hike will encompass the entire length of the Rail Trail and beyond to Indian Ladder Farms. There will be numerous stops to learn about the history and structure of the Rail Trail, and riders are invited to explore the many sites along the trail as they return to South Pearl Street.  This Bike-Hike is appropriate for ages 16+.

Starting time:  11:00 AM

Starting point:  Choose your start!

  • 11:00 AM at the South Pearl Trail Head 
  • 11:40 AM at the Slingerlands Parking Lot 
  • 12:20 PM at the Voorheesville Pavilion
  • Participants will arrive at Indian Ladder Farms at 12:50 PM to enjoy the festival

Distance: 12.5 miles (one way)

Difficulty: Moderate

10. NE Cave Conservancy | Cave Tour | Clarksville

Join our partners at the Northeastern Cave Conservancy for a Cave Tour of the Clarksville Cave! The cave boasts 4800 feet of passage and several entrances and according to the NE Cave Conservancy, is one of the best known and most visited wild caves in the Northeast. Participation is limited to 14 adults. Helmets will be provided for all registrants who will enjoy a fun morning exploring the cave, sometimes on hands and knees. Required equipment: hiking or work boots; three (3) sources of light, one of which must be helmet mounted; and knee pads. Recommended: work gloves; old, warm clothing (you will get dirty while crawling and the cave temperature averages 48 degrees); and a small fanny pack to carry the extra light sources.

Starting time: 9 AM to 12:30 PM

Starting point: Indian Ladder Farms

Distance: TBD- depending on the participants

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult (some crawling)

The Summer Festival and Helderberg Hike-a-thon are the capstone events of MHLC’s 26th year.  Visit our Summer Festival and Helderberg Hike-a-thon page for more information about this event.

Online registration will remain open until Wednesday, July 18th..  Hike-a-thon t-shirts are available for purchase for $20 each with registration (while supplies last), and the first 100 hikers will receive a FREE t-shirt.

Questions? Contact lea@mohawkhudson.org 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 to craft the perfect summer day for you and your family!

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