A Mid-Week Hike to Camel’s Hump in Vermont

Once again Bill Cooke and Pam Masterson have invited us to Vermont for some camping and hiking; the dates are 20th – 24th August 2018 – that’s a Monday through Thursday. Bill and Pam will organize hikes on the Tuesday and Wednesday – though everyone is free to hike separately, kayak on the nearby lake, and spend as little and as much time in Vermont as they want to.

The Camel’s Hump hike is fairly hard, and it is suggested that only those who are toughened up by regular hiking should attempt it. Bill is asking for advance sign-up for this hike.

The camp site we have chosen is the Little River State Park. This is a very popular park, and if you plan to come and you haven’t already arranged lodging then you should book something as soon as you can. Please get as close to the balsam lean-to as you can; we already have the Elm and Balsam lean-to’s booked. A lean-to is allowed 2 additional tents.

Please bring as much food and drink as you need. We’ll be arranging some communal meals but everyone will be asked to contribute to the cause.

This is still early days as far as planning goes. I’ll fill out with more information as things develop. It will help us in our planning if we know who is coming; there is a sign-up sheet here – please use it to let us know if you plan to come.


A Mid-Week Hike at Indian Lake in the Adirondacks

Last call – make your reservations for three days at an Adirondacks Camp right now!

Norm Colby, one of our Springwater Trails members, is part-owner of a camp near Indian Lake in the Adirondacks. Norm has offered the use of the camp from Monday 14th August through Wednesday 16th August for us. Originally I had said that we could use the camp all week – this isn’t really the case. The camp rules are that Norm has to be there with us, and he has to leave on the Wednesday. Norm will organize hikes on Tuesday 15th August and Wednesday 16th August.

The activity plan is:

  • We arrive on Monday. If early enough we can do a short hike in the neighborhood, then we sit around a large camp fire and have dinner – whatever we bring we can eat and drink.
  • On Tuesday Norm will have several hikes to suggest. One very attractive option is to drive towards the high peaks and hike in the foothills.
  • There is a local canoe maker that we can visit and see the canoes he makes. He is a classical craftsman and well worth giving up some time to.
  • There are several options for canoeing and kayaking in the vicinity.
  • A camp fire dinner in the evening again.
  • On Wednesday there’s will be some short hikes to choose from in the morning, then we’ll head for home in the afternoon.

There is a building on the site with 12 beds, plenty of water for washing and cooking – but not for drinking, an outhouse toilet and a hot shower, plus space to pitch tents. There is a forum thread on this event here with information about the exact location of the camp and some pictures.

The time is getting close now, and we’d like to get an idea of who is planning to come; this help us to organize shared transport if enough people want to come for the same period, and it will help Norm in his hike planning. If you are intending to come, please complete the signup sheet here– all it really needs is your name and email address.

Here is a link that will throw up a Google Maps route that gets you from the Verona exit of the Thruway to within a mile of the camp site – it ends at a point on the Cedar River Road at the Wakely Lodge Golf Course. The camp – officially called the Panther Mountain Club – is about 1.5 miles further down the road on the left. There is a sign for the PMC, and Norm will try to get a Springwater Trails sandwich board to put up there.

Google Maps route the Wakely Lodge Golf Course


Norm is planning to ride up there on Sunday. If anyone wants to ride with him then please give him a call – (585) 728-5455

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