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Adventures in the Hudson Valley & More

Throughout Summer 2013 we shared Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)'s wide ranging outdoor activities with you. Though the links in the story are specific to Summer 2013 events, we encourage you to peruse these adventures and keep an eye out for repeats in future summers. AMC makes it easy to explore the best of New York State's great outdoors. Register for upcoming events on AMC's website.

We can hardly believe it, but with only two more installments left in our AMC summer hiking series, the season is all too near to a close. Take in these next few weeks of summer with some cool (and cooling) hikes, bikes and sails along the Hudson River. From a triathlon tour (heavy on the biking, lighter on the hiking) to introductory sailing lessons to longer lakeside hikes, this is the time to take in the lush landscape of the Hudson and enjoy the warm breezes before the fall gusts sweep in. This, plus a weeklong Adirondack adventure ahead.

August 24th: Minnewaska Lake to Lake Hike

From the yellow trail to carriageway, to Long Path and on to Rainbow Falls, hike the lake views around Minnewaska State Park. End with a well-deserved swim at Lake Awosting and perhaps even a dinner in New Paltz. Cookies will be served during the hike! Contact leader Howard Israel at 718-639-0123 to register.

August 24th – August 25th: Triathlon Tour

Bike 50 miles along the Hudson River Valley, then end with a quick five-mile hike on Shaupeneak Ridge in Ulster County. Cool off at the end of the day with a swim in Lake Minnewaska. Contact Skip Doyle at skipnewyork@yahoo.com to register.

August 25th: Afternoon Sail from Haverstraw

Learn to sail along the Hudson, leaving from Haverstraw. Contact leader Angela Berardino at 718-263-2219 to register.

August 25th: Afternoon Sail on Long Island Sound

Another basic sailing lesson from a 20-foot sloop on Long Island Sound, leaving from Bayside. Contact leader Joe D'Avanzo at 718-464-4626 to register.

August 25th: Breakneck to Cold Spring Hike

Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Breakneck Ridge for a hike to Cold Spring. No registration required.

August 27th – September 2nd: Lake Lovers’ Northern Adirondack Extravaganza

Don’t miss this six-day hiking adventure in the Adirondacks. Explore wild (some overgrown) trails and deep forests in the Five Ponds Wilderness and the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. An optional climb up Cat Mountain is a challenging addition to this more leisurely hike. Register here.

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