ECOS SPRING WALKS 2022

Our Tuesday guided walks are back!  Again COVID considerations will limit participants to 10 people, and will adhere to other COVID recommendations of the time.  The walks are by pre-registration only; email doniphin.jones@gmail.com to register.  Be sure to include your telephone number, so we can notified you if the walk has to be cancelled; notice of cancellation or other changes may also be found at www.ecosny.org or www.facebook.com/ecosny.  Those without computers may register by calling 518-381-1826, but texting is not available.  

Meeting times are 9:30a.m. at the trailhead, and walks usually last around 2 hours.  Directions are from the closest major road; official addresses are included so you can look up route via GPS. Some of these places can also be found on our website as self-guided walks.

APRIL 26   Lock 7/Mohawk River State Park: Many trails in woodland and meadow with a good variety of early spring wildflowers.  Ed Kautz, leader.  Directions: Go to the intersection of Balltown and River roads in Niskayuna, follow River Rd. east about 3 ½ miles to Rosendale, turn left onto Rosendale; go about ½ mile, turn left onto Lock 7 Rd.  Parking is near the bike path crossing on Lock 7 Rd. 

May 3  Skidmore North Woods: A rich succession of spring wildflowers including bloodroot, hepatica, many species of violets, trout lily, wild ginger, and blue cohash. Jackie Donnelly leader. Directions: Follow Rt. 50 north through Ballston Spa and on to Saratoga, bearing left on Broadway in Saratoga. Continue along North Broadway, passing the first entrance into campus but turning left at the second; follow the road as it curves toward the right, watching for Northwoods Parking Lot on the right. (Address: 974 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY)

MAY 10 Lester Park, Saratoga: Lester Park is famous for its geology, with stomatolites nearly 500 million years old, and for its much more recent glacial geology. The ancient rock is limestone and the surrounding area has rich limestone soil with a great array of wildflowers, which should be at their peak at this date. Nancy Slack, leader. Directions: Northwest of Saratoga Springs; take Rt. 9N, turn west onto Rt. 21/ Middle Grove Rd., turn south on Lester Park Rd. and drive roughly a half mile. Or from Ballston Spa, keep straight north at Rt. 50 Diner, veer left at the Y intersection to follow Rt. 47/Rowland St., which eventually becomes Lester Park Rd. (Address Lester Park Rd., Greenfield Center, NY.)

MAY 17 Joralemon Memorial Park: A wonderful spring habitat for wildflowers, with fern-filled dells as well as a historic lime kiln dating back to the Civil War. Ruth Brooks, leader. Directions: Take Rt. 890 east to the Thruway; take the Thruway east to exit 22 (Selkirk), then take Rt. 144 south to meet Rt. 143. Follow Rt. 143 about 2.5 miles to Starr Rd. (Rt. 102). Turn right on Rt. 102, and go about 1⁄2 mile north to Joralemon Park. (Address Ravena NY.)

MAY 24 High Point Trail, Thacher Park: Here’s a flat loop trail for an easy stroll through the woods. By May the Hepatica and Bloodroot are gone but there are many delightful spring ephemerals that are not as well known. We’ll learn about their myths and legends as well as the way people have used these plants in the past. Sigrin Newell and Debra Barnes Breitenbach, co-leaders. Directions: We can meet and carpool or caravan to the trailhead from the Stewart’s at the west end of Rt. 146/Main St. To meet at the trailhead go through the park on Rt. 157, turn right on Ketcham Rd., right again on Rt. 157, right onto Old Stage Rd., right on High Point Road/Trail; immediately on the
right is parking along the Perimeter Trail. Or drive up from Altamont on Old Stage Rd.; after a steep switchback, turn left onto High Point Rd, parking as above.

MAY 31 Blueberry Hill Trail (#5), Pine Bush Preserve: This is an area of dunes and typical pine bush plants which should be in flower. We will also look for early butterflies and caterpillars Nancy Slack and Nan Wilson, co-leaders. Directions: From Rt. 5/ Central Ave. turn south on Rt. 155/New Karner Rd., drive a bit over 1 mile; we will meet at the visitor center, which is on the left. (Address 195 New Karner Rd.)

JUNE 7 Lock 4, Canal Park: Located on the Champlain Canal of the Hudson River, the park offers both mixed-forest and alluvial habitats with such interesting plants as green dragon and deerberry and many other woodland, riparian, and floodplain plants. The trails are well-maintained and relatively easy. Jackie Donnelly, leader. Directions: If coming from the west, cross the Hudson River on the bridge in the middle of the Stillwater village, and watch for the entrance to Canal Park/Lock 4 on the right, immediately after crossing the river; a large parking area is adjacent to the lock. (Address 947 Stillwater Bridge Rd., Schaghticoke, NY.)