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CANCELLED: Annual Palm Sunday Hike to St. John’s Church in the Wilderness

April 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

From adk.org:

In keeping with messaging shared by Governor Cuomo and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is encouraging its members and supporters to stay home as much as possible and to limit unnecessary travel.

Though hiking remains a permissible activity, the Governor has issued guidance that includes limiting outdoor recreation activities to avoid coming into contact with others. Toward this end, ADK strongly encourages that if you are inclined to get outdoors that you do so locally and individually. “Until more restrictive policies are issued, ADK will continue to echo directives from the relevant authorities, which is to stay local and recreate individually,” urges Tom Andrews, ADK President. Even when hiking, please be sure to observe social distancing by staying 6 feet or more from others and practice good hygiene by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.


The annual Palm Sunday hike to St. John’s Church in the Wilderness has been a tradition since the 1930’s. Other groups from other hiking clubs are out this day headed to St. John’s and it is very common to cross paths with them as we hike along. The Church service begins at 3 PM and is followed by a wonderful buffet at the barn across from the Church provided by the parishioners. We will go by a ‘traditional’ route that will take us along Breakneck Pond (where we can take a lunch break) and which passes through the AMC camp.

Since this is a one-way hike, please note: All who are driving should meet at the Church by 9:30 AM where the cars will be parked. All cars, except for the one or two that will shuttle hikers/drivers back to our starting point, will be left at the Church where the hike finishes.

The hike will start from the Camp road and Seven Lakes Drive about 10 AM. The buffet finishes about 5 PM. The drivers of the cars left at the ADK Camp road will be driven back to their cars after the event. Although Palm Sunday is in April this year, the late Winter weather can be very changeable. Rain, some cold, blustery weather, including snow and ice, are always a possibility. Participants should dress warmly (layers, no cotton), bring lunch, snacks, water, rain-gear, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Traction devices are recommended in case there is ice on the trail.

The address of the church is 119 Johnstown Road, Stony Point, NY in between Lake Welch Parkway and Route 106.

All participants must register with leader Ray Kozma (917-406-3782) or raymondkozma@gmail.com by Thursday night, April 2, 2020. The hike is Qualifying.


April 5, 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Ray Kozma


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