hike_webFor the first ever Summer Solstice Hike-a-thon, there will be six different hikes to choose from, including one specifically for dogs and their owners. The hikes showcase some of the MHLC preserves throughout Albany County. We hope that frequent visitors to these trails will attend to learn even more about their favorite spots, and that those visiting the preserves for the first time will return again to these wilderness jewels in the Capital Region’s backyard.

Cost: All hikes are free, but donations are welcome. The hikes will be led by guides well versed in the history, flora and fauna of each trail.

General Registration
Registration is open until June 16th. Hike-a-thon t-shirts are available for purchase for $15 each with registration*.

*Until supplies last; availability not guaranteed after June 3rd. To purchase your hike-a-thon shirt(s), please first indicate your hikes and shirt sizes below.  After you submit your hike request, visit http://mohawkhudson.org/donate-now/ and make a contribution of $15 per t-shirt. T-shirt requests without full payment will not be processed.

Shirts will be provided at check-in on June 20. If you are not able to participate you may pick up your shirt(s) at MHLC’s office at 425 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, after June 20th.

Where to Meet: Hikers will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the municipal lot located directly behind the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at 125 Adams Street, Delmar, NY.  At that time, participants will receive their t-shirts and carpool to their hike locations. 

What to Bring: Waterproof hiking boots, sunscreen, bug spray, and water are recommended. 

Questions?  Contact lea@solsticecelebration.org

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1. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail | Botany and Railroad History | Delmar | FULL

This flat, easy course is on the railroad bed of the original Delaware and Hudson line that brought travelers into Albany. It will be an out and back trip and will explore the botany and history of the trail guided by retired science teacher and Friends of the Rail Trail volunteer, Miles Garfinkel.  Easy walk.

Starting point: Adams Street and Hudson Avenue, Delmar, heading westbound.

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Easy


2. Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail | Shampoodle’s Tails on the Rail Trail: hike with your dog | Delmar

The rail trail has become a popular dog-walking venue. Organized by Shampoodle owner Ginny Siciliano, this hike for leashed dogs will be a perfect social opportunity for dog owners and their pets to enjoy the trail together. Treats will be given out along the way and voluntary donations will be taken to help benefit Pawsome Pups, an organization dedicated to providing dogs with mental and physical stimulation while they are at a shelter in hopes of decreasing mental deterioration and increasing their chances for adoption.

Starting point: Adams Street and Hudson Avenue, Delmar, heading eastbound.

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy


3. Wolf Creek Falls Preserve | Waterfalls and Maple Syrup | Knox  | FULL

This hike features waterfalls, streams and old stone walls. This historic site was originally part of the Van Rensselaer estate. Led by preserve stewards, Nathan Giordano and Tara Murphy, this hike will tour the unique features of this preserve as well as Nathan and Tara’s homemade maple syrup production.

Starting point: 773 Bozenkill Road, Altamont

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate




4. Van Dyke Spinney Preserve | New Trail Preview | Bethlehem

Hikers on this trail will be among the first to preview one of MHLC’s newest sites. It’s surrounded by farmland and close to Van Dyke Road and Meads Lane in Delmar.  Led by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s new Stewardship Director, Connie Tedesco, this tour will educate participants on the creation of MHLC’s nature preserves and participants will assist in the identification of plants for the new preserve’s plant list.

Starting point: Heading South on Van Dyke Road, the Preserve is on the right, just before Meads Ln.

Distance: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy



5. Swift Preserve | Amphibians | Bethlehem

This hike is great for children and is a wetland, so waterproof footwear is suggested. The guide will talk about the indigenous animals that make this site their home. 

Starting point: The end of Evelyn Drive, Delmar

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy



6. Bennett Hill Preserve | History | Clarksville

One of the most popular preserves in the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, this hike is a moderately challenging one with mostly steep hills. A guide will speak about the history of this trail that offers views of the Helderbergs from its summit and beautiful wildflowers along the trail.  Trekking poles and hiking boots recommended.

Starting point: Bennett Hill Road, Clarksville.

Distance: 2.77 miles

Difficulty: Moderate


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