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See the Plateau on foot this fall

with the 10th annual Rensselaer Plateau Traverse!

jointly sponsored with the Rensselaer Land Trust, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Friends of Dyken Pond, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Center


Want to get to know the plateau from south to north?

Join the company of enthusiastic hikers and nature-lovers for one or both days of this fun annual adventure


Saturday, Sept 14: We'll meet at Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area at 7:30 am and take shuttle buses to our starting point just below the plateau escarpment. We will spend the day hiking back to Pineridge (about 16 miles mostly on trails but with some bushwhacking). Participants are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. We will have a potluck dinner after the Saturday hike.

Sunday, Sept 15: We'll leave Pineridge by 8 am on Sunday to hike to the other half of the Plateau (about 16 miles on trails, logging roads and some bushwhacking). Shuttle buses will bring participants back to Pineridge at the end of the day.

Note: we scout out new routes each year and will not know the exact route until September. The route this year will include the Grafton Fire Tower. This event is co-sponsored by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, the Rensselaer Land Trust, Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center, Friends of the Dyken Pond Center, and Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area.

LEARN MORE/REGISTER by contacting Dan at or calling the RPA office at 518-712-9211. Please register by Sept 12. $10 suggested donation covers the cost of the event and supports conservation in Rensselaer County.

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.

-Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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