Adirondacks! - Back Country Cabin/ Backpacking

  • March 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM

I rented out Grace Cabin, a great back country cabin surrounded by the high peaks. It is a 3 miles flat hike in from the trail head. 

As of Wed night there is 1 bed left in the cabin - Contact Andre.

Showshoes are required.

-Andre

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The Schedule:

-Friday night: Drive to the Garden trail head in Keene Valley (~4:30hr drive + traffic) and hike in (3 miles, should take 1.5 hours max)
-Saturday: Hike!
-Sunday: Shorter hike, hit the road by early afternoon 


The Hikes:  Will depend on conditions. Approximate distances from Grace Cabin:
Marcy or Haystack: ~5.5 each way
Basin and Saddleback Loop: ~12

Transportation: We need to car pool up. If you can drive, please post where and when you're leaving, and if you're returning early on Sunday. All passengers should chip in at least $20 for gas and tolls. 


RSVPing: This is for intermediate and advanced hikers with winter experience only. 


Lodging:
 
Grace Cabin is a single room heated cabin with 6 beds, full kitchen with cookware. (No indoor plumbing, electricity, linens, or blankets.) It is a 3 mile hike from the Garden trail head in Keene Valley. Pre-payment of $72 (for Fri and Sat night) is required. Contact Andre for details. 

Backpacking: There are lean-tos and tent sites nearby for those who want to backpack. They may require reservations - make arrangement with the ADK Club.


Food: 
Participants are responsible for their own food. We will organize group meals at Grace Cabin. 

Expended Weather: 20s during the day, windy summits. Possibility single digits are night.  
Forecasts: Summits / Valley

Required Gear:
-Waterproof Boots (trails shoes not suggested)
-Standard hiking gear for cool weather (10s-20s)
-Snowshoes required! Some trails may require crampons/microspikes

My intro to winter hiking page has a sample gear list for winter hiking (
link)


Gear for the Cabin:
Sleeping bag (30f should be fine)
Headlamp
Toilet paper
Overnight personal items
Earplugs


Map to Grace Cabin: The parking is off the bottom of this map. Cross John Brook at the bridge. (If you hit John Brooks Lodge, you've gone too far.) The cabin is off a spur to the left after the bridge. Goodwin Leanto is the closest location for camping. 




 

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  • Theo

    That was awesome possum! Gonna post some pics now, excuse the ice / water on the lens, rookie snow photographer mistake. Hope to see everyone for another adventure soon!

    April 1

  • Nick

    fun! great group. we should try to get the cabin again.

    March 31

  • Yelena

    Fantastic retreat in the woods!

    1 · March 30

  • Andre

    Grace cabin is awesome and I can't wait to go back next winter! Good snowshoeing and several inches of fresh snow Saturday night gave us one last bit of winter.

    March 30

  • jooy

    Grace Cabin was choice, Andre. Goodtimes with good people-- thanks for a much-needed weekend getaway, everyone!

    March 30

  • 'Rumana C.

    Thanks Andre for organizing! It was nice seeing you and Yelena and nice meeting Rob, Jooy, Nick, Esben and Theo. I learned so much from all of you at my first trip to ADK. Looking forward to more trips like this with you guys in the future!

    1 · March 30

  • Esben

    Looks like the weather report just changed (to the better) and its now predicting heavy snow fall for Saturday night, 10". It's going to be beautiful. Sunny and warm weather during Saturday day.

    1 · March 28

  • Jill

    I have a car and will be driving from Brooklyn. I would prefer to not drive by myself before committing to this trip so please let me know if anyone needs a ride OR if there are other carpools I can join. Thanks!

    March 25

    • Jill

      And I'll be taking a spot in the cabin if there is still room left.

      March 25

    • Theo

      Hi Jill, not sure if you're still planning on going but looking for a ride. Let me know. Thanks!

      March 27

  • Nick

    i'm driving from brooklyn. leaving 2ish on friday. i can take 3 passengers

    March 21

    • Theo

      Hi Nick, wondering if there's room left in your car? Thanks!

      March 26

    • Nick

      sorry, car is full - carpooling w/ heather

      March 27

  • Donna S.

    Have plans, but have fun!

    March 27

  • Yelena

    Would anyone be interested in hiking out early on Sunday to do some XC skiing @ Cascade or Olympic Complex/Van Hovenberg?

    March 27

  • Theo

    Hoping there is space in a car...

    March 26

  • Claudia M.

    I wish I could join you guys, but I will be in Utah this weekend.

    March 26

  • Andre

    Anyone want to take point on organizing camping? Reservations are required for all lean-to on JBL property. There are campsites farther up the trail

    March 25

    • jooy

      Esben and Heather-- are you both still camping/lean-to'ing­? Are you OK with $25/nite to be near the JBL Grace cabin, or do you want to hike further (off JBL property)? I don't want to pay $50 (2 nites) to camp alone. Please let me know, thank you.

      March 26

    • Esben

      I was thinking of finding a tent site on the way in from the Garden parking lot. Preferable as close to the cabin as possible. Maybe just walk in somewhere.

      March 26

  • Laurie C.

    Just found out a dear friend is making a last minute trip to NYC this weekend so I am going to stay in the city. You guys have fun. V. jealous since might be the end of the good snow!

    March 26

  • Yelena

    Driving up with Rumana / Andre / Rob; leaving 2-ish on Friday.

    March 25

    • Esben

      We will race you to the cabin :)

      1 · March 25

  • Laurie C.

    Hey Andre, I'm looking at the National Geo ADK High Peaks map. Found Garden trail head and John's Brook Lodge, but Grace Cabin or Goodwin lean-to are not on the map. Do you know if Goodwin lean-to has another name? Maybe Wm. G. Howard lean-to?

    March 22

    • Heather L.

      I've done Grey. It's a short climb with 3ish small slab scrambles. There's supposed to be a storm Wednesday, I think? I was going to do the lean to/camp over cabins.

      March 24

    • Laurie C.

      I will camp/lean to as well. We should each bring a plastic tarp so we'll have tarps to block out the wind. We did this in ADK the other weekend and was very necessary. Will be lighter if we each carried one.

      March 24

  • Laurie C.

    Wondering if others are definitely going and camping?I

    March 23

  • Christopher R.

    Anyone wanna backpack in?

    March 17

    • Heather L.

      I'd prefer to backpack in...as long as we don't get to the lean to at 4 am. :)

      1 · March 19

    • Laurie C.

      I'll hike in! But no 4 am hikes!

      March 22

  • Francisco

    Andre March 28 is spring. :)

    3 · March 13

8 went

  • Andre
    20+ Miler, 0°F, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Rob C.
    50+ Hikes, 20+ Miler, 0°F, UT'10, Assistant Organizer
  • Esben
    5+ Hikes
  • Yelena
    20+ Miler, Thinks 50°F is Cold, Co-Organizer
  • 'Ruma­na C.
    10+ Hikes
  • jooy
    50+ Hikes, 20+ Miler, 0°F

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