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High Peaks of the Adirondacks (full)

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Spend three and a half days (four nights) exploring the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid. Activities will focus on hiking, but will include some quiet paddling, swimming, and visiting points of interest that are historic, culinary, or otherwise fun. At roughly 6 million acres, this is one of the largest parks in the country, with hundreds of peaks, hundreds of lakes, and 1.3 gazillion trees. We’ll only cover a small amount of that area, but that includes some of its best parts. The hikes (2-4 blisters) will be generally moderate, with one being somewhat (not too) strenuous. Participants may opt out of any activity.

>> Lodging: We’ll be staying at the wonderful Adirondak Loj ( on Heart Lake, in a gorgeous setting, with trailheads leading to wilderness from the front door. The lodge includes a large lounge with fireplace, dining room, bathrooms and showers, parking, free (but weak) wifi, and no TVs! Beds are bunks in a 6-person bunkroom or 12-person loft. Costs for four nights, including four full breakfasts (special diets accommodated), towels and linens, and room and sales taxes are $286 (bunkroom) and $245 (loft). Swimming and canoe/kayak rentals are available at the lake. Check out the slideshow at

>> Additional costs, including travel and food (snacks, lunch, dinner), are the responsibility of participants. Lunches and dinners may be purchased at the lodge for $9 and $19 each, respectively. No pets are allowed. Contact Mike ([masked]) for more information. The trip is limited to 10 people and requires a non-refundable $100 deposit to reserve.

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  • Mike

    What a wonderful trip!! Spectacular views that must be seen to be believed, and worth every drop of sweat. We completed four great hikes in three days:
    1) Mt Jo (2876’) 2.3mi & 1400’ el change (1.5 blisters, easy)
    2) Mt Van Hoevenberg (2940’) 4.5mi & 1650’ el change (2.5 blisters, moderate)
    3) Wright Peak (4587’, NY’s 16th highest peak) 7mi & 4940’ el change (3.6 blisters, difficult)
    4) Mt Marcy (5344’, NY’s highest peak) 17mi & 8000’ el change (7.5 blisters, very difficult)
    For all the photos, see

    June 23, 2013

  • Alex

    Awesome. Incredible landscapes; incredible mountains, forests and vistas. Like visiting a different country. Hikes are hard but wonderfully rewarding.

    June 19, 2013

  • Mike

    We'll leave Sat at 9 am from Grosvenor-Strathmoer Metro.

    May 7, 2013

  • Ann C.

    Hi Mike - is the planned departure for Friday June 14th to Adirondacks or Saturday 15 departing DC? If Saturday I can probably make it but if Friday I will not be able to go. Await your response, Ann

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry...scheduling conflict.

    May 5, 2013

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