Adirondacks Five Mountain Loop

  • August 30, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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8/30 - 9/1

Heading up to the Adirondacks for Labor Day Weekend to do the Five Mountain Loop (see description below). This is for intermediate/advanced, requires gear for overnight backpacking, and some experience with rugged terrain. 

Itinerary: Saturday: Plan to arrive Saturday afternoon and backpack 3.3 miles to camp out. Sunday: Complete the remaining 14 miles and head to the ADK LOJ wilderness campgrounds to relax. Monday: swimming/canoeing in morning before heading back. 

SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqBTmqia9s-YdGs0LVpzNE9RUW5vbVlMYkprbTNCZlE&usp=sharing

What to expect: You will be going up and down mountains with a backpack and you will be living in a way that is simple, and perhaps not very comfortable. The difficulty level of this hike is 8/10. If you do not hike, run, or do any cardio activities regularly you will not be able to complete this. If you do not really like roughing it in nature, you will not enjoy this type of experience. I will attempt to locate bailout points but you may have to wait many hours to be picked up or attempt to locate a cab.

Suggested items for overnight backpacking: backpack, headlamp, lightweight tent, sleeping bag, mat, hiking boots, midweight socks, sock liners, very small suntan lotion, very small hand sani, very small bug spray, a few baby wipes in a ziplock bag, extra ziplock bag for garbage, stove, water purifier or pills, light fleece for night, water bottles/camelbak, water, food (dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks) . *** Leave additional items for Sunday night/Monday in your cars. I can not stress this enough: don't bring additional clothes or anything you do not specifically need for the backpacking portion, they will weigh you down and slow you down. Don't forget to bring swim shorts if you plan on swimming or canoeing/kayaking on Monday morning.  Please ask me questions about gear - I have a lot of experience with this and can point you in the right direction of quality/cost effective stuff.

Travel: Carpool from NYC. Post whether you need a ride or have a car. I have space for 2/3 people. Directions to trailhead parking lot: http://goo.gl/maps/Rxmgl

Campgrounds: One night at ADK LOJ from Sunday evening to Monday morning. Max 6 people per site and 3 tents per site. Will post a spreadsheet. Campsite has water spigots, bathrooms with showers, firepits, picnic tables, swimming, kayak/canoe rentals. There would be a small fee for one night at the ADK LOJ campgrounds. http://www.adk.org/page.php?pname=wilderness-campground 

Description from Backpacker Mag:



Forty-six peaks in the Adirondacks rise higher than 4,000 feet. Locals call them "46ers," and you'll tag five on this 17.3-mile loop. From a parking area on the south side of NY 73, seven miles south of Keene Valley, access the unsigned (and unnamed) but easy-to-spot trail. Head southwest past a killer swimming hole to cross the North Fork of the Bouquet River at mile .7. From here, the trail weaves through ferny undergrowth to another crossing at mile 3.3. Just beyond are three tent sites. Camp here and rest up for a big day two. In the morning, top off your water; this is your last reliable water source for the next 10 miles. The trail gets steeper and rockier and peters out at mile 4.7, at the base of the East Dix slide, where a 35- to 40-degree rock slab leads .3 mile to the open summit of East Dix. Note: If it's raining, skip the steep scramble for a faint path to the right of the slide's base. At the 4,012-foot summit, follow cairns southwest along the ridge for a mile to the top of 4,060-foot South Dix. From here, drop 500 feet to a saddle between South Dix and 4,405-foot Macomb Mountain. A spur leads to Macomb, the day's third 46er. Return to South Dix and head north to 4,400-foot Hough Peak. Beyond, the forest transitions to birch and stunted balsam as you climb steeply toward 4,857-foot Dix Mountain. Reach the Beckhorn (a false summit) at mile 8.9 (10), then continue to the top (11). Descend the steep and rooty Dix Trail 1,600 feet to a traverse of the Dix Slide at mile 9.9 (12). The trail levels out beyond here and reaches the Bouquet lean-to at mile 11.2 (13). Camp here for one more night out (first-come, first-serve). From here, it's a gradual 4.2-mile descent to the road (14), then 1.9 miles east to your car. 

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  • sam s

    It looks like I am going to have to move stuff out of my Brooklyn place this weekend. I won't be able to leave on time, so I have to bow out. I hope to see you guys on trail in the future.

    August 27, 2014

  • Loring M

    Just did 4 of these 5 (had already done Dix) 10 days ago. Awesome range, and relatively untouched (NY State does not maintain these trails). Only advice I would give is, keep it light. There's a fair amount of up and down, and with Dix being the last summit, that's a big one. Hope the weather is dry.

    August 26, 2014

  • Jeremy M.

    Me and my bf would love to go. Just wondering if we'd be able to get a ride with someone. Only way we could do it. Also - what else would we need to do at this point to make this happen?

    August 22, 2014

  • David S.

    Does anyone still have room in their car? I also have some extra equipment if needed.

    August 18, 2014

    • Misha

      I too am looking for a ride. Got room for one more?

      August 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah I meant Saturday morning. Misha, Not sure if I have enough room for one more I need to see how much stuff people have. Where do you live? John has a car also.

      August 20, 2014

  • Matt F.

    I got myself a reservation in the LOj for Sunday night just in case. At noon there was no problem.

    2 · August 18, 2014

    • Benjamin

      I've got a reservation there also in the loft.

      August 19, 2014

  • John L.

    Sorry Mike. I'm use to Todd setting up a spreadsheet. Its a small group and would not make sense here anyhow.

    August 18, 2014

  • John L.

    Awesome. The link I was sent too didn't have any availabilities.

    I would prefer to stick with the group.

    August 18, 2014

  • Benjamin

    Hey guys, the LOJ itself has still beds open in it's Loft Rooms and Bunk Rooms for Sunday night starting at $50 something bucks. I don't staying there one night. That way we are still at the same camp. I can also get a car if we're cramped in the existing car pool.

    1 · August 18, 2014

    • Donte W.

      I can accommodate myself plus 3 people and gear in my truck.

      August 18, 2014

    • John L.

      Cool. im on board Donte if there's still room.

      1 · August 18, 2014

  • John L.

    K. Im flexible and am totally fine camping overnight in a car, at a campsite on a nearby trail. Other options could binstating at a local motl to rest up for an optional hike on Monday OR drive back. Given that I don't have transport, My options is also dependent on drivers with open space n their car.

    This said, can we decide ahead of time, who will be spending overnight in the ADKINS LOJ campsite?

    Will there be a spreadsheet for carpooling?

    Thanks. -J

    August 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not creating spreadsheets because I don't know where people are leaving from, what time they are leaving etc.

      August 18, 2014

  • John L.

    Hi all. I'm definitely looking forward to this. Does anyone have an opening in their car?

    August 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes leaving from NYC

      August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have room for 3 in my car leaving from NYC. If you are staying at the Adk lean to, please paypal $11 campsite fee to [masked].

    August 18, 2014

  • John L.

    I just did a quick research. The following is a link of a map with Lake Placid area hikes, and campgrounds. There are 3 state campgrounds in the lake placid area, not too far from ADK LOJ/Heart Lake.

    There are a good number of availabilities at all 3nwith amenities. This sounds like good options for anyone who will not be able to stay at ADK LOJ.

    http://www.lakeplacid.com/files/public/pdf/Hiking-LakePlacid_SaranacLake_Wilmington.pdf


    Mike could we determine ahead of time who will be staying at ADK LOJ and see if there is still interest in the remainder of which hopefully there will be a driver or two? I can go ahead and book a spot in one of these campgrounds in the meantime.

    1 · August 18, 2014

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