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Great Range Traverse in ADK in a Day (Advanced+)

*Please read the description carefully before signing up, if you have not hiked with me, please email me or call[masked] so we can talk about details. This is a serious marathon climb with huge mileage in a day, monster elevation change and exposed, fun rock scrambling and we are doing it at a fast pace. EXTREMELY DIFFICULT HIKE. weather permitted.

At the minimum you should have climbed 10+ high peaks in the White Mountains with ease and felt the need for more challenges. if you sign up as 'go', I expect to see you at the trailhead at 5:30AM.*

We are doing a version of Great Range Traverse in the Adirondacks, we will hit all the 8 high peaks in the range, with a total mileage about 22 miles and with

17,000 elevation change (up & down), this trip will be well-planned with a fast pace and minimal stops, you have to be a fast hiker averaging at least 2miles/hour.

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$25 per person.

Our trip is similar to this:

This is rated as the 3rd hardest day hike in the USA, it also has extremely long, steep and exposed rock climbing and cliff climbing, so you must be in extremely good shape. Most of the range does not have water source, so you have to bring all your water. ( I am bring a water filter to re-fill along the way, refer to the map for water source)

Our target time is 14 hours for the 22 miles, what we will do is check our progress at each peak and decide the next step.

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Map 2:

I will leave Newark, NJ Friday afternoon at around 3pm, getting to the hostel in Keene Valley, NY. You must have exactly $7 in cash to pay for day parking at the Garden Parking Lot for Saturday.

We will start hiking from the Garden Trailhead at 5:30AM sharp.

You will need day hike gears, headlight, 2 pair of socks, clean clothes, plenty of food for the day.

Itinerary & Target Time (include rest, food, photo):

Garden Trailhead to Mt. Marcy (1): 9.1 miles, 3820 feet gain, 4h.
Mt. Marcy to Mt. Haystack (2): 2.4 miles, gain 2400 feet, loss 450 feet, 1.5h.
Haystack to Mt. Basin (3) (we will get water here): 2 miles, gain 1500 feet, loss 1000 feet. 1.5h.
Basin to Mt. Saddleback (4) (cliff climbing): 1mile, gain 1000, loss 500, 40min.
Saddleback to Mt. Gothics (5) (exposed rock scramble): 1.6 mile, gain 1000, loss 1000, 1.5h.
Gothics to Armstrong (6), Upper Wolfjaw (7): 2.8 mile, gain 1800, loss 1200, 2.5h.
At this point we have 4.8 miles to go back to the parking lot. We will assess to see if we can do Lower Wolfjaw (8), 1 mile, +800, -600.

Our target is to leave at 5:30AM and return to the car by 7:30PM.

Questions feel free to ask.






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  • Michael B.

    Here is the elevation profile for the bike ride - definitely want to go Loj to Keene Valley. We did the ride with our day packs after hiking Cascade and Porter.

    June 24, 2013

    • Gokul

      Unfortunately, the thing that makes Loj-to-KVH the sensible biking direction also makes it the better hiking direction. Also, unless I'm mistaken, the steep sections on Gothics and Saddleback are on the SW side, so they're ascents hiking from Loj-to-KVH and descents the other way. But you guys went down that stuff with full packs, so others can't really complain.

      June 24, 2013

  • Alex

    Thanks man, that's good advice, I may actually do that, how long did it take you to do the full thing?

    June 24, 2013

    • Gokul

      Don't remember exactly. I believe I did it in August (4-5 years ago), and I wasn't moving superfast, but did it without having to break out the headlamp.

      June 24, 2013

  • Alex

    thanks Michael

    June 24, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Last year we left our cars at the LOJ and rode our bikes back to the Keene Valley Hostel and stayed the night. Got up and headed out from the hostel (5 minute walk to Roostercomb trailhead) - name and Robin (owners of hostel) let us keep our bikes and spare gear there while we were in the woods (foure day backpack with the great range). Hiked out to car and drove to get bikes.

    June 24, 2013

  • Gokul

    Another way to do this (how I did it), is to start at the Adirondack Loj trailhead, and do the entire length of the Great Range from Marcy to Roostercomb, and finish at the Roostercomb trailhead, which is right next to the Keene Valley Hostel. You can even get a shuttle from the Hostel to the Loj trailhead, and save some time.

    June 24, 2013

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