The Adirondack Mountains, New York
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between Albany and Lake Placid prior to and following tour.
Not Included: Airfare to Albany International Airport, Guide Gratuity.
Note that for our night at the historic Adirondak Loj, single rooms are not available.
Hotel 7:30 am
“After this trip I have a new appreciation for the Adirondack Mountains – so much more wild and rugged than I expected. Great itinerary.” Jeff L.
The Adirondack region in northern New York is part of the largest state park in the nation, and the High Peaks region, the site of two Winter Olympics, is where we will concentrate our trip. Rounded mountains, babbling brooks, narrow chasms and inviting lakes all beckon as we explore the only mountains in the eastern U.S. that aren’t geologically Appalachian. These mountains are continuing to be uplifted, perhaps by a hotspot in the earth’s crust, and although they were partially glacially carved, the mountains are rugged, steep and nearly impenetrable. It should be noted that although the mileage on this tour is not as high as other challenging tours, the terrain is very rugged with rocky, technical paths, slopes requiring hand holds, ladders and slippery rocks, so travel is slow. This makes the rewarding views and sense of accomplishment that much sweeter.
The area is steeped in history, from the hunting escapades of the native american tribes of Iroquois and Algonquin, to the names of the first explorers like Henry Van Hoevenberg, Old Man Phelps and Verplanck Colvin, to the architecture and furnishings of the Great Camps and the rustic lodges that still take visitors today, to the centers for summer and winter recreation that have been luring visitors for many decades. Be sure to ask your guides for more information about the Great Camps, backcountry lodges, backpacking in the area, the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, the Adirondack chair and much, much more!
|Day 1||Van shuttle from Albany to Indian Lake, hike Snowy Mountain, overnight at Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake||6.4|
|Day 2||Hike to Great Camp Santanoni||10|
|Day 3||Point to Point hike from Newcomb to Heart Lake through Indian Pass, overnight in a dormitory style room at the rustic Adirondack Loj||9.3|
|Day 4||Climb Algonquin Peak, overnight in Lake Placid||9|
|Day 5||Hike Great Falls Loop including Lower Ausable Lake, Indian Head and numerous cascades||10.4|
|Day 6||Roaring Brook Trailhead, past Giant Washbowl and Nubble, van transfer to Albany||4|