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Hiking the Adirondacks

Program Number: 17409RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Placid, New York
Price starting at: $650.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Along with its more than 3,000 lakes, Adirondack Park boasts globally unique habitats and a mix of public and private lands, resulting in a cultural and natural diversity unmatched by any other U.S. park. Gain insight into the Adirondacks’ variety of plant and animal life and come to understand it as a model for places where people inhabit expansive natural environments. Lectures, local experts, interpretive walks, slideshows and more accent hikes to the park’s various environments, facilities and places of interest.




Highlights

• Hike Mount Jo to sample several distinct forest types on one trek and thrill in exceptional views of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
• Explore Marcy Dam and the Avalanche Pass trail, traversing through a deep gorge to the beautiful Avalanche Lake.
• Traverse Mount Van Hoevenberg to the Olympic bobsled run at the Verizon Sports Complex.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 4–8 miles a day; uneven terrain; elevation gains up to 750 feet.



Coordinated by The Adirondack Mountain Club.




Lake Placid (New York)

Known famously as a two-time site of the Winter Olympics and the setting of the 1980 U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. “Miracle on Ice,” this village in northeastern New York remains a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. As a gateway to Adirondack State Park, Lake Placid also serves as a base for climbers hoping to scale any of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.



Accommodations
The Loj, circa 1927, overlooks Heart Lake. Private rooms, home-cooked meals.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ryan Doyle

Ryan Doyle is the Adirondack Mountain Club’s outdoor leadership coordinator. Happiest when he is hiking, paddling, mountain biking or skiing, Ryan draws rave reviews from participants for his expert outdoor skills, knowledge of the Adirondacks’ natural and cultural history, and his easygoing demeanor. A favorite personal trip was teaching environmental education programs to elementary students during an 18-day, 400-mile canoe journey from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Adirondack Loj
  Lake Placid, New York 5 nights
 The Adirondack Loj
Type: Lodge
  Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/
  Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.
  Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.
  Check out time: 10:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00pm Lodge Check-In Time. 5:00pm Meet in Adirondak Loj Dining Room for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at The Adirondack Loj that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 12:30pm. Room checkout is 11:00am. You will be staying at The Adirondack Loj the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must sign waiver/release form required by Adirondack Mountain Club in order to participate in walking and hiking programs. This will be sent to you 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Placid, New York
  Nearest city or town:  Saranac Lake
  Nearest highway: Interstate 87
  Nearest airport:  Burlington International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Placid, New York
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albany, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Trailways Bus
phone: 800-776-7548
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.75 bus ticket
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

4 hours by bus / 2 hours 30 minutes by car 

 

Distance:

 

130 miles

   

Bus travels once per day from Albany departing at 1:30pm and arriving in Albany at 5:30pm. Automobile rentals also available at Albany Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Points North Take Adirondack Northway I 87 South to Exit 34, Keeseville. Follow 9N to Jay and Rt. 86 to Lake Placid. Turn left on Rt. 73 before going through Lake Placid. In three miles look for the High Peaks Trailhead sign and turn right on Adirondack Loj Road, five miles to the Loj.
  From Points South Take the Adirondack Northway I 87 to Exit 30. Turn left on Rt. 73 toward Keene and Lake Placid. Continue on Rt. 73 for 26.5 miles. Turn left on Adirondack Loj Road (High Peaks Trailhead sign) Five miles to the Loj.
  From Points West Take Route 3 or 86 into Saranac Lake. Continue on Route 86 through Lake Placid. At the third traffic light, turn right on to Route 73 towards Keene. In three miles, look for the High Peaks Trailhead sign and turn right onto the Adirondacks Loj Road, five miles to the Loj.
Elevation Note: Highest elevation reached would be approx. 2,876 ft. Total elevation gain most days is about 700'.

Equipment Requirements: Hiking boots and appropriate hiking gear including a day pack required for participation in the program. Outerwear should be synthetic or wool for your comfort (nylon, polypro, fleece, etc). Avoid cotton.

REQUIRED ITEMS: Sturdy hiking shoes (comfortable & broken-in); Rain gear (jacket & pants); Day pack w/ shoulder straps; Water bottle(s)

SUGGESTED ITEMS: Socks (plus a spare pair); Base layer top & bottoms ("long johns"); Nylon shorts; Lightweight long pants; T-Shirt (short or long sleeve); Sweater (insulating layer); Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen); Bug repellent; Lip balm; Bandana; Trekking poles; Camera/batteries; Binoculars; Field journal (for sketching in the field); Pencil & notepad; Field guides

Select clothing items based on expected weather conditions but be prepared to spend time outdoors in any weather. Day packs available for loan at no charge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, May 4)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in between 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 Afternoon: Welcome and Orientation. Tour Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondak Loj and the Heart Lake Program Center property, and get an overview of the week's activities.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Loj.
   
Accommodations: The Adirondack Loj
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Adirondack Mountain Club Presentation
(Monday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet-style from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike around Heart Lake and up Mt. Jo. Mt. Jo is a small mountain located on our property that offers exceptional views of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Although small in stature, Mt. Jo provides an excellent sample of what it’s like to climb some of the bigger mountains, as the trail passes through several distinct forest types on its way to the summit. The day will consist of an interpretive walk/talk focused on the topic of Forest Succession.
 Lunch: Pack-out bag lunch at the summit.
 Afternoon: Descend Mt. Jo via the Long Trail. Complete circumnavigation of Heart Lake. Option to continue hiking on property trails.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Loj.
 Evening: 8:00p.m. "The History of Heart Lake" slideshow presentation.
   
Accommodations: The Adirondack Loj
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Adirondack Mountain Club Presentation
(Tuesday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike to Marcy Dam and Avalanche Pass. The trail to Marcy Dam is the one of the main gateways of the High Peaks Wilderness, and as such, is the most popular trailhead in New York State – provides great views of Marcy Pond/Brook, and in close proximity to major mountain ranges. The Avalanche Pass trail runs through a deep gorge to Avalanche Lake, a beautiful body of water nestled between high cliff walls. This rugged trail provides an up close look at one of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Photographic opportunities abound.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Return hike to Adirondak Loj via Old Marcy Dam Trail.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Natural History of the Adirondacks" slideshow presentation.
   
Accommodations: The Adirondack Loj
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Transport to Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC). 10:00 a.m. Hike at the Paul Smith’s VIC to Black & Long Ponds. This walk travels through well-maintained paths created especially for natural interpretation. The area offers an array of walks of various distances and times through a variety of ecosystems. Black Pond & Long Pond trail meanders through a mixed hardwood forest around two glacial ponds. Loons have been known to nest along the shoreline. This area has abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer, coyotes, black bears, and more. The terrain is flat to rolling and the tread of the trail is easy underfoot. There are numerous benches and lean-tos (shelters) serving as comfortable rest points, as well as many scenic photo opportunities.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Continue walk through Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center trails and view interior exhibits. 3:00 p.m. Return transport to Adirondak Loj 4:00 p.m. Free time
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Adirondack Flora & Fauna" slideshow presentation.
   
Accommodations: The Adirondack Loj
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike to Mt, Van Hoevenberg. This hike is flat as it passes through a large coniferous plantation and into a mature hardwood forest, at the end of which is a large beaver meadow. Climbing begins up a long, gradual ridgeline and ascends to a rocky overlook with expansive views of the surrounding mountains and forests.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Descend over the north side of the mountain to view the bobsled run at the Olympic Sports Complex. Return via the same route.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Celebration of Wildness – History of the Adirondack Park" slideshow presentation
   
Accommodations: The Adirondack Loj
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet-style from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
 Morning: 9:00 a.m. Closing debrief, review and summary session.
 Lunch: Lunch is included at the ADK Loj. Program ends after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness


Author: Paul Schnieder


Description: His book is a romance, a story of first love between Americans and a thing they call "wilderness." For it was in the Adirondacks that masses of non-Native Americans first learned to cherish the wilderness as a place of recreation and solace. In this lyrical narrative history, the author reveals that the affair between Americans and the Adirondacks was by no means one of love at first sight. And even now, Schneider shows that Americans' relationship with the glorious mountains and rivers of the Adirondacks continues to change. As in every good romance, nothing is as simple as it appears.





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