17409
New York

The Adirondacks: Hiking the Northeast’s Largest Wilderness

The Adirondacks are known for their beauty, wildlife and superb trails. Hike with Adirondack Mountain Club experts as you learn what makes this is one of the nation’s best parks.
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Program No. 17409RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
929

At a Glance

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 led by Adirondack Mountain Club.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking 4–8 miles a day; uneven terrain; elevation gains up to 750 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike Mount Jo to sample several distinct forest types on one trek and thrill in exceptional views of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
  • Climb the picturesque, exposed ridge of the Jay Range to enjoy sprawling views from the Adirondacks to Vermont and the Lake Champlain valley.
  • Traverse Mount Van Hoevenberg to the Olympic bobsled run at the Verizon Sports Complex.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, there is no live performance or event at this Retreat. In the evening, you will still be able to enjoy high-quality, interpretive programs such as “The History of Heart Lake,” “The Celebration of Wildness,” “Natural History of the Adirondacks,” “Adirondack Flora & Fauna” and “Celebration of Wildness – History of the Adirondack Park.” Also, listening devices are not available. You may also be interested in "Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Adirondacks" (#23151), with varied hiking options offered by Garnet Hill Lodge.
Featured Expert
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Tom Manitta
Tom Manitta is the Adirondack Mountain Club's outreach coordinator. He studied recreation, adventure travel and ecotourism at Paul Smith's College. He is happiest when hiking, paddling, birding, hunting and fishing. Tom is a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation. He loves to share his passion for the Adirondacks in a fun, energetic and contagious way.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tom Manitta
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