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Multi-Sport Adventure: Hike, Bike and Paddle the Adirondacks

In the heart of the Adirondacks, join other outdoor enthusiasts for an active adventure filled with nature hikes, canoeing along pristine waterways and mountain biking on local trails.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22383RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,049

At a Glance

Discover the mountains, forests and waterways of the Adirondack Park through a multi-sport adventure! Learn about New York State’s “forever wild” Adirondack Park — the largest in the contiguous United States — as you hike, mountain bike and paddle various areas in and around the High Peaks region. Canoe along the ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes of the Sarnac Lake river system, as well as in the St. Regis Canoe Area, the only designated canoe area in New York State. Hear from local experts how Adirondack Park got its start as a watershed preservation project, and enjoy evening lectures on the region’s ecosystem and history.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking up to six miles over varied terrain; paddling up to 10 miles a day; mountain biking up to 12 miles- the bike route can be modified depending on the fitness level of the group
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 along the beautiful ridges of Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Jay Range while enjoying sweeping vistas of the Adirondack Park and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
  • Paddle the placid waters of the St. Regis Canoe Area, featuring a lake-speckled wilderness landscape forged by the last glacial period.
  • Experience a piece of Olympic history by biking trails near the bobsled run and exploring the Mackenzie-Intervale Olympic Ski Jumping Complex.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills 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 value-priced single room. 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.”
Featured Expert
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Mary Glynn
Mary Glynn is the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator and studied environmental science systems at Le Moyne College. Mary worked for a wilderness therapy program in Vermont for four years before returning to ADK. Mary is a wilderness first responder and Adirondack 46er, and plans to finish visiting all 115 high peaks in the Northeast over the next few years. Mary loves to explore the deep woods of the Adirondacks and enjoys working with beginners as they seek connections with local wilderness areas.

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

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Tom Manitta
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Seth Jones
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness
by Paul Schnieder
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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