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Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Adirondacks

Learn about garnet mines, railroads, wildlife and more as you explore the Adirondacks on foot and by canoe, choosing from multiple activity levels each day.
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Program No. 23151RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
New York

Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Adirondacks

Learn about garnet mines, railroads, wildlife and more as you explore the Adirondacks on foot and by canoe, choosing from multiple activity levels each day.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 23151 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Std. & No transfer
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Standard room. No airport shuttle.
Std. & Transfer
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Standard room with airport shuttle.
Upgr. & No Transfer
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Upgraded room. No airport shuttle.
Upgr. & Transfer
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Upgraded room with airport shuttle.
Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2021
Standard, no transfer 1,299
Standard, transfer 1,399
Upgraded, no transfer 1,399
Upgraded, transfer 1,499
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
Standard, no transfer 1,299
Standard, transfer 1,399
Upgraded, no transfer 1,399
Upgraded, transfer 1,499
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Private Group
Standard, no transfer 1,299
Standard, transfer 1,399
Upgraded, no transfer 1,399
Upgraded, transfer 1,499
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PA Hikers

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Standard, no transfer 1,299
Standard, transfer 1,399
Upgraded, no transfer 1,399
Upgraded, transfer 1,499
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,359
Standard, transfer 1,459
Upgraded, no transfer 1,459
Upgraded, transfer 1,559
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,359
Standard, transfer 1,459
Upgraded, no transfer 1,459
Upgraded, transfer 1,559
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,359
Standard, transfer 1,459
Upgraded, no transfer 1,459
Upgraded, transfer 1,559
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,359
Standard, transfer 1,459
Upgraded, no transfer 1,459
Upgraded, transfer 1,559

DATES & PRICES

Std. & No transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Standard room. No airport shuttle.
Std. & Transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Standard room with airport shuttle.
Upgr. & No Transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Upgraded room. No airport shuttle.
Upgr. & Transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Upgraded room with airport shuttle.
Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2021
Standard, no transfer 1,499
Standard, transfer 1,599
Upgraded, no transfer 1,619
Upgraded, transfer 1,719
Sep 12 - Sep 17, 2021
SOLD OUT
Standard, no transfer 1,499
Standard, transfer 1,599
Upgraded, no transfer 1,619
Upgraded, transfer 1,719
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
Private Group
Standard, no transfer 1,499
Standard, transfer 1,599
Upgraded, no transfer 1,619
Upgraded, transfer 1,719
Itinerary Note

PA Hikers

Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Standard, no transfer 1,499
Standard, transfer 1,599
Upgraded, no transfer 1,619
Upgraded, transfer 1,719
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,579
Standard, transfer 1,679
Upgraded, no transfer 1,679
Upgraded, transfer 1,779
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,579
Standard, transfer 1,679
Upgraded, no transfer 1,679
Upgraded, transfer 1,779
Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,579
Standard, transfer 1,679
Upgraded, no transfer 1,679
Upgraded, transfer 1,779
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Standard, no transfer 1,579
Standard, transfer 1,679
Upgraded, no transfer 1,679
Upgraded, transfer 1,779

At a Glance

The rugged peaks of the Adirondack Mountains and the lakes that dot its foothills were carefully carved by glaciers and faults. The result is a fascinating ecosystem of forests and wetlands in the Adirondack Park. Explore this beautiful region of New York as you choose from varied hiking options each day, from gentle walks to an epic hiking excursion of one of the Adirondack's High Peaks. Learn about logging, railroads and garnet mines during expert lectures and discover the wildlife and natural beauty of the Adirondacks as you explore it on foot and by canoe.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Choose from hiking options each day based on your desired level of challenge, up to 8 miles and 1200-foot elevation gain. Some options include paddling of kayaks.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the garnet mines from a local expert before exploring them in person, or venture out to conquer one of the region's High Peaks.
  • Visit Adirondack museums to learn about local history, art, culture and the important role that railroads played in developing the region.
  • Take comfort in knowing that you can choose from multiple hiking options depending on your desired challenge each day.

General Notes

Airport transfer available at added cost.
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.
Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide
by James M. Ryan
The breathtaking six-million-acre Adirondack Park in upstate New York is comprised of a multiplicity of habitats, including over 2,800 lakes and ponds, more than 30,000 miles of running water, and 46 major mountain peaks. Adirondack Wildlife: A Field Guide is, astonishingly, the first authoritative handbook devoted to the natural history and ecology of the Adirondacks and the Park’s invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The book leads the reader on an intimate journey through the Adirondack Park, beginning with the alpine communities above timberline and descending through the conifer and hardwood forests to the wetlands, streams, and lakes. Ryan’s crisp and authoritative species-by-species accounts of the park’s fauna are fabulously illustrated in color and in black and white. The book is portable and geared towards use in the field. Each chapter concludes with “sources and additional readings;” back matter includes a glossary and species checklists. The park’s hundreds of thousands of residents and millions of visitors will profit immeasurably by having the indispensable Adirondack Wildlife at hand.
High Peaks: A History of Hiking the Adirondacks from Noah to Neoprene
by Tim Rowland
The unique geological history of the Adirondacks can be found in a pebble. So discovers humorist and outdoorsman Tim Rowland as he chronicles the evolution of hiking in the howling wilderness of the High Peaks. From nineteenth-century guides’ “random scoots” to Melville Dewey’s “Adirondaks Loj” to today’s technologically enhanced weekenders, Rowland, who has climbed the forty-six himself, incorporates personal anecdotes and laugh-out-loud wit to capture the appeal and beauty of this beloved region, all the while reminding us of the importance of keeping these stunning mountains, and their attendant “neat rocks,” “Forever Wild.”
Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain and Mohawk Valley Regions
by Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney
Bike, paddle, bike, or cross-country ski along beautiful trails through sites made famous by Adirondack guides, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, colonial settlers, and combatants in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Visit abandoned iron mines and the ruins of tanneries, famous Adirondack great camps and old resorts, lost villages, Native American battlegrounds, and the homestead of John Brown, catalyst for the Civil War. Visit the scene of America s first naval battle and marvel at geological wonders like Indian Pass, Canajoharie Gorge, Chimney Mountain, and the tufa caves of Van Hornesville. Includes detailed directions, maps, photographs, and vintage postcards. Foreword by Joe Martens, President, Open Space Institute. Hikes include: Valcour Island, Coon Mountain, Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty s Fort of Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Ironville & Penfield Homestead, Rock Pond, Rogers Rock, Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls, Prospect Mountain, Fort George and Bloody Pond, Cooper s Cave & Betar Byway, John Brown s Farm, Mt. Jo & Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Adirondac & Indian Pass, East Branch of the Ausable River & Adirondack Mountain Reserve, Santanoni, The Sagamore, Paul Smiths, Hooper Garnet Mine, Chimney Mountain, Kunjamuk Cave, Griffin, Griffin Falls, & Auger Falls, Moss Island, Tufa Caves & Waterfalls of Van Hornesville, Canajoharie Gorge, and Wolf Hollow.
The Adirondack Reader
by Adirondack Mountain Club
Writers of the past 400 years reflect the changing attitudes toward wilderness and the development of wild lands in the Adirondack Mountains.
The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness
by Paul Schneider
Paul Schneider's 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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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation, Lecture
North River, NY
D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Shuttle from Albany Airport will be leaving at 2:00 p.m. at the latest. If you plan on taking the shuttle, please complete and return the shuttle information form that can be found in the information packet. Upon receipt of the form, a Road Scholar representative will reach out to you confirming your pickup location and shuttle time.

Afternoon: If you are taking the transfer from the Albany Airport, the shuttle will be leaving at 2:00 PM. It will be approximately 1.5 hour drive, depending on traffic. Please complete and return the shuttle information form that can found at the end of your information packet. Check in to the hotel between 4-5PM. Meet at 5:30 for welcome reception and orientation.

Dinner: At 6:30 p.m. we will enjoy a special welcome buffet dinner at Garnet Hill's Log House Restaurant. Dinner includes a free glass of wine or beer as you enjoy the spectacular views of 13th Lake and the Adirondack mountains.

Evening: After dinner, relax at the Lodge and enjoy an evening performance from a local band and beer garden back at the Lodge.

DAY
2
Mushrooms & Wildflowers of the Adirondacks
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: There will be 3 options to choose from on trails that lead to rivers or lakes. Easy Hike - Walk at your own pace on the hiking trail alongside 13th lake. Turn around when you are ready. Moderate Hike and Paddle - 1.2 mile hike to Elizabeth Point on 13th lake and paddle back to the Garnet Hill boat launch. Slightly challenging descent to the lake after turning off the Old Farm Trail. Challenging Hike - 5 mile round trip hike to Blue Ledges overlooking the Hudson River. 230 ft vertical rise.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Hikers will set out on the trails near 13th Lake or the Hudson River, organized into three groups based on preference and ability. Choose from a walk on the Garnet Hill Trails to the Old Sugar House, a 1.2 mile hike to 13th lake, paddle back in canoes or kayaks, and an optional walk back to the Log House, or a 5 mile round trip hike to Blue Ledges overlooking the Hudson. The Blue Ledges trip requires a 30 minute bus ride to and from the trailhead.

Lunch: Garnet Hill Lodge will provide each hiker with picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a scenic spot on the trails. Before departing in the morning, hikers will build their own lunches and may choose from a wide selection including gluten free and vegetarian options. The lunches include a choice of pretzels, chips or trail mix as well as fruit and a drink.

Afternoon: Hikers will continue their chosen hikes and have some time to relax once they get back to the lodge. The lounge, games room, pub and fire-side seating in the Log House will all be open and available to guests at their leisure, as well as our network of trails and the Garnet Hill Beach.

Dinner: A buffet-style dinner will be offered at our Log House Restaurant including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Evening: We'll gather after dinner for a lecture by a local expert on our home for the week, the Adirondacks. Topics can range from learning about the native mushrooms to the local mining history.

DAY
3
Garnet Mines
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: Easy Hike - A 1-mile hike with 200 ft of vertical rise to Hooper mine. Explore an abandoned open pit garnet mine and the ruins of miners cabins along the way. Moderate Hike - exploring oldest family owned and operated mine in the U.S. Hike 4 miles back to Garnet Hill Ski Shop through the forest preserve, passing two scenic ponds on the way. Challenging hike - embark on conquering one of the region's High Peaks with an elevation of at least 4000 ft.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Hikers will set off on their chosen trips to either Hooper Mine, Barton Mines or to the High Peaks. Our Advanced Hikers may choose to depart on our challenge of conquering one of the region's High Peaks. Known for surpassing an elevation of 4000 ft. the High Peaks are on many Adirondack Hikers' bucket list. Specific mountains and trails will be based upon hikers' skill & level of comfort with hiking.

Lunch: Garnet Hill Lodge will provide each hiker with picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a scenic spot on the trails. Before departing in the morning, hikers will build their own lunches and may choose from a wide selection including gluten free and vegetarian options. The lunches include a choice of pretzels, chips or trail mix as well as fruit and a drink. The Easy group will picnic at Garnet Hill Beach, the Moderate group will picnic at Barton Mines, and the Challenging group will picnic along the trails.

Afternoon: Easy - Hikers will be taken via shuttle to visit the Adirondack Depot Museum in North Creek, where they will learn about the fascinating important role of the railroad in developing the Adirondack region. North Creek is a small town with a surprising amount of history. Moderate - Hikers will continue their hike back from Barton Mines.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner at Garnet Hill Lodge including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Evening: After dinner, there will be a class on another local topic. Use your knowledge to better appreciate the environment around you during your remaining hikes for the week.

DAY
4
Great Camps
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: All groups will visit Camp Santanoni, one of the Adirondack's historic "Great Camps."

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: All groups will take the shuttle to Camp Santanoni, about an hour drive from Garnet Hill Lodge. We will meet our guides and our exploration will begin at the Gate Complex. From there it is a 5.0 mile hike down a peaceful, wide, dirt and gravel carriage road through the woods to the main complex of Camp Santanoni. We will be accompanied on our walk to camp Santanoni by a horse drawn carriage. The challenging group will hike to the main camp complex and back, a distance of approximately 10 miles. The moderate group will hike one way to Camp Santanoni and return on the horse drawn carriage, hiking a distance of 5 miles. The easy group will walk 2.5 miles and take the horse drawn carriage the remainder of the way. Once we arrive at the main complex of camp Santanoni we will have a guided tour of the complex and the opportunity to have our picnic lunch and swim, weather permitting.

Lunch: Garnet Hill Lodge will provide each hiker with picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a scenic spot on the trails. Before departing in the morning, hikers will build their own lunches and may choose from a wide selection including gluten free and vegetarian options. The lunches include a choice of pretzels, chips or trail mix as well as fruit and a drink.

Afternoon: Hikers will continue their trips at Camp Santanoni. Easy groups will return to the gate by carriage. Moderate can either walk 4.9 miles or take the carriage. Challenging will make the return trip on foot.

Dinner: We will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the Log House Restaurant.

Evening: We will have another lecture from a local expert before we will once again light a campfire on the lawn with time to relax on the Adirondack chairs. Enjoy each other's company and share stories from the day. As always, the Log House Pub is open to all of our guests and patrons.

DAY
5
Adirondack Experience - Rivers, Lakes, Mountains, Woods
North River, NY
B,L,D
Garnet Hill Lodge

Activity note: We will again be offering three levels of activity. Easy - Enjoy the morning on local trails at an easier pace before visiting the Adirondack Museum. Moderate - Hike around John Pond, a 4.4 mile loop. No significant vertical rise. Challenging - Paddle across 13th Lake, then hike up Peaked Mountain, a 6.4 mile round trip with 1245 ft of vertical rise.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Hikers will select from; an easy walk on local trails before departing for the Adirondack Museum; a moderate 4.5 mile hike with minimal elevation to John Pond; a challenging hike to peaked Mountain which starts with a paddle across 13th Lake.

Lunch: Garnet Hill Lodge will provide each hiker with picnic lunch to be enjoyed at a scenic spot on the trails. Before departing in the morning, hikers will build their own lunches and may choose from a wide selection including gluten free and vegetarian options. The lunches include a choice of pretzels, chips or trail mix as well as fruit and a drink.

Afternoon: Easy - Visit the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. A beautiful museum with both indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing the best of Adirondack art, architecture, history and culture as well as our wildlife and natural beauty. Moderate - Continue the John Pond hike. Challenging - Hike and paddle back from Peaked Mountain.

Dinner: Farewell dinner. Guests will be able to choose an appetizer, entree and dessert from the restaurant's menu as well as a free glass of wine or beer as they enjoy our spectacular views of 13th Lake and the Adirondack mountains.

Evening: Live music at the Log House, a chance to relax with new friends and celebrate the end of a great week!

DAY
6
Departures
North River, NY
B

Activity note: Shuttle will be departing the Lodge to Albany Airport in the morning, based on flight schedule. Please do not book flights until after 12:00PM.

Breakfast: A delicious buffet-style breakfast at Garnet Hill Lodge's Log House Restaurant, including eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes or french toast, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola and pastries.

Morning: Independent departures. For those enrolled to take the shuttle back to Albany Airport, the return shuttle will be based around your flight schedules and departure time will be sent to you prior to your program. Please do not book flights until after 12:00PM. Your information packet will include a form to fill out and send to Road Scholar regarding your flight information. It is very important to fill out this form. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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