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Long Lake
By Chris Long
Canoeing on Long Lake in shadow of High Peaks

The Summit Base trek program provides different opportunities coinciding with the seasons.  During the summer season six and twelve day trips are offered with weekend trips during the fall, winter and spring.

Canoeing treks can take you through the most popular Adirondack waters such as Blue Mountain Lake, Tupper Lake and the Raquette River.   We provide you with canoes, paddles and life jackets.

Backpacking treks have a great variety of possibilities.  You could traverse through the High Peaks region summiting any of the forty six highest mountains in New York State.  However, only the most serious backpackers attempt the twelve-day, 122 mile, Northville to Lake Placid trail.

Combination treks offer the best of both worlds.  Take a few days to hike to a NY State Boat Launch where you'll be met by canoes to complete your trek on the waterways.

Rock Climbing treks can give you a solid introduction to one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.  Or our staff can further educate even your most confident climber.  We provide all the necessary climbing equipment.

Kayak treksExternal Link are  5 days of high adventure kayaking on Lake Champlain.  Or a weekend trek down the lower Hudson River.  Challenging ocean water conditions likely.

Weekend Treks are a 3 day sampler of our full week adventures.  Two overnights provide an introduction to the canoe (seasonally) or backpacking trek experience.  Offered during spring and fall.

Winter Treks are a new addition to the Summit Base program.  Experience the Adirondack winter with a weekend snowshoe adventure.

Where are our treks?

Anywhere in the fabulous six million acres that make up the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. This gorgeous land is filled with lakes, streams, rivers, hills and meadows. Try one or more of the forty-six peaks that are over four thousand feet high. Nothing can provide a finer outdoor experience than a week in this fabulous outdoor playground.

View Photo ShowExternal Link of a canoe/kayak trek from Blue Mountain Lake to Long Lake

Base Camp

Our base camp, Summit Base, is located in the Adirondack Mountains at the north end of Brant Lake. It is a 1,000 acre facility, about a forty-five minute drive north of Lake George with numerous onsite high adventure opportunities.  

Who is Qualified to Participate?

To participate in Summit Base Treks, you must: 

  • Be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Be prepared/capable of handling and dealing with the activities registered for. 
  • Wilderness swimming requires rating as a BSA "swimmer" (swim 100 yards) during swim check performance and a completed parent/guardian permission formExternal Link must be on file.

Are there qualified individuals in your group who would like to go on a Summit Base trek, but none of your adults leaders can go with them? See the program feesExternal Link and contact our trek coordinator,

Adult leadership is available for an additional fee, see program feesExternal Link for details. This leadership is in addition to the trek guide.

How to choose a trek

We have program itineraries for all ability levels.  Our Trek Coordinator will help your group choose a program that best suits your needs.  An Adirondack trek should be both challenging and fun.  Keep in mind the age, maturity and physical abilities of all participants when planning your adventure.  Please do not focus on awards (50 miler, etc.); the Adirondack Park boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.  Although many of our trek itineraries fall short of 50 miles, etc. they are still both challenging and personally rewarding.  A patch is temporary, pride in an accomplishment is forever.


Trek fees are detailed in our Program FeesExternal Link section.  Take special note of the mileage fees.

Provided by Summit BaseExternal Link:

  • Adirondack Guide services
  • Food
  • Tents and cooking equipment
  • All specialized equipment (canoes, kayaks, etc.)
  • Trip planning services
  • All base camp services including High Adventures activities
  • Transportation to and from trek points (additional mileage fee)

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