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The Summit Base Trek Program provides a variety of Trek styles for you.  Choose from Canoe, Backpack, Kayak, or a Combination Backpack/Canoe Trek.

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

Three-day Treks are a three day sampler of our full week adventures. Two overnights provide an introduction to the canoe or backpacking trek experience.

Scouts must be 13+ for Canoe/Backpack Treks and 14+ for Kayak Treks.

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Trek Reservation Planning

The weeklong trek packages are offered for six weeks during our Summer Camp season.  These weeklong or half-week programs tend to be very popular, contact us early for reservations. Check our Calendar for the July and August dates!

Trek Registration Form

Summit Base Program Guide

Contact us for further information and to coordinate your trip.  


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.

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.

Once you have made your reservation and appropriate deposits we will begin planning your adventure.  In the meantime, it is imperative that your group begins preparing for your trip.  The better mentally and physically prepared your group is, the more rewarding your trek will be.

General Base Information
Physical Conditioning for Trek
Weekly Trek Schedule
High Adventure Safety
Gear provided by Summit Base
Program Guide, includes Gear Lists

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. 

Participant Requirements

To participate in Summit Base Treks, you must: 

  • Be at least thirteen years of age for backpack/canoe and fourteen years of age for Kayak.
  • 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 form 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?  Contact our trek coordinator at


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


Provided by Summit Base:

  • Adirondack Guides and 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)
  • Adult supervision at extra fee

You provide:

  • Transportation to Summit Base and back home
  • Personal equipment 
  • Adult supervision 



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