Backpack Treks



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.

High Peaks

The High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park boasts the highest mountain peaks in the state of New York. It is by far the most popular area in the Adirondacks for backpacking and mountaineering. Forty-six of the mountains in the region stand over 4,000 feet in elevation. Completing all 46 earn some the lifetime goal of becoming an ADK 46er.External Link

Group size for the below treks are limited to 7 participants plus the guide.  This group size limitation is due to New York Department of Environmental Conservation restrictions in this region of the Adirondacks to help preserve these pristine lands. The ADK High Peaks Trail MapExternal Link is available from the ADK Mountain Club to help plan your trip.



Keene Valley to Upper Works

 

A 40-50 mile 5 day trek. Start at the Garden in Keene Valley, end at Tahawus (Upper Works) in Newcomb. Ascend 11 High Peaks including: Big Slide, Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Marcy , Skylight, Colden. Full pack ascent over Marcy the highest peak in New York State.

 

 

Tahawus

Approximately 35 miles a 5 day trek.  Starting and ending at Tahawus (Upper Works) in Newcomb.  Ascend for Adirondack High Peaks including: Skylight, Marcy, Colden and Algonquin.

 

Pharaoh Wilderness Area

Ranging from 20-40 miles this 5 day trek. has various options available.  A  Pharaoh mountain ascent of 2550 feet.  Camping along several kettle likes Pharaoh in the center of this beautiful wilderness area.

Transportation waived fe depending on start/end locations.  This trek can begin directly from our base camp. 

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area


One of the last remaining true wilderness backcountry experiences within 107,740 acres. Various scenery includes; Auger Falls, Bog Meadow, Siamese Ponds. This area can be accessed from many different locations with a variety of hiking conditions. Several possible mountain ascents exist. This trip can include hiking to Chimney Mountain where time can be spent caving and/or rock climbing.

Additional $250 fee for caving/ climbing guide/instructor for Chimney Mountain trip.