Adirondack State Park in northern New York is unique. At over 6 million acres of both private and public land, half of it wilderness, larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. Diverse ecosystems exist here: alpine and sub-alpine zones, boreal forest, and lowland lake systems, providing suitable habitat for black bears, deer, bobcats, beaver, fishers, and numerous bird species - even moose are returning to the region. The human history is no less fascinating. Over the years it has been the home of farmers who struggled to scratch a living from thin soil and harsh winters, miners and loggers who participated in the exploitation of its natural resources, Adirondack guides renowned for their skills in the woods,and wealthy industrialists, builders of the famous Adirondack Great Camps. In autumn, after the summer crowds have departed, the invigorating weather and brilliant foliage make the Park an ideal location for a vacation that is both active and relaxing. Maximum group size: 12
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What's not included: Travel to and from Albany, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, and travel insurance.
Each day includes 3 to 5 hours of activity and the variety of activities (e.g. hiking and kayaking) require a good all around fitness level, so this trip requires being in good physical condition. As the hiking trails in the Adirondacks tend to be quite challenging because of their footing and steepness, the difficulty may be greater than the mileage would indicate. The trip is rated 3. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating: 1 2  4 5.
On this trip we will be primarily kayaking and hiking, with visits to the Blue Mountain Museum and time to explore the historic town of Lake Placid. No experience in kayaking or hiking is required. However the trails in the Adirondacks usually have both rocks and roots and can be both steep and challenging.
We will be staying at three very different places during this trip. The first two nights will be spent at Four Seasons Cottages on Fourth Lake. We will then stay at Great Camp Sagamore, one of the original Adirondack Great Camps, in one of the 9 bedroom lodges that we will have to ourselves. We will finish the trip with three nights at Trails End Inn. Please Note: These are locally owned Inns and Camps, very indicative of the Adirondacks. There will be a mixture of single and double occupancy rooms, and a mixture of rooms with bathrooms ensuit, and bathrooms available in shared hallways. Aside from roommate requests, the rooms will be randomly assigned. On this trip we can offer 2 single supplements which will guarantee a private room throughout. A single supplement will not, however, guarantee you a private ensuite bathroom. We can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions but, depending on your specific circumstances, we may ask you to bring supplemental food. Please call the office if you would like help planning.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
As a first time traveler with AGC and with the world just coming out of COVID (sorta), this was an incredible trip. Not having the detail of work of planning and the emotional work to carry of "will everyone have a good time" was incredibly precious! The trip truly was a perfect sampler of all the awesome things the ADKs have to offer. I felt the balance between activity and rest was great. Taking a trip with strangers is very far out of of my comfort zone and this was a wonderful experience.
the combo of kayaking and hiking, the camaraderie of the women, the knowledge and passion of the guides for the area and activities
Variety of activity and location. I always like & appreciate including a cultural component..in this case , the visit to the Adirondack Experience and some time in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid
The itinerary was well-organized and the guides were experts in knowing the area. The weather was also perfect!
The Scenery and lakes in the Adirondacks….and our extraordinary guides!
YES!! I had an amazing time! So much so that I signed up for 3 trips this year! And who knew that the weather would be so great. It was picture perfect every day!
Fun hikes and kayaking
Loved the hikes and the order they were done. I have never kayaked before and everyone was very patient and it was really doable. I loved how history of the area was weaved into the trip. Please the weather was glorious! The food was great. Nice split of going out, dinner cooked by the guides and dinner cooked by the camps. It was exciting to be at the Sagamore.
My first trip with AGC and it was better than expected!
The beauty and history of the Adirondacks
Kayaking on the Moose River and Raquette lake in a SINGLE kayak! The beautiful weather, scenery in the mountains and changing leaves.
great to have local historians as our guides; added so much more to the total enjoyment of the area
Group dynamic was fantastic. Hiking gave me great confidence to challenge myself more here at home in western Pa. Improved my kayaking strokes and technique. Accommodation were excellent. Local folks were very friendly and welcoming.
Highlights-Climbing a high peak; visiting a camp; “low water” moose river kayaking; meeting great people; great, knowledgeable guides!
Kayaking on still lakes.
Love the combination of exercise and learning history. The fact that our guides were living where they were guiding was an unexpected plus.
Feeling of accomplishment hiking some really challenging mountains.
It is beautiful country and I enjoyed the hiking, kayaking and where we stayed.
This was one of the best trips I've ever been on and while I expected it to be a great trip, it was even better than I'd hoped. It's hard to pick just a few highlights. The guides were amazing, the group was a ton of fun, and the hikes were spectacular. I still can't get over how cool it was to stay at Camp Sagamore. I'd been expecting just another lodge and really didn't know anything about the great camps. What a surprise! It felt like staying in a museum and I learned so much. The rooms were cozy, the beds were comfortable, the food was good, and the staff here was great. It was also very cool that we had the unique opportunity to paddle to Bluff Point to check out another camp. This helped me understand just how remarkable it is that Sagamore has been preserved the way it has and is open to groups like ours.
The scenery, the guides, and the other women were all highlights
I loved the kayaking, because it's something I don't usually do at home. I also loved the tour of Great Camp Sagamore and the Museum of the Adirondacks, both activities which I was skeptical about and ended up enjoying very much. Also, Anne and Carrie are so passionate about the Adirondacks, and their enthusiasm is infectious!
The Adirondacks hold a very special place in my heart, so it was wonderful to be "back home". Anne
Guides were fantastic - laid back, yet very organized
I had never been to the Adirondacks and found it to be beautiful in so many ways. (even though we saw just a small portion of the entire area). Thoroughly enjoyed the overall variety of activities on this trip - the varying hikes, bodies of water for kayaking and additional items like the museum, tour of Sagamore, and time in Lake Placid.
Seeing a variety of areas in the Adironacks with excellent guides.
Just being at the fabulous locations
Kayaking turned out to be the best part for me. I go locally a few times a week, but enjoyed the differences. It's a beautiful area - more so than I anticipated. The great camps were definitely a huge factor.
I went primarily to explore the Adirondacks in the hopes of being able to offer my English hiking companion a new area of the States to travel to that would be easy for her to reach. The trip itinerary provided a very good introduction to the Adirondacks, so that I feel comfortable in inviting my friend to spend some time there. The hiking piece of the trip was more difficult than I thought it would be, but a couple of the shorter, less strenuous options offered were welcome and very enjoyable. From a personal perspective, I didn't feel my fellow travelers "jelled" as well as on some of the other AGC trips I've taken. This obviously happens sometimes, and there is nothing for it.
Wonderful restaurants, lodge meals and great meals by our guides. Super friendly and patient guides. Unique and varied lodging facilities.
Loved the combination of hiking and paddling, and the opportunity to hike one of the 46 high peaks!!
Being able to summit a high peak and paddleboard at the Sagamore at sunrise.