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    Will be going in late June, probably over a weekend.

    Arrive around Midnight Friday - Camp
    Sat Am - Hike to Base Camp
    Sat Aft - 1 or 2 Peaks
    Sun All Day - Peaks
    Mon Am - Hike out - Drive home.

    4 fit people. Experience level from - none to lot's of back country travel, but no Adirondack and very little mountain experience. Ontario is currently experiencing a shortage of high peaks

    We would like to do day hikes leaving most gear at the base camp - preferably a lean to shelter.

    Would like to avoid crowds but still get decent views.
    Moderate difficulty - maybe 15 - 20km a day?


  • #2
    There's no guarantee of finding a lean-to available especially on a weekend, so be prepared with tent(s).

    If you're interested in a base camp and using a lean-to consider the ADK Heart Lake campground -- you can reserve sites there(about 15 have lean-tos). You could use that as your base camp and there are numerous peaks easily accessible from there.

    If you do venture into the high peaks, there are regulations regarding where you can camp, requiring the use of bear canisters and restricting all fires. Another benefit to using the Heart Lake campground is you don't need to rent bear canisters and you can have a fire if you like.

    Easy peaks from the Heart Lake area include Wright or Phelps. Moderate difficulty peaks include Colden and/or Algonquin, more difficult include Marcy, Skylight, Haystack, Marshall.


    • #3
      Thanks for the suggestion. Generally I prefer to camp somewhere you can't reach by car as I find this eliminates a lot of the nonsense. Any other suggestions for a campground we can hike into that has access to several peaks? Being able to modify the planned number and difficulty of the peaks, based on the durability of our first timers, would be ideal.


      • #4
        Marcy Dam would fit the bill. It's a relatively easy 2 mile hike to an area with numerous campsites and a handful of lean-tos. The sites are all first come first served with the understanding that lean-tos are to be shared up to their maximum, which I believe is 8 people in most cases.

        Another mile down the trail is the Avalanche Camps area which has a lean-to and several nearby campsites.

        From either location, options include Wright, Algonquin, Colden, Phelps, Tabletop, Marcy among many others.

        Bear canisters are required throughout this entire area. They can be rented at the High Peaks info center at the Marcy Dam trailhead. Rangers will ask you to leave if you don't have a bear canister. Fires are not allowed.

        The best guidebooks typically are the ADK series of books and maps which can be found here:


        • #5
          thanks. I'm wondering about the bugs in late June. How bad will it be? And if we wait a couple weeks and go in early July would there be much improvement?