Adirondack hiking retreat

Explore the Adirondack mountains via a guided 4 day hiking trip. Thru-Hiking 101 is a guided four-day backpacking trip along a section of the Northville-Placid Trail (35 miles from Long Lake to Lake Placid). This experiential course will be an introduction to long-distance, lightweight backpacking. It is designed to assist you in your future thru-hiking or backpacking goals. It entails a cooperative group camping experience with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The trip will be led by an ADK Educator who is a licensed guide and familiar with the trail. Please plan on meeting at ADK’s Cascade Welcome Center at 9:00am, located at 4833 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946. After introductions, a classroom discussion, and a thorough gear shakedown, we will divvy up our necessary group gear and head out on our journey. Throughout the weekend we’ll cover thru-hiking topics and backcountry skills while enjoying the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks. All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, first aid kit, etc.), breakfasts, and dinners will be provided by ADK. Participants are expected to provide their own lunches and their own personal equipment. Personal snacks are allowed, but due to limited bear canister space they should be small in size and high in calories. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should also be small in size and limited in quantity as they must also fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment. No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but prior hiking experience is highly suggested. Be ready for an authentic Adirondack hiking experience along steep, rocky, and muddy trails. Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.


  • Interest CategorySports & Outdoors
  • Estimated Price Range (per night)$100-150
  • Total Bookings Available8
  • Minimum Booking Nights3 Nights
  • Level Of Interest Required To Move Forward100%
  • Primary LanguageEnglish
  • Accomodation TypeTent

Proposed Agenda

On Day 1 we’ll engage in a morning Beginner Backpacking course covering the thru-hiking basics, drop off personal vehicles at the northern terminus of the Northville-Placid Trail on Averyville Road, and shuttle together to Long Lake. From there, we will depart for our 4-mile hike from the trailhead to a campsite at Kelly Point. On Day 2, we’ll hike 11.7 miles to the Seward lean-to along the Cold River. On Day 3, we’ll hike 11.8 miles to a campsite at Moose Pond. Day 4 will conclude with an 8-mile hike to the northern terminus of the trail on Averyville Road. Plans are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions and numerous other factors. This trip will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. Please be ready for long days and tired feet.

Bunking Group Characteristics

  • High Interest Engagement
  • Low Interest Engagement
  • Networking
  • Healthy Eating
  • Sober Living
  • Early Risers
  • Night Owls
  • Relaxing
  • High Energy
  • Physically Active
  • Neat & Tidy
  • Unplugged

Best Suited For Age Range

  • Any Age Over 18
  • 18 - 25
  • 26 - 35
  • 36 - 45
  • 46 - 55
  • 55 plus

Group Guidelines

  • No Special Guidelines
  • Pet Friendly
  • Couples Only
  • Singles Only
  • Legal Drugs Permitted
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Smoking Permitted
  • Parties Permitted

Type Of Sleeping Spaces

  • Not Decided Yet
  • Private
  • Shared
  • Public

Accommodation Amenities

  • Accomodation Not Selected Yet
  • Meals Provided
  • Snacks Provided
  • Drinks Provided
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WIFI
  • Water Front
  • Air Cooling
  • Heating
  • Mountain View
  • Scenic View
  • Water View
  • Private Parking
  • Public Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • EV Charging
  • Off Grid
  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • Laundry Access
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Gym Access
  • House Keeping

Sleeping Options

  • Accomodation Not Selected Yet
  • Bring Your Own
  • King Bed
  • Queen Bed
  • Single/Twin Bed
  • Double Bed
  • Bunk Beds
  • Murphy Bed
  • Futon
  • Air Mattress
  • Hammock
  • Couch
  • Cot
  • Floor


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