Accepting Registration for Spring 2020 “Pilot Trip"
AHH is accepting registrations for a 2020 “Pilot Trip".
The Old Forge - Raquette Lake Circuit - 5 nights - 4 days - May 4-9, 2020
Pilot trips are guided test runs of future AHH routes that will eventually be self-guiding. The 2020 trips will provide opportunities to paddle, hike, and bike with veteran Adirondack Guides Joe Dadey and Jack Drury. We have conducted four pilot trips to date. One of the North Creek Circuit via Indian Lake which combines hiking and rafting down the Hudson River, two of the Blue Mountain Lake to Raquette Lake Paddling Traverse, a paddle route with stays or visits at a number of Adirondack Great Camps, and a two-day trip between Old Forge and Inlet. See details for upcoming trips below. Complete an application HERE.
Old Forge - Raquette Lake Circuit 5 nights - 4 days - May 4-9, 2020
This trip takes travelers from Old Forge to Inlet and then Raquette Lake before heading back to Old Forge. Everyone will paddle the first two days and then trekkers will have the option to either hike or bike the third and fourth days. The group will meet the night before the trip in Old Forge. If you’ve never visited Old Forge we suggest you arrive early and visit the various sights in town. The trip officially begins on the evening of Monday, May 4th. After dinner (on your own), we will meet to hold a brief orientation and review our plans for the trip. Lodging will be in Old Forge at The ForgeMotel.(All lodging and meal locations are tentative at this time and subject to change.) On Tuesday, May 5th, after our continental breakfast at the Forge Motel, we will paddle ten miles through the famous “Fulton” Chain of Lakes, from First, Second and Third to Fourth Lake and the hamlet of Inlet where we will stay at the Marina Motel in Inlet. Trail lunches for the day’s travel will include deli sandwiches from DiOrio’s Supermarket in Old Forge. Dinner will be at the Screamen Eagle, a popular local pizzeria that garnered recognition this year by Adirondack Life as the best pizza in the park! Come Wednesday, May 6th, following a continental breakfast at the Marina Motel, we will paddle, with deli sandwich lunches from Kalil’s Grocery in Inlet, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Lakes on to the Brown’s Tract Inlet to Raquette Lake. Although there are only 12 miles of paddling on the second day, there are three canoe carries totaling 2.7 miles. We will stay this night at SUNY Cortland's Camp Huntington, previously known as Camp Pine Knot, William West Durant's first "Great Camp." On Thursday, May 7th, following breakfast and an educational tour of Camp Huntington, we will make our way back to the mainland where trekkers will have the choice to either hike 10 miles back to Inlet up over Black Bear Mountain or bicycle the 14 miles back to Inlet, including a side hike up Black Bear Mountain. Our trail lunches this day will be provided by Camp Huntington. We will stay at the historic Woods Innin Inlet this evening where we will enjoy a hearty dinner. On Friday, May 8th, we will have breakfast at the Tamarack Cafe (runner-up for the “Best Breakfast” in the Park according to Adirondack Life). Trekkers will travel back to Old Forge with opportunities to hike one or more nearby mountains. Lunch may be sandwiches from Kalil’s Grocery in Inlet or food along the way in Eagle Bay. Hikers will make their way out of Inlet starting on the TOBIE trail and do a short, easy climb up and down Rocky Mountain just outside of Inlet. From there they will continue along the TOBIE trail and then hike up the ridge that parallels Fourth Lake on the Vista trail. Hikers will finish their 13-mile day by going up and over Bald Mountain and descending down the ridge into Old Forge. The TOBIE Trail is a marvelous lightly-used multi-use trail.Bicyclists will bike the TOBIE trail from Inlet to Old Forge with a hike up Rocky Mountain. The hike up Bald Mountain later along the ride may also be an option. At the 13-mile mark the group will have the option of heading directly back to Old Forge or extending their bike ride for an additional six miles of challenging logging roads to Old Forge via Thendara for a total day mileage of between 15 or 21 miles, depending on the route the group takes. Folks will shower and clean up on Friday evening while staying in the cottages at the Old Forge Camping Resort before a celebratory dinner and formal debrief at Billy's Restaurantin Old Forge, a well-known fine dining establishment in the village. Trekkers can head home on the morning of Saturday, May 9th, following breakfast at Walt’s Diner, repeat winner of Adirondack Life’s “Best Breakfast” in the Adirondacks. (N.B. Some lodging and dining options subject to change)
Bald Mtn courtesy of Johnathan Esper
Cost: $900.00. Price, based on double occupancy, includes the service of 2 guides, 5 nights of lodging, meals from Tuesday breakfast through Friday dinner, and gear transport. (Lodgings for this trip are modest with clean, nicely appointed rooms. In some cases bathrooms may be shared.)TREKKERS will need a pillow case, bath towel and sheets or sleeping bag for one of the five nights. Trekkers will NOT have to carry these items. Price does not include boat or bike rentals which AHH can arrange. Registration: Click HERE to register and submit a deposit. Please be sure to submit your registration by clicking "submit" on the registration form and clicking on the donatebutton and making a $450 deposit. Call 315.657.1320 with questions.
Difficulty: Paddling - Day 1 on the Fulton Chain is a straight forward paddle with no canoe carries although there can be strong winds usually from the west but occasionally from the north or northeast. Day 2 has 12 miles of paddling with three canoe carries the first being .4 mile, the second 1 mile, and the third 1.3 miles. Lightweight Kevlar boats are strongly recommended although the carries are generally “wheel” friendly. Biking- Thursday’s ride is 10.5 miles on the Uncas Road, a dirt road with light traffic and very few and modest hills. About two-thirds through the day a 3.4 mile hike is planned up Bear Mountain from the Uncas Road. Friday's ridegoes along the highway from Inlet to Eagle Bay (~2.5 miles) where it then follows the old Raquette Lake Railroad line to near the west end of the Fourth Lake. It then takes the South Rondaxe Road over to Rondaxe Lake on the Independence Road down to Wheeler Pond, all part of the TOBIE trail. From Wheeler Pond, a group decision will be made to take the TOBIE trail directly back to Old Forge or follow the logging roads over some challenging hills down to Thendara where it reconnects with the TOBIE trail on into Old Forge. The trail surface ranges from paved to fairly rough logging roads. The entire route is on some form of road and not at all technical but the terrain on the second day in particular will be considerably hilly at times. Mountain bikes should be considered the minimum requirement and fat tire bikes considered a plus. This TOBIE trail is E-bike friendly for those who have them. E-bikes are available to rent. We will look to do the short hike up Rocky Mountain along the way and possibly the 2-mile round-trip hike up Bald Mountain as well. Hiking - The 10-mile hike on Thursday, including an up and over of Black Bear Mountain, and the 13-mile hike on Friday, including an up and down hike of Rocky Mountain and an up and over hike of Bald Mountain are for those in good hiking condition. There is 1,100 ft of elevation up and 1,100 ft of elevation down on Thursday and nearly 2,500 ft of elevation up and 2,500 ft of elevation down on Friday. Some portions of the trail are over well worn heavily used trails while other sections are rarely used or only used in the winter by snowmobiles.
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