Five nights, four days, three peaks, one classic whitewater adventure – and no tents to carry, camp stoves to struggle with, or mosquitoes biting in your sleep. That’s what is waiting for you on the first Adirondack Hamlets to Huts route, which we hope to launch later in 2018. This loop, starting in North Creek and passing through the hamlet of Indian Lake, takes you through wild forests, over summits with sweeping vistas and past remote ponds and streams before finishing with an adrenaline-fueled whitewater trip down the Hudson.
DAY 1: 8 miles, North Creek to Thirteenth Lake
Wake up in North Creek and get an early start on the Raymond Brook Trail. You’ll end your day in style at the Garnet Hill Lodge, a rustic Adirondack resort overlooking Thirteenth Lake, or the North River Hobby Farm, where you can get a cabin of your own or a deluxe glamping tent on this 40-acre working farm. Have extra energy? Take a 1.8-mile side trek up Balm of Gilead Mountain, with sweeping views of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness from the summit ledges.
DAY 2: 9 miles, Thirteenth Lake to Kings Flow
You can keep it simple on the gentle Puffer Pond Trail, or add another 4.5 miles by hiking the summit of Peaked Mountain. Either way, Day 2 ends at a yurt or cabin on tranquil Kings Flow, a pond surrounded almost completely by state forest.
DAY 3: 9.5 miles, Kings Flow to Indian Lake
Chimney Mountain packs a lot into its 2,700 feet: caves, giant boulders and a 360-degree view, not to mention the rock tower that gives the peak its name. You’ll climb it on your way to Indian Lake, where you’ll sleep at a cabin or motel in the village or hop one of our shuttles to a waterfront lodge.
DAY 4: 15 miles, Indian Lake to North River (via raft)
This classic journey, New York State’s premier wilderness whitewater adventure, takes you on a guided trip through the wild Hudson River Gorge. You’ll be surrounded by towering cliffs as your guide helps you navigate a series of churning rapids. A shuttle will take you back to North Creek, where you’ll spend the night at one of the village’s hotels. And start planning your next adventure.
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