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By Will Roth
Atop Mt. Marcy

The High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park boasts the highest mountain peaks in the state of New York. It is by far the most popular area in the Adirondacks for backpacking and mountaineering. Forty-six of the mountains in the region stand over 4,000 feet in elevation.

Group size for the below treks is limited to 7 persons plus the guide.  This group size limitation is due to New York Department of Environmental Conservation restrictions in this region of the Adirondacks. 

Johns Brook Valley
40 miles.  5 day trek.  Start/end at the Garden in Keene Valley with base camps at Johns Brook and Slant Rock.  Ascend 9 High Peaks including: Big Slide, Lower Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Basin, Saddleback, Marcy, Haystack.  Ascents with day packs only.  

35 miles.  5 day trek.  Start/end at Tahawus (Upper Works) in Newcomb.  Ascend 4 High Peaks including: Skylight, Marcy, Colden and Algonquin.

Keene Valley to Upper Works
40-50 miles.  5 day trek.  Start at the Garden in Keene Valley, end at Tahaus (Upper Works) in Newcomb.  Ascend 11 High Peaks including: Big Slide, Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Marcy , Skylight, Colden.  Full pack ascent over Marcy.

Upper Works to Tarbell Rd (backpacking), Long Lake to Axton Landing (canoe)
31 miles backpacking, ascend MacNaughton and Henderson mountains. 24 miles canoeing.  One 1.5 mile carry.  5 day trek.  Supply with canoes midweek.
See also Northville-Lake Placid Trail combination trek.

View a photo show of a High Peaks trek

By Tom Chlupsa
Great Range from Lower Wolf Jaw. From the left, shoulder of Upper Wolf Jaw, Saddleback, Basin and Marcy. Johns Brook Valley to the right.


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