The nonprofit Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, Inc. (AHH) will conduct a test run of its first route slated for implementation, the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit, from May 8th to May 13th. This five-day, four-night route begins and ends in North Creek and involves three days of hiking and a rafting trip down the Hudson River.
The hiking portion of the route provides opportunities to summit Balm of Gilead, Peaked, and Chimney mountains while covering approximately 24-30 miles, depending on options taken.
The hut-to-hut trekkers will stay at the Copperfield Inn and the Alpine Lodge the first night in North Creek. They will stay at Garnet Hill Lodge and Camp Garnet Hill while in the Thirteenth Lake area, the Cabins at Chimney Mountain while at Kings Flow, and Binder’s Cabins when in Indian Lake. They will room in the Gore Mountain Lodge and Heads in Beds Hostel the last night in North Creek. The group will experience “a guided sensory forest walk” at Kings Flow courtesy of Adirondack Riverwalking and raft the Hudson River with Square Eddy Expeditions.
The nine participants range in age from 57 to 75, with the average age 65. There are five males and four females on the trip. They hail from Ottawa, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Also accompanying the group are Lori Phoebe and Linc Marsac of Square Eddy Expeditions, John DiGiacomo of Placid Times Photography, videographer Evan Williams of PURE ADK, videographer Eric Adsit, and David Skibinski of Live More Adventures. Jack Drury and Joe Dadey of Broadwing Adventures will serve as the guides for the trek.
Following the pick-up of trail lunches at Izzy’s Market & Deli in North Creek and a brief ribbon cutting celebration there on Wednesday morning, May 9th , the group will hike out of town down Main Street and the Carol Thomas Memorial Trail to Garnet Hill via the Raymond Brook Trail.
The full completion of the various elements of the route, with all trail sections and lodging options in place, as well as a lodging affiliate network and a reservation system, is slated for summer 2019.
For more information on Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, visit their website.