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2017 Garden Parking Lot and Hiker Shuttle Schedule

May 15th, 2014 · No Comments ·

This is the second-busiest and trailhead in the Adirondacks accessing the High Peaks Wilderness. The lot is filled most of the summer so hikers should prepare for using the shuttle for access.

Now Operating for 2017 Hiking Season, a fee of $10.00 ($13 CAN) per calendar day, 12:01 AM to midnight, will be assessed for parking in The Garden Lot. Cash only. This daily fee will continue through the month of October. An attendant will be at the Garden Lot from 1:00pm until 7:00pm on Fridays and from 7:00am until 7:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays during this period. Town employees and DEC Rangers will monitor the lot during the week.

A sign at the corner of Market and Adirondack Streets will indicate when the Garden Lot is closed.

The hiker-shuttle will operate from the Southwest corner of Marcy Field, off Route 73, when the Garden Parking is full, beginning with two Holiday Weekends in May, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as follows:

Victoria Day Weekend – May 20, 21, & 22
Memorial Day Weekend – May 27, 28, & 29

Shuttle operation will resume on Saturday, June 17th, operating on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. October 15th will be the last day of operation.

The Shuttle will NORMALLY leave Marcy Field parking lot every 1/2 hour and on the hour.

A fee of $10.00 American ($13 CAN) will be charged per person for a round trip. Cash only.

Information and Rates are as of 2017.
Courtesy of Town of Keene. (h/t Tom H.)

More Info:

Current Interior Conditions in the Adirondack High Peaks

Special Rules – High Peaks Wilderness

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Unique Hikers’ Lodge Gets Fresh New Look

June 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News

Adirondack Mountain Club LogoKEENE VALLEY, N.Y. – The Johns Brook Lodge (JBL), a hikers’ oasis in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, is opening for its regular season on June 24 with a fresh look and enhanced services.

JBL, which was built by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) in 1925, is 3.5 miles from the nearest road and provides access to some of the best hiking in the Northeast. This spring, ADK volunteers, under the leadership of expert craftsmen Rich Preis, gave the lodge’s two main bunk rooms a major facelift.

“Both bunk rooms were insulated and paneled with knotty pine tongue-and-groove paneling,” said Nathan Stokes, who chairs ADK’s JBL committee. “Transom windows were installed that provide much-needed light without adding to the energy footprint of this backcountry facility. The upgrades transformed the bunk rooms into light and airy spaces even on a dreary, rainy day.”

Johns Brook Lodge great roomThe improvements were made in the fourth year of a five-year project to rejuvenate the lodge and improve the visitor experience. Over the past few years, the JBL great room has been insulated and paneled, the kitchen has been renovated, windows have been replaced, the family bunk rooms have been upgraded, and the staff cabin has been expanded.

Service at JBL is also getting an upgrade thanks to a new volunteer host program. On weekends this summer, trained volunteer hosts will greet and direct arriving guests, explain services, operate the JBL store, and provide hikers with information about ADK and the surrounding backcountry. Volunteers will take meals with guests to continue their interactions and will assist staff in a variety of ways.

Johns Brook Lodge Family RoomWith two, four-bunk family rooms and two larger bunk rooms, JBL can accommodate up to 28 guests. During the summer, accommodations include hearty meals prepared by ADK staff. JBL is also open during the spring and fall, but guests must pack in their own food during the “caretaker” seasons.

Johns Brook LodgeJBL is located in an inholding in the eastern High Peak Wilderness Area, along the Phelps Trail. The lodge is 5.6 miles from the summit of Mount Marcy, New York’s highest peak, and is also in close proximity to other high peaks (peaks over 4,000 feet), including Gothics, Armstrong Mountain, Big Slide Mountain and Upper and Lower Wolf Jaw. Most JBL guests hike in from the Garden parking lot in Keene Valley.

ADK also operates the Adirondak Loj and a wilderness campground at the end of Adirondack Loj Road, about 8 miles south of Lake Placid. For reservations at ADK’s lodges or campground, call (518) 523-3441 daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of New York’s Forest Preserve. ADK is a nonprofit membership organization that helps protect the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation.

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Chicks Rock! Coming to Keene Valley

May 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment · News

Chicks ClimbingRidgway, COChicks Climbing is excited to announce a partnership with Sterling Rope to bring a short format Chicks Rock! weekend course to the Keene Valley Aug. 19-21.

“The Adirondacks are far from the Chicks Climbing home base in Ridgway, Colo., but since we have had hundreds of East Coast gals fly west to participate in Chicks Climbing events for many years, we thought it was only fair to bring our weekend Sterling Rope ‘Girly Gatherings’ out east,” said Head Chick, Kim Reynolds. “Here, in the beautiful Keene Valley our participants will get the same high-level Chicks instruction we are known for in a short-format course that is close to home.”

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