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Fall Colors Trip

2021 Trip

This year’s Fall Colors trip will be Friday September 17 through Sunday September 19 at Heart Lake at Adirondack Loj in the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid. This year it will be at Leanto 10 and campsites 13 and 14. (NOTE: this is a change from our normal location.)

If you have never come before, we hike on Saturday and Sunday. You provide your own breakfasts and lunches. Stoves are available for cooking breakfast. Saturday’s dinner is a “catered” gourmet meal of hot cider, hot soup, Waldorf salad, steak Teriyaki, wheat pilaf, mashed squash, and dessert. Bring your own beverage for the meal,your own eating utensils, plate, cup, and bowl for the soup. It has not been determined what Sunday's dinner will be. .

Some people who like to hike but do not camp have indicated an interest in coming but staying in a nearby motel. You can stay off site but need to make your own arrangements. To enjoy Saturday night's dinner, you will still need to bring plate, cup, and eating utensils.


Over the years we have seen nighttime temperatures from 19 to 40, daytime temperatures 30 to 75, (cooler at the tops of mountains). About 1/3 of the time we get some precipitation. We have gotten as much as 3 inches of snow a few times.

Be sure you have!

Hiking gear
PolyPro or other synthetics are better than cotton which has no warmth went wet
windbreak and wool sweater - mountain tops are cold this time of year
day pack for lunch and sweater
hiking boots - freshly waterproofed - the Adks are wet
rain gear
hat and mittens/gloves
warm clothes for evening
for kids: snow pants and winter boots

Camping gear
sleeping bag - night temp range 20-40 deg F
insulated pad for under sleeping bag
tent unless you signed up for leanto space or sharing tent space
large plastic garbage bags for wet or muddy gear

Cooking gear
your own cup, bowl, plate, "silverware"

your own breakfast and lunch.
dinner supplied (at cost) except for beverage of your choice
vegetarians easily accommodated

We have:
enough cooking pots and stoves for breakfast needs of most people
camp lanterns

Cost estimation:
Typical evening meal, $7 per person (kids <12 half price)
Typical camping charges, $4.50 per person per night

Any questions - just ask????

Driving instructions:
Take Taconic Parkway North all the way to the end where you get on the
Berkshire extension of the New York Thruway West toward Albany. The
first exit is I-90 to Albany, take that exit. There are two choices at
this point:
1) take I-787 north to Troy and then Route 7 West to I-87 (the Northway).
2) continue on I-90 to I-87
Option 1 is slightly shorter. On the other hand there is a large
choice of fast food places on Wolf Rd. If you take I-90 to I-87 and get
off I-87 at the first exit, Route 5. At the end of exit ramp go straight across
Route 5 going north on Wolf Road. You can get back on the Northway by
continuing north on Wolf Rd.

In either case continue North on I-87 (The Northway) to Exit 30 which
is Route 73 and marked to Lake Placid, Keene and Keene Valley. Follow
signs to Lake Placid going through Keene Valley and Keene. After you
pass the Van Hoevenburg Bobrun area you will come to several Motels,
Cascade Inn, White Sled, etc. Shortly after this there are trees along
the road on the left and then a left turn on Adirondak Loj Rd. There
is an open field on the left at the turn. This is the only left turn
anywhere in the area. If you start seeing many buildings you have
gone too far toward Lake Placid, turn around and go back.

Go to the end of Adirondak Loj Rd which ends at the campers center.