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Planning a High Peaks Vacation

>> Thursday, February 3, 2011

The last two summers, my husband and I spent a week in the north-easternmost part of Maine.  We love it there, up near Cobscook Bay.  But we also felt like it might be time to change things around a bit this year, and do a little less driving for our vacation, too.  We are allegedly on a quest to become Adirondack 46ers, but are a miiiiighty long way from accomplishing that task (like, 43 peaks away from it).  So what better than a high peaks vacation for 2011?

Our friend D is a 46er, and will undoubtedly be assisting us in our planning.  But I'd love to gather advice from other folks who've done some of the high peaks as well.  We are thinking of camping for a week at the Adirondack Loj Wilderness Campground, which would be a nice central spot with access to lots of high peaks hikes.  Plus, it has showers, and a week of climbing high peaks in August sounds somehow more appealing with a few showers thrown in.  That, and having a central base means we don't have to hike a week's worth of food and gear with us at all times.

Any of my readers have any favorite high peaks hikes that start from somewhere near Adirondack Loj?  Tips for stringing a few mountains together into a day hike?


sarah February 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

Do the Loj! I've done it - not for years, mind you - easy access to Marcy, Algonquin, and Colden and maybe others as well.

reneé February 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM  

algonquin & wright make a great day trip from the loj. (algonquin remains my favorite high peak and viewing the plane wreckage on wright is pretty cool.)
if you're really adventurous you can get three high peaks in one trip going up algonquin if you go over boundary peak (doesn't count towards the 46) and get to iroquois. trouble is you have to go back the way you came (i.e. hike algonquin twice).
street and nye can be easily hiked from the loj and are usually bound together in one trip.
tabletop and/or phelps are good day hikes from the loj also.
honestly, the possibilities are pretty limitless!
(can you tell that i love the adks?)

Debbie February 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

We usually stay at the Loj, and always do Algonquin the first day since it is my favorite. You can also do Wright if you have the time. It's a great day trip. Take a look at a map of the High Peaks and get one of the guide books to help determine which mountains you want to climb. There are several days trips from the Loj, including the ones that Renee mentioned. Enjoy!

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