Indian Lake – North Creek Ski & Snowshoe Traverse

3 Days/3 Nights

 

$825.00/person/double-to-multiple-person occupancy.

Price includes:

• Three nights of lodging, double-to-multiple-person occupancy
• All meals from dinner on Friday through early dinner on Monday
• All shuttle services
• Travel facilitated by certified New York State Guides

Indian Lake to North Creek, Adirondacks, New York. Ski 26-
40 miles or Snowshoe 24-29 miles through the Siamese

Ponds Wilderness

Many of you have been asking for a winter trip since we got this whole hut-to-hut initiative started. Well, here it is! Adirondack Hamlets to Huts is psyched to offer our first ever running of the Indian Lake – North Creek Ski-Snowshoe Traverse! You can choose to ski or snowshoe. The skiers and snowshoers will travel in different groups, each with its own guide. Both groups will cover much of the same terrain and end up at the same place of lodging each night. Skiers should have intermediate backcountry skiing ability and be able to navigate downhills on relatively narrow trails. There will be options for both groups to do side hikes up low mountains.

NOTE: Each day‘s route consists of a range of miles and travel options. The guides will decide on each day’s travels based upon the collective abilities and preferences of the group, as well as the weather and other variables. The trip guides will also need to vet each trekker’s ski and snowshoe gear pre-trip to ensure that everyone’s equipment is appropriate for the trails and anticipated conditions.

Included in this trip offering are:

  • Three nights of lodging, double-to-multiple-person occupancy
  • All meals from dinner on Friday through early dinner on Monday
  • All shuttle services
  • Travel facilitated by certified New York State Guides

Arrangements can be made for those wishing to spend the night in North Creek at the end of the trip. The cost of the trip does not include snowshoe or ski rentals.

TRIP ITINERARY
Friday, January 12th: Meet in North Creek at a location to be determined by 5:00 PM to drop cars. We will shuttle everyone from North Creek to the Cabins at Chimney Mountain at Kings Flow just outside of Indian Lake. We will do dinner enroute to Indian Lake. We will have a briefing session once we arrive at
our lodging at Kings Flow.

    DAY 1, Saturday, January 13th: Each group will get shuttled to either the Parkerville Road Trailhead or the John Pond Trailhead to start the day. The skiers may opt to continue to ski south along Kings Flow once they arrive at Kings Flow and/or they may opt to snowshoe up Chimney Mountain. The snowshoers can choose to cut through the woods to ascend Chimney Mountain on their way to Kings Flow or hike up and down Chimney Mountain upon their arrival to Kings Flow. Or the snowshoers may choose to hike Chimney Mountain the next day. Dinner on this night will be a home cooked meal at the Cabins at Chimney Mountain.

    DAY 2, Sunday, January 14th: Following a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides at our cabin, each group may choose to snowshoe up Chimney Mountain before making their way to Garnet Hill Lodge if they did not summit Chimney Mountain the day before. Each group will make their way to Garnet Hill Lodge. Once at the lodge, the skiers may opt to ski the trails at Garnet Hill Lodge before they ski their way another 2 miles to our place of lodging for that night, Apple Farm. Snowshoers will be driven to Apple Farm upon their arrival at Garnet Hill Lodge. After settling in at Apple Farm, both groups will be driven together back to Garnet Hill Lodge to enjoy dinner there.

    DAY 3, Monday, January 15th: Both groups will be driven from Apple Farm to Garnet Hill Lodge for a tasty breakfast. Following breakfast, the skiers and snowshoers will make their way from Garnet Hill Lodge to North Creek. Each group at the start of this day’s travel may choose to enjoy a 2-mile round-trip snowshoe hike up Balm of Gilead Mountain just southeast of Garnet Hill Lodge. The Skiers may opt to enjoy some of the trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl before calling it a day. Once the snowshoers arrive in North Creek, trekkers in both groups can change their clothes and freshen up in a room we will rent in North Creek before all enjoy an early dinner and trip debrief before departing for home. Arrangements can be made for those wishing to spend Monday night in North Creek.

    NOTE: These itineraries may be subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions, as well as the fitness and travel preferences of each group. Each group’s guide will have the final say in making decisions that will maximize the group’s safety while optimizing individual and collective enjoyment.

    King’s Flow

    Friday, January 12th: Meet in North Creek at a location to be determined by 5:00 PM to drop cars. We will shuttle everyone from North Creek to the Cabins at Chimney Mountain at Kings Flow just outside of Indian Lake. We will do dinner enroute to Indian Lake. We will have a briefing session once we arrive at
    our lodging at Kings Flow.

    King’s Flow

    Each group will get shuttled to either the Parkerville Road Trailhead or the John Pond Trailhead to start the day. The skiers may opt to continue to ski south along Kings Flow once they arrive at Kings Flow and/or they may opt to snowshoe up Chimney Mountain. The snowshoers can choose to cut through the woods to ascend Chimney Mountain on their way to Kings Flow or hike up and down Chimney Mountain upon their arrival to Kings Flow. Or the snowshoers may choose to hike Chimney Mountain the next day. Dinner on this night will be a home cooked meal at the Cabins at Chimney Mountain.

    North River

    Following a hearty breakfast prepared by your guides at our cabin, each group may choose to snowshoe up Chimney Mountain before making their way to Garnet Hill Lodge if they did not summit Chimney Mountain the day before. Each group will make their way to Garnet Hill Lodge. Once at the lodge, the skiers may opt to ski the trails at Garnet Hill Lodge before they ski their way another 2 miles to our place of lodging for that night, Apple Farm. Snowshoers will be driven to Apple Farm upon their arrival at Garnet Hill Lodge. After settling in at Apple Farm, both groups will be driven together back to Garnet Hill Lodge to enjoy dinner there.

    North Creek

    Both groups will be driven from Apple Farm to Garnet Hill Lodge for a tasty breakfast. Following breakfast, the skiers and snowshoers will make their way from Garnet Hill Lodge to North Creek. Each group at the start of this day’s travel may choose to enjoy a 2-mile round-trip snowshoe hike up Balm of Gilead Mountain just southeast of Garnet Hill Lodge. The Skiers may opt to enjoy some of the trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl before calling it a day. Once the snowshoers arrive in North Creek, trekkers in both groups can change their clothes and freshen up in a room we will rent in North Creek before all enjoy an early dinner and trip debrief before departing for home. Arrangements can be made for those wishing to spend Monday night in North Creek.

     

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    Other Notes:

    A 50% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking. You may make your payment via check and mail it to Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, 47 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or via our “DONATE” button on the Adirondack Hamlets to Huts website here (www.adkh2h.org/donate).

    Although this trip provides comfortable lodging at the end of each day, this experience involves backcountry travel from one place of lodging to the next. You will be exposed to elements of winter weather and terrain and must be clothed appropriately. Mid-January in the Adirondacks is the heart of winter and conditions are typically cold, with an average high temperature of 23 degrees and a low of 6 degrees. Trekkers must be sufficiently fit to snowshoe and/or ski the range of distances slated for travel each day. The itinerary laid out here is subject to change as per the judgment of the guides in response to the whims of the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

    Please call Joe at 315.657.1320 with any questions you may have. Adirondack Hamlets to Huts will provide you with a clothing and gear list upon booking and we will facilitate your rental of snowshoes and/or skis if needed/desired. Given that this is a guided trip, we require that you sign an Acknowledgement of Risk/Waiver of Liability form and fill out an AHH medical history form.

    Reservation Policy:

    A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. The remaining balance is due 14 days before your trip starts.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellations made 14 days or more before the start of the trip are eligible to receive an electronic gift card valid for 12 months from the date of issuance for the amount paid to date, minus a 10% processing fee based on the amount of the trip. Refunds are not available for reservations cancelled within 14 days of the start of the selected trip.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    General Information and Reservations

    1. What special precautions have you taken regarding COVID-19
      Stay tuned for more information.
    2. What does an AHH trip include?
      You can custom design your trip to include whatever you like. Booking a room and some meals for a self-guided trip is the basic form of booking but you can arrance canoe or bike rental, vehicle or equipment shuttle, and even a guide if that is your desire.
    3. What exactly is Adirondack Hamlets to Huts?
      Adirondack Hamlets to Huts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates, manages and promotes an internationally-acclaimed hamlet-to-hut system that fosters vibrant communities by advancing economic development, conservation and wellness. We work with existing lodging owners to the greatest degree possible to allow travelers to hike, paddle, bike, snowshoe or ski during the day and stay in a range of lodgings from rustic to regal at night on routes that we’ve designated. Trips typically are circuits in that they start and finish in the same place or traverses starting in one community and finishing in another.
    4. Is there a membership program for AHH?
      AHH is in the process of establishing a membership program that will allow travelers to support our mission and get a variety of benefits. Stay tuned for more information.
    5. How can I help AHH?
      Book one of our trips, make a donation, help us spread the good word through your social media network.
    6. Can I volunteer?
      Sure. We’re always looking for volunteers to help. Volunteers can help out in our Trails Center, do some trail checking for us or in a number of other ways. Contact us to volunteer.
    7. How long has AHH existed?
      AHH as a nonprofit was created in 2017 but our efforts to create an Adirondack-based hut-to-hut system started in 2015 with funding from the NYS Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation.
    8. How far in advance do I need to make reservations?
      We recommend booking as far in advance as possible but don’t let that prevent you from trying to book something at the last minute. Summer months are usually the busiest and spring and fall usually have the best last minute opportunities.
    9. How do I change a booking?
      Stay tuned for more information.
    10. I haven’t received a confirmation on my booking. What should I do?
      Stay tuned for more information.
    11. What is the cancellation policy?
      Cancellations made 14 days or more before the start of the trip are eligible to receive an electronic gift card valid for 12 months from the date of issuance for the amount paid to date. Refunds are not available for reservations cancelled within 14 days of the start of the selected trip.
    12. When and how do I pay?
      A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. The remaining balance is due 14 days before your trip starts.
    13. How can I check for availability?
      Visit our Booking page.
    14. Do I need to be an AHH member to travel a route?
      No. When our membership program goes online there will be distinct advantages to being a member but it is not required.
    15. How can I support the NYSDEC and their work maintaining trails?
      A Trails Supporter Patch is available for $5 at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold, on-line and via telephone at 1-866-933-2257. Patch proceeds help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State.
    16. How can I help support AHH?
      You can make a much appreciated donation HERE.

    Lodging and Food

    1. Do lodgings have alcoholic beverages?
      Some do and some don’t. Most allow guests to bring their own beverages but you should check where they can be consumed.
    2. Do all lodgings have toilets and showers?
      Yes they do although in some cases they may be shared with other guests.
    3. What are tipping expectations?
      Stay tuned for more information
    4. Is tent camping allowed outside of lodgings?
      In most cases camping is NOT allowed unless they have a separate campground. Call us or the specific lodging for more information.
    5. What are the sleeping arrangements?
      Sleeping arrangements are made at the time of booking. Rooms are private unless otherwise stated.
    6. How are the lodgings different?
      Lodgings range from rustic to regal and everything in between. All our lodges have their own websites where you can learn more about them. Contact us with specific questions.
    7. When should I arrive at my first night’s lodging?
      We encourage travelers to arrive in the early afternoon so they can get a feel for the community they are starting in and make any last minute arrangements.
    8. Can we have an evening campfire?
      Each lodging location is different in their ability to have evening campfires. Check their website or contact them directly for more specific information.
    9. Do all lodgings have electricity, WIFI, or cell service?
      All lodgings have electricity and WIFI. Cell service can be poor to nonexistent at some locations.
    10. What do I do for meals?
      Some meals may be provided as part of your lodging and in other cases not. Recommendations for meals will, however, be provided for each day of your trip.
    11. Can you accommodate people with special diets or food allergies?
      Yes. Virtually all restaurants and lodgings offer some sort of vegetarian and gluten free options.
    12. Is coffee available at lodgings?
      If perchance, coffee is not available at your lodging it will be available where you get your breakfast.
    13. What do we do for water on the trail?
      In most cases you should be able to carry your day’s water with you. If you need more along the way you should carry some form of water treatment. i.e., a filter, steripen, or tablets, and get it out of a lake, pond or stream. We do not recommend consuming untreated water other than in an emergency.
    14. Can we prepare our own meals at the different lodgings?
      Some places of lodgings have kitchenettes. Check with your lodging host ahead of time.

    Clothing, Gear and Vehicles

    1. What clothing and gear do I need?
      See our clothing and gear list. Coming soon.
    2. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
      No lodgings at this time require a sleeping bag. Future routes may.
    3. How is luggage delivered to my nightly lodging?
      Stay tuned for more information.
    4. Can I drive to our first night’s lodging?
      Yes. Make sure you leave enough time to get dinner locally if it is not provided as part of your booking.
    5. How safe is my vehicle where it is parked?
      We recommend locking your car but it is extremely rare to have any issues with parked vehicles.
    6. How do I get back to my car?
      If your route starts and finishes at a different location (a Traverse) then an option exists to have your vehicle shuttled to your finish or to have you shuttled back to your starting point.
    7. Do I need a parking permit?
      No. There are no parking permits needed at this time.

    On the Trail (or Water)

    1. My trip includes more than one mode of travel. (hiking, paddling, a/o biking) How do I get my bike or canoe delivered?
      You can rent any necessary gear which will include delivery and pick up where necessary. In addition delivery and shuttling of your personal gear can be arranged. Contact us for more information.
    2. How hard are the trips?
      See the difficulty rating of the trip you are considering and our Difficulty Rating Table (link) to get an idea of how difficult your trip may be. Keep in mind that what is easy for one person may be very challenging for another.
    3. Do I need a guide?
      We recommend a guide for anyone who cannot read a map and use a compass, has little or no experience planning and leading their own trips and/or has no first aid training.
    4. Will I encounter hunters on my trip?
      Big Game hunting season in the Adirondacks is from approximately the last week of September to mid December.
      Small game hunting season is from approximately October 1 to March 20.
      Travelers should consider wearing fluorescent orange during those times of year depending on their route. Call for more detailed information.
    5. What if I have an emergency or what if someone needs to contact me in an emergency?
      Cell phone use is intermittent or nonexistent in portions of the Adirondack Park. You should consider leaving the phone numbers of your lodgings with family or friends before you leave in case of emergency. If you have an emergency while out on the trail or water call the DEC dispatch number of 518-891-0235 or 911.
    6. Where is the nearest medical care center?
      Stay tuned for more information.
    7. Where can I get a map?
      You can purchase maps through the AHH Trails Center. Contact us for more information.
    8. Do I need first aid training?
      We recommend that all self-guided travelers have at least one group member with first aid training. Contact your nearest American Red Cross office for the date and location of a first aid course near you.
    9. Do I need map and compass skills?
      We recommend map and compass skills for all self-guided travelers. Contact us if you would like to attend one of our map and compass classes.
    10. Can I mountain bike all the hiking trails?
      Many but not all of the trails on our routes allow mountain bike travel. Trails in designated Wilderness areas do not allow mountain bikes. Designated Wild Forest trails vary in terms of allowing mountain bikes. Contact us for more information.
    11. Are dogs allowed?
      Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on hut-to-hut routes at this time.
    12. How are the trails marked? Do I need a map?
      Yes, a map is considered essential. We are in the process of establishing GPS waypoints for all daily starting and finishing points and GPS routes themselves.

    Our Vision - Trips for Everyone


    Weekend trips. Week-long trips. Some all hiking. Some all paddling. Some in which you can do both-- paddle and hike, even paddle and bike. No matter how long your selected route or your mode of travel, there are no tents to carry, camp stoves to struggle with, or mosquitoes biting you in your sleep on an Adirondack Hamlets to Huts trek.

    You will travel to and through charming and historic Adirondack communities as well as amazing wild landscapes that make the Adirondacks the special place that it is. Our routes celebrate both the settled and the sublime, the culture of the Adirondacks as much as its nature. Your lodging will run the gamut, from the simple, such as walled tents, yurts, cabins, and motels, to the grand, including bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, lodges, and inns.

    Come to the Adirondacks and experience the Park with Adirondack Hamlets to Huts. Adventure by day. Comfort at night.

    Your donation helps us establish new routes!

    Support Adirondack Hamlets to Huts and assist us in advancing wellness, conservation and vibrant communities throughout the Adirondack Park.