Adirondacks Hiking Trip

This is a list of the 46er peaks - the 46 peaks whose summit is above 3800'. Those are some aggressive hikes! I have us trying to hike just one of them, Algonquin Peak, which has a difficulty 5 on their scale of 1 - 7.

I tried to pick out hikes that had a four or five star rating for scenery in the Five Star Trails: Adirondacks: 46 Spectacular Hikes. The book helpfully rated each hike for scenery and trail condition and difficulty and solitude. I put together a list of candidate hikes. The ratings in this table are from that book.

Trail

Scenery

Trail Conditions

Difficulty

Solitude

Distance

Duration

Peak Elevation

Elevation Gain

Shelving Rock Falls

4 stars

5 stars

1 stars

1 stars

4.1 miles

2 hours

450'

none

Owl's Head Mountain

5 stars

4 stars

3 stars

4 stars

6.3 miles

4 hours

2,762'

1,097'

Castle Rock

3 stars

3 stars

2 stars

5 stars

3.7 miles

2 hours

1,880'

550'

Algonquin Peak

5 stars

3 stars

5 stars

3 stars

8 miles

8 hours

5115'

2936'

Sleeping Beauty Mtn

4 stars

5 stars

3 stars

2 stars

3.6 miles

3 hours

2,347'

1,012'

Ausable River Loop Trail

5 stars

5 stars

3 stars

3 stars

11.3 miles

10 hours

2,493'

1,227'

St. Regis Mountain

5 stars

4 stars

4 stars

3 stars

6.7 miles

4 hours

2,874'

1,252'

Floodwood Loop

4 stars

3 stars

2 stars

5 stars

8.5 miles

4 hours

1,590'

minor

Ampersand Mountain

5 stars

3 stars

4 stars

1 stars

5.2 miles

4 hours

3353'

1803'

Giant's Nubble

5 stars

4 stars

4 stars

3 stars

4.4 miles

4 hours

2750'

1443'

Big Crow and Little Crow

4 stars

5 stars

3 stars

5 stars

2.4 miles

3 hours

3353'

1803'

The itinerary shows more than one hike per day. The second hike is aspirational, meaning we would only do it if we had time and energy.

Sunday August 28, 2022

Monday August 29, 2022

Take off at 10:20 PM on Alaska Air nonstop flight to Boston. 5 1/4 hrs.

Tueday August 30, 2022

Land in Boston at 6:45 AM

Pick up rental car

Drive 224 miles, 4.5 hrs, from Boston Car Rental to to Shelving Rock Falls No tolls.

Shelving Rock Falls, Lake Shore & Mountain Trail Map

Drive 84 miles, 1.5 hrs, from Shelving Rock Falls to Elizabethtown

Stay in AirBnB in Elizabethtown Check-ins not allowed until 4 PM.

Wednesday August 31, 2022

Drive 68 miles, 1.3 hours to Owl's Head Mountain trailhead

Owl's Head Mountain Hike. 6.3 miles, 4 hoursTrail Map

Drive 14 miles, 25 min, from Owl's Mountain to Castle Rock Trailhead

Castle Rock Mtn Loop Hike. 2.8 miles, 1.5 hoursTrail Map

Drive 10 miles, 17 min, from Castle Rock to Buttermilk Falls Trailhead

Buttermilk Falls Hike. 0.5 miles, 0.5 hours

Drive 57 miles, 1.25 hrs, from Buttermilk Falls to Luna Restaurant

Group dinner at 5:30 PM at Luna Restaurant in Lake Placid.

Drive 27 miles, 40 min back to AirBnb in Elizabethtown

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Thursday September 1, 2022

Drive 27 miles, 0.75 hours to Algonquin Peak trailhead

Meet at 6 AM at Loj parking lot for Algonquin Hike

Algonquin Peak Hike. 8 miles, 8 hours (Skip Wright Peak)Trail Map

Add 2.2 miles and 700' elevation if we continue onward to Iroquois Peak. Trail Map

Drive 45 miles, 1.0 hrs, back to Elizabethtown

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Friday September 2, 2022

Melanie & Leslie to Schenectady

Art / Paul / Mark / Carol hike? Lake George area? Sleeping Beauty Mountain hike? Visit Schenectady also?

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Saturday September 3, 2022

Drive 50 miles, 1.25 hrs, from Elizabethtown to St. Regis Trailhead

St. Regis Mtn. Hike. 6.7 miles, 4 hours. Trail Map

Drive 15 miles, 0.5 hrs, from St. Regis Mountain toBaker Mountain

Baker Mountain Hike. 1.7 miles, 1.5 hours Trail Map

Drive 35 miles, 0.75 hrs, from Baker Mountain to Elizabethtown

Notre Dame vs Ohio State on ABC at 7 PM. At Flattery RV at Wilmington/North Pole KOA.

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Sunday September 4, 2022

Drive 16 miles, 0.3 hrs, from Elizabethtown to Ausable River Trailhead

7 AM at AMR Parking lot. Free parking reservation required

Ausable River Loop Hike. 11.6 miles, 10 hours. Trail Map

Drive 16 miles, 0.3 hrs, back to Port Henry

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Monday September 5, 2022

Labor Day

Drive 43 miles, 1.0 hrs, from Elizabethtown to Ampersand Mountain Trailhead

Ampersand Mtn. Hike. 5.2 miles, 4 hours Trail Map

Drive 13 miles, 0.25 hrs, from Ampersand Mountain to Floodwood

Floodwood Lake Loop Hike. 8.6 miles, 4 hours Trail Map

Drive 53 miles, 1.25 hrs, from Floodwood toElizabethtown

Stay in Elizabethtown AirBnB.

Tuesday September 6, 2022

Drive 16 miles, 0.3 hrs, to Giant's Nubble and Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead

Meet at 7 AM at parking lot for Giant Mountain

Giant Nubble Hike 4.4 miles, 4 hours.Trail Map

Roaring Brook Falls Lower Lookout. 0.6 miles, 0.5 hours

Drive 4.75 hrs, 240 miles, from Giant's Nubble trailhead to the Lakeside Inn in Reading

Stay in Reading MA at Lakeside Inn

Wednesday September 7, 2022

Drive 26 miles, 0.75 hrs, from Lakeside Inn to Alamo Car rental

Drop off rental car, take shuttle to terminal

Take off at 8:30 AM on Alaska Air nonstop flight to Seattle. 6 1/3 hrs.

Thursday September 8, 2022

Friday September 9, 2022

Saturday September 10, 2022

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Item

Cost

Comment

2 Plane Tickets

$536

Non-stops btwn Seattle and Boston

Thrifty Car Rental

$757

1 week and two days

AirBnb

$772

With kitchen

Lakeside Inn

$105

Food & Gas

$300

Depending on how often we eat out

Grand Total

$2474


This is the route to the North Pole KOA in Wilmington, near Lake Placid, where the Flattery's will have their RV.

"Woodhill Lodge" is in a small town called Elizabethtown, which is about 20 miles northwest of Port Henry. "Woodhill Lodge" is a apartment attached to the owners house