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Backpacking in the Adirondacks

adirondacks.jpgThe fall views from the Adirondacks are what postcards are made from. Spend a few days backpacking here during the fall months and you will know what it feels like to be “at one with nature.” If you are up for a challenge you can try your hand at the trail up Mount Marcy, the highest point in New York.

Don’t expect to be the only trying to reach the 5,344 foot summit of Mount Marcy though. Thousands of people try it every year. If you want a more secluded trip that offers plenty in the way of serenity, try the multi day loop that starts at the John Brook Lodge.

Permits Needed

You don’t need a permit to hike or camp in any of the backcountry areas. If you plan on spendingthe night in the park campground before you hit the trails, you will need to reserve a campsite.

When to Go

The prime summer months are from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you want the postcard perfect views, try for the less busy spring and fall months. You’ll get to see the leaves change and elss people on the trail.

What to Bring

Always bring rain gear with you. Temperatures can drop with the light showers that come along during the summer. You’ll always want to carry a warm hat, fleece jacket, and some gloves. Even on a warm day, as the temperature can drop fast when the storms roll in. During the winter months you’ll want to be prepared for snow fall.