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Volunteer Trail Project Schedule

Since 1986 thousands of volunteers have worked with trained ADK trail crew leaders to complete trail maintenance and reconstruction projects all over the Adirondacks and Catskills. Volunteers are provided with the unique opportunity to "give something back” to the trails that they use. Trail work is demanding so volunteers should expect to be challenged both physically and mentally. Through the course of a trail project, volunteers will share the experience with other participants forming new friendships and memories. Ultimately, a quality trail project is completed by volunteer trail crews that will protect the natural resource for many years. A fun and rewarding experience is guaranteed. ADK provides leadership, group camping gear, tools, transportation from base camp, and food for multi-day projects. ADK’s volunteer base camp serves as the staging area for the four and five day trail projects. It is located at the Adirondak Loj campground adjacent to Heart Lake. Project information including an equipment list will be sent to all volunteers upon registration.



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Saturday June 4, 2016

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2016 Projects

Two-Day Projects

June 10–12--- JBL Trail Work Weekend FULL
Open to all ages, participants will be spending the weekend at Johns Brook Lodge. The work will entail sidecutting the encroaching vegetation on Big Slide, Yard, Wolf Jaws, Klondike, and other surrounding trails. Food will be prepared by ADK staff. There is no participation fee, but donations are always appreciated.
Cost:FREE

July 6-8--- ADK Property Trail Maintenance FULL
Open to all ages, participants will repair the boardwalk on the Van Hoevenberg trail. The crew will be staying at the volunteer basecamp on Wednesday, and Thursday night. Meals will be prepared by our volunteer leaders at the volunteer basecamp. There is no participation fee, but donations are always welcome.
Cost:FREE

Four & Five-Day Projects

Open to all ages, participants will camp nearby the trail project and work on a section of trail as a team. Arrive at base camp on Sunday evening for dinner & orientation. The participation fee is at the end each project description.

June 13–17--- Great Camp Sagamore
Work will include installing turnpiking, along a short stretch of trail near the camp Anticipate getting your feet wet for this project. Meals will be prepared by the staff at the Great Camp Sagamore. The crew will staying at the historic Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. Participants will arrive during the mid-morning on Monday, and depart in the mid-afternoon on Friday.
Cost:$345 participation fee

June 20-24--- Elk Lake FULL
There will be a variety of projects that are possibilities for the Elk Lake trip this year. Work may include bridging, turnpiking, rock work, or brushing out trail. Please feel free to inquire about the work details once we get closer the start date. Meals will be prepared by the staff at the Elk Lake Lodge. The crew will be staying in one of the rooms at the Elk Lake Lodge.
Cost: $345 participation fee

June 20-24--- Johns Brook Lodge
Work will include replacing bog bridging, re-routing an eroded section of trail, and patrolling trails surrounding the Johns Brook Valley. Participants will meet their Crew Leaders at the Marcy Field parking area in Keene. Once everyone is rallied, the crew leaders will shuttle everyone to the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley. The crew will then hike 3.5 miles to the John’s Brook Lodge, carrying with them all of their personal gear, food, and group gear. Participants will be staying at the Johns Brook Lodge, all meals will be prepared by ADK staff.
Cost: $300 participation fee

Aug. 14–18--- Long Lake Canoe Trip FULL
Relocating existing pit privies and the removal of litter from campsites that are alongside Long Lake will be the main focus of the project. Participants will canoe a substantial distance every day to reach each lean-to. Depending upon how many privies need to be relocated, the crew may work on a trail project on a section of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail that parallels Long Lake. Arrive Sunday evening at base camp for dinner and orientation. As long as you specify at the time of registration, you have the option of meeting the crew at the Long Lake boat launch on Monday. Participants will be out of the woods late afternoon on Thursday.
Cost: $125 participation fee

Five-Day High School Projects

These trail projects are reserved for high school aged teenagers (ages 14-17) who have a desire to spend a week in the woods camping in the backcountry and to experience trail work. For all of the five-day projects, participants arrive at base camp on Sunday evening for dinner & orientation. Participants will be back at base camp late afternoon on Friday. There is a $275 participation fee for these projects. Scholarships are available for teens; please call 518-523-3480 ext.18 or our scholarship page to learn more.

Scholarships are available to cover the participation fee for these trail projects.

June 26- July 1---Woods Lake
Participants will install rock steps to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike .5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a quarter mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will be camping in tents provided by ADK next to Woods Lake.
Cost: $275 participation fee

June 26-July 1---Tennant Creek Falls FULL
Participants will create over a half mile of new sustainable trail that will lead hikers to a waterfall and swimming hole. The crew will hike .5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 6-11---Indian Pass FULL
Participants will install a small span bridge using native trees felled on site. In addition rock drainage structures will be installed to eliminate future erosion. The crew will hike 2.2 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will camp at the Rocky Falls Lean-to if space is available, in not they will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 10-15--- Northville-Lake Placid Trail- Stepping Stones
Participants will install stepping stones using rocks quarried on site. The crew will hike 1 mile to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the worksite. Participants will camp in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 13-18--- Avalanche Lake- Turnpiking
Participants will install rock turnpikes using rocks quarried on site. The crew will hike 3.3 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will camp at the Avalanche Lean-to if space is available, in not they will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 17-22--- Cascade Lakes Trail
Participants will install bog bridging using native material felled on site. In addition a short re-route will be installed to eliminate future soil erosion. The crew will hike 3 miles to reach the project site. Once there, they will have a .5 mile hike to and from the project site. Participants will staying in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 20-25--- Avalanche Lake- Bog Bridging
Participants will be constructing bog bridges, using dimensional lumber. In addition the crew will also be installing some short re-routes. The crew will hike 3.3 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the project site. Participants will camp at the Avalanche Lean-to if space is available, if not then they will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 24-29---Hurricane Mountain FULL
Participants will install rock steps and stepping stones to curtail future soil erosion. In addition some short re-routes will also be installed. The crew will hike 2 miles, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools to reach their camp. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the worksite each day. Participants will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 27-August 1--- Brothers Trail
Participants will be installing bog bridges using dimensional material. The crew will hike over 3 miles on very steep terrain. The crew will hike a short distance to and from camp to reach their project site each day. Participants will be camping in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

July 31-August 5---Spruce Lake FULL
Participants will install bog bridging using native material felled on site. Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items, and hike 4 miles to reach their camp. Participants will be staying at one of the Spruce Lake lean-to’s.
Cost: $275 participation fee

August 3-8--- Iron Mountain
Participants will be installing a new trail on Iron Mountain. Participants will load up all of their food, camping gear, and tools and hike .5 miles to camp. Participants will be staying in tents provided by ADK.
Cost: $275 participation fee

August 7-12--- Northville-Lake Placid Trail- Rock Steps
Participants will install rock steps to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike .5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will be camping in tents provided by ADK next to Woods Lake.
Cost: $275 participation fee

August 10-15--- Cascade Mountain
Participants will install bog bridging using dimensional lumber. In addition rock waterbars will be repaired to curtail future soil erosion. Participants will be camping each night at the Volunteer Base Camp located at ADK's Wilderness Campground. After breakfast each morning crew leaders will transport the volunteers to the trailhead and hike 1-2 miles each day to reach their project site.
Cost: $275 participation fee


Workshops & Special Events

May 7, June 18 & October 8 --- Trail Steward/Maintainer Workshop
This workshop is intended to give trail maintainers an understanding of basic trail maintenance concepts and standards and is mandatory for aspiring ADK Trail Stewards. Topics that will be demonstrated and discussed are cleaning drainage, blowdown removal, sidecutting, and trail marking. The May 7 workshop will be conducted on the main hiking trail that ascends Arab Mountain in the town of Piercefield. The June 18 workshop will be held on the short trail to Severance Hill which is located just south of exit 28 off of Interstate 87. The October 10 workshop will be held on the main hiking trail that ascends Blue Mountain in the town of Blue Mountain Lake. Detailed directions are included when you register.
Cost: FREE - no participation fee, donations appreciated.


October 15--- Fall Trails Day, High Peaks Wilderness
This is the last chance to clean drainages of fallen leaves and other debris before the snow arrives. Trails located in the Adirondack High Peak Region will be focused on. FREE - no participation fee, donations appreciated. To register, call 518-523-3441 or Register Now. More information and detailed project list.

St John U.S. Virgin Island Trail Service Project
January 28–Feburary 4, 2017

The ADK Supervised Volunteer Trails Program is once again heading south to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. Working with the Friends of Virgin Island National Park well established volunteer program, ADK volunteers will help maintain the network of trails that exists on St. John. The trail project will consist of clearing brush away from trails, ruins, or at vistas like the picture to the left. The crew will also be constructing water bars, digging ditches, and establishing new trail sections.

Participants will work on the trail Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am to 2pm. The Volunteer Leader will transport the crew to the work site each day. On your days off and after each workday, volunteers are free to explore the surrounding trails, snorkel, or to relax on the beach located a short distance from base camp. The Volunteer Leader will provide trail work instruction and all tools required.

The VINP Cinnamon Bay Campground has a dedicated base camp that volunteers stay at. The base camp consists of five 12’ by 16’ tent platforms with Eureka cabin tents, each with three sleeping cots. Tents are under large tarps hung above to provide rain protection and to allow for air circulation. There are propane stoves, ice chests and food storage boxes for group use. All cooking equipment (pots, pans, utensils and eating materials) are also provided. All meals are included except for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday.

Transportation to and from St. John and the base camp is the responsibility of the individual. It is suggested that participants arrive on Saturday, January 28 to have Sunday to get organized and situated. Saturday, February 4 is the departure date. Participants are welcome to stay longer or arrive before the beginning of the service project at their own expense.

Upon registering, a complete information packet will be emailed to participants that will include an equipment & gear list and directions.

Cost: $380 per person

Register Now


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