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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.

To register, call 518-523-3441.

2015 Projects
One-Day Projects

National Trails Day®
June 6th, 2015
You are all invited to celebrate National Trails Day®  with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) on June 6th.  ADK will be hosting eight different trail projects that vary in difficulty to ensure there is something for everybody. This year’s event will take place in Wanakena, NY.  ADK is very happy to be returning to the Cranberry Lake/Wanakena area for the fifth time and to be partnering with the Five Ponds Partners, SUNY-ESF Ranger School, and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 for this event. Trail projects will take place in the Five Ponds Wilderness and Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, with two of the projects making improvements to the Cranberry Lake 50.
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One-Day Projects

May 30 --- Cascade Mountain – High Peaks Wilderness
Waterbars and step stones will be installed on this popular hiking trail. Be prepared to hike into the woods while carrying tools, daypack, and lunch. Anticipate project completion by late afternoon. FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.
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June 28 --- ADK Property Trail Maintenance
Volunteers will spend the day side-cutting encroaching vegetation, and removing blown down trees on the network of ski trails located on property. FREE- no participation fee, donations appreciated.
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Two-Day Projects

June 12-14 --- JBL Trail Work Weekend – High Peaks Wilderness (Full)
This is an annual trail maintenance trip that involves cleaning existing drainage structures and removing blowdown in the Johns Brook Valley. The volunteer crew will pack into and stay at Johns Brook Lodge (3.5 miles) on Friday afternoon and leave on Sunday afternoon. FREE - no participation fee, donations appreciated.
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July 1-3 --- ADK Property Trail Maintenance
Open to all ages, participants will be constructing small footbridges using native trees felled on site. 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 a $100 participation fee.
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July 5-7 --- ADK Property Trail Maintenance
Open to all ages, participants will be constructing small footbridges using native trees felled on site. The crew will be staying at the volunteer basecamp on Sunday, and Monday night. Meals will be prepared by our volunteer leaders at the volunteer basecamp. There is a $100 participation fee.
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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 15-19---Great Camp Sagamore
Camp Sagamore is a beautiful wilderness estate once owned by the Vanderbilt family. The 27 historic buildings are surrounded by Wilderness and Wild Forest. Participants will work on various trail projects including sidecutting, blowdown removal, bridge construction, and new trail construction. Volunteers will be staying at one of the historical buildings at Camp Sagamore. Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the dining room. After dinner, participants will be free to explore the property. There is a $345 participation fee.
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June 22-26---Elk Lake
Located in the southern High Peaks, Elk Lake is situated in the middle of a private 12,000 acre preserve with an extensive network of trails. Participants will work on various trail projects including sidecutting, blowdown removal, and constructing bridging. Volunteers will stay in the historic Elk Lake Lodge for the week and will be served breakfast and dinner in the dining room. After work and dinner, participants will be free to explore the property. Boats are available to use on the lake. There is a $345 participation fee.
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June 22-26---John’s Brook Lodge
Participants will work on various trail projects including sidecutting, blowdown removal, and constructing bridging. Volunteers will be staying at the always welcoming, John’s Brook Lodge. Breakfast, and dinner will be served by the ADK staff. Fixings to make lunches will be made available after breakfast. There is a 300$ participation fee.
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August 9-13---Long Lake Canoe Trip–High Peaks Wilderness
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. There is a $125 participation fee.
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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 28-July 3---Woods Lake-Silver Lake Wilderness
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 the ADK next to Woods Lake.
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July 5-10---Orebed Trail- High Peaks Wilderness
Participants will install rock steps to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike 4 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 at the Orebed lean-to if space is available, if not then they will be camping in tents provided by the ADK.
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July 8-13---Avalanche Lake - High Peaks Wilderness
Participants will install small footbridges using native trees felled on site. The crew will hike 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 the ADK.
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July 12-17--- Brothers Trail-High Peaks Wilderness
Participants will install small footbridges using native trees felled on site. The crew will hike 3.5 miles 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 the ADK.
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July 15-20--- Lake Arnold- High Peaks Wilderness
Participants will install small footbridges using native trees felled on site. The crew will hike 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 the ADK.
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July 19-24--- Orebed Trail- High Peaks Wilderness (Full)
Participants will install stepping stones to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike 3.5 miles to reach the project site. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the project site. Participants will stay at one of the ADK lean-to’s on the Johns Brook property.
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July 22-27--- Indian Pass- High Peaks Wilderness
Participants will be constructing a span bridge over a small brook, using native trees felled on site. The crew will hike 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 project site. Participants will camp at the Rocky Falls Lean-to if space is available, if not then they will be camping in tents provided by the ADK.
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July 26-31---Spruce Lake-West Canada Lake Wilderness
Participants will replace bog bridges using native timbers felled on-site. This will allow safe passage along the Northville Placid Trail. The crew will hike 3.2 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 at one of the lean-to’s along Spruce Lake.
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July 29-August 3--- Wittenberg Mountain- Slide Mountain Wilderness
Participants will be installing rock steps and rock turnpiking in the Catskill Park. The crew will meet at camp on Wednesday evening, located at the Woodland Valley State Campground. The crew will hike approximately a half mile to and from camp to reach their project site each day. Participants will be camping in tents provided by the ADK.
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August 2-7---Sister Lake- Pigeon Lake Wilderness
Participants will be sidecutting encroaching vegetation from the trail corridor, as well as removing blown down trees. Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items into canoes provided by the ADK, and paddle to the campsite. Participants will be staying at the Andy’s Creek Lean-to.
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August 5-10--- Mary’s Glen Trail
Participants will be installing stepping stones and rock steps in the Catskill Park. The crew will meet at camp on Wednesday evening, located at the North/South Lake State Campground. The crew will hike approximately a half mile to and from camp to reach their project site each day. Participants will be camping in tents.
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Workshops & Special Events

May 9, June 20 & October 10 --- 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 9 workshop will be conducted on the main hiking trail that ascends Arab Mountain in the town of Piercefield. The June 20 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. FREE - no participation fee, donations appreciated.

Register for Mount Arab - May 9th

Register for Severance Hill - June 20st

Register for Blue Mountain - October 10th

October 17--- 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 Service Project --- 2016 Dates to be Announced

Each year the Adirondack Mountain Club teams up with the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park to complete a week long trail project on the Island of St. John. Projects each day will be led by the ADK trails coordinator and a volunteer coordinator from the Friends of the USVI. Work may include clearing vegetation around ruins or along trail corridors, installing rock drainage features, or constructing rock steps. A work day typically runs from 8:00am to 3:00pm. We will have a few days off, scattered throughout the week to give you time to explore the island in whatever way you choose. You will receive a complete Itinerary upon registering for the project.

Participants will be staying at the Cinnamon Bay Campground, the camp site will be set aside specifically for our volunteers. In the camp site volunteers will be staying in one of 5 large tents. Each tent will accommodate up to four volunteers, there will also be four cots on each tent. There are large tarps throughout the campsite to protect us from any rain. We also will be using a 2 burner propane cookstove to prepare our breakfast and dinner. For lunch volunteers will pack a lunch with them for their time on the trail and also for their days off. More details about the campsite, as well as a map to guide you through Cinnamon Bay will be provided upon registration.

Participants should plan on arriving at the Cinnamon Bay campground on Saturday, January 31st. We will be serving a light dinner on the 31st at around 6:00pm. Participants should book their return flight on Saturday, February 7th. Keep in mind that it takes some time to get back to the St. Thomas International Airport. Also an important note, it takes some time to get through customs at the St. Thomas airport. Please keep these things in mind when you book your return flight. Detailed directions to get from St. Thomas airport to the Cinnamon Bay campground in St. John is included upon registration. Also an important note: If you are a US citizen you will not need a passport to travel to and from St. John.

If you have any questions at all about the project, feel free to call or email Andrew, 518-523-3480 ext18 or trails@adk.org.

There is a $380 registration fee for this project.

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