It wouldn’t be a true adventure into the Johns Brook Valley without a thunderstorm. Heavy, sideways rain with rumbles of thunder motivated all of us to walk a little bit faster to our lean-to across the brook from Johns Brook Lodge (JBL). Our Johns Brook Valley Teen Adventure group stayed there for three nights while building hiking and low-impact camping skills. Luckily the rain stopped long enough for us to hike up to New York’s third highest mountain, Mt. Haystack. It was a strenuous hike for our group but the views and sense of accomplishment were well worth the arduous trek. The following photos capture a few moments during our adventure.
|Taking a break before summiting Haystack|
|On the way to Haystack|
|Our 2015 teen backpacking group|
|One more push to the summit of Haystack|
|Mt. Marcy watching over us on the way down|
|Making ice cream at Johns Brook Lodge|
|Enjoying a game at Johns Brook Lodge|