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.

Johns Brook Valley Teen 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 JBL
Making ice cream at Johns Brook Lodge
Teen Adventure games at JBL
Enjoying a game at Johns Brook Lodge