Alpenglow is just beginning to grace the distinctive snow-covered slides on Gothics. Leaning on the porch handrail, a guest at Johns Brook Lodge holds a steaming mug of coffee while watching the morning spectacle unfold. Perhaps even more potent: the silence, enhanced by the muffling effect of snow, which blankets the property.
Johns Brook Lodge—commonly abbreviated as “JBL”—is the only backcountry lodge in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness. Located 3.5 miles into the backcountry from the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley, the only way to reach this woodland getaway is by foot. In the summer months during full-service season, a full compliment of seasonal staff cook meals for guests and maintain the property. After Labor Day, when caretaker season starts, it is up to our two full-time JBL staff, Henry and Dick, to keep the property running.