Rachel Karp
Director of North Country Operations
518-523-3441, ext. 116

Update May 20, 2020 – Now that the North Country has been given clearance to begin the phased reopening process, more details have been released regarding what types of businesses can open and when. Below is an outline of our reopening process as it aligns with New York Forward, which was developed with guidance from local officials. ADK has adopted a strict health and safety plan to protect the well-being of visitors, guests, and staff as we move through this process.

Opening in Phase One (starting May 22):

  • High Peaks Information Center – Trail information and parking booth. Rentals and essential items available for curbside pick up only. Items must be ordered in advance, which can be done so here.
  • The Hungry Hiker – Meals for take-out only. Click here for our current menus.
  • Johns Brook Lodge – Trail information and essential items. Lodging remains closed.

Opening in Phase Two:

  • High Peaks Information Center – Expanded retail operations

Opening in Phase Three:

  • The Hungry Hiker – Service extended to include outdoor seating

Opening in Phase Four (with reduced occupancy):

  • Adirondak Loj
  • Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake
  • Johns Brook Lodge
  • Johns Brook Lean-tos

For more details, please contact us at 518-523-3441 or loj@adk.org. If you have a reservation that will be effected by our extended closure our front desk staff will be contacting you. Guests who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund or can transfer the reservation to the 2021 season. Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff.

Lake Placid, NY – May 7, 2020 – Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a more detailed New York Forward reopening plan for New York State, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is postponing the reopening of its lodging facilities until the North Country is allowed to reopen its businesses and New York reaches Phase 3 of the state reopening process. At this time, ADK is cancelling all lodging reservations through May 31 and will continue to monitor the recommendations of the state and federal government across our region. This applies to the following locations:

  • Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
    • Adirondak Loj
    • Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake
    • Heart Lake Cabins
  • Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley)
    • Johns Brook Lodge
    • Grace Camp and Camp Peggy O’Brien
    • Johns Brook Lean-tos

The Lake George Member Services Center will remain closed until further notice. In addition, the following services have either been cancelled for 2020 or will be operating with a limited staff pending direction from the reopening process:

  • Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
    • Summer Naturalist Programs – Canceled
    • Volunteer Trails Program – Limited Staff
    • Summit Stewardship Program – Limited Staff
    • Professional Trail Crew – Limited Staff

For the North Country to reopen, seven requirements need to be met, which include achieving a certain testing capacity, lower case numbers, and more. As of May 7, the North Country meets five out of those seven requirements. ADK is communicating with local officials to determine a timeline for when those conditions will be met.

Additionally, New York State on PAUSE is set to expire on May 15. Should that happen, ADK will begin staffing the parking booth and the High Peaks Information Center starting May 22 to manage increases in visitation at our trailhead, which has remained open at the state’s direction. Trail information, bear canister rentals, and retail services will be available on a restricted basis. ADK staff will be wearing face masks, encouraging social distancing measures, and following an aggressive cleaning schedule in order to minimize risks associated with the spread of coronavirus. Further details will be announced as we approach the proposed lifting of the PAUSE executive order.



Communications and Media

Benjamin Brosseau
Director of Communications
518-523-3441, ext. 114


Michael Barrett
Executive Director


Seth Jones
Education Director
518-523-3441, ext. 119