ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) will open Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) to the public this winter for the first time in decades. Caretaker service will be offered at the lodge for up to 10 guests on weekends. Opening the lodge in the winter has been the vision of many dedicated volunteers and staff for the last 10 years. By opening the lodge during the winter ADK will be able to continue to support it’s mission of promoting responsible recreation and stewardship in the Johns Brook Valley
Built in 1925, Johns Brook Lodge is a backcountry lodge located on a 26-acre parcel of private property in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks outside of Keene Valley, NY. JBL is a 3.5-mile hike in from the Garden Parking Area. In the summer the lodge sleeps 28 guests in co-ed bunkrooms. During July and August the stay includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From mid-May to late-June and Labor Day to Columbus Day the lodge operates under caretaker service where guests provide and cook their own food and have full access to the JBL kitchen.
ADK has offered winter accommodations on the Johns Brook Property for over 80 years. Most recently, winter accommodations have been offered at Camp Peggy O’Brien and Grace Camp, two winterized cabins on the opposite side of Johns Brook from JBL. These cabins have been a popular basecamp for winter recreationists. Three lean-tos are also available for rent year around.
Starting on January 5th, JBL will be open to guests on weekends until early April. Guests will have to provide and cook their own food but will have full access to JBL’s kitchen. Heat from a propane heater and a wood stove will be provided for guests. There will be no running water at the lodge during this time so gathering and treating water from the brook will be necessary.
It has been the vision of many dedicated volunteers and staff to open JBL during the winter and has been part of the JBL master plan since 2010. Over the past 10 years ADK has renovated and winterized Johns Brook Lodge, making it possible to open the facility in the winter. New windows, new wall insulation, and the installation of a wood stove have all been improvements that have made this possible. ADK would not have been able to make these improvements without the dedicated support of volunteers and members.
Since the early 1980’s, ADK has facilitated a volunteer Winter Host Program at the Johns Brook Property from December through March where volunteers provide information to recreationists heading into the High Peaks. In addition to information, volunteers offer hot beverages and a space to warm up for folks passing through the property. This year, ADK will be transitioning this responsibility to a full-time caretaker to be able to facilitate the opening of the lodge during the winter.
“Opening Johns Brook Lodge this winter will be a great opportunity for ADK to connect recreationists to the beauty of the Adirondacks while also educating visitors on how to responsibly camp and travel in the backcountry during the winter,” says Wes Lampman, ADK’s Chief Operating Officer.
Rates are $50 per person per night and you can make a reservation for your stay, check availability, or find out more information about staying at JBL during the winter by visiting www.adk.org or by calling reservations at (518) 523-3441. Your stay at JBL supports all of ADK’s mission oriented programs.