These 5-day trail projects are reserved for high school-aged teenagers (ages 14-17) who have a desire to spend a week in the woods camping in the backcountry and to experience trail work. Parents will drop off and pick up their teens at our basecamp in Lake Placid unless otherwise specified.

COST: There is a $325 participation fee for these projects. Scholarships are available for teens; please call 518-523-3480, ext. 118 or our scholarship page to learn more.

High School Trail Projects Gear List
Project Release Form


June 27-July 2, Mt. Jo Long Trail
Participants will work to harden sections of new trail on Mt. Jo.  Participants will be staying at the Adirondak Loj Wilderness Campground for the duration of the trip.  The crew will hike approximately 1 mile each day to the worksite. The work will include installing stone structures like rock steps or rock turnpiking.  Participants will be sleeping in tents.

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July 4-9, Jones Hill

Trail work will focus on working on a new stretch of trail leading to the Jones Hill summit.  Crew members will use hand tools to create drainage structures, and harden the existing treadway.

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July 11-16, Mt. Jo Long Trail
Participants will work to harden sections of new trail on Mt. Jo.  Participants will be staying at the Adirondak Loj Wilderness Campground for the duration of the trip.  The crew will hike approximately 1 mile each day to the worksite. The work will include installing stone structures like rock steps or rock turnpiking.  Participants will be sleeping in tents.

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July 18-23, Johns Brook Lodge
Participants will install a stone causeway leading up to a new bridge spanning Johns Brook.  The crew will also improve the trail junction near the bridge crossing.   The crew will hike 3.5 miles to reach camp at the Johns Brook Lodge Property.  Participants will be staying in tents.

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July 25-30, Phelps Trail
Participants will install stone turnpiking using boulders quarried onsite.  Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items, and hike 3.5 miles to reach their camp. Once there, participants will hike 1 mile to and from the worksite each day.  Participants will camp in tents.

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August 1-6, Jones Hill
Participants will create a new trail to the summit of Jones Hill.  The crew will hike 1 mile to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a half-mile hike to and from the worksite. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.

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