High School Projects (ages between 14 and 17 at the time of the project)

Would you like to spend five days camping in the backcountry learning trail work? Arrive at base camp at the Adirondack Loj on Sunday evening for dinner & orientation. Participants return to base camp late afternoon on Friday. There is a $275 participation fee for these projects. Scholarships are available for teens; please call 518-523-3480 ext.18 or visit our scholarship page to learn more.

“Being able to efficiently move an 800lb boulder with a metal bar may not be highly regarded skill in today’s working world. However, through five seasons of a devoted practice of accepting mental and physical challenges, I have gained a certain mental fortitude and an understanding of my own capabilities that I don’t think I could have found elsewhere.” – Ryan Graig (Ryan first volunteered as a high school sophomore)

Flume
JUNE 25-30

Participants will install new single track at one of the most popular and extensive mountain bike networks in the Adirondacks. The crew will hike .5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a quarter mile hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Catamount Mountain
JUNE 25-30

Participants will create over a half mile of new sustainable trail that will lead hikers to the summit of Catamount Mountain. Time permitting the crew will also install a small span bridge using dimensional lumber. 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 project site each day. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Van Hoevenberg Trail
JULY 5-10

Participants will create a new section of sustainable trail near Marcy Dam. Time permitting, rock drainage structures will be installed to eliminate future erosion. The crew will hike 2.2 miles 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 project site each day. Participants will camp at one a Lean-to around Marcy Dam if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Flume
JULY 9-14

Participants will install new single track at one of the most popular and extensive mountain bike networks in the Adirondacks. The crew will hike .5 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a quarter mile hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Avalanche Lake – Turnpiking
JULY 12-17

Participants will install rock turnpikes using rocks quarried on site. The crew will hike 3.3 miles 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 project site each day. Participants will camp at the Avalanche Lean-to if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Cascade Lakes Trail
JULY 16-21

Participants will install bog bridging using dimensional lumber. In addition a short re-route will be installed to eliminate future soil erosion. The crew will hike 2 miles to reach their camp. Once there, they will have a 1 mile hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will sleep tents provided by the ADK.
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Avalanche Lake – Stream Bridge
JULY 19-24

Participants will be constructing a span bridge using dimensional lumber. In addition the crew will also be installing a new box privy. The crew will hike 4 miles to reach their camp, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the project site each day. Participants will sleep in tents provided by the ADK.
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Pharaoh Lake
JULY 23-28

Participants will install rock turnpiking to curtail future soil erosion.  The crew will hike 2 miles, carrying with them their personal gear, food, and tools to reach their camp. Once there, they will have a very short hike to and from the worksite each day. Participants will sleep in tents provided by the ADK.
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Avalanche Lake – Bog Bridges
JULY 26-31

Participants will be installing bog bridges using dimensional material. The crew will hike 3.3 miles on to reach their camp. The crew will hike a short distance to and from camp to reach their project site each day. Participants will camp at the Avalanche Lean-to if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Spruce Lake
JULY 30-AUGUST 4

Participants will install bog bridging using native material felled on site. Participants will load all of the tools, food, and personal items, and hike 4 miles to reach their camp. Once there participants will hike 1 mile to and from the worksite each day.  Participants will camp at a Lean-to if space is available, if not they will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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Kaaterskill Falls
AUGUST 2-7

Participants will be installing drainage structures and rock steps on a trail adjacent to Kaaterskill Falls.  Participants will be staying at the North/South Lake Campground for the duration of the week. Each morning volunteer leaders will shuttle participants to the project site.  Parents will drop off and pick up their children at a designated campsite at North/South Lake State Campground.  Participants will sleep in tents provided by the ADK.
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Hurricane Mountain
AUGUST 6-11

Participants will install rock steps to curtail future soil erosion. The crew will hike 1.5 miles 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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Peekamoose Mountain
AUGUST 9-14

Participants will create new sections of trail.  Time permitting, rock waterbars will be repaired to curtail future soil erosion.  Parents will drop off their children at a designated campsite at the Woodland Valley State Campground on Wednesday afternoon. After breakfast on Thursday the crew will load up all of their food, tools, and camping gear, and be shuttled to the trailhead.  They will then hike for approximately 2 miles to establish a campsite. Once camp has been established, participants will walk a short distance to and from the project site each day.  On the afternoon of the 14th the volunteer leaders will shuttle the participants back to the Woodland Valley State Campground and await their parent’s arrival.
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