These 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 base camp in Lake Placid unless otherwise specified. There is a $285 participation fee for these projects. Scholarships are available for teens; please call 518-523-3480 ext.118 or our scholarship page to learn more.
Mt. Jo Long Trail
June 28-July 3 & July 12-17
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 to each day to the work site. The work will include installing stone structures like rock steps or rock turnpiking. Participants will be sleeping in tents provided by the ADK.
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. They will be staying in a lean-to or tents if preferred.
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.
Participants will install rock turnpiking and brush in social paths to curtail future soil erosion. 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.