Adirondack Canoe and HikingBackpack, canoe, and camp under huge summer skies

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
$635 non-peak member
About the trip

Glide along the famed Route of the Seven Carries

Far north, near the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, is a region of shallow ponds and lakes sprinkled like gems among the ancient woodlands. Short carries or “portages” string these waterways into a necklace adorning a landscape of rare beauty, the St Regis Canoe Area.

Along the famous Route of the Seven Carries, you and your fellow adventurers with paddle to far shores and share the load, transporting your gear over land to canoe beyond the realm of civilization. From our idyllic remote camp, we’ll swim and relax to the sound of the loons. A renowned adventure the following day will earn us epic views from the top of St. Regis Mountain; and you will recount your day with pride and a few s’mores as you gather with friends around the evening campfire and prepare to tuck into your tent with a view of the stars.

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Level 5/10
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street



Drive to Adirondacks, Paddle to Camp

You'll meet your guide at 6:45 AM on the Upper West Side (Broadway and West 76th St) for a prompt 7:00 AM Departure. The drive to the Adirondack mountains will give you time to relax and you'll enjoy a brief lunch stop on the way. Upon arriving at the St. Regis canoe area, you'll be fitted for your PFDs and be given a brief intro to canoeing and paddling. Once you're settled into your boats, you'll paddle for approximately 2-3 hours before settling into camp for dinner, a campfire, and bed. Listen for the call of the famous loons as you drift off to sleep - a beautiful and haunting call sounding across the lake.

Canoe Exploration, Hike St. Regis Mountain

Get ready for one of the best sunrises you've ever seen. Nothing compares to the early morning light on the seculded lake side as you enjoy breakfast wtih the group. Today, you'll spend your time exploring the serene and remote wilderness around you. Your guides will lead you to new lakes and ponds and over challenging portages where you'll work with your boat-mate to carry your canoes and gear. This afternoon, you'll have the option to hike St. Regis Mountain or continue to explore the lakes before heading to a new camp for the night.

Depart camp, Return to New York

This morning, we'll awake for a delicious breakfast before packing up camp. We'll paddle for about 2-3 hours and soak up a few more sites before we arrive at our take-out spot, load up our gear, and return to the city. We'll stop for one last group lunch before we get back to the Upper West Side, by approximately 8:00 PM.

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear

Daypack, sized 25-40 L
Large drybag or dufflebag lined with a plastic bag to hold all personal gear neatly inside
Rain jacket
Backpacking Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
Sleeping Bag, rated 40 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
Mug, bowl, and utensil
Small towel or facecloth
Extra warm clothes for the evening at camp (fleece, jacket, warm pants)

Recommended Gear

Sleeping bag liner


Hiking boots or trail shoes
Wool socks for hiking
Moisture-wicking or quick-drying shorts or pants
Moisture-wicking or quick drying top (sleeves recommended for sun protection)
Suggested: Paddling jacket, light windbreaker, or dry top
For women: synthetic sports bra or bathing suit top, bathing suit bottoms
For men: bathing suit can be worn as bottoms
Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
Water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet (no flip-flops please)

Trip Package


Round Trip Transportation from New York City
Canoe Rental with PFDs and paddles
Licensed and medically trained guide team
Meals as outlined in itinerary
Group equipment
Park permits and fees

Not included

Personal gear and equipment
Meals not outlined in itinerary
Gratuity for guides


This trip departs from New York City. Our early morning departure requires booking flights to arrive the previous night. Departures after 9 pm on the return day are possible or an additional night in NYC is recommended. If you would like drive yourself after flying, Montreal is the closest airport, a two-hour drive from our destination.


By the numbers, the weather trends highs in the seventies and lows in the fifties by late August. On the water, these temps can feel somewhat cooler. Rain is less than likely but be prepared for this possibility.


We'll be camping out for two nights in the backcountry and will be carrying all of our gear in our boats and along every portage. We'll be sleeping in backpacking tents. Tents can be rented for $35/ea (shared, two-person) or $60/ea (single) or you can bring your own. Sleeping bag and sleeping pad rentals are also available. Food and communal gear will be carried up by the group, so be sure to leave space in your pack!


This trip is not rigorous. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. All portages, carrying canoes as well as gear, will be on flat ground. A full day of paddling, portageing, and hiking up a mountain can add up. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience.

Recommended for...

This trip is ideal for adventurers who want to experience an uncommon way of exploring in a pristine wilderness area. This itinerary includes intermediate hikes and portages so we recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate level of fitness. Some hiking experience is recommended and first-time backpackers are welcome.

Dates and Prices

The right trip,
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Aug 31, 2019
Sep 2, 2019

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