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The Adirondacks

Explore the beauty of upstate New York as you hike the Northville-Placid Trail on a 2-week wilderness expedition through the Adirondacks. 

Trip Overview

Experience the thrill of completing the Northville-Placid trail in the Adirondacks on a 2-week summer expedition with Crystalaire Adventures! Here, participants will navigate through a variety of changing landscapes as they make their way down the trail. While exploring, participants can expect to see the ever-changing wilderness, an abandoned amusement park, and some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. 

After a long day on the trail, participants will settle into their campsite and have time and space to reflect on the challenges and successes of their day with their fellow explorers while taking in the sights and sounds of the forest. 

Dates

July 2 - July 14, 2023

Group Size

8-10 Campers

2+ Guides

Grades

High School

Grades 9-12

Arrival/Departure

Albany Int'l Airport

Albany, NY

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Participants will meet their guides at Albany International Airport in Albany, NY. The group will then travel by van for ~1 hour to Northville, NY. When we arrive at the trailhead, we'll set up our first camp and celebrate the start of our trip with a welcome ceremony. 

Days 2-12

In keeping with our choice-based learning and leadership philosophy, participants will collectively plan our day-to-day itinerary. Together as a group, we'll choose when we hike and which activities we try, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects the unique interests and personalities of our group. While we have a start and end location, it will be up to the group to determine how far they travel each day along the trail. Throughout it all, we'll learn about the history of the land, each other, and ourselves.  

Day 13

On the final day of our trip, we'll pack up our gear, say our goodbyes, and head back to Albany International Airport for departure. 

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Trip Highlights

 Here's what you can look forward to on your Adirondacks expedition:

  • Camper-led itinerary

  • Small group size

  • Wildness thru-hiking

  • Leadership development

  • Warm temperatures (High: 80, Low: 60)

Enroll

Enrollment for our 2023 Adirondacks expedition is open! Click "ENROLL NOW" to complete your enrollment form.

Have questions? We'd love to chat! Please email us at info@crystalaireadventures for more information.

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About the Northville-Placid Trail

The Northville-Placid trail is a 132.2-mile hiking trail stretching between Northville and Lake Placid, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. 

With diverse terrain and plentiful wildlife, the Northville-Placid trail offers hikers lots of opportunities for animal sightings, bird watching, fungi foraging, and more!

Famous for pristine forests, lakes, and rivers, the Adirondacks are a must-hike for backpackers of all ages and abilities. 

Learn more at nptrail.org

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