Classic Adirondack Canoeing AdventureAug 14 - 18, 2017
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Day 1: Gather at Crua Headquarters to discuss the week’s itinerary, then travel 1/2 hour to Stony Creek Ponds, where our guides will give you a proper introduction to paddle technique and canoeing safety. Begin your paddling journey down Stony Creek to the Raquette River, then onward to your lunch destination at Raquette Falls. Return along the same route then head back to Base Camp for gourmet backcountry cooking, and your first (and best) night’s sleep in a tent!
Day 2: Following coffee and a hot breakfast, head out for some pristine paddling in the St. Regis Canoe Area, known as one of the premiere wilderness canoe areas in the eastern U.S. Enjoy a short midday hike 1.5 miles to the grassy summit of Long Pond Mountain (2,530 feet), where you’ll find stunning views of the surrounding lakes with the High Peaks in the distance. Back at Base Camp, our guides will treat you to a proper backcountry happy hour, followed by a delicious meal.
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, head to St. Regis Lake to paddle the classic “Seven Carries Canoe Route.” The trip begins with a beautiful paddle surrounded by famous Adirondack “great camps,” with historic architecture and boats, taking you to the St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area. Your group will have the option of climbing one of Saranac Lake’s 6’er peaks, St. Regis Mountain. This relatively short 6.6 mile hike (round-trip) grants you views of the surrounding St. Regis Canoe Area with the High Peaks Wilderness in the distance. Explore the recently restored fire tower at the summit, then make your way back to Base Camp for the evening.
Day 4: Head to South Creek to paddle this small yet windy section to Middle Saranac Lake, whose great waters offer ample opportunity to view local flora and fauna, with the possibility of bald eagle sightings. Paddle down the lake to the Saranac River, where you will travel the historic Saranac River locks surrounded by beautiful wildflowers, then head into Lower Saranac Lake. You’ll spend the evening at a remote Base Camp on one of the Lower Saranac islands. Here you can swim, fish, and relax while your guides prepare dinner.
Day 4: Wake up to pristine views of the sun rising above surrounding waters and islands, and enjoy your final breakfast in the woods. Paddle down Lower Saranac Lake with a quick stop at Bluff Island, where you’ll have the opportunity to make the jump from it’s well-known cliffs into the water, thrill seekers be advised. Afterwards, head “round the mountain” into the village of Saranac Lake, via a continuation of the Saranac River to Oseeta Lake, and finally Lake Flower, where your journey ends.