Hiking Information

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High Peaks Information Center

ADK’s High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) is a year-round resource for hikers, backpackers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers. Ask our staff for help with trip planning, the latest weather report, current trail conditions, or to buy a map and guidebook.

The HPIC sells guidebooks and maps as well as last-minute backcountry items—batteries for your flashlight, First-Aid kits, insect repellent, trail mix, and so on. We also rent bear canisters, trail crampons, cross-country skis, and snowshoes. Please see our seasonal rental availability and rates here.

To reach our HPIC staff, please call 518-523-3441, ext. 121 or email us using this contact form.

Parking Info

Heart Lake Program Center

Hiker parking at the Heart Lake Program Center is located next to the High Peaks Information Center. Our rates are as follows:

Non-member full day: $15

Non-member 1/2 day: $7

Non-member weekly: $60

Member full day: $7

Member 1/2 day: $3

Member weekly: $28

Please be aware that parking fills early and often at the Heart Lake Program Center, especially in summer and the height of leaf-peeping season. We do not allow buses, RVs, waiting for a spot to open up or driving in to look for a spot.

The nearest overflow parking starts about one mile down the road at Meadows Lane. Roadside parking along Adirondack Loj Road between the Heart Lake Program Center and Meadows is prohibited.

Johns Brook Property

Parking is available year-round at the Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley to access the 3.5-mile hiking trail into the Johns Brook Property. In the summer, there is also a town-run shuttle from Marcy Field to the trailhead.

The Garden Parking Lot and shuttle are managed by the Town of Keene. You can learn more on their website.

Hikers can also access the Johns Brook Property via the Klondike Notch Trail, which leaves from the eastern end of South Meadows Lane. It is roughly 6.3 miles one-way to the property from the trailhead.

Drone Usage

ADK does not allow for the launch or use of drones at the Heart Lake Program Center and Johns Brook Property. These areas are both private properties that are owned and operated by ADK. This includes the hiker parking area, Heart Lake, and the summit of Mt Jo.

If you are visiting the Adirondack Park and intend to use a drone, please refer to the NYSDEC’s website for information about where to legally fly drones on state land.

Planning at Home

Planning ahead is key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Pick up ADK’s definitive guidebooks and maps to learn everything you need to know about your upcoming adventure.

To have an Adirondack Park information resource on your smartphone, we recommend downloading the DackMap app on Google Play or the Apple Store.

And before you hit the trail, we also recommend learning about the 7 Leave No Trace principles. These are a set of tools that empower each of us to become stewards of public lands through our actions.

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