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Winter Hiking in the Macintyre Range, New York State

Take on the impressive MacIntyre Range hike in the Adirondack Mountain's - learning winter mountaineering skills as you go


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Adventures / Epic Treks

Winter Hiking in the Macintyre Range, New York State

Take on the impressive MacIntyre Range hike in the Adirondack Mountain's - learning winter mountaineering skills as you go

2 nights
1 day
Up to 9 people
Central Manhattan

This trip requires a good level of fitness and some previous winter experience but no technical skills are needed.

Tackle three challenging peaks in The MacIntyre Range - one of the Adirondack Mountain's most impressive and beautiful ranges - and be rewarded with panoramic winter-wonderland views.

Learn beginner mountaineering skills while hiking with crampons, ice axes, and snowshoes. Discover how to stay warm and safe in harsh winter conditions.

Warm up next to the stone fireplace and refuel with home-cooked meals at your base; a historic lodge on Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains.



Expert, certified guides with wilderness first responder training


2 nights at the Adirondack Loj


All meals except lunch on the drive to/from the New York


All transfers to/from Central Manhatten


All entry fees and permits

Not Included

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some equipment

Some meals as described

Travel to and from the start point

Tips for your guides

The Area



Central Manhattan

0645 on Day 1


Central Manhattan

Around 18:00 on Day 3 (depending on traffic)


On Day 1 you'll meet your host at the corner of Broadway and W 73rd street, northwest corner in front of The North Face store. The drive to the mountains takes around 5-6 hours, with a relaxing stop for lunch. Alternatively - you are welcome to make your own way directly to the first night of accommodation if you wish.

On Day 3 you'll typically arrive back roughly between 1600-1800, however, it is entirely dependent on traffic coming into New York City, which is very unpredictable. We strongly recommend you don't make any plans for the evening or book flights departing until after 2200 - in case of delays.

Travel options

If you are flying in - there are direct flights to New York via JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports from across the US and Europe. From there you can easily make your way into central Manhatten.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Lodge · Mixed dorm




Day 2

Lodge · Mixed dorm




Day 3

Departure day




What is the food like?

Hot breakfast at the lodge consists of oatmeal, toast, eggs, and fruit. Lunch is a choice of sandwich and snacks (candy, chips, trail mix). Dinner is a 3-course meal with salad/soup, a main entree, and a dessert. Vegetarian, vegan and most dietary requirements can be accommodated on this trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Adirondack Loj

You'll be staying at this historic lodge near Lake Placid in the Adirondack High Peaks region. Located on the shore of Heart Lake, the Loj was built in 1927 and is owned and operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club. You'll be staying in mixed 4-person rooms with bunk beds. Much welcome hot showers and tasty meals are served at the lodge.

Day 1

Head to the Adirondacks


2 hours · 2 miles · 692ft up · 692ft down

Depart at 07:00, and enjoy a stop for lunch en route at Lake Placid - the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics - before arriving at your destination for the weekend: Adirondack Loj. You'll then test your gear for the next day and make adjustments as necessary during the warm-up hike up Mount Jo. Your expert guides will demonstrate how to adjust and secure crampons and snowshoes, and throughout the hike you will receive instructions on crampon and ice axe use. Once at the top of Mount Jo, you'll be treated to beautiful views of the High Peaks.

After dinner at the Loj, the guides will go over route planning and decision-making on challenging hikes, and you will break up into teams to try your hand at making a plan for the next day. The evening ends with individual gear checks and an early night.

Day 2

The MacIntyre Range: 3 Summits in one day


10-11 hours · 12 miles · 3854ft up · 3854ft down

It's a really early start with breakfast at 4:30 in the morning, and an Alpine start on the trail by 5:00 am. You'll need your headlamp as you start on the trail before sunrise. Experience the challenge of winter conditions in the mountain, navigating sheets of ice or deep snow to make your way to each of the three summits.

You'll start by attempting Wright Peak (4,587 ft), then making your way to Algonquin Peak (5,115ft), and finally to the trailless Iroquois Peak (4,843ft). At the end of a long day, you'll arrive back at the Loj to relax, enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner, and unwind with some post-dinner board games.

Day 3

Time to head home

After a well-deserved lie-in, grab a hearty breakfast and relax for the leisurely drive back to New York City, stopping for lunch along the way.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What is available to hire (see Optional Extras for details)

  • Mountaineering boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe

What do I need to bring?


  • Waterproof rain cover for your backpack
  • 30+L backpack


  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom).
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top layer (puffy)
  • Insulating bottom layer (such as fleece pants)
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers, except summit puffy
  • Summit puffy that's rated at least 850+ down fill or synthetic equivalent. The puffy must be able to be worn over all other layers.
  • Top and bottoms for sleeping
  • Warm winter hat
  • Neck buff
  • Balaclava (you must be able to cover your entire face, so there is no exposed skin)
  • Mountaineering goggles
  • Liner gloves
  • Insulated, waterproof mountaineering mitts
  • At least 3 pairs of wool socks
  • Liner socks (optional)
  • Sun hat


  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottles or bladder (must have 3L capacity in total)
  • Head torch
  • Trekking poles
  • Light and comfortable lodge/car shoes
  • Ear plugs

This trip is for experienced hikers and fit individuals only, so you'll need to arrive prepared for a big challenge. You don't need technical experience, but you should have prior winter hiking experience. You will need to do cardio and endurance exercise 3-5 days a week and do hikes that involve steep ascents at least twice a month in the three months leading up to your trip.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. The amount to tip is entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip in the USA; your guides will rely on tips for a considerable portion of their income.

We suggest to budget for 10%-20% of the trip cost as a guideline.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Clean drinking water is available at the Loj.

Room is limited in the van, so participants should only bring their backpack and one small extra item, such as a duffel bag, for any extras.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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