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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Bobby, Meredith and the team there were simply amazing. Sweet, professional, helpful ... and great cooks.

Our group of 12 from Ottawa-Gatineau could not have asked for more.

Amazing location, right on the Phelps trail (no. 1), saving us 3.5 miles x 2 = 7 miles off our Marcy hike.

Cannot beive the gluten free options were not just "ok", but better than the regular meals. Hard to find that in even a high-end restaurant!

What elae can I say? The crew was amazing. How can we not go back?

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Jean-Marc D
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

Please note that JBL is NOT a hotel. It is a 3.5 mile walk with 700 feet of elevation gain along a trail to a cabin in the woods. But this is no ordinary cabin -- as during the summer seasons, you will have three meals a day cooked for you and you will have access to some of the best trails and high peaks that New York has to offer!

Again - the JBL is NOT a hotel. You will receive a bunk among others who have received bunks. But then, all you are doing here is sleeping, because the chances are that you will be hiking during the days -- Gothics, Haystack/Basin/Saddleback, Marcy, or any of the other high peaks in this area.

Having running water and lights makes this a luxury cabin in the woods, and the staff are phenomenal! While I was there, I was on the porch, relaxing after a day of hiking the peaks, and one of the young ladies who works at the lodge came strolling up with a pack on larger than two or three of my packs! She flipped it off, hung it up on the scale, and marked the weight down at 72 pounds! And she was proud of the fact that she had made the trek from the Garden in a personal best time of just over an hour. Holy crap!!! Yes, everything that is cooked is humped in by the staff, which makes the food even THAT much better.

The ADK (Adirondak Mountain Club) has done a fantastic job with it high level of service in such a remote area.

Room Tip: Best Views!
  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Brian B
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

My two daughters and I recently spent 3 days/2 nights at the Johns Brook Lodge. It is about a 3.5 mile hike from the Garden parking area in Keene Valley, NY. We used it as a base camp during our hike to Mt. Marcy. The lodge is very nice and clean. The cost of your stay includes a hot breakfast and dinner and a bag lunch. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable of all the trails and peaks in the area. The food that was cooked up and served by Bobby was great. The main room of the lodge is spacious and comfortable.They have books about the Adirondaks, board games, maps of the area and a small store. For guests they have freee coffee, tea, hot chocolate and lemonade. The lodge has two bathrooms, each one has a pit toilet and two sinks. There are no showers, but we took a dip to rinse off in the chilly Johns Brook on the return from our hikes. We stayed in one of the family bunk rooms and found it very comfortable for the three of us. The lodge also has a great porch with lots of chairs. A great place to sit and just enjoy the scenery. If you plan on hiking in the Adirondacks and climbing their peaks, the Johns Brook Lodge is the place you need to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Nick P
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Breakfast fare rotates among french toast/ham/canned fruit, pancakes/bacon,fruit, and biscuits/sausage/fruit; lunch is one PBJ sandwoch plus one of meat or hummus, plus a dessert, supper is greens, meat or casserole-type dish, bread, and cake-dessert. Pretty plain fare, in mnost people's books. Two of its rooms are quite large for hotel standards, although you share them with up to 9 others (in bunks). And for a shower, there's the 10-degree-C stream about 40 meters away. Doesn't sound like much, until you factor in two things: first, that nearly all of that food, as plain as it is, is carried in daily on the backs of the people who man the lodge, over a 3.5 mile trail that is rough, muddy, rocky, blocked occasionally by fallen trees, and sometimes dark. This factor alone qualifies this property as a 5-star in my books: yes, it's just about as homely as you can get, but you need to consider how your meals got there, And second, these same people who carry the food in also prepare it, clean the facility, and willingly dish out not only lots of plain but wholesome food, but also well-informed advice and information for those who venture off the beaten path to hike nine of the Adirondacks' "forty-six" highest peaks. You need to take your clothing, day-hike gear, bedding (e.g., sleeping bag), pillowcase, and toilet supplies (including a towel), and you bathe -- without soap!! not even "biodegradable" -- in the frigid waters of Johns Brook. If you appreciate the challenge of the hiking, then you will more than appreciate the hospitality and the food. Dilettantes and posers, go somewhere else.

Room Tip: The lodge has two four-person bunkrooms in addition to its two 10-person rooms. They cost a little more but your foursome will have a bit more privacy than the other folks. Space is at a premium, so pack conservatively. You could be sharing space and meals with up to 28 people.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank zubill
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Rachel K, Manager at Johns Brook Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

Thank you for your response and your support of the Adirondack Mountain Club. And, thank you for appreciating the value of the hard work of our Johns Brook Lodge staff! We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is a great place to use as base camp to hike the surrounding peaks. Everyone is so friendly and the staff is very helpful. It's a shared bunk room facility with two bathrooms and no shower. The brook is close and most people wash off there. Also a good place to soak sore feet or chill a beer! I would suggest bringing a pillowcase and even a sheet or light blanket in the summer. A sleeping bag was too warm for July. My only complaint would be that it is a bit noisy before 10pm but earplugs are provided.

I really enjoyed coming back to a nice meal after a major hike! We were served BBQ chicken breast, beans, cornbread and a brownie sunday. Perfect! The trail lunch consisted of two sandwiches (PBJ and hummus or turkey) with some trail mix and a cookie.

The next morning for breakfast we had coffee, pancakes, bacon and pineapple. Plenty of food for anyone. We had a great time.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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