Stayed at JBL for the third straight summer (fifth time overall), and thoroughly enjoyed it... as always! The location is fantastic, with access to multiple hiking trails of all levels and a lovely brook steps from the lodge. The staff are always welcoming and professional, despite (or maybe because of) their youth. And the meals are remarkably good for 5km into the woods (the salmon we were served after our Haystack climb was incredibly delicious, not only because we had just spent 11 hours hiking, but because it was beautifully flavoured and cooked medium!) You may be sleeping on bunk beds, possibly in the company of strangers, but this is a very special place. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks, Johns Brook Lodge (JBL) is the only backcountry lodge in the Adirondacks. JBL is accessible by a 3.5 mile foot trail from the Garden parking area in Keene Valley, NY. JBL sleeps 28, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is open from May through October. Proceeds from JBL help support the Adirondack Mountain Club's mission of protecting and promoting responsible recreation on New York State wild lands and waters. ... more less