BAG PEAKS FROM A COZY SHEL­TER

CAMP PEGGY O’BRIEN ADIRON­DACKS PARK, NEW YORK

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It’s not cheat­ing; it’s strat­egy. In­stead of tack­ling the 25-mile Great Range Trail in its en­tirety (roughly 10,000 feet of gain), cherry-pick the best parts of the fa­mous tra­verse from Camp Peggy O’Brien. Your knees will ap­pre­ci­ate the change of pace, and we bet you’ll eat a lot bet­ter, too.

Sit­u­ated inside the “V” of the Great Range Trail, Camp Peggy O’Brien is best ac­cessed on a 3.5-mile trip along the Johns Brook Trail. At the 12-per­son shel­ter, peak­bag­ging is the name of the game. Head south from the hut to tackle the Goth­ics, where 3.8 miles of rel­a­tively easy climb­ing land you atop the 4,734-foot sum­mit for spin-around vis­tas. Or, nab the state’s high point by con­tin­u­ing south­west on the Johns Brook Trail to 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy, roughly 4.7 miles away. You can also link both peaks to­gether into a 13.3-mile loop door-to-door. Back at Camp Peggy O’Brien, sur­vey your hand­i­work from—fit­tingly— Adiron­dack chairs on the front porch.

Trail­head The Garden Sea­son Year-round Ameni­ties Bunks with mat­tresses; twoburner stove (propane pro­vided); cook­ware Reser­va­tion Start­ing at $60/night; re­serve on­line Con­tact adk.org

Scan across Johns Brook Val­ley to see the high­est peaks in the Catskills.

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