Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: adk backcountry shelters and campsites

  1. #1
    Senior Member bryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    southeastern, nh
    Posts
    1,019

    adk backcountry shelters and campsites

    i'm planning some backpacking trips in the high peaks area for this summer and i have what may seem like a silly question regarding ethics/courtesy at backcountry sites. i know in the white mountains it's standard practice to share shelters, designated tent sites/platforms, etc. is this the same in the adironadacks? for example, if i was to show up at a camping area and all designated spots had tents in them already, but extra space, would i be considered rude to set up in the same area? how about the same sort of situation with regards to shelters already inhabited?
    thanks.

    bryan
    "i lifted one foot to cross the other and i felt myself slipping, it was a small mistake, sometimes that's all it takes." - bright eyes

  2. #2
    Senior Member 1ADAM12's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Home: Tioga PA Avatar: Cheez Whiz YUM!
    Posts
    1,088
    Hi Bryan! The ADK is pretty much the same courtesy as the Whites. Most Lean-to's (shelters) have an 8 person occupancy rule. If you are the only one in the shelter you should move over and let others join you and vice versa if there are 5 people there when you arrive they should move over for you as well.

    The ADK in the back country does not have tent platforms set up. Standard rule is pitch a tent 150 feet from water and trails unless in a designated area. Hope this helps.

    So where are you planning on going exactly?

    Adam
    "undefined Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing.
    -Aldo Leopold


    Hiking Pictures

    More Hiking Pictures

  3. #3
    Senior Member bryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    southeastern, nh
    Posts
    1,019
    thanks for the response. i figured the same sort of etiquette would apply. not totally sure where i'll be going yet. figure maybe setting up camp in places like lake colden, feldspar, ward brook, etc. and climbing some of the high peaks. nothing too solid at this point.
    thanks again.

    bryan
    "i lifted one foot to cross the other and i felt myself slipping, it was a small mistake, sometimes that's all it takes." - bright eyes

  4. #4
    Senior Member 1ADAM12's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Home: Tioga PA Avatar: Cheez Whiz YUM!
    Posts
    1,088
    Flowed Lands is one of my favorite places to stay. Hike in from Upper Works. There are 3 lean-to's and my favorite one is the one towards the outlet of Flowed Lands. Also there is a fresh water spring nearby so you dont have to drink that swamp water

    From Flowed Lands you can easily get to Mount Marshall, Cliff, Redfield, Colden, Skylight and Gray. It is a nice base camp
    "undefined Wilderness areas are first of all a series of sanctuaries for the primitive arts of wilderness travel, especially canoeing and packing.
    -Aldo Leopold


    Hiking Pictures

    More Hiking Pictures

  5. #5
    Senior Member Jay H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Posts
    5,283
    Don't forget the bear canister rule and no campfire rule in most places in the high peaks.. Topic has been on here for a bit, do a search..

    Jay
    You must go and you must ramble
    Through every briar and bramble
    Till your life is in a shambles
    Maybe then you will know
    -"You Must Go" - John Hiatt

  6. #6
    Senior Member wardsgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Somewhere in NH
    Posts
    741
    To add to Bryan's question: What about stealth-like random-type camping? For example, in the Whites, I can 'whack into the woods for 1/4 mile and set up camp unseen by hikers on the trail. Is that allowed in the Dacks?
    AMC Adopt-A-Trail Program Region Leader Emeritus: Pemigewasset 1993-2005 Southern Presidentials 2005-2017
    Trail Adopter: Webster Cliff Trail

  7. #7
    Senior Member TCD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,030
    Sure that's allowed in the Dacks. On State Land, in general, you can camp anywhere that is more than 150' from a road, trail, or body of water, not above 4000', and not designated "No Camping."

    I say "in general" because there are a few areas with "special rules." In the Marcy Dam / Lake Colden corridor, I think you are only allowed to camp at "designated campsites," for example. There are also special use area like Whiteface Ski Area, that are State Land but have special rules.

    But, by and large, if you can park your car safely off the road, you can walk into the woods and camp on State Land in the Dacks.

  8. #8
    Member escapee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Syracuse, NY. Avatar: The Salamander, Glacier N.P.
    Posts
    65

    designated tenting areas

    The backcountry designated tenting areas generally have a limit of three tents, which the rangers do enforce. Marcy Dam and Lake Colden have multiple sites. For non-winter camping, you might consider a hammock. It opens up a lot more possibilities camping at large, i.e. 150 feet or more from road, trail or body of water.
    "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

  9. #9
    Senior Member Nessmuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    western 'daks
    Posts
    933
    Lots of good, informed answers coming here. I'll point out that the NYSDEC has an extremely extensive web site with plenty of easy to read pages with answers to questions you might not even know to ask.
    "She's all my fancy painted her, she's lovely, she is light. She waltzes on the waves by day and rests with me at night." - Nessmuk, Forest and Stream, July 21, 1880 [of the Wood Drake Canoe built for him by Rushton]

Similar Threads

  1. Snow Shelters
    By DayTrip in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 01-30-2018, 04:53 PM
  2. Backcountry Campsites Popularity
    By 4Paws4Feet in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-09-2015, 05:26 PM
  3. backcountry campsites NEK vt?
    By natron in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-16-2014, 12:59 PM
  4. Fires at backcountry campsites in the 90's....
    By SherpaWill in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-16-2014, 09:03 PM
  5. campsites and shelters
    By captpete43 in forum Q&A - New England
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-26-2006, 02:37 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •