Mike P. - We'd read before we arrived that the trailheads in the ADKs in general are full by 5:30 a.m. this year. Crazy. That's why we'd chosen to stick to an itinerary that left from the Loj. We had a reservation at the Heart Lake Wilderness Campground, so we didn't need to arrive pre-dawn at the trailhead, which would have been a challenge with 3 families including 5 kids. We could hike straight from our campsite, and we could stay out as long or as little as we wanted, knowing our car-camp tent was already set up and ready for us. Also, we'd made the reservations last December, when COVID was barely a whisper in the wind. Seems like a lifetime ago. We seriously considered not going, but in the end we decided to try and make it work. I'm glad we went. I understand the ADKs at least a little bit now and would have some idea what to expect in a non-COVID year, should we choose to go back in the future. There's value in that. And we had some special moments - our evening/night hike out of the back country in particular was really strikingly beautiful. We hiked past Avalanche lake in golden hour light. Notably, that evening there were 3 separate rescues, including a helicopter rescue at Marcy Dam, which we caught the tail end of well after dark. It IS a crazy year.