Improved Johns Brook Lodge prepares for opening
The Johns Brook Lodge, operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club in the heart of the High Peaks, is opening for the season Friday with a fresh look and enhanced services.
The lodge, built by the club in 1925, is 3 1/2 miles from the nearest road. Most people hike from the Gardens parking lot in Keene Valley.
This spring, ADK volunteers gave the lodge’s two main bunkrooms a major facelift.
“Both bunkrooms were insulated and paneled with knotty pine tongue-in-groove paneling,” said Nathan Stokes, who chairs the mountain club’s Johns Brook Lodge committee. “Transom windows were installed that provide much-needed light without adding to the energy footprint of this back country facility. The upgrades transformed the bunkrooms into light and airy spaces even on a dreary, rainy day.”
The improvements were made as part of a five-year project to rejuvenate the lodge and improve the visitor experience. Over the past few years, the lodge’s great room has been insulated and paneled, the kitchen has been renovated, windows have been replaced, the family bunkrooms have been upgraded and the staff cabin has been expanded.
On weekends, trained volunteer hosts will greet and direct arriving guests, explain services, operate the lodge store and provide hikers with information about ADK and the surrounding back country. Volunteers will take meals with guests and assist the staff.
With two four-bunk family rooms and two larger bunkrooms, Johns Brook Lodge can accommodate up to 28 guests. During the summer, accommodations include hearty meals prepared by ADK staff. The lodge is also open during the spring and fall, but guests must pack in their own food during those seasons.
For reservations at ADK’s lodges, which also include the Adirondak Loj, call 523-3441 daily between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.