Great Range TraverseThe ultimate Adirondacks challenge

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
3 Days
3 Days
21.0 miles
8,000 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Be a Long Distance Legend

The Adirondack High Peaks stand tall in the heart of upstate New York. Mount Marcy is surrounded by 46 massive mountains all towering above 4,000'. The Great Range consists of several of these mountains and to reach the summit of them all, you must be ready for rugged ascents and heart pounding descents along their trails.

This traverse is considered one of the most challenging day hikes in the entire world. Not only will you be exposed to alpine conditions as you travel above and below treeline multiple times over the day, but you'll take on highly technical scrambles that can challenge even the most experienced climbers. Our hike is designed to set you up for success - with plenty of water resupply points, a refuel and bail-out option midway through, and the support of three DO Guides. You'll be able to travel light and move fast and will be encouraged to hike at your optimal pace on your way to truly become a legend.

Required Experience

This trip is for experienced hikers and fit individuals only. Upon sign up, you'll be asked to complete a short application before purchasing your spot on the expedition. Your safety is our number one consideration and any individual who does not have appropriate preparation may not be approved.

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Level 9/10
8,000 feet elevation gain
21.0 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
3 Days

Here’s what you need


Essential Items
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Day pack or hydration pack / vest
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Camp mess kit (bowl, mug, and utensil)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothes for evenings at camp
  • Money for meals on the road
  • Gaiters
Recommended Items
  • Trekking poles
  • Bug spray
  • Comfortable camp shoes


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Layers are essential to adapt to changing conditions
  • Hiking boots with light wool socks (boots are required as there will be a great deal of mud)
  • Windproof and waterproof shell jacket
  • Insulating layers
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves

What's Included

  • Round Trip Transportation from New York City
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides


These mountains are known for having very extreme weather. While this is a summer hike, you can expect anything from sunshine to snow and should be prepared for everything. Temperatures at the start of the hike will likely be between 60-80 degrees while on the ridge, temperatures on the ridge are typically between 50-70 degrees in the summer though they may drop as low as freezing or lower with wind chill. Layers and a weatherproof outer layer are essential.


Your home for the weekend will be the wilderness campground at Heart Lake. The group will stay in the Canvas Cabins - semi permanent tents furnished with bunk beds and room for six people in each. Meals will be cooked at camp by your DO guides and evenings will be spent around the fire pit exchanging stories of your day. Bathrooms with showers are available and there is a nearby lake for swimming.


While this is not a technical hike, you will be covering a great deal of mileage in alpine conditions. Having a high level of physical fitness is essential for a successful traverse. Hiking is the best training you can do to get used to a long day of going uphill and downhill. When hiking is not an option, stairs, a stairmill or treadmill at a steep incline can mimic climbing. Aim to exercise at least five times a week for the months leading up the trip. Weight training and flexibility training will help prevent injury and endurance.

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