4,515 feet | ranked 17/46 in height | 32nd peak climbed
I have long been curious about Johns Brook Lodge (JBL), the backcounty hut run by the Adirondack Mountain Club. I thought I might walk by it last summer when I hiked the Gothics-Armstrong-Upper Wolfjaw loop from the Garden, but I turned left by the second register and passed by the rangers cabin instead. After hearing a favorable report from friends who stayed there with kids, I told Frankie about it and asked if he wanted to go. Of course he did! Erwin was less enthusiastic; he was deterred by the prospect of shared sleeping quarters and no showers. However, he said he didn't mind if Frankie and I went for a few nights - he would meet us in Keene for some shared adventures afterwards. So I booked Frankie and I for two nights, with the rough plan of driving up and hiking into JBL on Wednesday, hiking a high peak on Thursday, then hiking back out to meet Erwin on Friday.