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Here's a great day hike featuring the Northville-Placid Trail in the Long Lake area to Catlin Bay on Long Lake.  This 1.4 mile moderate one way hike will take you into the High Peaks Wilderness along the NPT to a lean to as well as numerous campsites along the shore as you explore the Catlin Bay area.  If you'd like to add some mileage on to your hike we would suggest continuing along the main Northville-Placid Trail to Hidden Cove on Long Lake.  This will add another mile to your hike, which will create a five mile out and back hike.

The starts off Tarbell Road, which is off NY 28N just east of the small hamlet of Long Lake.  There is a DEC sign that marks the Northville-Placid Trail on the corner of NY 28N heading north on Tarbell Road.  The NPT actually follows the road here for about 0.7 miles.  Just prior to where the NPT heads back into the woods there is a large pull off along the side of the road used as a parking area for the trail.

From the parking (1914 feet) head north on the road for about 50 feet or so (depending on where you parked) to the DEC sign showing the Northville-Placid Trail entering the woods on the right with mileage to Catlin Bay Lean To (1.1 miles), Shattuck Clearing (11.6 miles) and Lake Placid (36.4 miles).  The mileage is off for the lean to.  Descend following the well worn trail that is following an old woods road.  Your following the blue discs of the NPT.

At 0.1 mile reach a trail register (1868 feet) on your left.  After a brief level section the trail continues to descend, entering the High Peaks Wilderness (1749 feet) at 0.5 miles.  There are two DEC Wilderness signs on trees on both sides of the trail giving the appearance of a grand entrance as you enter the Adirondacks most famous and visited wilderness area.  The trail continues its descend, including one last steep descent toward the outlet of Polliwog Pond.  At 0.6 miles cross Polliwog Pond Outlet (1692 feet) on a nice wooden bridge.

The trail now ascends for the next 0.2 miles before descending again toward a small stream and beaver meadow.  At 1.1 miles the main NPT turns left on a reroute that takes hikers away from a beaver meadow, damaged bridge and a tricky stream crossing that the damaged bridge has caused.  We missed this turn and did the tricky crossing.  It is up to you on which way you want to continue.  The reroute heads toward the lake and crosses the stream on rocks then picks up the regular NPT near the lean to.  A side trail on the left before the lean to will take you to Catlin Bay and the campsites along Long Lake (if you take the reroute).

We followed along the shore past the campsites and three privy's to a nice view point showing numerous large boulders in the lake with a large island in view at 1.4 miles (1628 feet).  Can you see the campsite on the island?  To continue on toward Hidden Bay head back to the lean to and head north (left) on the Northville-Placid Trail.  In 0.8 miles there is a side trail that leads left 0.1 mile to the Hidden Cove Lean To.  The trail reaches a point near Long Lake another 0.1 miles from the side trail.

To return to the parking area simply retrace your steps and follow the Northville-Placid Trail back to the parking area.  Look below for pictures, a video and map of this great hike.  The GPS coordinates for the parking area along Tarbell Road are N43 59.061 W74 23.890 for those who have a GPS devise for their vehicle.

 

 

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