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Northville - Placid Trail

 

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One of the Adirondack Mountain Club's (ADK) first major projects was the construction of the approximately 132 mile long Northville-Placid Trail in 1923.  The trail currently runs from Upper Benson in the southern Adirondacks to Averyville in the High Peaks Wilderness region, just outside Lake Placid.

Itís a generally lowland trail, traversing lake country; with an aggregate elevation gain of no more than a total 11,000 feet for the whole 132 miles trail. The single highest section is at 3008 feet south of Long Lake, an approximately 1200 foot ascent & descent over a ridge.  It looks easy on a map, but there are many that have failed a thru hike attempt of the NPT.  Most hikers don't realize how remote some of the sections are and how difficult it can be to get supplies.

There are many reroutes along the way, most due to beaver activity, but the trail is generally very clearly marked with DEC blue plastic discs.  You will have new feelings on the way you look at beavers after hiking this trail.  Be very wary if you decide to walk through a beaver pond, you could find yourself waist deep in mud in the middle of the wilderness.

There are also new sections of the trail being built to eliminate the current road walks in certain parts of the trail.  We have tried to give you the most up to date information however, please check for more information from the official Northville-Placid Trail website and the NY DEC Adirondack Trail Information for updated trail conditions, before solely using the info on this website.

While "officially" the Northville-Placid Trail starts off NY 30 near Northville and ends in Lake Placid, unofficially most through hikers begin off road in Upper Benson and end at Averyville Road, eliminating all of the start/finish road walks.  There is a reroute being planned in this area.

Most through hikers plan 8-10 days to complete the trail.  You should give yourself at least 14 days to complete the whole trail.  There are USPS offices available for mail drops in Piseco, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake that are somewhat close to the trail.  The Lake Durant State Campground is also along the trail.  The hamlets of Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake are also popular "rejuvenating" stops.  Be wary of summer/fall weekends when looking for a place for the night in each of these locations.

In 2009 a new six mile section of trail was completed that took the trail off the old McCanes Resort on Cedar River Road and into the woods.  There are other reroutes planned.  In 2011 the landscape along the NPT changed for ever after a Tropical Storm destroyed the dam at Duck Hole, which drained the beautiful pond.

Be sure to check out Guide to Adirondack Trails: Northville Placid Trail 4th Edition for more information on the Northville-Placid Trail.  Also check out the NY DEC website at Adirondack Trail Information for updated trail conditions.  If you have any updates for us please contact us at northville-placidtrail@cnyhiking.com or if you'd like to share any pictures of this fantastic hiking trail.


 


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