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Hiking in the Adirondacks
Duck Hole to Averyville Rd
This section is popular for a few reasons, a long out and back hike to Wanika Falls and it is the final or starting stretch of the Northville-Placid Trail for those thru-hiking. Wanika Falls is a popular long day hike destination. The landscape at Duck Hole changed forever in 2011 as the old dam was destroyed during a Tropical Storm. After the flood waters receded, the water that once was at Duck Hole disappeared.
Soon after leaving Duck Hole the trail reaches the junction with Preston Ponds Trail that leads toward Upper Works, Henerson Lake, Tawhaus and if one wanted to, Mount Marcy. At 3.9 miles the trail reaches the Moose Pond Lean To and Moose Pond. This is the last (or first) lean to shelter on the Northville-Placid Trail. You'll reach a side trail that leads to Wanika Falls at 5.5 miles. Some maps show a shelter at the falls. There is no shelter located here. There are a few small camping spots near the lower falls. You are hiking in the remote High Peaks Wilderness.
The trail soon reaches the Chub River watershed and crosses the river as it winds the last 6.7 miles toward Averyville Road, which is reached after 12.2 miles of hiking from Duck Hole. Most consider this the "northern terminus" of the trail since it is the end of the off road trail, however the official end of the Northville-Placid Trail is at the Lake Placid Train station. You are 127.6 miles from the Northville kiosk when you reach Averyville Road.
Be sure to check out the NY DEC website at Adirondack Trail Information for updated trail conditions. We recommend that you purchase Northville-Placid Trail (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map) to help plan your Northville-Placid Trail adventure.
Mile Elevation Description (Duck Hole to Averyville Road) 0.0 2162 ft
Duck Hole. Junction of Bradley Pond Trail. Dam is to the right. Two lean to shelters.
0.6 2166 ft
Junction of the Preston Ponds Trail on your right.
3.9 2281 ft
Moose Pond lean To and Moose Pond.
5.5 2238 ft
Side trail on right leads to Wanika Falls.
6.2 2001 ft
Trail turns right off original trail and crosses Chubb River on a log bridge.
12.2 1836 ft
Reach Averyville Road and the end of this section. Northern terminus of off road trail.
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