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Whitehouse to Piseco
The Whitehouse trailhead is located 0.1 west of the end of dirt West River Road, almost seven miles from NY 30 in Wells. The trail travels from this remote trailhead to the civilization of Piseco. When you reach NY 8 near Piseco at the end of this section, your first sight across the road is a general store.
From Whitehouse the Northville-Placid Trail follows an old road until the junction of the Big Eddy Trail at 0.5 miles (currently unmarked). We saw numerous entries in the trail register from hikers looking for the waterfalls. Big Eddy is nothing more than rapids along the river. To reach the secluded waterfalls (which I believe are more rapids) requires a bushwhack along the gorge of the river, which can be very dangerous especially during times of high water.
Now the N-P veers right off the old road and will cross Hamilton Lake Stream on a suspension bridge at 2.5 miles. Turn left after crossing the bridge and pass by a scenic campsite next to the stream. Soon reach a reroute due to beaver activity and then reach a side trail that leads to the Hamilton Lake Stream Lean To. Pass by the scenic Priests Vly at 3.5 miles and reach NY 8 at 6.1 miles.
There is lodging along NY 8 and a post office along County Route 24 as you head into Piseco. There is a map and detailed description of this section below. Remember that Piseco is the last time you will see a road for over 30 miles as you will soon enter the remote West Canada Lakes Wilderness.
Be sure to check out the NY DEC website at Adirondack Trail Information for updated trail conditions. You can find more information from the official Northville-Placid Trail website. We have a few pictures and a video of the trail from Whitehouse to Hamilton Lake Stream below.
Mile Elevation Description (Whitehouse to NY 8) 0.0 1311 feet
Trail register at the Whitehouse trailhead located 0.1 west of the end of West River Road. Follow old road.
0.5 1356 feet
Big Eddy Trail goes straight as N-P veers right off old road. There is no marking for this junction.
1.0 1482 feet
Trail skirts side of "Flat Iron".
2.5 1438 feet
Cross Hamilton Lake Stream on a suspension bridge. Turn left and pass a scenic campsite next to stream.
2.6 1451 feet
Trail turns left on a reroute due to beaver activity in the area.
2.8 1478 feet
Hamilton Lake Stream Lean To.
3.45 1663 feet
Priests Vly is to the right.
4.85 1812 feet
Cross stream on footbridge.
5.8 1788 feet
Cross snowmobile trail.
6.1 1730 feet
Reach NY 8. End of this section. General store across street. Main trail follows County Route 24 into Piseco.
Northville-Placid Trail near Whitehouse
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