Northville Placid Trail
Day 1 - 12.6 Miles
Meet at the trailhead in Lake Placid to sort and pack gear and food before shuttling to the start of the trail. At the NPT Southern Terminus in Northville, our trek begins with a 3.5 mile road walk. Before you know it, we enter the wilderness and face our first creek crossing. After fording West Stony Creek, we'll hike a few more miles to Woods Lake Campsite.
Day 2 - 12.5 Miles
The trail continues North crossing many streams and brooks. We'll pass by the West Stony Creek campsite and the old Rock Lake LT, ending our day at the Lean-To on Silver Lake.
Day 3 - 15 Miles
Plan to get an early start and continue North crossing the West Branch of the Sacandaga River on a suspension bridge, passing the Hamilton Lake Stream Lean-To before heading into the Hamlet of Piseco for dinner and lodging.
Day 4 - 12.8 Miles
Refreshed, resupplied and well rested, we’ll leave Piseco after breakfast, ready for the next 3 nights camping. There are 3 Lean-To options at Spruce Lake, spaced about a mile apart, and we’ll camp at No. 3, right at the waters edge.
Day 5 - 11.5 Miles
The Cedar Lakes are one of the most remote and picturesque areas on the NPT. We'll stop at West Lake No. 1, a great backdrop for lunch, and continue on to camp at the Cedar Lake Lean-To.
Day 6 - 13 Miles
It's about 6 miles to the Carry Lean-To, with views of the Cedar River. In the afternoon, we'll hike 3.8 miles to Wakely Dam and then follow a 3.2 mi. side trail to Wakely Mountain . The last mile is relatively steep to the 3744 ft. wooded summit. The 92 ft. fire tower, the highest in New York, has unobstructed 360-degree views of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness to the south, and high peaks to the north.
Day 7 - 15 Miles
Hike back to the NPT, through the Moose River Recreation Area, pass the Stephens Pond Lean-to, ending with a 2 mile road walk to Blue Mountain Lake, where we will find our cabin, eat, rest and resupply for the last leg of our journey.
Day 8 - 4.5 Miles
After resting, recovering, and resupplying, we'll have a nice easy hike to the Tirrell Pond Lean-To, which sits near a sandy beach, perfect for swimming on a hot day.
Day 9 - 11.5 Miles
Climb the shoulder of Mount Sabattis, the highpoint of the NPT, and then descend to Long Lake a 14 mile end-to-end Lake. We'll camp at one of the first shelters in Catlin Bay.
Day 10 - 14.6 Miles
After following Long Lake’s shoreline, Plumley’s Point offers the final shelter and good swimming before heading into the High Peaks Wilderness. We'll hike 8.2 miles to Seward Lean-to, near Millers Falls, a beautiful spot to end the day.
Day 11 - 11.8 Miles
After passing the formerly-dammed Duck Hole, Moose Pond Lean-to overlooks the water with wide-angle views of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Day 12 - 9.8 Miles
It’s another 9.8 miles, passing Wanika Falls, to Averyville Road and the end of our thru-hike.
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