Small Group Size Great Introduction to Thru Hiking Primitive and Remote Wilderness Areas Abundance of Lakes, Ponds and Streams 9 Nights Camping, 2 Nights Cabin / Motel Best Time of Year to Backpack in Adirondacks Some hiking or fitness training recommended
Section 1. Northville to Piseco (2-Nights Camping) Section 2. Piseco to Blue Mountain Lake (3-Nights) Section 3. Blue Mountain to Lake Placid (4-Nights)
Dates: Tue, Sept. 1, 2020 - Sat. Sept. 12, 2020 Meeting Time: 8:30am in Lake Placid, NY Meeting Location: Northville Placid Trail Head 211 Averyville Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946 9:30am Shuttle to Northville: 142 S Main St, Northville, NY 12134
Licensed Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Group Gear (water filter, first aid kit, maps, compass, stove, fuel, satellite messenger & GPS)
Meals and non-alcoholic drinks
2-Nights at Motel or Cabin
Custom trip and menu planning
Lightweight Backpacking Gear Rental (pack, trekking poles, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, headlamp, dry bags, cooking supplies, and all the essentials!)
Packing lists will be provided after registration
Learn expert tips and tricks for packing your backpacks, setting up and taking down campsites, backcountry cooking and more!
All Inclusive Price for 12-Day Guided Hike $3,300 Per Person ($275 / day) Single Supplement: $300
*There is NO Cell Phone Service in most of the Adirondacks. Your guide will be carrying a 2-way satellite messenger capable of text messaging. The emergency number will be provided after registration.
*The Northville Placid Trail has over 40 Lean-To shelters along the route, providing numerous options for camping. It's typical for hikers to spend one to two weeks thru hiking the entire trail. The 12 Day itinerary calls for a moderate pace of hiking up to 15 miles, about 8 hours per day with a 25-40 lb. backpack. The itinerary is not set in stone, and with a small group, it should be easy to make adjustments and accommodations.
*Those interested in a shorter (one week) backpacking trip, or to have a bailout option, may arrange to leave a vehicle at the trailhead in Piseco or Blue Mountain Lake.
2020 Group Trip 9/1/20 - 9/12/20 Limited Spots Available
Day 1 - Tuesday: 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 - Wednesday: 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 - Thursday: 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 - Friday: 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 - Saturday: 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 - Sunday: 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 - Monday: 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 - Tuesday: 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 - Wednesday: 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 - Thursday: 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 - Friday: 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 - Saturday: 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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