Summit Base Northville-Lake Placid Trail 


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Long Lake
By Robert Moore
Enroute to Stephens Pond

The 133 mile Northville-Lake Placid Trail begins at the Sacandaga River crossing at Northville and takes you through the heart of the Adirondack Park to Old Military Road in Lake Placid.  Only the most serious backpacking groups should attempt this end-to-end trek but several sections make excellent week-long adventures.

Groups of 10 may use all trail sections prior to the beginning of the High Peaks region (north of Long Lake). Only groups of 8 may continue through to Lake Placid.

Averyville to Lake Durant
36 miles.  5 day trek.  Start at Averyville outside Lake Placid.  End at Lake Durant near Blue Mountain Lake.  This trek will take you backpacking on a beautiful section of the Northville Lake Placid trail where you may only run into a few people all week. The terrain and scenery is very mixed as you will have the chance to swim in lakes, ponds and rivers, as well as play in waterfalls. Though most of the hiking is flat, you do reach the highest point on the NLP on your fourth day.
Stephens Pond
By Robert Moore
Sunrise at Stephens Pond

Piseco to Wakely Dam
33-50 miles.  5 day trek.  Start at Piseco, end at Wakely Dam or Lake Durant near Blue Mountain Lake.  

View a photo show of this trek

Upper Benson to Averyville
133 mile, 10 days.  This trek traverses the entire Northville-Lake Placid Trail.  1 resupply at Wakely Dam.  

There would be an extra fee per participant for this 10 day trek.

Cedar River to Caitlin Bay (backpacking), Long Lake to Axton Landing (canoe)
Backpacking miles: 20.  Canoeing miles: 23  Canoe supply and transport to Lake Lake occurs midweek.  

See also High Peaks combination trek.

By Tom Chlupsa
View from Cedar Lake Leanto


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