The parking is slightly before the actual trail. You will be following the Northville/Placid Trail for this ski and returning via the same route. From the trailhead you will begin a rather sizable descent which can be a bit tough if you are not a skier with a bit of experience, don't be afraid to remove your skis if you feel uncomfortable. This will bring you a wetland area where a slight reroute around wet terrain has been developed. Once past this area the trail stays relatively flat with a few small rolling hills. The Catlin Bay lean-to will soon be on your left up on a hillside. This is a good spot to reach the lakes edge. The trail continues to stay relatively moderate as your remain slightly away from the Shore of Long Lake. There are several small rolling hills but nothing steep and challenging. Distance and lack of regular ski use will be your biggest challenges on this trip.
*Catlin Bay is located a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake. This is an excellent spot to turn around for a short days travel.*
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
Distance Round Trip:
14.5 miles for Plumbley Point
2.5 miles for Catlin Bay
Approximate Time Round Trip:
- Families with Kids: 2 to 3 hours to Catlin Bay, not recommended beyond due to distance, unless experienced
- Experienced Skiers: 5 to 6 hours, entire trip
- Beginner Skiers: 2 to 3 hours to Catlin Bay, not recommended beyond due to distance, unless experienced
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue on 28N for about 3-miles to Tarbell Hill Road on the left. Follow Tarbell Hill Road for about 1-mile to the parking for the Northville/Placid Trail on the right. The trail is 100-feet further, just over the hill on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Four: Mainly due to distance.
Two: if you only went to Caitlin Bay.
Additional Important Information:
The excellent thing about this trail is the opportunities to turn around at any point if you wish to not go any further; there are ample excellent opportunities to take in views along the way.
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.