Catlin Bay

Catlin Bay

Hiking

The trailhead to the north section is on the northeast side of the Tarbell Hill Road, approximately 0.6 mile from Route 28N.

For the birder, this section from Tarbell Hill to Caitlin Bay provides an excellent outing. A bird walk in these areas will take participants through a wide variety of habitats including boreal forest, marsh/bog, swamp, mixed forest, deciduous woods, and to the shoreline of Long Lake.

Each section, north and south, is two miles, round trip. There is little elevation change on the south trail, but the northern trail dips 250 feet down to the shores of Long Lake.

Catlin Bay is a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake. Catlin Bay is also easily reached by canoe or kayak for an outstanding multi-day canoe camping adventure.

How to get there

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.
Trail Description

The parking is slightly before the actual trail. You will be following the Northville/Placid Trail for this hike and returning via the same route. From the trailhead you will begin a rather sizable descent which will bring you a wetland area with boardwalks placed for easier travel. This is an excellent spot for birding if that is part of your trip. Once past the wet area the trail stays relatively flat with a few small rolling hills.

The lean-to will soon be on your left. Head to the lean-to on a short trail and continue along on a herd-path to other camping areas and eventually Catlin Bay. This is an excellent spot to sit and relax and maybe even go for a short dip. In the summer, this bay tends to be a very busy camping destination.

Distances

Trailhead to Catlin Bay – 1.1 miles

Camping

Several camping areas are in the vicinity as well as an outstanding lean-to on the shores of Catlin Bay.

Birding

Southern Route

The walk through boreal wetlands takes you over raised walkways and is home to Black-backed Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Boreal Chickadees. There is a "northern" feeling when walking through this area dominated by spruce, fir, tamarack and alders. The marsh/bog with a meandering brook is a particularly species-rich habitat.

The second half of the trail moves through mixed forest where you may see Ruby-crowned Kinglets, nesting Northern Goshawks and up to 14 varieties of woodland warblers, including Yellow-rumped, Magnolia and Blackburnian.

Northern Route

This section takes you through a mixed forest habitat, crossing a stream where you'll see Winter Wrens, Brown Creepers, and many of the wood warblers found on the southern route. As you approach the lake at Caitlin Bay, look for many species of waterfowl, Common Loons and Bald Eagles.

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

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 lake's 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:

-280 Feet
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

Trailhead Location:

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.

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