From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 8 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just over 3.5 miles to the Northville-Placid Trail trailhead on the right.
Follow the attractive Northville-Placid Trail for 1.3 miles toward Lake Placid. The delicate rolling hills will drop you slightly before bringing you only a bit higher than the trailhead to the vly.
At 1.3 miles you will come to a footbridge over the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. Before crossing the bridge, drop down along the outlet for a picturesque small waterfall. Continue down the outlet to Dead Vly. The vly in the spring can be very wet and you won’t be able to get real close, but as the summer progresses that changes.
Round Trip Distance
Most hikers can complete this trek in less than 3 hours.
The remoteness makes it a good spot for birding and wildlife viewing.