Northville-Lake Placid Trail

Northville-Lake Placid Trail

This is the big one

When it was created by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 1922, the Northville-Lake Placid Trail was originally designed to be an alternate way to connect the train stations in two communities — you guessed it — Northville and Lake Placid. Today, this 133-mile trail provides access to some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Adirondacks, including designated Wilderness Areas like Silver Lake, West Canada Lake, Moose River Plains, Blue Ridge, and High Peaks. Backpackers will find forests and lake shores dotted with first-come, first-serve lean-tos and primitive campsites as they hike past mountain views, waterfalls, and mile after mile of rolling forest. Be on the lookout for moose and beaver, and fall asleep to the sound of loons calling as the sun sets!

This southernmost trailhead for this epic route begins on South Main Street in Northville. From there, the trail heads north as it gradually gains elevation to the high point of 3,008 feet, at the crest of the ridge to the east of Blue Mountain and Tirrell Pond.

Community connections

If 133 miles sounds like a massive undertaking, that’s because it is! Many people do this trek over several outings, a feat that’s made easier by the fact that the Northville-Lake Placid Trail intersects many roads along the way. Thru hikers often mail themselves supplies to the Northville, Piseco, and the Long Lake post offices. Supplies can also be purchased in those communities.

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