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We have broken the Northville-Placid Trail into Major Sections and then into smaller 5 to 10 mile sub-sections within these to better pinpoint problem areas.  We have also indicated the section numbers that correspond to the ADK NPTrail Guide.  To report trail conditions following a hike on the Northville Placid Trail, please use the same more focused areas to describe where the problems are. Wonder Dog Fletcher on the NPTOur baseline comes from hikes my partner, Genny, and I have taken and continue to take (usually with our dog, Fletcher) as well as trail maintenance trips to the NPTrail helping with blow-down removal, bog bridging and other trail work.  (We unfortunately lost our beloved dog, Fletcher - seen at the right - on August 8th, 2011 of an apparent stroke and blood clot to his brain.  He passed quickly and peacefully.  He was 13)

Our report is supplemented with reports from NPTrail trail stewards and most importantly from hikers of the NPtrail. This page will be constantly updated as new information is obtained either from the above sources, "Report Trail Conditions" reports from this website, trail stewards and other sources such as the ADK Trails Committee, ADK Trails Staff, the DEC and others.

Print the Trail Conditions Out:  We also keep a "pdf" file of the trail conditions updated so you can easily print out sections of it or the whole thing and perhaps take it with you.  I only hit the highlights of trail conditions that are important for you to know.  Currently it is 3 pages long.  Click here for the "pdf" version. 

Trail condition updates were last made on July 23, 2013.

The NPTrail Chapter of ADK puts together volunteer trail crews to assist trail stewards with blow-down removal and other trail work.  If you have an interest in joining one of our trail work trips please contact Tom Wemett - email - phone: 518-524-8875

 

 

Latest Known Trail Conditions: 

Major items of note currently:

Special Notice:  A hiker recently nearly fell through the Hamilton Lake Stream suspension bridge.  This is located just south of the Hamilton Lake Stream lean-to and is located about 2 miles north of the Whitehouse parking area, Wells, NY.  It is our current understanding that the planks are coming loose from the rotted support beams.  The DEC is aware of the problem and temporary repairs have been made.  Permanent repairs are planned for this Fall.  It has also been recently reported that there is a hornet's nest under the bridge near where the damage is.  Caution is advised crossing the Hamilton Lake Stream suspension bridge.

Mud Lake lean-to had a large tree fall on it the middle of July, 2012 and it crushed the lean-to.  It has now been rebuilt with the generous support of lean2rescue and ADK volunteers over last fall and winter. 

Spruce Lake lean-to #2 was moved and rebuilt the end of last year by lean2rescue and ADK volunteers.  It is now located right off the trail.  The privy is now located to the right of the trail (away from the lake) as you are hiking north, just before getting to the lean-to.

Several bridges were replaced in 2012 - The bog bridge just south of Spruce Lake lean-to #1; the West Canada Creek bridge; bog bridging for the approaches on both sides of the South Lake Outlet bridge; the bridge over Chick-a-dee Brook north of Salmon Pond Road just before climbing the height of land near Blue Mt. Lake.

Major blowdown just south of Seward lean-to remains as far as we know and will require a bushwhack to get around.

Major beaver activity just south of Plumley Point and between Long Lake and Shattuck Clearing make hiking in that section a challenge.

Most NPTrail Trail Stewards have been into their sections and conducted trail maintenance.  Mother Nature is very proficient at her attempts to keep our trail stewards busy so you will encounter muddy and wet areas, blowdowns (trees across the trail) that may require a bushwhack, beaver activity causing flooding on the trail requiring creative ways to continue on the trail, and sections that have grown in.  The trail stewards do an awesome job maintaining the trail with extra help from the ADK Pro Trail Crew, the DEC, and many volunteer groups and individuals.  If you see a trail volunteer working on the trail make sure you give them a big thank you.

NEW TRAIL:  The ADK professional trail crew under contract from the NYS DEC will be building new trail to replace part of the road walk south of Benson Rd.  The new trail will start north of the bridge over the North Branch of West Stony Creek which is located approximately 1.4 miles north of the present Upper Benson trail register.  It will then proceed to wind through the woods nearly due east and then south around the east side of Woods Lake to intersect with Benson Road.   This section will eliminate approx. 3+ miles of former road walk and take the trail off of private land and place it solely in NYS owned land.  It is hoped that the remaining road walk will be eliminated in 2014 by continuing the trail on state land through woods for the most part ending near Northville.  The plan is to eventually have the official end of the trail in downtown Northville at the Town Hall. 


   
 

Trail Sections and Sub-Sections of the Northville Placid Trail:


Upper Benson trailhead to Route 8, Piseco, NY -

  • Upper Benson trailhead to Silver Lake lean-to

  • Silver Lake lean-to to Mud Lake lean-to

  • Mud Lake lean-to to Whitehouse

  • Whitehouse to Hamilton Lake Stream lean-to

  • Hamilton Lake Stream lean-to to Route 8, Piseco, NY

Haskells Road trailhead, Piseco, NY to Wakely Dam, Cedar River Road -

  • Haskells Road trailhead to Spruce Lake lean-to #1

  • Spruce Lake lean-to #1 to Spruce Lake lean-to #3

  • Spruce Lake lean-to #3 to South Lake lean-to

  • South Lake lean-to to Former Caretaker Clearing at West Lake

  • Clearing at West Lake to Beaver Pond lean-to

  • Beaver Pond lean-to to Carry lean-to (aka - Cedar River lean-to)

  • Carry lean-to to Wakely Dam

Wakely Dam, Cedar River Road to Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake -

  • Wakely Dam to Stephens Pond lean-to

  • Stephens Pond lean-to to Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake

Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake to Route 28N, Long Lake, NY -

  • Route 28/30 trailhead to Tirrell Pond lean-to

  • Tirrell Pond lean-to to height of land - shoulder of Blue Mountain

  • Height of land to Route 28N trailhead parking

Tarbell Road trailhead, Long Lake, NY to Averyville trailhead, Lake Placid, NY -

  • Tarbell Road trailhead to Catlin Bay lean-to

  • Catlin Bay lean-to to Kelly Point lean-tos
  • Kelly Point lean-tos to Plumley Point lean-tos
  • Plumley Point lean-tos to Shattuck Clearing

  • Shattuck Clearing to Ouluska Pass lean-to
  • Ouluska Pass lean-to to Duck Hole lean-tos
  • Duck Hole lean-tos to Moose Pond lean-to
  • Moose Pond lean-to to Wanika Falls
  • Wanika Falls to Averyville trailhead, Lake Placid, NY

 

 

 

Upper Benson trailhead parking area to Route 8, Piseco, NY - 22.2 miles

(Section 1 of the ADK NPT Guidebook covers the road walk from Northville, NY to the Upper Benson trailhead; Section 2 of the NPT Guidebook is from Upper Benson trailhead to Whitehouse; and Section 3 of the NPT Guidebook is from Whitehouse to Piseco)


Upper Benson trailhead parking area to Silver Lake lean-to - 7.5 miles

"Kevin Cotter, the trail steward for the NPTrail from Upper Benson to Rock Lake, reports, "Trail is clear throughout this section, no blowdowns to be found at this time.  Trail is relatively dry at this time."

The section from Rock Lake to Silver Lake lean-to (3.0 miles) has a trail steward, Cheryl Hanes.  The last report from her is, "There is some blowdown still on the trail from Rock Lake to Silver Lake at this time but otherwise this section is in good condition.

Crossing the West Branch of the Sacandaga River - NPTHowever, just a warning.  Just beyond Rock Lake (at 5.6 miles from the Upper Benson trailhead) there is a crossing of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.  Normally, you can cross on dry stepping-stones.  There are no bridges to get across here.  But, as the picture to the right can attest to, this crossing can be quite challenging and dangerous during high water. 

This picture was taken in September, 2005, as I was hiking out from Silver Lake lean-to with four other hikers.  It had rained for 24 hours plus, quite hard at times.  Every little brook and stream over-flowed their banks.  This is what we came to at the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.  Two of us, the gentleman in the picture and myself, had experience crossing such a body of water.  We ferried the backpacks over and then helped the others cross.  In such a situation:  Undo the waist and chest straps on your backpack (so if you are swept off your feet you can more easily get free from your pack which might become an anchor and pull you under water); face upstream at all times and never turn sideways to the current; slide your feet along the bottom; never lift your feet or attempt to cross them (the current will slam into your feet and push you dangerously off balance); take your time; and in the case there are more experienced hikers with you, have them cross with you behind you to help guide you across.  This 50 foot wide crossing took over an hour to get five people safely across.  Click here for an article on trailspace.com about safe water crossings. 

Silver Lake lean-to to Mud Lake lean-to - 5.7 miles

Just north of the Silver Lake lean-to and before you get to Canary Pond the trail crosses a large clearing on corduroy.  Unfortunately, beaver activity int he area has flooded this clearing making a crossing quite difficult at times.   Below are several reports from hikers describing what they found.  As far as we know this area is still prone to flooding and wet and muddy conditions.  Use hiking sticks or grab a stick from the woods to help feel your way across the corduroy.  As you probably know, walking on corduroy is difficult under normal conditions but becomes pretty tricky when covered with mud and water.  As noted below by Ryan, there is a section that is missing which I believe is a former bog bridge over a small creek.  We have had numerous reports since late July, 2011 that this area has dried out and isn't under water at this time.  However, as the hikers have noted below, that can change quickly.




Posted at Adironda
ck Forum on 9/18/2010 by ScottR: "There's a real nasty bog crossing just before Canary Pond (and after Silver Lake). Guidebook says there is corduroy. I was foolish enough to think that where it disappeared it was just submerged in a few inches of water. That was more or less true. Until it wasn't. So I'd be on solid stuff, and put my pole down to test the next step ... only to have it sink to the handle. You can try to weave around the marshy stuff, but that's been done so much it's close to impassable as well ... at least in the conditions we had."

Here is another quote from a hiker, from a hike in August, 2010, "From my journal: 'The beaver meadow was an up-to-the-knee mud-fest, quite debilitating to the soul'." 

And this from Ryan Tolboom, Trenton, NJ:  "Hiked from Upper Benson to Piesco 7/6/11 - 7/8/11.  Everything is in pretty good shape with the exception of a spot just N of Silver Lake Leanto before you get to Canary Pond.  The boardwalk is submerged under about a foot of muck, which really isn't that bad.  If you stay in the middle you'll stay on top of the board walk.  Unfortunately a section in the middle is missing and you will promptly sink up to your waist in mud.  I'd caution people to check every step they take with a walking stick before they step or they could take a nasty plunge, as I did.  Fortunately Canary Pond is a beautiful place to wash up and dry out."


Here are two pictures of the bridge in this section taken in late September, 2011 by Ike Jutkowski (left two) and another one taken in August, 2011 by Marji and Jim Robinson (right one).  Note the bridge and trail are again under water.  With a low snowfall this winter, hopefully the trail and this section in particular will be dryer than they were last year and this area won't be an issue in 2013.  The trail steward in this section, back for a second season, is Will Seyse.  I've worked with Will on other trail maintenance on other sections of the NPTrail as well as working on NPTrail lean-tos and know he will be into this section in late April to early May and let us know how it looks.  It was recently reported by a thru-hiker that this area and the bridge were under water.  He tried to go around but ended up in mud above his knee.  Try to stay on the trail and the bridge.



Mud Lake lean-to to Whitehouse - 3.1 miles

The trail steward for this section, Aimee Rutledge, recently reported, "The entire section is in good shape with the exception of a few large diameter tree blowdowns that I couldn't clear myself and two really wet areas, which should be relatively dry by now. The trail could use a few boardwalks/logs in the wet areas. However, the wet areas can be successfully navigated without getting your feet wet."

Please note the Mud Lake lean-to was crushed by a large tree in July, 2012, but has been rebuilt.


     

Whitehouse to Hamilton Lake Stream lean-to - 2.2 miles

The trail steward, Paul Weinstein, has visited this section as well as the next section and with the exception of a few muddy areas the trail is clear.  However, please note that the Hamilton Lake Stream Bridge is in need of repair and caution is advised crossing it.  Temporary repairs have been made and permanent repairs are planned for this Fall.  Please also note that there is a reported hornet's nest under the bridge in the area of the damage.  Tread lightly. 

  

Hamilton Lake Stream lean-to to Route 8, Piseco, NY - 3.7 miles

As noted above, this section should be in good shape with the exception of wet and muddy sections.



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Haskells Road trailhead, Piseco, to Wakely Dam, Cedar River Rd - 32.6 miles

(Section 4 of the NPT Guidebook is from Piseco, NY to West Canada Lakes and the former Caretaker clearing at West Lake and Section 5 of the NPT Guidebook is from West Lake to Wakely Dam)

Haskells Road trailhead to Spruce Lake lean-to #1 - 9.5 miles

Major issue in this section is many wet and muddy areas close to Spruce Lake.  Several existing bog bridges need repair/replacement and other areas need new bog bridging.  Lots of trail widening happening as people attempt to avoid the wet areas.  Where existing bog bridging is in place the tread underneath has recovered nicely.  There were some areas that were overgrown and some blow-downs needing removal but overall a relatively nice section of trail.  Student Conservation Association trail crews worked on bog bridging in this section in 2012 and will be back in 2013 to continue their work.

Harlan and Hugh Hastings are the trail stewards for this section.  The trail is in great shape currently, free from blow downs.  Harlan visited his section in May along with a group from the Genesee Valley Chapter of ADK to clear trail.   

The log bridge located just south of Spruce Lake lean-to #1 was put in place by a Student Conservation Assoc. trail crew in 2011.  Later in 2011 beavers managed to flood it out.  It was replaced by another SCA trail crew in 2012.  Hopefully the beavers don't try to flood this one as well.




Spruce Lake lean-to #1 to Spruce Lake lean-to #3 - 1.3 miles

The trail stewards for this section, David Ratti and Jayne Della Ratta, are also the trail stewards for part of the next section (to West Canada Creek).  They have been in to clear trail in 2013 but it has been recently reported that there are several new blowdowns in this section.

Please note:  Spruce Lake lean-to #2 has been dismantled, moved to the top of the hill next to the trail and rebuilt. 

Spruce Lake lean-to #3 to Former Caretaker clearing, West Lake - 5.6 miles

The trail stewards, David Ratti and Jayne Della Ratta, have done a nice job of clearing this section to the West Canada Creek bridge.  Dave did report that the Sampson Bog bridge (Shown at right)  has shifted from its foundation due to flooding but still is being held in place by cables attached to it and a tree.  That was in 2011 and I haven't gotten any further reports about it since then.

We learned on May 8, 2011, that the bridge over the West Canada Creek in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness area was apparently destroyed by spring flooding. This is not an easy water crossing when water levels are high, so this was of major concern.  

A rope had been tied to two trees on either side of the Creek near where the bridge was located to help hikers with a Creek crossing.  Below are pictures of the bridge and the creek at low water level in 2004 as well as a picture of the foundations where the bridge used to be and the rope that was placed across the creek.

Work on replacement of the bridge over West Canada Creek was completed in the Summer, 2012.  The ADK Pro Crew under contract with the DEC did the work.  A photo of the new bridge is below. 



We also reach out to the family of Mark Sterling Atchinson, who was part of the ADK Pro Crew who completed the bridge.  Mark died March 21, 2013.  Rest in peace, Mark.  Thank you for your contributions to the NPTrail. 




                   Looking downstream from bridge                                West Canada Creek Bridge  - 2004                                    Looking upstream at bridge
         Remnants of older bridge lost in 2001 on left                                                                                                                                                2004
Note stepping stones and shallower water downstream


     

                                                                        West Canada Creek Rope Across                         West Canada Creek - May, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                  Bridge is gone



 
The new West Canada Creek Bridge
July 31, 2012
       

The new Foothills Chapter of ADK, led by Jodi Rothmeyer, Chapter Chair, are the trail stewards from the West Canada Creek lean-to to the Sucker Brook Trail intersection.  This section is very remote and difficult to maintain.  You may find wet muddy sections and blowdown in some areas of this section.  The Foothills Chapter does an excellent job each year getting into this section to work.  It entails a 3 to 4 day backpacking trip in order to cover the entire section. 





One major issue in this section is that both approaches to the South Lake outlet bridge are generally under water and/or mud. These areas have been ignored for years and were badly in need of work to avoid further trail deterioration. There is beaver activity in this area with the approaches being partially under water most of the time. The bridge itself is in excellent shape and holding up very well.  A Student Conservation Association trail crew installed new bog bridging on both sides of the South Lake outlet bridge in 2012.





Former Caretaker clearing, West Lake to Beaver Pond lean-to - 5.8 miles

The permanent reroute around a beaver pond just north of West Lake is overgrown and wet and muddy and very frustrating to hike. It needs a lot of attention and caution is advised.

The bridge over Mud Creek was replaced August, 2011 by the ADK Pro Crew under contract with the DEC. 

Beaver Pond lean-to to Carry lean-to (aka - Cedar River lean-to) - 6.1 miles

The trail immediately beyond the side trail to Beaver Pond lean-to and south of the Beaver Pond Bridge is very wet and muddy and has been every time I have traveled through here. Some boards have been placed in the middle but they are on the ground, muddy, slippery and dangerous. This section needs bog bridging as hikers are now walking around the area creating wide herd paths. Bog bridging is needed to allow the area to restore itself.

Bridge between Beaver Pond and Cedar LakesUnfortunately, the bridge over the beaver dam between Cedar Lakes and Beaver Pond that the ADK pro-crew worked on several years ago needs work again. It appears a stringer is bad on the Beaver Pond side. Caution is advised crossing this bridge.

The trail from Beaver Pond lean-to until about 1/2 mile north of the Cedar Lakes Dam is in good shape. From an entry in the Beaver Pond lean-to register it appears that a DEC pro-crew replaced the roof on the Beaver Pond lean-to and brushed-out and cleared trail in this area to the north a couple of years ago.

From about 1/2 mile north of the Cedar Lakes Dam for about 3 miles the trail is overgrown and in need of brushing-out and blow-down removal. This section was the focus of another volunteer ADK work party:  "July 4–8: Cedar Lake—Northville Placid Trail, West Canada Lake Wilderness - Four-Day Project: Arrive at base camp for dinner and orientation Monday evening. The Cedar Lake lean-to will be used as a base camp. Participants will sidecut and remove blowdown between Cedar Lake and the Carry Pd. lean-to. This section of trail traverses alongside the headwaters of the Cedar River."

The remaining 2 miles or so to the Carry lean-to (Cedar River lean-to) is in good condition. There is one bridge in this section that was in need of repair. The stringers appear to be in solid shape but some of the decking was rotted and missing. But the trail steward for this section, Bruce Knudsen, has made repairs to the bridge and you shouldn't have any problems getting across it.  Bruce handles the area from the Carry lean-to to Wakely Dam but will also be taking care of the area from Carry lean-to south to the Sucker Brook Trail intersection and the Sucker Brook Trail to the Cedar River across from the Colvin Brook lean-to.  

Carry lean-to to Wakely Dam - 4.3 miles

This area is mostly on old logging roads and partially on the dirt Moose River Recreational Area main road.  No problems to report in this section.  The trail steward, Bruce Knudson, regularly hikes this section and clears the trail.  Wakely Dam was under construction in 2012 but work should be finished by now.  The construction really didn't interfere with the NPTrail hiker.

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Wakely Dam, Cedar River Road to Lake Durant and Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake - 12.5 miles

(Section 6 of the NPT Guidebook is from Wakely Dam to Lake Durant)

Wakely Dam to Stephens Pond lean-to - 8.8 miles

This section is now relocated into the woods and has eliminated nearly 6 miles of a road walk on Cedar River Road and a crossing of private property at the former McCanes Resort. The section of trail through this private property has now been permanently closed. This new section is entered to the left .7 miles from Wakely Dam and .4 miles past the trail to Wakely Mountain.

New Bridge over Browns Brook - NPTThe ADK pro-crew under contract with the New York State DEC did a great job installing 7.6 miles of new trail in 2009 including a very nice and sturdy bridge over Browns Brook.  The trail steward for this section from Cedar River Rd. to Browns Brook, is NYSOGA, the NY State Outdoor Guides Assoc., represented by Sonny and Sheila Young.  This section was cleared recently and should be in good shape.

The trail steward from Browns Brook to Stephens Pond lean-to is Henry Nicponski.  There is an issue in the section from the intersection of this new trail and the old trail 1/2 mile south of Stephens Pond lean-to to the lean-to.  There were at least two or three major wet muddy areas requiring walk-arounds on higher ground. Some bog bridging would help here as well to allow the ground to restore itself and to stop the herd-paths around these areas.  This is a project for 2013 hopefully for a Student Conservation Association trail crew.  In the meantime, please do you best to stay on the trail through the mud rather than widening the trail.



Stephens Pond lean-to to Lake Durant and Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake - 3.7 miles

This section was for the most part clear although there were several very wet and muddy areas in this section that need some bog bridging as well.  The trail stewards for this area, Rich Vertigan and Holly Hawkes, have cleared the trail of blowdown and have brushed it out.  Some new bog bridging and trail relocation took place in 2012 by a Student Conservation Association trail crew.

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Lake Durant and Route 28/30, Blue Mountain Lake to Route 28N, Long Lake, NY - 14.8 miles

(Section 7 of the NPT Guidebook is from Lake Durant to Long Lake)

Route 28/30 trailhead to Tirrell Pond lean-to - 4.7 miles

The main issue in this area was about 250+ feet of bog bridging about one mile north of Route 28/30 that was submerged under 6 inches to a foot of mud and water.  The entire section of bog bridging was replaced in early August, 2011, by a Student Conservation Association trail crew. 

From Zac Ballard, Program Manager, SCA Adirondack Program, "At the site between Tirrell Pond and Lake Durant the crew rehabilitated 250 feet of existing boardwalk that had been summerged, replacing the cribbing and some of the decking.  In addition to this they constructed 126 feet of native timber bog bridging and 80 feet of board walk to fill in gaps within the existing structure and to create a walking surface over submerged/eroded areas alond the trail."

See below pictures.  Awesome Job!!!

NPTrail Bog Bridging Tirrell PondNPTrail Bog Bridging Tirrell PondNPTrail Bog Bridging Tirrell Pond

The trail steward in this section, Larry Kolwaite, has cleared the trail of blowdown and has brushed it out where needed.  However, there has been a report of new blowdown in this section.

                                                                                                                                                Tirrell Pond lean-to to height of land - shoulder of Blue Mountain - 5.7 miles

Larry Kolwaite also takes care of the trail from Tirrell Pond to Salmon Pond Road and it has been cleared of blowdown and brushed out.

From Salmon Pond road to a former lumber camp clearing 1.8 miles north of the Salmon Pond road intersection the trail stewards, Gary and Sylvia Vidal, have cleared this section of blowdown and have brushed it out as of this year. 


Bridge across Chick-a-dee Brook


The major problem on this section was crossing the former lumber camp clearing (See above photos).  In normal conditions the only issue is crossing a stream (Chick-a-dee Brook) which is near the southern end of the clearing.  A bridge has been out there for many years but if the stream is low one can scamper down one side of the remains of the bridge and jump to the other side relatively safely.  However, it appears that most times the stream is running full and it is 6 feet or so across and the water 4 to 5 feet deep so attempting to cross here is tricky.


Chickadee Brook Bridge - Northville Placid Trail



I'm happy to report that this bridge was replaced in 2012 by a Student Conservation Association trail crew.  The new bridge is elevated slightly so that even if the area around it is flooded you will be able to see the bridge and safely cross Chick-a-dee Brook without the need for swimming across or bushwhacking around it. 








Height of land to Route 28N trailhead parking - 4.4 miles

The trail stewards, Sylvia and Gary Vidal have cleared this area of blowdown and brush but there still remains some broken bog bridging and at least one bridge that is off its foundation.  We hope to address these repairs in 2013.

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Tarbell Rd. trailhead, Long Lake, NY to Averyville Rd. trailhead, Lake Placid, NY - 35.8 miles

(Section 8 of the NPT Guidebook is from Long Lake to Shattuck Clearing; Section 9 of the NPT Guidebook is from Shattuck Clearing to Duck Hole; and Section 10 of the NPT Guidebook is from Duck Hole to Averyville Rd. and Lake Placid)

Tarbell Road trailhead to Catlin Bay lean-to - 1.1 miles

Northville Placid Trail - near Catlin Bay

This section was cleared of blow-down in May, 2012.  The only issue generally in this section is near the Catlin Bay lean-to that sits on the trail.  There is a beaver dam and pond here and sometimes in high water situations the bog bridging is under water and impassable.  NOTE: As per the picture on the right taken in May, 2011, the bog bridge is out of place and dangerous to cross.  Follow the directions below for the reroute.  

High Water Reroute:  There is a side-trail marked with NPT trail markers that goes to the east (to the left) of this wet area at the top of a hill before getting to this area.  Should the bog bridges be under water backtrack to the top of the hill and take the side-trail that is now on your right that takes you past the beaver dam and across the outlet on large stones below the dam and back to the Catlin Bay lean-to and the trail north.  If you are headed southbound, pass the Catlin Bay lean-to to your right and follow the markers in front of the lean-to and across the stones.  

The trail steward for the section from Tarbell Rd. to Shattuck Clearing, is the Cold River Chapter of ADK, represented by Frank Pine.  This section of trail had been maintained since 1984 by the Glens Falls/Saratoga Chapter of ADK who had to give it up in 2011.   Unfortunately, this section of trail hasn't been visited this year so you may find blowdowns and muddy areas.

Catlin Bay lean-to to Kelly Point lean-tos - 3 miles

This area was cleared of blow-downs in May, 2012.  There are some areas that still need brushing-out.  Expect blowdowns and wet and muddy areas.

Kelly Point lean-tos to Plumley Point lean-tos - 3.5 miles

This area was cleared of blow-downs in May, 2012.  There are some wet areas but in general a pleasant hiking area.  It still needs brushing out and there are new blowdowns following hurricane Irene.  Expect blowdowns and wet and muddy areas.  Hikers are reporting issues with a re-activated beaver dam before Plumleys.  Here is a photo of the beaver dam by Ike Jutkowski, taken in October, 2011.  He reported that he hiked directly across the top of the dam and found the trail on the other side.  Other hikers have attempted to hike around the impoundment or around the swampy area below the dam.  The best course is to hike across it.

Plumley Point lean-tos to Shattuck Clearing - 4.2 miles

This area also was cleared of blow-downs in May, 2012.  There are some wet areas but in general also a pleasant hiking area.  It still needs some brushing out.

At approx. 2.3 miles north of Plumley Point beaver activity has flooded the trail.  The other side of the trail was in sight about 100 yards or so further north, however, the water was well over 6 feet deep and a temporary side-trail reroute of the trail went to the left.  However, the NPTrail was rerouted around this area in 2010 with new trail markers.  This section was cleared of blow-down in May.  It still needs some brushing out.

Other new beaver activity has been reported north of Plumleys before Shattuck.  Here are photos by Ike Jutkowski of the dam and a resident beaver who really didn't take a liking to Ike walking across his dam.

Shattuck Clearing to Ouluska Pass lean-to - 6.3 miles

There apparently was quite the micro-burst within the last couple of years around Cold River #3 and #4 lean-tos and just south of the suspension bridge over Cold River.  The trail has been officially rerouted around the worst of it and the rest cleared off the trail. 

The trail is generally in great shape.  Expect some blowdowns and wet and muddy areas although the DEC had staff in on this section clearing blowdown with a chain saw following hurricane Irene.  This section of trail, from Shattuck Clearing to Duck Hole, has a trail steward, Gary Koch, who does a great job including caring for the Cold River lean-tos #3 and #4, the Ouluska Pass lean-to and the Seward lean-to.  The Ouluska Pass lean-to suffered foundation damage following hurricane Irene but the lean-to is still usable.

It has recently been reported that several large trees have fallen across the trail just south of Seward lean-to during a storm in July.  These have not been cleared at this time.


Ouluska Pass lean-to to Duck Hole lean-tos - 5.7 miles

This section also is taken care of by Gary Koch and should be in good condition with the exception of the bridge over Ouluska Pass Brook.  It was moved of its foundation this spring, 2011, (see photo on the left below by Bob Bates in the Spring).  Caution is advised if the bridge is wet as you will probably end up slipping off the bridge.  You may have to wade across the Brook.

Following hurricane Irene the Ouluska Pass Bridge has apparently experienced even further damage (see photo on the right below by David Saszak from a hike through the area September 2nd through September 5th).  He also reported, "Ouluska Pass lean-to was hit by the flood  I swept sand out of it.  We used it but it has been damaged, shifted some.  Once we got down to Seward Lean-To there was very little sign of damage."  He also posted more photos of damage to the trail south of Duck Hole.  See additional photos below of damage to Ouluska Pass lean-to, sand deposited on the trail, and debris on the trail.



Ouluska Pass Brook BridgeOuluska Pass Brook Bridge

Ouluska Pass leantoSand on the NPTrailDebris on NPTrail

Here are further pictures of the damage taken by Ike Jutkowski in October, 2011.

I'm happy to report that a week after Ike passed over Ouluska Pass Brook a volunteer group managed to clear the debris from the bridge and level it so it can be safely crossed.  It still needs to be moved back to its original location and needs new foundations built.  This is a project for 2013.


Duck Hole lean-tos to Moose Pond lean-to - 3.9 miles

For pictures of Duck Hole and the Duck Hole Dam breach please click here.

Bob Liseno, the trail steward for Duck Hole to Moose Pond has cleared the trail of most blowdown and brush.  Bob has already been in to his section in 2013 as he is headed out west to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.  Good luck, Bob.

Moose Pond lean-to to Wanika Falls - 1.6 miles

The trail steward for Moose Pond to Peacock Brook is Tom BebeeHe has cleared the trail of most blowdown and brush.


Wanika Falls to Averyville trailhead, Lake Placid, NY - 6.5 miles

NPTrail New Chubb River Flume Bridge

ADK Pro Trail CrewThe bridge just north of Wanika Falls side-trail, which crosses the Chubb River outlet (Known as the "Flume") from the vly between Street and Nye Mountains, had damaged stringers and was dangerous to cross due to the 15+ foot drop to the water and rocks below.  The ADK Pro Crew, under contract with the DEC, replaced this bridge in August, 2011.  Here is a picture of Grace Mandle and the new bridge completed just before they completed their northbound section-hike of the trail.  Here also is a picture of the ADK Pro Crew who worked on the bridge, taken by "jerzybears", who was hiking into Duck Hole shortly after the bridge was completed.  Nice job ADK Pro Crew.



The trail steward, Dan Hausner, also reported that there is a beaver dam that occasionally floods the trail approx. 4.5 miles North of Wanika Falls or 3.2 miles South of the Averyville Trail-head.  This section has been cleared of most blowdown and brush.

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