Northville-Placid Trail along Long Lake

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High Peaks Wilderness

Northville-Placid Trail along Long Lake is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Lake, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 20.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,745 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

paddle sports


bird watching




wild flowers


Well marked but poorly maintained right now. Had to go off the trail what felt like every 50 ft due to downed trees

9 months ago

Just a small section of this today. It was nice to have just a taste of this beautiful trail, to think about it in the future. Lots of birds to hear not necessarily see. Stopped in at Catlin Bay lean to. for a snack..Meditate and headed back.. It was a great day. Thank you to all the people that do the trail maintenance, someday I will help as well.

Sat Sep 01 2018

Backpacked with fam and dog, LL to LP. Trail has some downed trees but really is a fine trail. 4 days, saw 1 person. For those complaining about trail maintenance, I'd suggest joining the trail club and get out there and maintain it. It isnt funded to be a road. it depends on you!

Sat Aug 25 2018

Beautiful but complicated trail. Lots of downed trees, bridges, mud, rocks.

Wed Apr 18 2018

Great trail, can't believe it isn't more popular in the hiking/backpacking community. Was out on the trail for 4 days last August from Long Lake up to Lake Placid. Great to have the lean-to's available, especially during some chilly nights!

Wed Aug 03 2016

Great. Did the trail in its entirety from northville to lake placid in 14 days. West Canada section is so beautiful.

Thu Sep 03 2015

The Northville-Placid Trail is a must do hike for any Adirondack backpacker. It traverses a variety of terrain and isn't over crowded. I section hiked the trial in the winter over the course of four trips and hardly saw a soul.

Thu Aug 06 2015

accidentally took a very wrong turn, but my kids and I ended up at this beautiful trail! ran into a few other hikers and it was nice to get "a sneak preview" of what was ahead

Mon Sep 09 2013

I love this trail. I have spent many, many nights here. Love these mountains and the varied terrain. I love the silence of the woods all year round. Lots of shelters. Most of them are pretty well maintained. Places to stop off for supplies. Great for section hiking or to get away for a couple of weeks.

Mon Sep 17 2012

Just finished section hiking this trail, and I absolutely loved it! You get to experience so many different terrains, with minimal human interaction. It is just you and nature. In addition, everyone that I have met on the trail has been great! Just please be prepared before going into the woods, to assure your safety, at all times.

Tue Feb 28 2012

I hiked this trail in the winter over the course of three trips. It is a great trail and the only long-distance trail in the Adirondacks. This was the first trail that the Adirondack Mountain Club built. This is a great trail in the summer but a bit more difficult in the winter. The limited winter use often means breaking trail through very deep snow. The advantage is that you will have a true wilderness experience.

Fri Oct 21 2011

Have completed all but the last 11 miles from Wakely to Lake Durant hoping to do this weekend A definate must do for any hiker who wants a genuine wilderness trip while still within a few mail/drops to make the trip enjoyable. Last 11 miles done!! yeah....:)

Sun Sep 12 2010

Enjoyed the stretch from Piseco Lake to Spruce Lake. 2 nites on the Spruce lake, splendid. Even got to hear the loon sing at night.

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