Northville-Lake Placid Trail

Northville-Lake Placid Trail

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, Northville and Lake Placid.


Today, this 138-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 wildlife-filled forest. The southernmost trailhead begins 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.

Read more information on hiking the NPT from the southern trailhead in Northville here: Northville to Long Lake NPT section

Community connections

If 138 miles sounds like a massive undertaking, that’s because it is! Many people section hike the trail over several outings, a feat that’s made easier by the fact that the Northville-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.


The trail provides access to some of the most beautiful and remote areas which have first-come, first-serve lean-tos and primitive campsites. 

Join a Guided Experience

This summer, enjoy the hiking and camping experience of a lifetime! Adirondack Hamlets 2 Huts is offering a 14-day traverse, led by experienced guides, with all meals and lodging (both backcountry camping and glamping!) included. Join your guides for the full two weeks, or enjoy one leg of the adventure.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

While the whole trail is typically not attempted in the winter, one can still snowshoe or cross-country ski portions of it. Deep snow and low foot traffic make recreating on the NPT in the winter dangerous, be prepared for all conditions and situations. 

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