I was planning on hiking to Spruce Lake lean-to #2 from the Haskell Rd. trailhead on Monday 06/29 and staying the night and then hiking back on Tuesday 06/30. Looking at the future weather report for the Piseco area on those dates, it calls for, what looks like, some decent rain for Saturday and Sunday preceding. Is this hike still doable and safe then on Monday? Will the Jessup and the other creeks and streams on the way up be too swollen to safely cross? Any assistance is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I plan to be hiking the entire trail between October 5th and October 15th. I plan to park at the Avery Road trail head for the duration. Is this ever an issue? Are there any parts of the trail with bad blowdowns at this time that might slow progress significantly? Thanks.
I am interested in a thru hike on the NP trail next June (2020). I have two questions. Is there a shuttle service available, preferably from from Lake Placid to Northville? My second question is how is the trout fishing along the route? I would love to bring my fly rod. As an FYI, I practice catch and release so I am not interested in eating what I catch.
Northville-Placid Trail has been included in a new post on the CDPHP blog, The Daily Dose. At CDPHP, we love hiking! And, we love New York and all of the great natural resources it offers, including a variety of hiking and walking trails. That’s why we wanted to offer New Yorkers a great resource to help them discover spots across the state where they can find wellness benefits, as well as an appreciation for the outdoors in summer.
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Tony just saw this note I Know you are the adopted For moose pond we will update. We usually put the list up we receive from the ADK annually and make changes once a year that is why it wasn’t updated. Thanks for making us aware of it. I enjoy giving back as well!!!
Yes. Access to the NPT from upper benson is still available. The old NPT to the bridge is a marked spur trail. Once you cross the bridge over the W Branch of Stony Creek, take a left on the trail, heading upstream. The compass bearing is South which may confuse some.
Hi sorry for the delayed response. Typically this early InThe year there would still be snow in spots on the trail but not this year. You can expect mud always but more in spring. If you are starting from the Arch in northville which I assume you are since you said you are hiking the whole trail. Then you may have an issue crossing the west branch or Stoney creek about 8 Miles into your hike. This crossing is slated to get a bridge in 2017 but currently is a 90′ ford and it’s running pretty good right now. Other than that it should be a good time to hike with no bugs. Shuttles are tough the best thing to do is ask for help on our Facebook page there are over 1000 members on there that love to help if available. There is a hostle tmax and topos that does some shuttling I don’t known the fees. If you have other questions feel free to contact me directly.
I am co-trails chair for the Albany chapter. We have adopted the Sucker Brook trail. We are in the process of planning a re-route of the western half of the trail to avoid the 10 major stream crossings and the flooded trail due to beaver activity. The short section between the NPT and the Cedar River is extremely difficult for us to access and I would like to discuss with you taking over the maintenance for that section. Please reply to my e-mail or call me at 518-674-8121. Thanks.
Thanks for reaching out to us.I have spoken to Russ Byer trail steward for suckerbrook junction to Cedar dam. Russ travel in on the suckerbrook trail and would be happy to take over the roughly 1 mile section you are asking about as he travel thru there anyhow. I am glad that will work out for everyone if you have any question or want to discuss it more please contact me directly Bill Celentano at email@example.com
HI Jeffrey – The NPT Chapter offers guided section hikes throughout the year. Keep an eye out on the calendar of events for the trips to be posted. Also, if you haven’t already sign up to receive email notifications for this website so when we post about outings you will be notified.
Are there shower facilities near the trail? I’m assuming Long Lake has Motels and Laundromats. Is there a campground or motel near Piseco or Blue Mt. Lake that would be open in September? Thanks for the info.
I have recently started the journey to becoming an eagle scout, and i was wondering if anyone could give me contact info of someone who could approve project ideas or inform me of projects that should get done.
Does anyone have and good ideas on how to arrange a ride from Gloversville to the trail beginning in Northville?
Sure I could call a taxi/ Uber/ Lyft.
I will be coming up from NYC on the train to Amsterdam, NY and then bus to Gloversville in a couple of weeks near July 18th. Planing on doing the whole trail. I did Blue Mountain Lake to Placid twice decades ago when Trailways had a route right to Blue Mountain Lake.
I’m headed out on NPT July 29 from Benson and seek info on the likelihood of a bear encounter. Planning on doing the whole trail to Northville in segments with two days out in between each one. Any info on current conditions would be appreciated. I may end up alone for some of the trail. Hear it’s muddy. What is the best footwear for such conditions? I would appreciate any and all advice and info.
I finished the trail with my significant other and at each register I wrote down 2 in my party. Will he be able to get a patch also? He did not write his name in the register, I only wrote two in my party??
Hi David, Sorry for the delay in response. There is no log in for the interactive trail map. What you are seeing is an admin log in. If you want to provide a trail condition update just click on Feedback and follow the instructions.
Hey Matt, I thruhiked the NPT in 2013 but never did a log or anything. I’d really like to get one of the patches to put on my new pack. I’ve been doing a lot of long hikes the last couple years and had the patches but someone stole all my gear recently so I’m replacing the patches. The NPT was the first long hike I ever did and I’d really really love a patch. I’ll gladly purchase one. Thanks.
I want to report on my trail maintenance of a section of the NPT north out of Lake Durant, especially a severely partial collapsed two six-inch stringer bridge to the O’Neil lean-to. I can send a picture. Who do I contact?
Hi. Am a member of the Albany Chapter of ADK, and completed my 46 high peaks last August. Am interested in hiking the NPT as a thru hike this coming August. Hoping to be put in touch with someone from your chapter who can answer the questions that I have. Thank you!
I have never heard of conditions being impacted by this race. As always, increased attention at an area may mean your chosen campsite may not be available so have a plan b for the night. Wakely gets filled to capacity in our experience before and after races.
A group of retired, experienced hikers are interested in some section hiking on the NPT this summer. After sending an inquiry on ADK Forums, the Piseco to Wakely Dam sections were highly recommended. I did some research and was very excited by the scenic variety of terrain, numerous ponds and remote natural areas. However, our group has specific dates that would place us in those sections right after the staging of the Wakeley Dam Ultra. Consequently, I have concerns how the amount of concentrated foot traffic from the Ultra might adversely effect the pristine landscape of this section. Are my concerns warranted and, if so, do you have any additional section recommendations that we could consider? Thank you.
Hello, since they run other races on the trail in the area I would not expect any adverse impact. Of course if there has been a lot of rain etc could potentially spread the mud a bit temporarily. There is usually a lot of camping pressure around Wakely for these events so if staying there you may wish to have a plan by immediately before or after a race as some families will remain and camp.
I would like to know if there are any important changes in the NPT routing/conditions from Plumley Point to Averyville Road. My hiking partner and I are planning to complete our section hike with this section August 2018. I currently have the 2007 Guidebook.
Nothing significant in that section however a new map would be helpful. The new National Geographic map is my favorite. There are significant changes to the trail but primarily in the middle and lsouthern sections
Mary Glynn is leading a hike on July 28-31. She suggested letting her know ASAP if we were interested in joining. We’ve sent several emails and haven’t heard back.
Is this trip happening? Is there space?
Hi, I’m planning on thru-hiking the NPT south to north next week. I don’t own a vehicle and am trying to figure out how to get to the starting point in Northville. I am open to all types of transportation and shuttles.
I recently completed a thru hike of the AT and looking to get back out on trail NPT edition this time around. My only question is regarding parking at the southern terminus in Northville. Does the parking lot at the Waterfront Park allow long term parking? I’m planning on finishing the trail in 6 days, spending an afternoon with my parents in Lake Placid and then having them drive me back to my car in Northville on the 7th day.
Does anyone have any information on Jessup River Road? There’s a parking area at the end of the road listed on the NatGeo map. I am wondering how passable Jessup River Rd is, and then how that 0.4mi side trail is to the NPT. Hoping to do a weekend loop around Spruce Lake and the surrounding area.
Hi am coming up to lake placid/saranac wed 12th to hike for a long weekend. will be with my 2 dogs usually hike in a group. i have never seen a bear or a snake for that matter do i need to worry being alone? are there trails that would be more advisable?
The Burroughs Nature Study Club of Johnstown (since 1912) would very much like to have a speaker from the Trail. We are looking for the 2nd Fri.in May or the 2nd Fri. in Sept. of 2019. There are 60 of us and we meet at a restaurant for dinner and then share a program of approx. 30 min. A speaker and a guest will be our guests for dinner. Sarah Slingerland mentioned Mr. Cotter or Mr. Wentworth but, I don’t know how to contact them. thank you for your consideration. Dan Ehle
Are data available regarding the number of hikers that use the NPT each year? I am writing a manuscript about vegetation along the trail and wish to compare usage with other trails that have been studied.
My wife and I are planning a thru-hike of the NPT this September and are looking for someone to shuttle us from Lake Placid to Northville. Do you know of anyone who could provide this service?
Thanks so much for any help you could give us.
Planning to hike the NPT in a couple weeks. The website suggests that there is a map of current trail conditions. The large interactive map has a lot of great info (thank you!) but doesnt seem to have anything about current conditions. Any info, or link, you can share would be appreciated.
I have 2 inquiries in regards to the NPT:
(1) In light of COVID-19,is the trail open all the way from Northville to Lake Placid, or are portions of the trail closed?
(2) At the Northville end, is the crossing at West Stony Creek passable? Has some kind of foot bridge been built yet?
I was planning to bring a small group (3) to hike the section between Wakley and Lake Durant, any report on the trail? By the end of the month we are planning to do the section between Lake Durant and Long Lake, any report on the trail?
I loved the experience of hiking the NPT. I often find myself daydreaming about some of the beautiful places we saw on the way. I am SO grateful to you for offering this challenge. I truly loved it and learned so much by hiking it. Thank you.