Installation of the West Stony Creek Lean-to within Shaker Mtn Wild Forest is now complete.
This newly constructed lean-to provides shelter along the recently re-routed segment of the Northville-Placid Trail. In 2015, apprx. 15 miles of new trail was built in an effort to improve the trail experience by reducing road walking by 7 miles. The West Stony Creek Lean-to is the first additional trail shelter installed along the rerouted segment and is the closest lean-to to the southern terminus of the Northville-Placid Trail.
The lean-to is located just north of the West Stony Creek crossing, 3.8 miles south of the Benson Road parking area and 4.9 miles north of the Collins-Gifford Valley Road parking area and 8.3 miles from the Northville Trailhead. Coordinates: N 43 Deg 13.477’, W 074 Deg 16.160’ The little spur trail is flagged and its signed with LEAN-TO-> sign.
Thank you to the State Police Aviation for transporting the materials and Lands & Forests, DEC Ops, and local Forest Rangers for building the new lean-to which is now open for public use.
Thank to all involved. Working in the forest isn’t easy and we hikers appreciate the lean-to.
Hikers remember Leave No Trace. The lean-to doesn’t need your name carved into it. Let only the hiking experience be “carved” into your memory!
Great news! It will be great to have a leanto at the start of the trail, within an easy day from the Southern Terminus.
What a godsend after that cold, cold creek crossing. Thank you
Thanks for all the efforts to continually improve the NPT experience. With the completion of the reroute in 2015 I thought there was plans to build at the West Stony Creek Crossing. Is there still a bridge being planned or has the Lean-to installation replaced that goal?