The Northville - Placid trail - 133 miles
The Northville - Placid Trail , also known as NPT, is a lightly traveled foot trail that runs 133 miles (214 km ) bisecting the 6 million acre Adirondack Park from south to north, bypassing the parks highest summits, trading big views for solitude. The NPT goes through arguably some of the wildest and most remote areas in the Adirondacks. It was laid out by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 1922.
“Why Northville to Lake Placid? It was a matter of trailhead transportation and convenience. When the trail was visualized the automobile was not yet a staple and Northville and Lake Placid had regular train service. "
South to north it traverses :
- Silver Lake Wilderness Area
- Jessup River Wild Forest
- West Canada Lake Wilderness Area
- Moose River Plains Wild Forest
- Blue Ridge Wilderness Area
- Blue Mountain Wild Forest
I chose this hike because of the solitude and the challenge as a cancer patient finishing the longest through hike in the Adirondack Mountains. I basically grew up in the Adirondacks. My Dad “Bello“ Snyder owned and operated Camp Eagle Cove in Inlet, NY in the Western part of the park for close to fifty years. Bello was also a pro basket ball player in the 1930’s and a firm believer in the benefits of exercise all his life.
The NPT also meanders through some of the most beautiful sections of the “Dacks“. It passes through the areas where the legendary Adirondack hermits Noah Rondeau and French Louis called their home.