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Adirondacks Northville Placid Trail, NY

Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2020 -- $1250 ★★★

The Northville Placid Trail in New York's Adirondack State Park is a long distance hiking trail that uncharacteristically seeks the low ground instead of summiting any and all peaks it encounters. This means that elevations fluctuate less and that there's almost always water nearby.

On our trek we will explore the quieter section of the trail between Piseco and Northville (not that anyone knows where either of these are). For less-visited wilderness in the warm summer months, few destinations compare.

The Adirondacks are a place that bears, moose, beavers, raptors and mosquitoes (sigh) call home. For quiet adventure during the short summer hiking season, join us on the Northville Placid Trail.


Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures in the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30, with a reasonable chance of rainfall. Here is the average July weather for Northville, NY. Expect it to be a little cooler in the backcountry punctuated by warm sunny weather and/or rain.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Don Johnson


$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Albany Airport (ALB) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals (typically 2 dinners) and any gratuities for guides. You may also be charged for any parking charges for leaving your car at the hotel all week if you drive.

Covered expenses include 2 nights in a hotel, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, camping fees and awesome guides.


Although daily mileage appears to be moderate, do not underestimate the difficulty of the terrain. The trail may be full of rocks, roots, mud or all of these things. We find that terrain is the most difficult impediment most participants face. And then it might rain.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Drive or fly into Albany Airport (ALB). The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving a few hours earlier or later, then do so.

Take the free airport shuttle to local hotel: Tru by Hilton Albany Airport, 798 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12211, (518) 801-0600

Equipment shakedown. We go through your packs to make sure you're prepared for the trip equipment-wise.

Trail mix distribution

Go to Eastern Mountain Sport, 1475 Western Avenue Stuyvesant Plaza Albany NY 12203, 518-482-0088 (closes 6PM) for forgotten or last minute equipment if necessary

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Go out for dinner at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip cost)

Monday, August 24, 2020

Second set of "before" body composition measurements taken

All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.

Free Breakfast at hotel

Shuttle to Poplar Point State Campground near Piseco, elevation 1660'

We only need to take 1.5 days worth of food in our packs. We will pick up the rest from the shuttle vehicle(s) tomorrow.

Hike 3.5 uphill miles to T Lake, elevation 2467'

Camp at T Lake Lean-To, elevation 2467'

Miles today: 3.5. Total miles: 3.5

Possible bailout: Old Piseco Road

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Day-Hike (no full pack) 3.5 round-trip miles to T Lake Falls, elevation 2723'

Hike 3.5 downhill miles to Poplar Point State Campground, elevation 1660'

Shuttle to Northville Placid Trailhead NY 8 & CR 24, elevation 1720'

Load packs with the remainder of the food for the rest of the trip

Hike 3.7 miles to Hamilton Lake Stream, elevation 1450'

Camp at Hamilton Lake Lean-To, elevation 1450'

Miles today: 10.7. Total miles: 14.2

Possible bailout: NY Route 8

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Hike 2.0 miles to Whitehouse Campsite, elevation 1300'

Cross suspension bridge and hike 3.1 miles to Mud Lake, elevation 1730'

Hike 3.7 miles to Canary Pond, elevation 2000'.

There has been beaver activity about a half mile prior to Canary Pond, so the trail may be completely flooded and difficult to navigate.

Camp at Canary Pond DEC campsite, elevation 2000'

Miles today: 8.8. Total miles: 23.0

Possible bailout: West River Rd.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hike 2.3 miles to Silver Lake, elevation 1900'

Hike 2.7 miles to Rock Lake, elevation 1950'

Hike 2.9 miles to Godfrey Road Spur Trail, elevation 1500'

Pass West Stony Creek Falls not long before reaching Godfrey Road Spur Trail

Camp at West Stony Creek DEC campsite, elevation 1500'

Miles today: 7.9. Total miles: 30.9

Possible bailout: Route 125 / Godfrey Rd.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Hike 6.4 miles to Benson Rd, elevation 1350'

Hike 2.8 miles to West Stony Creek, elevation 1000'

Camp at West Stony Creek Lean-To, elevation 1000'

Miles today: 9.2. Total miles: 40.1

Possible bailout: Benson Rd.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Just after leaving camp, we ford West Stony Creek. Important: Water crossing may be difficult or impossible when water levels are high (typically Spring, not Summer)

Hike 1.4 miles to a footbridge, 1350'

Hike 3.5 miles to Collins Gifford Valley Rd, 850'

End of hiking portion of trip

Possible bailout: Collins Gifford Valley Rd.

Miles today: 4.9. Total miles: 45.0

Pick up shuttle vehicle in Piseco

Shuttle back to local Albany hotel Tru by Hilton Albany Airport, 798 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12211, (518) 801-0600

After body composition measurements taken

Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip price)

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Free breakfast in Hotel

We will drop you at the airport

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