THE NORTHVILLE-PLACID TRAIL
The 132 mile long Northville-Placid Trail enters the woods at Benson
crosses Rt. 8 at Piseco, crosses Rt. 28 at Lake Durant, crosses Rt. 28N
at Long Lake and emerges from the forest at Averyville, a few miles from
Sections of this famous wilderness trail include terrain suitable for
skiing and are in the scope of a 12 mile round trip. Details are given
Benson to Silver Lake Lean-to
The trail from Benson is a gently but continuous climb to Silver Lake,
with very few steep spots. Round trip to Silver Lake is 12.6 miles.
The return is an excellent, almost continuous ride. Proceeding on Rt.
30 , turn west on Benson Rd. 3.2 miles north of Northville. Follow this
road to an iron bridge, 6 miles from Rt. 30. After crossing the iron
bridge, bear right on a dirt road at a triangle where the blacktop road
swings sharply left. Continue about 1 mile or as far as the road is
South from Piseco
The Northville-Placid Trail crosses Rt. 8 at Piseco just east of the
suspension bridge over the Sacandaga River, a distance of 8 miles. This
requires that about 600 feet elevation loss must be re-climbed on the
return trip; the distance is 8 miles.
North from Piseco
The trail north of Piseco is almost level for the first 2.5 miles. It
then ascends a wet weather stream bed which is subject to washouts in
thaws, exposing large rocks. Beyond this point, the trail moves over
generally even ground to the crossing of Fall Stream. The trail then
descends to the crossing of the Jessup River, 7 miles from Piseco.
Beyond this point it is 33 miles to the next plowed road. A large
number of lumber roads intersect the trail in the next few miles. It is
not recommended to proceed much beyond the Jessup River crossing.
Stephens Pond, Cascade Pond and Tirrell Pond
The Northville-Placid Trail crosses Rt. 30, 3 miles east of the hamlet
of Blue Mountain Lake, South of Rt. 30, it connects with trails to the
Cascade Pond and rock Pond. North of Rt. 30, there is a connecting
trail between the north end of Tirrell Pond and the Blue Mt. Lake-Long
Lake highway. All of these trails are suitable for cross country
INDIAN LAKE AREA
The trail into Whortleberry Pond and Ross Pond starts from the north
side of Rt. 28 about 7 miles east of Indian Lake. A department sign
marks the trailhead. This route is a jeep road for most of its length.
There is a steep spot going over the height of land north of Bell
The Abanakee Loop
Located about 1/2 mile to the east of the center of Indian Lake Village,
opposite Lake Adirondack, the Abanakee Loop is designed to acquaint
novice skiers with Adirondack wilderness skiing conditions. It is a
compact trail network that touches upon Lake Abanakee, and no part of it
is more than a mile from the highway. The trail starts at a short side
road just beyond Gendreau's Cabins on Rt. 30.