The Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System Tuesday advanced its “demonstration project” to build a spur trail in the Town of Long Lake offering hikers on the Northville Placid Trail the opportunity to get off the trail and go into the town for a hot shower, meal, and place to sleep for the night. Leaders of the project visited the potential site.
They hope to have the trail finished by fall and ready for use next year.
“The spur trail demonstrates exactly what we’re looking to do with the project,” said Joe Dadey, who is heading up the newly formed Adirondack Hamlets to Huts nonprofit. That is to connect the backcountry with the front country.
The section of trail the project will exist in part on state land and in part on land owned by the town. Hikers will come off the trail at the top of Mount Sabattis Park, giving them a bird’s-eye view of the town and lake.
“It’s a nice entry point coming out of the woods in to the village,” Dadey said.
Dadey pointed out that the spur trail off the NPT is there if hikers are so inclined, but they can also choose to bypass the “off ramp” and continue on the trail.
“It’s a demonstration of what we’re looking to do Park-wide,” he said.
Photo: Hamlet to Hut demonstration project map.