The NPT, which stretches 133 miles through some of the wildest and most remote parts of the Adirondack Park, was the first project undertaken by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) after it was formed in 1922. ADK publishes “Adirondack Trails: Northville-Placid Trail,” the definitive guide to the trail, which includes a detailed topographical map of the NPT. The website was developed by Tom Wemett, chair of the Northville-Placid Trail Subcommittee and a self-described “NPT fanatic.”
“This website is a dream come true,” Wemett said. “I’ve had this idea for at least the last six years and registered the domain name six years ago. I’ve through-hiked, section-hiked and weekend-hiked the Northville Placid Trail numerous times, and I am always awestruck by the solitude, wildness and beauty of the NPT.”
The new website (www.nptrail.org) provides information about planning a hike on the NPT, whether a through-hike, section-hike or weekend-hike. It also provides information on the latest trail conditions as reported by fellow hikers, NPT trail stewards, ADK trails staff and state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel. The primary goal of the Web site is to provide a single source of timely, updated information about hiking conditions on the Northville-Placid Trail.
The site includes an electronic form that allows hikers to easily report the latest trail conditions and provide timely information to fellow hikers. The site also contains general hiking information as well as links to communities and businesses that are easily accessible from the trail, such as food stores, restaurants and places to stay and camp.
The ADK Trails Committee formed the NPT Subcommittee in October 2006 with the Vision: “To protect, preserve and promote the Northville-Placid Trail as a premier foot path for such activities as hiking, backpacking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing and as a unique backcountry wilderness recreation destination and experience.”
The Adirondack Mountain Club is oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of the New York Forest Preserve. ADK helps protect the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. More information is available at www.adk.org.