ADK has released the fifth edition of its Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail in time for the Northville-Placid Trail’s 95th anniversary. The newest edition in ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides, this volume marks the relaunch of the series.
Edited by Jeff and Donna Case of Mattydale, Onondaga County, the volume has been revised and redesigned, including a return to a smaller, more convenient size. When they conclude this year’s trip on the NPT in May, the authors will have hiked the trail twenty-eight times.
The new edition’s arrival is a celebration of another sort as well: the text includes a detailed description of the long-awaited reroute of the Northville-Placid Trail’s (NPT’s) southern approach completed in 2015 that eliminated about 10 miles of road walking. Originally 132 miles long, reroutes and trail changes have extended the NPT to 138.6 miles.
Construction of the NPT was the Adirondack Mountain Club’s first project.
Publication of this volume also marks the roll-out of a new edition — the organization’s fifth — of ADK’s Forest Preserve Series, six trail guides to the Adirondacks and Catskills. This guide corresponds to National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Map 736: The Northville-Placid Trail, a large-format, two-sided, waterproof map created in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club.
The NPT passes through what many consider the wildest and most remote parts of the Adirondack Park, notably the high plateau that encompasses the Spruce, West Canada, and Cedar Lakes area, as well as the Cold River region. The highest point the N-P Trail reaches (3,008 ft) is at the crest of the ridge to the east of Blue Mt. and Tirrell Pond. According to ADK, 2,235 hikers have reported traversing the trail end to end and written to receive a patch.
Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail is 140 pages, 5″ x 7″, and includes 10 sections describing the NPT in detail, with a page map at the opening of each. It is available in softcover for $19.95 ($15.96 members) and $26.95 for the book-and-map pack ($21.56 members) at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080, and online.
Photo: Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail 5th Edition.