The trail begins at the Northville-Placid trailhead on Averyville Road in Lake Placid. The trail gains a total of 1,400 feet in elevation over the nearly seven-mile hike to the falls of the Chubb River.
Wanika Falls is a 150-foot cascading waterfall that is made of several large sections and significant drops. Hikers should be prepared with plenty of water, sturdy boots, bug spray, a headlamp, and a map of the route.
Northville-Placid Trail/Wanika Falls trailhead: You can reach this via the Averyville Road, 1.2 miles south of its intersection with Old Military Road, at the terminus of the 133-mile Northville Placid Trail. Parking is on the left just before Averyville Road crosses the Chubb River.
Featured hikes are recommended by DEC. Map of Wanika Falls courtesy Adirondack Atlas.