Friday, June 21, 2019

Featured Hike: Wanika Falls, Lake Placid

Wanika Falls Trail courtesy Adirondack AtlasWanika Falls via the Northville-Placid Trail is a 13.9-mile moderately trafficked out-and-back trail.

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.

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One Response

  1. Tom Wemett says:

    Excellent tent camping area and a two day, one night hike out and back. I’ve tent camped right below the falls and listened to the rushing water as it lured me to sleep. Nice pool to take a refreshing dip in as well. Total of about 14 miles, 7 mile in and 7 miles back out. Primitive area, no privy and no leanto. Enjoy!

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