The hike from the Northville-Lake Placid trail into the hamlet of Long Lake has become more scenic and less perilous.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday announced the opening of a new 2.2-mile spur trail connecting the 134-mile Northville-Placid Trail to the hamlet of Long Lake. The Hamilton County hamlet is often used by through-hikers to resupply.
Until now, most hikers had walked along the state highway to reach the hamlet. The post office, where many hikers ship supplies for pickup, is across Route 30/28N from the trailhead.
"We are pleased to work with the town of Long Lake to open this spur trail to the Northville-Placid Trail," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "The trail benefits through hikers on the NPT, and hikers and skiers who want to do a medium distance loop through the forests, as well as businesses in Long Lake. This is another example of the Forest Preserve providing economic benefits to Adirondack communities."
The spur trail connects with the NPT about 1.9 miles south of Route 28N. The connection is marked with yellow trail markers, and uses about 1,000 feet of Pavilion Lane, a town-owned road.
"The Town of Long Lake welcomes backpackers and other outdoor recreationalist to avail themselves of our bustling business district with amenities that include the post office across from the trail, lodging, camping and re-fueling supplies, and ice cream," said Long Lake Town Supervisor Clark Seaman.
Long Lake has a Stewart's Shop, a unique general store called Hoss's Country Corner, and other signs of civilization.