Thru-Hiking 101: Long Lake to Lake Placid
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
Thru-Hiking 101 is a guided four-day backpacking trip along a section of the Northville-Placid Trail (35 miles from Long Lake to Lake Placid). This experiential course will be an introduction to long-distance, lightweight backpacking. It is designed to assist you in your future thru-hiking or backpacking goals. It entails a cooperative group camping experience with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. The trip will be led by ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator, Mary Glynn, who completed the Northville-Placid Trail in 2016 and even attempted a winter thru-hike in 2019!
Please plan on meeting at ADK’s Education Yurt Village at 9:00am, located at 1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. After introductions, a classroom discussion, and a thorough gear shakedown, we will divvy up our necessary group gear and head out on our journey. Throughout the weekend we’ll cover thru-hiking topics and backcountry skills while enjoying the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1 we’ll engage in a morning Beginner Backpacking course covering the thru-hiking basics, drop off personal vehicles at the northern terminus of the Northville-Placid Trail on Averyville Road, and shuttle together to Long Lake. From there, we will depart for our 4-mile hike from the trailhead to a campsite at Kelly Point. On Day 2, we’ll hike 11.7 miles to the Seward lean-to along the Cold River. On Day 3, we’ll hike 11.8 miles to a campsite at Moose Pond. Day 4 will conclude with an 8-mile hike to the northern terminus of the trail on Averyville Road. Plans are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions and numerous other factors. This trip will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. Please be ready for long days and tired feet.
All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, water filters, tents, first aid kit, etc.) and meals will be provided by ADK. Otherwise, participants are expected to provide their own personal clothing, sleeping bag, and other items in the equipment list link above. Personal snacks are allowed, but due to limited bear canister space they should be small in size and high in calories. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should also be small in size and limited in quantity as they must also fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.
Prior backpacking experience is highly suggested before signing up for this longer hike.
Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must!
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Mary Glynn, ADK’s Outdoor Skills Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
Minimum age: 16