Near Lake Placid and west of the crowded High Peaks region, the Northville-Placid Trail is a 133 mile hiking trek through rugged Adirondack forests.
An excellent stretch is the 8.3 mile section follows the Chubb River through alder and spruce swamp. It passes Wanika Falls leading to the Moose Pond lean-tos. Spend the next day following Moose Creek through the Valley of Roaring Brook: take the Duck Hill side trail to the Indian Pass Trail and set up camp at the Wallface lean-to. Day three starts steep with wide-open views of 1,000-foot Wallface Cliff (good technical climbing) and takes you six miles to the shores of Heart Lake.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Lake Placid, drive 0.2 mile east on SR 73 and turn south on Averyville Road; the trailhead is 2.2 miles on the left. Spot a car at Heart Lake and the Adirondack Mountain Clubs High Peaks Information Center. Remember to pack plenty of bug lotion.
To reach the Northville Trailhead take State Road 30 north out of Northville to County Road 6. Go west on CR 6 about 6 mi then take a right on Godfrey Road. Parking is at the end of the road.