By Seth JonesThe Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (N-P Trail) this year. The N-P Trail, originally called The Long Trail is a north-south foot path that traverses through the heart of the Adirondacks from Northville to Lake Placid, NY. This 135 mile, long distance hiking trail has captured the hearts of many throughout the years.
The N-P Trail was the first major project that ADK sponsored after the organization’s formation in 1922. One of the objectives as a newly formed organization was “to open, develop, extend and maintain trails for walkers and mountain climbers in the Adirondack Mountains,” as stated in the certificate of incorporation. What better way to do that than to build a trail that runs the length of the Adirondacks? Why pick Northville to Lake Placid though? Why not Lake George to Keene Valley? According to Jeff and Donna Case in ADK’s Northville-Placid Trail guidebook they believe it was a matter of trailhead transportation and convenience. When the trail was envisioned the automobile was not yet a household staple and Northville and Lake Placid had regular train service. Many of the areas between Northville and Lake Placid had also been heavily logged by the 1920’s so the network of logging roads helped in the ease of laying out such a trail. According to Edwin M. Noyes, one of the two men hired to lay out the N-P Trail, only about 25 percent of the trail was over new terrain. Noyes states in a letter to the Blue Mountain Museum that,