Backpacking on the Northville Placid Trail (NPT)

kwc

Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2016
Messages
683
The weather forecast looked and my wife was more than encouraging (is that a red flag?), and I really needed to get out onto the trails to see how much work I need to do on myself before hitting the trails with some unnamed BCP scallywags later on this year. It would also be a test of my new REI Flash 55 backpack. The original plan was 4 days, 3 nights, on a roughly 40 miles southern section of the trail. Ended up doing it in 3 days, 2 nights, simply because I pushed myself to go longer the first two days. So I am bit sore today and I need to do some more extended trips over the next couple of months.

After the first couple of miles you drop down to this view of Mud Pond, a shallow beaver pond
047956A1-9160-4F03-AF5B-43CA76788F52.jpeg

Another view of the pond



13111AE5-1B19-456B-BEBC-FAB7518FDEDD.jpeg


one of the many rocky water crossings that I encountered along the way
BA4DC842-E5B1-428E-8D92-C7EC4C24CC8F.jpeg


cool fungi
B1C3A3DA-1227-4F43-A76D-EB84EFF37EA3.jpeg


Stoney Creek that you have to wade across, ankle deep
4A9EF0EA-150A-4C4E-9D12-C9DDC3D196B3.jpeg

FF75380D-FE82-4064-B555-49907E3CC7BF.jpeg

3244AB53-9F1E-4C90-9314-A2CC6FD8781A.jpeg


one of many vlies that you encounter along the trail
9FBA463F-3298-43CC-9225-17453D26B7F1.jpeg

C22C0171-2B34-46DD-BE19-B00A6B14BC32.jpeg


Silver Lake
1CF04C37-8901-4503-B50E-5890BFF66876.jpeg


flowering tree along the way, found near a boggy area
6651EB80-185A-4394-BD00-53D40BB4DD6D.jpeg


The wood plank bridge through the bog
E5B9D296-4A63-4538-B3A6-552C88D6F1FE.jpeg


the area around that plank bridge
930D8B29-8989-4DB5-B34C-E0FB67F47B30.jpeg

468512C4-E5D2-4063-BD34-EBE2356E9B9F.jpeg

FA0F255F-55C2-4FDD-808C-F363F2116FCF.jpeg

Another vlie
781B9D74-CABD-4AE8-B458-237D4DCC2833.jpeg


7E609502-5CAC-4A0D-9B96-9A4E0903CDD8.jpeg


an Adirondack mud pit … figured this would be good practice for the scallywag adventure
109F05B2-812A-47B8-A6AE-6E7D02E838A8.jpeg

9BFCD74A-26E7-4942-9299-F1C083CB57D4.jpeg


Pink Lady Slipper
4D83F95A-C8B4-40B3-9CDF-92BB91927C7E.jpeg


Suspension bridge over the West Branch of the Sacandaga River (we canoe this same river several miles to the west of here)
C66E70A0-065B-459A-B5BC-49FB9FE80F4D.jpeg

The river
72F39267-0D9C-447E-A3C2-274F681AE03D.jpeg

4FE3A108-1383-4B29-B479-EA7DAB2860A7.jpeg

Old fireplace on the north side of the river after crossing the bridge … there used to be some sort of hotel or lodging here long ago
ED6ED722-1656-47DE-81B6-FEB375831A3E.jpeg

Another vlie
BB3C6456-BF2D-4BC2-B54F-1F70AA82B38F.jpeg

Some blowdown along the way. There was a considerable amount of blowdown in the one part of the trail on day two which slowed me down a bit
05C397BD-F5BC-4C52-B306-EA2DEC357CB9.jpeg

another suspension bridge, this one going over Hamilton Lake Stream. Very bouncy with some missing planks
F95DAAAE-2239-4C92-9A56-86DF579D4F74.jpeg


As you get closer to where I was ending my trek in Piseco, you come across this beauty of a water/beaver pond/swamp. Just before you cross on these logs you have to navigate over some slippery rocks, roots, and logs.
B157E1E1-DF49-4CB0-90CB-421BF00E29A7.jpeg


And after managing to stay upright for many miles I slipped on one of those logs before crossing and this was the result. It’s only a flesh wound.
B0BBE850-3999-4F83-BEC9-AC15A36F65D2.jpeg


Much of the trail has not had very much maintenance over the past few years. Some sections were very good, most were in dire need of some work. In true Adirondack fashion there are no switchbacks so the trail goes straight up or straight down which leads to excessive erosion from water running down the trail during heavy rain. And even though the air temperature was never more than 68 degrees, it was very humid/muggy in there and you are in the forest much of the time.

Night number one I tented in an off trail campsite that was on my Gaia map. Night number two was spent at the Mud Lake lean to (not to be confused with the Mud Pond that you encounter early on in day one) where I was serenaded by owls and the loons in the middle of the night.

I saw five people during my hike, 2 day trippers on day one and a group of three day trippers on my last day.

And then it started to rain when I was on y way home. Glad I was out of the woods then. Bugs were bad in some areas, not so bad in others. Mosquitoes most of the time with some deer flies appearing towards the end of my last day. Head net was used much of the time. And the backpack worked out fine.
 

Attachments

  • CDC826A5-3573-4948-B498-0191F3D370AB.jpeg
    CDC826A5-3573-4948-B498-0191F3D370AB.jpeg
    872.8 KB · Views: 3
  • 1EB796AC-1F45-4980-BDE4-9F8CFC86FE74.jpeg
    1EB796AC-1F45-4980-BDE4-9F8CFC86FE74.jpeg
    804.9 KB · Views: 3
  • 1E7C631F-0141-4D2B-A80E-89F67E18F6E7.jpeg
    1E7C631F-0141-4D2B-A80E-89F67E18F6E7.jpeg
    873.4 KB · Views: 3
Joined
Jan 18, 2014
Messages
300
Straight thru th bog insead of dry crossin…may hav ta put it on a tshirt fo scatman.. it’s his motto
 

Titans

Member
.
Joined
Aug 18, 2018
Messages
1,428
Nice @kwc ! Good training for your summer trip. Describe the bug situation pls…. Black flies bad or?
 

kwc

Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2016
Messages
683
Nice @kwc ! Good training for your summer trip. Describe the bug situation pls…. Black flies bad or?

Hardly any black flies at all. Mosquitoes were around, mostly in the muddy low lying areas. There were some pesky deer flies near the Piseco TH. I wore my head net quite a bit. There was a breeze at the Mud Lake lean to so the bugs weren’t much of a bother.
 

kwc

Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2016
Messages
683
Just grab hold of my kilt along Bog Creek then. There might be a small towing fee though. I take payments in Stouts and Porters. :D
I’m not grabbing your kilt … how about you carry me? Then you can really earn those Stouts and Porters. :)
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,506
I’m not grabbing your kilt … how about you carry me? Then you can really earn those Stouts and Porters. :)

As long as you understand that the carrying fee is twice as much as the tow charge. :)
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
norwegianxplorer 7 days backpacking Breheimen/Glacier Home National Park in Norway Backpacking 2
SeanIsADesertRat Old guys backpacking in Dark Canyon Backpacking 17
norwegianxplorer Backpacking the Lofoten archipelago in arctic Norway Backpacking 6
Mikjik86 4 Days Backpacking Grand Teton Wilderness/Teton Crest Trail - Wyoming, July, 2021 Backpacking 0
T Southern Utah Backpacking ideas for MLK Weekend? Trip Planning 21
norwegianxplorer Backpacking SAREK NATIONAL PARK, Arctic Sweden, Camping Above RAPADALEN delta. Backpacking 7
TrailScot Canyonlands NP Needles backpacking permit in winter General Discussion 5
ghsmith76 Looking for best multi-day Backpacking Trips near Livingston, MT Trip Planning 6
norwegianxplorer Finding Hidden Glacier, 9 days backpacking Jotunheimen National Park Pt3, Norway. Trip Reports 0
norwegianxplorer Highest Mountain in Norway, Galdhøpiggen, the start of a 9 day backpacking trip in Jotunheimen national park Backpacking 0
montanaclimber Americans: where was your favorite international backpacking trip? Trip Planning 23
norwegianxplorer 5 days Backpacking Rondane National Park, Norway Backpacking 3
norwegianxplorer Backpacking Norway, Femundsmarka National Park Pt 3, Grand Scandinavian Hiking & Backpacking Tour Ep4 Backpacking 0
norwegianxplorer Backpacking Rogen Nature Reserve, Sweden & Femundsmarka National Park, Norway Pt2 Backpacking 2
norwegianxplorer 10 days Backpacking Femundsmarka National Park and Rogen Nature Reserve, Norway and Sweden Backpacking 8
norwegianxplorer Backpacking Scandinavia, Norway & Sweden June-September Backpacking 4
andyjaggy A couple of Backpacking Trip Report Videos Backpacking 0
NorthwestWanderer Backpacking Idaho's Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness : O'Calkens Lake & Bighorn Basin Backpacking 2
forest dweller How did you meet most of your backpacking companions? General Discussion 83
LarryBoy World's Wimpiest Backpacking Trip Trip Planning 19
Jamesoutside life Looking for backpacking buddy montana aug/sept Noobs: Introduce yourself! 0
RyanP Snowy Range (WY) easy backpacking recommendations? Trip Planning 4
norwegianxplorer How a Reindeer herd w/calves invaded my camp & started fighting over turf, backpacking Femundsmarka NP Norway Backpacking 2
D Backpacking Advice in the Winds, Teton Wilderness and the Washakie Wilderness Trip Planning 8
JuddOutdoors What is a good backpacking single person tent? 4 Season Gear 14
norwegianxplorer Backpacking Norway, Lysefjorden/Kjerag/Kjerag Waterfall/Kjeragbolten, 4 days Solo Hiking high above the Norwegian Fjords Trip Reports 2
norwegianxplorer Early Season Solo Backpacking during Snowmelt Runoff in Norway Backpacking 0
angeedraper Canyonlands - Needles 2 Night Backpacking (April 29-May1) Backpacking 0
TrailScot Zion backpacking permit changes General Discussion 3
fiber Off-trail backpacking partners Meet Up (Members Only) 7
norwegianxplorer WHITEOUT, Winter Backpacking Norway in a Snow Storm Trip Reports 0
forest dweller When backpacking, what do you bring a backup of, despite the ultralight backpacking community suggesting you may be crazy? Gear 49
NorthwestWanderer 4 Days Backpacking Capitol Reef : Spring Canyon & Various side canyons Backpacking 5
D Advice for short backpacking trip in Robbers Roost Trip Planning 2
M Overnight Backpacking Indian Peaks Wilderness or Similar Trip Planning 13
M Suggestions for a 10 day backpacking trip in early June Trip Planning 8
D Backpacking Ideas for an 8 year old Trip Planning 16
norwegianxplorer Backpacking Norway in the fog, trying out my new 4 season tent Trip Reports 3
norwegianxplorer Norway Backpacking in the fall, Western Norway Backpacking 5
Miya Beach Backpacking and Creek Bed Sleeping Backpacking 29
BJett Honeymoon Backpacking - An Intro to Canyon Country Backpacking 14
norwegianxplorer Summiting Mount Whitney from Guitar Lake, 6 Days backpacking the Sierra before the Creek Fire closed everything down. Backpacking 5
Eugene Backpacking the Sawtooths Backpacking 11
NorthwestWanderer Backpacking the Lost River Range in Idaho : Bear Creek Lake & Upper Basin Backpacking 7
NorthwestWanderer Backpacking Okanogan National Forest : Copper Glance Lake & failed attempt at No Dice Lake Backpacking 2
R Invite Yellowstone Backpacking Trip 7/29-8/3 Meet Up (Members Only) 2
norwegianxplorer Sequoia National Park, Backpacking Mt Silliman area, June 2020 Backpacking 8
norwegianxplorer Muddy Creek 6 day backpacking loop with My Own Frontier Backpacking 5
ridings82 Uintas Backpacking Loop Trip Reports 10
Mikjik86 FULL Video Part 2 Backpacking Glacier National Park "North Circle Route" Backpacking 0

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top