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Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) Backpacking Photos

By on June 27, 2017

Northville-Placid Trail

I’ll be sharing more in-depth details about backpacking the Northville-Placid Trail later this week in a complete guide.  I’ll also share a specific gear list soon (some items from complete gear list if you’re impatient) if you’re interested in hiking the trail yourself.   My husband and dog, Harlee, took an adventure a couple weeks ago up in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York.  The Adirondacks are acres and acres of beautiful wilderness and the Northville-Placid Trail is just one trail running through.  Here’s a selection of just some of the favorites to illustrate the terrain of the trail and beauty of the lakes along the way.


Northville-Placid Trail Photos

np trail tree

This route takes you through tons of wild forest and it can be hard to avoid camping around these trees.  Check your weather and in bad weather, try to camp in a lean-to for protection.



northville-placid trail lake

As are most of the lakes in the Adirondacks on a calm, sunny day, this lake is quiet and peaceful.  Watch for wildlife: the forest runs right down to the edge of the water.


np trail lake

Another stunning view of a peaceful lake in the Adirondack Region.  There are quite a few lakes right along or just off the Northville-Placid Trail for some scenic hiking.


np trail purple sunset

Shades of pink and purple as the sun starts to set and the clouds reflect in the completely still water.


np trail campfire

There is space near the lean-tos to make campfires and they’re great for keeping the bugs away and warming up on cool evenings.


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It’s pretty rough and rugged up here!  But, can you see the view of the mountains in the background?


northville-placid trail photo

A view captured to show how rough the terrain can be in some parts of the trail.  Sometimes your visibility is pretty low so you need to be always full aware of your surroundings.

Practice caution with these tips about bear safety.


northville-placid trail photo

A lot of days in the spring and early summer might be rainy but there are definitely some beautiful sunny days with bright blue skies!


np trail lake

See the loons?  At night, you will often hear the voices of loons in the distance.


np trail lean-to

Front view of a standard lean-to.  This is the perfect place to camp away from the rugged terrain and have a bit of open space.


np trail lean-to writing

Many adventurers leave their mark on the roof of the lean-to.



np trail notebook

PLEASE read this if you ever took calculus – it’s amazing!


np trail pink sunset

I don’t even see a ripple in the lake; it’s so peaceful and serene.


np trail blue skies

A peek through the forest trees.


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Sometimes the trail is a bit difficult to cross!  I highly recommend having good quality trekking poles (or these for petites) for this trail.


northville-placid trail photos sunset

A very calm night across the lake with beautiful pink and purple hues of the sunset.


np trail river

Captured on one of the rainy days on the trail.


northville-placid trail photos rapids

Sometimes the trail will take you across rapids but usually there are man-made bridges built to get across the rushing water.


northville-placid trail photos sunset

I hope you like sunsets over the lake as much as I do (or is that just a Minnesotan thing)?



np trail best sunset

How beautiful is this sunset?  I wish I was there right now…


*If you pin any of these photos above, PLEASE give credit to Backcountry Petite.  It took a lot of sweat, bruises, and bug bites to capture these images.  Thanks!*


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    June 28, 2017

    Wow! Those views are absolutely breathtaking! I’m so jealous right now! I especially love that little waterfall in the forest. It’s so serene!

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      June 28, 2017

      Thank you!

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    June 28, 2017

    What an adventure! I love the photos. Good thing you mentioned the loons or else I wouldn’t have seen them!

    Simply Lovebirds

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      June 29, 2017

      They blend into their environment pretty well!

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    July 6, 2017

    Those sunset photos are just gorgeous! That was one of my favourite things about the Adirondacks – beautiful sunsets behind the lakes 🙂

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      July 6, 2017

      Thanks! I know, I feel like I could look at a zillion of those photos 🙂

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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