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Backpacker Magazine – September 2011

Deepest Daks

Journey through America's most accessible wilderness in search of untouched places, and you might just find peace of mind to match the lakes and hills.

by: Casey Lyons

Lewey Lake in the fall (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Lewey Lake in the fall (Pat & Chuck Blackley)
Red Eft Newt (Adam Dixon)
Red Eft Newt (Adam Dixon)
Pillsbury Lake Lean-To (Tim Seaver)
Pillsbury Lake Lean-To (Tim Seaver)

Trip Planner
Tour one of the most remote spots in Adirondack Park on this five-day, 48.8-mile, lake-filled loop.
Do it Start at the Sucker Brook trailhead at Lewey Lake and hike west for 5.5 miles, making a series of creek crossings to the Colvin Brook Lean-to. Pick up the Northville-Placid Trail heading south and hike 3.9 miles to the Cedar Lake Lean-to. Next day, head south on the Perkins Clearing Trail for 2.8 miles, then west onto the Pillsbury Lake Trail. Rejoin the northbound NPT at mile 19.7, and shelter at South Lake Lean-to .6 mile later. Day three follows the NPT 6.3 miles to the Beaver Brook Lean-to. Day four heads north on Cedar Lakes Trail toward Lost Pond, then turns east toward Moose Lake, and reconnects with the NPT at mile 35.9. Ford Cedar River and enjoy dispersed camping (150 feet from the trail). On the final morning, head east on the Little Squaw Brook Trail, then ascend southeast to reach Snowy Mountain’s long southern ridge. Bushwhack along the ridge for 3.3 miles to the fire tower, then follow the 3.6-mile Snowy Mountain Trail to NY 30.
Easier ending Cut the bushwhack at mile 36.6, and take the NPT south to the Sucker Brook Trail for a 41.3-mile loop.
Get there From Albany, go 28.9 miles west on I-90 to exit 27. Drive north on NY 30 for 65 miles. Continue .2 mile beyond Lewey Lake Campground to a small turnout, just after the bridge.
Shuttle The trailheads are separated by 4.6 road miles along NY 30. Hike it or try to bum a ride at the Snowy Mountain trailhead.
Map Trails Illustrated Adirondack Park #774 ($12,
Trip data Get a GPS track, photos, and more route beta at

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Mountain Man
Jun 21, 2012

It’s very true that much of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park wilderness sees very few footprints. Most hikers don’t head very far from the roads or clog the well-known trails in the High Peaks. There are plenty of hikes that can lead you to a solitary peak or grant you your own private lean-to on a pond for a couple days.

John Naresky
Tamarack Guide Service

Nov 03, 2011

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