Wakely Mountain Sled/Backpack via the Northville-Placid Trail

Date and Time

Thursday, February 3, 2022 9:00AM - Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:00PM


Indian Lake NY,
New York, Adirondacks,


Registration is required for this activity.


Wakely Mountain is #66 on the Adirondack 100 highest list at 3670' and has a fire tower on top. It is located 1 mile before reaching the Wakely Dam entrance to the Moose River Plains. Our 4 day trip covering about 24 miles will will consist of the following itinerary. Day 1 travel on a snowmobile trail 3 miles and then head north on the N-P a short distance to find a camping spot near Wakely Pond. Day 2 Climb Wakely Mountain and return to camp. Figure 4 miles each way. Day 3, continue breaking out the trail to Wakely Mountain or head toward Wakely Dam and take a walk on the Cedar River Flow. Figure 4 miles each way. Day 4, hike out 4 miles. Note that we have to park 1 mile from the winter trailhead at a snowmobile lot. The parking fee will be $20.00 per person. Our focus on this trip is more about teaching safe wilderness winter camping and hiking skills than bagging the summit. We may have to melt snow for water as we did on our last visit. We have had winter trips where we spent all 4 days breaking trail in beautiful surroundings but never got close to a summit. **Russ Faller is a NY-NoJ Chapter Backpacking Leader.** This trip requires previous winter camping experience in cold temperatures. All participants will need snowshoes, a winter sleeping bag rated to at least -20 degrees F and have winter boots with a removable liner. No single layer or leather boots will be approved. Under other on the registration form, please list what sleeping bag and boots you have or that you need our advice on what to get. Leaders will be using mountaineering sleds and we have some spare sleds we can loan out.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Area Map
Wakely Mountain by Andy Arthur
Gear List - Note winter at the end
Photo album of previous trip to this location.

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Due to the early start we suggest staying nearby the night before. The pinned location is Stewarts which is the last place for gas and convenience items. We will drive to the trailhead as a group.

Fire tower on top of Wakely Mountain



Offered By



Wait Listed




Adults (18+)


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.


I have led outings since the late 1970s for a variety of clubs, e.g. Sierra, Catskill 3500, Adirondack Mtn. Club, Mohonk Preserve & Appalachian Mtn. Club. These have included day hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, x-c skiing, cabin trips, day paddles & paddling/camping trips in canoes or kayaks. I particularly enjoy leading overnights. I like sharing my knowledge, as well as, learning from others.