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Old 07-29-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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NPT Trail Conditions for 8/13 through hike

Hi, all...

My long-planned-for northbound through hike of the NPT is coming up, beginning on August 13th! I have not been on the NPT before, but I've been studying the map, guidebook, and nptrail.org site for some time now. I was hoping that over the next couple of weeks, you all would be able to share any insight you have as to trail conditions, bug updates (like the bees that are under one of the bridges!), or anything else you might find useful to a trip 2 weeks from now.

I know this is a very open ended question, but the more intel I can get on trail conditions, the more prepared I'll feel...thanks!!!
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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I believe "The Hobo" knocked down the wasp nest under the bridge so it shouldn't be an issue anymore. i didn't notice any last week when I crossed it. In general expect wet feet at some point. Blowdown is plentiful, but paths around are obvious, longer ones are flagged.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback! I've been expecting wet feet anyway what with the amount of rain that we've had this year. As long as you're not telling me that it's boot sucking mud the entire way, I can live with that.

Lots of talk about "The Hobo" lately. Sounds like he's chatty but harmless. Is this accurate? I only ask because if he's militantly anti-yuppy he'll see my florescent gear coming a mile away - bright colors tend to be the cheapest on clearance!
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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The hobo is harmless. I never got the anti-yuppie impression from him.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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I shared a lean to with "Hobo Chris" and it was fine. He is definitely chatty, but also very knowledgeable about the NPT. According to him, he's completed it many times, he does spend all of the warmer months on it. When I went through a little over a month ago (only made it to Piseco because of all of the rain) the marshy area a little past Canary Pond was getting a new walkway. The corduroy trail that is always under water was being replaced. I stopped there for a break and chit chatted with the crew as they were cutting and felling trees. I imagine that it is completed by now. Definitely cut across the beaver meadow if it's not flooded, and I imagine it shouldn't be. That is all the insight I can give because I only made it to Piseco. Have fun and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to reading your trip report.

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:14 AM   #6
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very easy to follow, as DT said, blowdown and wet feet... I never seen or heard of the bees but maybe was not on my last section... wet feet and all it is fun and rewarding..
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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The hobo is harmless. I never got the anti-yuppie impression from him.
Glad to hear that. Not that I can't handle myself in a friendly discussion, just wanted to make sure that nobody got an uneasy feeling from him. Not a bad way to pass the summer!
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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When I went through a little over a month ago (only made it to Piseco because of all of the rain) the marshy area a little past Canary Pond was getting a new walkway. The corduroy trail that is always under water was bring replaced.
Man, that's nice to hear! I'm always amazed at the quality (and quantity!) of trail work that gets done.


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Definitely cut across the beaver meadow if it's not flooded, and I imagine it shouldn't be.
When you say the "beaver meadow" you mean right there where the corduroy has been replaced?
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Man, that's nice to hear! I'm always amazed at the quality (and quantity!) of trail work that gets done.




When you say the "beaver meadow" you mean right there where the corduroy has been replaced?
Nope. If I recall correctly, it's in between Canary Pond and Mud Lake. Trust me, you'll know when you're there. The trail comes right up to the edge of the meadow and there's a big beaver lodge. You want to angle towards the far right corner. That's where the dam was/is. There may be a little stream flowing through the meadow, follow it, it will lead you to where the dam was/is and you can pick the trail up again right there. The marked trail follows the meadow around and by crossing it, you can save maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, roughly.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:39 PM   #10
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Conditions there may vary, also. When we got there 6 years ago, the trail ended at the shore of a lake (not a meadow) and you could see the next marker far across the water. The way around to the right was more like a bushwhack, crawling over and under blowdown, with a few trail markers that had been reluctantly placed along it to "adopt" it as the only practical route. Don't know about today.
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The new corduroy was almost complete as of a few weeks ago. Only the first few yards and the last few yards were not laid in yet.
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I hiked the NPT last fall and met (if i remember correctly) the Hobo. We shot the... for 15 mins or so. I would be more worried about mud than him. He was a bit eccentric and appeared a bit sketchy (but wasn't) and was friendly and knowledgeable and loved the ADK as much as all of us. That affinity of wild places we here have was evident and I would be happy to share a leanto with him.

Beautiful trail...hope you have a great trip. PM me ( I don't check this site much) if you want and specifics.

Best of luck and you are in for a treat!@!@
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:45 PM   #13
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Thanks, everyone!!

Thanks for your support and info, everyone.

If you're interested, here's my SPOT GPS website link. You won't see anything until 4am tomorrow, but then you can follow my progress.

Very excited!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:00 AM   #14
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Did anyone else look at his tracker!?!!? He went 18 hrs and made it to the west canadas in the 1st day!!! So he should be done by fri?!? Hot damn, i'm gonna keep wayching that tracker!
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He's up to Wakely Dam in 34 hours. And he started from the bridge in Northville so he's traveled 68 miles, over half way.
He was really pumped when I dropped him off yesterday morning at 4am. He's gotta be tired now, but if he's still mentally in the zone he'll have a chance to push through it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #16
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He's at the north end of long lake!!! Yep. Looks like he'll be done tmrow! I haven't done anything near that cool this week....
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Looks like he'll be done before lunchtime. Wow, that's badass! 4 days. Nice job! I think alot of people missed out on this thread, but that spot was fun to check throughout the week!
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3 days, 8 hours. RR station to RR station. Good for you Steve.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #19
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Thanks!

Thanks, Tom. I'm enjoying a nice Ubu Ale right now, along with a rapidly disappearing pizza. Also, thanks again for the ride so early in the AM!
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #20
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That's a lot of miles in relatively few hours - is the bear that was chasing you having an Ubu too?

Congrats on completing the trail!
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