Last week's column about the Northville-Placid Trail, detailed the history of the oldest and longest end to end hiking trail in the Adirondacks. However, I must correct one fact. Work on the trail began in 1921 and it was officially completed in 1923. In 2013, the trail will celebrate its centennial
Although the NPT likely remains the most popular and heavily traveled of the region's long distance trails, there is a new end to end, long distance hiking trail that is quickly gaining in popularity.
The Adirondack's newest, long distance trail is the Cranberry Lake 50, a fifty-mile loop that circumnavigates Cranberry Lake as it passes through some of the most remote, scenic and lightly traveled backcountry in the entire park.
I am quite familiar with the lay of the land in that region, since I have been traveling throughout the local woods and waters for many years, primarily while fishing for brook trout.
Several years ago, a writer from Men's Journal magazine called while researching the most remote locations in the eastern US. He wanted to know about the kind of places where a man could escape modern day society and be truly lost for a while.
It didn't take long for me to come up with an answer. Of the many areas I've traveled in over 30 years in the woods, it is difficult to find a place that is much wilder than the south end of Cranberry Lake and the adjacent Five Ponds Wilderness Area of the Oswagatchie River.
It is an area steeped in history, with loggers, guides and artists including Fredrick Remington and famous anglers, including Ray Bergman author of Trout.
At the mouth of Sucker Brook, on the east shore of Cranberry Lake rests a monument carved into a huge glacial erratic. Honoring one of the forefathers of American flyfishing, it reads, "In memory of Reuben Wood, a genial gentleman and great fisherman, who was fond of these solitudes."