Mount Skylight Mount Marcy and Gray Peak Loop Trail is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Two enormous bald summit 46ers and a trailess Gray Peak in a day loop hike form Heart Lake. A state highpoint as well. This is an epic hike that will gain you three more Adirondack 46er peaks along with the State Highpoint, Mt. Marcy. Make sure to follow the GPS track and pay attention to the trail junctions as there a few. You'll pass by alpine lakes, the start of the mighty Hudson River, and descend the state highpoint past a beautiful waterfall. This hike can be done in one very long day or in an overnight with a stay at Marcy Dam where the loop hike begins.
Very challenging trail path offers you three peaks in a roll. Three peaks are very close. The Gray is an unofficial trail but gives you a direct view of Whiteface Mt if you sit on the rock at the summit. The Skylight is on the opposite side.
Skylight is my favorite trail to the peak. It takes only 20 mins on the well worn path with steep slope.
Marcy is very rocky when you get close to the summit. No doubt you can have panoramic view of other mountains. We even saw the Green Mt and White Mt. This depends on the weather condition.
My friend and I did the Marcy, Skylight, and Gray Loop. However, Gray is considered a unmaintained herd path and isn't marked so we passed it by accident. We would of back tracked but would of risked not making it out before dark so we decided against it. The hike is NOT 16.9 miles like the site says. If we had done Gray it would of been a total of just over 19 miles. But besides that it was a challenging but amazing hike! So glad we split it up between two days. The views are amazing from Skylight and we had the peak to ourselves. Marcy is very touristy but it was still breathtaking.
climbed the loop of grey, skylight, Marcy in one very long day. we did on Saturday and the weather was perfect. the views were amazing on skylight. my gf and I felt very rewarded with three more peaks in this epic loop. if you plan on having breaks and extended photo time leave early or make a two day. love it all