Phelps Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
32nd in height on the 46er list
Thanksgiving day hike. Five in our party, 2 adults, 14 year old, 12 year old and our 5year old Collie. We stayed overnight in the ADK Loj lean-to. The low was about 17 degrees but we stayed toasty warm and it was a beautiful night. Got a little bit of a slow start and were at the trail head at 9 with full packs. Started off with snowshoes but with in 20 minutes decided we didn't need them and strapped them on to our packs. There is about a foot of snow now but the trail to Marcy dam is packed and easily walked with just winter boots. Took us 4 hours to summit, with the last mile being pretty tough. The last mile had exposed ice but we managed without our spikes. Beautiful wintery view at the top. THe hike down only took 3 hours and was fun sliding down the mountain.
Very busy day at the ADK loj today, parking was full we had to park 1/2 mile away. The trail is very easy until the last mile while it is rocky and was slippery due to the rain of the day before.
We climbed Phelps via the Klondike Trail. The trail connects the Heart Lake and Johns Brook Lodge areas. We followed the trail for approximately 2.5 milse from the South Meadows trailhead to the Klondike Lean-to. From there we ascended the northeast flank of Phelps via a herd path. We topped out on Phelps catching many of the peak-baggers off guard as they wondered where we came from. Thanks to the guidance of our Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) leader and fellow members for this "off-the-beaten path" experience. Phelps has a great view from the summit. 8.2 Miles in 5:40. Track for this climb is here:
This was a nice hike, not too bad. However the last mile is rough. It's steep and lots of rock scrambling. That being said we had 2 dogs 4 adults, 3 kids ages 12,9 and 6 and everyone made it. It was wet from overnight rain and it was muddy and slippery. It was amazing at the top!
Incredible view and honestly a pretty easy ascent. The hike from the Loj trailhead past marcy dam to the turn off is a breeze, only a 1000ft change in about 4 miles. The last mile to the summit is steep but worth the sweat and effort. Awesome views with Marcy front and center, Algonquin and Wright to the SW, Colden nestled between, and Table Top in the foreground. Great day hike for sure.
Great climb, not easy but we did it with 3 out of shape adults, and 9 and 6 year olds.
We took 8 hours from start to finish with plenty of breaks.
The kids were sleeping within 3 minutes of getting into the car! The last mile is the tough part.
Good luck and enjoy!
great hiking day 5/27. sunshine and clear skies. great views from Phelps. the gf myself and our dog enjoyed this hike.
Phelps with Tabletop made for a nice 8.5 hour hike. The last mile of Phelps felt like the longest mile!
I wouldn't call this easy. maybe the first part of it... that last mile seems like it goes for 10!
That last mile is a bit of a doozy!! Great views though!!
Phelps was interesting. Beautiful 2 miles to the actual trailhead, with Marcy Dam being a nice stop along the way to enjoy a nice break and a view of Marcy. The trail up Phelps was crazy though. The first mile was moderate. Nothing too technical. The last mile, however, was challenging. Especially because of the ice that still hasn't thawed and the steepness in certain places. Mile 2 (on the mountain) felt like it took FOREVER to finish. Just when you think you're twenty minutes from the summit, you still have another 45 minutes to an hour to go. Once you get to the first part of the summit though, the views are quite rewarding. Personally, if you're not experienced with ice and don't have micro spikes, I would suggest waiting for the ice to melt completely, otherwise, it might be a challenge. I saw some people going up without spikes, which is never a good idea. Always bring them on any mountain just in case. You never know. All in all, very long but beautiful hike.
The perfect winter hike today. Temp in the 20's, no wind. hard packed trail. Micro-spikes/trail snow shoes a must. Narrow winding trail, tunnel like in some places with the fresh snow on the trees. -Just beautiful.
5 hrs 20 mins round trip