Phelps Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York 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
Completed Phelps Mountain on Sunday 1/15/2017. A very simple first 2 miles to Marcy Dam starts your trip. There are lean-to's there which are great for a quick break before getting into the serious part of the hike. Nice views as well. Then another easy mile to the Phelps DEC trail marker. The last 1 mile to the summit was somewhat steep but nothing too serious. Then it happened... A steep ice patch that immediately startled me. Seeing steep ice never gets easier for me, haha! Got up and past it but couldn't help but think how I would get back down it. Continued up the trail to find two more icy patches that required respect. I've heard others say the last mile is more like 1.2 or 1.5 miles but i'll take the DEC's word on the 1 mile. It was a tough mile for me. I wont elaborate on the time out of pure embarassment, lol. Made it to the summit and hung around for about ten minutes. Full panoramic views of the Great Range and many others. The entire walk up is very enclosed and offers no views so the payoff is nice. Used Grivel g12 crampons for almost the entire trip. They were much appreciated on the steep icy slides. 99% of others I saw were wearing Kahtoolah (however you spell that) microspikes or MSR Evo 22's. I personally would never wear snowshoes for these types of hikes anymore. They will work but they are kinda sketchy, even with a MSR Lighting Ascent which have an aggressive crampon. Microspikes seemed to be sufficient for most. I like the security on the ice. It's only your life right? The trail is heavily populated. You will meet many many friendly people who like to chit chat. A super easy first 3.2 miles, 1 tough mile. 8.4 miles roundtrip. More than suitable for beginner hikers with proper gear and respect. Enjoy. :)
Well groomed trail, last mile is fairly difficult. Did this in the wintertime and had a few false summits. Micro spikes are a necessity because of the ice.
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!