Van Hoevenberg Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

15.4 miles 4529 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very busy trail. This trail is like an artery for the high peaks. It's maintained well. The trail does get busy/crowded, but there are some steep sections that involve a little rock scramble. I've hiked this trail several times while doing the 46er.

5 months ago

6 months ago

What a wonderful trail! Started hiking around 6:50 am and got back around 6:30 pm. It was amazing and the views were spectacular, took us longer than expected because we did take a lot breaks on our way to the summit but worth well worth it overall. Will definitely hike again the future! Also be sure to pack enough water and some snacks, you'll need it.

7 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Done this hike twice, once in the winter(what a bear) and once in the summer. The summer trip was great, with Brian and tommy(flip-floppin it of course) absolutely beautiful views on the way up though challenging with it being so warm. The view from the top is incredible, nothing like mountains in every direction to realize how far out you are. The hike down was quick, we stopped at a waterfall off the trail, water was freezing but felt great. Spent the night camping near marcy damn and then packed up and hiked out in the morning. Would have loved to do the loop down the other side of the mountain, another trip will be in order.

hiking
1 year ago

Fantastic Trail. But... it is considered one of the toughest day hikes in the U.S Bring plenty of water..And bring cold weather, wind proof clothes. Its is windy up there.

1 year ago

Hard because it's length.

hiking
1 year ago

This is an all day hike. The terrain gets rough after you pass the dam. Bring enough food and water to last at least 8 hours. I don't know what the views are like from the summit because the weather turned. The fog was so thick we couldn't see more than 10 feet

hiking
3 years ago

The hike to Mount Marcy,highest peak in the Adirondacks,was out of the question due to our itenerary,so we just hiked to Mount Marcy Dam(2.3 miles).The hike with our 60+ lb.backpacks was somewhat strenuous that day as it had recently rained.However,the hike was nice,and I would definitely do it again.At the dam there are several lean-tos which we stayed in for one night.Again it rained,but we viewed it as pretty anyway.I suggest either hiking or backpacking,but take one thing into consideration:the Mount Marcy lean-tos are beat due being over-used and some of them are no longer available.Also,assuming you bring your tent,you may have to set it up a night or two before getting a lea-to.The trail itself to Mount Marcy is approximatley 7.4 miles and is strenuous at times.

hiking
4 years ago

the hike was rated easy on a few websites and i'm sure to some it is, but I thought some parts were difficult. it was a beautiful hike with spectacular views at the summit.

hiking
4 years ago

Easy peak with great views.

hiking
4 years ago

Need to have exp. not for the faint of heart,but the veiw is great in all directions

hiking
4 years ago

Marcy is the highest peak in New York and a very popular hike. This is also a classic backcountry ski tour.

hiking
5 years ago

Did marcy just days before Irenne. Irene knocked the bridge off the top of marcy dam

hiking
5 years ago

Did this hike in one day with 2 friends a month ago. It took us 4 hours to get up and 4 hours to get down. The trail itself is quite eroded and was pretty muddy (it had rained the night before.) You are basically stepping from rock to rock until you reach the tree line. As a 64 year old it was tough on the knees. There are a few prolonged steep pitches, but it's not too bad. The view from the top was spectacular (highest point in NY State.) Did see teenagers in clean new running shoes on the way down, but I would recommend a good pair of boots.

hiking
5 years ago

camped at Indian falls, summitted Mt Marcy the next day