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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 15, 2021
HikingSnow

Hiked 2/14 Trail well packed down. No views all day but lots of fun. Great hike. Little over 11 hours.

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HikingIcy

Awesome trial for sure 10/10 worth the effort. Clocked in around 10 hours. Would recommend doing Grey’s point first and Wiley last as Grey’s is the steepest and the hardest in my opinion. Trail is more like 20 miles rather than the 16.8 posted. No visibility at the top

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HikingGreat!IcyOver grownRockyScrambleSnow
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HikingFeeMuddyRockyScramble

Well worth the effort to do this loop. Summit was very windy, with almost zero visibility on Friday around 12. Went clockwise and second half of loop was less strenuous. The marsh wasn’t as intimidating as mentioned. Go to the right and the planks/logs are more stable. Definitely a must for the avid hiker. I wouldn’t advise to bring a novice here. In comparison to Mt Katahdin it’s less demanding on the body. Very wet trail, even when it hasn’t had significant rain.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 15, 2020
HikingGreat!Muddy

This is an awesome but tiring loop! I got to the lodge around 7:30am and didn’t get back until 6pm. I HIGHLY suggest following pure adk’s directions for this loop, they are spot on! It was pretty muddy and there’s a couple different bodies of water you have to cross. It’s pretty gradual until you reach lake Arnold and lake tear intersections, then after that it’s all up hill until Mount Marcy. Also, this loop is more like 20 miles long. But overall an AWESOME day!!l

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HikingFeeFloodedMuddyScramble

Really fun day. Marcy was the easiest, surprisingly. Gray peak was a pain in the butt, but there's a nice little lookout up there. It didn't help that we missed the bushwack and scaled a rock wall instead, but that's what makes it fun! The majority of the trail after coming down Marcy was running water, stagnant water or several inches of mud, so be prepared so a very sloshy hike or bring lots of socks.

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HikingMuddy
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Super muddy going up toward feldspar. Just muddy everywhere else. We added Colden to our two day trip. Grey doesn’t have a sign marker, just a cairn marking it right before lake tears of the clouds. We had great weather and clear peaks but soon shorter days are gunna make this one harder to finish during the daylight

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BackpackingRocky

Well marked. Includes the highest peak in NY, yada yada yada. But the best part imo was the unexpected swampland with the planks. That was like putting all my floor is lava practice to good use. It is technical and tactical, forcing hikers to ask themselves the important questions like ‘is this plank going to collapse into the swamp when i jump on it?’ Maybe it will maybe it wont, that’s all part of the fun!

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HikingGreat!

Great trail. We clocked 17.5 miles and 5,400 ft of elevation over the course of 9 hours (including breaks) but we tracked a very aggressive pace. We did Gray -> Skylight -> Marcy which I think was the right choice rather than the reverse. Had no views from the peaks as we were in the clouds but the valleys were beautiful. We did the hike on a Sunday and got to the Loj at 6am; plenty of parking (though it was opening day of NFL and I think that played a factor). We had one successful floating log hopper in our group (the other two went around).

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BackpackingGreat!Muddy

Overall this is a great day but a LONG day. We had a crew of very experienced hikers with us and we were all beat by the last few miles (which honestly seem To go on for hours ) We got to the Loj around 0515 and were off on the trail by 0530 signing in. We started with headlamps as sun rise was about 0630 that morning. The Loj to the Marcy Dam in headlamps isn’t that bad. Mostly “flat” and some terrain to be careful of in the dark, but all in all it’s the easiest part of the hike. We went up Van Hovenburg trail to Marcy first. Honestly as far as high peaks go the ascent to Marcy isn’t that bad. Loj to Peak is just shy of 7 miles. Some mud here and there and some tricky spots but totally Manageable. We were from the Loj to the peak of Marcy I’m just shy of 5 hours- 1001 to be exact. The views from Marcy are insane and the pics don’t do it justice. I personally felt that the exposed rock edge of Marcy was the most challenging part of the climb (probably because you’re just SO CLOSE and can’t wait to eat by this point LOL) We stayed for half an hour to fuel up again and went down to skylight from there. The descent from Marcy to Skylight is steep and you’re slow moving for about ? Half a mile? You head down and then back up. From the summit of Marcy to Skylight you travel about 1.4 miles. This ascent is definitely trickier than the climb up Marcy. It’s like your typical high peak. Lots of scrambling with a good amount of mud. From summit to summit took us about an hour and a half. Snack break was also enjoyed for a bit here as it’s your last really good 360 view of the day. The summit to Gray peak is the trickiest and hardest of the day. Up and down up and down and lots of tricky spots and a decent amount of mud. We hit the summit of gray by 2:55. We left by 3:30 for our descent back to the Loj. Now, you have two options. Follow the trail down and out towards lake Arnold and deal with the floating logs/marsh OR back down gray and up and back over Marcy (re summit) and go down Van Hoven trail. We took our chances and went down and around lake Arnold. You can also avoid the floating logs and add in avalanche pass however that adds 2 ish miles to your day (including misery mile) and we weren’t about that. There are definitely some tricky spots as you come down this path since you meet the trails that ascend Colden. You’re also spent by this time and you’re running off of the fact that the car is in your near future. Our goal was to hit Marcy Dam without having to get the head lamps out. When you hit the floating logs YOU HAVE OPTIONS. You’re going to get to a couple areas and think are these the logs? No. They’re not. You’ll know when you’re at the actual marsh/logs. If you’re coming down the lake Arnold path GO TO THE RIGHT. You’re essentially bushwhacking but a machete isn’t needed. (Go to the left is you reverse and start the path going up this way). Have trekking poles for sure as it’s DEEP in some mud. You can rock hop/tree stump hop for the most part and come out without getting soaking wet. Our buddy tried to attempt the logs but turned around as they’re SUPER floaty and you’ll end up waist deep in marsh juice and that’s no way to end your day. We got to the junction telling us the Loj was 3.2 miles away at 7:30 pm which is when the headlamps came out (the dam was 1.1 miles away). Honestly this was the longest part of the day. You’re just so tired head to toe by here and you’re dragging yourself. The whole trail from here on out is doable and we were hustling to get any tricky parts and as much mileage under us before dark rolled in. Got to the Dam by 8 pm on the dot and were back to the car by 9:05 pm. Sore and tired but overall amazing day. My suggestion is to hustle where you can if you’re worried about time. Especially in the beginning of your day car to dam. We averaged about 20 Minute miles here (in the dark) in the beginning of our day. And hustle and get the miles behind you when it’s mostly “flat”. This will save you time at the end of the day. Because seriously those last 2.2 miles from dam to car are a DRAG. Especially in the dark it feels like it never ends. Happy hiking everyone !

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HikingGreat!

Did this trail by accident. We were only planning to do the out and back hike but we didn’t plan properly and came back down this trail. Since it was so unexpected, this trail was very hard. Even if we had prepared for this hike it would have been difficult to comprehend how long this hike was. Deff bring more than 2 liters of water. Start early. And be prepared for all types of terrain such as rockys, mud, wetness, steepness, etc. Had to stay the night before and night after because we were so exhausted. Took about 50,000 steps.

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