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Brian Podosek reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Very muddy but fine with hiking boots! Amazing view for such a short hike!!

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Alexis Nasta reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Beautiful views! A little steep to climb but we took our time and made it there and back without any issues. Quick pit stop hike.

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Eriny 716 reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Quick lunch hike with the family

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Amazing views and lucky to have a great weather today April 8, 2021. Snow covered (starting to melt) but a crampon and hiking pole will take care of it. The view from the peak is perfect.

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Charles LaFiura reviewed Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail
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Hiked on 4/8 in excellent conditions. They may have changed since the 3 days of 70+ degree weather. Muddy/icy to the dam. Snow was continuous above 2500ft but the trail is so packed it was firm all day. Used microspikes but not snowshoes or real crampons. You will posthole if you step off of the trail but it's avoidable. Took about 6 and 1/2 hours RT at a decent pace.

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Jordan Geary reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Not the easiest to climb up- but worth it!

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Heather Jones reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Easy, quick hike with a 9 and 10 year old! Beautiful summit.

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Wonderful weather and trail condition.

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At 5344ft, Mt Marcy is the peak to climb in NY state, but should be respected and not be underestimated by unprepared or novice climbers. This was explained to us a number of times in town by the local people, including several 46ers, or people who have climbed all 46 peaks in the Adirondack mountains! Pretty much everyone suggested it was not a good idea to climb the peak with the current conditions, but being that it’s been on my bucket list for so long I just to had to do it (though definitely not advisable to be too stubborn about it) We bought clampons and hired snowshoes which were recommended for parts of the trail. Definitely take poles! The conditions favorable on Tuesday 30th March 2021, so we managed to get onto the mountain at about 8.00am. There are two crossing Phelps and Indian fall, so you need waterproof boots, otherwise it’ll be miserable for you. It’s easy to see how the crossings could ruin this part of the hike for you, with waist deep water, freezing temperatures, or tons of snow, some unprepared climbers would simply have to turn back. On this particular day both of the crossings were fairly easy for us to pass, especially with one person helping the others and so on. We were blessed with the best weather, and the views over the falls were simply breathtaking. You cannot capture the true beauty on camera. The part after Indian falls is particularly difficult and should be managed well. You will see a 1.2 miles sign, but the top of the mountain looks about 10 miles away! Take a break when you can see the mountain top. It looks like it will take hours to climb, but in reality you are close. 40 minutes! I got the top and the wind was simply ferocious we’re talking 70 mph, but I still managed to take a few photos and even a video! I hunkered down behind a rock and it was simply spectacular. A truly amazing mountain and definitely one to return to. Please check the weather in the next few weeks and be well prepared with good waterproof boots, crampons and poles. There are now currently warnings about the weather, so treat it with a lot of respect. Amazing! Don

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HikingFeeGreat!IcySnow

Hiked to the summit of Mt Marcy on March 30th. Incredible hike - breathtaking views and beautiful trail through the forest and past rivers. The conditions on that day were favorable - putting this at the high end of 'moderate' difficulty (or low end of hard) but I can see how tricky conditions would make more challenging particularly with the final mile on the exposed summit. Check mountain weather forecast before you go. On that day snowshoes were not needed - the snow is deep but packed enough so only spikes were used (and needed). Rangers recommend snowshoes - and i would take for piece of mind (have a pack and straps to carry them). Snowshoes can be rented at the information lodge at the trailhead parking lot. You will cross two rivers - Phelps Brook was quite challenging in the morning due to black ice on rocks and logs, but you will find a way (poles will help you cross). Indian Falls was warned as potentially un-passable, but it was fine - however the river banks suggest much higher water. Could check with rangers before going. These provide two water sources so you shouldn't need to carry too much if you want to filter. As others have suggested, wear / take sun screen as you'll be climbing south / into the sun. Start early so you safely make it back before dark. There is a trailhead parking lot fee.

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Thomas McCormack reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Laurel Flanagan reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Nice short hike we were in trail at 9 got crowded at 10 when we finished. No ice or snow left on trail just water and mud. Nice view from top

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Erika North reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Amanda Schenkel reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Brooke Champine reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Short, but pretty steep in some areas. Trail could be marked better. Spikes not necessary, but helpful in some spots. Trail is well packed and a little muddy and slushy in a couple areas.

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Bobbie Peacock reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Jacob Stouffer reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Quick little hike up to a nice view. I had spikes on but they weren’t necessary, a lot of thaw happening these days.

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Leigh Ann Labate reviewed Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail
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Hiked on Saturday 03/13 - beautiful day, clear blue skies. Low temps (20s) near the base, and neg temps (with the 40 mph wind chill) at the summit. The wind up top was wicked. Our group of 4 all had snow shoes, some used them, some didn't, but everyone at some point used Crampons. Trail's in great condition, some post holes here and there, but we kept a good pace. 7:15am start (lot at Heart Lake filling up rapidly) and back to the car by 2:05pm. 15.5 ish miles.

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George Kushner reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Done this Trail many times but first time in the winter. Microspikes were enough but saw others doing it with snowshoes and barefoot. Would recommend spikes. Trail was slushy in spots but mostly packed down. Beautiful views of frozen 4th lake.

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Katy Black reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit
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Nice bang for your buck, but brutally crowded. Super soft snow today.

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