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A nice moderate intro to Catskills hiking with an honestly arduous climb to the summit, stunning views, a fire tower to play on, and gothic-like ruins of an abandoned hotel to ponder. Do continue another 1.5 miles to serene Echo Lake for its beauty and hiking variety. The downside: the trail to Overlook is more ho-hum gravel road than true trail (undergoing machine grading when I visited), and trailhead parking can be challenging during busy hiking times.

its is a tough trail going up and going down! yet its beautiful when you reach the top!

Did this today with my two kids aged 10 and 13. Had an awesome hike. We forgot to bring water but some nice fellow hikers were kind enough to share with us. Thanks to Louise Hay and positive affirmations (had been listening to Louise in the car to the trailhead and my daughter did affirmations on water literally two minutes before some strangers offered water unprompted).

Great short hike. Well-maintained trail. Nice views to the west and northwest. No bugs and lots of happy hiking dogs! We left before sunset, but it would have been an amazing place to watch the sun go down!

Great views from summit. Very steap on way down with rock scrambling. Be careful.

Amazing view from the top of the fire tower

hiking
2 days ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

Started from the lot at 6:40 and got back at 15:50. I was somewhat surprised it took me so long as I was really breezing down the last part. Upper sections were icy however, and the crampons were of great help. A lot of mud and water after Indian Falls; the ice started maybe 1.5 mile before the summit (not all over the place but enough to make you ponder your steps). Just a few people on top and met maybe 40-50 people going down - a manageable population for such a long hike.

Very rocky and steep trail but worth the beautiful view you get at the top!!

Loved! Definitely challenging, but a good challenging.

We were bit nervous considering the other comments to complete this hike in November. However, we found this hike to be beautiful, diverse, and really achievable. We are in our late 20s/early 30s and are fairly fit. We reached the Summit within 3h30minutes, and completed the trip in 7 hours with about 30+ minutes of breaks.

Indian falls is only a few steps off the trail and beautiful. A rewarding trail, particualrly with kind people to meet along the way. You can do it!

I made the mistake of hiking this one on indigenous peoples day when all the kids were out of school! The hike was really nice though :)

beautiful at the top you can see for ever

There isn’t much that I could add to what others have said. This is a tough trek, but incredibly rewarding. Make sure you are prepared: water, food, layers, and water filtration. It’s long, but amazing!

The trail is challenging due to the distance. Some scrambling but not super large boulders. The day was wet and muddy-careful not to slip. Once I reached the summit it was windy and cold. The view was limited due to the cloud cover. I will return on a clear day.

Easy to follow markers to guide you along the way, did it with my pet Rottweiler and I can tell she enjoyed it as well.

Best East Coast hike I've ever done. The trail was wet most of the way which made for some tricky footing in the middle section, but even the steeper portions weren't technical to ascend or descend. Arrived on a Friday at 10 AM and plenty of parking was left. Got to the summit at 1:15, back to the car at 5:30 after lingering at the top and at Indian Falls (also a must-see) on the descent.

Nice, moderate hike. Very popular. View was good but outlook was crowded. Bring some snacks to enjoy at the top. Well marked trail, but make sure to go left when you see the huge pile of rocks for the view! Had to be careful going down as it was slippery. Overall, fun hike

The crowds, that’s the only real complaint I have about this one and the only reason I’d skip doing it again. Get a super early start using a headlamp and it’ll be a lot more enjoyable. Just don’t plan on having the summit to yourself for long. Granted, it was Columbus Day weekend, but I easily passed 100-150people who were heading up as I was heading down.

As with all trails in the Adirondacks, this one has its muddy spots, but it’s not as bad as other trails I’ve been on recently. Also, if you’re looking for a challenge and some fun rock scrambles, you’re not going to find it with Marcy. Marcy is very consistent and gradual all the way up.

I will say the view at the top is great, even on a semi-cloudy day. The clouds on the day I was up there were coming and going and made for some interesting pictures and views.

I am 49, an ultra runner and pretty fit. This hike took me 4 hours up and 3 1/2 down. I took zero breaks and only spent about 10 minutes on the summit because it was an incredibly cloudy with no view (and cold!). The last mile is strenuous as it pretty much becomes rock scrambling. This is a great hike but do not underestimate the elements and the time it may take getting up/back.

Great hike. A good, challenging trail. Gets steep quickly; it isn't long before you see beautiful wildlife and waterfalls. Keep going up to Mt. Everett where you can catch some good views.

Amazing hike. It was super wet since it rained a lot the day before but after the first one or two miles I just accepted my fate that my feet were gonna be soaked. Left at 7:30am and came back to my car at 13:30. Took me 3 hours to go up, 30 minutes at the top and 2 hours and a half to come back. I did not take breaks going up or down except at the Indian falls since it was beautiful and relaxing. The view was impressive because of the fog with the mountains coming out. My legs are still super sore and I would certainly recommend this hike, foggy or not.

Hiked in September 2018. The description of the hike doesn’t match the mapped area and trail markers. So we followed the map downloaded from AllTrails and it worked great. I’d say it’s more easy than moderate. There are some nice viewpoints - Castle ruins, a water tower, nice lake, few streams with some waterfalls.
There are 2 parking areas, the one with directions from AllTrails has 2 portapotties. No ranger station, only trailhead with a map posted. Trails are clearly marked. We didn’t get lost as were following the app’s map.
A lot of people with dogs at the beginning of the hike. You can combine trails for various difficulties. Parking is tight but people come in and out all the time, as there are a lot of locals who just come to walk with dogs around the lake.

hiking
17 days ago

Colors were starting to come out (9/28/18) clouds obscured the view initially but cleared a few minutes here and there providing a beautiful view of the lake. Fun uphill well marked trail. Began the hike at 10 am and finished around 2:30/3

This hike was more like 7.5 miles out and back. Definitely a challenge and the scrambles at the end were my first. Views were spectacular at the 2nd vista - which was easy after the first.

20 days ago

What views loved it

hiking
22 days ago

Fantastic hike. Varied terrain. A bit hard with some rock maneuvering but not dangerous. Definitely a core workout. The views and memorial at the summit are totally worth it. I recommend hiking or trail shoes. IMO is best to start it at the lot in Fort Montgomery, this way you’ll be able to unwind towards the end by trekking it down to the creek.

Not very dog friendly, muddy. Most of the trail is through a field on planks. Only enough room for one person and u get full sun so it gets hot. I don’t know about this one

Did this yesterday from Prediger Rd in Platte Cove 09-22-2018. It was a great time took all day and enjoyed the views as well as what people did with the large pieces of stones in one area. Went all the way to the fire tower then on the way back stopped by echo lake

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