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Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

A really fun and fairly easy winter hike. A great trail to snowshoe. Trail is easy to follow and the view at the top is amazing for the amount of effort put in.

Nice hike, a little confusing to find where it begins but if you follow the map and markings you can do it. It turned the Dover Church has a lot of history, read info at the beginning of the trail, you’ll be surprised. Wonderful views, very accessible, short!

Great winter hike! Went Saturday 1/5. Hard packed snow the whole way, easy going with microspikes. Fire tower at the top is super cool and 365 degree views makes for a spectacular summit!

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy hike that pays off great views of the surrounding High Peaks. We took the short trail out & back 12/30/18. Microspikes were necessary in some spots. We saw one group carrying up their snowshoes because there was definitely not enough snow to need them. About halfway in it gets fairly steep. Nothing technical, just enough to get your heart pumping. Took us 45 min to get up, spent 15 min on top, and maybe 25 min to get down.

This is an excellent hike. We split it up into two days and did a few of the side trails. Spring thru fall you will get wet and very muddy. It’s a tough trail and unfortunately I did see a lot of miserable faces on the way back. It is not a flat perfect gravel trail. If you are in poor shape or have bad knees this hike is not for you. But the views are amazing, the trails diverse. And you are required to carry a large heavy bear can that takes up a lot of space. Even if you never see a bear at least you have a nice stool to sit on?

hiking
19 days ago

Went up Mt Jo Loop NYE. - trailhead is back by the entrance FYI. Park and walk. Pretty moderate in the snow/ice to about half way then an ice twisted push to the summit. But a short hike up - so nothing serious. Just a careful scramble up with mandatory YakTrak or similar. Nice summit.

hiking
20 days ago

Great short but steep trail to a summit with amazing veiws. Trail was very icy but some areas had a nice snowpack. Would say micro spikes were essential here.

hiking
21 days ago

Took my pup and began at 8am on 12/29. There was a mix of snow/slush and ice all the way up. I took snowshoes but kept spikes on the entire way although I could have switched to make the last bit of ascent easier. It took about 1:45 to ascend and about 1 hour down. Overall a good hard quick hike with amazing views from the fire tower.

On my descent there was a "present" on the trail someone's dog left behind about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Please be sure to pick up after your dog. Thanks.

Absolute best view you can ever have in New York State 2 of my friends and me just completed it yesterday on December 29th, 2018 it took us a total of 5 hours and 36 minutes up and about 5 hours down. Absolutely amazing hike. We have not done another high peak ever so this was incredibly difficult for us but we did it. The summit average temp was at -20°F with winds somewhere around 8mph it was amazing I highly recommend this to anyone with experience.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail for the little ones; just challenging enough. Micro spikes are a good idea through December and again in March-April.

hiking
22 days ago

I love this trail so much. It’s difficult, but the reward of being able to see North Conway, etc and there’s even a fire tower at the top with information about the history of it. I’ve hiked this about 4 times if my memory serves me, and it is really cool.

The biggest issue we had was finding the start of the trail as there’s no sign any longer on 22. We had to ask someone. There’s a very small white sign in between 3145 and 3147.

1 month ago

Fantastic out and back hike to a firetower with great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, good views

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short and easy climb that offers some great views. Short trail is definitely steeper and more difficult than the long option, but offers some great views on the way up. Short trail was mildly challenging with snow and ice cover; I would definitely recommend descending on the long trail of snow and ice cover.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in the adirondacks. Surrounded by high peaks, this is a beautiful and quick hike. Take the long trail for a more gradual incline, although personally I don’t find it much less steep than the short trail. On 12/10 the trail is completely covered in snow and ice, I wore spikes and had a pretty easy time. I’ve done this trail in all seasons and will always recommend to people who want to see the beauty of the higher peaks without having to climb them.

Really cool

Great hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was well-packed so snowshoes were not needed. We wore spikes the whole way. It became really soft in the afternoon, so expect icy conditions tomorrow when temps drop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the summit and one hour to get back down. Our dog had no problem at all going up or down.

Beautiful day, gorgeous views from the fire tower, and lots of friendly pupperinos on the trail! We were glad to have our microspikes on some of the steeper sections near the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike! It was a little tough to tell which season Mother Nature had in mind, lol. About half way up, spikes were VERY handy! The summit was windy and cold, but oh so majestic with ice and snow and bluebird skies! I didn’t consider this an overly difficult hike...moderate at best and perfect for what I needed! I WILL be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Unbelievable views from the fire tower, but we definitely regretted not bringing crampons to help scale the icy 30% grade sections. The incline is constant, but not too difficult, especially considering our frequent brakes to look at the amazing views. There were about 5-6 inches of snow on the top but it was easy to climb without getting too cold.

Awesome hike!

Completed 10/30/18 - the trail is long and gradual. If you like to get the climbing out of the way, this trail is not for you. There was a couple inches of snow from the loj and once we reached the top there was more than a foot of snow. Clouded-out conditions once we reached the top, but the alpine zone was unbelievable, even without the mountain views it felt unreal. I wouldn't do this hike without spikes or snowshoes in the winter. Probably don't need snowshoes right now since there was huge rainstorms past couple of days, but waterproof hiking boots and spikes will be much needed. Lots of hidden puddles, mud, and run-off all under the snow tuesday made this trail a lot more daunting. The overall experience and trek of this hike made this my favorite journey I've ever embarked in Nature to date, the high peaks are surreal.

Mount Marcy was a great hike. My wife and I just hiked the mountain on Nov. 1. The temperature was high 30s and a mix of precipitation. The snow started halfway and got a bit deeper as we went up. The trail changed from thick mud to seemingly endless boulders. There was a lot of snow covered ice and we needed to put on the microspikes to get traction on the rocks. Water streamed down the entire trail and could be seen in spots not covered in snow. There are a couple river crossings that required rock hopping. The water still came over our boots. My feet were wet for most of the trek thanks to leaky goretex boot linings. Wool socks made this more tolerable.
I'd say the trail wouldn't be technically difficult on a good summer day. However, the ice and snow made it a tougher and more time consuming trek. The mileage also made Marcy a physical challenge.
The summit area was completely covered in thick clouds that poured icy rain. We could barely see the trail behind us through the heavy fog. One must be careful not to lose their way in these conditions. Needless to say, we never encountered another soul on the trail throughout the hike. It was still worth the journey.

I'm an early Boomer who just had spinal fusion surgery in April....so I was a little apprehensive after reading reviews. We started at 7:30. Rainy and chilly in the parking lot. It stopped raining because it turned to hail and ice pellets. It's hard work after the first few miles. The rocks and roots and mud made it quite slippery. And worse when the snow started. We made it to Indian Falls where we bailed as the stones were almost underwater and we didn't have 'croutons'. The trip back down was actually harder because of more snow and mud and ice. We were the first ones out and back that day. If you want to avoid crowds go on a rainy cold day. I was surprised that I wasn't tired over the next few days. I'd definitely do it again on a sunny day.

I loved this hike! Did on 10./18, already snow covered. We were the only ones at the summit. Did the shorter way up and longer way down. Absolutely amazing views of the snow capped high peaks.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views at the top.
This isn't an easy hike, there's quite the elevation gain, and it's just up, up, up. However, I wouldn't categorize this hike as "hard" in terms of terrain difficulty. Most of the terrain is pretty easy to climb, even the day after a big rain storm, but there was nothing slippery. Nothing that seemed that dangerous or treacherous. I was glad to have my trekking poles on the way down, but most other hikers I saw did not have them.

The longest ever hike! Loved it! Not sure I’ll do it again!

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