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The trail to Algonquin starting from the ADK Loj is relatively easy from the trailhead to the Marcy Dam area but gets increasingly difficult as it progresses. Plenty of cobbles to traverse.Continues to ascend quickly. Fun though. The final approach to the summit offers some great views. As does the summit itself.We hiked down off Algonquin over to Boundary then up to Iroquois. Back to Algonquin then down to the base of Wright. Wright is fairly tough as it ascend quite quickly. Great views. Check out the plane crash plaque and debris.The hardest part of Wright was that it was our third summit of the day.But why not get all three while right there. Be in good shape for this hike.

This was my first high peak, and thought it was a challenging trail! Once you reach the Phelps Mountain Trail, The slick rocks made it a tough climb up, and an even tougher climb down. The view at the top made it all worth it, and not a lot of traffic!

we were dead tired afterwards, but loved it! made it in 5.5 hours of moving time and 6 hrs. and 20 mins
total time. Not bad for our first hike in over a year!

Wonderful, although heavily trafficked, hike to a breathtaking view. Bring a head lamp if you are getting a late start, and a windbreaker for the summet. Proper hiking shoes with ankle support highly recommended, as you are mostly hiking up boulders to the top. There are a few places to camp near the start of the trek; bear-proof cannisters are required and can be rented at the lodge.

So the Hike Begins at the back of Parking Lot 1, and continues to the Marcy Dam. However, they were doing some construction at the dam but no biggie. However, when you cross the bridge initially do NOT go left, I made that mistake and I went down the truck trail for 2 or so miles before realizing my mistake. I then went back onto the correct trail and signed in at the dam sign in area. The hike is a little mucky/muddy but if you have some decent dry boots you'll be fine expect to have your foot submerged once from a misstep but other than that great hike. Made it to the top and got some bomber views. I was gonna go down the Lake Arnold side but decided against it because it would have been even more muddy and I didn't have a physical map, just my phone and the app. All in all took me about 8 hours because of my detour and completed 19 miles with a 30 minute break at the top and a couple 5 min breaks on the trail.

Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it. I'd done Mt Washington a couple weeks earlier in December and I found Marcy to be significantly more difficult than any of the other state high-points in the northeast. I completed the hike with snowshoes on my pack but never put them on. A state ranger let me know on the way down that you can actually be fined for not wearing them with ten or more inches of snow.

Great trail. Super easy to follow, pretty busy trail. Summited Giant in 2:15, made it to RPR and back in 2 hours, then summited Giant again. Descent from Giant to RPR is brutal, steepest part of the hike. Harder to navigate going down rather than up in my opinion. Summit of RPR is fun, amazing views + it's fun to build balancing rock art (tons of rock to choose from). Descent back to the trailhead seemed to last forever (had a slow buddy with me) but overall a very nice day with cool temps + beautiful views.

Great overall hike that lives up to its reputation. Definitely challenging but doable and well worth it. I am in my late 20’s and an avid runner and somewhat experienced hiker. It took my friend and I 6 hours round trip at a faster pace plus a 30 min rest at the top. We arrived at the Loj around 7:30 and the lot was almost full so I definitely recommend getting there closer to 7am. Bring layers as the temperature varies throughout the hike (today it was approx. 65 at base and 35 at summit). Trail is well trafficked and clearly marked (follow the blue markers). Bring plenty of water and snacks. And don’t forget $10 to park at the Loj.

A lot easier then I thought it would be 7.5 hours round trip with few stops along the way with 30 mins at the top. Not a technical climb but does require some agility because of the many rocks and endurance from pure length! Proper hiking boots and lots of layers this time a year is ideal! Single female hiker, started around 9am,summit At 12:45 and and finished at 4:30!!

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15 days ago

Was easyer then expected shounld b rated as easy not moderate only took 4 1/2 hours views from top were beautiful

There is no way to cut it- this is a hard hike !!!! I consider myself a pretty fit person and intermediate level hiker and this beast took about 11 hours round trip. This included several stops and about 30 min at the top. The hike technically is not hard other than a few rock scrambles the last hour and lots of rocks to step through- the challenges is in the endurance required! The journey is hard and the reward is big ! A few pieces of advice:
- wear sturdy hiking boots. This is not to be done in sneakers.
- Bring sufficient food and water. We brought 10L for two guys and still ran out with 3 hours of hiking remaining. I’m a huge sweater so I lose water fast.
- I’ve seen people comment that they did this round trip in six hours. You have to be really fit and fast to do this.
- We had perfect weather, including at the top- a nice 70F the whole way. I can see how weather can be bad at the top so check it first.
- It rained a few days before we hiked and we had basically to walk through a stream for half the hike. Not really a big deal other than prepare to get wet !
- Met some nice people on the hike Lots of high pointers!
- Start by 8am at the latest.
- Take an epsom salt bath afterwards

not to be taken lightly. expect to be out there all day for your average hiker. the distance is serious and don't forget you have to get back down. the final push is easy, the part that got me was the constant pounding for several miles beforehand. very tedious hike, stop at the falls to take a break it's worth it. glad to bag this peak but there's more fun hikes out there.

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20 days ago

Too many people deciding that their one hike for the year is going to be Marcy.

Pick something easier that you're not killing yourself on, and enjoy nature instead of sucking wind! So many unprepared people today, poor footwear, a single water bottle, no rain gear, etc. If you're not enjoying yourself, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy yourself on!

More on the high level of moderate than hard. Once you get past the dam the trail turns to walking up small boulders with water running down. Sturdy shoes, poles, and you should be good to go. 6:22 with a stop at the top. Nice to have options for water refills on the way up and down if you bring a filter.

Started dumping rain a couple minutes away from the parking lot, and we saw a lightning bolt hit the mountain a couple minutes later. Watch the mountain weather forecast!

Great hike! 4 hours up and 6 back. Worth all the time and effort to get up. I hiked this with my 11 year old daughter, am 41. A bit less challenging going up than we thought through the first 5. Last 2miles will get your heart pumping- and the first 2miles down hill were knee killers especially with the trail being so wet.
Was cloudy so no view- we’ll definitely be back to do it again.

Hiked this trail on Labor Day weekend. Started at 6:45am and got back down at 4:30pm. The hike would be a challenge for those who don’t do any physical activities, hence why it’s labeled Hard. I thought that it wasn’t bad since I run often and do kickboxing 3-4times a week, I would love to do this trail again for a better time. Very well marked, kind people all around. The last 1.2 miles- a lot of it requires climbing boulders.

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21 days ago

Slippery and some large rocks, but a really nice hike with - what I’m sure is usually - a lovely view. It was too misty to see anything, but that had its own allure.

A great day hike, but don’t let the relatively short distance fool you. There are great views from both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. The hike from Giant to RPR and back is steep and challenging but worth it.

Couldn't ask for a better day on the trail. Weather was perfect. Fair amount of people, but I started early enough to get a parking spot. And most of the folks (and dogs) I saw were on their way up as I was going down.
There is no easing into this one. As soon as you leave the registry its a steady uphill to the summit. You jump right into switchbacks, scrambles, slides. This trail has it all. With beautiful views along the way as well. The summit has a beautiful 270 degree view of the southern high peaks.
The trail to Rocky peak was surprisingly technical on the Giant descent side. Huge slides and a fair amount of climbing. Couldn't imagine doing that portion of the trail on a wet day, up or down. Great views from Rocky peak. Could definitely see Lake Champlain to the east. As well as a great view of Giant. The climb back up to Giant was, to me, far easier than the descent.
Entire hike of both peaks took 6 hours exactly. And I tracked it at being 8.5 miles total. It was difficult but it is so worth it for the views alone. Time to ice my calves

A really well maintained trail, several stops along the way with great views and atmosphere. Indian falls in particular was a pleasant spot. Other reviews have mentioned that the last mile and a half to the summit can be rough but I think it’s probably closer to the last half mile that gets you good. The trail nearer the summit is also pretty narrow, and with the sensitivity of alpine vegetation, so hikers should take care when they get there. Absolutely worthwhile, and not as long of a hike as others have indicated. I think an 8 hour round trip is probably average.

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29 days ago

Good hike overall. A lot of traffic up until the Phelps trail. A nice perspective of some of the higher peaks.

Pretty easy except the last mile which is rocky and very steep. Wet rocks can be treacherous. The view from the summit is nice but not breathtaking.

Started around 6:45 am. First time so enjoyed every minute solo. Stopped at Indian falls 10 minutes to fill up bottle of water and enjoy the view. Slow pace took me 3:50 to summit. Was 20C at bottom and 1C at summit! Bring proper gear. 360 view on top is amazing.

This is a great hike, but I would not call it easy or even moderate unless you are regularly climbing high peaks.
The view at the summit of Mt. Marcy is breathtaking and well worth the effort.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike. Easy hike except for the last mile to the summit. Summit had great views. No summit button, at least that I could find.

Don’t do it with a fullruck

I completed this hike in July. I recommend starting early, at sunrise or even 30 minutes before to beat all the traffic. Lots of people make this hike during the summer and the trail can become very crowded. The hike is a nice balance of flat terrain, forest, open hiking above the tree line, climbing, and even some rock scrambling. It’s hard on the feet and ankles as there are lots of rocks to maneuver on the trail. This is the most difficult ~5500 elevation hike I’ve done, but the payoff at the peak was worth it. You get 360 panoramic views of the high peaks region.

Great hike! Three pretty easy miles to start off, then a mile up! It had great views on top! 3 down 43 to go!

Did the trail with 2 friends 8/15/18. It wasn’t too muddy even with all the recent rain. It gets more challenging as you continue up, but the top is worth it. Very fun day hike. It took us 6 1/2 hours to do just Algonquin.

a family bucket list hike. we started from the loj at 6am and we’re back around 4:30pm. it was a LONG HARD day but so worth it! the views from the top are amazing!

we took three long breaks - at indian falls on the way up and back, and again at the summit. so we probably could have finished faster but the breaks really helped keep everyone from bonking.

the entire family is still sore today (wednesday) and we did the hike sunday!

Absolutely stunning views at the top, even with fog. Hiked it with another girl (we're both mid 20's) took us 8.5 hours total, with about a 45 minute stop at the top and minimal breaks. Definitely tough for the last mile and a half, but so worth it! also my Fitbit said it was closer to 18 miles.

lots of fun worth the work for the views

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