Explore the most popular trails in Mount Van Hoevenburg Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a beautiful hike all around!Not too technical, just steep climbs and rock scrambles towards the summit. Started the hike at JBL and almost reached the summit but had to turn around 200 yd from the top due to impassable sheets of ice. We took Phelps trail down to descend, and I found a red mossy rock near a waterfall to where I proposed to my fiance. (she said yes!) The only reason I took one star away was because Phelps trail needs better blazes in the areas that need it most and less in the more obvious spots. Highly recommended hike!!

Made this route into a 3 day backpacking trip. I myself am not in peak physical condition, but breaking it up made it doable. Beautiful sights, astonishing really. The trail itself is a little rough, especially with a pack on. Majority of the trail was river/ creek bed with decent boulders. Deffinatly being a good pair of hiking boots and a camera.

Got to Keene Valley off the bus around 5:30 on the first day and hiked up to dear brook lean-to and slept there. Hiked up Marcy on day 2 (made it to the summit around 3:30), then hiked back down to slant Rock lean-to for the night (did this loop "backwards" according to this map). Headed out the next morning. Great solo backpacking trip! The last few miles were really hard with my 30 lb pack but it was worth it!

I did this as a all day hike, great experience but very strenuous and I loved it!!! Great Trail along the river, very muddy, I did the hike and came back to parking lot via the south trail and cut across the river. 13-14hr hike and my recording said 18 miles I believe, I started at 4am and summited Marcy around 11-11:30pm. Great Views. No water on trail but I did see signs for bathrooms.

6 months ago

I love this hike and have done it multiple times now as a three day trip: hike into JBL and sleep over, Marcy loop the next day, and hike out from JBL the third day and it’s a perfect trip in my opinion. Love Mt. Marcy and JBL!

We hiked in from the Garden using the North Side Trail to Grace Camp on the first day and slept in the cabin near Johns Brook Lodge. The next morning we hiked the Phelps trail to the summit of Marcy for my sister's 60th birthday and then descended via the Hopkins trail back to Grace Camp where we got some well-deserved rest before hiking out on the disappearing South Side trail back to the Garden. Beautiful hike/camp experience. First 46er for me as well. My boots completely disintegrated (25-year old Vasques with dried out glue), so I hiked out in Chaco sandals, adding to the adventure. (Hike date was 9/12/2012)

La difficulté ici est la distance. Nous sommes dans la soixantaine et l avons fait en 9h30. Une vue incroyable ! Un must.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

There are some great views on this trail; as well as a fair mix of hiking / climbing. This trail is pretty unforgiving on the knees. I'm active military, in great shape, and still had a difficult time with this one. Felt like I got hit by a train when I woke up the morning after. Waterproof and non-slip boots are a must, and extra socks just in case. Recommend hiking poles, but not necessary. It took me and my friend about 10 hours to complete it with about an hour of rest total.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful and fun hike if you are up to the challenge! Get there early because the parking lot fills up quickly (at least on Saturdays). Round trip, Including a long stop at the summit, It took a friend and I 9.5 hours to complete the hike. We are both very fit, experienced hikers. The first two-thirds of the trail are very easy but the last third is very difficult. My advice: be prepared and give yourself PLENTY of time, especially if you are not in good physical condition!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hard, but so worth the struggle. Marcy makes you work for it! Very hard on knees and ankles on the descent... bring good poles & use them well!

Great trail. Kinda sucks in December during a blizzard though.

Monday, June 06, 2016

not as bad as I thought. definitely put up a fight going back down.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fantastic! Did it two years ago and planning on doing it again this fall. Don't do like me, pack light. Plenty of places to fill your water bottle so no need to carry a ton. Make sure your boots are waterproof as the trail goes up a stream for a part of it.

Excellent hike on a beautiful day. I was told by the "ADK Summit Guide" at the top that going down would be faster, but I don't think they went on this trail. The first two miles of the descent took me about two hours! I didn't see anyone else on the branches recommended in this guide and from the number of spider webs/lines I walked through I doubt this is the favored path up. Also, there are a few trail blockages by trees that require minuscule detours through the bush. Worth the soreness!
Total took me a little over 9 hours, including about 30-40 minutes at the top.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monday, September 12, 2016