Marcy Dam Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Marcy Dam Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November.

4.3 miles 472 feet Out & Back




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wild flowers




This trail is rocky and full of up and down. Great views at the end and opportunities to link up to other trails to utilize different routs on the way in or out. This trail is mostly made up of an access road to Marcy Dam. It can be a nice summer hike but is best suited for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. The trail is full of up and down so it can be a lot of fun for intermediate and expert skiers, but it can be a real handful for beginners because there will be many falls coming down the curvy slopes.

2 months ago

This is my first winter hike of this trail. The trail was pretty much packed snow that was iced over and the sides of that was crunchy snow that wasn't packed down. You definitely needed microspikes for traction, but I used Hillsound Trail crampons and they worked nicely. There was blowdown on the trail, but was negotiable. There was a moderate amount of people that were out.

4 months ago

This trail looks to be in pretty bad shape. Very wide, lots of mud and signs asking people to bury their human waste off trail.

When I was a child the dam was a beautiful sight and a magical place. After Hurricane Irene, it looks like the damn is now going to be left to rot. What a shame.

I would probably only be on this trail in the future out of necessity.

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6 months ago

This is an easy hike to do. This is a gentle 2.3 mile trail from the Adk Loj. The view of Mount Colden is nice from the dam area. The new bridge isn't that far from the old dam. This area gets real crowded with campers. This trail is usually busy with people hiking up to Mount Marcy, Tabletop, and Phelps Mountains.

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Le mont Marcy qui culmine à 1 629 mètres d'altitude est la plus haute montagne de la chaîne des Adirondacks et le point culminant de l'État de New York

Altitude : 1 629 m
Proéminence : 1 498 m
Première ascension : 1837
Chaîne de montagnes : Adirondacks

Tres belle randonnée. Le trajet pour se rendre est un peu long depuis le Québec. Je conseil donc de dormir sur place car c'est une randonnée d'au moins 5 heures a un rythme modéré. La vue est magnifique et plusieurs sommets sont a proximité.

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Haven't seen it since the dam was damaged a couple of years ago, but for the 45 years that I've been hiking, this trail has always been one of the best introductory trips into the Adirondacks. Gorgeous Pine forest at the start gives way to a pleasant up and down jaunt for just a couple miles to the inspiring view of Mt. Colden where the pretty pond used to be. Popular camping spot but often full in summer, and don't forget the bear canisters. Leads to the shortest ( but not best) trail up Marcy or to the fantastic Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden.