Marcy Dam Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain416 ftRoute typeOut & back
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure in Winter. 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.

Free parking on roadside

Contact Adirondack Loj for trail info 518-523-3441.

TO TRAILHEAD: From Keene, follow NY 73 W. In 11.5 mi., turn Left on Adirondack Loj Rd. or Right if you are coming from Lake Placid. Go about 4 miles until you see a small parking area on the left and a barricaded dirt road named S. Meadow Rd. South Meadow Rd. is the start of the Marcy Dam Ski Trail.

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Robert Payst
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Cross-country skiingGreat!
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Charles Raimondo
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Charles Raimondo
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Vincent Scarcella
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Plenty of snow

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Bonnie Rondeau
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Lidia Marukyan
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Fred Clark
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Susan Grant
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Fabulous trail with a few inches of fresh snow. Will be even better with another foot.

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MaryAlice O'Connor
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Tim M.
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Nice broken out trail

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Chris Perilli
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Great hike. The day after a snow storm so snow shoes were a must. Challenging but not too challenging. Amit 8 and a half hours.

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Timothy Freed
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Kristin Armstrong
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Jessica Padula
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Awesome.

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Rob Webb
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Great views, only needed micro spikes for the climb. Few did without spikes. No mud no bugs not too hot, So a wonderful day!

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Mark Akers
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Cary Maikranz
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Laura Leh
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Lots of ice, water crossing was very doable today. No problem. Microspikes a must. High winds today on both summits.

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Doug Fish
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Long day

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Sunny xie
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It is a amazing hike. Very interesting! We learn a lot. And we talk a lot about the meaning of life.

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Amy Lynn
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Peter Capelli
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Awesome! Light snow, perfect temp. Clear blue skies no wind. View from top was spectacular!

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Ben Bewick
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