Mount Marcy from Adirondak Loj

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Mount Marcy from Adirondak Loj is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3431 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Mount Marcy peak is the highest point in New York state within the High Peaks Region. This is a challenging hike due to its length. Starting on the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj or near Heart Lake, the trail is easy until you reach Marcy Dam. Once you have reached the dam, you begin climbing up rocky terrain, as the trail is mostly boulders, and this persists most of the way from there on. Stop and take a rest by Phelps Brook and Indian Falls to take in some excellent views. You will want to refill water bottles here as there are no streams the rest of the way. The hiking gets harder as you get closer to the summit. The last 1.2 miles is the toughest climb of the hike and the last push is bedrock that feels steeper than it is. However, the payoff from the Mount Marcy Summit is a fantastic view of the Adirondack high peaks, Mont Royal in Montreal, Canada, and the Green Mountains in Vermont all from the highest peak in the state. This is a popular route within the Adirondack Mountains is heavily traveled, well maintained, and very well marked, however it can be rough on weak ankles. Hiking boots with good ankle support are recommended.

25 days ago

backpacking
26 days ago

I've hiked all over the country, and this is by far one of my favorite hikes. The complaints below are laughable and should be disregarded. "A lot of stones and mud on the trail"? Really?

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28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike and totally worth the summit views. out 10 and 12 yo daughters.. and us parents... were exhausted by the time we finished but we feel accomplished!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike, gorgeous views. Loved every minute!

1 month ago

Me and my wife did this hike on Wednesday and I tell you it was the most challenging hike that we have done but we managed to do it no matter what this hike offers beautiful wilderness River Forest and view on the top of Mount Marcy be ready for a lot of rocks and a lot of mud but it’s worth it. Make sure to wear proper foot wear and bring extra socks.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

great trek

hiking
1 month ago

Traveled here 10/14. 9 hour out and back at relaxed pace. Shitty visibility at the top but a good climb none the less

1 month ago

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1 month ago

A lot of stones and mud on the trail

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing hike! Difficult mostly because of the distance, not too technical until the last half mile up the peak. The peak was very cold and socked in fog when we got there (around noon), but it was beautiful and clear just below the summit. Wonderful hike, just make sure you're prepared for lots of mud if it's been raining!

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1 month ago

Long and no views until you get to the 1.2 mile marker that shows you just how far you have left to get to the top.

Go on a clear weather day.

Brace for ice-rock climbing / slipping often unless experienced or durable enough to handle a slip on your butt like what happened to me 

This hike will more-so show you what you're made of with a very scenic end that will leave you saying "cool!" When you see the view at the top but also saying "crap... that's a lonnggg way back" on the way down.

Did the whole round trip in 8 (30 minutes spent at the top / we stopped to talk to people to give them an idea of what they had left and what to expect)

Good luck and enjoy!

We went on October 1, 2017