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Phelps Mountain Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,158 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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This is one of the High Peaks that goes from the Adirondack Loj to the top of Phelps at 4,160 feet. Although the summit is wooded there are spectacular views spanning from the Great Range all the way to Algonquin with the state high point, Mt. Marcy, framed in the center. You'll want to take some time at the top for photos.

$5.00 for half a day, $10.00 whole day (unless ADK club member then 1/2 price)

Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead: From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj Road and continue 5 miles to the Loj and the parking area.

Take Rt. 73 to Adirondack Loj Rd., follow this trail to the parking area. Take the trail to Marcy Dam, cross the foot bridge and continue on the trail. At one point the trail will split- you will go left for Phelps, straight for Marcy.

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Melissa Mchugh
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HikingRockyScramble

Hiked this this morning! It was my first of the 46 and definitely a challenging but doable hike. The trail to the ascension was relatively flat. The ascension definitely feels like more than just a mile up, but wasn’t bad until the last .2 miles which were tiring. I’m exhausted but the view of mount Marcy from the summit is gorgeous!

Jessica McHugh
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Headed on to the trail at 8:05 am reached the summit at 11:00 am. We took time to take pictures a lot because it was our first high peak. It took us a total of 6 hours to hike this but the view was amazing. The summit is smaller than others I have hiked but this was a huge feat for me and my sister.

Richard L.
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Hit the Loj parking lot at 7:15 with plenty of space to park. trail was slightly muddy in spots from yesterday's rain, but nothing to slow us too much. 59 degrees at start and 68 at the top with clear skies and great views. not crowded at all, and a beautiful day all around. Inclines as advertised but nothing too tough.

Stephanie Lyons
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Hiking

Great hike, strenuous 1 mile climb up Phelps. Unfortunately didn’t get to ADK Loj until 8 am & Loj was completely filled so we had to park on road, overall we had an extra 3 miles to walk because of it. Beautiful day with breathtaking views!

Nick Viviano
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Hiked 7/4/20. Great and challenging hike. First 3 miles or so until the Phelps cutoff is manageable; nothing too difficult. The last mile certainly doesn’t seem like 1.0mi. I’d say closer to 1.5mi to the summit. Either way, that last stretch is steep and great fun to scramble. Great views at the top.

Mari Kuraguchi
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Hiking

A nice 8- miles our and back trail to Mt Phelps. My friend Alan’s last of Adirondacks 46-er and North East 115. A great weather with great view from the top. Only strenuous steep slope for the last one mile to the peak.

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Brittany Y.
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Easy in the beginning! The last mile was hard with rock scrambles. The summit view was not the greatest. Was disappointed

Michaela O'Donnell
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Ian DeMeritt
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Tanner Valentino
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Lots of bugs at the peak. overall closer to 9.5 miles round trip. If you are a beginner, dont be fooled by the description describing this as an easy hike

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Pat Fish/ Alyssa Jacino
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HikingBugsRocky

Went 2 weeks ago: easy hike, fairly steep for the last mile or so. Great view of Marcy. Wear Bug Spray!!

B H
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Hiking

Fun hike and definitely “easy” for one of the 46.

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