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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

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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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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Sarah Frick
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Cliff Howe
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Beth Goldstein Dounane
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EZ trail until it's not. the last mile is very very hard. The views are magnificent. get there early for parking. the overflow parking lot is 2 miles away.

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Adam Hansen
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Adam Hansen
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Kristen Cummins
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Fairly flat until the last mile to the summit. Great watering holes near the river.

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Matthew Tebo
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Fan Zhang
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The hike is quite easy until the fork. The last one mile is hard. Bring enough water with you, at least four bottles for each hiker.

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Joshua Clark
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Molly Gallo
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Parking in the Adirondacks is quite a challenge. No one ever seems to mention there is most likely going to be a 2 mile hike walk down a very unkept blacktop road before you even see the trailhead even if you arrive very early morning. Good luck

Peter Rovit
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We hiked out from The Adirondack Loj and camped at the avalanche camp site. The terrain was fairly easy but there were occasional steep inclines. The hardest part of the first leg was the last mile after Marcy Dam, it was mildly rocky but shouldn’t be too hard without full packs. We started our ascent of Phelps Mountain two days later on Tuesday, July 14th even though the weather forecast showed rain. The hike started out mild with little incline. The trail suddenly became far more steep once we came within one mile from the peak. Unfortunately it rained near the peak and we got very wet. The peak was surrounded by fog, and we didn’t get a great view from the summit. I might have to try again in better weather.

Lars A
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Very easy hike first 3 miles until you branch off to go up Phelps . That 1+ mile up is tough and trail conditions were very wet and muddy. There’s a nice view point from top, but rainy and cloudy when I came up, so no views. Lot of fun scrambling close to the top.

Craig N.
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Recording problems on the app, so I missed out on the first half of the recording. Nothing special on the trail. Met a nice Turkish guy from the Dam to the Phelps turn off; PhD candidate in microbiology and epidemiology (which was interesting during the pandemic). I met some really badass ladies, one of who was on #42. Most of the rest of the people I met were Marcy rats or first timers. One mistook Tabletop for Marcy. Temp maxed out at 88°F, drank nearly five liters. Mild dehydration. Could have gone a couple of more miles, but found out dad was ill so I didn’t press the issue.

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Melissa Mchugh
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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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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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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.

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