Van Hoevenberg Trail

HARD 28 reviews
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Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.4 miles
4540 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips



cross country skiing



wild flowers




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2 months ago

A fantastic day-hike that allowed for a full Adirondack experience. The hike was beautiful the entire way, but the views and scenery definitely picked up passed Marcy Dam. Once you get into the alpine zone (and above treeline), weather can get spotty -- depending on the day you go. Make sure you are prepared with proper rain gear, heat gear, etc. I visited a few days ago, and Marcy summit -- with windchill -- was probably in the low-40s (and in the 70s-80s at the base). I missed the summit marker at first because of how foggy it was, and talked with a few other hikers at the bottom that did the same. If you start going down in elevation, you went too far.

As for trail dynamics, just follow the blue blaze-medallions posted marked on the trail to get to Marcy summit. Try to start early if possible -- as the parking lot and trail can get crowded (5:45am was a nice starting time -- got back around 1:30-2:00pm). Trail difficulty picked up after the Dam, and it's definitely a workout. I would not recommend going if you aren't adjusted to longer, more strenuous hikes, as this will definitely have you going towards the top (not as bad as a few in the Whites, but equally a tough workout). Bring boots, as this is a very rocky trail. Lots of water too!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Would do again. Amazing hike. Beautiful the entire way. First two miles to Marcy dam are easy. Next two miles are hard. Final push to the top was very hard but not impossible. Bring poles and boots for the mud. Park at the end of the loj road at the loj. Fee is like $10. Follow the blue markers to the top because there are no signs with this trail name on them. Just follow the signs for Marcy. Once you get above the tree line the views are incredible. It was a bit chilly up there for August, like 47 degrees or so. The views are worth the challenge. Try to go on a clear day and use the mountain forecast site for weather updates

4 months ago

11 months ago

Friday, August 05, 2016

This is a very busy trail. This trail is like an artery for the high peaks. It's maintained well. The trail does get busy/crowded, but there are some steep sections that involve a little rock scramble. I've hiked this trail several times while doing the 46er.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friday, June 03, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What a wonderful trail! Started hiking around 6:50 am and got back around 6:30 pm. It was amazing and the views were spectacular, took us longer than expected because we did take a lot breaks on our way to the summit but worth well worth it overall. Will definitely hike again the future! Also be sure to pack enough water and some snacks, you'll need it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Done this hike twice, once in the winter(what a bear) and once in the summer. The summer trip was great, with Brian and tommy(flip-floppin it of course) absolutely beautiful views on the way up though challenging with it being so warm. The view from the top is incredible, nothing like mountains in every direction to realize how far out you are. The hike down was quick, we stopped at a waterfall off the trail, water was freezing but felt great. Spent the night camping near marcy damn and then packed up and hiked out in the morning. Would have loved to do the loop down the other side of the mountain, another trip will be in order.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fantastic Trail. But... it is considered one of the toughest day hikes in the U.S Bring plenty of water..And bring cold weather, wind proof clothes. Its is windy up there.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Hard because it's length.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This is an all day hike. The terrain gets rough after you pass the dam. Bring enough food and water to last at least 8 hours. I don't know what the views are like from the summit because the weather turned. The fog was so thick we couldn't see more than 10 feet