Van Hoevenberg Trail

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Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 15.3 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.

15.3 miles
4,389 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



cross country skiing


nature trips





wild flowers




8 months ago

nice !

Friday, August 18, 2017

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!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

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.

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, 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, 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

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The hike to Mount Marcy,highest peak in the Adirondacks,was out of the question due to our itenerary,so we just hiked to Mount Marcy Dam(2.3 miles).The hike with our 60+ lb.backpacks was somewhat strenuous that day as it had recently rained.However,the hike was nice,and I would definitely do it again.At the dam there are several lean-tos which we stayed in for one night.Again it rained,but we viewed it as pretty anyway.I suggest either hiking or backpacking,but take one thing into consideration:the Mount Marcy lean-tos are beat due being over-used and some of them are no longer available.Also,assuming you bring your tent,you may have to set it up a night or two before getting a lea-to.The trail itself to Mount Marcy is approximatley 7.4 miles and is strenuous at times.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

the hike was rated easy on a few websites and i'm sure to some it is, but I thought some parts were difficult. it was a beautiful hike with spectacular views at the summit.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Easy peak with great views.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Need to have exp. not for the faint of heart,but the veiw is great in all directions

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Marcy is the highest peak in New York and a very popular hike. This is also a classic backcountry ski tour.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Did marcy just days before Irenne. Irene knocked the bridge off the top of marcy dam

Friday, August 12, 2011

Did this hike in one day with 2 friends a month ago. It took us 4 hours to get up and 4 hours to get down. The trail itself is quite eroded and was pretty muddy (it had rained the night before.) You are basically stepping from rock to rock until you reach the tree line. As a 64 year old it was tough on the knees. There are a few prolonged steep pitches, but it's not too bad. The view from the top was spectacular (highest point in NY State.) Did see teenagers in clean new running shoes on the way down, but I would recommend a good pair of boots.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

camped at Indian falls, summitted Mt Marcy the next day

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