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Kicked my ass. But got it done

MacNaughton Mountain is a must for those who have completed the ADK46er challenge and want to summit the unofficial #47. This is not an easy hike/climb and does not have much for a rewarding view at the top...however, the rewards are all about claiming you have hiked all 46 high peaks over 4000'...not just the traditional ones. The hike takes you past memories that will last a lifetime (Rocky Falls, Scott Clearing, Scott Clearing Lean-to, Scott Pond, Wallface Mtn, and Wallface Pond)

Great hike! Took my 5 month old Vizsla and made it all the way to Mt. Marcy and back with no problems. The receptionist at the camping office was super rude but other than that it was a great weekend.

Great experience! Started at the Adk Loj main parking area.The Marcy trail is beautifully maintained. Thanks to those who give so much to make it that way! We actually jogged with full survival packs! We went to Tabletop first. Great views of Marcy and some others. Trail has a lot of roots and wash ditches so slow cautious push worked best for us.On the way back hit Phelps trail.Loved it! Challenging and lots of bare rock to walk. Views are outstanding! We were impressed! We especially like the stream along the Marcy trail and the old Marcy dam area. We jogged back on the “Marcy Interstate “ as we call it now. I calculated the trip at 11.2 miles.A totally doable duo bundle for those in good physical shape. Start early to have plenty of daylight.Enjoy!

We know this trail but didn’t actually hike it. We came in via the ASCR trailhead so we could hit Esther Mt. on the way out. A high peak “double dip”.Pretty good route. Lots of grade.Beautiful scenery!About 8 miles or so.Good workout!

Marcy is the ultimate balance of challenge and reward. It’s a long, challenging 15 mile day with a lot of elevation gain, but it’s the peak that got me addicted to High Peaks Wilderness. It begins with a easy 2 miles to Marcy Dam, which has great views of Mount Colden. From there it’s 5 miles of rocks and badly eroded trail. The mountain runoff turned this place into a river on the rainy morning we hiked it. You don’t get any views until you begin the final push through the alpine zone. The above treeline summit of Marcy has spectacular views in all directions, you can see the whole range in all it’s glory. The clouds cleared for a brief 10 minutes as if the reward us for our efforts. When they came back, we headed out. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes strenuous mountains.

6 days ago

This was one of our primary goals on our visit to the ADK region. It didn’t disappoint! Our trip up was approximately 4 hrs and approximately 4.5 down. Very well maintained trail. Impressed with the fact the steward does a high peak 5 days a week. The views today were awesome from the top. Clear and cool on the top! Loved it. Its about getting the 46! One group made this this their 46th. Awesome to be there for that!

Did this in 2015, no views at the top that day but still a great climb.

Did this on July 9, our 17th highpoint. Weather was perfect. This hike is no joke. I see other posts saying “anyone can do it” I disagree. It’s certainly not impossible but it’s long, and coming down seems endless. I would suggest bringing more water than you think you need, and get some training in before you do it. It took us 10 hours with a considerable break at the top. All that said it is a tremendous view and a well maintained trail. Good luck.

It was an awesome hike . The only problem was we started really late (930 am ) for such a long hike ! This meant that we could not take longer breaks . We just did like 10 minutes at the summit and few ones here and there . This considerably slowed us down on our way back . In terms of technically I would term the last 3/4 mile as difficult with boulder and rock scrambling . But nothing too crazy ! The first 2 miles to the Merci dam is easy and then there is a steady climb along boulders from Indian falls for next 3 miles or so . The distance gets to you at the end . We did the last half hour in the dark !! So one should definitely start really early for this one . It is definitely challenging and your legs will tell you that when you wake up the next day !

This hike is awesome. I was debating doing it cuz I had never done one this long but its totally doable and for my first high peak hike I couldn’t be happier. I made it to summit in 3.5 hours and was passing most people on the way. “It’s not that bad” is the perfect description. Anyone can do it! The incline is gradual. Mile 4 and mile 6 are the hardest. Very rocky and muddy throughout; hiking boots are a must. The last half mile is no joke, at some parts I was on my hands and knees climbing. Hiked it July 7th and very cold at top I was SO glad to have brought a coat. Also there are outhouses after mile 2 and around mile 6. Roundtrip is about 15 miles. Shoutout to all the dogs on this trail yall are champs!

Another great adk high peaks hike. Started at the loj and hiked to the damn then up to Tabletop first and Phelps on the way back down. Tabletop is unmarked and muddy like most of the unmaintained trails. Trail is narrow but it’s pretty apparent to follow and there is a summit sign on top. Cloudy the day I went up but it has some views. Going up Phelps was a climb for sure. A lot of scrambling and steeper sections which was tiring but not that bad. A great summit to kick the boots off and have a snack on. Not that busy as most of the hikers you’ll pass will probably be going up Marcy wearing tennis shoes and holding a Poland spring water ball completely unprepared for what’s to come. Be prepared

15 days ago

Great hike! Easy start on flat ground turns to a moderate climb for some miles after Marcy Dam. Finish with some scrambling across rock slabs but not too steep. Windy and cold at the top even in late June! I summited in much less time than I thought, and I was able to add Tabletop and Phelps right from the main trail on my climb back.

My most difficult hike EVER! Worth the view at the top however. I’m 57, and it took me 5 hours up and 4 hours back. 10 miles of the hike are ancient creek bed. Very muddy and difficult! Bring 100 oz water minimum, a change of shoes and socks and Must have bug spray!

Solo hiked to the summit of Marcy on 6/30/18. Well marked and easy to follow trail all the way to the top. Wet and fairly muddy most of the way. Left around 5:00 and only passed and handful of people on the way up. Very crowded trail coming back down with groups that got a later start.

Nicely maintained trail. Easy water crossings. Trail was muddy from rain earlier in the week. Peak was very cloudy and windy. Bring appropriate gear.

My friend and I completed this trail yesterday in one day. We are in our 20s and in decent shape. It took us ten hours to complete it which includes plenty of drinking and picture breaks. We also spent an hour and a half at the summit. The final few miles were a struggle to get through but definitely manageable! It was an incredible hike and I highly suggest it. Gorgeous views on the way up and at the top.

Great hike! Not impossible, but not a leisurely 14 mile stroll either. Snow and ice on the rocks made it a little more difficult than a nice summer day and also obstructed some of our views. Will def do this again!!

Well traveled but also well maintained trail. Bottom is nothing special but once you hit Indian Falls and beyond it offers some great views.

It was amazing

Ran this trail 24 Jun 2018. rainy and wet conditions. trail is largely made up of large boulders and rocks which with the rain, made it slippery and difficult to ascend and descend. trail itself is not steep but is very highly technical (boulders) so expect to work hard both going up and down. the summit views at the top are stunning and well worth the effort to get there. it took us 2.5h to summit and then 1.5h to get down due to the wet rock and slipperiness. trail shoes with aggressive tread and trekking poles were incredibly helpful too! awesome trail and worth the effort to run! youll also want to bring alot of water too as the climbing is hard work. even though it was a chilly rainy day (16C), i finished at least 2L of water

Just finished this hike. Not steep, very gradual elevation gain. Up and back 7 hours. Great view.

Never have done that type of hiking before mostly finger lakes trails.. did it with a 40lb pack on my back and was definitely not in shape for it but when I wanted to stop and turn around I kept going.. climbed to the summit and it was rewarding but it did pour that day so the view was zero it was sleeting and windy as heck. Would def plan my trip better and wait for a clear day to do it again for some better pics!

Hiked in 6/23/18. Weather was cool with on off rain. Trail is well marked and relatively easy if you’re and experienced hiker. A lot of rocky sections. Would highly recommend getting at the loj early as parking was full and i started off at the truck trail which extended my hike to 18 miles. Up and back in 8 hours with minimal time at the peak due to poor weather conditions. Watching weather for my next trip.

HIKED THIS TWO YEARS AGO. Hiked this and was very out of shape but had quite a bit of hiking experience. A lot of great views to be had while hiking and a wonderful trail. Took me around 12.5 hours round trip (once again extremely out of shape so PLENTY of breaks). Quite a steep grade going up with minimal break in the elevation. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a water purifier as you may need it.

What an epic weekend of hiking (Fri June 8th & Sat June 9th) with amazing weather conditions. We hiked Marcy, Giant, & Algonquin in about 28 hours with a little down time to eat and nap.

We started with Marcy (14.9 miles) first around 8am and we probably saw 10 other hikers the entire time, 4 of which were on the summit. The trail was empty and mainly dry and it was a breeze to Marcy Dam. After the dam you do a few miles in the woods and start the climb. Then the final push to the summit is pretty strenuous but it’s so worth the reward and looks a bit more challenging than it really was. There was still a big patch of snow near the top that we spotted and it was much colder and very windy as can be expected. Breathtaking 360 degree views. It’s without a doubt a difficult and hard hike but doable for most people If your even remotely in shape. I drank my entire 3L of water also FYI. Roundtrip took us just under 7 hours!

Very strenuous but very rewarding. Hiked this trail 5/29, it was very muddy most of the way up. Definitely bring at least 2-3 liters of water.

My recording was at 14.8 miles. Don't know where the guy who wrote in a previous review got the 17.9 miles, unless he left from JBL or ascended via the lake Arnold trail and summited up the backside of the mountain. Clear and sunny day, shared the summit with about 8 other people. Hiked the mountain on the day after the Memorial day holiday. Going at this time was by design as during peak hiking season, the summit steward has reported counting upwards of 150 to 200 people on the summit- plan accordingly. Still a small amount of snow in spots but easily avoidable and spikes are not needed at this time.

Did this trail 2018/05/26, had an awesome time.

1/3 is easy until the Marcy Dam.
2/3 moderate and long ride in the woods with some single track.
3/3 summit push, easier than your eyes will see.

A lot of mud and boulders/rocks. Be certain to bring at least 2-3L of water, this is a demanding run.


17.9 miles!!! BRING SPIKES!!!!!!! Again it was not 14.1 miles it was 17.9!!!!!

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