Mount Marcy - New York Highpoint

OutAndBack • 14.8 mi • 3600 ft

Highpoint rank by height: 21st. We will use the trail that starts near Heart Lake and the Adirondak Loj. No, this is not a spelling error – it was named by Henry Van Hoevenberg, who opened the Loj – er, lodge – starting in 1890. Mr. Van Hoevenberg apparently was fond of phonetic spelling. This trail is called the Van Hoevenberg Trail (guess who it was named after). The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) maintain the Van Hoevenberg Trail. This is the most popular trail used to access the Mount Marcy summit. If the name "Lake Placid" sounds familiar, it should be. Lake Placid was the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. This is also the main reason that the USGS quadrangle maps for this area reflect the metric standard. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt was “highpointing” on Mount Marcy when he was summoned to assume the Presidency upon the death of William McKinley in 1901.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Placid
Length: 14.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Class 1 - Strenuous
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,180 feet
Top Elevation: 5,344 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Marcy, Keene Valley
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Great hike, steep climb. The snow slowed us down quite a bit, but got a great view from the top


This is one of the hardest day hikes you MUST do. GPS indicated a total elevation gain overall of 7000' over the 14.8 miles we clocked for the day. (The 3300+/- of ascent to the summit itself, plus all the up hill's both going to and returning from the summit.) We found all trail intersections clearly marked. There IS a wonderful plaque at the top dedicated to the 1st party to make Marcy's top rocks. The DEC/ADK steward was quite informative and gladly took pictures of my girlfriend and myself. There were at that point 125 visitors to the top so far by 1:00 pm when we made it over the many rocks near the top. (5 hours from the start) We returned downward after a long hour in brillant sunshine and views to 85 miles + in all directions. Stopped at Indian Falls both going and returning to rest our weary feet. Spoke with many we met on the trail ( We didn't go to be by ourselves!!) And hyked downhill to Marcy Dam with that DEC/ADK/Iraq War Vet Mountain Steward from Rochester, NY. who took our pics @ the top, We finished extremely beat, sore, hungry, and sweaty but happy. Plus we got great scoups of info on the entire Adirondak Park from the Steward. Bring extra water or filtration... the water levels were very low.. Marcy Dam lake had exposed sandbars showing.... and the water pipe at the dam wall was yielding nothing. Total time on trail 11 hours... 7 actually in motion, 4 resting. average speed 2.4 MPH... Bring Ben or Mineral Ice along for muscles are still tight as I write this 4 days later. Feel free to contact me...HykyrJoe >>>>>

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