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

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