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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5/1/2010

Great hike, steep climb. The snow slowed us down quite a bit, but got a great view from the top

9/2/2007

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 afterward....my muscles are still tight as I write this 4 days later. Feel free to contact me...HykyrJoe >>>>>Jmaryanski@msn.com

8/24/2007

Well worth the effort. From the ADK Loj this trail is a steady climb with a spectacular last half mile over open rock.

7/28/2006

it rained on us the whole time. almost 8 hours of going up and back down - thoroughly soaked. that said, it was a great hike. the weather kept the temperature down some, and kept many people off the mountain. we couldn't really stop and enjoy the summit, though, and the trail was mostly just a river by the time we were coming down off the mountain. just our luck. but we did it anyway, and we loved it.

7/8/2006

Our day began at 5:00 am. After packing up our tents, we made the quick drive to the Adirondack LOJ. We decided to take the Van Hoevenberg Trail which begins at Heart Lake. We began our hike at 7:00 am after parking the car which costs $9.00 at the trail head. There is water for drinking at the trail head as well. I have rated this trail a 3 our of 5 stars for one reason. Be prepared to share your hike with a few hundred of your fellow hiking buddies if you decided to hike on any given weekend. There are more people on the trail at Mount Marcy than on most suburban streets. If you are just peak bagging like we were, it's an in and out affair. You are there to get to the top. But, if you are looking for some solitude in the woods of the Adirondacks, look elsewhere. This is an 8-10 hour hike if you take your time. Also, bring extra water / filter / purification system as you won't want to carry 8-10 liters of water on the trail, but you will need it. We finished our hike at 4:00 pm after a good days hiking.

3/10/2006

Loved it! Make sure to stop to talk with the workers at a local hiking/rock climbing store to get the scoop on free DEC campgrounds and also pick up a bear container if you don''''t have one. Yes there are many hungry black bears and not many places left to hang food. The bears have even figured out how to get food from designated hanging spots. The great part of this hike other than the 360 views on top of Marcy (the hightest point in NY State) is that after spending three days in the woods, you can go get a beer and hang out in the town of LAke Placid. I highly suggest Carribean Cowboy, best food I''''ve had in a while.

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