Van Hoevenberg Trail

Lake Placid, New York

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In the High Peaks Region, this demanding all-day or overnight hike arriving from the north offers the shortest approach to Mount Marcy—at 5,344 feet, the highest point in New York State. The first recorded ascent came in 1837, and a continuous stream of feet has followed. To the Indians the mountain was known as Tahawus, or “Cloud Splitter,” an apt name. If you enlist for the challenge, you’ll reap a sweeping High Peaks panorama. Rare arctic-alpine habitat, wildlife, and scenic brooks step up the reward.
Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

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Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)

In the High Peaks Region, this demanding all-day or overnight hike arriving from the north offers the shortest approach to Mount Marcy—at 5,344 feet, the highest point in New York State. The first recorded ascent came in 1837, and a continuous stream of feet has followed.

To the Indians the mountain was known as Tahawus, or “Cloud Splitter,” an apt name. If you enlist for the challenge, you’ll reap a sweeping High Peaks panorama. Rare arctic-alpine habitat, wildlife, and scenic brooks step up the reward.

© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Lake Placid
Distance: 14.8
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9-11 hours
Season: Best for hiking summer through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: New York State DEC, Region 5, P.O. Box 296, 1115 Highway 86, Ray Brook 12977; (518) 897-1200; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), Adirondack High Peaks Region map (available at traditional and online bookstores or from the ADK online store: www.adk.org) or National Geographic, Adirondack Park Lake Placid/High Peaks map (available at traditional and online bookstores)
Topo Map: Van Hoevenberg Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2011

A great trail. While not technically challenging to climb, it's a long steady way up. The Dam is nice & for a while your always in earshot of phelps steam so you hear it in the background. I found the trail a bit tight due to the narrow blocked in trail. It does not get open till you get up pretty high. All in all it was fun though. My friend and I did have a hard time finding designated camping areas (I think you have to take one of the side trails) so good to figure that out at the info center if your going to stay overnight but most seemed to do it all in a day. I have a video & picks of my experience on my website http://hikingcampingtrails.com/mt-marcy-summit-and-camping

7/27/2010

My first high peak, did it with my 18 yr old daughter. One of the best days of my life.

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