Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures
by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
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
My first high peak, did it with my 18 yr old daughter. One of the best days of my life.
very crowded. Trail was soggy and trampled. Beautiful views on summit
What an intense hike especially since climbing vertically 3,224 ft in 6.7 miles. Well marked but oh so muddy because it has been a wet summer in the Adirondacks. A fair amount of rock scrambling that needs to be done in order to reach the summit and sometimes quite slick. The views from the summit are amazing. Finished the hike in 7hrs 10 minutes.
After a night celebrating in Stowe after hiking Mount Mansfield, we drove due west to the ferry across Lake Champlain. Our destination was Mount Marcy, the NY high point. We arrived early enough to set up camp at Marcy Dam. The night was interesting as a friendly bear tuged at our tent. Needless to say I was a bit juiced once daylight broke!
This trail is long, wet, and arduous. There are multiple vantage stops that are well timed, actually. Indian Falls is probably the last place to filter water, though the climb from there was pretty overcast.
We ran out of water as we approached the final ascent. Not knowing for difficult the climb would be ahead of us, we chose to press on, knowing we needed to hike another 2 miles before getting back to Indian Falls. The rocks were very slippery upon approaching the first summit, and the howling winds were about us all the way to the true summit. The nasty weather prevented us from taking a picture at the summit, and I have since bought a waterproof case for my ancient camera. There were few visitors that time of day with us, but we saw more folk on our way down.
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