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.
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