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)
Driving Directions: Directions to Van Hoevenberg Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2011
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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
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My first high peak, did it with my 18 yr old daughter. One of the best days of my life.


8/1/2009
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very crowded. Trail was soggy and trampled. Beautiful views on summit


7/19/2009
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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.


6/11/2009
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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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