This challenging 3-day loop takes you deep into the High Peaks, past Avalanche Lake, Lake Colden, and Lake Tear in the Clouds, then climbs over Mount Marcy, the tallest peak in New York State. Mount Marcy is a mecca for hikers in the Adirondacks because it is the tallest mountain in the state and because it has a grand open summit with views over 50 miles in every direction on a clear day.
Though many people hike up Mount Marcy as a day trip, it is a long 14-mile day up the shortest, most popular route, which departs from Adirondak Loj via the Van Hoevenberg Trail. The region around Mount Marcy is a web of trails that lead to six other prominent peaks—Algonquin, Wright, Iroquois, Colden, Phelps, and Skylight—as well as four trail-less 4,000-footers, Gray, Redfield, Marshall, and Table Top.
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