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Mt. Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail

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The most common route to the highest point in New York State.


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14.0

Miles

22.5

KM

Loop

5,181' 1,579 m

High

2,160' 658 m

Low

3,101' 945 m

Up

3,101' 945 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

57%

Max Grade (30°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Parking fees at the Heart Lake Program Center: $15 per full day, $7 per half day (after 1pm arrival). Members of ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) are charged $7 per full day, $3 per half day.

Overview

Enjoy great views, a well-maintained trail, and the highest point in NY (5,343')! While it may not be an incredibly difficult hike, it is a long one, so make sure your stamina is up.

Need to Know

There are a few stream crossings throughout the hike, so prepare for wet feet.

As with the rest of the Adirondacks, it can get muddy, so make sure you walk through the mud and not off the trail to minimize impact.

Description

Park at the ADK lot and start your journey. Follow the Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy Dam which proves an easy and oft-traveled trail. When you get to the dam stop and look around. The views are great!

From the dam, hike downstream to the bridge and continue left following the signs to Mt. Marcy. From here it is 0.7 miles to Phelps Mountain Trail, which surprisingly takes you to the summit of Phelps Mountain (4,140'). Continue past this trail and pass Indian Falls where you'll encounter a stream crossing. This area is the steepest and most difficult of the entire hike.

After this steep stretch, follow the trail for about 1.2 miles to an intersection that will take you down to Bushnell Falls. Continue straight, beyond the treeline threshold, and push to the summit. Enjoy the view!

History & Background

The highest peak in New York State, Mt. Marcy stands at an impressive 5,343' above sea-level.

Contacts

Shared By:

KC93 Ci with improvements by Ben Brosseau

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Approaching the summit of Mt. Marcy.
May 27, 2015 near Lake Pl…, NY
Almost to the top.
May 27, 2015 near Lake Pl…, NY
Just follow the "yellow brick road!"
May 27, 2015 near Lake Pl…, NY
Phelps Brook Dam Pond
May 27, 2015 near Lake Pl…, NY
Little Marcy
Jul 28, 2017 near Lake Pl…, NY
Indian Falls is a great example of the rock type present in the Adirondacks
Sep 29, 2015 near Lake Pl…, NY

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May 23, 2020
Carter Waldeis
13.9mi
Aug 7, 2019
Rock On
Jul 31, 2019
Jeff F
14mi — 8h 00m
Jun 16, 2019
D.S. Hariharan
10h 45m
Jun 15, 2019
Csaba Nemeth
Started late, wet trail due to recent rain, high wind at summit.
May 1, 2019
Genady Shagal
Oct 6, 2018
Geoff Pleiss