Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2020-06-08

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Hillary
Janos Arnosky -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, June 8, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

We woke up at 3 and hit the road at 3:30 to get started hiking at 5:50am. There was a $15 fee to park at the Adirondack Loj, but they did have modern restrooms available which were potentially worth the price by themselves. Lot 1 was maybe 1/3 full and the parking spaces are spaced 10' apart for now. We got on the trail, taking advantage of the early light this time of the year. Half of the drive was in daylight, even.

The trail began on a slight downward grade and then stayed pretty calm for a few miles. The Indian Falls Dam had the first view of the morning. Above that was a second register to sign into and past that the trail began to climb more and we passed a confusing intersection with a high water bridge. Not long after we did an easy stream crossing and realized that the bridge did in fact reconnect with the trail to Marcy. I wondered why the bridge wouldn't be the default trail. We found pink lady slippers and painted trillium along the trail and kept an eye out for other wildlife. We all were in good spirits and the hiking went by relatively quickly. A few people were heading down, but no one passed us heading up. Eventually we found a viewpoint where we could see the summit and get our first idea if our microspikes would be needed. We saw a patch of snow along the ridgeline that was a couple hundred feet long, I actually noticed it from Vermont this last week, but we couldn't tell if the trail went over it, yet. People a week ago complained about post holing and mud, but it had been a hot week with some rain. After the final junction we did pass a single patch of snow on half of the trail, but it was avoidable. Then we crossed a section of bog boards and began walking on bedrock to the top. I took Hillary's poles since they were no good on the rock. I didn't know it, but I'd be carrying them all the way to the bottom. There was some breezy wind on this last section, but it was tolerable between windbreaks. Pretty soon we were at the top, and surprisingly the wind was lighter. We took some pictures and a good look around. This area and mountain range is just massive. So many remote peaks, and not all lined up like in other parts of the country. We learned that the Algonquin name for the peak translates to "Cloud Splitter", which we all liked more than naming it after Governor Marcy.

After summit snacks, we returned the way we came. No microspikes were ever needed and there wasn't any mud that couldn't be avoided by stepping on rocks or logs. We saw plenty more people coming up, showing us that we started earlier than most, and kept a healthy pace. Less than a mile from the trailhead, we passed a person wearing flip flops and talking on her phone. She was excused when we overheard that her shoes fell apart and she had to hike out in her relaxing at camp shoes. Overall, it was an awesome hike and a great day to do it, and Artski checked off his 100th county highpoint!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3504 ft / 1067 m
    Extra Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.4 mi / 24.8 km
    Route:Van Hoevenberg Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2200 ft / 670 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 9 Minutes

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