Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2011-08-17

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

My dad and I got to the Adirondack Loj at 7 AM. We packed our stuff and started the hike up Mount Marcy on the Van Hoevenberg Trail.

The trail kept an easy difficulty past the Algonquin Peak trailhead 0.9 miles down the trail to the Marcy Dam at 2.1 miles.

The Marcy Dam was a good-sized dam, and was a checkpoint for us. We took a break there to get some water, and then continued.

The trail kept an easy/moderate grade for a mile or so after the dam. There was a bridge that could be crossed if the river (which the trail crossed) was too high to be crossed. The trail eventually passed the Phelps Mountain Trail and, after a short while, crossed the river and began ascending at a steeper grade.

The trail passed through woods to the Indian Falls. We took a break there and took in the view of the falls and Algonquin Peak. Then we continued.

The trail kept a moderate/steep grade for a mile or so, and then leveled out. Eventually, we reached a viewpoint that revealed a great view of Mount Marcy's summit. We took another break, and then went towards the summit.

There were a few trail junctions along the way after that. The trail eventually reached treeline and began climbing steeply. It wasn't easy, but we finally reached the top of New York.

I got pictures of the summit marker and plaque. We ate, drank, relaxed, and after a half hour, went back down the mountain the way we came up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.8 mi / 23.8 km
    Route:Van Hoevenberg Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  1844 ft / 562 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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