Mount Marcy is the highest peak in New York state and rises to an elevation of 5,343 ft (1,629 m). It is part of the 46-ers of the Adirondacks. On March 29th 2015, we decided to wake up at 3:30am in Montreal and head as a group of four to Mount Marcy. After 2.5hrs of driving, a quick stop at the border and a delicious McDonalds breakfast, we arrived at the Adirondack Loj. The parking fee is 10$ per day for non-members. There are toilets you can use before starting the trail. This is the second time we hiked Mount Marcy, but our first winter ascent. We pushed back this trip two times before because of bad weather, but this time the forecast was on our site. Check out this site for a good Mt. Marcy weather forecast.
We decided on starting at the Adirondack Loj and taking the van Hoevenberg Trail directly to Mt. Marcy and heading the same way back. Last summer, we hiked Mt. Marcy starting from Keene Valley on the Hopkins trail. This trail is a bit longer than the other one.
At 1pm, we were heading back down. There were some hikers that walked up with their skies and skied past us on the way down. The way back took us less than expected, so that we ended up back at the car at 4:30pm. The last part of the trail was already getting slushy as the sun was shining on it for the full day. In total, we hiked 24km (15miles) for the loop and it took us 8hr 45min (including breaks). After the hike we drove back to Montreal and fell happily asleep at 9pm :)
|Mount Marcy Dam.|
|Hiking through the snow-covered trees|
|The last stretch to the top with an amazing view.|
|The top of Mt. Marcy!|
|On the way back down. The sun warmed us up.|
All pictures were taken by Andreas Spielhofer. Thanks!
The maps are from National Geographic.