Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mt. Marcy, New York (State Highpoint #12)

Mt. Marcy  (5,344') via Van Hoevenberg Trail,  August 23, 2009.

Distance: 14.8 miles

Elevation gain: 3,600'

Trailhead:  Parking is at the Adirondack Loj, I-87 exit 30 to Route 73 toward Lake Placid, 26 miles.  Left on Adirondack Loj Road, 4.6 miles to end.   There is a parking fee. 

Hiked with the Mountain Mommas (Norm, Rich, Charlotte, Eileen, Art, Marie, David). After the long ride to the Lake Placid area and a big meal, the group sat around discussing the hike.

Mt. Marcy is New York's state highpoint and Rich and I were determined to bag this peak.

The group expressed concerns about the weather.  Several of our friends indicated they would not hike in the rain.  We dissected the forecast and discussed waiting a day (showers were a possibility). 

And, we were concerned about the length of the trip; none of us had hiked over 14 miles and some were unsure they'd be able to summit. 

Finally a plan was devised; break the trip into 3 parts.  The group would hike together to Marcy Dam. Those not able to go on would picnic there and head down to the car when ready.  Remaining hikers would hike to Indian Falls and those who wished to could turn back at that point.  Those who continued from that point would shoot for the summit, about three miles from the Falls.

We awoke to cloudy skies.  The group got to the trailhead early to guarantee those wanting to complete the hike could do so in daylight.

Trail sign
View of the summit early on.

Marcy Dam came up quickly and no one was interested in turning around.  We headed toward the falls.

Marcy Dam

Indian Falls is lovely and we lingered a bit, enjoying the view and playing on the rocks.  No turn-arounds.

Charlotte stopped to take a photo (Alpine Cranberry?).

We ascended into the clouds and lost all hope of a view. Still, we were all together continuing on as the trail got steeper and more challenging. 

Heading up toward the summit
Eileen in the mist at the top.

The summit is rocky and bare, and quite busy. We stopped for a few photos before heading back.
Plaque at the summit.

Group photo - we all made it.

Rich and I headed down the mountain with Eileen and Art. Art's knee was injured and going was slow but we got back before sunset.

This is my first Adirondack summit, 12th on my list of state high points. I didn't know it at the time but it would be the start of my quest to complete the Northeast 111