Gray Peak Climber's Log

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CRiedel2 - Jul 31, 2016 12:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

Gray, Skylight, Marcy  Sucess!

Hiked up from the Loj, took the Lake Arnold trail up and across to the other side. Then up to Gray Peak, then Mt Skylight and finished with Mt Marcy. Gray Peak herd path was easy to find and follow with a couple short scrambles. Very small summit area and it seemed a lot of people were doing these 3 peaks today. It got crowded very quick, but nice, friendly people to chat with. Headed back to the Loj via the Vanhovenburg trail. 11 hrs, 19 miles loop...I slept very well this night when I got home!


TheWolfIsLoose - Nov 2, 2015 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2015

Gray, Skylight, & Marcy  Sucess!

Combined Gray, Skylight, and Marcy. My girlfriend's first trip to the Dacks!!


tigerlilly - Feb 20, 2014 9:11 am Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2014

This is happiness  Sucess!

Started from the lean to at the base of Mt.Marshall. A long beautiful gradual incline practically to the base of Mt.Marcy. When you get to the lake, take a left into the woods. The trail is a little hard to find. Windswept drifts from there so we broke trail. Gorgeous summit views. A perfect day!!!!! We went off to bag Skylight then hiked out in the dark to the parking lot (15.5 mile hike!) Long day but spectacular. enjoy!!


Gratton89 - Nov 17, 2013 9:29 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2013

Fogged in  Sucess!

Wet day , didn't really see much up there that day. Left from the LOJ, nice hike in...I'll just have to do it again :)


Onager - Nov 4, 2013 1:20 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2013

Nice lil' climb  Sucess!

Summited Gray Peak during a Saturday through Monday backpacking trip. We backpacked in the rain Saturday night to one of the Avalanche Lean-Tos from the ADK Loj, spent the night, woke up late on Sunday morning and hit the trail to Feldspar via Lake Arnold. There is one section on the way to Feldspar that is currently flooded and requires balancing on the many floating logs on the trail. We then took the trail to Lake Tear of the Clouds and followed the herd path up to the summit of Gray Peak. Wasn't a particularly difficult hike up, but was steep in certain sections. Good view of Marcy on the summit! We then continued onto Mount Skylight, our last 46er!


yadahzoemtn - Sep 1, 2013 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2008

Winter and Summer  Sucess!

Succesffuly tagged Skylight and Gray from Upper Works with Don, bob, and Roman. #2 Winter ascent with Dan on 02/15/2009 from the LOJ. Successfully tagged Skylight, Gray and Marcy.

jpbourque - Oct 13, 2011 12:58 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2011

Gray, Redfield and Cliff from Lake Colden  Sucess!

Canadian thanksgiving weekend. Summer weather throughout. We left Montreal at 3 pm and started hiking at 7 pm in the dark from South Meadows. We camped at avalanche lake tent site. Next morning we dropped our stuff at Lake Colden and hiked Gray from Lake Tear. First unmaintained trail to summit.The day after, we hiked Redfield from Uphill lean-to and met a lady 46er and her son. Desccended to the fork with the trail to Cliff Mt. An a propos name for that mountain. On the 10th we hiked back to the car and stopped at the Mountaineers in Keene.


Bkoziol3 - Aug 22, 2011 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011

Gray  Sucess!

Not too impressed with this peak this day(overcast and drizzle).. only recommend it if you're going for the 46. It's hard to justify choosing this peak over Haystack, Skylight or Marcy.. Probably would be a nice winter climb when the snow is over the trees.. #21


stokel - Jun 17, 2011 11:23 am Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009

First Winter Trip  Sucess!

Views were good because the snow was at least 6 feet deep. Had to dig down to the summit sign.


triyoda - Feb 6, 2011 2:53 pm Date Climbed: Jan 14, 2011

Breaking Trail  Sucess!

First ones to the summit since the last snow. My friend Chris (already a 46er) broke trail.


JimWallace - Mar 23, 2010 11:22 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

This was beautiful on this day.All in part of a 6 summit 2 day adventure.With over 4ft of packed snow upon the summit raising us above the trees opened up some hidden secrets only visible in the heart of winter from this mountain.I raise my personal rankings 7 points for this baby...JW


JimWallace - Jan 6, 2010 10:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Gray on a Sunny Day  Sucess!

This was part of a 4 mountain day.The ascent was easy,but the bushwhack back to marcy was the hardest mile I've ever done.Hidden drop offs,impenetrable cripplebrush and swarming blackflies add to the fun.The NYS DEC is stopping people from hiking across this direction now due to people getting hurt and damage to the alpine vegetation on the slopes of Marcy.I've done it and wouldn't try again anyhow...Jim w


EastcoastMike - Jul 23, 2009 8:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009

From Lake Colden

Hiked from Lake Colden, there was one tricky spot, but overall a pretty easy hike.


starship_jen - Feb 22, 2009 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2009

From Four Corners  Sucess!

Climbed from Four Corners. Broke trail to the summit for sunshine and great views of Marcy and Skylight.


Tahawus - Aug 11, 2008 9:50 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2006

Gray Peak  Sucess!

Climbed with Skylight via the Uphill Brook Trail from Tahawus. The path to the top was pretty easy going and the summit provided excellent views of Marcy, Skylight, Redfield and the other peaks in the surrounding area. Lake of the Clouds was a nice treat as well.


MoapaPk - Apr 3, 2008 8:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 1971

jun 1971 marcy-skylight-gray day  Sucess!

Exact day is a forgotten. Lots of snow, back when there were still registers.

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Aug 18, 2007 5:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1979

Scramble from Marcy  Sucess!

Scrambled over from near treeline on Marcy above Lake Tear. I recall the spruce thicket being difficult but not impossible.

The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 6:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2005

ADK #43  Sucess!

we really wanted this one...
the backpacking trip is almost done!!

The Ogre

The Ogre - Jul 18, 2006 12:01 am

Gray (between Marcy and Skylight) March 2006

Van Ho trail from the ADK Loj. Marcy, bushwhacked to Gray and down, back up to Four Corners and Skylight. Out via Lake Arnold. Solo. Bushwhack down Gray very hard; not on herd path. 7-8 feet (2 meters) snow on Gray that was melting in the midday sun. Horrible spruce traps; I needed 2 hours to go 1/2 mile downhill on Gray. (If you don't know what a "spruce trap" is, send a pm and I'll explain. I'm sure many of you do know, and many of you don't, or at least don't know the slang term "spruce trap.")


chilkoot - May 16, 2006 2:51 am Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2004

Last but not least  Sucess!

Climbing up Gray Peak ended my quest to climb the ADK 46 and also the Northeastern 111's (115). Hiked with a great bunch of guys and had bad weather set in, preventing us from cracking open our bottle of champagne until we made a brief stop at Marcy Dam for just that purpose.

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