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!
Combined Gray, Skylight, and Marcy. My girlfriend's first trip to the Dacks!!
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!!
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
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
Views were good because the snow was at least 6 feet deep. Had to dig down to the summit sign.
First ones to the summit since the last snow. My friend Chris (already a 46er) broke trail.
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
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
Hiked from Lake Colden, there was one tricky spot, but overall a pretty easy hike.
Climbed from Four Corners. Broke trail to the summit for sunshine and great views of Marcy and Skylight.
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.
Exact day is a forgotten. Lots of snow, back when there were still registers.
Scrambled over from near treeline on Marcy above Lake Tear. I recall the spruce thicket being difficult but not impossible.
we really wanted this one...
the backpacking trip is almost done!!
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.")
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.