Arrived early at the Adirondack loj parking lot. Quite a few hikers already there. Several water crossings were boots came off. Came across snow about 2 miles from summit. Wished i had the microspikes but was able to hike through. Beautiful sunny day great views on top Snow melt was very noticeable on the way down. Trail is well marked.
Done Marcy along with Skylight and Gray as part of a loop from the LOJ. Epic views from Four Corners up to Marcy's summit. Looking across Panther Gorge towards Haystack was breathtaking. Could see hundreds of miles in almost every direction. The descent on the Van Hoeven berg Trail was mostly gradual.
To date now, have climbed this in both fall and winter. Gradual day hike that never really gets steep at any point, but is very long. Great views over the Adirondacks.
No I’m not a 46er, I’m from California I am a 49er!
7 hours great hike windy and cold at the top
Beautiful area...car camped on a jeep road about 0.5mile before the Adirondak Loj, since sleeping in car here was prohibited...Hike was a little harder than I expected but the summit views were worth it! I was amused at all the warning signs about difficulty, maybe in Winter?
Have visited the summit of the incredible Mount Marcy in all four seasons and experienced all of her different moods.
First summit of this peak was back in 1993 while I was pursuing the Adirondack 46R peaks and living very nearby. Was a rainy, viewless day out on the trail but I have since had the opportunity to summit on three other occasions as well as turning back a couple of times high on the mountain.
Most recent visit to the top of New York was in the late spring of 2016 to complete my four season summit experience.
I wanted to avoid the crowds if possible, so I hit the trailhead at 4:30am. Got to the top at 8am, seemed like only one group had gotten an earlier start than me that day. Very nice conditions and good views from the top. Back to the car before noon.
Spent the previous night at the Adirondak Loj & then day-hiked this on a sunny warmer-than-expected day. I think I unknowingly dropped my GPS unit in the trailhead parking lot as it is now missing and that's the last place I remember using it.
We camped at the base after summiting. It was my first high peak and lot of fun. Sadly since we got a late start we didn't have adequate flashlights coming down the last bit in the dark. Good learning experience.
Hiked from the Adirondack Loj. Extremely grueling climb for a 13 year old.
Started at 3am...very windy and foggy at top
Out and back from South Meadow. Strong winds at the top and perfect weather.
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. I have to say, Mt Marcy was the best summit and definitely a good climb after the other two. Wish it wasn't so crowded at the summit, but at least it's spread out. Headed back to the Loj via the Vanhovenburg trail. 11 hrs, 19 miles loop...I slept very well this night when I got home!
My girlfriend and I summited this today. The weather was fantastic, and pretty windy on the summit. This was one of the most exhausting highpoints I've done yet. The hike up wasn't too bad, it was the return trip that was killer. The length of the VH trail was the hardest part.
This was my girlfriend's 5th highpoint and my 35th.
Great time -- though pretty icy above the tree-line.
Second time trying Mt. Marcy -- got turned around on an earlier attempt because of ice & deteriorating conditions.
Started around 6:45 from the South Meadow trailhead, then joined the Van Hoevenberg route at Marcy Dam. I crossed paths with a couple of trail runners at the Dam and wound up following them most of the way up--the terrain was rougher and steeper than they'd expected, so they couldn't do much running. No snow on the ground, but the trail alternated between a mud wallow (on the flatter stretches) and a creek (on the rocky bits), so I bet it had only just melted. The weather up top was abysmal--cold and rain/snow/hailing with 40 mph wind gusts and next to no visibility--so I didn't stick around for long. I made it back to the trailhead in a little under eight hours... not bad for a 15+ mile round trip, but definitely the limit of what I can hike in a day.
Total Hike time was just under 9 hours. 360˚ view worth the time and effort!
My 37th HP. Hurricane Nicole followed me everywhere. Hiked to the summit via the Van Hoevenberg Trail, the shortest and most frequently traveled route to the Empire State's highest parcel of real estate. It's 7.4 miles from the trailhead to the summit. The views at Marcy Dam and the beautiful fall foliage made this all worthwhile. Encountered one other individual on the summit.
We made the summit in a full-on whiteout... couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of me. On the way down, I tore my hamstring and still had another 6 miles out... Good times!!!