Climbed 8 hours R/T from the South Meadow TH. I couldn't ask for a better day with clear skies, temperature in the 50's(F), and the autumn leaves in full color. Met fellow SPer Palflax near the summit. My 27th state HP.
Note to self: Never, ever, ever drive up from NYC on a Friday afternoon. The 5 hour drive took 8 1/2 hours.
Got a very late 1PM start on the Johns Brook Trail but made excellent time and was on top by 4:30PM. Planned on camping at slant rock but was moving so fast that I continued back to my car which I reached in the dark around 8:30. Kind of upset I lugged 30lbs of overnight gear up and down but the day was ideal. Extensive views with temps on top around 50F with warm late afternoon sunshine.
Great day climbing, We could hear thunderstorms on other mountains but no rain on us! After Mt. Marcy we summitted Haystack, Basin and Saddleback. Long day but a lot of fun.
Sometimes you have only one day to do a climb when traveling. My day included rain and then snow at the top. The visibility was 30 feet and the wet rocks on the trail nasty. But I persevered and was the only one on the summit. Strange for such a mountain. I descended the wrong trail in deteriorating conditions and had to reclimb 500 feet to find the correct one. Still it is a fond memory.
Climbed it in a sustained, heavy downpour and wicked winds. The trail was more like a stream and we were completely soaked through. The views from the summit were nil and the wind was knocking us down. My partner and I agreed that it was the most miserable hike our our lives. Other than that it was great.
3 h up.
Climbed via the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj. Stabilicers were a must this time of year. Made it up to treeline in shorts but was blasted with cold winds and freezing temperatures upon reaching the alpine zone. My first mountain over 5000' and my first state highpoint as well!
My very first mountain. Climbed in the middle 1980s. I have been hooked ever since!
Solo hike from the Loj - car door to summit 2 hours 40 minutes.
Winter climb, at least 4 ft of snow even on the trails. Didn't have snowshoes so was a tough slog to the top. Was about -10 and 20mph winds on summit, didn't get much of a view!
Trip report written and filed. It was a wet and muddy slog to the top and back!
Finally got around to posting.
I had never hiked the ADKs and never hiked in snowshoes. That said, here's my account of the hike.
I had seen a "life list" hike for Marcy in a mag. and decided to do it. Signed in at the trail head at 5am and started out. 0 and snowing. After about a mile I had to stop and strip down, way over dressed, I wore only Lifa top and bottom under snow pants and jacket for the rest of the hike. The trail was only broken about half way and that hadn't been hiked since the last snow. I was only able to take 10 steps without stopping once I got to the 3500ft mark, it was steep and deep and still snowing. Didn't get to take as many pics as I wanted to since I neglected to buy base layer gloves for under my mittens, plus it was a gray day. Close to the tree line two skiers skinned passed me and then started down(I was a little jealous because it must have been a blast). The wind was blowing between 25 and 40. Stopped to put crampons on for the rest of the way. I could see the top but not the trail although the cairns did help. Making my way up the snow got worse and visibility went to zero. I kept going till I got to the top but turned right around to GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE! Back at the spot I had put my crampons on(I found it by the orange tape I tied to a rock) there was no sign of my tracks or the trail. After 15 min. of looking I just head down. Bushwhacked for 40 min, crossed my own tracks, and decided to take the map and compass out. Found out I had gone too far to the left and ended up in a valley with a stream with the trail on top of the mountain in front of me. 2 more hrs of bushwhacking and I was on the trail with about 5 miles to go. Back at the car at 8pm. I thought I was staying the night, which would have been fine, but was glad to be back at the car. 15+ miles, 15 hrs, 40 lb pack and I can't wait to go back
Windy but beautiful day with great views. Just a few people at the summit including the Summit Steward who was roping off the delicate vegetation areas.
A very wet and slippery ascent up the Van Hoevenberg trail. Some snow/ice remaining.
Five of us made the trek down to bag Marcy. It was two of my buddies first time in the High Peaks. Had a perfect day with great views but very crowded on top...
I forget the exact date. It drizzled most of the day and the visibility on the summit was about twenty feet.
One of my favorite winter summits experiences. We were backpacking over Mt Marcy, intending to continue to Mt. Colden area. Descending by glissade to treeline on the other side of Marcy, we found impassable trails - sinking into snow up to chest deep, even with snowshoes. Facing either many miles of this slog or a return the other direction, we chose to turned around. We summited for the second time at dusk, just as the clouds cleared and the sun set. Amazing view.
I grew up in NYS and after moving to Colorado and becoming a hiker I was ashamed to admit that I had never been to the Adirondacks. Finally remedied this on my last visit home for Christmas with a climb of Mt. Marcy. It was gray all day, but the summit was actually above the clouds! Amazing. Had the summit to ourselves.
My partner and I were coming in from two different locations and got our trailheads mixed up. So by the time we finally got together, we got a late start. It was in the high 60's and cloudy when we left. We set up camp early and as the day went on and the sky cleared the temp dropped down into the 30's. We summited the next day in a snowfield. Great views though!
SOLOED THE VAN HOEVENBURG TRAIL WHICH WAS ROUGH GOING FOR A DESERT DWELLER...LOTS OF MUD AND ROCK HOPPING
We did Marcy as part of a 3 day loop in the 'Daks. Great fun.