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.
My third 46'er, from the Loj. Light snow, full overcast (of course ungodly perfect weather the day after) didn't see a single person most of the way up until I shared the summit with a crazy peak bagging couple and their baby who also had neither crampons nor stabilizers on. Round trip in a little under 8 hours. Make sure you check out Indian Falls!
I've climbed Marcy several times, and put it as the best in the ADKs because of the awesome ski trail descent. You have to be patient to catch it in good condition, but when you do, it's unbeatable.
Theodore Roosevelt was hiking on Mt. Marcy when he learned of the death of William McKinley. TR would become one of the finest presidents of the US.
Climbed this one several times although the peak has turned me back more than once. In fact, it is on Marcy that I have had the roughest weather and highest winds I have ever experienced on any summit bar none. On one particular december day in 1994 it was -25 celsius and the winds were howling to about 120mph = no summit. Then again, on one fine day in August of 1998 I was able to summit Grey, Marcy, Colden and Phelps. In other words, mountains, as easy as they may be to climb on the best of days, can easily shrug you off with foul conditions. Our passage on their summits is always dependant on nature's permission and Marcy, a trivial mountain technically speaking, is no exception.
Climbed Marcy, went over and up Skylight, then back over Marcy as part of a weekend trip.
Hiked via the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the ADK Campgrounds. A much harder hike than I was expecting. 11 hours round trip with approximately a 1/2 hour hiking after nightfall. Beautiful fall colors and amazing summit views. A great first mountain for me and an opportunity to stand on top of New York State for a moment in time...
Lots of snow. Should have brought tele-skis!
Started at the Adirondack Loj on the VanHoevenberg Trail at 9:35 AM. Rainy day. Reached the summit at 2:45 PM with my wife. High winds and mist at summit. Low visibility. Hiked down on slippery rocks. Used headlamps for last mile out. Reached parking lot at 7:00 PM. HP #25.
Great hike in September with no bugs and lots of sunshine.
Hiked up it with my parents on a summer vacation. I just remember it being chilly and windy on top and being incredibly tired by the end of the hike. We started from the Loj, so it was a 14 mile round trip.
It was a very long hike. Coming down the rocky creek beds is very unpleasant on the feet and every few steps it seem as if a rock rolls out from under you. The views were beautiful from the top and it was rather windy and chilly on the summit. Definitely worth the hike.
Prefect day. Very long, wet ascent with great clear visibility.
My first ascent of many. I prefer the approach from Tahawus to the Van Hoevenberg trail...relatively few people and more interesting. It makes for a challenging day hike. Winter Ascent on 12/30/79.
We had a great day on Marcy, even if it did rain on us on the descent. The Daks are a beautiful place and Marcy is a jewel! Check out our report and pics at Natural Born Hikers-Mount Marcy