Mount Marcy Climber's Log

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daburns21 - Oct 5, 2018 5:00 am Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2018

Mount Marcy  Sucess!

7 hours great hike windy and cold at the top


marciamallow - May 26, 2018 1:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2017

HP #35  Sucess!

Beautiful 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?

Puma concolor

Puma concolor - Feb 8, 2018 1:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1993

Home state highpoint  Sucess!

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.


wannabepeakbagger - Aug 27, 2017 1:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2017

van hoeven trail  Sucess!

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.


Tracy - Jul 23, 2017 7:57 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2017

via Van Hoevenberg trail  Sucess!

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.

Flake74 - Mar 26, 2017 3:41 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2013

Summited via Adirondack Loj.  Sucess!

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.

urraca man

urraca man - Nov 16, 2016 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013

Mount Marcy  Sucess!

Hiked from the Adirondack Loj. Extremely grueling climb for a 13 year old.

jakegarber - Sep 8, 2016 9:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2016

1st to summit  Sucess!

Started at 3am...very windy and foggy at top

nannerbots - Aug 29, 2016 12:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2015

HP #8  Sucess!

Out and back from South Meadow. Strong winds at the top and perfect weather.


CRiedel2 - Jul 31, 2016 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

Gray, Skylight, Marcy

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!


skinnywhitecomic - Jul 26, 2016 9:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2016

HP #35  Sucess!

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.

Ajeeth Ibrahim

Ajeeth Ibrahim - Jul 12, 2016 6:45 pm Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2015

First Time summiting Marcy  Sucess!

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.


larvitar - Jun 25, 2016 10:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2016

Larvitour Stop #22  Sucess!

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.

Tim_Kroeze - Feb 17, 2016 10:35 am

Long But Worth It  Sucess!

Total Hike time was just under 9 hours. 360˚ view worth the time and effort!


Marlin - Feb 1, 2016 6:40 pm

HP #37  Sucess!

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.


TheWolfIsLoose - Oct 30, 2015 10:49 pm

First ADK Peak.  Sucess!

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!!!


themickfromjerz - Sep 22, 2015 11:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2013

Winter Hiking  Sucess!

I did a hike in June a few years ago I am interested in doing a winter ascent of Mount Marcy. Two or three friends and I would be looking to do this anywhere from December to March.

What do you think would be the best time do this? What Equipment is necessary? Crampons, snowshoes, beacons or radios?

We would be intermediate experienced backpackers and outdoorsmen.

Anyone have any suggestions?


Bobboll - Sep 16, 2015 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015

Hp#2  Sucess!

Great hike we started out from the parking lot at about 6:30 am a little chilly 35* the vanhoevenburg trail easy until you get past Marcy dam than rocky and wet up not to bad made it to the top a little after noon time had a nice lunch than started down this was the most challenging part by the time we reached the dam our legs were burning the last 2 miles of relatively flat trail seemed to never end but it did and we made it back to the car by 6:30 pm it took 3 more days for our legs to feel better it was awesome give me more!!!!!


JRaphaelson - Sep 6, 2015 11:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015

Great Range Traverse  Sucess!

Brutal hike. But well worth the effort.


Jenniferzivic - Jul 21, 2015 12:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2010

Adventure Travel Gal  Sucess!

Not sure when I did this one but it must have been somewhere in 2010. I am from New York and climbed a lot of those in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Just decided to do the 50 peaks so figured I should log this. It would have been my first I think.

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