Mt. Marcy Summit and Camping

Last couple steps

In the heart of the Adirondack Mountain Range you’ll find Lake Placid which is best known for being a host to the Olympic games and is still an Olympic training center. Mt. Marcy, the highest mountain peak in New York State, is located close to the training facility which seems very appropriate since it’s a challenging climb. Follow along as we climb this Presidential Mountain (Theodore Roosevelt) for a long day of hiking and overnight camping on this beautiful mountain.

While this is a very safe hiking for people of all levels, note the warning sign when you get near the top:  “Warning, weather subject to severe change. Do not proceed beyond this point without proper gear.”  Near the top of this mountain conditions are similar to big mountains where weather can change quickly (High winds, bad storms, etc) so come prepared just in case.

Location: Lake Placid, NY
GPS Trail Head Coordinates: 44.182, -73.964 (High Peaks Information Center)
GPS Waypoints: GPX CSV KML Google maps
Duration: Full Day Hike or Overnight.
Season (video): Summer
Weather Conditions (video): Partly Cloudy
Trail (video): Van Hoevenberg Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 14.8 miles (23.7km)
Peak Elevation: 5,344ft. (1,629m)
trong>Elevation Gain: 3,600ft. (1,097m)
Views: Adirondack mountain rages, Phelps Brook, Mt. Marcy Dam, Indian Falls, Mt. Marcy, Phelps Mountain, Table Top Mountain
State Park: Adirondack State Park
Access: Drive to the High Peaks Information Center for Parking ($10/day, 2011).

Recommended Supplies: Enough water for a strenuous full day hike (stream water also an option if you bring filter or Water Purification Tablets), full meal, Energy Bar, map, Compass, First Aid Kit
Other:  Hardened Bear canister
Common Wildlife Encountered: Bears
Safety Direction (if lost):North



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