Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2012-08-16

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Gordon Callan
Ephie Callan
Nicholas Callan
Dylan Callan
Date:Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

25th ADK Peak! Within recent weeks we have begun the "what peak should be last" discussion. My thoughts were Mount Marcy would be a good last peak given it's height, views and general overall significant within the High Peaks region. Our plans quickly changed however when relatives (uncle, aunt, and two cousins) traveling from California sent out an email stating "Hey were are climbing Mount Marcy on Thursday, anyone interested?" We decided it was a great opportunity to hike with some relatives we don't get a chance to see very often. We departed from the Adirondack Loj at 8:30 am and took the Van Hoevenberg Trail. Since we had recently hiked this trail for Phelps and Tabletop, it felt quite familiar. We took our time heading toward the Marcy Dam which we paused at briefly for some water and photos. We then continued on until the Phelps Mountain Trail where we again paused briefly. The trail then continues on to areas of level grade interspersed with areas of moderate incline. We paused at the Hopkins Trail intersection, taking in a few more snacks, talking to some backpackers who had been out hiking for a few days and reenergizing before working to complete our ascent. It took us quite a while to actually ascend Marcy once we reached the Hopkins Trail Intersection as there are several areas with some amazing views. We stopped to view each of these (and to rest) as once you pass the tree line, the trail covers mostly bare rocks with steep ascent. The summit of Marcy is wide, open and expansive. There is a bench marker present as well as a plaque telling about the history and significance of Marcy. It is said that you can view 43 of the 46 ADK peaks from Marcy. It was a relatively clear day (though windy on the summit) and the views were quite stunning. It would have been great to have a little more time on the summit to try and count and identify as many as possible. After resting for a while, taking in the views and eating some lunch we began our descent. Leaving the summit of Marcy felt sad, as though we had not yet seen what we needed to or "taken our time with it." Marcy was clearly a summit to return to.

Highlights: Magnificant 360 degree views, hiking with family, boardwalk area just prior to the summit is peaceful and gives a great view of "what's in store", seeing so many peaks and so far in the distance!
Summary Total Data
    Route:Van Hoevenberg Trail (61)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Partly Cloudy, Warm, Windy and Cool on Summit
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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