Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2010-08-24

Climber: Tomoko Nakajima

Others in Party:Ken Hodges
Date:Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked to Skylight, Marcy and Gray from Colden Dam.(camped)

Hiked to Marcy, Skylight and Gray from one of camp sites at Colden Dam with Ken.H. We parked our cars at Upper Works and hiked in about 6 miles with Calamity Brook Trail toward Lake Colden on Aug 23, Monday. About 1 miles or so from Upper Works, Calamity Brook Tr was VERY muddy. Without gore-tex boots and gaiters, our hikes would had been difficult. All 8 Lean-tos were used by someone around the lake, so we decided to set up our own tents at the South edge of Lake Colden. Next morning, we hiked on Opalescent Tr and Feldspar Brok Trail and reached to "Four Corners" (intersection of ADK Tr #121, #122 and #118), then grabbed Marcy/Skylight/Gray peaks altogether. It's .4 miles from 4 Corners to Skylight, 0.8 miles to Marcy. The herd path entrance to grab Gray summit is located just before The Lake of the Clouds. Don't miss cairns at FeldSpar Br Tr.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3544 ft / 1080 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2544 ft / 775 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3544 ft / 1080 m
    Route:Clamity Br Tr, Opalescent Tr, Feldspar Br Tr
    Start Trailhead:Upper Works  1800 ft / 548 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2544 ft / 775 m
    End Trailhead:Colden Dam  2800 ft / 853 m
Ascent Part of Trip: ADK camping 2010 (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Skylight2010-08-243125 ft / 953 m
2Mount Marcy2010-08-243544 ft / 1080 m
3Gray Peak2010-08-243026 ft / 922 m
4Mount Redfield2010-08-251806 ft / 550 m
5Cliff Mountain2010-08-251144 ft / 349 m
6Algonquin Peak2010-08-262315 ft / 706 m
7Wright Peak2010-08-26 
8Boundary Peak2010-08-26 
9Iroquois Peak2010-08-26 
10Mount Marshall2010-08-271564 ft / 477 m
Total Trip Gain: 16524 ft / 5037 m    Total Trip Loss: 12299 ft / 3749 m

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