Ascent of Mount Marcy on 2015-07-20

Climber: Michael Vecchiarelli

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Monday, July 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Marcy
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5344 ft / 1628 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is the
- 5th Adirondack High Peak I have bagged
- 6th state high peak I have completed.

What a fantastic hike. The trail to the top is well maintained, easy to follow, and mostly easy. Only the last half-mile of the ascent is challenging. We hiked this trail on a Monday to avoid the weekend crowds and were rewarded with a relatively empty summit. We were the 32nd, 33rd, and 34th people to summit that day.

We had lunch at the top, enjoyed unbelievable 360 degree views and relaxed for a while before descending. There is a trail steward at this peak during peak season to remind people to respect the alpine vegetation, and to provide a lot of useful information about the native flora and fauna.

I would recommend this hike to anyone who enjoys hiking, as long as they can handle 15 miles in 1 day.
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Perfect weather atop NY (2015-07-20). Photo by Michael Vecchiarelli.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3189 ft / 972 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.6 mi / 23.5 km
    Route:Van Hoevenberg Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2155 ft / 656 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Near perfect day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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