The rain was getting heavier as I was walking. This was all rugged Adirondack hiking and rock climbing. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Colden at the green arrow. Once, about halfway up, I came to a 4-way intersection in the trail at 3.6 miles. Marcy overnight hiking and camping - See 76 traveler reviews, 131 candid photos, and great deals for Keene, NY, at Tripadvisor. Early in 2014, my wife, Peggy, and I agreed to join a group of our friends on a hiking trip in the Adirondacks. Location: 44.1531334, -73.9402695 Prior to our hike, we soaked up advice from experienced hikers. Now that the bridge over Marcy Dam is gone (as of fall 2011) the entire route is about 1min longer in total, so starting the clock on the other side removes this handicap. The morning light on Heart Lake, adjacent to the Loj, was spectacular, so I grabbed my camera and tripod to capture this gorgeous light and the stillness of the water. The Van Hoevenberg Trail begins at the Adirondack Loj (near Heart Lake), and is a 15.4-mile hike to the summit and back. This is partly because it leaves you starting about one mile further away from Mt Marcy, so itâs not as popular as the Marcy Dam starting point. They slept in this lean-to - well half of them and cooked down at Marcy Dam- part of Wilderness Bear protection, do not cook where you sleep!!! That easy trip from the Loj to the Dam in the early morning, suddenly became an exhausted hour-long trip that seemed endless. The reflections on the calm water tells the story. Some of this advice was good, some not so good, some scary, and some that caused us to think if this was a good idea. A popular camping option on the Mount Marcy trail is near Marcy Dam, which offers views of the high peaks and is only 2.3 miles from the Mount Marcy trailhead at Adirondak Loj at Heart Lake, part of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Location: 44.1579819, -73.9506989. The view with Wrightâs Peak did grace a holiday card this year for one of the Scoutâs family. From the base, it is roughly 7.3 miles to the summit of Mount Marcy, making it a very long day hike. Within the first hour past Marcy Dam, we were into some tough terrain over mountain streams, rocks and boulders. All the previous dams were temporary ones made out logs so they could be broken down and provide water to Marcy Brook to float logs down stream to the mills. For reference, Marcy Dam is shown on the map above at the red arrow, and Mt. Lean-tos and tent platforms surround pond with 180° views to Mt. Location: 44.1589050292969, -73.9515991210938. It would have been another hour to the top and down, and seeing our time was limited, I wanted the photo time and the time to appreciate the incredible view. An early version of the dam was constructed by the Conservation Corps during the 1930s. After much preparation they left and hiked into Marcy Dam. All Rights Reserved. We have always enjoyed the Adirondacks, but our past trips there have been mostly for sightseeing. ©Marriane Perreault. The next five hours, however, were anything but simple. Strong thunderstorms rolled in with heavy downpours. (2), New York State DEC Back Country Camping Rules. This time, however, our goal was to climb to the top of Mt. Marcy Dam. Capturing this was easy; every view was incredible, and it didn't take much thinking or creative photography to get good shots. Start along the trail until you each the Marcy Dam. That easy trip from the Loj to the Dam in the early morning, suddenly became an exhausted hour-long trip that seemed endless. (14), Comments This was 15 minutes of fast shooting with little time for composing or thinking about what I was doing. When we arrived at the Loj at 8:00, we all celebrated the success of our journey. They are beautiful and dramatic... All content © 2020 Scott C. Hooker Photography. From Keene Valley we hiked in to Marcy Dam and set up base camp. Marcy Dam. Some of those photos are included here. Last planks before the summit. It's hard to put into words the feelings of the last few days. The dam that is here now was completed in the 1960's and was the first permanent dam on the site. One good thing about the South Meadow Trailhead is that itâs less heavily trafficked. At times, my hiking boots felt like concrete blocks. Not just the Marcy pictures but all you others too. We would have to beat our climb time to make it to the Loj before it got dark. So, this goal seemed an impossible feat, but nonetheless, we were excited to give it a try. The trail up Marcy that begins at the Adirondack Loj at Heart Lake is also the shortest by 1.5 miles and starts with hiking a rolling to gradual trail for 2.3 miles to Marcy Dam. Mount Marcy: Mt. Marcy the previous day in ideal conditions; nightly temps hovered around -15° F, but were no match for my Feathered Friends -60° sleeping bag and the 4 season Big Agnes Battle Mountain 3. Aside from Marcy Dam, our first real waypoint came in the form of Indian Falls, a stunning vista carved out by a small stream a few miles below the summit. Boulder-laden brook. "Something about me stinks, something about me smells." At the Marcy Dam, the forest does begin to open up, and after crossing over the bridge on the dam, the elevation and topography of the trail itself begins to change dramatically. Up until there the trail is easy overall. Our descent back down to the Adirondack Loj began at 3:00. Marcy from Mt. I dragged my camera along with me--probably not a good idea--to capture the hike and the view at the top. We signed in at the Loj to begin our hike at 8:00 am not realizing what the next 12 hours would bring us. This is one of the most popular hikes in the region, and its 3,300-foot elevation gain offers a number of unique and spectacular viewpoints. Crossover the Marcy Brook and then bear right. Road Trip Mt. Yes. ... Gray Peak, Mt. --Umphrey's McGee, Images This was the stopping point for me, Peggy and Diane. Marcy the following day, but weather put a damper on it. We arrived at Marcy Dam within the first hour. It takes an hour of walk to get there from Heart Lake. On the left, Phelps Mountain, 32nd highest peak. However, the last reliable source of water is at Indian Falls where the Van Hoevenberg Trail intersects Marcy Brook (~3600 feet elevation). Starting from the Adirondack Loj follow the Van Hoevenberg trail 2.3 miles to Marcy Dam. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Round Trip Hiking Mileage: 16 miles Starting on the Van Hoevenberg Trail from the Adirondack Loj or near Heart Lake, the trail is easy until you reach Marcy Dam. Marcy Dam (721 ft.). We summited Mt. Took out the poncho to cover the whole body and backpack. My sonâs first High Peak area hikes included Marcy Dam & Mt. The shortest route to its cone-shaped summit is from the Adirondak Loj parking area. We arrived in rain and the forecast for the next few days was not expected to be very good, so our group began to think of alternative hikes in case we got rained out. Marcy . Marcy Dam is the name given to the dam and the pond it created on Marcy Brook. Scott C. Hooker - Rochester Wedding Photographer. Climbing Mt. Marcy. I got up at 6:00 am the next day to see the morning sun push out the black clouds and bring beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds everywhere. The clouds were amazing, and it was truly like being on top of the world. Past the tree line, the peak of Mount Marcy is rocky and exposed. Photo: Brian Mann It is a stunner of a fall day and I'm hiking in along the trail to Marcy Dam. A simple task. Our campsite at Marcy Dam, Adirondacks, NY. It was rebuilt most recently during the early 1970s. There are four routes for summiting Mount Marcy. Left and right were labeled âski trail onlyâ and forward was labeled âto Tabletop Mountainâ. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. Twitter-style @usernames are linked to their Twitter account pages. We probably were, but we had great guides, a lot of encouragement, and the desire to make this "bucket list" experience a true success! The summit ahead. My sons and I took to the road for an overnight trip to the adirondacks. Recommend you camp at Marcy Dam. You have quite a talent. It takes less than an hour to get to Marcy Dam, and we did it in about 45 minutes. Marcyâs trail was becoming. Panorama Payoff Is there water access on the trail? Follow trail R after crossing boardwalk-capped dam . Mount Marcy peak is the highest point in New York state within the High Peaks Region. Entered into the trail in the forest. Retrace steps to your car. Marcy and Phelps Mtn. From this point, the hike continues to follow the Van Hoevenburg Trail to Mt. This is a challenging hike due to its length. In fact, most of the times there really was no trail at all, just big boulders to climb over. I darkened the clouds on some of these for additional effect. Hike for 2.3 miles on the Van Hoevenberg Trail through forested terrain and eventually come to the Marcy Dam. At times, my hiking boots felt like concrete blocks. An hour into our hike, we crossed the scenic wooden Marcy Dam, taking in the spectacular cross-pond views of Mount Colden, Avalanche, Wright Peak, and Algonquin. Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State, towers over the Adirondack region at 5,343 feet. Mount Marcy is the highest of the High Peaks, and its impressive presence commands the view from many other peaks. Although there were 13 in our group, only five of us decided to climb Marcy. Crossing a stream (there's also a bridge for crossing when the water is high) First clear view of Mount Marcy from the trail. Soon it started raining. Q: How many Mount Marcy trails are there? Hiking to Marcy Dam. Mt Colden and former Marcy Dam Lake It seems that most Adirondack runs have three phases â the approach, which is usually the best for pure running, then the transition, which is partially runnable, followed by fast hiking as the steeper rockier sections near the summit are covered. At 5,343 feet, Marcy is New York's highest peak. Scott, you have some amazing photos here. The thunder and wind were so loud overnight. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically. To reach Marcy Dam, the driver had to go through a gate, which apparently had been left unlocked following a recent mountain rescue, and ignore signs against motorized use. 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