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Backpacker Magazine – October 2010

The Peak: Mt. Marcy, Adirondacks, NY

Take the scenic--and sporting--route to New York's highest summit.

by: Berne Broudy

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Mt. Marcy forms the western wall of Panther Gorge. (Tim Seaver)
Mt. Marcy forms the western wall of Panther Gorge. (Tim Seaver)

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Adirondack Trails: High Peaks Region ($20,

Adirondak Loj Wilderness Campground on the shores of Heart Lake ($35 for two people).

Peak to view Marcy 
Climb 4,960-foot Mt. Haystack, via 3.5-mile-long Bartlett Ridge from Warden’s Camp. You’ll see Panther Gorge’s deep void and experience airy solitude punctuated by the High Peaks.

Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley, famous for its pies and killer milkshakes.

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Aug 07, 2011

Nice write up and photos of your experiences. If anyone's interested in my experience this summer, I have a video of my climb, photos, gps trailhead coordinates and waypoints at my site

Dec 25, 2010

Are there any plans to create a downloadable trip of this itinerary with directions & waypoints? I would like to hike this during the Spring 2011 wildflower season and, while an experienced hiker, I've only truly "backpacked" a few times and' as trip leader, need as much knowledgeable guidance as possible!

Mike F.
Nov 14, 2010

I enjoy trail running and am always looking for a challenge. This past July I ran/jogged/walked to the top of Mt. Marcey from the Loj and back in a little under 5 hours (100oz Camelbak, three Powerbars) and loved every minute of it. It was about 72F and calm at the trail head and about 52F and very windy at the peak. Actually only about 7 miles of the 15 mile out and back trail from the Loj is very runnable. The scrambles force you to slow down a bit and recover for the next runnable stretch. The rocky sections make it slower coming down than going up. If you're a trail runner give it a try.

C. Kerchner
Nov 12, 2010

We took our Boy Scout Troop 377 (Reading, PA) to the ADK and hiked up to Mt. Algonquin (2nd highest) starting at the Loj. Fabulous hike; though as mentioned, quite a bit of scramling to get there. We're looking to go back and tackle Mt. Marcy, soon.

Scott Bahantka
Nov 11, 2010

I loved Mt Marcy!! Granted its a long day, 14 miles, but its a very do-able day hike! Great views, Park steward at the summit, not as crowded or busy as you may be led to believe.


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