Adirondack Park: Marcy Dam

Delve into the rugged folds of New York's MacIntyre Mountains on this gentle 4.4-mile out-and-back.
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Delve into the rugged folds of New York's MacIntyre Mountains on this gentle 4.4-mile out-and-back.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.6

Waypoints

MCD001

Location: 44.1828308105469, -73.9627380371094

Begin on Van Hoevenberg Trail meandering through a flat, diverse forest with sturdy red and sugar maples

MCD002

Location: 44.1831741333008, -73.9607543945312

Straight @ 4-way. This trail is named after Henry Van Hoevenberg, a local who helped build the first trails in the Adirondack high peaks decades ago.

MCD003

Location: 44.180118560791, -73.9596710205078

Cross long, wooden footbridge over MacIntyre Brook

MCD004

Location: 44.1783218383789, -73.9596176147461

Skirt E of a small marsh

MCD005

Location: 44.1723709106445, -73.9589385986328

L @ Y, staying on Van Hoevenberg Trail

MCD006

Location: 44.1705894470215, -73.9555969238281

Thick, slippery roots litter the trail

MCD007

Location: 44.1669387817383, -73.9535217285156

Continue straight, circumnavigating the E base of Whales Tail Mtn.

MCD008

Location: 44.1631889343262, -73.9515762329102

Cross wooden planks over small streamlet rushing into Marcy Brook on L; proceed down stone steps

MCD009

Location: 44.1596183776856, -73.9526519775391

Take steps uphill

MCD010

Location: 44.158748626709, -73.9511489868164

Marcy Dam (721 ft.). Lean-tos and tent platforms surround pond with 180° views to Mt. Colden, Avalanche Mtn., and Wright Peak. Campsites on first-come basis. Retrace steps to your car

Boulder-laden brook

Location: 44.1589050292969, -73.9515991210938

Marcy Brook at the base of Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault

Panorama Payoff

Location: 44.1591835021973, -73.9508056640625

Mt Colden, Avalanche Mtn. and SE shoulder of Wright Peak from Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault

The Dam at Marcy Dam

Location: 44.1592292785644, -73.9511337280274

Riffles of runoff over Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault