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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- Distance: 3.6
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Begin on Van Hoevenberg Trail meandering through a flat, diverse forest with sturdy red and sugar maples
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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.
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Cross long, wooden footbridge over MacIntyre Brook
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Skirt E of a small marsh
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L @ Y, staying on Van Hoevenberg Trail
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Thick, slippery roots litter the trail
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Continue straight, circumnavigating the E base of Whales Tail Mtn.
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Cross wooden planks over small streamlet rushing into Marcy Brook on L; proceed down stone steps
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Take steps uphill
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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
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Marcy Brook at the base of Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault
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Mt Colden, Avalanche Mtn. and SE shoulder of Wright Peak from Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault
The Dam at Marcy Dam
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Riffles of runoff over Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault