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Mount Marcy, Keene

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Mount Marcy (Mohawk: Tewawe’éstha) is the highest point in New York, with an elevation of 5,344 feet (1,629 m). It is located in the Town of Keene in Essex County. The mountain is in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its stature and expansive views make it a popular destination for hikers, who crowd its summit in the summer months.

Lake Tear of the Clouds, at the col between Mounts Marcy and Skylight, is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River, via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, even though the main stem of the Opalescent River has as its source a higher point two miles north of Lake of the Clouds, and that stem is a mile longer than Feldspar Brook.
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  • this trail took us almost 9.5 hours to complete, but was a bit muddy and icy on the day we went. There aren't a ton of great views until the end, so make sure you ahve the time and energy to really... 
    this trail took us almost 9.5 hours to complete, but was a bit muddy and icy on the day we went. There aren't a ton of great views until the end, so make sure you ahve the time and energy to really...  more »
  • Went with 3 of my friends and we camped out Friday and Saturday night. Was a very nice view at the top of Mt.Marcy. Now let me explain something, this is extremely difficult but I feel like most... 
    Went with 3 of my friends and we camped out Friday and Saturday night. Was a very nice view at the top of Mt.Marcy. Now let me explain something, this is extremely difficult but I feel like most...  more »
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  • Most difficult hike I've ever done - and I've hiked quite a bit out West - but also incredibly rewarding. We went in late October, when there was some unexpected ice - if that is the case, renting crampons at ADK Loj is a must! Saved our lives. The trail was also VERY wet, so we did a lot of boulder hopping. We went up past Marcy Dam and camped at one of the first-come-first-serve sites on the far side of Avalanche Lake. The next day we proceeded up Feldspar and climbed the south side of Marcy - BRUTAL hike in terms of elevation, but the views of the river ans waterfalls were amazing. Marcy itself has fantastic views of everything, even with the wind whipping around. It was not as cold as we expected, even with the sun going down and ice on the rocks. The trail back down to Marcy Dam was decent once we got past the ice. We found a nice camping site in the wood for the night. Highly recommend going in summer or early fall - we went just a few weeks too late, which made it much harder going. But it was great and definitely an adventure of a lifetime! (Look out for bears! If your bear canister is inadequate, they will tell you at the Loj and trade you for a better one while you are in the park. Taking to the guides at the Loj for a half hour before going in probably saved our lives, they are very friendly and helpful!)
  • This is not a difficult hike but it is 16 miles long for the roundtrip and there is an elevation gain of about 3,500 feet which is sufficiently spread out over the distance of the hike that you barely feel yourself straining. I escaped from Long Island after work, drove through the Queensboro Bridge, arrived in the evening by the trailhead, slept in the car and by 6 AM, I started the climb. It was wet and cold for August weather but overall, I enjoyed the hike, no overheating :-)

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