Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy is the highest peak in the Adirondacks and all of New York. It lies in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. It is a popular destination for hikers due to its stature and great views. The majority of the mountain is forested, although the final few hundred feet is above tree line. The peak is dominated by rocky outcrops, lichens, and alpine shrubs. The shortest and most frequently used route up the mountain is from the northwest, the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which starts at the Adirondak Loj near Heart Lake. From there it is 7.4 miles to the summit, a lengthy roundtrip which can nevertheless be done in a day. A large section of the trail is suitable for backcountry skiing. Lake Tear of the Clouds, at the col between Mount Marcy and Skylight, is the source of the Hudson River.

Mount Marcy SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

240 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jan 14, 2017. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Van Hovenberg Trail, Van Hoevenberg Trail and Johns Brook Trail.

Others who’ve summited Mount Marcy

  • snodough
  • spencernowak
  • COdeacon
  • xpda
  • scienceguy288
  • zChris
  • HikeNY
  • StoneMan
  • sli74
  • cmwebb4
  • Holmes
  • pietroka
  • william.musser
  • corrigan
  • jmosher
  • fred
  • NewEnglandOutside
  • ryan.breen1
  • dmath
  • mc1281
  • RunningWolf
  • shawnbutler
  • simondemers1
  • steveflogeras
  • corrwee
  • bryanroyer
  • river-josh
  • morrison.ryan.k
  • laura12065
  • alan
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Routes Used trails & approaches

35% Van Hovenberg Trail

22% Van Hoevenberg Trail

6% Johns Brook Trail

5% From Four Corners

3% Phelps and Indian Pass Trail

3% Phelps, Indian Pass

2% To Skylight

2% to Haystack next

2% To Gray,Lake Tear,Redfield and Heart Lake

2% From Skylight

2% Phelps trail, Van Hoe trail

1% Upper Works to Colden to Four Corners (21 mi)

1% Elk Lake-Marcy Trail

1% Great Range Traverse

1% From Adk Loj, Marcy Dam passing Indian Falls up

1% Indian Pass, Phelps

1% To Point Balk/Slant Rock

1% Phelps/Klondike Notch Trails

0% Same route down

0% Indian Pass Trail and Phelps Trail


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5,344 ft / 1,629 m


4,914 ft / 1,498 m

Height Rank Range

Adirondack Mountains


New York, United States

Summited by

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  • scott
  • catamount
  • snodough
  • spencernowak
  • COdeacon
  • asamartin
  • xpda
  • scienceguy288
  • zChris
  • HikeNY
  • StoneMan
  • sli74

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