5,344 ft / 1,628 m


4,914 ft / 1,497 m


281 summits

Top climbing months

July   19%

September  17%

August   15%

Most climbed route

Van Hoevenberg Trail

Class 1 • 3,225 ft / 983 m gain


  • Mount Marcy is the highest peak in the Adirondacks and all of New York state.
  • Lies in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
  • A very popular summit due to its stature and great views.
  • Majority of the mountain is forested, although the final few hundred feet is above tree line. The summit 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 often attempted in a long 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.
"This was a beautiful weekend with perfect weather to combine camping and hiking with my wife Brigitte Doyon. We arrived late Saturday at the South Meadows trail-head. We then headed pass the Marcy Dam and settled our tent. On that Saturday we took the rest of the day to go to Indian Falls lookout. On Sunday morning, we started our hike around 7h30am to head to Mt Marcy. It was so beautiful, the view at the top is amazing. The vegetation as we get near to the top reminded me of a hike we had done in the Parc de la Gaspesie for a mountain called "Mt Jacques Cartier". I have to admit that I f" - CPaquin, Sep 16, 2017
"Car camped at S. Meadow and got a 7:30am start at the trail head. 37 degrees to start. The trail was in great shape. My 1st Marcy summit from VanHoevenberg Trail. Took an hour lunch/rest break before descending. Stopped at Indian Falls, which is approx 1/2 way point. Arrived back at trailhead at 6pm." - johngilligan, Sep 2, 2017
"Hiked with Kim and her cousin Nick. Started early from the Loj at 6am in order to beat the rush since the weather forecast was good. The trail from the Loj to Marcy Dam was all ice and very little snow. The trail got much better from there all the way to the summit with hard packed snow. We used microspikes all day and carried our snowshoes. Only got windy once we got above treeline, there were 20-25mph winds and the temp was -10 to -15 degrees with the windchill. We didn't spend much time at the summit due to the temperature. We saw tons of people on the way down, which was expected because o" - LGH-Tom, Jan 14, 2017
"Hiked with Thomas and Nick. We hiked from the Loj starting at 6am. Used microspikes all day. It was a fun hike even though the summit was extremely cold. I had no problems all day until we got back to the parking lot and I fell on some ice as soon as I took off my microspikes. Oops. Great day and another high peak done. " - Kim-Stilson, Jan 14, 2017
"Unbelievable hike, my third time was a charm! This was my wife's 1st time, we went up the Phelps trail, a moderate hike all the way. It was cool and partly cloudy skies but the clouds were high and the views were plenty. When we summited Marcy we figured we were feeling good so we decided to do Skylight and Gray. Skylight was another Gem and really not much effort coming from 4 Corners. Gray was actually the toughest of the three because it was steeper and more rugged terrain plus we were already 10 miles and two mountains in. But all three were worth every step, we then went out via the dire" - hbotc, Jul 30, 2016



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