4,160 ft / 1,268 m


207 ft / 63 m


164 summits

Top climbing months

July   17%

August   11%

January   10%

"Hiked from the Loj with Tom. Met a nice Canadian woman on the way up and shared the summit with her. Hiked back to the loj quickly after summiting. Overall a nice day for a short hike. " - Kim-Stilson, Jan 5, 2019
"Hiked with Kim. We started later in the morning, just after 9am. Took our time to Marcy Dam and then made our way to the Phelps junction. The last mile to the summit was slow paced. Trails were a little mushy on the way down as it was a warm day for January in the high peaks. Bare booted until the last mile, where we put on microspikes. Carried snowshoes all day, but they were never necessary. No trails had more than 8" of snow and almost nobody was wearing snowshoes. Quick hike down and back to the Loj. " - LGH-Tom, Jan 5, 2019
"We started out wanting hike Street and Nye but the water crossing was not passable so we turned around and went for Phelps. At just under 9 miles RT and 2300 ' of gain to the summit of 4160', Phelps is one of the easier ADK high peak hikes and on a 20 degree day with bright sun and lovely ice flows it was a lot of fun. We took our time as we had a newer hiker along with us and enjoyed a great lunch on the summit." - deb-and-rob, Dec 9, 2017
"Phelps was the easiest of the three high peaks I've climbed so far. It was still difficult...just easier than the other two! The first several miles along the Van Hoevenberg trail are relatively easy. The last mile to the summit is a bitch! The view from the top is worth it though! " - jennifermurphy, Sep 23, 2017
"Headed out Today for 46ers #'s 6&7. Phelps was first on the list. This was our first high peak since late 2015. Beautiful day to be in the mountains, great views from the top. The trail was not as steep as what I expected. A great one for people starting off the 46ers to try, as it gives you an idea of what to expect trail wise. 40 more to go from this point." - UK-Ranger, Jul 29, 2017



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