Adirondacks State Park

Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy is the highest peak in the Adirondacks and in the state, rising 5,344 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by the other high peaks of the MacIntyre Range, which extend in a southwesterly and northeasterly direction through the west central portion of Essex County. The divide between the Hudson and the St. Lawrence Rivers passes over its summit, and to the southwest, at the base of the cone lies Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds, the highest lake source of the Hudson River.

When the first recorded ascent of Mt. Marcy was made in 1837 by Professor Emmons and his party, there were no trails or guide posts. They struggled through virgin forests which, especially in the dense alpine growth of pure scrubby balsam near the top of the mountain, made for tough-going. Today, however, the peak can be approached on well-marked trails from four directions. Many of these trails have interesting variations and side trips.

Northern Approaches
Van Hoevenberg Trail
Avalanche Pass
Indian Pass

Eastern Approaches
Johns Brook
Hopkins Trail
Range Trail

Southern Approaches
From Tahawas
From Elk Lane

Western Approaches
Tupper Lake

Registration Booths
Registration booths have been erected at important trail access points and junctions.

Everyone using these trails is urged to sign the registers and give the additional information requested.

Note: The High Peaks has, in recent years, received extremely heavy use during the month of August and on holiday weekends, particularly Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends, often resulting in all lean-tos being occupied. It is wise for the cautious hiker and camper to carry a tent for shelter and rain gear.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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