Upper Works to Adk
ElevationAscent: 1,516' 462 m
Descent: -1,111' -339 m
High: 3,011' 918 m
Low: 1,820' 555 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A point to point hike (two cars) that goes over lakes, streams, with awesome views of lakes.”— KC93 Ci
There is a lot of rock hopping and even a few boardwalk-crossings over the lake. From here, follow a steady downhill next to a stream past a few Lean-tos to Marcy Dam. Cross the stream there and follow up to the end of the ADK parking lot.
Continue up until you get to Flowed Lands. Here you can head right or take a short detour to view the lake straight ahead. After taking some time to see the sites, get back on the trail and head left around the lake past a few lean-tos for about 1.5 miles. You'll pass the trail to Mount Marshall on your left and eventually come to a T that will take you to either Mt. Marcy or Avalanche Pass. Turn left onto Avalanche Pass Trail and go around Lake Colden where you'll eventually reach an Interior Ranger Outpost.
After this outpost, the trail gets a bit more difficult. Rock hop and climb next to Avalanche Lake over a few boardwalks for the next 2.1 miles. This can get pretty sketchy in wet weather, so plan accordingly. Have no fear, however, this should easy for the experienced runner, or a good challenge for a less-experienced one. Head over Avalanche Pass and follow the trail downhill until you cross over Marcy Creek. Along here there are a bunch of lean-tos for 0.8 miles until you go over Marcy Dam.
After Marcy Dam head 1.3 miles up to the ADK parking lot.
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