Mt. Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,101' 945 m
Descent: -3,101' -945 m
High: 5,181' 1,579 m
Low: 2,160' 658 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)
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“The most common route to the highest point in New York State.”— KC93 Ci
As with the rest of the Adirondacks, it can get muddy, so make sure you walk through the mud and not off the trail to minimize impact.
From the dam, run downstream to the bridge and continue left following the signs to Mt. Marcy. From here it is 0.7 miles to Phelps Mountain Trail, which surprisingly takes you to the summit of Phelps Mountain (4,140'). Continue past this trail and pass Indian Falls where you'll encounter a stream crossing. This area is the steepest and most difficult of the entire run.
After this steep stretch, follow the trail for about 1.2 miles to an intersection that will take you down to Bushnell Falls. Continue straight, beyond the treeline threshold, and push to the summit. Enjoy the view!
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