Climb Mount Marcy – The Highest Peak In The Adirondacks
Mount Marcy | Lake Placid, NY
- Roundtrip: 15 miles
- Features: Alpine forests, expansive views
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Get There: 1002 Adirondack Loj Road
Topping out at 5,343 ft, Mount Marcy is the highest mountain in New York State, located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid. The 7.4 mile trek to the summit is long and arduous, but can be made by all levels of hikers in one day. There are many scenic landscapes along the way, including a rare ecological zone of endangered Arctic Alpine plants and a 360-degree view of the pine forests and rocky outcrops once you reach the top.
The mountain itself is named after William L. Marcy, a 19th century governor of New York who encouraged exploration of the area. The first recorded ascent was in August 1837 when geologist Ebenezer Emmons led a small party in search of the East Fork of Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest water source of the Hudson River.
Be sure to do some research about which of the many trails is best suited for your skill level. And, remember to pack plenty of water, snacks, and multiple layers of clothing – weather at the summit is always cooler and much more unpredictable than at the trailhead.