Mount Marcy: Adirondack State Park, New York

Standing a lofty 5,344 feet above sea level, Mt. Marcy in the northern Adirondacks is the highest peak in the state of New York. Resting wondrously like a pyramid, Marcy holds a bit of mysticism, wonder and challenge in scaling the top of this peak. But by no means is hiking to the top of Marcy a quick walk in the woods.

The first ascent of Mt. Marcy was made in 1837 and since then the mountain has served as a prime destination for winter and summer hikers alike. Although technically not the most challenging hike, be prepared to spend a majority of the day on the trail. Hiking back and forth in one day can be accomplished by following the seven mile Van Hoevenberg Trail on the north side; the shortest trail to the top, of about nine marked approaches from north, south, east and west.

At seven miles to the summit from the parking lot of the Adirondack Loj, which is a nine-mile drive from Lake Placid Village, the trail head is accessible and convenient. It

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