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Mt. Marcy

Mt. Marcy Via Johns Brook Lodge. The Highpoint of New York State.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 18 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview:  This is actually the slightly longer approach to Mt. Marcy but I feel like it is a better one because it offers a loop hike at the end... more »

Tips:  The Garden Parking lot is easily found by following the signs for it in Keen Valley on Route 73. To get to Keen valley Take exit 30... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Garden Trailhead

Park here and head down the trail marked "Phelps Trail" towards the famous Johns Brooke Lodge. Make sure to sign into the register.

2. Johns Brook Lodge Area

Great place to find a campsite if you are planning on doing this long climb as an overnight. There are also some great swimming holes around this area!

3. Trail Splitting Junction

Around this area you will see signs for the Hopkins trail which will be the trail for your descent. Just continue on up the Phelps Trail instead.

4. Van Hoevenberg Trail Junction

At this junction veer left to follow the Van Hoevenberg trail for a short distance until you mee the Hopkins trail for your descent.

5. Trail Junction

Head right following the trail up to the summit of Marcy. There will be a lot of climbing.

6. Summit of Mt. Marcy

You are standing on Mt. Marcy, the state highpoint at 5,344 feet. This summit was named after William Learned Marcy who was once governor of New York. President Roosevelt was climbing near this area when he found out Mckinley had been shot and was dying. When he got out of the woods he learned he had become the next president. Mt. Marcy seems ... More

7. Hopkins Trail Intersection

Take a right and head down the Hopkins trail to complete the loop hike of Mt. Marcy. This will reconnect with the Phelps trail after a few miles to follow Johns Brook and pass Johns Brook Lodge.