I put this one on my "To Do" list for this summer. Who's been up and what do I need to know before I go?
My fitness level is "good" so I'll have to train up for a 15 mile hike for sure. Planning on August right now (a weekday trip) and will do the Lake George area peaks leading up to this one.I went up it last year right after Hurricane Irene. First off have you hiked other high peaks before? How would you say you are as a hiker? What time of year do you plan on going?
There is no camping allowed above the tree line, and you can only camp in designated areas. Marcy Dam is a good spot to camp. Also of note, if you plan to spend the night, you're required to put your food in a bear canister, as bear bags are prohibited (those bears got smart, and learned how to get to the bags).My fitness level is "good" so I'll have to train up for a 15 mile hike for sure. Planning on August right now (a weekday trip) and will do the Lake George area peaks leading up to this one.
How can I find out about the status of the Marcy Dam bridge? I didn't notice anything about that on the DEC web site. My current idea is to do this in one day and travel light, but I'm open to camping on the mountain too. Is Marcy Dam the preferred spot for camping?
I'd heard you could day trip it from Heart Lake up the "front" side. I did it as a 3 day trip through Avalanche Pass and up the back side.Through Panther Gorge? That would be 10 miles to panther gorge plus whatever it is to the top of marcy and back. Way too far for a day trip if it's the place i'm thinking of.
Great link...thank you!