Mount Marcy


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New York
5,344 ft

“I’m headed out to the East Coast, lord knows I’ve paid my dues, getting through…. Tangled Up in Blue” – Bob Dylan

Why This Mountain?

Tami has long wanted to hike on the East Coast. She has selected mountains that would represent different ranges and states in order to see as much as she can in a short time. She selected Mt. Marcy because it is the highest peak in New York state and in The Adirondacks.

Mountain & Route Facts

Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 5,343 feet (1,629 m).  It is one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.  It is located in the Town of Keene in Essex County. The mountain is in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its stature and expansive views make it a popular destination for hikers, who crowd its summit in the summer months.

Tami hiked the Van Hoevenberg Trail which starts at Adirondack Loj near Heart Lake.  It’s 14.8 miles with 3,724′ of gain. The first 2.1 miles are relatively flat with only about 200′ of gain. At the end of this section will be the  Marcy Dam (a beautiful spot for pictures). Another stopping point is Indian Falls about 4 miles in. It’s located 100 yards off the trail but has a spectacular view of the Adirondacks and Algonquin. The trail section to the summit after Indian Falls is steeper and covered in large rocks and tree roots. The last .75 miles is even steeper with a scramble over boulders. The trail can be very windy above the tree lines. The trail is also wet and muddy in many sections which make the rocks a bit treacherous.  There is a lengthier trail, Johns Brook Trail which is 18 miles and a two day southern approach that is even longer which starts at one of two major trailheads, Upper Works or Elk Lake.

Visibility on the summit occasionally affords very distant views of most of the Montregian Hills volcano chain in Quebec’s St Lawrence valley as far north as Mont St Hillaire. Views of Burlington and Lake Champlain adorn the surrounding Green Mountains with visibility extending far beyond the Southern Adirondacks as well.

Historical and Cultural Information

Mt. Marcy is named after Gov. William L. Marcy, the 19th-century Governor of New York, who authorized the environmental survey that explored the area. Its first recorded ascent was on August 5, 1837, by a large party led by Ebenezer Emmons looking for the source of the East Fork of the Hudson River.

Vice President (and former governor) Theodore Roosevelt was at his hunting camp, Tahawus, on September 14, 1901, after summiting Marcy, when he was informed that President William McKinley, who had been shot a week earlier, had taken a serious turn for the worse.

Roosevelt and his party hiked ten miles (16 km) down the southwest face of the mountain to Long Lake, New York where he hired a stage coach to take him to the closest train station at North Creek. At some point along the route, Roosevelt learned that McKinley had died, and so Roosevelt took the train to Buffalo to get sworn in as President. The route from Long Lake to North Creek has been designated as the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail.

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States and is the 27th-most extensive, fourth-most populous, and seventh-most densely populated U.S. state. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east. The state has a maritime borderin the Atlantic Ocean with Rhode Island, east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the north and Ontarioto the west and north. The state of New York, with an estimated 19.8 million residents in 2015, is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it fromNew York City, the state’s most populous city and its economic hub. The capital is Albany.

New York had been inhabited by tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian-speaking Native Americans for several hundred years by the time the earliest Europeans came to New York. The first Europeans to arrive were French colonists and Jesuit missionaries who arrived southward from settlements at Montreal for trade and proselytizing. In 1609, the region was claimed by Henry Hudson for the Dutch, who built Fort Nassau in 1614 at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawkrivers, where the present-day capital of Albany later developed. The Dutch soon also settled New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson Valley, establishing the colony of New Netherland, a multicultural community from its earliest days and a center of trade and immigration. The British annexed the colony from the Dutch in 1664. The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were similar to those of the present-day state. The city of New York was recaptured by the Dutch in 1673 during the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672–1674) and renamed New Orange. It was returned to the English under the terms of the Treaty of Westminster a year later.

New York was the only colony to not vote for independence, as the delegates were not authorized to do so. About one-third of the battles of the American Revolutionary War took place in New York; the first major battle after U.S. independence was declared—and the largest battle of the entire war—was fought in New York at the Battle of Long Island (a.k.a. Battle of Brooklyn) in August 1776. New York then endorsed the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. The New York State Constitution was framed by a convention which assembled at White Plains on July 10, 1776, and after repeated adjournments and changes of location, terminated its labors at Kingston on Sunday evening, April 20, 1777, when the new constitution drafted by John Jay was adopted with but one dissenting vote. It was not submitted to the people for ratification. On July 30, 1777, George Clinton was inaugurated as the first Governor of New York at Kingston. New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788.


Summit: Sept 30th, 2016

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