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Mount Marcy, Keene

#83 of 285 in Nature in New York State
Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
Mount Marcy (Mohawk: Tewawe’éstha) is the highest point in New York, with an elevation of 5,344 feet (1,629 m). 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.

Lake Tear of the Clouds, at the col between Mounts Marcy and Skylight is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River, via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, even though the main stem of the Opalescent River has as its source a higher point two miles north of Lake of the Clouds, and that stem is a mile longer than Feldspar Brook.

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  • This is a very difficult hike, but the summit views are magnificent. Bring more water and snacks than you anticipate needing. Layer up, because the temperature seemed to change several times...  more »
  • Get ready to take 42,472 steps to hike the 15.9 return hike to the top of Mount Marcy from the Adirondack LOJ. Get to the LOJ early if you want a parking spot. Gorgeous hike once you get to the...  more »
  • Fun to hike up from either side. Coming from Northeast involves more mud but is less steep. Great views of the entire high peaks region.
  • Be careful in fog when summiting. Bald last mile hard to follow on way down. Many people have gotten lost and worse.

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