Lake Tear of the Clouds, Long Lake

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Lake Tear of the Clouds is a small tarn located in the town of Keene, in Essex County, New York, United States, on the southwest slope of Mount Marcy, the state's highest point, in the Adirondack Mountains. It is the highest pond in the state. It is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River, via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River.
The Hudson River as named actually begins several miles southwest at the outlet of Henderson Lake in Newcomb, New York.
In 1872 Verplanck Colvin described the lake as part of a survey of the Adirondack Mountains. He wrote:
On September 14, 1901, then-US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was at Lake Tear of the Clouds after returning from a hike to the Mount Marcy summit when he received a message informing him that President William McKinley, who had been shot two weeks earlier but was expected to survive, had taken a turn for the worse. Roosevelt hiked down the mountain back to the Upper Tahawus Club, Tahawus, New York, where he had been staying. He then took a midnight stage coach ride through the Adirondacks to the Adirondack Railway station at North Creek, New York, where he discovered that McKinley had died. Roosevelt took the train to Buffalo, New York, where he was officially sworn in as President. The 40-mile route is now designated the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail.
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  • When you're down in NYC ever wonder where the Hudson River starts? This is the place. It's a hike that is well worth the effort. Map and compass are essentials along with drinking water, a working...  more »
  • This "lake", the highest lake source of the Hudson River, is nestled between Mounts Gray, Skylight, and Marcy, respectively the 7th, 4th, and highest peaks in the Adirondacks. From the Long Lake end.....  more »
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