Adirondack Hiking and Camping

Photographs by Shaun O'Boyle

Mt Marcy tends to be the first goal of hikers in the Adirondacks, it is the tallest mountain in New York State, so everyone wants to knock it off first. An excellent approach to Marcy is from Lake Colden, it is less used than the trails from Heart lake and Marcy Dam because it is a longer approach than others, but it makes an excellent hike along the Opalescent river, the source of the Hudson River.

Lake tear in the clouds on approach to Mt Marcy, the mighty Hudson River starts here. Probably not many people who hike in the adirondacks get to see Lake Tear in the Clouds because it requires either a very long hard day hike, or more realistically a backpack into Lake Colden and a round trip to Marcy from there.

Bushnell Falls, these falls are on another approach to Marcy, from the Keene Valley side past Johns Brook Lodge. We camped up above these falls and used that as a base camp to hike Haystack and the great range .
Noonmark Mountain, probably my favorite peak in the adirondacks that is not a high peak (over 4000 ft.) Noonmark has some spectacular views of the Great range, as well as view toward the Champlain valley to the east.
From Noonmark showing the Great Range. Among the peaks in this view, Lower and Upper Wolfjaw, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Haystack and Marcy, although they are hard to distinguish from this photograph.

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