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.
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.
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
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
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.