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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mount Marcy – 7/30/2016

Location: Peru, NY

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After doing Hough and Dix this past Tuesday – two high peaks in one day! – we had another goal in mind, one that I have wanted to do for a few years now – Mount Marcy! Yesterday was the day!

 

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There are a number of hikes in the Adirondack mountains that leave from the Adirondack Loj. We left home around 5:30 am and got to the lodge about an hour later. We were glad that we got there early enough that there was still a parking spot left near the Loj. (A couple years ago we went between 7 and 8 am and had to park about a mile down the road.)

The first two miles of the hike is one I’ve done several times. It goes to what used to be Marcy Dam. From there, there are a number of hiking trails that go in different directions.

 

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While the view is gorgeous, it is very changed, as this used to be an area which was full of water. Hurricane Irene came through here with a lot of fury! My understanding is that Marcy Dam is gone now, and will not be replaced.

 

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This used to be a bridge across Marcy Dam, but it was washed out and is now just a nice spot to stop and get a picture.

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Here is another picture which really shows the remnants of the bridge.

 

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We didn’t stay there long, because we still had 5.5 miles to go to the top of the mountain!

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Every hike I’ve ever done in the Adirondacks has been the same – with lots of areas with big rocks to walk over and around!

 

 

 

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Our next stop and scenic spot was Indian Falls, about a mile and a half further down the trail.

 

 

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Harry and my mother enjoying the break!

 

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Selfie at Indian Falls!

 

 

After about a fifteen minute or so break, we were off on our way. We had been on the trail a little over 3 hours at this point and had gone about 4.5 miles. We had 3 miles to go, but the steepest parts of the trail and all of the climbing was still ahead of us!

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