Oh Marcy. This was our first “real” mountain summit, and it was a good one.
Here’s the low down on what you need to know and what gear you need to have to climb Marcy in the spring.
The gear (essentials):
- Waterproof hiking shoes/boots: There is a lot of run-off during the spring so expect everything to be wet. There is snow closer to the top so you don’t want to be caught with cold and wet feet.
- Rain jacket/poncho and rain pants: The mountain has its own climate. When we went, it rained, hailed, and snowed on us. Thankfully, we were covered.
- Daypack: Marcy is a long day hike. It is a 15 mile hike, which doesn’t sound too overwhelming, but the terrain is not exactly the easiest so a nice lunch, snacks, water, and some Gatorade may do you some good.
That’s pretty much all the essentials you will need in order to hike Marcy successfully in the spring. Hiking poles are nice to have for river crossings but not entirely necessary.
What you need to know about what to expect is that, like I said before, it is really wet in the spring. If you do not bring the right gear, you will have a terrible time. Now, you might get lucky, but it’s always better to be safer than sorry on the mountains. Other than that, it is a pretty moderate hike. We parked at the trailhead at Adirondack Loj. It costs something like $5-10 USD. Everything is really well marked. There are some tough parts, especially towards the top, but don’t be discouraged because the views are breath-taking.
But, don’t take my word for it. Watch the video below and see for yourself!
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” – Edmund Hillary