New York: Mt. Marcy (5,344ft)
SUCCESS: 15 AUG 2015
Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 5,343 feet (1,629 m). Located in the Town of Keene in Essex County. Essex County, the mountain is in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its stature and expansive views make it a popular destination for hikers, who crowd its summit in the summer months.
Lake Tear of the Clouds, at the col between Mount Marcy and Skylight, is the highest source of the Hudson River.
The mountain is named for 19th-century Gov. New York Gov. William L. Marcy, who authorized the environmental survey that explored the area. Its first recorded ascent was on August 5, 1837, by a large party led by Ebenezer Emmons looking for source of the East Fork of the Hudson River. Today the summit may be reached by multiple trails; though long by any route, a round-trip may be made in a day.
Vice President (and former governor) Theodore Roosevelt was at his hunting camp, Tauhaus, on September 14, 1901, after summiting Marcy, when he was informed that PresidentWilliam McKinley, who had been shot a week earlier, had taken a serious turn for the worse.
Roosevelt and his party hiked ten miles (16 km) down the southwest face of the mountain to Long Lake, New York where he hired a stage coach to take him to the closest train station atNorth Creek. The route from Long Lake to North Creek has been designated as the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail.
Mount Marcy is one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. The majority of the mountain is forested, although the final few hundred feet is above tree line. The peak is dominated by rocky outcrops, lichens, and alpine shrubs. There are two plaques at the top commemorating the centennial of the climb as well as the mountain summit itself.
The shortest and most frequently used route up the mountain is from the northwest, the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which starts at the Adirondak Loj near Heart Lake. From there it is 7.4 miles (11.2 km) to the summit, a lengthy roundtrip which can nevertheless be done in a day. A large section of the trail is suitable for alpine skiing and snowboarding.
The summit via the Johns Brook Trail from the Garden parking north of the mountain in Keene Valley is an 18-mile (28.8 km) round trip, which may be broken at Johns Brook Lodge.
A lengthier southern approach can be made from either of the two major trailheads for the southern High Peaks, Upper Works or Elk Lake.
Date: 15 Aug 2015
Trip Leader: SSgt Chris LaBerg, 20ASOS
Ten Airmen came together to climb New York's highest peak. They hiked for 15 miles and it took 12 hours through nearly constant rain. The goal for this group of Airmen is to fly the AF flag from the summit of Vermont's highpoint next!