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Just How Long Does it Take to Hike Mt. Marcy?



Man standing on a mountain daytime.

Mount Marcy is a great notch on the belt for any serious mountain hiker. With an elevation of 5,344 feet, it is the highest peak in New York, a part of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. It’s grand stature, and the amazing views you get from the hikes up it means that visitors flock here to climb it, especially in the summer months.

As one of the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains (or ADK), Mt Marcy is covered in lush forest, lichens and alpine shrubs, but this doesn’t mean that all of the hikes are easy! The last part of some of the routes to reach the summit include a scramble up rocky outcrops. But just how long does it take to hike Mt Marcy? 

The question of how long it takes to climb a mountain never has just one answer. Especially mountains like Mt Marcy, that have multiple routes to reach the summit, a large consideration into the time of the hike is which route you choose to take, and what other activities you choose to include in your journey. Another factor is how fast you will attack the hike itself, which is often affected by your level of experience, fitness, and how much training you’ve done to prepare for the hike

In some months of the year, the mountain is covered in a beautiful carpet of snow. At these points, many visitors choose to engage in winter sports activities like alpine skiing and snowboarding. These activities can be accessed by the shortest and most popular hike to the top, the Van Hoevenberg Trail. So as we can see, even the shortest of routes up Mt Marcy can be extended depending on how you plan your activities in the day.

Even the Van Hoevenberg Trail, the shortest of the trails, is nearly a 15-mile round trip. If you’re planning on reaching the highest point of Mt Marcy, you should plan at least a whole day, or you could extend your trip and look into some of the camping options. To more accurately work out just how long it takes to climb Mount Marcy, let’s look into the trails individually. 


Rocks and fog and mist.

There are a few different trails you can take up Mt Marcy, some including breathtaking waterfalls.


Van Hoevenberg Trail

The Van Hoevenberg Trail is the shortest of the trails up to the summit of Mt Marcy. It’s a very popular trail and is heavily trafficked. Probably partly because it’s the shortest of all the trails to the summit, at 7.4 miles one way. The first part of this hike is relatively easy, as you set off from the Loj parking lot. From here, the first 2.3 miles of the Van Hoevenberg Trail are rated easy to moderate as it approaches the former site of Marcy Dam.

From here you can still get stunning views of Wright Peak, Mount Colden, and Avalanche Mountain. If you’re looking for a shorter hike, for example if you have mobility issues or you’re hiking with a young family, we would recommend enjoying the first section of this hike together, taking in the expansive views, which can be achieved in an afternoon. 

If you’re looking to continue on the Van Hoevenberg Trail, take a left at the remnants of the dam, which was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. At this point in the hike, the climb becomes steeper and rockier, especially after Marcy Brook, which is about 4.4 miles into the trail. From here, you can cross the brook and take the herd path right to the top of the stunning Indian Falls. Here you may want to stop and take stock, and a few pictures of the beautiful views before you. From here you get a breathtaking view of the MacIntyre Range. 

Once you’ve left your pit stop at Indian Falls, you’ll have a moderate ascent up to the tree line, and from here get prepared for some of the best views of your life! As the tallest peak in New York State, Mt Marcy offers views of the state that are unique and expansive. Make sure to take the last section of the hike slowly, not just t take in the expansive views, but to ensure your own safety. From when you leave the tree line, the hike gets a bit more tricky.

You’ll have to scramble up open rock and boulders, up a steep climb, to reach the summit of Mt Marcy. So even though this is the quickest way to reach the summit, you’ll have to be prepared for the climb, and we wouldn’t recommend this route to those of you who aren’t experienced hikers. 

Even though this is the shortest hike up to the summit, the round trip is nearly 15 miles, with an elevation gain of 3170 feet. This hike itself will take you approximately 7 hours. If you’re an experienced mountain hiker, it might take you less time, or if the weather conditions are really good. However, if the weather is inclement, your hike might take a while longer, as you’re more careful on the rocks. To climb Mt Marcy, you need to be thoroughly prepared, as the weather and visibility can change very quickly. Make sure you’ve packed the right kit, like a rain jacket, and that you’re wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. 


How can I extend the Van Hoevenberg Trail?

If you’re looking for a real challenge, and you’re an experienced mountain hiker, then you can choose to extend the Van Hoevenberg Trail. For a super challenge, you can continue from Mt Marcy to take the Mt Skylight, Mt Marcy and Grey Peak Loop. If you choose this option it will mean you’re not only reaching the summit of the tallest mountain in the state but also reaching the summit of two other impressive Adirondack peaks on the same day. 

This lop trails a 17.6-mile trail which is moderately trafficked and is rated as difficult. We would only recommend considering this trail if you’ve trained appropriately for the fest, and you have lots of experience hiking mountains. It’s also essential to take with you some survival kit, such as a compass, GPS and map. Even though this loop trail extends the Mt Marcy hike, if you are experienced it is possible to complete this hike in one day. However, we would recommend starting off before sunrise, to really make the most of the hours of sunshine, and to ensure you’re hiking safely. 

The effort it takes to complete this long loop trail will be well rewarded. You’ll come across alpine lakes, the beginning of the mighty Hudson River, and descend from Mt Marcy down the stunning Indian Falls. As with all the hikes including Mt Marcy, you’ll also be surrounded by stunning wildflowers on your hike if you go during the right months. In general, it’s only recommended to hike Mt Marcy and the other mountains from March to November. Many people choose to extend their stay even further, and camp overnight at Marcy Dam, where the loop hike begins. What better way to relax after one of the most stunning hikes of your life, than around a campfire at the end of the day? 


A green forest.

Some of the extended trails contain extra miles of walks in lush forests.


South Meadow Trailhead

If you’re looking to extend the length of your hike, or your stay, at Mt Marcy then a great option is to take the South Meadow Trailhead. This is also a great option for those looking to camp for free. To start the South Meadow Trailhead, take the Adirondak Loj Road off of Rt. 73 for 3.8 miles. You take the turn on your left before you reach the Adirondak Loj, taking you to a car park where the South Meadow Trailhead begins. There are campsites around this parking lot where you can set up camp, and spend the night for free. 

One good thing about the South Meadow Trailhead is that it’s less heavily trafficked. This is partly because it leaves you starting about one mile further away from Mt Marcy, so it’s not as popular as the Marcy Dam starting point. This is a great factor if you want to avoid the crowds and hike the mountain in solitude. If solitude is what you’re looking for, why not consider camping the night before, and waking up with the dawn to begin the hike? That way you’ll not only catch a beautiful sunrise, and the early morning light, but you’ll avoid the hike at its busiest. 

The South Meadow Trailhead takes you through 2.8 miles of stunning old forests and open water. This part of the hike will take you about an hour, so if you’re considering extending your hike along the South Meadow Trailhead, factor in another two hours for the round trip. 


The Johns Brook Trailhead

The Johns Brook trailhead starts in Keene Valley at a parking lot named “The Garden”, where you can park your vehicle. But take some cash with you, parking here costs $5. In your preparation, you need to also register with the park service, so ensure you’ve properly researched all the rules and regulations before setting off. 

The Johns Brook trailhead is the longest route up to the summit of Mt Marcy that we have looked at. It’s a very difficult hike, so we would not recommend it to those who are not well experienced in mountain hiking. But there are some features of the hike that might make you want to take it, worth the increased amount of time it takes to hike Mt Marcy. For example, on The Johns Brook trailhead, you pass by the Bushnell Falls.

Here you have the option to climb one mile down the steep ravine, offering incredible views of the falls. This stretch is an especially tough climb and might increase your overall hike time for about one hour. This is an excellent option for adventure seekers. 

The Johns Brook trailhead intersects the Van Hoevenberg Trail, where you have the option of trails to take. Whichever way you choose to approach it, there will still be a steep, rocky climb up to the summit of Mt Marcy. The Johns Brook trailhead gives options to the adventure seeker, offering more challenging climbs earlier in the hike, and thus allowing you to diversify your experience, and of course, increasing the amount of time it takes to reach the summit. It also increases the length of the hike to 9 miles each way, meaning you should either set off really early or consider extending your stay and sleeping overnight. 

One way that you can extend your stay, if you so wish, on The Johns Brook trailhead, is by staying overnight in a lean-to. A lean-to is a simple structure, a little like an open shed, where you can rest for the night. The Johns Brook trailhead is scattered with lean to’s, giving you the option to increase your stay, or even approach the hike with flexibility. Consider taking with you a sleeping bag in your backpack, so that if the mood takes you, you can nestle down in a lean-to for the night. 

Also, as when climbing any mountain, it’s imperative for your safety that you are always checking the sky for any indication in change of weather. If the weather looks as if it’s about to change, and especially if you see a storm coming, it may well be a lot safer for you to spend the night in a lean-to rather than risk the hike back down over slippery rocks. Thus a lean-to could extend your stay on the mountain, or how long it takes to hike Mt Marcy, for either pleasure or safety reasons!


A climbing rope on a rock wall.

If you’ve got the right experience, why not climb up Mt Marcy?


Ranger on the Rock 

If you’re an avid climber, there are some even more thrill-seeking options for extending your hike up Mt Marcy. For example, you could take the Ranger on the Rock route up the east face of Mt Marcy. The East Face of Marcy is a magnificent area in one of the most remote regions of the High Peaks: Panther Gorge. Any climbing in this area requires a great deal of skill, practice, and of course the necessary kit like snowshoes, so don’t consider this route unless you’re an avid climber. 

Just like with the Johns Brook Trailhead, this trip is much easier when broken into chunks, so consider making a weekend of it, and either setting up camp at one of the camping areas or sleeping overnight in a lean-to. Depending on your approach to this route, the round trip could take anything between 17-22 miles. Climbing the Ranger on the Rock requires many techniques, such as bushwhacking, slab climbing, and navigating sheer rock face and large boulders. This route is not for the faint of heart! Consider extending your stay, if you’re not a local, with a night at the local town of Phelps, Adirondack loj (next to Heart Lake), or Lake Placid. 


Check the weather forecast

When planning a hike up any mountain, it’s necessary to take into account what the weather might be like. As with any high mountain, the weather on Mt Marcy can change very quickly and unexpectedly. During the summer months, this hike doesn’t feel too difficult, the main challenge is its length. As often happens with a hike up a mountain, you’ll have convinced yourself that you are just about to reach the peak, only to see it fade off into the distance again! The main skill you need to hike Mt Marcy in the summer is perseverance. 

However, in the winter, Mt Marcy is usually covered in snow. We would not recommend attempting this unless you are well-practiced in mountain climbing and have properly trained. You’ll need to take snow-boots, and other vital survival gear, which inevitably could add to the length of your hike.

Of course, when it’s snowing, it can be a lot more difficult to navigate yourself and find the markers for the trail. If you’re hiking Mt Marcy in the winter months, a compass, GPS and map are essential. But of course, making sure you stay on track in these conditions can take a lot longer than when it’s sunny, so take your time and stay safe. Inevitably, this can add to the length of time it takes to hike up Mt Marcy. 


Final Verdict: 

The simple answer to the question just how long does it take to hike Mt Marcy? Is that it’s probably a day hike! Depending on which route you take, you could add another 1, 2 or even more miles to your hike. It’s possible to complete the shortest route, a round route of 15 miles, in 7 hours. Even 7 hours is a considerable day trip, once you take into account stopping times, and time allowances for inclement weather. As we have shown, however, there are many ways you can extend your hike up Mt Marcy. 

Whether it’s extending your hike through lush forests and next to dams, or tackling the rock face and climbing part of the way up, or continuing your hike to reach other Adirondack peaks, there are many ways you can approach your experience of Mt Marcy. However you decide to hike it, make sure you’ve prepared and researched your route, checked the weather forecast, and packed all the relevant emergency gear in your backpack


Bonus tip: For more information on hiking Mt Marcy in the snow, check out this video!



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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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