Backpacker Magazine Adirondack Park: Marcy Dam 

Delve into the rugged folds of New York's MacIntyre Mountains on this gentle 4.4-mile out-and-back.

Our Apps

Map Tools

Share Trip
  • E-mail Trip
  • Embed Map
  • Social Bookmarks
    more bookmarks...

Download To

Create a Trip
* Requires a Trip Planner or Elite Membership
Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 30 Mar 2006 8:06:39 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: New York (NY)
Distance: 2.22 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 440 ft
Total Loss: 270 ft
Net Change: 170 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Park, Lake Placid, New York
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: From Keene, follow NY 73 W. In 11.5 mi., turn L on Adirondack Loj Rd. Go 4.6 mi. to parking lot (fee required).

Position Format: Datum:


Distance: 2.22 mi Points: 172
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Marcy Dam Track

Points of Interest


Location: 44.182831, -73.962738
Begin on Van Hoevenberg Trail meandering through a flat, diverse forest with sturdy red and sugar maples


Location: 44.183174, -73.960754
Straight @ 4-way. This trail is named after Henry Van Hoevenberg, a local who helped build the first trails in the Adirondack high peaks decades ago.


Location: 44.180119, -73.959671
Cross long, wooden footbridge over MacIntyre Brook


Location: 44.178322, -73.959618
Skirt E of a small marsh


Location: 44.172371, -73.958939
L @ Y, staying on Van Hoevenberg Trail


Location: 44.170589, -73.955597
Thick, slippery roots litter the trail


Location: 44.166939, -73.953522
Continue straight, circumnavigating the E base of Whales Tail Mtn.


Location: 44.163189, -73.951576
Cross wooden planks over small streamlet rushing into Marcy Brook on L; proceed down stone steps


Location: 44.159618, -73.952652
Take steps uphill


Location: 44.158749, -73.951149
Marcy Dam (721 ft.). Lean-tos and tent platforms surround pond with 180° views to Mt. Colden, Avalanche Mtn., and Wright Peak. Campsites on first-come basis. Retrace steps to your car

The Dam at Marcy Dam

Location: 44.159229, -73.951134
Riffles of runoff over Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault

Panorama Payoff

Location: 44.159184, -73.950806
Mt Colden, Avalanche Mtn. and SE shoulder of Wright Peak from Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault

Boulder-laden brook

Location: 44.158905, -73.951599
Marcy Brook at the base of Marcy Dam. ©Marriane Perreault


Comparable Trips

Comments  Post a comment
0 Trip Comments