Hiking (Marcy Dam/Mt Marcy Loop)
This is the driving day... Drive up to the Adirondac Loj parking area, which is located just 9 miles outside of Lake Placid. From Lake Placid, get on route 73, heading south. 4 miles south of town, there is a sign for the Adirondac Loj. Turn here, and follow this road for approximately 4.8 miles to the main parking lot. (There is a small fee, so bring some cash). Hiking: 2.5mi Starting out at the Adirondac Loj trailhead, you will be following ADK 61 blue trail to Marcy Dam. Strung across the dam, is a permanent bear bag wire, where you can hang your food. The campsites are in a loop once you cross the dam, basecamp will be set here.
Hiking: 10mi When you get up, you will be hiking the ADK 61 blue trail alongside Phelps Brook, heading south west, and then south. You will eventually get to Indian Falls, which has a pretty sweet view, and some water to fill up on. Continuing on ADK 61 blue trail, will take you up Mount Marcy. Soak up the view, congratulate yourself on hiking the highest peak in New York, and head back down the way you came. For a change of pace, you can also take ADK 63 yellow trail, following Marcy Brook down to the intersection of ADK 73 blue, and head off to the north west back to Marcy Dam.
Hiking: 2.5mi Take your time in the morning, and head out to the cars, backtracking the way you came into Marcy Dam. For a fantastic place for dinner, head on down to the Buffalo Head Restaurant in Forestport... just follow the signs! That's kindof a tradition with me :-) After this, head back home check another High Peak off your list.