Hiking (Marcy Dam/Phelps Mtn, Indian Falls 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: 5 - 6mi When you get up, you will be hiking the ADK 61 blue trail alongside Phelps Brook for approximately 1 mile. At this point, you will turn northeast and head up Phelps Mountain following ADK 62 red trail. Though the view is not the best in the mountains, you have just completed one of the 46 high peaks! Now head down the mountain, and back onto the ADK 61 blue trail for a while, heading south. You will eventually get to Indian Falls, which has a pretty sweet view, and some water to fill up on. Heading back from Indian Falls, 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.

Table Top Mountain (Suggested that someone have been there before) Should you not be tired yet, and still have enough energy to walk an extra half mile or so, you can complete two of the high peaks, and do Table Top as well. This is an unmarked trail, so be careful to know where you are going. Leaving from Indian Falls, and heading up the right bank of marcy brook, you will eventually need to swing northeast. Walking a little further, will find you on a plateau staring at the summit just off to the west, not much further now...

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.