Climb the Highest Peak in New York
It's time for an epic challenge: an ascent of Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State. It stands at 5,344' and its summit offers stunning views of the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack region.
You'll depart bright and early from New York City on Saturday morning, arriving in the beautiful High Peaks region and embarking on a short hike to get familiar with your equipment. After a hearty dinner and a good night's sleep in our private bunk rooms at the historic Adirondak Loj, we'll wake up at sunrise to prepare for our ascent.
Our round trip hike will cover approximately 15 miles and 3500' of elevation gain. The 1.5 miles to the summit is above treeline and exposed to wind gusts that regularly reach 60 mph. While our sights are on the summit, our primary goal is always your safety. Our trained guides will prepare you to move confidently up the mountain, but we will not hesitate to redefine our goal if conditions indicate that we should.
As trail conditions can vary, we'll need to be prepared for several scenarios. Snowshoes and microspikes are required and can be rented at no additional charge. Sturdy hiking poles are also highly recommended.
ITINERARY QUICK VIEW
Meet the team on the southeast corner of 76th Street and Broadway at 6:45 AM for a 7:00 AM departure. Arrive at the Adirondak Loj in the afternoon.
Afternoon hike up Mount Jo (3 miles). Evening at Adirondak Loj
Attempt Mount Marcy Summit. Spend night at Adirondak Loj
Return to New York City by 8:00 PM.
Roundtrip transportation from New York City
Professional instruction and guiding
Meals from Dinner Saturday through Breakfast Monday
Two nights lodging
Snowshoe and microspike rentals
The Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has been a getaway for hikers, climbers, and snowshoers for decades. Your stay includes home cooked meals, a bed in our group's private bunk rooms, and time to explore the Loj. The Loj has full bathrooms and showers, and a comfortable living room with a stone fireplace and room to relax, unwind, and share trail stories.
REQUIRED GEAR AND CLOTHING
- Snowshoes (included)
- Microspikes (included)
- Day pack (25-35 L) and pack cover
- Trekking or ski poles
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Heavy wool hiking socks (multiple pairs)
- Base layer, top (synthetic, wicking long sleeve shirt)
- Base layer, bottom (synthetic long pants, like running tights)
- Waterproof winter hiking / ski pants
- Heavy mid layers (fleece, puffy jacket)
- Down coat or insulated parka
- Waterproof, windproof shell jacket
- Warm hat
- Warm gloves (2 pairs)
- Ski goggles our mountaineering sunglasses
- 3 1-liter water bottles (No Camelbacks or bladders as they freeze easily)
- High-protein snacks
- Warm clothes for the Loj
- Comfortable shoes for the Loj
- Money for meals on the road Saturday and Monday
- Neck warmer/balaclava
- Hand and feet warmers
Winter Warrior Summit Series
Are you a Winter Warrior?
Think you're tough?
Not just regular tough; we're talking about the kind of tough that's a little bit crazy too. The kind of tough that wakes up at dawn to take on miles of trail in grueling conditions all for the view, the accomplishment, the feeling of taking on all that mother nature has to offer and coming out on top. The kind of tough that would rather eat summits for breakfast than spend the day at brunch.
If you're that kind of tough, then you just might be a Winter Warrior.
The trips in our summit series are designed to push you to your limits. They're trips that are considered among the region's hardest - even in warm conditions. Throw in the notoriously brutal elements of the northeastern winter and they can give even the heartiest hikers chills.
But the payoff is worth it! Find yourself standing on top of the world, surrounded by your fellow warriors, taking in all the wintery beauty that our region offers!
Your team of DO guides is ready to lead you to the summit. With the proper support, equipment, and planning, we're here to ensure that you're trip is safe, successful, and fun.