Six of us met up in South Burlington at 7 AM to car pool to the Adirondacks to climb Marcy, with four other people going directly to Adirondak Loj by different routes. Fortunately, all the cars got to the Adirondak Loj parking area before 9AM, when the lot became full, with two of our cars being among the last admitted. The hike to Mount Marcy is 15 miles round trip with 3200’ of elevation gain, so it had been listed as ‘difficult plus’, a listing that had apparently deterred all but a strong group. We made good time to a snack break at Indian Falls.

There were hundreds of hikers on the trail to Marcy, and our group passed many as we ‘kept on trucking’ to the summit, arriving 3 hours 45 minutes after starting. The weather was cool and mostly clear all day, and on top the temperatures were in the 50s with a moderate wind, but everyone had warm clothes and we were able to spend a while lounging on the top.

We headed down, had another leisurely stop at Indian Falls, and then made it back to the parking area 8 hours after we started. It was an excellent hike.

Participants – Robert Preisser, Xihai Kang, Marc Faucher, Peggy Faucher, Kevin Kelley, Carmen Twombley, Phil Howard, Ryan Bean, Sheri Larsen, Richard Larsen