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Mount Marcy, Keene

Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 5343ft. It is located in the Town of Keene in Essex County. The mountain is in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its stature and expansive views make it a popular destination for hikers, who crowd its summit in the summer months.Lake Tear of the Clouds, at the col between Mt. Marcy and Mt. Skylight, is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River, via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, even though the main stem of the Opalescent River has as its source a higher point two miles north of Lake of the Clouds, and that stem is a mile longer than Feldspar Brook.HistoryThe mountain is named for Gov. William L. Marcy, the 19th-century Governor of New York, who authorized the environmental survey that explored the area. Its first recorded ascent was on August 5, 1837, by a large party led by Ebenezer Emmons looking for source of the East Fork of the Hudson River. Today the summit may be reached by multiple trails; though long by any route, a round-trip may be made in a day.Vice President (and former governor) Theodore Roosevelt was at his hunting camp, Tahawus, on September 14, 1901, after summiting Marcy, when he was informed that President William McKinley, who had been shot a week earlier, had taken a serious turn for the worse.
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  • Mt. Marcy presents a nice challenge. It's not easy, but not too difficult either. As a 57 yr old and despite having four knee surgeries including one complete ACL, PCL and MCL triad, it did present so...  more »
  • We went up Sunday September 3rd. It was our first high peak we have climbed. Overall we really enjoyed the hike but it was a very cold day. It was in the 50's at the base but at the top it was in the ...  more »
  • Hadn't rained for 10 days so the bolders were pretty much dry. There were just a few muddy spots. Perfect weather. We did it pretty quick. 31/2 hrs up, 30 min at the top with a wonderful steward to po...  more »

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