Favorite Trail: Mount Marcy

The sweeping views of the Adirondacks from the top of Mount Marcy is just one of the reasons it makes the list of favorite trails in 2019.

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Photographer: Louis Arevalo

Runner: Kathy Roberts, 54, of Plattsburgh, New York

Beta: Situated near Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, Mount Marcy, at 5,343 feet, has the distinction of being the highest peak in New York. Starting at the Adirondack Loj, the trail begins in a canopy of hardwoods. After several stream crossings, a bridge and a lake, the trail ends with a rocky, steep climb up into the krummholz and exposed slabs of moonrock, aka anorthosite.

The summit offers great views of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. For a bigger day, you may tack on another peak, Phelps Mountain, which adds two miles and another 1,000 feet of vertical.

Distance: 14 miles roundtrip, 3,500 feet vertical gain.

Best Season: Summer through fall. Beware: the summer months can be very busy.

Info: www.adirondack.net/keene-valley/mount-marcy/

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