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27 Feb 2013 02:20
  • Kathy
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I realize it is a little early for weather for June of 2013, but just wanting to know if the trail is open down the south side of Haystack over to the junction to Skylight. I am planning a hike from JBL to Haystack, down the backside over to Skylight and back over Marcy to JBL on a June Saturday, staying at JBL for the night. I believe it is about 14 miles and am looking at a 12 hour day possibly but just wanted to know what the trail conditions have been lately and what hiking times have you...
21 Sep 2012 15:47
  • David57
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Nice post.....I was sorry to not get out of work that day, thus the late start for me....was good to catch you guys on the way out....
18 Sep 2012 12:40
  • EdD263
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Mountains Climbed: Gray, Skylight & Marcy
Date of Hike: 9/7/12

Trail Conditions: All the trails were in good condition with some mud and of course lots and lots of rocks to hop.


Comments: Now that the administrator has gotten the POS spammers under control, I thought that we should get back to posting trip reports of the kind that this site was founded.

I made this hike with Ben K. who is Scatterbone on the High Peaks forum after seeing that he was looking for someone to go along on his 46th...
26 Jun 2012 21:22
  • David57
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Congrats, Ryan, good ones...don't be afraid to ask about the trails....I've heard from many that finding the starting point is the hardest part...got to love that mud going to cliff.....
22 Jun 2012 16:45
  • ADKSherpa
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mr33 wrote:
Ryan,
I'm not familiar with the guidebook, but the Cliff path does branch of from the Redfield path fairly close to the lean-to. Also, close to where it branches off, the herdpath to Cliff splits into two somewhat obvious paths before rejoining a short while later, although I only noticed this split coming from one direction. Congrats on the sunrise summit, I've intended to do that a couple times but haven't had the willpower to wake up in time.
Matt

Yeah, the guidebook has Cliff starting on...
22 Jun 2012 03:03
  • mr33
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Ryan,
I'm not familiar with the guidebook, but the Cliff path does branch of from the Redfield path fairly close to the lean-to. Also, close to where it branches off, the herdpath to Cliff splits into two somewhat obvious paths before rejoining a short while later, although I only noticed this split coming from one direction. Congrats on the sunrise summit, I've intended to do that a couple times but haven't had the willpower to wake up in time.
Matt
22 Jun 2012 02:31
  • EdD263
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Way to go Ryan - Thanks for the trip report. Sounds like you guys had fun.
22 Jun 2012 01:03
  • ADKSherpa
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Mountains Climbed: Cliff, Skylight, Gray, Marcy
Date of Hike: June 20-21, 2012

Trail Conditions: Muddy in some spots but otherwise, great!

Comments: This was one of our best trips for sure. Just one night, in to bag the few around Marcy that we attempted but didn't get to four years ago. We started out at Heart Lake around 8:30 Wednesday morning and had a nice hike in to Uphill LT via Lake Arnold. The heat got to us a bit, but it was certainly better than rain.

We made it to Uphill a little...
23 May 2012 00:47
  • deb
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hey Junebug,
I posted some pics on my FB page. And the hike up Haystack is exhilarting. Loved it.
Took 1.5 hours to reach the summit from the lean too. We then took in Marcy, Skylight and Gray and down the blue trail from four corners back to the lean too. Total ascent that day was 4100 feet and took us 8 hours. The dip in the Marcy brook was delicious as was the swim crossing the brook where the bridge was out en route back to Elk Lake. It will be a highlight for sure. enjoy,deb
22 May 2012 12:17
  • deb
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Just spent the weekend at the Panther Gorge lean-too. We hiked in from Elk Lake and had to take pants and boots off for the stream crossing in the Marcy swamp. Bridge still out.
We went to the right and found a great sand bar. Made it in 5 hours. Cleaned up a huge mess at the lean-too. How awful to find raw hamburger meat, tins of soup and a general ugly dirty mess. Buried the persiable items and hiked out the tins and garbage. On sunday we hiked up Haystack, over Marcy, Skylight and then onto...
16 May 2012 02:13
  • EdD263
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Hey Matt, good to see you were out among the high peaks but sorry to see you came across the bunch of jerks. Now those are the people who I feel should have to pay for every penny of the ticket costs,court costs, judges salary etc etc etc. Hopefully the rangers came along to find them before they trashed the total area around Lake Tear. I have done some hiking this winter with some young 20 somethings and they all bad mouthed their generation for the lack of respect for other people and other...
16 May 2012 00:39
  • Junebug
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Sounds like a great trip Matt that was like my trip to Marcy Dam this past weekend. It was great getting out but the trash and blantent disregard for any respect for the camping area was everywhere I looked. I camped on the west side of the Marcy Dam next to the closest lean-to and garbage, old socks, clothes, twine, freeze dried food packets cigarette butts where everywhere. I won't go into detail about the dozens of "white flags" all around the area and used tampex's feet behind the lean-to...
16 May 2012 00:15
  • mr33
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If you're wondering why it took us 3 days for these 3 peaks, we planned on also doing Haystack, Colvin, and Blake as part of this trip but it didn't work out....

Sunday:
We started from the Upper Works at 2:30 and were at the Flowed Lands by 5:00. Since we had time we headed around to the FL outlet to check out the old dam and to scope out the other lean-tos on the way. We thought about crossing and heading down to Hanging Spear Falls, but we didn't think we could cross without getting our...
15 May 2012 17:58
  • David57
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good luck not having to deal with other people, especially that time of year....I think that you would love the lean to on the SW side of lake Colden....sits on a point near the lake...about a five+ mile hike through Avalanche pass...near trails to many high peaks...Colden , Marshal, Skylight, Gray, Marcy from the south, Redfield, Cliff, and the Mac range....beautiful spot, but there will probably be others around and the DEC cabin is not far away...so less noise is good....don't know about...
25 Jan 2012 01:10
  • EdD263
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Matt, this was my fifth time on Marcy's summit but the first time in winter and I have to say that when you are standing at the junction of the Mount Van and Phelps trail junction looking up at all that snow and ice it is one intimidating mountain. I climbed Mount Washington in the winter and it is not even as intimidating as that view of Marcy from that junction. We had crampons with us but wanted to try the MSRs first so we started up the open rock and actually by pressing the MSR's crampons...
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