Tidbits: Highest point in New York
Summitted, August 19, 2004
Time Zone: GMT -5 hours
When to go:
Best to go between May and October.
The Van Hoevenburg Trail is the main route to the summit. It is 15 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 3,200'.
Hotel and Climb Reservation:
No guide, permit, or trail reservations are required.
Standard equipment for a long day hike. Bring emergency supplies. Hiking poles are recommended, since the trail is rough, slippery, and wet in places.
From Lake Placid, go east on Route 73 for about 3 miles to Adirondak Loj Road (the first major road on your right past the Olympic Ski jumps). Follow the road for 5 miles to the entrance booth. There is a small parking fee (money can be inserted into a box when the station is closed and you can self-issue a parking permit). Park in the lot just past the booth. The trail begins at the sign-in register at the east end of the parking lot.
After paying the parking fee and signing in at the trail register, I proceeded up to Van Hoevenberg trail. The trail is well marked. After a few miles, there was a beautiful lake with stunning views of the surrounding high peaks. The weather was overcast. As I approached the summit area above tree line, a vicious wind storm with 100+ MPH winds descended on the mountain (I believe it was the combination of the jet stream and a storm).
There is a plaque at the summit, as well as a USGS marker.