Feb 27, 2010, 12:16 AM
Registered: Feb 11, 2005
Kaizen makes some reasonable points.
You're looking at fourteen miles for Marcy (round trip). The terrain is moderate, with no technical sections on the trails from ADK Loj or St Huberts. Feasibility pretty much comes down to weather and how long you can keep plodding.
If there is fresh snow, snowshoes will be a must. Doing this in a day, with fresh snow, would be a very serious effort due to distance.
If it hasn't snowed in a week or so, you may be able to do the whole thing in your hiking boots (crampons would certainly be nice, poles may suffice). Again it is going to be a full and tiring day, but doable.
Should you get to either Keen Valley or the ADK Loj and have second thought about Marcy, both offer shorter hikes on the same trials. Kaizen mentioned Wright, which has a short scramble near the top, but on the whole is pretty straight forward. The Bonus with Wright is, if you feeling strong you can kick the extra mile to Algonquin. Algonquin is steeper than Marcy, but still not technical climbing. Another alternative from the Dam is Table Top.
Alternatives from Keen Valley include Slide (very nice) and The Wolf Jaws (very steep).
Whatever you decide, go prepared for changing weather and have fun! Winter could well be the best season in the Dacks.
(This post was edited by boymeetsrock on Feb 27, 2010, 8:46 PM)