Overall, beautiful day, I started around 8am and got back around 3:15pm. We all backpacked in to the Marcy Dam area, and set up camp at one of the tent sites there. I recommend getting an early start (we started in the dark) to avoid the crowds of people headed up Marcy. With my hat on and watching the trail, I actually walked right past it and was heading on my way to Mt. It has an elevation of 4161 feet and an ascent of 2010 feet. WET, WET, WET! We got there at 5:30am and had to park on the road. a quick stop at Indian Falls with more wide open rock and great views. The herd path was relatively easy to follow. With our moderate pace from earlier, we were well rested and cranked that out in 56 minutes, including a stop to chat with a group we had seen earlier down at Marcy Dam. Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Phelps offered some nice views and we spent ten to fifteen minutes up there taking photos and grabbing a snack before heading down. The standard route to Tabletop Mountain starts heading south from the Adirondak Loj, past Marcy Dam and along the Van Hoevenberg Trail towards Marcy. Kory and I had both done nine of the high peaks previously and Candy had done ten, so it was an experienced group. Ninety minutes from the main trail to Marcy which was really slow but I became aware on this hike that my ankle was still upset with me from the hike on Macomb two days prior. Did 8/26. Overall a great hike to knock out two 46ers in an out and back! Leave a comment 19. The mountain is named after Orson Schofield "Old Mountain" Phelps (1817–1905), who cut the first trail up Mount Marcy and named several of the Adirondack peaks. If anyone reads this and lost a pair either on the way to Marcy or Tabletop, let us know. Table Top has three summits; the southernmost is the highest, followed by the middle peak at 4,308 ft (1,313 m) and the north peak at 4,216 ft (1,285 m). We made it down to the junction in 41 minutes and in another 20 minutes we were at the Dam. What a difference a day of hiking makes – cloud cover gone I could see some good views and then a fast clip with the easy grade back to the trailhead. The trip up Phelps was short but steep toward the top. I am very well aware of the temps I will be facing this weekend as well as the rest of my crew. Phelps felt steeper, with several scrambles on the way up. Phelps & Tabletop & Colden. Phelps has a stunning view. The view at Tabletop stinks as high peaks go, but we wanted to knock this one out. 10 hours door to door including stops at each peak and a breakfast stop. It only took us 2 minutes to get there and we really enjoyed it (nice place to have an early lunch). Nice views west and southwest. 46 High Peaks: Phelps and Tabletop 9.11.15 I took advantage of a beautiful September Friday to hike my fifth and sixth Adirondack High Peaks, Phelps and Tabletop.I signed in at the Adirondack Loj trailhead at 8:25am and started the hike with an easy and pretty 2.1 mile walk through the woods to Marcy … tabletop first as started early and other reviews said no view. Lots of scrambles, but the view is excellent. We parked at South Meadow, signed in there, and hiked in to Marcy Dam. Day 2: Mt. Phelps: 4161' #9 Trailhead Elev: 2179' Avg Elev Gain/mi.- 241' Max Elev Gain/mi.- 1430' - Easy right up to the Phelps Mountain Jct. Did Tabletop first, then Phelps, I'd recommend going in that order. Phelps Mountain is a 1.2-mile spur and Tabletop Mountain another 0.6-mile spur, neither one as dramatic or interesting as Marcy. Tabletop Mountain is the 19th highest peak in the Adirondacks, standing at 4427 feet tall. Tabletop's herd path is pretty easy to follow. Phelps has beautiful views from its summit: Colden, Marcy, Basin, Haystack Saddleback, plus Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois, are most prominent. The family was still there so we were even. As a side note for timing purposes, our friend Candy was still recovering from an ankle injury on her last hike, so this pace was more moderate. Was. This is a 15.9 mile out-and-back hike with 4300 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. Phelps Mountain is flanked to the southeast by Table Top Mountain. 9:30AM – Arrive at Lake Tear of the Clouds; 10:18AM – Summit Gray – 4,840′ 11:52AM – Summit Skylight – 4,924′ barely any mud and leaves hadn't fallen much so trail was perfect. Forty minutes to the second bridge and a full hour to Marcy Dam. Got to the loj at 7 and the lot was almost full. Kory and I continued on up the trail. After gradually gaining 1000 vertical feet over several miles, a well-marked spur brings you a second 1000 vertical feet to the summit. Pay attention to the herd path (it is an eroded periodic stream bed). Morning on the Van Hoevenberg It was very muddy, winding, and there weren't a lot of spots for views. Muddy slip n slide right before Marcy Dam. Phelps felt harder imo, Phelps is definitely steeper than Tabletop. The terrain is mostly flat and easy to navigate, with stones not being much of an issue. not sure why as great southern view of Marcy and Skylight. But it's definitely not a bald summit like Algonquin or Cascade. Some patches of snow and ice but nothing significant. It is the 32nd highest peak in New York. We hiked Tabletop and Phelps on 9/6. We got there at 6:15am, started hiking around 7 and finished at 4pm (9 hours total) and we stopped for lunch at the Falls for about 30 mins and then maybe 15 mins on each summit. Table top had some views; still very beautiful! Totally worth the climb. It is worth tackling these two high peaks together, for me it took less than 7 hours. Tabletop was also windy so we probably just picked the wrong day to do these. We tracked closer to 1.5mi. views were amazing at top as fully open. Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. If you reach Indian Falls you have gone too far. Once at the summit, Tabletop was pretty tree covered. If I had to rank them in terms of enjoyment (views, terrain, social factor for other hikers seen and engaged with), it would be: This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Tabletop was socked in at 9am (as many summits often are). The stretch of trail to Marcy Dam was paved in dirty ice and made for easy walking. The elevation change wasn't much of a challenge, but the wetness of the trail was pretty annoying. We stopped at Indian Falls after - I would highly recommend the slight detour. Hiked tabletop first.. decent amount of mud near summit. We got there at 7 and had a 1.25 mile walk. Done 8/23. The trail up to the both ascents were fairly flat and easy. Redfield, Cliff Mt. Head towards Mt. GPS tracked the hike from Phelps trailhead (where it lists 1 mile) to summit was 1.8 miles. We made the descent back down Tabletop and to the junction of Phelps. It's only .7 miles from the sign in book at Marcy Dam to the junction for Phelps and that took us about thirty minutes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Phelps can be found east of Marcy Dam and north of Mount Marcy. I just did Colden, because frankly, it was the only one I wanted to repeat. 62 deg at start. It would have been so demoralizing to be sitting at the top of Phelps looking at Tabletop, seemingly 42 miles away. Phelps and Tabletop Mountains Trail is a 13.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. Marcy, Gray, Skylight… Camp at Feldspar. I listened to some of the reviews on here that said this trail could be suitable for beginners...future readers: please do not think that. mancopa - Aug 2, 2010 10:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010 From what I can tell from the FB pages I'm apart of, trail conditions don't look too bad. Table Top Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County in the U.S. State of New York. Right after that the side trail for Tabletop is up on the trees on the left. The trail up to Phelps felt very long and many people commented that it was more difficult than expected (and longer too!). This trio is connected via the heavily-maintained Van Hoevenberg trail, the primary route to New York’s highest peak, Mount Marcy. Very rocky, lots of scrambles and if it had rained would be very wet. The trail remains the same in … Resting in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area, it boasts some of the best views in the area. The last mile to Phelps summit was the longest mile of my life, tabletop was pretty muddy but we were glad we hiked both of them today. and Mt. is flanked to the north by Phelps Mountain, and to the south by Mount Marcy. Plan accordingly! If you’re doing Tabletop first, keep following the signs to Marcy, then eventually you will see signs for Tabletop. We did near 15 miles for the day. It’s then a quick one mile down to Marcy Dam. And yes, try not to get flustered by the mileage sign to Phelps summit; it says a mile but it's actually 1.3 miles (like the map says...you should always carry a proper map :) Trail was 13.8 (including Indian Falls). Colden via Heart Lake Loop, Wright Peak, Alqonquin Peak, Iroquois Peak and Avalanche Lake Loop, Mount Marshall via Avalanches Pass Trail and Herbert Brook Trail. 18. Tabletop Mountain via Marcy Dam Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Amazing views from Phelps. But, continue to follow the trail to Tabletop, as you'll want to see the more open view of the High Peaks from Phelps later in the day, which provides better lighting for photography. Phelps isn’t a very tall mountain, but it’s exposed almost as much as a few of the taller peaks. I set the pace on the descent to try and catch that family and even the bet. It was a long walk which was not super steep but was not easy. But the view is much better and there is a larger area to sit at the top. Phelps & Tabletop & Colden. Additionally, Tabletop's summit is fully treed. From Marcy Dam we headed up following signs for Mt. Phelps and Tabletop is an 11.2 mile moderately trafficked route with an elevation gain of 3907 feet. As you might guess from the name, the summit of Tabletop is not an exciting narrow point. I took a beginner out for their first high peaks and we struggled with summitting both peaks. The adk loj parking lot was completely full by 4:30am. You don't want to skip Indian Falls on the way down. I definitely recommend Tabletop first! Marcy. Tabletop and Phelps. The first day, we departed the Adirondak Loj and hiked in the 2.3 miles to Marcy Dam area, where we ditched our full packs for lighter day packs at a lean-to. We did Tabletop first as recommended here by many. So why did I hike all three? We had the summit to ourselves. Leave a comment 23. Marcy. Made this side trip on the way back down the van hoevenberg from Marcy. Those key points sure do help when slugging back after a long hike. Weather was beautiful and I spent some time at the summit even though there wasn't much of a view. It was a great winter day, one I hadn't seen in almost two years, I hope to adventure in many more like it. Great hike and awesome views! I ran into a "beginner" for most of the way up Phelps and he was fine, took his time to figure out the few little scrambles it has. Wet. Wet and muddy, but easy enough. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Marcy and Table Top Mountain, located in Adirondack Park, New York. Also, hiking to Tabletop was fairly muddy, but overall great day! Also please do not be fooled by distance markers. Phelps is the 32nd highest mountain of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Lots of scrambling and some steep runs, and the herd trail was not easy to navigate. We arrived at the Adirondack Loj at 7:20 and had to park 1.5 miles away. However as you approach the top you start to get panoramic views of the nearby mountains and it is breathtaking! Did tabletop first. Limited view from Tabletop. Glad I saved Indian Falls for the way down- clouds burned off and the falls are worth the 10 minute detour- great view of Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois. I thought they would be up and down before we got there, so I lost the bet. You climb up a wet riverbed and then a muddy flat section before reaching the mostly wooded summit. The weather was perfect and the views from Phelps were worth that challenging last mile. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. - Last mi. Well worth it though - the views are amazing. Couchsachraga & Panther & Santanoni. Tabletop, TR, and Phelps. Good views of the Macintyres and Colden when heading down Tabletop. I was SO glad to have climbed Tabletop first. (But pretty!) This is a great trail, very easy to follow and well marked. This was the first hike we started timing out different points along the route to give us an idea of how much longer to reach the car on the return back. Went yesterday. I arrived at Marcy Dam where sunlit areas had transformed into … All the pounding coming down the 1.2 mile route took a toll on Candy's ankle and she bowed out of the Phelps hike. I reached Marcy Dam in less than an hour. We had prepared ourselves the night before for frigid temps and an all-day snowshoe. A few of my hiking buddies needed to tackle Colden, Tabletop and Phelps, so we set out for a weekend of hiking together. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. We were up there by noon, and took a nice half hour at the summit to relax. Phelps was effectively a series of waterfalls, TableTop was a solid stream until the top which was the worst extended series of mud pits I’ve seen. The falls are beautiful. Then on Phelps we saw a few people on the trail and a couple young men at the summit but very quiet for a holiday weekend. Phelps is the 32nd highest mountain of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. A modest hike, not terribly challenging but I certainly broke a sweat. Table Top: Elevation 4427, Order of Height 19 April 3, 2016 ... Marcy & Skylight & Cliff. From South Meadow to the first Adirondack Loj sign is 15 minutes. From the junction of Phelps to the top of Tabletop took us two hours. Took the high water trail which connects to hoevenburg on the way in. Stop at Indian falls! Trails were pretty dry with only a few muddy areas which were easy to navigate. Colden, Algonquin, Iroquois, Wright…. September 11, 2015 Marcy & Phelps; 11:15AM – Summit Tabletop – 4,427′ 3:08PM – Summit Mt. Done 8/15 Great hike! The streams were full, the trails were full, and my boots were full...of water. Marcy. The views were well worth the effort. Table Top Mtn. It was a little windy up there so we all had an extra layer on until we got back on the trail. We hiked Tabletop and Phelps today, 9/7/20. It has an elevation of 4161 feet and an ascent of 2010 feet. Phelps isn't known for it's views since it's not a bald peak - but honestly, you get breathtaking views of Marcy, the MacIntyre Range, Colden, Haystack and more. After the bridge, there was a sign for Indian Falls. Haystack. We spent about twenty minutes there going over hiking war stories and then headed out. A wet hike, but a great day in the woods. Phelps and Tabletop Mountains Trail is a 22.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. Phelps Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. Very muddy and wet, with some slick spots. Multiple and ample views from Phelps. We followed the trail back to South Meadow and made it a few minutes ahead of our earlier pace. Views from Phelps were moody. Length 11.4 miElevation gain 2598 ftRoute type Out & back For our early fall hike, we decided to tackle Mount Colden (11th highest at 4714 ft.), and Tabletop (19th highest at 4427 ft.), as a 2-day hike. This trail was fun but tough. The ascent was pretty easy because the trail is fairly gradual and the terrain is mostly trail with some interspersed rocks. Started out around 5:45 from the ADK Loj (forgetting to start the recording until a little while in). Gorgeous hike! It was another 1.2 miles up the mountain with a great scenic bridge crossing along the way. Getting to Tabletop is easy, follow the signs for Marcy until you see a sign on a tree pointing towards Tabletop. View the profiles of people named Marcy Phelps. Tabletop is the 19th highest with an elevation of 4427 feet and 2270 feet of ascent. Snowshoeing. Pretty reasonable trail all the way up to Tabletop - we did that first. Join Facebook to connect with Marcy Phelps and others you may know. B-E-A-UTIFUL. From left to right: Giant, RPR, Lower wolfjaws, Upper wolfjaws, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Haystack, Tabletop, Marcy. Lots of hikers going to Marcy but when we turned off to Tabletop we were alone. We had decided to save Phelps for last, so we passed the junction point and continued along the trail towards Mt. From the junction point, it is a one mile ascent to the top of gnarly elevation and stony terrain. Marcy & Skylight & Cliff. Despite seeing nobody along the road, the area around Marcy Dam was quite busy. Dan, the organizer, was kind enough to allow me to "do my own thing" so I added TR and Phelps to the mix. 22. up Phelps was pretty tough - Trail was relatively dry. Cloudy to partly sunny. The views are breathtaking as you have Marcy straight ahead followed by the great range behind a ridge to your left, and an interesting perspective of Colden and the McIntyre Range to your right. Clearing on the way up and just past the summit offered some decent views! Phelps Mountain is 4,160 ft., while Tabletop Mountain is 4,413 ft. We’ll be arriving at the trailhead at the Adirondack Loj, hike 2 miles on Friday to the Marcy Dam which offers lean to’s and tent sites. Hiking Marcy, Tabletop, and Phelps this weekend - what advice do you have for me? Hiked 8-13-2020 The trail sign shows 1 mi to the summit. A couple spots at the start of the herd path were tough to follow due to the blowdown, but it's easy to keep on the path after that. Great view from the partially bald summit of Phelps, as well as views along the way. Although it was running fast, I was still able to cross Phelps Brook by rock-hopping; the few patches of ice did not look solid. It did open up on the backside to views of Mt. Tabletop is the 19th highest with an elevation of 4427 feet and 2270 feet of ascent. headed back and up phelps which was definitely the steeper of the two but manageable. We had a bet going if we would see them since they were only doing Phelps and we were doing Tabletop first. During that one mile, it is an elevation gain of 1200 feet. Passed one man on his way down. The hike was wonderful. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Spencer Morrissey. For this hike, there were three of us in the group - myself, my friend Kory, and our friend Candy. The next day, we did our day hike of peak-bagging. Table Top and Phelps: completed 06/06/2014, total distance 10.6 miles, hike time: 11 hrs. There were a few hikers at the summit already, so no selfie picture needed. Marcy, Little Marcy, and Saddleback. These two were number ten and eleven that I have done. Fortunately, most of the traffic seemed to be headed on the Van Hoevenberg Trail toward Mt Marcy, Phelps, and Table Top. Phelps and Tabletop is an 11.2 mile moderately trafficked route with an elevation gain of 3907 feet. 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