But the view is much better and there is a larger area to sit at the top. Table Top: Elevation 4427, Order of Height 19 Phelps & Tabletop & Colden. 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. Amazing views from Phelps. 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. Marcy, Gray, Skylight… Camp at Feldspar. From left to right: Giant, RPR, Lower wolfjaws, Upper wolfjaws, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Haystack, Tabletop, Marcy. A few of my hiking buddies needed to tackle Colden, Tabletop and Phelps, so we set out for a weekend of hiking together. Hiking Marcy, Tabletop, and Phelps this weekend - what advice do you have for me? We did Tabletop first as recommended here by many. The trip up Phelps was short but steep toward the top. We got there at 7 and had a 1.25 mile walk. Tabletop's herd path is fun...but the view isn't great, Table Top Mountain via Van Hoevenberg Trail, MacNaughton Mountain via the Indian Pass Trail, Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak via Algonquin Trail, Avalanche Lake and Wright Peak Loop Via Avalanche Pass Trail, Algonquin, Iroquois and Wright Peaks via Algonquin Trail, Van Hoevenberg, Avalanche Pass, Mount Colden and L-Morgan Porter Trail Loop, Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois, Gray, Skylight, Marcy Loop, Gray Peak, Mt. Also, hiking to Tabletop was fairly muddy, but overall great day! This trio is connected via the heavily-maintained Van Hoevenberg trail, the primary route to New York’s highest peak, Mount Marcy. 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. Leave a comment 23. Great hike and awesome views! 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. Phelps & Tabletop & Colden. Hiked tabletop first.. decent amount of mud near summit. We got there at 5:30am and had to park on the road. The family was still there so we were even. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. It’s then a quick one mile down to Marcy Dam. Did 8/26. Sunday 8AM – Depart from camp, with tent still setup. We had decided to save Phelps for last, so we passed the junction point and continued along the trail towards Mt. Tabletop is the 19th highest with an elevation of 4427 feet and 2270 feet of ascent. Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. From Marcy Dam we headed up following signs for Mt. The hike itself to Marcy Dam is 2.3 miles. Remember to get there early so that you can park at the ADK LOJ ($15 for non-members), otherwise it is about a 1.5 mile walk to get to the trailhead. not sure why as great southern view of Marcy and Skylight. Lots of scrambles, but the view is excellent. Lots of hikers going to Marcy but when we turned off to Tabletop we were alone. Length 11.4 miElevation gain 2598 ftRoute type Out & back 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). Phelps is the 32nd highest mountain of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. Totally worth the climb. It has an elevation of 4161 feet and an ascent of 2010 feet. From South Meadow to the first Adirondack Loj sign is 15 minutes. Marcy & Phelps; 11:15AM – Summit Tabletop – 4,427′ 3:08PM – Summit Mt. I recommend getting an early start (we started in the dark) to avoid the crowds of people headed up Marcy. We made the descent back down Tabletop and to the junction of Phelps. Was. Phelps has beautiful views from its summit: Colden, Marcy, Basin, Haystack Saddleback, plus Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois, are most prominent. Made this side trip on the way back down the van hoevenberg from Marcy. Phelps was a tough one to do second. Multiple and ample views from Phelps. The trail to Tabletop was extremely muddy at the top but we had the trail to ourselves both ways. 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. From the junction point, it is a one mile ascent to the top of gnarly elevation and stony terrain. B-E-A-UTIFUL. We then headed to Phelps, which had great views, but it was too windy (and cold) for us to really enjoy. 10 hours door to door including stops at each peak and a breakfast stop. Clearing on the way up and just past the summit offered some decent views! Map we sent my mom, our original plan – HA! Right after that the side trail for Tabletop is up on the trees on the left. Trails were pretty dry with only a few muddy areas which were easy to navigate. Tabletop was also windy so we probably just picked the wrong day to do these. However as you approach the top you start to get panoramic views of the nearby mountains and it is breathtaking! Well worth it though - the views are amazing. We had a bet going if we would see them since they were only doing Phelps and we were doing Tabletop first. Tabletop was socked in at 9am (as many summits often are). The weather was perfect and the views from Phelps were worth that challenging last mile. Pretty reasonable trail all the way up to Tabletop - we did that first. The terrain is mostly flat and easy to navigate, with stones not being much of an issue. Dan, the organizer, was kind enough to allow me to "do my own thing" so I added TR and Phelps to the mix. Despite seeing nobody along the road, the area around Marcy Dam was quite busy. 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. For this hike, there were three of us in the group - myself, my friend Kory, and our friend Candy. Hiked 8-13-2020 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. What spots of mud are on the trail were drying up (though more rain is in the forecast). It. If you reach Indian Falls you have gone too far. The trail sign shows 1 mi to the summit. Phelps offered some nice views and we spent ten to fifteen minutes up there taking photos and grabbing a snack before heading down. With my hat on and watching the trail, I actually walked right past it and was heading on my way to Mt. 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). If you’re doing Tabletop first, keep following the signs to Marcy, then eventually you will see signs for Tabletop. We tracked closer to 1.5mi. up Phelps was pretty tough - Trail was relatively dry. The stretch of trail to Marcy Dam was paved in dirty ice and made for easy walking. It is the 32nd highest peak in New York. I mean, extremely windy, so don't forget the windbreaker! The ascent was pretty easy because the trail is fairly gradual and the terrain is mostly trail with some interspersed rocks. Snowshoeing. Passed one man on his way down. We did near 15 miles for the day. Kory and I had both done nine of the high peaks previously and Candy had done ten, so it was an experienced group. Very muddy and wet, with some slick spots. headed back and up phelps which was definitely the steeper of the two but manageable. Morning on the Van Hoevenberg We hiked Tabletop and Phelps today, 9/7/20. 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 view from the partially bald summit of Phelps, as well as views along the way. The standard route to Tabletop Mountain starts heading south from the Adirondak Loj, past Marcy Dam and along the Van Hoevenberg Trail towards Marcy. views were amazing at top as fully open. I started my day heading toward Colden first to climb the tougher of the three peaks with fresher legs. After the bridge, there was a sign for Indian Falls. Stop at Indian falls! But it's definitely not a bald summit like Algonquin or Cascade. Marcy. 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. 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. Join Facebook to connect with Marcy Phelps and others you may know. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. We stopped at Indian Falls after - I would highly recommend the slight detour. Gorgeous hike! I definitely recommend Tabletop first! 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. The herd path was relatively easy to follow. As you might guess from the name, the summit of Tabletop is not an exciting narrow point. Table Top Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County in the U.S. State of New York. Haystack. Resting in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area, it boasts some of the best views in the area. Did Tabletop first, then Phelps, I'd recommend going in that order. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Cloudy to partly sunny. Phelps and Tabletop is an 11.2 mile moderately trafficked route with an elevation gain of 3907 feet. We hiked Tabletop and Phelps on 9/6. Once at the summit, Tabletop was pretty tree covered. The trail remains the same in … Limited view from Tabletop. Leave a comment 19. If anyone reads this and lost a pair either on the way to Marcy or Tabletop, let us know. Lots of scrambling and some steep runs, and the herd trail was not easy to navigate. Phelps felt steeper, with several scrambles on the way up. Getting to Tabletop is easy, follow the signs for Marcy until you see a sign on a tree pointing towards Tabletop. The trail up to Phelps felt very long and many people commented that it was more difficult than expected (and longer too!). A modest hike, not terribly challenging but I certainly broke a sweat. Redfield, Cliff Mt. Thankfully, both my colleagues saw the sign and reeled me in. It was another 1.2 miles up the mountain with a great scenic bridge crossing along the way. View the profiles of people named Marcy Phelps. A wet hike, but a great day in the woods. 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. Also please do not be fooled by distance markers. It is worth tackling these two high peaks together, for me it took less than 7 hours. The falls are beautiful. Got to the loj at 7 and the lot was almost full. Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Tabletop is a broad three-humped peak located roughly between Marcy and Phelps. Wet and muddy, but easy enough. September 11, 2015 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. The hike was wonderful. We made it down to the junction in 41 minutes and in another 20 minutes we were at the Dam. It did open up on the backside to views of Mt. Head towards Mt. Tabletop, TR, and Phelps. Very rocky, lots of scrambles and if it had rained would be very wet. After gradually gaining 1000 vertical feet over several miles, a well-marked spur brings you a second 1000 vertical feet to the summit. 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. Did tabletop first. I just did Colden, because frankly, it was the only one I wanted to repeat. Phelps isn’t a very tall mountain, but it’s exposed almost as much as a few of the taller peaks. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Marcy and Table Top Mountain, located in Adirondack Park, New York. I am very well aware of the temps I will be facing this weekend as well as the rest of my crew. 18. Wet. 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. Phelps and Tabletop is an 11.2 mile moderately trafficked route with an elevation gain of 3907 feet. and Mt. WET, WET, WET! This trail was fun but tough. 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. Table Top Mtn. I thought they would be up and down before we got there, so I lost the bet. It was very muddy, winding, and there weren't a lot of spots for views. GPS tracked the hike from Phelps trailhead (where it lists 1 mile) to summit was 1.8 miles. I took a beginner out for their first high peaks and we struggled with summitting both peaks. (But pretty!) Overall a great hike to knock out two 46ers in an out and back! Phelps Mountain is flanked to the southeast by Table Top Mountain. Marcy, Little Marcy, and Saddleback. Phelps Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. It has an elevation of 4161 feet and an ascent of 2010 feet. 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. From the junction of Phelps to the top of Tabletop took us two hours. 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. Fortunately, most of the traffic seemed to be headed on the Van Hoevenberg Trail toward Mt Marcy, Phelps, and Table Top. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Then to do Phelps, come back down to the intersection for Phelps (you will see this on your way up). 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. In the summer, do not expect much in … I set the pace on the descent to try and catch that family and even the bet. Skylight, Mt. 62 deg at start. Done 8/23. - Last mi. The views were well worth the effort. There were a few hikers at the summit already, so no selfie picture needed. Tabletop is the 19th highest with an elevation of 4427 feet and 2270 feet of ascent. The streams were full, the trails were full, and my boots were full...of water. The view at Tabletop stinks as high peaks go, but we wanted to knock this one out. Phelps can be found east of Marcy Dam and north of Mount Marcy. We parked at South Meadow, signed in there, and hiked in to Marcy Dam. 2015-09-05 On Saturday, I joined a trip to Tabletop organized by the Montreal Outdoor Adventure Club ( MOAC ). 22. Tabletop and Phelps. Spencer Morrissey. It was a long walk which was not super steep but was not easy. Weather was beautiful and I spent some time at the summit even though there wasn't much of a view. This is a great trail, very easy to follow and well marked. These two were number ten and eleven that I have done. 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. Of the trails we hiked, my buddy Kory found this herd trail to be his least favorite. tabletop first as started early and other reviews said no view. Marcy – 5,344′ Hike down to Feldspar and set up Camp. We had prepared ourselves the night before for frigid temps and an all-day snowshoe. Phelps is the 32nd highest mountain of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. The elevation change wasn't much of a challenge, but the wetness of the trail was pretty annoying. 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. It would have been so demoralizing to be sitting at the top of Phelps looking at Tabletop, seemingly 42 miles away. a quick stop at Indian Falls with more wide open rock and great views. Table top had some views; still very beautiful! We all backpacked in to the Marcy Dam area, and set up camp at one of the tent sites there. Nice views west and southwest. Phelps was a steady moderate elevation gain. Some patches of snow and ice but nothing significant. We arrived at the Adirondack Loj at 7:20 and had to park 1.5 miles away. Day 2: Mt. You climb up a wet riverbed and then a muddy flat section before reaching the mostly wooded summit. Tabletop's herd path is pretty easy to follow. From what I can tell from the FB pages I'm apart of, trail conditions don't look too bad. 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. Those key points sure do help when slugging back after a long hike. We followed the trail back to South Meadow and made it a few minutes ahead of our earlier pace. Not including the two meal breaks on the summits it was eight hours and ten minutes round trip for Tabletop and Phelps … I was SO glad to have climbed Tabletop first. After a little over a mile, you will reach the split to Phelps Mountain on your left. Shortly after, we went double or nothing if we could catch them on the way back to Marcy Dam. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Phelps has a stunning view. Original Plan: Complete cross off 9 of the 46-ers … Day 1: Phelps, Table Top, Mt. The next day, we did our day hike of peak-bagging. Be aware that if you do not get there early or plan on camping you will have a long walk to the trail head. Table Top and Phelps: completed 06/06/2014, total distance 10.6 miles, hike time: 11 hrs. I arrived at Marcy Dam where sunlit areas had transformed into … mancopa - Aug 2, 2010 10:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010 barely any mud and leaves hadn't fallen much so trail was perfect. 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. Went yesterday. It only took us 2 minutes to get there and we really enjoyed it (nice place to have an early lunch). Took the high water trail which connects to hoevenburg on the way in. 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. 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. The adk loj parking lot was completely full by 4:30am. I reached Marcy Dam in less than an hour. During that one mile, it is an elevation gain of 1200 feet. Phelps felt harder imo, Phelps is definitely steeper than Tabletop. 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 … Marcy. From Marcy Dam, the trail gradually gets steeper, but remains relatively easy. Marcy & Skylight & Cliff. There is a lookout a few paces past the summit where you can view Haystack and Marcy over the trees (and if you hold your camera way up above your head). *Mileage: 9.6 roundtrip for Tabletop alone, or 11.4 combined with Phelps After re-reaching the junction with the Van Hovenberg trail continue on it 1.2 miles (still familiar – continuing the way up to Marcy) until you reach the sign that clearly says ‘Route to Tabletop Mountain’. Kory and I continued on up the trail. Pay attention to the herd path (it is an eroded periodic stream bed). Marcy, Tabletop, Phelps . It was a gorgeous hike. 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. You don't want to skip Indian Falls on the way down. Good views of the Macintyres and Colden when heading down Tabletop. Views from Phelps were moody. Additionally, Tabletop's summit is fully treed. Couchsachraga & Panther & Santanoni. April 3, 2016 ... Marcy & Skylight & Cliff. Muddy slip n slide right before Marcy Dam. So why did I hike all three? Views were not bad. Marcy. Colden, Algonquin, Iroquois, Wright…. Done 8/15 Great hike! 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. Forty minutes to the second bridge and a full hour to Marcy Dam. January, 03 2013. We were up there by noon, and took a nice half hour at the summit to relax. 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. Phelps Mountain is a 1.2-mile spur and Tabletop Mountain another 0.6-mile spur, neither one as dramatic or interesting as Marcy. Overall, beautiful day, I started around 8am and got back around 3:15pm. We spent about twenty minutes there going over hiking war stories and then headed out. 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. Tabletop Mountain is the 19th highest peak in the Adirondacks, standing at 4427 feet tall. is flanked to the north by Phelps Mountain, and to the south by Mount Marcy. Plan accordingly! It was a little windy up there so we all had an extra layer on until we got back on the trail. Phelps: 4161' #9 Trailhead Elev: 2179' Avg Elev Gain/mi.- 241' Max Elev Gain/mi.- 1430' - Easy right up to the Phelps Mountain Jct. Phelps, 4161 feet, #32 in height A Side Trip to Indian Falls We had the summit to ourselves. 9:30AM – Arrive at Lake Tear of the Clouds; 10:18AM – Summit Gray – 4,840′ 11:52AM – Summit Skylight – 4,924′ The trail up to the both ascents were fairly flat and easy. Started out around 5:45 from the ADK Loj (forgetting to start the recording until a little while in). 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