Marcy Dam, Marcy Brook Tent Site, Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake

Start Time at the Adirondak Loj: 10:00 AM

Weather: mid to upper 80's and very humid

Started on the far end of the parking lot at the Adirondak Loj.  The Van Hoevenberg Trail (ADK #61) to Marcy Dam was easy - even with the packs.  Slightly muddy.  Made really good time getting to Marcy Dam.  Views of Mt. Colden were beautiful!  Ate a quick "energy" bar and continued on the Avalanche Pass Trail (ADK #68).  We stopped at the tent sites directly across the trail from Marcy Brook Lean-To.

After setting up our tent, Tim strapped on the day pack, and we hiked to Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake.  The most recent avalanche was in 1999.  The destruction is so huge, it's incredible.  Unfortunately, the walk was REALLY HARD and Valerie got tired after about a mile and a half.  We took a short rest on a rock at the edge of Avalanche Lake, then returned back to the camp site.

There is a food-hanging cable system at that site.  We had our bear barrel, but we still decided to try the hanging system, since that meant that we could put the utensils and toiletries up there too.

Click here to see a movie of Marcy Brook at Lunch (only if you have a high-speed connection!)

Click here to see a movie of Avalanche Lake (only if you have a high-speed connection!)

Mileage for the day: about 6 miles

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View from Marcy Dam
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Mt Colden from Marcy Dam
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Another view from Marcy Dam
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Our obligatory self-portrait
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Tim with Mt. Colden in the background
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Valerie with Mt Colden in the background
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Tim, on a rock, in the brook, during our lunch break
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Avalanche Pass - looking up the mountain where the trees and dirt used to be
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More pictures of the devastation at Avalanche Pass.  The most recent Avalanche was 1999.  A path had to be cut out of the debris so that the trail would be accessible again.
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Another view up Avalanche Pass.
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Piles of debris.
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Valerie next to a large rock wall between Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake.
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Large cliffs near Avalanche Lake.
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Small stream
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Avalanche Lake
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"Chez Charboneau" - Home Sweet Home
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Our food, and another camper's bag also, hanging in the cable system so that the bears can't reach it.
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Rules about the food hanging system.