Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

Phelps Mountain

  • Adirondak Loj Rd
    Lake Placid

Hike Features

Summit

Hiking

Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. Phelps can be found east of Marcy Dam and north of Mount Marcy. Resting in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area it boasts some of the best views in the park.

The hike starts from Heart Lake and follows a highly used trail that leads to Marcy Dam. Marcy Dam offer outstanding view of the High Peaks and Avalanche Pass. From this point the hike continues to follow the Mt. Marcy Trail before heading east on the Phelps Mountain Trail at a junction 1.0 miles from Marcy Dam.

The Phelps Mountain Trail is quite steep and at times feels very arduous. You will have outstanding views as you approach 4000’ feet in elevation. Don’t stop at the viewing rock, this is not the true summit; the summit is located through the trees and at a large viewing shelf. Breathtaking views of Mount Marcy, The MacIntyre’s, Mount Colden, and Mount Haystack and beyond are waiting for you here.

Elevation: 4161‘ Ascent: 2010’

Distance Round Trip: 8.2 miles Approximate Time Round Trip: 6 hours

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for just over 3-miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow here to the end at Heart Lake and the Adirondack Loj. There is paid parking ($10 as of 2013) at the gate.

Hiker Recommendation:
Moderate hike, visitor should be in good shape. Could be climbed by kids.

Special Gear Needed:
None

Snowshoeing

Phelps is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. Phelps is also one of the high peaks that would be a perfect choice for a first High Peak Snowshoe. 

The snowshoe starts from Heart Lake and follows a highly used trail that leads to Marcy Dam. This trail is very hard packed from heavy use, but snowshoes are still required. You will pass by the site of Marcy Dam, where many cross brook on the open up stream, there is a bridge downstream if you prefer. Continue to follow the Mountain Marcy Trail and gain a bit of elevation to the Phelps Trail on the left. 

The Phelps Mountain Trail is quite steep and at times feels very arduous. You will have outstanding views as you approach 4,000 feet in elevation. The summit is located through the trees and at a large viewing shelf. 

Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for just over 3 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow here to the end at Heart Lake and the Adirondack Loj. There is paid parking at the gate. 

Elevation: 4,161 feet

Ascent: 2,010 Feet

Distance: 4.1 miles to the summit

Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for just over 3 miles and turn right on Adirondack Loj Road. The road ends at Heart Lake and the Adirondack Loj. There is paid parking at the gate. 

Winter visits:
This summit is over 4000’ and warrants full on artic conditions at times. Be prepared for temps well below zero, heavy snow accumulation and possible white out conditions. Could be ski approached up to the Phelps Trail Junction.

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