PHOTOS: Need A Training Peak For An International Trip? Try Mount Marcy

Nestled in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, about 10 miles south of Lake Placid, New York, Mount Marcy can be a serious winter challenge with frequent winds of 50 mph or more. Charlotte and I managed to catch it in a lighter late winter mood, on a bluebird day with no winds until a light breeze kicked up only at the very top. An 18-mile 3200-foot vertical gain loop took us over Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, then up and over Marcy and back to our starting point at Adirondack Loj. The frequently frigid temps and high winds of the northeastern state high points trio of Katahdin in Maine, Mount Washington in New Hampshire, and Mount Marcy make them great training grounds for those interested in challenging bigger mountains around the world.

Trail to Avalanche Lake.

Lake Colden.

4 Corners, time to recharge for the final push.

Marcy appears!

Avalanche Lake.

Charlotte with Mt Skylight in the background.

Yay! At the top of NY!

View to the north.