Mt. Marcy is New York’s highest peak, reaching 5,344ft, over one mile into the sky! Join five other freshmen and your two upperclassmen leaders, Steph Taylor and Matt Sperr, on this scenic hike. Steph has experience leading the Mt. Marcy trip in the past and Matt is leading for the first time! Two nights of camping at Marcy Dam, lunch at Indian Falls, and constant views of nearby peaks make this a memorable trip. Trekees should be physically capable of hiking five hours on moderate terrain, and previous hiking experience is recommended. NY is about to be your home for the next four years, so there’s no better way to get acquainted than being on top of it all!

Gear List


Steph Taylor

Matt Sperr

This Year’s Itinerary

August 20th

8 am – 4 pm: Trekees Move In

5 pm: Meeting for all trip participants outside Wilson Commons, near clock tower

5:30 pm: BBQ for all Trekees and Leaders (sorry parents, students only!)

8 pm: Leaders check Trekee packs for appropriate gear, clothing, and equipment

August 21st

9 am:  Breakfast on campus

10 am:  Drive to Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, NY

Lunch on the road

2 pm:  Arrive and park at Adirondak Loj

2:30 pm:  Begin backpacking to Marcy Dam

5 pm:  Set up base camp at Marcy Dam

6 pm:  Dinner at Marcy Dam

August 22nd

9 am:  Breakfast at Marcy Dam

10 am:  Hike to Mt Marcy with day packs, Reach the summit

Lunch on the trail

Afternoon:  Return to base camp

6 pm – 7 pm:  Dinner at Marcy Dam

August 23rd

9 am:  Breakfast at Marcy Dam

10 am:  Pack up, hike back to Adirondak Loj

Lunch on trail or at Loj

1 pm:  Depart Lake Placid, Drive back to UR

6 pm:  Arrive at UR

7 pm:  Cookout dinner for all Trekees and Leaders

August 24th

Freshman Orientation begins!

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