A beautiful and accessible high peak, Phelps is a good family-friendly hike, not for the super little ones, but for any kids who can do a 9-mile round-trip. Given its accessibility and the regular use of its trails, Phelps is also a popular mountain to ski or snowshoe during the winter. Phelps is named for Old Man Phelps, the well-known guide who cut the first trail up Marcy and led many trips to its summit. Lore about Phelps (real or fabricated) is great material to keep kids entertained all the way to the summit!
|Distance||8.8 miles round-trip from Adirondack Loj|
Beginning at Adirondack Loj, you will follow the directions for Marcy until you reach Marcy Dam (LINK). Then continue from Marcy Dam for one mile, turning up the Phelps trail left towards Marcy and Phelps. The trail will eventually branch into a Y and the trail to the left will head up to the summit of Phelps, while the trail to the right continues towards Marcy. From here, it’s a quick hike up alternatingly moderate and steep pitches, over some rock ledges (providing nice lookouts for snack breaks) and then continuing at a pretty easy grade across these open rock faces to the summit of the peak.
Directions to Adirondack Loj:
From Lake Placid, take route 73 towards Keene, turning right onto Adirondack Loj Road, which you will follow to the end. There will be a tollbooth at the entrance where you will have to pay a $10 parking fee.