This portion of trail always frustrates me a bit; it never really heads toward Tabletop Mountain as I feel it could. It’s funny what your mind remembers and what it does not. After a few photos, we continued on, following Phelps Brook to the trail to the turn off to the left which took us up to the summit of Phelps. You will start to see beautiful views of the surrounding High Peaks and Avalanche Lake. If camping in a tent or lean-to doesn't appeal to you, the Loj offers rooms to sleep in along with meals, for a small fee! What's in a name. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. A bit further we crossed Phelps Brook again on a sturdy footbridge, flipped up our heel-lifts on our snowshoes and started the long ascent toward Indian Falls. 3300 ft gain I suggest that you travel past Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake and ascend the range in that direction as the trail from Lake Col... Street Mountain is number 31 at 4,166’ and Nye Mountain is number 45 at 3,895’ on the list of 46ers. Marcy/ Hart Lake region. The sad little pile of cairns, which is the summit marker for Phelps, was in need of rebuilding. This is a climb up Table Top from the Adirondack Loj at Heart Lake. As we approached the mountain I had seen something that I had never seen before. Table Top has three summits; the southernmost is the highest, followed by the middle peak at 4,308 ft (1,313 m) and the north peak at 4,216 ft (1,285 m). Phelps and Tabletop is an 11.2 mile moderately trafficked route with an elevation gain of 3907 feet. You will follow the Von Hoevenberg trail to just before Indian Falls and then head off on a herd path up to the wooded summit with limited views. If backpacking, here is where you can set up a tent at designated camp sites or if any one of the several lean-tos are open, you can set up camp there. Though she be but little, she is fierce. Follow the trail up to Tabletop. Rate this Adventure When snow and ice melt in spring, water flows under, or over, your feet. Be the first to leave a review! Phelps Mountain, (32nd at 4,161 ft.) was a great day-hike. Near the end, there were many times I was sure the summit would emerge only to be disappointed by more trees. After a little over a mile, you will reach the split to Phelps Mountain on your left. November 6, 2011 - Phelps & Table Top Mountains Unseasonably warm weather, and a surprisingly free family weekend calender, opened the door for another hike before our traditional family hiking event on Thanksgiving. Overhead, lichen festoons the forest’s living branches. This portion of trail always frustrates me a bit; it never really heads toward Tabletop Mountain as I feel it could. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Mount Marcy and Table Top Mountain, located in Adirondack Park, New York. As we approached the mountain I had seen something that I had never seen before. In the The Simpsons episode "Marge vs. the Monorail” a conman convinces Springfield invest in one of the impractical machines. Tabletop and Phelps Mountains Adirondack Hike Review. The land itself provides world-class panoramic views of the Adirondack High Peaks and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Phelps Mountain: 4160′ Tabletop Mountain: 4413′ Elevation Gain: 3818′ Phelps isn’t a very tall mountain, but … adventures and follow local regulations. Started out about 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I’ve been reading hiking blogs about the Adirondack High Peaks. Some good sites: ADk 46ers Adirondack Hiking Portal. Phelps Mountain is a 1.2-mile spur and Tabletop Mountain another 0.6-mile spur, neither one as dramatic or interesting as Marcy. Hiking Marcy, Tabletop, and Phelps this weekend - what advice do you have for me? The site is also ... Algonquin Peak, the second highest peak in New York, is one of the best hikes up in the Adirondack's. I’ve been reading hiking blogs about the Adirondack High Peaks. A bit further we crossed Phelps Brook again on a sturdy footbridge, flipped up our heel-lifts on our snowshoes and started the long ascent toward Indian Falls. Phelps Mountain. Phelps and Tabletop Mountains Trail is a 13.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult.  - Out-and-Back Trail. Upon arriving to Marcy Dam, you will be greeted with a picturesque view of some High Peaks. When we get back down from Tabletop, the sun clears the clouds for the first time all day. "Tabletop and Phelps with Jeff and Meenu: We started out at 2 am Sunday and got to the trailhead a little before 6. Near the end, there were many times I was sure the summit would emerge only to be disappointed by more trees. The Phelps trail is short but steep. Posted on November 16, 2016 by julieovaltrades. After I climbed my first of the 46, Marcy, I never thought I would catch the gotta climb them all fever. In the background, is cloud-shrouded Algonquin peak, the pearl of the MacIntyre range, which we will tackle next. Phelps can be found east of Marcy Dam and north of Mount Marcy. We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. 12.6 miles Winter still holds sway at the summit. Homer, inevitably, is chosen to be conductor. Time: 8.5 hours. ... started walking but to most people it looked like six kids and two leaders practically running to get to Marcy Dam then Phelps and Tabletop. The trail remains the same in … On the way down, things get gnarly. It was a gorgeous day, slightly cool to start, and I wore my long sleeves for a good part of the hike (although I was plenty warm). The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. After your hike, be sure to walk past your car and head towards the Information Center and be sure to check out the Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake! After about a mile, you will reach a sign marking the split off of the trail for Tabletop Mountain. A little less than a mile of hiking will bring you to the summit which is smaller and wooded, but still offers great views of the Great Range and Mount Marcy, New York's tallest mountain. Phelps Mountain is 4,160 ft., while Tabletop Mountain is 4,413 ft. We’ll be arriving at the trailhead at the Adirondack Loj, hike 2 miles on Friday to the Marcy Dam which offers lean to’s and tent sites. Once at the top, your breath will be taken away by gorgeous views of the Adirondack mountains and High Peaks. Last Fall we hiked Phelps and Tabletop mountains. Total distance is around 25 Miles and an elevation change of over 17,600 feet (gain and loss). Unlike Table Top, which stands nearly 300 feet higher, Phelps rewards you with pretty expansive views. It was a gorgeous day, slightly cool to start, and I wore my long sleeves for a good part of the hike (although I was plenty warm). Happy hiking! We manage it, using our spikes, hiking poles and handy trees to stop from slipping and sliding out of control. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! The trail will eventually cross Phelps Brook. The Phelps is steeper than the Table Top herd path, and although the sign says 1 mile, it appears to be 1.2 miles to the summit. Pitch your tent or bring your horses to our 150-acre oasis. I can’t remember off the top of my head how long these two took us but I assume around 12-14 hours. This trail is a bit steeper than that of Tabletop's, but still very doable by hikers of any age and skill. It has an elevation of 4161 feet and an ascent of 2010 feet. Continue to follow the path and signs, leading to Tabletop and Phelps. Phelps is one of the few mountains in the world that are actually named after mountaineer. Went straight to tabletop mountain and then headed right back over to Phelps so that I can get to the Summit and wait out the sunset. Mountain Conditions. Some good sites: ADk 46ers Adirondack Hiking Portal. Fully equipped campsite is nestled in a small clearing surrounded by 65 acres of woodland in the Adirondack Park. From this split-off, the summit of Phelps is a mile away. Old Mountain Phelps was the one who cut the first trail up to Mt Marcy as well he guided the first women to the top. After a little over a mile, you will reach the split to Phelps Mountain on your left. We finally broke the treeline and arrived at the summit at 10:55. Every step feels like a gamble. 46 High Peaks: Phelps and Tabletop 9.11.15 I took advantage of a beautiful September Friday to hike my fifth and sixth Adirondack High Peaks, Phelps and Tabletop.I signed in at the Adirondack Loj trailhead at 8:25am and started the hike with an easy and pretty 2.1 mile walk through the woods to Marcy Dam. The visibility improved the longer I lingered. I needed Tabletop for my second round of 46, I needed all three for my Autumnal round, and I had a terrific day for a long hike. Old Mountain Phelps was the one who cut the first trail up to Mt Marcy as well he guided the first women to the top. What's in a name. The trail will continue to steepen, getting a bit tougher now. Total Distance (Phelps & Tabletop): 12.2 miles (19.6 kilometers), plus a side trip to Indian Falls Total Time: 11 hours The trail is very scenic and well-maintained. Not sure why this mountain appealed to me so. A monorail is a thick layer of solid ice where winter hikers have packed the snow down over months. Where it doesn’t turn the trail into a trough of mud, the snow melt tunnels under the thick layer of winter snow and ice—turning winter’s hardpack into “monorails” and “bridges.”. by Kathleen Lisson. Posted on November 16, 2016 by julieovaltrades. The visibility improved the longer I lingered. I recommend it! Phelps Mountain is flanked to the southeast by Table Top Mountain. Unlike Table Top, which stands nearly 300 feet higher, Phelps rewards you with pretty expansive views. But today’s swollen waters leap downhill. Markedly more water rushes downhill, and the trail seems to have steepened while the mounds and patches of ice are broader and slicker. Sure, these icy structures might collapse at any moment, but they don’t. Water crossings—like the river we waded to reach Street and Nye on May 2—often become impassable by afternoon. By the time I reached Phelps's summit, the clouds began lifting and I finally had some views for the day. I’ve been reading hiking blogs about the Adirondack High Peaks. The next season I wanted to do Cascade and Porter just to have a nice day in the ADKs. On this occasion, I had the pleasure of hiking with fellow hikers "WannabeALJr" and "Commissionpoint". But, continue to follow the trail to Tabletop, as you'll want to see the more open view of the High Peaks from Phelps later in the day, which provides better lighting for photography. We decide to jaunt up a short-side trail to Indian Falls. Tabletop is the 19th highest with an elevation of 4427 feet and 2270 feet of ascent. A … Table Top and Phelps Mountains - High Peaks Wilderness - 1/11/13 Many of my hikes are done solo, or with my wife Leesa. The Phelps trail is short but steep. Phelps isn’t a very tall mountain, … Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak in the Adirondacks. Please explore responsibly! We are slow hikers so it always takes us 10 hours or more round trip. Heat had snuck in yet again by mid morning. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Clear cold day. Lessons Learned: Hiking pace varies from mountain to mountain. Located just ten minutes outside of the famous Lake Placid, you do not want to miss visiting this alluring Loj in the woods. Getting closer to the summit, don't forget to turn around! I chose to hit Tabletop Mountain first and then Phelps on the descent. Hike Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois Mountains. The first two miles to Marcy Dam are relatively flat, with the elevation gain picking up in the next mile after. We departed the Adirondak Loj around 10:00 AM, and hiked south to Marcy Dam. “ We cruise when we backpack,” Teagan said to me as I lead the group at a steady pace. The table top mountains are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to some two billion years ago. Phelps is the 32nd highest mountain of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. Phelps Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. I am very well aware of the temps I will be facing this weekend as well as the rest of my crew. They laugh a lot, despite mention of their aborted graduation and uncertain economy. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. 3rd September, 2017 12.8 miles 4'449 max elev 3'652 total accent 6:33 duration Vision, community, and gratitude -and a great view of Marcy A clear … By the time I reached Phelps's summit, the clouds began lifting and I finally had some views for the day. Most trails in the Adirondacks are built on drainages, like stream beds and rock slides. Resting in the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area, it boasts some of the best views in the area. Table Top Mountain is the 19th highest mountain in New York State, with an elevation of 4,427 ft. You walk like you're on a balance beam. Mostly flat until the last bit. After a snack or lunch, spending time on top and photographing the view, head back down to the split for Phelps. Also, open fires are not allowed, so make sure you have a camping stove! The mountain is named after Orson Schofield "Old Mountain" Phelps (1817–1905), who cut the first trail up Mount Marcy and named several of the Adirondack peaks. Most of the year, this outcropping is bare and dry. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your :-) Easy hike. Tabletop Mountain’s summit herd path features a rare route sign where it departs the Van Hoevenberg trail, making it comfortingly hard to miss. Table Top Mountain Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. We hiked to the summits of Tabletop and Phelps mountains from Adirondak Loj on Memorial Day weekend. Veteran 46ers offer a wealth of wisdom. 18 down, 28 to go! We are slow hikers so it always takes us 10 hours or more round trip. Beautiful view of the Adirondack mountains. Phelps Mountain rises to 4,160' and stands as the Adirondacks's 32nd highest point. Total elevation gain: 3,900’ Time: 8.5 hours. Once you're situated, get a quick snack and head back onto the trail! Total elevation gain: 3,900’ Time: 8.5 hours. Quieter and the trails are more pristine than the rest of the Mt. Marge gets Homor to tear the “M” from the engine’s logo, tie a rope to it, and toss it overboard as an anchor. The Adirondack Loj is a BEAUTIFUL place to go to, even if you do not plan on hiking. Although a bit strenuous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks. ”Keene Valley from Hopkins Mtn” by Adam Riquier is licensed under CC BY 2.0. I’m so, so happy to finally be back in the high peaks where I belong. Phelps Mountain: 4,160’ Tabletop Mountain: 4,427’ Mileage: 14.5. On its inaugural trip, the engine runs out of control and turns out not to have any breaks. From what I can tell from the FB pages I'm apart of, trail conditions don't look too bad. But, since it's so often hiked, the trail is very well defined although it can be narrow and steep in some sections. Table Top Mtn. Veteran 46ers offer a wealth of wisdom. They are required in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. But, continue to follow the trail to Tabletop, as you'll want to see the more open view of the High Peaks from Phelps later in the day, which provides better lighting for photography. Orson Schofield Phelps (1817-1905) a.k.a. Veteran 46ers offer a wealth of wisdom. Orson Schofield Phelps (1817-1905) a.k.a. These posts have been tagged with Table Top Mountain NY, or … Haystack, Little Haystack, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolf Jaw, Lower Wolf Jaw, Hedgehog and Roostercomb. This hike is great in any season and you can visit many other mountains and High Peaks from the Adirondack Loj. It is the 32nd highest peak in New York. Phelps Mountain is the 32nd highest peak of the 46 standing at 4161 feet tall…and boy, she sure does make you work for it! If you step onto either side, your feet are liable to plunge feet into water. As the snow on either side of the monorail melts, the monorail becomes a hiker’s only safe passage. It lodges in the giant doughnut of the Lard Lad Donut store's sign, saving the day. We saw construction crews working on a bridge. Phelps Mountain: 4,160’ Tabletop Mountain: 4,427’ Mileage: 14.5. Table Top Mountain is a mountain located in Essex County in the U.S. State of New York. Snow being the great trail leveler made it a smooth trip to the top. I can’t remember off the top of my head how long these two took us but I assume around 12-14 hours. We will meet at the High Peaks Information Center steps at 7:00am take the Mt Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail, to the, Tabletop Bushwhack Trail, come back down that to the, Mt Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail, return a short distance to the Phelps trail, and then return via the Van Hoevenberg trail to the parking lot. Mountain Conditions. Our microspikes—little crampons that attach to the bottom of boots—make us feel like we have cat’s claws. Mountain Specs. The last time I was on this trail was in May and believe or not, there was still ice and some snow covering most of it. Last Fall we hiked Phelps and Tabletop mountains. Marcy, Mt. From Marcy Dam, the trail gradually gets steeper, but remains relatively easy. Beautiful Hike Phelps & TableTop . After I climbed my first of the 46, Marcy, I never thought I would catch the gotta climb them all fever. Snowshoeing. The next season I wanted to do Cascade and Porter just to have a nice day in the ADKs. Hiking these two high peaks makes for a great overnight backpacking trip or day hike. An anchor and a doughnut might not have gone amiss. Phelps and Tabletop Mountains, ADK 46. We will meet at the High Peaks Information Center steps at 8:30am take the Mt Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail, to the, Tabletop Bushwhack Trail, come back down that to the, Mt Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail, return a short distance to the Phelps trail, and then return via the Van Hoevenberg trail to the parking lot. On the trail, we hike up through mist, mud, running water and patchy snow and ice. I had planned to go hiking on this day when I heard Wannabe was looking to climb Table Top & Phelps. I picked Table Top and Phelps since the weather … We finally broke the treeline and arrived at the summit at 10:55. Starting from Lot number 1 from the Adk Loj, begin hiking the 2.1 miles to Marcy Dam. So why did I hike all three? After a couple of weeks to recover and grow stronger, I’ll be back for more. Table Top Herd Path: 1.2 miles Van Hovenburg Trail: 2.0 miles South Meadow Truck Trail: 2.8 miles Total Miles: 13.2 miles (3,000 elevation gain) ... Great Range with the Diaz brothers the next day I figured I'd play it safe with a short hike up the Van Hoe Trail to Onward to the summit of Tabletop (#32) Unlike nearly every other “trailless peak” Tabletop Mountain features a big, … At the falls, the grads offer us cookies (we decline). As they are completely isolated from the ground, these ”islands above the rainforest” have a large number of unique plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world. This trail is very well maintained and highly used throughout the year so you'll have no problem following it! The weather is capricious. "Tabletop and Phelps with Jeff and Meenu: We started out at 2 am Sunday and got to the trailhead a little before 6. is flanked to the north by Phelps Mountain, and to the south by Mount Marcy. This is a 15.9 mile out-and-back hike with 4300 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. The trail climbs about 1200' in that 1.2 miles. The Summits: Mt. One doyen cautions that hikes in shoulder season—which in the Adirondacks can last into June—can take up to three times as long as in summer. Some freshly-minted grads from our alma mater, Syracuse University, lead us across a creek on yet another dicey bridge, this one of hatched trunks. Phelps and Tabletop Mountains, ADK 46. In June the mountains are always calling but with a last-minute trip to Boston to visit with some family and then a vacation in Maine I decided to use a vacation day and squeeze in another hike in the ADKs. If you make this trip into an overnight, although it is very doable as a day trip, be sure to rent or buy a bear canister. Phelps is one of the few mountains in the world that are actually named after mountaineer. 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