This Is What The Top Of New York Looks Like

In case you’ve ever wondered what the top of New York looks like, here it is!


Last weekend, some friends and I hiked the 7.4 mile trail up Mount Marcy. Located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, the summit of Mount Marcy is officially the highest point in New York state at 5,343 feet. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and even better, 432 Park Avenue could not be seen.


One of my life’s goals is to climb to the highest point in each state, which means I now have only 47 left, having thus far conquered New Hampshire’s Mount Washington and Vermont’s Mount Mansfield. Looking forward to Florida’s 345-ft Britton Hill, not so much Alaska’s 20,236 ft Mount McKinley…


One interesting bit worth noting. As you look out from the summit, you might notice a small lake a few hundred feet away…


The is Lake Tear Drop of the Clouds, often described as the highest source of the Hudson River (although many dispute this, so let’s just call it a very high source of the Hudson River). In September 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was at Lake Tear Drop of the Clouds after hiking down from Mount Marcy when he received word that President McKinley, shot two weeks prior, was not expected to live. He hiked out and made his way to Buffalo, where he was sworn in following McKinley’s demise.


Last but not least, I can confirm that the top of the Hudson River tastes a lot better than the bottom.


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  1. Thanks Scout – It’s beautiful up here in the North Country. Did you know that the Adirondack Park is the largest in the nation. You can fit Yosemite, Glacier and a few others within its bounds?

  2. September 13, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt reached the summit of Mount Marcy when receiving a telegram that President William McKinley was near death after being shot.

  3. Thanks for reminding me what the outside of NYC looks like. Beautiful!

  4. It’s Lake Tear of the Clouds.