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Phelps Mountain is located in Essex County, New York. Phelps Mountain at 4160 feet is the 32nd highest peak in Adirondack Park and is one of the ADK 46ers.
The mountain offers great views of Table Top, Indian Falls and Mount Marcy as well as a good view of Algonquin and the Lake Placid Valley, with Whiteface and Easter off in the distance. A simple route with a few open sections that require a little scrabbling along the trail. The peak is largely tree covered but there are a few open parts that offer good views and a nice spot to have lunch and look at Marcy.
The trail is well-maintained all the way to summit and it can be reached by simply following the Van Hoevenberg trail from Adirondack Loj and then taking a sharp left had turn at the Phelps Mt. Trail marker. For those who do not want to pay $9 per vehicle parking fee (ADK members $3) you can use the South Meadows parking area, which is free (but there have been reports of vandalism in the past). The trail, although a little bit longer, is a fairly straight forward fire road.
The Phelps Mountain Trail can be steep at time and there is some scrabbling up a few small rock faces. There is an overall elevation gain of over 2300 feet with most of that coming during the last mile of hiking.
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