Mount Marshall
Your Adirondack Basecamp

Marshall’s tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities. Mt. Marshall is the southernmost peak in the MacIntyre Mountain Range and named to honor of Robert Marshall who, with his brother George, is one of the original ADK 46ers. While the two trails below are both excellent routes, neither one can really be considered a primary. The primary just happens to be closer to Lake Placid.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 25 on the list.

~~There used to be a herd-path route from the top of Cold Brook Pass, this approach is very faint and is not used regularly enough to be designated as an approach. Cold Brook Pass got hit hard with Hurricane Irene and is currently in disrepair with an unknown time for reconditioning. Use the Herbert Brook herd-path as the approach to Marshall.~~

Below are brief descriptions of the two major routes, we recommend you pick up a guide book for more in depth detail or hire a local guide to assist you.

Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for about 3 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to its end at Heart Lake and park in the main parking lot. Small parking fees will be required. ($10 as of 2013)

This is an approximate 9 mile hike, one way rolling to steep terrain. This route is used mainly by those camping in the Lake Colden Region and climbing multiple peaks over the course of 2-4 days.

From the Loj follow the hikers approach trail to the High Peaks that leads to Marcy Dam. From Marcy Dam you will need to follow the trail to Avalanche Pass. You will pass by Avalanche Camps, the mile or so past Avalanche Camps is where you begin to climb. Passing by a couple newer slides on the side of Mount Colden you make your way through the pass and descend to Avalanche Lake. The hike past the lake is a bit demanding, especially with full packs. You will contend with boulders, ladders and a very windy trail, but the views along this section of trail are hardly matched by many others. Once on the opposite side of Avalanche Lake you will descend and then go right at the junction at the register and hike the west side of Lake Colden to the dam at its outlet. Don’t cross the dam, but rather stay above it and continue toward Flowed Lands. Roughly 0.25 miles past the dam is Herbert Brook and the herd-path on your right marked with a cairn. The route is now much narrower and follows along the brook to your left. The terrain starts out moderate with a couple steep ascent sections. As you follow the brook, there are excellent views back into the valley; this is where the waterfalls start to come into view. Once the herd-path leaves the brook, expect the terrain to get much steeper, because it does. There is one excellent viewing area along the summit ridge before you reach the treed summit. A short walk to the north of about 20 yards will score you a nice view of Iroquois Peak.

Secondary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene and Keene Valley and proceed back to I87. Head south on I87 and get off exit 29 and follow the Blue Ridge Road (CR 84) toward Newcomb. Continue for roughly 18 miles to the Tahawus Road (CR25) on the right. Follow this road to its end at Upper Works.

This is an approximate 6.5 mile hike, one way. Starting from Upper Works you will need to be prepared for a very long day. This route is typically used by those camping in the Flowed Lands or Lake Colden Region. From the parking you will have a very long and somewhat flat approach which initially starts along an old woods road. As the route narrows back to a foot trail you will follow along some attractive waterways and eventually climb modestly to the shore of Flowed Lands. From Flowed Lands you will hike its perimeter along a difficult trail to the herd-path along Herbert Brook; a cairn marked the herd-path on your left. This is where you join the Primary Trail from Adirondack Loj.

13 miles RT, challenging, Elevation: 4360’ Ascent: 2575'

Family with Young Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 5 to 6 hours to summit, Secondary trail – 4 to 5 hours to summit

Out of Shape Hiker: Not Recommended

Snowshoeing

Marshall’s tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities. Redfield is the southernmost peak in the MacIntyre Mountain Range and named to honor the Marshall Brothers, Robert and George, the original ADK 46ers. While the two trails below are both excellent routes, neither one can really be considered a primary. The primary just happens to be closer to Lake Placid.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 25 on the list.

~~There used to be a herd-path route from the top of Cold Brook Pass, this approach is very faint and is not used regularly enough to be designated as an approach. Cold Brook Pass got hit hard with Hurricane Irene and is currently in disrepair with an unknown time for reconditioning. Use the Herbert Brook herd-path as the approach to Marshall.~~

Below are brief descriptions of the two major routes, we recommend you pick up a guide book for more in depth detail or hire a local guide to assist you.

Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for about 3 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to its end at Heart Lake and park in the main parking lot. Small parking fees will be required.

This is an approximate 9 mile hike, one way rolling to steep terrain. This route is used mainly by those camping in the Lake Colden Region and climbing multiple peaks over the course of 2-4 days.

From the Loj follow the hikers approach trail to the High Peaks that leads to Marcy Dam. From Marcy Dam you will need to follow the trail to Avalanche Pass. You will pass by Avalanche Camps, as a great place to lay your head, but a bit far from Gray Peak. The mile or so past Avalanche Camps is where you begin to climb. Passing by a couple newer slides on the side of Mount Colden you make your way through the pass and descend to Avalanche Lake. The hike past the lake is a bit demanding, especially with full packs. You will contend with boulders, ladders and a very windy trail, but the views along this section of trail are hardly matched by many others. Once on the opposite side of Avalanche Lake you will hike the side of Lake Colden to the dam at its outlet. Don’t cross the dam, but rather stay above it and continue toward Flowed Lands. Roughly 0.25 miles past the dam is Herbert Brook and the herd-path on your right marked with a cairn. The route is now much narrower and follows along the brook to your left. The terrain starts out moderate with a couple steep ascent sections. As you follow the brook, there are excellent views back into the valley; this is where the waterfalls start to come into view. Once the herd-path leaves the brook, expect the terrain to get much steeper, because it does. There is one excellent viewing area along the summit ridge before you reach the treed summit. A short walk to the north of about 20 yards will score you a nice view of Iroquois Peak.

Secondary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene and Keene Valley and proceed back to I87. Head south on I87 and get off exit 29 and follow the Blue Ridge Road (CR2) toward Newcomb. Continue for roughly 18 miles to the Tahawus Road (CR25) on the right. Follow this road to its end at Upper Works.

This is an approximate 6.5 mile hike, one way. Starting from Upper Works you will need to be prepared for a very long day. This route is typically used by those camping in the Flowed Lands or Lake Colden Region. From the parking you will have a very long and somewhat flat approach which initially starts along an old woods road. As the route narrows back to a foot trail you will follow along some attractive waterways and eventually climb modestly to the shore of Flowed Lands. From Flowed Lands you will hike its perimeter along a difficult trail to the herd-path along Herbert Brook; a cairn marked the herd-path on your left. This is where you join the Primary Trail from Adirondack Loj.

13 miles RT, challenging, Elevation: 4360’ Ascent: 2575'

Family with Young Kids: Primary trail – Not Recommended, Secondary trail – Not recommended

Experienced Hiker: Primary trail – 5 to 6 hours to summit, Secondary trail – 4 to 5 hours to summit

Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail – Not Recommended, Secondary trail – Not Recommended

Peak Name

Mount Marshall

Most Popular Winter Trailhead 

Upper Works to Herbert Brook

Elevation

4360’

Round Trip Distance

14.6 miles 

Average Round-trip Time

8 to 10 Hours

Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of

Do not attempt to cross Flowed Lands unless the conditions warrant. This herd path is tough to follow in areas if the route has not been broken out. 

Route Overview

From Upper Works follow the trail to Flowed Lands and Lake Colden. The trail remains easy for the first 2-miles and then starts a steady climb toward Flowed Lands as it follows Calamity Brook and passes by Calamity Pond. Once at Flowed Lands depending on ice conditions it is common practice to hike over the Flowed Lands to access the herd path. You can walk along the frozen body of water right to the Herbert Brook Bridge where the herd path starts from. 

If you don’t like the idea of hiking over the frozen waters you can also opt to use the trail, which goes up and over a decent sized hogback requiring additional elevation gain and loss. 

Once at the herd path follow Herbert Brook as it climbs steadily up the mountain. If the path is not used it can be difficult to find when it goes in and out of the brook, and brook crossings are also difficult to locate. There is a decent view just before the summit and just off the summit toward Iroquois Peak. The summit of Marshall is wooded.

More Information
Route 28N
Newcomb, NY, 12852
(518) 532-7675
info@schroonlakeregion.com
More Information
Route 28N
Newcomb, NY, 12852
(518) 532-7675
info@schroonlakeregion.com
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