Once at the summit, Tabletop was pretty tree covered. 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 … Gorgeous hike! barely any mud and leaves hadn't fallen much so trail was perfect. Despite seeing nobody along the road, the area around Marcy Dam was quite busy. Tabletop and Phelps. Forty minutes to the second bridge and a full hour to Marcy Dam. It only took us 2 minutes to get there and we really enjoyed it (nice place to have an early lunch). The views are breathtaking as you have Marcy straight ahead followed by the great range behind a ridge to your left, and an interesting perspective of Colden and the McIntyre Range to your right. Of the trails we hiked, my buddy Kory found this herd trail to be his least favorite. The elevation change wasn't much of a challenge, but the wetness of the trail was pretty annoying. 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. Did Tabletop first, then Phelps, I'd recommend going in that order. Phelps: 4161' #9 Trailhead Elev: 2179' Avg Elev Gain/mi.- 241' Max Elev Gain/mi.- 1430' - Easy right up to the Phelps Mountain Jct. Marcy, Gray, Skylight… Camp at Feldspar. It was a little windy up there so we all had an extra layer on until we got back on the trail. We were up there by noon, and took a nice half hour at the summit to relax. a quick stop at Indian Falls with more wide open rock and great views. 22. We tracked closer to 1.5mi. Phelps has a stunning view. Although it was running fast, I was still able to cross Phelps Brook by rock-hopping; the few patches of ice did not look solid. These two were number ten and eleven that I have done. Skylight, Mt. But the view is much better and there is a larger area to sit at the top. 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. Overall, beautiful day, I started around 8am and got back around 3:15pm. Phelps has beautiful views from its summit: Colden, Marcy, Basin, Haystack Saddleback, plus Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois, are most prominent. I set the pace on the descent to try and catch that family and even the bet. Clearing on the way up and just past the summit offered some decent views! Tabletop's herd path is pretty easy to follow. However as you approach the top you start to get panoramic views of the nearby mountains and it is breathtaking! We spent about twenty minutes there going over hiking war stories and then headed out. 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