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Old 12-15-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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Skylight (plus Marcy and Gray) on Friday the 13th.

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Old 12-15-2019, 09:59 AM   #2
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Nice pics. Neil I haven't been up there in a long time, is there an established herd path from Marcy to Gray? There wasn't the few times I did it so I wonder.
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There is a faint, gnarly and illegal path that leads from the top of Gray towards Marcy but I've never followed it for more than 5 minutes before bushwhacking north off of Gray. I have no idea how far the path goes.

Travel between Gray and Marcy is highly discouraged except on deep snow-pack. One: the herd path is easily lost and the woods are very thick. Two and more important: the portion above tree-line on Marcy is home to some very rare alpine plants and they have been subject to trampling.
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Nice pics. Neil I haven't been up there in a long time, is there an established herd path from Marcy to Gray? There wasn't the few times I did it so I wonder.
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Travel between Gray and Marcy is highly discouraged except on deep snow-pack.

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Two and more important: the portion above tree-line on Marcy is home to some very rare alpine plants and they have been subject to trampling.
Case in point: The entirety of New York's dwarf willow population is represented by only a couple of plants on Mt. Marcy. They're very small and unassuming in appearance- it literally would only take 2 or 3 misplaced foot steps to completely wipe this species out in New York State.

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Old 12-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #5
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There was once a big sign (in English and in French) on Gray that stated that the trail was closed. One week after I pointed it out to someone in the ADK Club that the sign was an excellent advertisement for the otherwise barely noticeable path it was gone.
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Old 12-15-2019, 12:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I'll likely never see it again but was curious as I remember what it was like. I've been in worse but yea, its kind of gnarly up there
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