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Old 03-03-2019, 02:16 PM   #1
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Mt. Marcy in early June

Was planning on hiking Mt Marcy from LOJ around June 8. Will I still be needing Micro spikes then? I know it can change from year to year, but just wondering what the norm would be. Thanks
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:47 PM   #2
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Probably won't need spikes, but you will probably see at least a little snow up on the mountain. Spikes are so small and light, just throw them in the pack anyway on the slight chance you might need them.

More important equipment will probably be bug headnet...
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:50 PM   #3
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2nd on the headnet. I would also bring a long-sleeve shirt and zip-off hiking pants. If it's buggy, roll the sleeves down and zip the legs on the pants. If it's warm, do the opposite. Bug dope is also good to have.
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:06 PM   #4
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I will bring them just in case. I’ve been dealing with those terrorizing black flies in the Adirondacks for 45 years or most of my adult life. I will be prepared for them. Thanks
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:00 PM   #5
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I'd be fairly surprised if you needed them but it's definitely not impossible that they could be necessary. You can definitely check on trip reports- there should be a bunch after Memorial Day Weekend for sure. And, like TCD stated, they're light enough that it's probably better to have them and not need them than the reverse...

And yes, absolutely, 100% be prepared for bugs. Thunderstorms are also somewhat common in June (more so than later in the summer), so keep your attention on the forecast and skies also.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:17 PM   #6
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I hiked mt colden (5 years ago) the weekend before Memorial Day. It was 65 in the day time, 28 at night. There was only small spots of ice in the deep shadows. However, the following weekend saw 30 inches of snow... be prepared!
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:53 PM   #7
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I hiked mt colden (5 years ago) the weekend before Memorial Day. It was 65 in the day time, 28 at night. There was only small spots of ice in the deep shadows. However, the following weekend saw 30 inches of snow... be prepared!
I think maybe you mean 3 inches of snow? I remember that weekend also.

30 inches of snow in a weekend would be notable even in the dead of Winter. :-)
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:05 PM   #8
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It was notable...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/weath...ekend/2363673/
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:54 AM   #9
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Mountain Man bug spray for sure.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:15 AM   #10
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To be totally prepared for any conditions I would recommend bringing the spikes. As TCD mentioned, they are small and light. If you don't need them that's fine. If you do need them and you don't have them, you may have to turn around. I recall NYSDEC Ranger Peter Fish mentioning that years ago there would still be deep snow drifts on Marcy well into June.
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