Obviously, Dave you didn't know any better, but to those of you who might be
inspired to do the same, please note that the DEC, the ADK, & the Adirondack
46ers *strongly* discourage people from bushwhacking from Gray to Marcy in
an effort to protect a very fragile area.  As you noted, no obvious herd
path/paths have been formed and the afore mentioned groups have would like
that it stay that way.

If that wasn't enough of a reason, the bushwhack is shorter
as-the-crow-flies, it takes most people longer than if they were to descend
back to Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds and ascend Marcy from Four Corners, and the
trail and views up the South side of Marcy's summit cone are excellent.

--Matt K.
P.s. I've heard from fellow 46ers that many of McMartin's route
descriptions, particularly of paths & bushwhacks are becoming or have become

On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM, David Guertin <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> We had decided to up the interest in this trip by taking the herd path
> along the ridge between Gray and Marcy instead of descending back into the
> valley and climbing Marcy on the trail. As herd paths go, this is the least
> obvious, most obscure, difficult-to-follow and untravelled path I've
> followed to the simmit of a peak. In other words, it was great fun. The path
> was pretty much totally obscured beneath the dense krumholz, but by looking
> down between the branches we could mostly see where it went, and the three
> or four times we lost the path, it eventually became obvious and was pretty
> easy to set ourselves right. Following this path along the ridge and
> emerging on the obscure west side of Marcy's summit cone was definitely the
> high point of this trip, and indeed one of the high points of any of our
> trips.

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