Phelps Mountain is the 32nd-highest of New York's Adirondack High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,161 ft.
This hike is 8.8 miles round trip, and it will take approximately 9 hours to complete.
Phelps Mountain is named after Orson Schofield Phelps, also known as "Old Mountain Phelps," who created the first trail over Mount Marcy. Just before the summit is reached, the trail does get steep, but not in excess.
Starting at the Adirondak Loj, take the Mount Marcy route, which will bring you to Marcy Dam. From there, continue from Marcy Dam for one mile, and turn up the Phelps trail left towards Marcy and Phelps. This trail will branch into a Y, and the left trail will bring you to the summit of Phelps. There are great views of the ridge formed by Tabletop, Yard, and Big Slide. There is a partial view of the Great Range, and Giant can be seen as well.
The elevation gain from the Adirondak Loj is 1,982 feet.