Lake Tear of the Clouds

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Lake Tear of the Clouds
Adirondack Mountains, N.Y.- Lake Tear of the Clouds by Stoddard, Seneca Ray.png
by Seneca Ray Stoddard (late 19th century)
Location Essex County, New York
Coordinates 44°06′24″N 73°56′09″W / 44.10667°N 73.93583°W / 44.10667; -73.93583Coordinates: 44°06′24″N 73°56′09″W / 44.10667°N 73.93583°W / 44.10667; -73.93583
Type tarn
Primary inflows unnamed streams
Primary outflows Feldspar Brook
Basin countries United States
Surface elevation 4,293 ft (1,309 m)

Lake Tear of the Clouds (44°06′25″N 73°56′09″W / 44.1069°N 73.9359°W / 44.1069; -73.9359) is a small tarn located in the town of Keene, in Essex County, New York, United States, on the southwest slope of Mount Marcy, the state's highest point. It is the highest pond in the state. It is often cited as the highest source of the Hudson River,[1] via Feldspar Brook and the Opalescent River, even though the main stem of the Opalescent River has as its source a higher point two miles north of Lake of the Clouds, and that stem is a mile longer than Feldspar Brook.

The Hudson River as named actually begins several miles southwest at Henderson Lake in Newcomb, New York.[2][3][4]

The lake was discovered in 1872, by Verplanck Colvin while he was surveying the Adirondack Mountains. He wrote:

On September 14, 1901, then-Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was at Lake Tear of the Clouds after returning from a hike to the Marcy summit when he received a message informing him that President William McKinley, who had been shot two weeks earlier but expected to survive, had taken a turn for the worse.

Roosevelt hiked down 10 miles (16 km) on the southwest side of the mountain to the closest stage station at Newcomb. He then took a midnight stagecoach ride on twisting roads to the Adirondack Railway station at North Creek, New York where he learned that McKinley had died. Roosevelt took the train to Buffalo where he was sworn in as President.

The 40-mile (64 km) route is now designated the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail.

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