Heart Lake to Wright Peak, Algonquin, and Iroquois Peak

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Heart Lake to Wright Peak, Algonquin, and Iroquois Peak is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Elba, NY that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles 3745 feet Out & Back

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Although a bit strenuous, the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks. There are a few ways to climb these peaks, and whatever way you decide, you'll have great views all day, weather permitting. Start off at the Adirondack Lodge at Heart Lake. After signing in at the trailhead at the far end of the parking lot, follow the path 1 mile. You'll see a trail intersection, marked, follow it to the right because that is your path to Wright Peak, Algonquin, Iroquois Peak. It is 2.6 miles to the summit of Wright. For the first part up towards Wright, the rocks make a stairway which is pretty nice and easy to follow. You'll encounter some steep rocks but they are easy to get up. You can't miss the sign for Wright Peak (#16 on 46'er list), follow the trail left .4 miles to summit. On clear days you can see for miles in every direction. There is a plaque dedicated to Servicemen who's plane crashed into the mountain so search around for it. After you climb back down, keep heading up the trail about 30-40 minutes and you'll be on the summit of Algonquin (#2 on 46'er list). Very beautiful views. If you follow the summit you'll see carins lining down the backside of Algonquin leading towards Iroquois Peak which is 1 mile. Now, after following the carins down you'll see an arrow pointing left, do NOT take it. Go right. From here, the path is a very narrow. At one point, the rocks get steep and you'll have to climb part of it. Shorter people and children will have difficulties here. But once you make it over the first peak, Iroquois is the next one. Just keep following the trail and carins and you'll make it. Once again more great views. On the way back, you can follow that arrow and take it towards Avalanche Lake, and follow the signs to Marcy Dam and the Lodge or just back track the way you came.

hiking
30 days ago

It was icy at the higher elevations in early November but not impassable. The sign on the backside of Algonquin heading towards Iroquois was deceiving. The yellow arrow points left but stay right if you are continuing to Iroquois Peak. An awesome hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

So long and hard!

2 months ago

Awesome hike beautiful view on the peak of Algonquin me and my best friend and our 2 dogs did it
Not a easy one but well worth the the hard work

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike. The hike up Wright Peak was almost like hiking a slide up but the clouds obstructed the view from the summit, Algonquin Peak had a lot of people on the summit along with the Stewart that was there, but coming down it was tricky, and the herd path to Iroquois Peak was well defined and muddy. Having to hike Algonquin Peak twice wasn't all that nice, but you have to do it to get to Iroquois Peak. Overall this was a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Wright is a great hike! Loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! I've done this one a few times,just can't resist it.

4 months ago

really awesome and very rewarding views

hiking
4 months ago

Overall, solid hike with great views. Coming from an experienced running background it was quite an eye-opener/experience when I reverted to being on "all fours" for some of the sections near the summits; both up and down...welcome to mountaineering:). If, you like to fast pack definitely bring your poles. Nice adventure!

backpacking
4 months ago

I've never felt so defeated... but I'll be back.

I rate it as advanced and difficult. However, the payoff is totally worth it.

It was meant to be an overnight backpacking trip, but the first summit, Wright's Peak, destroyed me. Very steep.

Maybe it was the fact that I had submitted Mt. Marcy the day before... or was it the 30lbs backpack?

What a mistake it was to bring along all that beer! Well, at least that problem was easily solved by a leisurely two hour lunch at the summit whereupon said beer was consumed in full.

Yolo!

I'll be back Algonquin!

Review to follow...

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great. Views were spectacular. Took about 8 hours.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very challenging but rewarding hike. The 3000 ft elevation change in just 3 miles to reach Algonquin then more up and down to summit Iroquois and Wright make this a real gut buster, for an old guy like me anyway! Total elevation change 4400+ ft! Cool views of Colden, Marcy and Flowed Lands from the top. Bring lots of water.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We did this trail awesome ascent to the top tricky and not for inexperienced hikers.. This was definitely an experience I won't forget.. amazing!!

5 months ago

Now this hike was awesome. I did these three and bushwhacked to Marshall as well. Killer views and not too too difficult.

hiking
6 months ago

Among the best in the high peaks.

hiking
6 months ago

Climbed all three and was really happy with how it turned out. Wright Peak, for being the shortest of the three had a stunning view and was really satisfying (albeit brutally tiring) to get up to. Also be sure to check out the plane crash site memorial located a bit below the summit (there's signage for it, don't worry).
Algonquin was absolutely stunning to look around from, and Iroquois was an easy hike beyond that, although the views aren't sufficiently different from Algonquins to feel super satisfying imo.
Took me about 4 hours of moving time to climb all three peaks and return to the parking area by the lodge, but I'd expect the average hiker to expect closer to 5 1/2 or maybe 6 hours. Trail has some waterfalls, rock steps, and even a rickety bridge for your enjoyment.