MacIntyre Range - Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois Peaks Loop is a 12.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Climb the MacIntyre Range in one day from Heart Lake over three 46er peaks including the 2nd highest in the state Although a bit strenous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks (might be a tie with Rocky Peak & Giant). I suggest that you travel past Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake and ascend the range in that direction as the trail from Lake Colden up to the ridge is very steep and best climbed rather than descended. You will be amazed at the trail buit around Avalanche Lake and really enjoy the waterfalls tumbling down the base of the climb up to the range which has spectacular views. Once up on the ridge you will be above treeline with unobstructed views all around. On the way down you'll make a side trip to the summit of Wright and also have an option to check out a rocky nubble just below Wright for some last unique views. I know you will really enjoy this loop climb.
Avalanche Pass approach was spectacular. Very strenuous 9 hour loop with little looking around. Great views up top, but the micro-climates in the pass combined with the solitude and trail improvements made the bottom the best part.
A difficult hike worth the view. Highly recommend crampons in the winter season because half the trail is ice
This was a very challenging hike from Lake Colden up to Boundary peak. Any chance I get to go through Avalanche Lake is awe inspiring. Did it on a Saturday I more or less had trail to myself until summited at Boundary Peak. That is when I encountered a crush of humanity doing to Out/back from Loj. Try to do this off weekend would get much more solitude. Very steep get down Algonquin until well past Wright... a lot of bum slides. A great workout/
I wondered why I found this hike so tiring compared to a lot of West Coast hiking. An ADK 46er I bumped into along the way explained: over here, there is less topsoil (note all the slides!) so building switchbacks is not feasible, hence the large amount of hiking straight up the incline! He proceeded to call West Coast hiking "strolls in the park" and ADK hiking "real hiking". A great introduction to my first 3 of 46 high peaks.
Took the three kids up the Algonquin trail and just did Wright peak with them overall it was a easy hike just the final leg of the Wright trail towards the summit was the most difficult . The waterfall was a great resting point for the kids too.
Great and easy range to do. You get to cap the second highest range in NY state, although the last peak could be a bit of a stretch if you start too late in the day.,