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Challenging climb with amazing views. We went up and back the 7.9 miles. Ice and snow made the climb up more challenging and going down the brothers was fun! Took us about 5 and a half hours round trip

hiking
5 days ago

I love trails like this. It's a rock scramble almost immediately. The boulders you're stepping on, over, and around act like a natural staircase.

The short trails is short and steep. Before long you're staring at Algonquin, Marcy, and a few other peaks, with Heart Lake shimmering directly below.

We took the short trail back down.

parking payant
belle randonnée
première partie difficile car le sentier est en roche , nous avons pris le chemin court. cela monte à pic.
si mal aux genoux ou autre... passez votre chemin.
peu de monde sur le sentier en septembre.
balisage moyen.

hiking
6 days ago

Great little hike, it won't take you all day which gives you time to explore Lake Placid and everything around it.

hiking
7 days ago

Dynamite hike, View after view the entire way. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
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very nice trail. done in 3 1/2 hours. this trail is amazingly pleasant but could use more markers. super view up top! it snowed at the top!

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike but thank God that we downloaded the AllTrails (Pro) maps because they were needed. Heavy coverage of leaves shielded what otherwise (I’m sure) was a well worn trail, and the map kept us from getting well off the trail - we felt that the trail was not well marked. You’ll love the views - DO IT!!

Good hike! The trail wasn’t too hard it was pretty flat until the very end and even still it wasn’t terrible! It was snowing halfway up to the summit and it was getting slippery towards the top. It was very foggy and there was very limited views. Don’t be fooled by the false peak on the way up!

Had a great time hiking this trail with one of my best friends. Perfect weather, and beautiful foliage. 10/10 would recommend

The second half of the trail is extremely muddy with many sections turning into a rocky stream. There are also a couple slippery waterfall climbs. The summit is beautiful with great views but I'm not sure it's worth the 4+ hours of slogging through the mud. The total distance is around 27.5km or 17 miles so a bit longer than what's listed here.

Did this hike Oct 07. Very challenging. Very wet. Running water on rock climb to summit. Rewarding to reach the summit, but unfortunately clouded in, so no views.
Hike back to LOJ via Lake Arnold trail is looooong! 11 hrs total.

10/8/18 was a great hike and as you continued your climb it became increasingly more steep. It was almost like a warm up for what was to come. I decided to do Wright peak first which I think was a good idea since after I did Algonquin I decided to go the “extra mile” and do Iroquois as well. Not sure I would have had it in me after both of those peaks to come back and do Wright. All in all it was a decently difficult hike. Technically 4 peaks total but boundary isn’t recognized as a 46er because of its close proximity to Algonquin, nevertheless I like to make myself feel better by saying I tackled 4 peaks. Total time for me was 6 hours 15 minutes from trailhead to trailhead using my garmin watch it somehow clocked me at 16.1 miles total. So something might have been off between my watch and the trail signs. I don’t know. The views at each peak were obscured by total cloud coverage so I didn’t spend much time at any peak really but I did stop multiple times on the lower levels to see some foliage and enjoy the beauty of the trails. Would love to do them again on a clear day if I could.

Easy for regular hikers, very pretty trail especially with the fall colors. Trail was a bit muddy. Rocky falls was cute. Not sure I would do it again though.

hiking
12 days ago

Stunning views of the high peaks columbus day weekend, despite the clouds. Short trail is fun, lots of boulders and some scrambling, will get your heart pumping! Long trail is far easier on the ankles and not difficult.. Five or so other groups on the summit, but within 15 m i had it all to myself. Would definitely recommend. Took about 1h up, 35m down.

This hike is unbelievable. It was my very first time hiking any of the 46 ADK peaks, and I started right in with Wright & Algonquin! They were amazing to say the least. We did Wright first, very steep 0.4 mile from where the trail splits into Wright or Algonquin. The views were BREATHTAKING! Heart lake looked glorious from up there, and there’s the plaque in dedication to the helicopter that crashed there in 1922 (i think?). The way down was actually just as challenging, which I never took in to account! Very slippery!
Algonquin was 0.6 from trail split, not as challenging but not easy. Unfortunately by the one we got up there we were in a cloud, which was actually quite interesting, but you couldn’t see anything. Looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with a view!

TLDR: beautiful and challenging hike all the way to the end, but you could probably do only half of of it and come away pretty fulfilled.

We did this hike on a Friday morning in the fall, right around when the leaves were starting to become very colorful. The parking lot is not huge, I'll guess 40-50 cars max, and it was getting close to full when we arrived around 8:30ish. I can only imagine it's a zoo on the weekends. So, get there early if you want parking. I heard there is a shuttle from Marcy Field on certain days but can't confirm that.

The first half of the hike is the way up to the Brothers, and after trudging through some pretty standard New York forests you start to get some stunning views of the valley and other High Peaks fairly regularly. You never go too long without an opening, and there are several larger open areas near the Brothers themselves that give plenty of room to chill and have lunch. In a few places the trail does involve scrambling up some rocks, nothing particularly hard but maybe matters if you're bringing a dog. The view was especially beautiful in the fall with the various colors. The clouds can get pretty low though so it's possible you'll get up there and find yourselves just staring at gray. But the wind was moving things through pretty quickly so you may have a completely different view on the way down.

After the brothers, you'll be going up and down for a while through pretty standard forest area. There's only a few openings between the Brothers and the summit. Near the summit you'll go up some ladders which was cool. The summit area itself is quite small, so I can see it being tough when crowded. It's not that this part of the hike was bad, it was just a lot of uphill forest hiking for only a few views. I think many people could turn around after the brothers and still feel accomplished.

You can continue from the summit on a loop to Yard Mountain and back down if you want. We read/heard that the rest of the loop is more forest and not particularly interesting. With the way the clouds were moving, we found the views coming back down to be totally new and interesting, so coming back the way we came from was worth it.

While the elevation gain is quite hefty, it never felt particularly challenging. It was mostly a consistent uphill, not a bunch of quick, steep climbs. I'd call it moderate, and as said you'll get great views pretty quickly so if you're struggling up the Brothers you'll still have something to show for it. Overall this was a great hike for all types; you can get whatever you want out of it.

14 days ago

Completed this one this summer and the views were great!

hiking
18 days ago

What a view at the summit of Mount Jo!!! We took the short trail up and the long trail down. Took us about an hour each way. Just an FYII when you are coming down the long trail there is a spot where you will start to go up again it seems like you are on the wrong trail but keep going and it will start to go down again. Lots of rock scrambling and roots to climb over in the short trail.

19 days ago

We only made it to Blueberry Mountain for this hike, but this had great views and was still quite a climb. This trail had a lot of small round rock.. but no scrambling.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice view of Giant and other high peaks. Rated moderate but compared to Ampersand and Cascade I thought it was on the easy side of moderate. Well worth the trip

Can’t wait to see this place in October

I started off with no firm intent of doing all 3 summits, and Wright was a rough one to start with as it is pretty steep and extremely windy. But weather was otherwise great and I felt in great shape so off to Algonquin I went. There is a long portion above tree-line and thus fantastic views - you hardly notice you're climbing on that last part! Trip to Iroquois was fun and not very strenuous. To get there you need to turn right, instead of left, as soon as you drop below tree-line South of Algonquin. Round trip took me 8.5 hours with short stops on each summit.

Unbelievable hike! Starts off relatively flat and gets increasingly harder as you make your way up. There is a lot of big boulders and rocks as well as big flat rocks that can be quite slippery coming down. The last little bit starting at the fork between Wright & Algonquin peak is quite strenuous, but the views make it totally worth it! We did both Algonquin & Wright which took us about 6 and a half to 7 hours. We did this hike without hiking poles but I would probably recommend them due to the scrambling/slippery rocks. Don’t forget to pack warmer clothes because it is very cold on the top of the mountain. We had our dog with us and she did great! We were advised it can be tough for dogs but it is definitely do-able for anyone wondering! Overall this hike is a very fun one, although quite difficult.

Hard and wet with nice but short-lived vistas.

This trail was tough but so rewarding. I was able to complete it in 7 hours, and I am a decently experienced hiker. I could see this taking 10+ hours, so plan accordingly!
I started with Wright which was the toughest ascent in my opinion because it had just rained and the steep rocks were hard to get a grip on. Algonquin was great, definitely tiring but doable, and the stretch from there to Iroquois was pretty easy as there is not much elevation change. There’s one large waterfall and several small ones on the way up. All in all a great hike - probably the hardest ADK I’ve done yet but spectacular scenery!

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing hike. 2 hours total with a nice stop at the top. Fall colors are amazing right now. What a view from the summit.

I took the short trail up and long way down. I passed 3 people on the trail and had the summit to myself on a late Thursday afternoon in September.

Lovely trail- one of the best views in the Adirondacks.

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome way to spend a day in the woods! We had perfect weather! Believe me when I tell you there are AMAZING views from the top, literally 50 feet past the summit sign and you don’t have to bushwack to get to the spot. Photo opportunities of the Great, Dix, Santanoni, MacIntyre, and Seward ranges. 12 hours car to car with an hour lunch at the top and a couple smaller breaks. The slippery red slime on the rocks in the last mile can be less problematic with micospikes, which my hiking buddy had...shout out to Anthrax for getting peak #41 this day. The 8-mile approach trail passes by scenic Jimmy & Sally Ponds and crosses the Hudson & Opalescent Rivers on beautiful suspension bridges. Don’t believe the nay-sayers...I think you’ll enjoy this hike!

Did this saturday and the weather was perfect. Took us about five hours, probably would've been four if we didn't do the loop and just did out and back. Summit was very crowded as there's only a small spot that's bald.

We hiked Mount Colden on Sept 22 via Avalanche Pass and returned via Lake Arnold. Indications are clear so no worries about missing a cutoff. It was a Saturday and the parking at the LOJ was already full by 8am. This hike is one of the best I've done - many different challenges and variety on this trail. The last 1.5 miles is torture though. All in all, it took us 9 hours for the complete loop, which include a 30 minute break on the summit and a number of quick breaks along the trail. It is highly recommended that the loop be done counter-clockwise (starting via Avalanche Pass). I couldn't imagine coming down this way. Also recommended is wearing thin gloves as there is a lot of scrambling, especially if the weather is on the cool side. Also wear waterproof shoes - there was an instance where you actually had to step in water to reach the bottom rung of a ladder. Overall a long but very rewarding hike.

Took us just about 10 hours, with moderate length breaks on multiple of the peaks and short scattered rests while hiking. Views were excellent, but the summits were a LOT colder than the woods so be sure to dress in layers! Definitely bring gloves, even if it is warm out. There is a lot of up and down in this hike, with very few flat sections. You essentially have to summit 6 times if you do Wright, Iroquois, and Algonquin in the out and back method shown here. I'd definitely do Wright first, because after that the rest of the hike seems easier.

Also, something that we did not know before we started is that there is a 4th mountain (in between Algonquin and Iroquois) that you have to hike called Boundary mountain. It isn't considered a high peak due to distancing rules, but it still has decent views and since you have to go over it twice, it does add some difficulty to the hike.

Here's a more detailed timeline of our trip:
Started at 8:00 AM from the Loj trailead.
Got to the sign splitting the Wright and Algonquin trails at about 10 AM. From here it took us less than an hour to summit Wright, but it was steep. The views were not that great, since it was early and too cloudy.
Reached the summit of Algonquin at about 12:15 PM, excellent views at this time. (As expected, the clouds from the morning tend to clear up by around noon.)
From there, we stayed on the peak for a bit and then left for Iroquois. It took us about a full hour (a little less) to get from Algonquin to Iroquois, and then the same to get back to Algonquin again.
We then left the peak of Algonquin at just about 2:40 pm, and arrived at the Loj at about 5:40 PM.
We were going pretty slowly on the way down due to fatigue from the constant ups and downs of the trail.
Also, worth noting that if you have never hiked out of the Loj before and are going on a weekend, try to get there early. We arrived at 7:30 and barely got a parking spot. Also, be prepared to pay $10 cash for parking.

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