Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak via Algonquin Trail

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Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak via Algonquin Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,064 feet Route Type: 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.

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9 days ago

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10 days ago

started at 4 am, trail was covered in snow, but very easy to distinguish the trail to Algonquin. reached the intersection to wright peak and had to trailblaze to the top. Algonquin was steep but pretty easy and surprisingly no wind at the top around 10am. to Iroquois became a trailblazing hike again but was easier since we could see the peak. sadly we did have to go back up Algonquin but was expected just moopy during that time. we went in micro Spikes the whole time, not having problems at all.

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1 month ago

Summited Algonquin on 12/29/19, the trail was extremely icy, microspikes were an absolute necessity. I also had snow shoes packed just in case. Did not end up making it to Wright Peak, the ice was alot to handle on my way back down and it ended up taking very long to descend. Wind was not too bad on the summit, the 360 views were just breathtaking. This was a difficult peak, especially with the ice conditions but it was well worth it. This was my first time doing one of the high peaks in the winter, it was an incredible and humbling experience.

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1 month ago

It was a difficult hike but definitely worth it when you get 360° views at the top. Microspikes were a necessity as the whole trail was ice. We took snow shoes in case we needed them, but the microspikes were all we needed.

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1 month ago

I hiked from ADK loj to wright peak, then up Algonquin, over to Iroquois, then back over Algonquin and back to the Loj. The lack of snow made it easy, snowshoes weren't needed, but icy and somewhat dangerous in spots near the summits. I used microspikes only, with an ice axe and a hiking pole. I had crampons with me but I didn't use them. Still a lot of exposed rock on the summits, It took me 2 hrs to reach Wright, but then 5 hours to go up Algonquin, over to Iroquois and back to Algonquin. Then just 2 hours back to the Loj. (total about 9 hrs). My pack weighed around 23 lbs at the start. Going up steep sections was tough with that much weight. Much caution is needed near the summits regarding the ICE. Only saw 1 other hiker doing the same route. Probably due to it being Christmas eve.

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1 month ago

À faire au moins une fois dans votre vie! Il s’agit du deuxième plus haut sommet des Adirondacks. Il y a de quoi être fier de le franchir. C’est une randonnée pas facile mais qui vaut la peine. Faite en plein hiver 2017. Une fois l’intersection du Mont Wright passée, la montée devient très soutenue jusqu’au sommet. En hiver, des crampons sont essentiels.

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rocky
1 month ago

I have done this hike a few times, twice in summer and once in winter, having grown up in the Adirondacks. The winter hike was done with a friend and while you can get to Wright Peak without anything special, there are very commonly icefalls on the Algonquin approach requiring at least crampons. The tops of both peaks are incredibly windy and cold in the winter...but exhilarating! Finally, I will say that there is an image burned into my mind of Algonquin from Wright on a clear cold day with tendrils of windblown snow curling away from its peak. Having Wright to admire Algonquin's beautiful form from is more than half the joy of this climb. Also, the hike in passes through some very majestic mature pine stands that feel like what they Adirondacks must have been before they cut it all down. One of my favorite hikes, hands down.

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2 months ago

did Algonquin first then Wright, it was a gorgeous sunny day but very windy once you reach the Alpine zone. Views from top of Algonquin are very rewarding especially when low clouds are tumbling over the peak. Rocks and steep parts are very icy so mocrospikes or crampons are a must, The very end of trail to Wright mountain was especially icy, requires good body balancing when walking down. On a winter day leave very early to be able to return before it gets dark.

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2 months ago

I did this hike back in August and only was able to summit Wright Peak due to a late start but it was a great hike. The view from the peak were fantastic but it was not an easy climb as you get closer to the summit. I consider myself a casual hiker and I felt challenged on this hike. Quality hiking shoes or boots are a must! Getting there early helps as well unless you want to add an extra mile each way to get to/from your car as the parking lot / road leading up to the trailhead fills up very quickly.

3 months ago

did this Oct 19 as part of our 46er adventure. really beautiful hike. took.us about 6 hours. there was a park ranger half way up algonquin. snow shoes and/or crampons are absolutely needed! we also laughed reading that but so glad to have had them. expect a lot of rocks to hike over. Algonquin at the top is stunning. we didnt stay at the top too long... we were freezing! our Newfoundland loved it. highly recommend

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3 months ago

Did Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wright in roughly 10 hours. I recommend doing Wright first, as the other two trump it. It was pretty icy as well, would recommend micros from now on. Pretty chilly on top, very windy on Wright as well. Mud was not terrible, but it was definitely a factor. Trail from Algonquin to Iroquois is pretty tough, including a steep descent and a narrow pathway to the top. Make sure to not take a left at the sign, but continue going straight. That will take you down by Avalanche Lake. Anyways, the hike is great and be overprepared if doing all three.

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3 months ago

Wow this was a doozy today. Started off super mellow and hit snow 1/2 half way up. Climbing Algonquin in the snow and wind was challenging but worth it. Micro spikes were a must today. Wright was so windy and icy, exhilarating! Looking forward to doing this again in warmer temps

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3 months ago

Had a nice summer hike here in July. Very challenging but when you get to the top of Wright and Algonquin it’s worth it.

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3 months ago

Arrived at trail head early, after the previous night blanked the area!!! Very icy!! Very slippery! Poles, crampons, gaiters and quality hiking boots a must! The trek up was wet, slippery and you are pretty much following a stream on your ascent and descent. The group I was with trail blazed trough the fresh often deep snow! The scenery was amazing but the going was slow brutal and more than a little dangerous at times! The descent was more of the same but as progress was made the temperature warned up and the snow and ice melted quickly turning everything into a muddy and wet quagmire. Saw so many people on trail in sneakers!!!! Lacking any proper gear to tackle the Adirondacks!

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3 months ago

Timed this hike perfectly with the leaves changing colors. Although considerably shorter than the Marcy hike, this trail was more difficult. Lots of large rocks and slabs to maneuver up and through, especially in the higher elevations, and the trail was quite wet. This one definitely gets the leg muscles working but overall was quite a fun hike. Great views from the top.

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3 months ago

Belle randonnée entre filles le week-end du 5 octobre mais assez difficile par moment en raison de la glace. Impossible pour nous de se rendre au sommet sans crampon...pas assez expérimentée. À refaire sans faute dans de meilleures conditions.

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