MacIntyre Range: Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois Peaks Loop

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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.

DISTANCE
12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Climb the MacIntyre Range in one day from Heart Lake over three 46er peaks including the 2nd highest in the state. Although a bit strenuous 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). 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 built 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 the tree line 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.

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15 days ago

This was a nice loop hike that we did minus Wright peak. The Algonquin trail was steep going up but enjoyable. This was my second round for these peaks. There was a little snow still hanging around on the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this in the pouring rain. Climbing Alogonquin first was one of the hardest hikes I've ever done, holding on roots to not slip down the rock face. The rest of the hike was not bad at all. Going by Avalanche Lake was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and so fun with the ladders. Enjoyed the day and took me a total of 10 hours. Dog was able to do it!

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1 month ago

Great views, a little scrambling, and very muddy on parts of old Marcy trail. You can loop using Avalanche Pass, but it's a 2k descent and not for bad knees.

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1 month ago

I found the trail to be in excellent shape not much mud the view great, had lunch went over on Iroquois almost missed the trail right behind the sign walking through the bog was really cool Meet a young Englishman on the way to Summit we climb together met a German on top it was International Day on Iroquois. they left and went on their journey I had the top to my self for 25 minutes

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3 months ago

I'll start by saying the full 13 mile loop is a challenging hike!

We followed the trail down through avalanche pass first which had a very nice view of marcy dam and avalanche lake. There are some nice views in that half mile stretch as you wrap around the lake on small wooden bridges.

Next is the difficult part about 1.5 - 2 miles with a lot of elevation gain. Once you get through this difficult stretch (took us a little over 1.5 hours) you will come to the junction of Iroquois and Algonquin. This is a good place to take a nice rest. Iroquois is a strong half mile down then back up with great views of the south west.

Next we made or way back to the junction and up to Algonquin which seemed a bit easier despite it being 300 ft higher than Iroquois. You will have a 360 panorama here as it towers over all of its neighboring peaks.

Next we moved back down (large rock scramble for a stretch) to the Wright path off to the right. It's about 1/2 mile back up to Wright and there's some wreckage from an old plane crash off to the left. I personally liked this summit the best of the 3.

The final stretch is another relatively difficult 2 miles or so back down the north side of the mountain. Large rocks will be prevalent. (This is another good reason to go up the south side of Algonquin as the app trail suggests).

The last mile is a straightaway to the lodge the same way you came in. You will be happy to be back! It took us a total of about 9 hours with rest.