Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois via Algonquin Trail

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Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois via Algonquin Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Elba, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4091 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

Great views from all three peaks. From Wright and Algonquin you have a great view of Lake Placid. You can even see the Olympic Ski jump. From Algonquin and Iroquois you'll have a nice view of high peaks to both the East and West. The first mile and a half are relatively flat with sparse rocks. After that you'll start gaining elevation quickly. At this point the density of rocks and size of rocks will increase. Wright peak is a fun stop. There are lots of bare rock faces on the trek up. After that, you'll continue up towards Algonquin. From this point you'll be walking on mostly bare rock face. On a dry day this will probably be straight forward. In wet and muddy conditions be prepared to spend more energy climbing rock face and finding little foot holds to prevent slipping. From Algonquin the trip to Iroquois is fun and simple. Follow the cairns down the south side of Algonquin and you'll eventually find a maintained trail. At some point you'll come to a sharp left turn and a sign that says foot trail left. To get to Iroquois you'll want to ignore this sign and look for a herd path to the right of the sign. This will take you to Iroquois. If you start rapidly losing elevation, you missed the heard path.

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11 days ago

This is a long trail...my fit bit registered 34,000 steps and over 16 miles. That said, totally doable as a day hike, but be prepared for multiple ups and downs. And, for the record, I drank the last of my 100 oz. hydration pack water with probably 2 miles left on the trail. Trail is ridiculously well marked and it's basically impossible to get lost. There are people around here and there too, so if you have questions on distances or difficulties, you'll likely get the answers you require.
Views are on a different level, even from Wright.
I did Wright, then Algonquin, then Boundary, then Iroquois, then back, skipping Wright on the return of course.
Couldn't find geo markers on any summit except Algonquin. Super windy. On what ended up being an 83 degree day, I left the Adirondack Loj at 6:30 when it was 45 degrees. Two hours and 10 min later I'm at Wright summit and my hands were freezing... it was that windy. I literally wished I'd had light gloves.
Bring clothing to combat the high winds and possible low temps up top. You'll be glad you did.
Some pretty sketchy rock scrambles on both Wright and Iroquois, but especially Iroquois. You'll definitely need to push yourself up in many, many spots.
This is not a trail for beginners and I heard from some dog owners that their dogs were having difficulties with some of the rock scrambling. On your way to Iroquois the trail splits and there's a sign saying Iroqouis to the right...take it...it puts you on a super narrow herd path that will take you to Boundary and then Iroquois. No worries; you can't miss this sign.

Be prepared for climbing, descending, climbing, descending, climbing, descending, and on and on. I spent maybe 20 minutes or so at summit of each (other than Boundary) and didn't arrive back to Loj till 3:30 but I wasn't hustling at all.

3 months ago

Bring trail map and start early. Very steep in spots.

5 months ago

Great hike, especially in the winter. Nice trail, amazing views, three high peaks, and it only takes about 6 hours.

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9 months ago

Pretty fun hike. Its challenges come in the form of grade. Will be made significantly harder by wet weather.

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