Wright Peak Trail

HARD 45 reviews
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Wright Peak Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

I love everything about this mountain, right down to the history behind it. I highly recommend hiking in the fall, the colors are outstanding.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

This trail is DIFFICULT. going your own pace is advised. We were lucky and on our way up had wonderful weather however it had rained the day before so the rocks were a little slippery coming back down. the last stretch to get to the summit was i bit more difficult then the rest of the hike and the trails were well marked. We were both out of shape and hadn't been hiking in over a year so it did take us all day but beautiful views once at the top!! Well worth it!! What peak isn't? :)

walking
9 days ago

This is an awesome trail. Did it with two friends of mine, less advanced at hiking than I am and we were fine. However, this is not an easy trail....it is DIFFICULT. We ascended at 2am to reach Wright Peak for sunrise. IT was raining and that makes all the rock surfaces slippery and hard to climb, especially the last 0.4 mile to the summit. The trail is very well marked, and it gets busy around 9am. Super fun climb, lots of varied terrain, great plants, and the alpine plant reintroduction program is great too. The view on Wright Peak is amazing and this hike it 100% worth the challenge, prepare for a hard but rewarding day in the Adirondacks. Bonus: portapottys at the trail head are the cleanest I've ever seen.

hiking
9 days ago

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hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Not a very difficult hike. Last 1/4 mile is exposed and can be a little steep at parts. Plane wreckage has been relatively picked over unfortunately, with a plaque still marking its location. Bald summit with what would be an amazing 360 view if not for its bigger brother Algonquin impeding a portion of the view from the south. Still, great views looking north and east on clear days. Summit can be a bit windy making it a bit cool even on a summer day. Trail can be quite popular during the summer months as many hikers combine Wright with Algonquin and Iroquois, so be prepared to share the summit.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Went up in winter 2016. Had low visibility so didn't get any views at the top, but I'm sure they would've been spectacular. The last section above treeline can get pretty windy and there are huge cairns the size of people marking the way; and I understood why when I descended in a snow squall. Make sure to check out the plane wreckage near the summit, I didn't get a chance to see it while I was up there. Just be mindful though not to step on any of the fragile alpine vegetation. Definitely want to go up again; looks to be an awesome summit to visit in the summer.

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hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, took us 7 hours with an hour rest at the top. Black flies were out in force! Parking lot was full by 09:00. 60 degrees 15 knot winds at the top, BEAUTIFUL view! 85 degree's at the bottom around 16:00. Great day, but I am still sore 3 days later!

hiking
2 months ago

Surprisingly easy high peak checkmark. Strong winds at top.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

quick easy trip , decent views

hiking
2 months ago

I feel the view from Wright is amazing. You don't hear about Wright very often. It wasn't crowed at the top. (A plus) Def a beautiful hike. Not many lookouts along the trial if you really like that. You also can get two other peaks in with this hike if you feel up to it. (Hence a lot of people on the actual trail) I agree the .4 miles up Wright was pretty steep. Be prepared. Took my husband and I 6 hours round trip and we don't hike a lot. The view... just fabulous!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Nicely maintained trail with awesome views from the summit. Be prepared for strong winds and cold temperatures (even in the summer) at the summit though.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Went up 4/23. Perfect weather, snow at the top but we managed without spikes. The view was great!! Full 360 view, couldn't of asked for a better day. Couldn't find the b-47 though :(