Wright Peak Trail

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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
2414 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
4 days ago

Strenuous hike, but not too much so. Was my friend's first high peak! Took us about 6 hours round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this yesterday...Lots of ice but so fun. This hike was not for the faint of heart though.

2 months ago

Amazing hike! Rocky, technical, amazing views at the top. We had three dogs with us some hard parts to do w a dog but not impossible! Windy at the top make sure to bring a jacket if you want to stay up there for awhile.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect weather. This was a great quick one. The summit is one of my favorite so far due to both the view of the surrounding peaks and the fall vegetation within the last couple hundred feet of the summit. Although the conditions had been dry it was still quite slippery in some spots. Looking up at Algonquin towering over you puts things into perspective. Some have rated this as difficult but its all relative i guess. Surprisingly there was plenty of parking available at the loj for a perfect fall Sunday morning.

hiking
4 months ago

No view at all owing to weather, but can't fault the mountain or trail for that. Plan was to combine with Algonquin and Iroquois, but with no hope of a view, turned back after Wright.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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.

hiking
6 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
7 months ago

Surprisingly easy high peak checkmark. Strong winds at top.

hiking
7 months ago

quick easy trip , decent views

hiking
7 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
7 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
8 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 :(

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

this trail really kicked my butt! but it was well worth the effort. I did the trail in the Autum, which offered a gorgeous view of the Adirondack mountain range. good boots are a must, and I'd highly encourage a good pair of trekking Poles. This trail gets pretty rough near the top, and the 20+ mph winds at the peak were brutal. bring appropriate gear.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

The summit is great but the views start fairly high up, and the terrain near the top is pretty rocky. Our 5yo did it all by himself but had enough on the way back. It took us around 8 hours from Adk Loj and back, with an ~hour long break on the top (with 5yo and 1.5yo).

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Hiked this trail today. Starts flat then comes the rocky trail. Took 2 1/2 hours to reach the summit. Check out the remnants of a plane crash up top. Very cool. Fun hike!!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

The trail is very rocky but makes it a fun rock scramble. The views from the summit are amazing.

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