Wright Peak via Van Hoevenberg Trail

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High Peaks Wilderness

Wright Peak via Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.0 miElevation gain2,582 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyScramble
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure in Winter. Wright Peak via the Algonquin Trail is a out and back trail.

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Gene Porcelli
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Tough little climb in the alpine zone above the treeline, but absolutely amazing views. Great adventure for a dayhike. I did it last weekend, and snowshoes were absolutely required on the way up. I made a video on YouTube if you want to check out the conditions. Just search Maps With No Roads on YouTube if you want a look at what the trail is like.

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Brandon Loomis
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Alex Deschenes
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SnowshoeingGreat!ScrambleSnow

Below treeline, trail was well broken out and in great shape. However, winds above treeline were bordering on the ferocious (gusts above 40 mph, sustained in the 30's) and visibility did not exceed 50-70 meters. Did not see too many icy surfaces. Was greatly assisted by a guide. ADK #19/46

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Andrew Whyte
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The ski trail entrance is tricky to find and steep to enter. entrance

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Craig Smith
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Hireni Patel
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Robin McLaughlin
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Robert Payst
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Patrick McNamara
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Maya Gaughn
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Super icy spikes the whole way, snowshoes not needed. Summit was very windy and snowy as to be expected, trail is easy to follow until the top but it’s kind of hard to get lost once you’re up there!

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Denis Thibodeau
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Trial was packed fairly well, climbed over 2 ice sheets before the junction to Wright Mountain. Going up I encountered some ice areas but could get a hand on trees and roots. When I left the tree line and continued up on the rock face. The wind was blowing hard, the wind chill was terrible. Following the cairns is the only way to find the top and return to find the trail The wind wipes out your tracks almost instantly. Visibility was about 100 feet. Stayed on top 5 min, way to cold. Wear the correct clothing due to the extreme weather change. It was like I had entered a new world on top. I kept thinking while looking around and climbing up and down the rock top, DON"T lose my path up and down the rock top. So easy to do in these conditions.

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Tommy Basciani
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Great Hike, plenty of mud with some ice a few hundred yards from the top definitely need spikes exposed summit makes for great views.

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Stephen Shaw
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Danielle Lasell
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Great hike! Steep, rocky, icy - definitely need spikes for most of the trek. Fantastic views at the summit. We couldn’t find the GPS stamp.

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Dan Petersen
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John Dziark
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Amanda Felker
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScramble

I thought it was a great well-marked trail: the first mile and a half was so easy our shihtzu walked it. That was followed by a mild increase until the split from Algonquin trail. The trail became very icy and wet due to weather. The ascent down was fast. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

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