Hiking Algonquin Peak – The Adirondack High Peaks of New York

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Algonquin peak is a popular, difficult, and absolutely stunning hike. It is the second highest peak in New York behind Mount Marcy, and features incredible 360 degree views of Marcy, the Great Range, Mount Colden, Lake Colden, and much more. It is part of the Macintyre Range

Height: 5,115 feet (1559 meters)
Distance: 9 miles (14.48 km)
Elevation Gain:  2,969 feet ( 905 meters)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Duration: 6-8 hours

 

Trails

Van Hoevenberg Trail – 9 Miles Round Trip

Hiking this peak begins at the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which is the same starting location for Phelps Mountain, Wright Peak, Mount Marcy, and other popular hikes.

The trail begins by descending, and then remains relatively flat until a junction .9 miles in. To the left, the Van Hoevenberg trail continuous towards Mount Marcy, to the right is the path towards Algonquin, Wright and Iroquois Peak.

2.9 miles into the hike, you will reach the junction where hikers can choose to ascend Wright Peak (.4 miles from junction) or Algonquin (.9 miles from junction). At this point, the hike gets challenging due to steepness, and hikers quickly ascend above treeline.

Algonquin peak is frequently hiked in conjunction with Wright Peak, and Iroquois Peak (both Adirondack 4,000 footers).

 

Trail Map

Algonquin Peak Trail Map

You can purchase the above referenced map here.

 

Winter Hiking

Algonquin peak is a fantastic winter hike. It is a long and strenuous hike, and features quite a few steep and icy sections, so it is only recommended in the winter for experienced hikers. It features a large amount of exposed hiking above tree-line, so it is essential to bring the proper winter hiking equipment.

 

Directions

The trailhead is located at the end of Adirondack Loj road next to heart lake, and has a fee. Members of the Adirondack Mountain Club receive parking discounts.

 

Weather Forecast

Lake Placid, NY

This Afternoon
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. West wind around 14 mph.

Tonight
Freezing rain likely after 2am. Cloudy. Low around 23, with temperatures rising to around 29 overnight. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Christmas Day
Freezing rain before 1pm, then freezing rain and rain. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 14 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Saturday Night
Freezing rain likely and rain likely before 10pm, then a chance of sleet between 10pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 14 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Sunday
A chance of snow before 7am, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Northwest wind around 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. North wind 21 to 28 mph. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Southwest wind 7 to 17 mph.

Monday Night
A slight chance of snow showers between 7pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Southwest wind 13 to 35 mph.

Tuesday
A slight chance of snow showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. West wind 28 to 37 mph.

Tuesday Night
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind 22 to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Southwest wind 22 to 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 38 to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. West wind 26 to 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night
A slight chance of snow showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. West wind 23 to 26 mph.

 

Additional Pictures

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trail Junction

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trail Junction

 

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trailhead

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trailhead

 

Views from Algonquin Summit

Views from Algonquin Summit

 

Algonquin Peak from Wright Peak

Algonquin Peak from Wright Peak

 

Algonquin Summit Panorama

Algonquin Summit Panorama

 

Iriquois Peak from Algonquin

Iroquois Peak from Algonquin

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about