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

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
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce small hail and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southwest wind around 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 8pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 1am. Some of the storms could produce small hail and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday
A slight chance of rain showers between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 6 to 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 10 to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday
A chance of rain showers before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 26 to 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 12 to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5 to 10 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

Iriquois Peak from Algonquin