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


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.


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

Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 29 mph.

Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind around 30 mph.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind 20 to 31 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 9 to 18 mph.

Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 10 to 17 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 15 to 20 mph.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind 16 to 22 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

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

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