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)
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).
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.
Lake Placid, NY
Showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 32 to 47 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Snow showers. Cloudy. High near 38, with temperatures falling to around 30 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 9 to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind 1 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
A chance of snow showers before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Northeast wind 6 to 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
A slight chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 3 to 13 mph.
Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind 10 to 23 mph.