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

Today
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 20 to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 17 to 28 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 9 to 17 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 13 to 32 mph.

Monday
A slight chance of rain showers between 7am and 8am, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 28 to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Monday Night
Showers and thunderstorms likely before 7pm, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 18 to 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday
Rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 13 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

 

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 sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about