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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 sunny, with a high near 28. Southwest wind around 20 mph.

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Southwest wind 17 to 21 mph.

Thursday
A slight chance of snow showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. South wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday
Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Southwest wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Friday Night
Snow showers likely before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Saturday
Partly sunny, with a high near 6. Northwest wind 17 to 24 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 hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, 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. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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