Wright peak is a stunning Adirondack 46er with 360 degree views on an exposed summit. Algonquin Peak towers above, and is frequently hiked in conjunction with Algonquin Peak. With the short mileage and ample parking, this is a popular hike for many.
Height: 4,580 feet (1395.98 meters)
Distance: 7 miles (11.27 km)
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet ( 731.52 meters)
Duration: 5-7 hours
Van Hoevenberg Trail – 7 Miles Round Trip
Hiking this peak begins at the Van Hoevenberg Trail, which is the same starting location for Phelps Mountain, Algonquin 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.
Wright peak is frequently hiked in conjunction with Algonquin Peak, and Iroquois Peak (both Adirondack 4,000 footers).
Adding in Algonquin will add 1.8 miles to the hike.
Hiking in Winter
Wright peak is a fantastic winter hike. It is an intermediate hike, and features quite a few steep and icy sections, so it is only recommended in the winter for experienced hikers. It features exposed hiking above tree-line, so it is essential to bring the proper winter hiking equipment.
The summit often has exposed ice rock that can make it very slippery. Hikers should take extra caution near the summit due to this.
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.