Wright peak is a stunning Adirondack 46er with 360 degree views on an exposed summit. Algonquin Peak towers above the summit of Wright peak, where it is common for hikers to combine these two hikes. 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)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Duration: 5-7 hours

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Trail Map

Wright Peak Trail Map


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. We would recommend always at least carrying microspikes due to the rocky summit that often has icy areas where microspikes are needed.


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

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northeast wind around 7 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 52. East wind around 10 mph.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind around 12 mph.

Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 10 to 16 mph.

A chance of rain showers after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Southeast wind 12 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
Rain showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Wright and Algonquin Peak Trailhead

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trailhead

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trail Junction

Wright and Algonquin Peak Trail Junction

Waterfall Near Wright Peak

Waterfall Near Wright Peak

Algonquin Peak from Wright Peak

Algonquin Peak from Wright Peak

Panorama on Mount Wright

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