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

Trail Map

Wright Peak Trail Map

Trails

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.

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
Rain likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. South wind 25 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Southeast wind 13 to 44 mph, with gusts as high as 54 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday
Rain before 9am, then rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 39. North wind 14 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night
Rain before 9pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. North wind 30 to 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday
A chance of rain and snow showers before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 25 to 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 13 to 25 mph.

Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 6 to 14 mph.

Pictures

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