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.
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Van Hoevenberg Trail – 7 Miles Round Trip
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.
Lake Placid, NY
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