Algonquin Peak Statistics




14 KM

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Elevation gain

895 meters

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Why choose a trail at Algonquin Peak?

Algonquin Peak is in the MacIntyre Range in the town of North Elba, in Essex County, New York. It is the second highest mountain in New York, and one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks in Adirondack Park. Its name comes from its reputedly being on the Algonquian side of a nearby informal boundary between the Algonquian and their Iroquois neighbors. Algonquin is popular with hikers, accessible from the popular Adirondak Loj trailhead near Heart Lake outside of Lake Placid for a day trip. While the climb is shorter than that of nearby Mount Marcy, it is steeper, requiring almost as much vertical ascent in a considerably shorter distance. The usual route is via the blue-blazed Van Hoevenberg Trail 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to its junction with the yellow-blazed MacIntyre Range Trail and following that the remaining 3.1 miles (5 km) to the summit, during which the route gets progressively steeper and rockier, going over many steep rock chutes called "slides". The mountain's summit is an alpine zone above tree line, and views of the surrounding high peaks are available in all directions. However, the large numbers of hikers on the summit have in the past caused damage to the fragile plant life, and strict regulations have been put in place both at the trailhead and on the summit (all hikers must sign in; no dogs are allowed without a leash) to protect it. On busy days a Summit Steward both reminds hikers of these rules and educates them about the ecosystem. Less frequently, the mountain is approached from the southeast via the steep, narrow, 2.1-mile (3.4 km) Boundary Trail from Lake Colden. This trail is also dangerous because of the poor markings and steep, slippery slides that streams have formed on.

The Algonquin Peak is located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. At 5,114 feet, it is the second-highest peak in the range. The mountain is a popular destination for hikers, who can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape from the summit. The Algonquin Peak is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, deer, and moose.

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Algonquin Peak
Algonquin Peak, North Elba, NY 12946, USA

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Starting Point

The start of the trails at the Algonquin Peak can be accessed from the Adirondack Loj Road.

Why visit Algonquin Peak

The Algonquin Peak in New York is a great place to visit because it offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The peak is located in the Adirondack Mountains, and from the summit, visitors can see the Hudson River Valley, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Catskill Mountains. The hike to the summit is also very rewarding, as it passes through a variety of different ecosystems, including forests, meadows, and wetlands.

Is Algonquin Peak in New York a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question since Algonquin Peak is a mountain and, as such, can be dangerous for those who are not experienced hikers or climbers. That said, if you and your family are experienced hikers or climbers and are properly prepared for the challenge, then Algonquin Peak can be a great place to visit.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Algonquin Peak in New York are hiking, camping, and fishing.

The best activities near Algonquin Peak in New York are hiking, camping, and fishing.

Where to eat?

1. The Wild Center: This nature center in Tupper Lake has a cafe that serves up fresh, local food.

2. The Boathouse at Blue Mountain Lake: This restaurant is located on the shore of Blue Mountain Lake and offers stunning views of the Adirondacks.

3. The Hermitage: This historic inn in the heart of the Adirondacks serves up delicious home-cooked meals.

4. The Rusty Nail: This bar and grill in Indian Lake is known for its hearty pub fare.

5. The View at Gore Mountain: This restaurant at the top of Gore Mountain offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

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