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Algonquin Peak, New York - Hiking

Adirondacks, New York, United States

By lydia.crawford

Algonquin Peak, New York Statistics

Difficulty

Very hard

Distance

13 KM

Elevation gain

1,559 meters

What are the activities at Algonquin Peak, New York ?

Hiking

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Why choose a trail at Algonquin Peak, New York?

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.



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Parking
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Reception

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Access fee $ 0.00
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Coordinates
-73.98653569999999
44.1436635

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Customer Reviews

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Based on 13 reviews

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Michaele Jones

5 out of 5 stars

Second highest peak in NY. Doesn't get as much attention as the highest (nearby Mt. Marcy), but a fantastic hike with beautiful views. Highly recommend hiking up to the summit, down the "back" side to Avalanche Lake, and around for a great day hike.

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Hellen Moir

5 out of 5 stars

An amazing 14mi hike loop. I recommend.

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Carolin Murphy

5 out of 5 stars

Worth the long hike. The top is steep and can be slippery. You might need to "butt slide" on the way down, so wear long sturdy pants. The view is amazing. Leave from the ADK HPIC.

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Tiana Coster

5 out of 5 stars

Bruh I got algonquined and sprained my ankle like right before the camp site and Chris (you know who you are) carried me there. Legend. Also lots of rocks so wear high tops or ankle support and watch out for Meow (like a cat) he can pop up at random times. Also don’t order from the hungry hiker (bad) and this was my camp hike 2019 so good stuff. All around good time and Wright peak is for weaklings Yeaaaaaaaboyyyyyy

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Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of Algonquin Peak, New York ?

Very hard

What is the elevation of Algonquin Peak, New York?

1559.00 M

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

Yes
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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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