Algonquin Peak, New York - Hiking

Algonquin Peak, New York - Hiking

New York, United States


Difficulty Hard
Distance 13 KM
Elevation gain 1,559 M



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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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Michaele Jones
Michaele Jones
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.
Hellen Moir
Hellen Moir
An amazing 14mi hike loop. I recommend.
Carolin Murphy
Carolin Murphy
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.
Tiana Coster
Tiana Coster
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
Scott Peacock
Scott Peacock
Beautiful peak with a steep ascent. Heavily trafficked trail. Mountain Steward was very friendly. May be a difficult hike for some.

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