Algonquin is the tallest peak along the MacIntyre Mountain Range and the second highest in New York State. Algonquin is most often climbed with Iroquois Peak and Wright Peak. The primary route ascends most of Wright along on the way. Iroquois is one of the High Peaks that is located behind Algonquin and is much easier climbed with Algonquin rather than on its own.
Algonquin also is home of several species of rare and endangered alpine vegetation; please tread lightly and stay on bare rock. Algonquin is blessed with a 360 degree view from its bald summit, yielding some amazing vistas, in particular the face of Mount Colden. The summit of Algonquin also has a summit steward to help educate hikers on the alpine vegetation, views and all around wilderness education.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 2 on the list.
Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Take your first right after the ski jumps onto Adirondack Loj Road. Follow this road to its end and park at the hiker trailhead. ($10 parking fee as of 2013)
This is a 4.0 mile hike, starting gently but becoming steeper at each junction you pass. This route starts out along a very busy and popular hiking trail that leads to Marcy Dam. At about 0.9 miles you will come to a major intersection that you need to go straight through and head up Algonquin. From here the terrain gets slowly steeper and much steadier. As you reach 3900' in elevation the grade eases off a bit, you will notice the rock face of Rong Peak to your right. The intersection for Wright Peak is just a bit further and there will be a rather large congregation area. From here it is less than a mile to the summit of Algonquin, which you will be required to climb to get to Iroquois. The final ascent up Algonquin is a very steep climb that will get you to tree line. Above tree line you are totally exposed to the elements until you return to tree line.
8 miles RT, challenging, Elevation: 5114' Ascent: 2936'
Family with Young Kids: Primary trail - 4 to 4.5 hours to summit.
Experienced Hiker: Primary trail - 3 to 3.5 hours to summit.
Out of Shape Hiker: Primary trail - 4 to 5 hours to summit.