Algonquin is the tallest peak along the MacIntyre Mountain Range and the second highest in New York State. While the climb to the summit is only just over four miles, much of the route is steep and becomes progressively steeper as one approaches the summit. A bald summit with spectacular views is ones reward for the effort. One can add a short side trip to Wright Peak or a longer extension to Iroquois Peak. 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 it bald summit with amazing views, 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 you 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 4.3 mile hike, one way with mixed terrain. This route starts out along a very busy and popular hiking trail that leads to Marcy Dam. At 0.9 miles you will come to an intersection that you need to go straight through and head up Algonquin. From here the terrain gets steadily steeper to a waterfall at 2.6 miles. The intersection for Wright Peak is reached at 3.4 miles. 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, so be prepared for colder temperatures and wind. If visibility is limited, be sure to carefully follow the cairns (rock piles) and paint marks - especially on the descent.
8.6 miles RT, challenging, Elevation: 5,114' 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.