This Adirondack 46 High Peak is #16 on the list and #1 for wind factor. A B-47 bomber crashed here in 1962, and most of the wreckage remains. Wright peak can also be combined with Algonquin Peak, Rong Peak, and Iroquois Peak for a long day.
The trailhead can be found at the Adirondack Loj, there is a small parking fee ($10 as of 2013) for the day. The route follows the Marcy Dam Trail for 0.9 miles before heading straight at a four-way intersection toward Algonquin Peak. From here it continually climbs and at times quite steep to a gorgeous waterfall at 3500’. From here you will climb steeply to 3900’ to the base of a rocky knob of the right called "Rong Peak" by some. After another steep climb over a small rocky area you will come to the junction with the Wright Peak Spur Trail. From here it is 0.4 miles to the summit of Wright. Algonquin Peak is straight ahead.
The Spur trail is again steep to the rock ledge that separates the trees from the open rock. The climb up the bare rock summit can be very windy and at times in excess of 40mph. Wind protection is a must for the final approach. The summit offers unrestricted 360 degree views.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 16 on the list.
Wright Peak Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for 3.25 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right – this is the first right after the Olympic ski jumps. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to its end at Heart Lake. There is a fee for parking. Start with the Trail to Algonquin. After 3.1 miles take the well marked trail to Wright, on the left.
6.25 miles RT. Moderate to strenuous day hike/climb, due to the dense brush near the summit. Excellent side trip with Algonquin. Elevation 4580’ with an ascent of 2420'
Family with Young Kids: 3.5-4 hours to summit. Round trip: 7 hours
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 2.5 Round Trip: 5-7 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: not recommended