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
Most Popular Winter Trailhead
Round Trip Distance
Average Round-trip Time
6 to 7 hours
Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of
Heavy winds, arctic conditions, white-outs, icy conditions and severe wind-chill above tree line, all can be witnessed and should be prepared for. Wright Peak is known to be the windiest peak in the Adirondacks and once you are above tree line you will surely observe the reasoning.
This trail is the only option to the summit of Wright. From the Loj start your hike along the hard-packed trail to Marcy Dam and then in 0.9 miles you will come to an intersection; continue straight toward Algonquin Peak.
The grade remains moderate for quite a ways with small sections of steady climbing, but eventually gets quite steep as you start to climb the shoulder of Wright Peak. At around 3800’ in elevation you will pass by Rong Peak to your right which is rock wall of a summit and then over a rocky shelf to a sign warning climbers of the risks of winter climbing. Soon you will come to the Wright Peak Tail on your left. Wright peak is only 0.4 miles from this point and tree-line is half that. At tree line it is good ideas to access the conditions and make the ruling to go or turn back and if nothing else to be prepared for arctic conditions you could face. You will have no shelter or protection from the elements until you climb Wight and get back to this location. While it is only a short 0.5 miles it is difficult terrain and full on exposure. Once you make that first step around the rock wall at tree-line the wind will become much more apparent and demanding. Balance and safety on the ice and open rock is essential. The rock above tree-line will be blown free of snow leaving little to no good traction. But what a fun peak to climb!!!
Crampons for above tree line could be needed but snowshoes could be adequate with extreme care; you should have them just in case. Wind and cold protection, balaclava, mittens are preferred for added hand warmth; goggles would be good to have just in case you need additional wind protection.