Algonquin Peak

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New York State's second highest peak. Named by Verplanck Colvin in 1873 while he was survaying it. The summit cap is well above tree line and offers views including 135 lakes on a clear day. The summit is home to hundreds of alpine plants, only found on a handful of other Adirondack peaks.

Elevation (feet): 5,114
Elevation (meters): 1,559
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Adirondacks
State: New York
Latitude: 44.1436
Longitude: -73.9869
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Lake Placid
Convenient Center: Lake Placid

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 25 trip reports for Algonquin Peak.

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  • Log #21824 - by Etienne Gosselin on Nov 19, 2009
    Climb was quite easy and short. The trails are not very well maintained though, very muddy and nothing to hold to. Summit view was nice and clear, we could see Avalanche pass and Marcy. Recommended...
  • Log #21598 - by David Minard on Feb 18, 2009
    Two of us began the climb at 8am in partly cloudy conditions, temps around 35 degrees. We made the summit at 1pm, encountering high winds, temps at about 25 and approaching snow/rain. Trail...
  • Log #21336 - by art on July 07, 2008
    Long, steep and difficult climb. Great view. Combined with Wright was challenging but worth it.
  • Log #20823 - by Drew on June 11, 2007
    Excellent hike with fantastic view from the top. Climb steadily becomes steeper and rockier as one ascends, which is particularly helpful when more tired on the descent. It is strenuous at times,...
  • Log #12651 - by Yury Konev on Sep 14, 2004
    Summited Algonquin in 3.8 miles from Adirondack Loj. Nice warm day with clear views, especially over to Mts. Colden and Marcy in the distance across Avalanche Lake.
  • Log #12652 - by Ben Hayashi on Mar 05, 2004
    Great peak. Nice easy hike. Not a bad view from the top.
  • Log #12653 - by Brian Cooper on Nov 05, 2003
    Nice, easy hike. Beautiful summit, especially in the autumn with the changing foilage. Recommended for an easy weekend hike.
  • Log #12654 - by STEVE MILLER on Oct 22, 2003
    VERY WARM DAY TO CLIMB/SUMMIT WEATHER COOL WITH MODERATE WIND/SHOWERS ON DESCENT-GOOD CLIMB.
  • Log #12655 - by Charles Bureau on Oct 14, 2003
    started at loj, heading to marcy dam, avalanche lake, climb algonquin! and going back to loj in the same day... ouch.. very long hike!
  • Log #12656 - by James Caris on Sep 29, 2003
    We camped in a lean-to at Marcy Dam on Friday night and awoke to gusty winds and clouds. Our ascent took about 3.5 hours. It was very muddy almost the whole way up. There was no view from the summit...
  • Log #12657 - by Peter Millett on Sep 08, 2003
    Wet trail... In the 40's at the top... overcast day.. no view.
  • Log #12658 - by John Rajes on Sep 01, 2003
    This is a fun yet challenging hike. The trail from Adirondak Loj is well marked and easy to navigate. Be prepared for some long heartbreaking uphill stretches and mad scrambles up rock faces. Coming...
  • Log #12659 - by Renee Stene on Sep 01, 2003
    This was a difficult but very rewarding hike. The views at the top of Algonquin were amazing! Happy trails!
  • Log #12660 - by Josh Brown on Aug 17, 2003
    After hiking dozens of mountains and several High Peaks Algonquin was the first time I actually had a view (normally I'm all socked in at the top). It was a beautiful sight with views all the way...
  • Log #12661 - by Caroline Boyaud on Dec 30, 2002
    We've been up Algonquin on a great and exhausting day of hiking, snowshoeing. These were a must when you did get on top because of the important ice accumulations at the summit. Crampons would have...
  • Log #12662 - by Wendy Kooiman, Andrew Hahn, R Graffy on Oct 06, 2002
    Amazing 360 view of the dacks.
  • Log #12663 - by Jim on Oct 05, 2002
    A fairly brisk hike to Al, Iroquois, and then Wright. A group of us started at 10:00 and headed up Al, then over to Iroquois, back to Al, over to Wright, and then back to the parking lot. Finished at...
  • Log #12664 - by Bill Sullivan on Sep 18, 2002
    I summited on Saturday, Sept 14, 2002 with brother Jack and friend John. We hiked a 14 mile loop from Adirondack Loj to lake Colden, up the back side of Alqonquin and on back to the Loj. We did it...
  • Log #12665 - by Rob Sedler on Sep 02, 2002
    My girlfriend and I drove up from Golden Beach campground on Raquette Lake and together tackled Algonquin. We had done Marcy a few months earlier and had hoped for better weather than we got that...
  • Log #12666 - by Robert D. O'Keefe on Mar 31, 2002
    I climbed this peak on my Father's 52nd birthday. It was my first climb in the Dacks in 21 years.
  • Log #12667 - by yves michaud on Aug 01, 2001
    Tout une experience a vivre!!!! Pas besoin de lire les cartes, les indications sont tres presentes, en autant qu'on les regarde!!!! Les ours, (/$%?&*) de ours!!!!!!! Notre leader etait super,...
  • Log #12668 - by chad rounds on July 31, 2001
    first "big" mt. i have done. awsome views especially of mt. colden and marcy.
  • Log #12670 - by Marie-Christine BĂ©langer on Feb 28, 2001
    A nice hike to the summit, we went down to Colden Lake to camp for the night. A big bear came and visited us... it left with all our food (%?$/?*?%)...So the next day we went back to the car! Merci...
  • Log #12671 - by Chris Buswell & Mick Taylor on Feb 27, 2001
    Two days after climbing Marcy we decided to climb Algonquin. Much nicer trails and a more satisfying summit climb. Very icy and snowy but no crampons and a lot of care we topped out to a great view....
  • Log #12672 - by David D. Sam on Jan 05, 2001
    My first eastern mountain, an unexpected delight!