Algonquin Peak

Lake Placid, New York

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At 5,115 feet, Algonquin Peak is the second-highest peak in New York (Mount Marcy stands at 5,343 feet tall). Those starting or looking to complete their 46 High Peak challenge can easily add Wright Peak and Iroquois Mountain to their list. Not only are the views atop Algonquin and Wright Peaks stunning, but the alpine ecosystem is unique to all but a few places in New York. Be aware that Algonquin Peak (and Wright Peak if you choose the optional side trip) is an alpine zone. You won’t find this ecosystem anywhere in New York except atop the highest of the High Peaks. While this makes for a great experience, the vegetation is also rare, fragile, and endangered. Stepping or sitting on these plants will kill them and destroy the habitat. As such, avoid any vegetation in these zones, and only walk along designated trails and solid rock surfaces.
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by Tim Starmer (Menasha Ridge Press)

At 5,115 feet, Algonquin Peak is the second-highest peak in New York (Mount Marcy stands at 5,343 feet tall). Those starting or looking to complete their 46 High Peak challenge can easily add Wright Peak and Iroquois Mountain to their list. Not only are the views atop Algonquin and Wright Peaks stunning, but the alpine ecosystem is unique to all but a few places in New York.

Be aware that Algonquin Peak (and Wright Peak if you choose the optional side trip) is an alpine zone. You won’t find this ecosystem anywhere in New York except atop the highest of the High Peaks. While this makes for a great experience, the vegetation is also rare, fragile, and endangered. Stepping or sitting on these plants will kill them and destroy the habitat. As such, avoid any vegetation in these zones, and only walk along designated trails and solid rock surfaces.

© 2017 Tim Starmer/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Placid
Distance: 8-8.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,936 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-8 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,179 feet
Top Elevation: 5,115 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Waterfalls
Local Contacts: High Peaks trail information www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html
Local Maps: National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake Placid/High Peaks (#742)
Driving Directions: Directions to Algonquin Peak

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Apr 2018