Algonquin Trail

Adirondack Park, New York

Elevation Gain5,340ft
Trailhead Elevation4,005ft
Elevation Min/Max2231/5108ft
Elevation Start/End4005/3977ft

Algonquin Trail

Algonquin Trail is a hiking trail in Essex County, New York. It is within High Peaks Wilderness and Adirondack Park. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 4,005 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,340 feet. Algonquin Peak (elevation 5,102 feet) and the MacIntyre Falls viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a cliff, a camp site, and restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Old Marcy Dam Trail, Iroquois Trail (unmarked), Wright Trail, Lake Colden Trail, Whales Tail Ski Trail and Van Hoevenberg Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Discover the Adirondacks (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Peter W. Kick
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"One of the most spectacularly scenic alpine treks in the east, this loop hike provides many opportunities for overnight camping." Read more
Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore Ballard
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"Algonquin Peak is the second-highest mountain in New York State after Mount Marcy, and the only other 5,000-footer. It dominates the MacIntyre Range, which also includes Boundary Peak, Iroquois Peak, Wright Peak, and Mount Marshall. The long-standing reason for the name, Algonquin Peak, was the belief that it was the southern boundary of the Algonquin nation. In reality, the Algonquins lived much farther north, but the name stuck. This popular though challenging climb takes you to a broad rock summit, with excellent views of Mount Marcy, the Great Range, the slides on Mount Colden, Avalanche Lake, and Lake Colden." Read more
Five-Star Trails Adirondacks (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tim Starmer
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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." Read more

Algonquin Trail Reviews

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During August we summitted Wright Peak followed by Algonquin with our little aspiring 46ers, ages 4 and 7. These were their 3rd and 4th high peaks and they did wonderful! The trail was very well maintained and marked. It was windy at both summits. We would recommend adding layers as you approach the top.

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Trail Information

Adirondack Park
Nearby City
Adirondack Park
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
High Peaks trail information
Local Contacts
National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake Placid/High Peaks (#742)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018