"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
"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