First day after the thaw. Trail is steady from link to Marcy Dam. Ran into wet slabs above 3000ft made for sketchy scrambling at Wright/Algonquin col. Was passed by Pine Marten 200ft from summit. The view from colden was full of contrasts as alpine grasses were still brown fom winter.
Trail was crowded and muddy, with waterfalls in strange places, due to three days of torrential rain before the sky cleared that morning.
Also decided to ascend Wright Peak at the last min., Algonquin is very rewarding after seeing it from the summit of Wright first.
Deep Woods Off is ineffectual, recommend stronger bugspray.
Very cold and windy both times
Beautiful views. Great day.
Started too late on this walk and ended up sweating a lot through the woods, although the afternoon weather was good, no storms. Crowds on the summit (including park rangers!)
High Peak #2. Great climb with awesome views. Started down late. Got back to Marcy Dam after dark.
Easy hike during breakup. Mud wasn't very bad at all.
One of my first climbs. Did Algonquin, Iroquois and Wright in one day. Truly an amazing place!
Perfect fall hiking day. Ice and Snow starting at about the Wright Peak Trailhead. Last 1/4 of the mountain was very icey, yet fun! Return trip through Avalanche Pass.
We skipped Wright and Iroquois due to the 15 mile trek and low daylight hours. Total trip took 9 hours with various gazing breaks inbetween.
Hiking partners were Tim Bressett (46er) and Heath LaBarre (1st high peak).
BEAUTIFUL FALL DAY WITH EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. DEFINATELY WORTH THE EFFORT.
The clouds had cleared from the summit shortly before we headed up. Although there was a stream running down the trail in some places, we thoroughly enjoyed the somewhat steep rock pitches before the treeline breaks. Great views of Marcy, Colden, Wallface, and Iroquois, among others, from the top. I stared at the Trap Dike and adjacent slide on Colden for a long time and I'm really looking forward to doing that route sometime soon.
We climbed up the "back" side of the mountain after coming through Avalanch pass in the pouring rain and making camp in a Leento near Lake Colden.
There were bears, but we spent a relaxing day rigging a way to tie up our food so that the bears ate our neighbor's food instead.
The hike to the summit was a good climb up slabs of rock. I'd rather climb on flat, steep slabs than steps or erroded dirt trails.
steep, with 3 feet of packed snow and ice, slow pace and care required without crampons
Took my good buddy Chris for his first high peak hike.
He was a bit overwhelmed at some of the steeper parts of the trail, but he was a good hiker, and was really amazed at the beauty of the view from the summit. We spent over an hour on top, and he did a lot of photography of the surrounding peaks. At the Wright junction where we stopped for a snack on the way up, we were entertained by a pair of fisher, who ran around and peered at us from a distance of only 10 feet.Chris wants to climb more of the"46". I think I created another potential 46er.
Reached the summit at 3 pm. It was a beautiful day except for the wind which made the summit a bit cold.
My first foray into more serious winter hiking, and one of the most challenging things I've ever done. I believe we were the only ones to do Algonquin that day, as we were hiking through fresh powder the whole way once we broke off the trail from the Loj.
We were fine in boots until we reached the tree line. At that point we downed some of our buddy Mike's trusty hot green tea, threw on our extra layers, and put on our snowshoes for the final (and most difficult) ascent. The snowshoes worked fairly well, but in spots crampons (or shoes with bigger "teeth" would've) would've been much more effective. There were several times where there wasn't much for the snowshoe teeth to grab onto, and I slid down several feet on my stomach. This was fun at first, but after the third or forth time it was just exhausting me.
We didn't spend much time at the top, as our eyelashes were literally frozen (see ChrisPierz's entry below). If you're going to do a winter hike, people aren't joking when they say make sure you're well prepared. Layering is important, as you'll go from hot and sweaty to colder than you've ever been in the span of 5 minutes. Have fun!
Summit was partially clouded in by the time we reached it, it didn't start raining until we began our decent on the other side towards Iroquois Peak.
Beautiful day with no clouds in the sky. Summit was windy on the North side as you approached above treeline, but totally calm on top.
Conditions at the Loj were clear and warm. Above treeline visibility was about 20 feet, the winds were gusting, and it was very cool (probably in the 40s). Summited and then left in a rain storm.