Climbed Algonquin for my first peak at age 51 It was one of the most strenuous things I’ve ever done in my life. I loved the beginning of hike from lodge, made me think this can’t be too bad, then the fun started. It starts with a few rocks to step on and over and then it’s constant navigating each step. Not long after elevation sign we ran into some snow on trail. It actually was easier going on snow with spikes on, unless you fell through, but a real pain going back down since it was melting fast. I almost turned back, twice, not feeling I could go on but my friends urged me up. Meanwhile, we were passed but two “ kids” in sneakers and shorts walking by like a walk in the park, and one had his sneakers untied! It was still extremely gratifying making it to top as well as being a beautiful day at peak. Fantastic views for miles around . But then, we had to go back down. We donned all our gear and grabbed our poles and kept spikes handy., while the two “kids” skipped on by us.To us, it seemed much more dangerous on way down with snow much slushier due to nice day. It took us about 4 hrs to go up and about 4 hours to go down with about 40 min spent at peak. On our slow and treacherous way down we were lapped and passed by , everyone, even a young family of three with young boy sliding down snow and rolling around laughing in t shirt and no poles! Almost all of us fell and got banged up on our way down but we made it in one piece. It was a gratifying accomplishment but still paying for it two days later. I didn’t do anything to get in shape and didn’t bring enough water, for what I needed. I cramped up pretty bad as we started down and started getting nervous but Tylenol a bottle of water and encouragement from good friends got me down. Definitely glad I brought enough gear but three bottles of water and not working legs out before excursion could’ve been a lot worse. At least it wasn’t the highest peak in adirondacks ! Hell of an adventure in one of the most beautiful places on earth with good friends = priceless !!
Ascended with Iroquois and Wright. The icy trail required the use of microspikes, yet it was warm and calm enough on top to wear a short-sleeve shirt. Definitely unusual. Expansive views with an awesome perspective of Colden's slides.
I love this peak. Bagged it in a 4 peak loop. Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Colden.
Summited via normal route. Very fun climb my second high peak after Marcy.
Started at 5:30 in the morning. The summit was extremely foggy, and there was no view. I was not going to stick around up there. It was a five hour round trip.
Awesome day. Second time up this peak. It was extremely crowded up there and there was tons of traffic on the way down.
One of the most crowded peaks in the Dacks.
Completed the MacIntyre traverse in February of 2014. It was BRUTALLY cold, with temps reaching 40 below with the wind chill... EPIC!!
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No one seems to wake up early to hike in the Adirondacks. This was another of several popular peaks I had all to myself simply by leaving at day break. Some clouds and light wind. Started from the free parking on S Meadows Rd. Up between Whale Tale, up Wright first than out to Iroquois and back.
It didn't disappoint, Awesome place! Summited on a cool misty/rainy early afternoon. The trail was really wet and muddy but still a great time. Not really any views from the summit-weather was fairly harsh- raining with high winds and cool.
One of the easier hikes I have done, with the most remarkable views....I look forward to doing this again
My second 46er. I saw this stunning peak from 73 and had to climb it. This is one large mountain! The portion of the trail above tree line is literally one of the best views I had seen since driving up Pikes Peak in the 90's. Wow! Who knew that the Adirondacks would win me over all over again! I was one of the last people going up that day and when I reached the summit a person popped up like a teletubby. It was my first encounter with a High Peaks steward, Devon Reynolds. Devon proved to be both knowledgeable as well as fun to talk to. After a bit of conversation I set off towards Iroquois only to be thwarted by a downpour. I retreated back to where Devon hid behind a boulder. When the first crack of thunder hit Devon bolted for her gear and I followed....no Iroquois or Wright today.
Our winter ascent of Algonquin was one of my most memorable. Snowshoes were absolutely necessary, and crampons would have been useful on the summit. We ascended the summit into a cloud with driving winds and extremely limited visibility. In hindsight, after more experience, we should have turned back. But it ended up being a great memory.
Took two hours and sixteen minutes from the trailhead at the Loj. Beautiful weather, light wind, reasonable amount of bugs, and great views. First summit of a quadruple summit day (Algonquin, Boundary, Iroquois, and Wright). The summit steward was even cheerful. Between all four summits it took me seven hours and thirteen minutes from door to door, with about fifty minutes of that being meal breaks and enjoying the view.
My first summit with Lindsay, Heather and Jen
Good climb, great views, no wind.
Loj - Summit. One of the first.
Awesome day!!!!! Did Wright, Algonquin, Boundary and Iroquois...came down via steep trail to Lake Colden, Avalanche Lake and Pass...good hoof, but amazing route!
The first thing I learned about the Adirondacks--there are roots, rocks and bugs. #2 01/27/09