The second highest peak in New York State and the tallest of the McIntyre Range, Algonquin Mountain is number 2 on the list of high peaks. The climb to the summit is quite short at just four miles, but it becomes quite steep as you get closer to the summit. However the spectacular views from its bald summit make the steep climb more than worth it. There is a steward at the summit who is happy to educate hikers about the rare and endangered vegetation found on the mountain, and to point out the gorgeous views.
The trailhead begins at the popular Adirondack Loj trail. Follow Rte 73 out of Lake Placid toward Keene. Take a right onto Adirondack Loj Rd. and follow it until you reach the trailhead. There is a $10 parking fee. Hikers must fill out a trip ticket at the trail register or risk a fine.
The hike from here is 4.3 miles to the summit and has mixed terrain. Follow the trail leading to Marcy Dam, and after about 1 mile you will come to an intersection. Continue straight here and head up Algonquin. The terrain becomes increasingly steeper and comes to a waterfall at 2.6 miles. At 3.4 miles you will reach the intersection for Wright Peak. As you reach the final ascent to the summit, the trail becomes very steep as you reach the tree line. Once you are above the tree line you will be exposed to the elements and the temperature may drop considerably. Cairns and paint marks mark the trail when conditions limit visibility. The view from the summit is 360 degrees, which especially gorgeous views of Mount Colden.
The hike up to the summit of Algonquin is challenging. However, the hike is not especially long and the views from the top are very rewarding.