Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2012-07-15

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Jake Stookey
Date:Sunday, July 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

15th ADK Peak! We departed for Algonquin, Wright and Iroquois from the Adirondack Loj at 7 am. We hiked Algonquin via the blue-blazed Van Hoevenberg Trail 0.9 miles (1.4 km) to its junction with the yellow-blazed MacIntyre Range Trail and followed the remaining 3.1 miles (5 km) to the summit. At the start of the trail we passed over several nice wooden bridges which I knew I would be happy to see upon return as these bridges would be an indicator that the end was near. The first 1.5 miles or so was relatively flat and level. The trail then gains to a steady and consistent climb which is rocky. At the junction of Wright, the trail becomes progressively steeper and rockier, going over many steep rock chutes called "slides". We decided to climb Algonquin and Iroquois first, then Wright on our way back. We appeared to be the first hikers on ascent. The clear indicator of this was the lack of people/hikers as well as the spider webs which I was continuously walking through. At one point I made the remark "I am dripping in spider webs." This was a rather uncomfortable feeling as the humidity allowed each spider web stick to me like glue! On descent the trails became much more crowded. While many of the trails/peak we had hiked recently were not as popular, we noticed we were again on a "more popular" trail/peak due to the variety and sheer number of hikers. We were hiking with our friend Jake who has been hiking and running barefoot. Jake hiked a large portion of these peaks barefoot. The comments from passerby's were a varied as the hikers climbing. Once were were above the tree line I found it difficult to keep climbing at a steady pace first because of the steepness, but second because I wanted to stop every few minutes to take in/observe the outstanding views. Large, impressive cairns led the way to the summit. These cairns were perhaps the most impressive I have seen in all of my hikes thus far. Many were tall, and completely symmetrical. The summit of Algonquin is a protected alpine zone and small stone paths were protecting areas of regrowth. The summit steward at the trail junction of Wright and Algonquin had warned all hikers to remain on the rocks and avoid damaging the alpine life. The summit is large, wide, open, expansive, providing 360 degree views. There is a benchmark. The summit was windy, and felt somewhat cold after our humid hike. We took some photos, refueled on some sandwiches, checked out the map and then ventured over the Boundary Peak and Iroquois.

Highlights: ornate cairns, arctic alpine wildlife, "top of the world" feeling, summit steward, Jake's barefoot hiking, steep rock scrambles
Summary Total Data
    Route:Algonquin Peak Trail (64) from Heart Lake
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hazy, Hot, Humid, Afternoon showers with distant rumbles of thunder
Ascent Part of Trip: Algonquin, Iroquios, Wright

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Algonquin Peak2012-07-15
2Boundary Peak2012-07-15
3Iroquois Peak2012-07-15
4Wright Peak2012-07-15
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Elizabeth Sweet
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