Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2014-04-21

Climber: Ed Kobos

Others in Party:Igor & Chrystina
Date:Monday, April 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

My trip was planned the night before, when I realized the weather forecast for Monday was super. At 6:20 AM, I started the day by driving to the ADK Loj, from Utica, NY. It took me about 3:25 to get there. Temps in the 50’s and NO clouds. All the way up, I wondered if I would see snow on the way to the summit. The NOAA Snow depth chart showed NO SNOW, but could I believe it? I packed for ice and snow. When I turned down the Loj Road, there was Algonquin, Boundary and Iroquois as big as life all covered in snow. My initial goal was to reach Iroquois, via. Algonquin and Boundary Mts. I met a young couple (Igor and Chrystina, from the Czek Republic, working in Toronto) also heading to Algonquin. They left about 15 minutes ahead of me. As I got to the register to sign in, I met a ranger who was taking down the sign stating that Skis or Snow Shoes were required, but he also informed me that there was a lot of snow in the col between Boundary and Iroquois. I let him know that I could modify my plans, if necessary. The trail was muddy but quickly turned icy. I stopped to put my YackTrax on, after only 7 minutes on the trail and then continued. The trail was easy to follow, but was a bit difficult when the markers turned to yellow, after making the turn from the Marcy Dam trail to the Algonquin trail. It was still quite covered with ice, and then snow. I met up with the couple near the waterfall, just before noon. They said they didn't want me to climb alone, and I appreciated their company. The trail became progressively steep and we hit the trail junction to Wright at about 12:40. There was a lot of ice that had just begun to melt as we climbed toward Algonquin. They had some trouble climbing because they didn't have any ice climbing aids, like my YackTrax. We met a S&R team training in the area and they told us that the rocks on top were bare. We continued up and manipulated the rocky areas without any issues. We made it to the summit at 1:35. We took a lot pictures and ate lunch, then headed back down. I decided against going to Iroquois, in favor of bagging Wright on the way back. I didn't want to finish in the dark. The young couple kind of skied down the snowy steep parts, because they didn't have the traction control devices on their boots. They did a real nice job. I did get a movie of Chrystina’s only fall. We were back to the Wright trail junction just before 3:00 PM. I said good-bye to my hiking partners and we exchanged phone numbers and E-Mail addresses so we could keep in touch. Off to Wright …
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2943 ft / 897 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2943 ft / 897 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Partly Cloudy at the start, then clear. Windy on summit. Temp in mid 50's.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2943 ft / 897 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Marked Trail
    Start Trailhead:ADK Loj  2172 ft / 662 m
    Time:3 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2943 ft / 897 m
    Route:Marked Trail
    End Trailhead:ADK Loj  2172 ft / 662 m
    Time:3 Hours 11 Minutes

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