4.6 miles
Distance
2,294 ft
Climb
-2,855 ft
Descent
5,101 ft
High Point

Algonquin Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    High Peaks Wilderness
    Lake Placid, New York
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T4 Alpine Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running

After two steep, rocky sections the path levels out, then it makes a sharp left at 3.1 miles, where a sign warns hikers about rapidly changing weather conditions above timberline. Heed the warning — from this point on much of the trail is open and exposed to the elements.

Shortly after the sign the intersection with the trail up Wright Peak’s summit is reached at 3.4 miles. Continuing straight, the path up Algonquin’s summit cone varies from steep to very steep as it approaches tree line, after which it is completely open as it steeply approaches the summit at 4.3 miles.

The trail continues over the top of Algonquin, following the mostly open ridge to Boundary and Iroquois mountains, the latter of which it reaches in 1.1 miles. The view from Iroquois is especially striking — Algonquin’s rocky crown towers above it and the striking 1,000-foot cliff on Wallace mountain rises from Indian Pass below.

A loop option that includes a return through Avalanche Pass is also possible by taking the path to Lake Colden from the col between Algonquin and Boundary peaks, then turning left toward the pass. This is an extremely steep, rugged trail that will add significant time to the hike, so plan accordingly.

More Stats for Algonquin Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -561 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,244 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,805 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,244 ft
  • Grade
    -2.3%
  • Grade max
    -84.8%
  • Grade min
    78.2%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
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