Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2016-05-21

Climber: Cynthia Chan

Date:Saturday, May 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

2016-05-21 ADK 46er: Algonquin, Iroquois, Wright (in & out)

Gear Used: Hillsound microspikes, poles

Tried to start as early as possible. Turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny, mild day in the Adirondacks! We had driven in to TMax-n-Topo on Friday night, after work. Based on hike reports, seemed there may still be snow and ice near the summits. Simple trail hike, blue trail to yellow trail, then herd path to Wright (remember to turn right at the sign! Otherwise wind up at Colden!) Unfortunately, I forgot my iPhone at home, but had my ‘regular camera’. It was Victoria Day in nearby Canada; we ran into many, many hikers from Ottawa and Montreal. A young couple was aiming for Algonquin that day with their infant son and dog. Rocky as always in the Adirondacks, much rockier than the Catskills. Poles were handy on the way up and the way down, though I do continue to slip and fall. We reached Algonquin in good time! The biggest obstacle was a large patch of ice covering the slab scramble nearing the summit. I was able to bareboot my way up, but was thankful to bring my micro spikes for the way down. Soaking wet, and very happy to see the yellow arrow markings leading to the cairns leading to the summit! Vivien and Wen were there first, and it was windy at top, as always. Judy, the steward was there, giving her speech to hikers. She was generous enough to take a group photo, near the UGS. We asked for hints about Iroquois and Wright. Rested a few minutes, enjoyed the magnificent 360 view. It was still early, so not many people thankfully! Then we were off to Iroquois! We started descending Algonquin, but before I knew it, we had reached the sign and the easily visible herd path to Iroquois. It was great! We were there in a flash! Some muddiness, but all in all, not bad. The sun was out and it was beautiful. We saw many hikers up front. First Boundary Pass (a mini-summit) then onward to Iroquois. No UGS symbol atop Iroquois, a giant cairn. 360 degree views, which was awesome! We rested a little bit, water, snacks. Took a look at what may be Sawtooth (?), spoke to a few hikers about the possible bushwack there and decided it was too ambitious for us that day. Posy shots, but it was windy, so Vivien started back quickly. Accidentally tripped descending and scratched a little, but fine. We backtracked back over Boundary Pass (ugh!) then summited Algonquin (for the 2nd time!), micro-spiked through the steep descent off the slab, and back on yellow trail. It seemed a while before we hit the turn off for Wright, but the junction was obvious with trail signs and hikers. We stowed our packs off trail and detoured the 0.4 mile up the steep ascent to Wright’s summit. Luckily, a fairly well trodden path, though very rocky and muddy. The view made it well-worth it! A few photos at the summit and back down to head back!

Start 7:40a
Algonquin 10:30am
Iroquois 11:30pm
Wright 2:30pm
Finish 7pm (campsite behind ADK Loj!)

All-in-all a great hike! The views were magnificent as always in the Adirondack High Peaks. Glad friends enjoyed it (and we did not get lost! Though I did towards the end, and wound up returning on the old Marcy Dam trail, adding a few yards to my journey home)
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: 2016-05-21 McIntyre Range (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Algonquin Peak2016-05-21
2Iroquois Peak2016-05-21
3Wright Peak2016-05-21

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