Ascent of Iroquois Peak on 2011-07-03

Climber: Douglas Kemp

Others in Party:Elizabeth Grogan
Patrick Slade
Date:Sunday, July 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iroquois Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4843 ft / 1476 m

Ascent Trip Report

We tackled Iroquois Mountain, the 8th highest in the state and my 13th high peak. This was a moderate to strenuous hike. We parked at the High Peaks Info Center. The trail started at the far end of the parking area. Following this trail straight through for 1 mile, we came to the intersection with the trail to Algonquin, which is marked with yellow discs. Our hike took us over Algonquin and Boundary Mountain, before reaching Iroquois. This was the shortest, most direct route.

There had been a bit of rain earlier in the week, so the rocks on the trail to Algonquin were wet and slick in places. The cols between the mountains were very muddy as well.

All in all it was a good hike (I say that every time). The cloud cover early in the day obstructed our view but by the time we got Iroquois, the sun had started to burn the clouds away, revealing the surrounding mountains quite nicely. There was a tense moment, when one of my hiking companions asked if there were any "false summits" which reminded me to point out that to get to Iroquois, one must go up and over Boundary Mountain, another 4,000+ peak, although not an "official" high peak. She was not pleased.

The herd path to Iroquois splits off from the yellow trail on the "far" side of Algonquin, about 0.4 miles from the summit. It was very easy to spot. There is a large cairn that marks where the yellow trail makes a left turn to go to Lake Colden. The herd path continues straight ahead. A helpful hiker also used a marker to write "Iroquois ---->".

Once on the herd path, we reached Boundary Mountain within the first 30 minutes or so. About 20 minutes past Boundary, we reached a rocky outcropping that we affectionately referred to as "Iroquois Adjacent." We tried to convince ourselves that Iroquois Adjacent must be the summit until another hiker came by and pointed to the hulking behemoth nearby and told us that was, in fact, Iroquois. The remaining trip to Iroquois took approximately 30-45 minutes. There was a difficult scramble up the rock face just below the summit. My two companions scrambled up after taking off there packs. I found a path through the cripple bush that led to the left about 30 feet. There I found a much easier way to get to the rock face. The views from Algonquin, Boundary and Iroquois are all fantastic.

Total distance: 10 miles
Trip Time: 9 hours 45 minutes.
Departed from ADJ Loj: 9:30a.m.
Algonquin Summit: 1:00 p.m. (we stayed a while for lunch)
Boundary Summit: 2:00 p.m.
Iroquois Adjacent: 2:30 p.m.
Iroquois Summit: 3:00 p.m.
Algonquin Summit: 4:15
ADJ Loj: 7:15 p.m.
Water: I took a 3L water bladder and ran out about an hour from the end. There are a few places on the trail to Algonquin to resupply water, so consider bringing water purification tablets.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Trailhead:ADJ Loj  
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Cloudy at first, then clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Iroquois Mountain via Algonquin

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Boundary Peak2011-07-03 
1Algonquin Peak2011-07-03 
3Iroquois Peak2011-07-03 

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