Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2011-08-06

Climber: John McHugh

Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice hike from Adirondack Loj. I was camping there, which was very convenient - just walk from the tent to the trailhead.

Trail is pretty flat for the first mile, then gets progessively steeper, before mellowing out near the summit. Despite this, I thought the trail was pretty good, except for one quite steep (but relatively short) section. Similar steepness & distance compared to the trail for Giant, but I felt this one was easier (though with not as many views). Views from the summit however were magnificent, though we were sometimes in the clouds.

After we went down and made the detour to Wright Peak. A very nice summit too, and maybe even better views, since we were well below the clouds. Went to look for the plaque for the plane crash from 1962; never saw it though I did see some pieces of the plane still scattered about.

On the whole, a very pleasant hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 883 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
some clouds, but nice
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Start Trailhead:ADK Loj  2215 ft / 675 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    End Trailhead:Junction Wright Peak Trail  4015 ft / 1223 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Algonquin-Wright

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Algonquin Peak2011-08-062900 ft / 884 m
2Wright Peak2011-08-06580 ft / 177 m
Total Trip Gain: 3480 ft / 1061 m    Total Trip Loss: 3456 ft / 1053 m

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