Ascent of Algonquin Peak on 2012-03-10

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Lil-Yeti (Kaerstin)
Red Goat (Gudrun)
Date:Saturday, March 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Algonquin Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:5115 ft / 1559 m

Ascent Trip Report

Algonquin, Iroquois and Wright
A gorgeous spring day!
Lil Yeti, Red Goat and I started from the Adirondak Loj at 8:30am with a light snow still falling. A few days ago, the weather man predicted a sunny day today, but now it is snowing and hopefully it will be partly sunny by the time we reach our destinations today. But if not, that’s OK because the 5” inches or so of new fluff that fell last night sure makes for a pretty hike! There isn’t much more than a few inches of hard packed snow on the trail so we are able to hike with micro spikes. We reached the Algonquin trail head at 8:55, still the micro spikes are working well. About 200 meters from the Wright trail we ran into some pretty thick ice that covered the trail. The Red Goat did not trust herself to continue and decided to let carry on alone. With some help, I got Lil-Yeti over the tricky spot and we continued on our way.
We arrived at the Wright Trailhead at 10:30, we took a quick break here and then continued to Algonquin, if we feel good on our way home, we will summit Wright then.
As we got higher, the snow got deeper and the trail got steeper! We needed to change foot gear to snow shoes. I need to get Lil-Yeti a pair of ascent snow shoes. She has the ‘walk around the house’ version which did not provide the grip she needed. When we got to the open we could see the summit of Algonquin. It was still snowing and although cloudy, the summit was in the clear. There were some hikers already descending and they were wearing goggles and full face masks! I so was hoping for a nice day at the summit! We arrived at the summit of Algonquin at 11:40 and although windy and snowing it wasn’t a complete whiteout. The anemometer registered -20 degrees with the wind chill so we didn’t stay very long. Just before we left, we met a fellow hiker (Jeff) who asked if could join us on our way to Iroquois. It was VERY slippery going off of Algonquin. Lil-Yeti and I had to lock arms to keep her from slipping. This was my first real test of my Tubbs Flex snow shoes and they really worked well. Only one time did Kaerstin slip so bad that she pulled both of us down. She bruised her knee on the hard ice, but she kept on going! (The next day we bought her some Alp Elektra1223 shoes, she can’t wait to try them out.) Once we got down closer to the col there was snow again so the going was much easier. The sun also started to break through the clouds making for some spectacular views of Boundary Peak.
We reached the cairn for the boundary herd path and headed across what looked like 2’ to 3’ scrub brush. But at one point Jeff disappeared up to his chest in the snow, grabbed by a spruce trap! So I guess we were walking ‘on top’ of the trail. It took a bit but we did get him out and had a wonderful, if not careful hike up Boundary Peak and then over to Iroquois which we reached at 12:50pm.
The views from Iroquois were exquisite, from the massive peak of Algonquin, to the frozen Lake Colden and the Flowed Lands, and the very white covered Mt. Marcy off in the distance! Perfect place to be today!
Although summiting Algonquin again today looked daunting, the warm sun and beautiful views made it quite easy and very enjoyable. We reached the summit at 1:55pm, this time taking some time out to enjoy the views, something we didn’t have this morning. We started up the Wright trail at 2:40. Lil-Yeti left her pack and snow shoes opting for the micro spikes as we made our way to our final goal of the day.
It was pretty tricky traversing the large boulders as we made our way to the peak. Micro spikes were definitely a good choice. We reached the peak at 3:15 just as some backcountry skiers came up from the other side. They had just skied off Algonquin, that must have been quite a thrill. It was a bit windy at the summit so after taking several pictures of the views we had in ALL directions we headed down to the shelter of the trees.
On our decent we met up with the Red Goat who had enjoyed the day hiking the lower trails. We reached the parking lot at 5:10, tired but completely satisfied having spent a gorgeous day on 3 great peaks in the Adirondacks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Overcast
Started in light snow and wind, ended in clearing blue skies
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Van Hoev, Algonquin Trails
    Start Trailhead:Adirondak Loj  15 ft / 4 m
    Time:8 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Algonquin-Iroquis-Wright

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Algonquin Peak2012-03-10 a5100 ft / 1554 m
2Iroquois Peak2012-03-10 b 
3Wright Peak2012-03-10 c 
Total Trip Gain: 5100 ft / 1554 m
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