Ascent of Iroquois Peak on 2015-09-11
|Date:||Friday, September 11, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||4843 ft / 1476 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWith Iroquois next on my list all that remained was to pick a route. Since I had not been to Algonquin in about thirty years I decided it was time to revisit and then head over to Iroquois. Left the loj trailhead at around 8:30 on a clear morning and chatted with a couple other hikers also looking to summit Algonquin. I left them at the junction as they were contemplating taking the Avalanche Pass trail while I opted for the more direct route. About halfway to the Wright spur I met Dan, Algonquin’s summit steward for the day, and we continued along together all the way to the summit. Since Dan was an accomplished 46er, I took the opportunity to discuss plans for my remaining peaks. We talked about taking on the Santanonis as an overnight trip verses pounding them out in one day as well as the pros and cons of doing the Dix range as a traverse. Even with all that chatting we made good time and arrived at the summit around noon and were treated to a spectacular 360 degree view. As I left Dan to his summit steward chores he cautioned me that while the herd path to Iroquois was not that difficult it was easy to miss. As I descended the open rock face I quickly forgot his advice and proceeded to walk right past the junction. Luckily I only went about a hundred feet before I realized something was not quite right as the path ahead appeared to descend much more than I expected. A bit embarrassed, I spun around and just about sprinted back to find the junction exactly were Dan said it would be, right by the trail sign.
The remaining trek over Boundary and on to Iroquois was, thanks to the bog boards, a pleasant stroll and I made the summit a little after 12:30. I had the whole place to myself and took in the spectacular views of Algonquin, Wallface, Lake Colden, and Flowed Lands. As I peered over at the Shepard’s Tooth I eliminated any thought of a bushwhack to there and the Cold Brook pass beyond. I still have not fully healed from a bushwhack up the Beede Brook to Rocky Peak Ridge a few weeks back so I decided to save the Shepard’s Tooth for another day, or never. On the way back I met a hiker making Iroquois his number forty-six and offered my congratulations but half-jokingly cautioned him not to count it until he was back at the trailhead. I talked to Dan again back at Algonquin for a bit, took a few more pictures and started down around 2:00. I made the trailhead in just about three hours and back on the road for the long drive home.
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