|Hike Name:||Algonquin Peak, Adirondack State Park|
|Nearby Town:||Keene Valley|
|Directions:||From Lake Placid, take NY-73 east and then a right onto Adirondak Loj Rd., about 4 miles from Lake Placid. Go all the way to the end. If coming from the east, take NY-73W and then a left onto Adirondak Loj Rd.|
|Total Hike Distance:||8.00 miles|
|Hike Type:||In and Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Adirondak Loj parking lot|
|Trails Used:||the Van Hoevenberg Trail and then the blue-blazed (?) trail to Algonquin Peak|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams|
|Management:||State Park Service|
|Contact Information:||the Adirondack Mountain Club|
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||The path to the summit of Algonquin starts at the Adirondak Loj parking lot, after paying (if you're not a member, an arm and a leg) at the ADK booth. At the far end of the parking lot is the trail registry, after which the Van Hoevenberg trail (which also leads to Mt. Marcy) starts. After about a mile, you'll come to a junction, at which a left turn will lead to Marcy Dam and (eventually) Mt. Marcy. Continue straight for the still-relatively-flat trail to Algonquin. After another .4 miles, you'll head right at a second junction and start to climb more strenuously and cross several streams. This section starts to get steeper, and after another couple of miles, you'll see the turnoff for the spur trail up Wright Peak, which is the 16th highest peak in the Adirondacks.
Now comes the hard part, as you'll now traverse terrain for which the Adirondacks are famous, steep slabs of bedrock that (depending on the season) can be slick with moisture. After you pass the treeline, the view really opens up and starts to tantalize. The alpine environment around you leads the eye to the view of many of the other High Peaks, which are visible in good weather. After reaching the top, you can choose to continue on to Iroquois Peak or Lake Colden, or you can follow the trail back down to the Loj.