Wright, Algonquin & Iroquois


September, 2020

The view of 3 of the 4 mountains in the MacIntyre range we’d be tackling from our motel room in Lake Placid.



One last time, with feeling...

After hiking 45 of the 46 high peaks in ten years, our friend Pete had just one peak left to become a true 46er. So we gathered up the troops, headed up to Lake Placid, and helped him complete his epic journey.

We stayed at the always-excellent Art Devlin’s Olympic Motor Inn, which is conveniently-located in the village of Lake Placid. We had a second floor room, with a great balcony view of the high peaks, and specifically, the MacIntyre range.

While Pete just needed the easiest peak to get to, Wright Peak, (16th highest in NYS at 4,580 ft.), we figured we’d make a longer day hike out of it, and also ascend Algonquin Peak, (2nd highest in NYS at 5,114 ft.), and Iroquois Peak (8th highest in NYS at 4,840 ft.), while we were in the neighborhood. This was also convenient, because 6 of the guys in our party also needed them for their 46er lists.

So we tried to wake up very early with fingers crossed to get one of the last parking spots at the always-crowded Van Hoevenberg trailhead near the Adirondack Loj. We arrived at 5:20 AM, and soon found we were too late—the lot was full. So we had to turn around and park a mile away, and walk to the trailhead in the dark with headlamps on. This unfortunately added an extra mile each way to our hike, but in the end, it wasn’t too bad.

So we began the official hike after Pete signed us in at the register, and hiked through the dark woods with our headlamps on for about 45 minutes, before we had enough pre-dawn light to hike by without them. We first got Pete’s final peak out of the way, by hiking up Wright. We then hit Algonquin, and then went over Boundary Peak to get to the farthest-out Iroquois. Then it was time to turn around and go back the way we came.

All told, we hiked a grand total of 13.2 miles, in 11 hours and 39 minutes, (bear in mind, this time includes the extra two miles of road hiking, a bunch of breaks for snacks/meals, photography, and just general resting). It is very obvious that we weren’t trail-running — we went at a “comfortable pace”, to be sure. We ascended 6,058 feet, total for the day.



(Not of my original 46er quest)

Wright Peak

Algonquin Peak

Iroquois Peak

Boundary Peak

(not a 46er)

Topographic map courtesy of the Adirondack Mountain Club.