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MacIntyre Range - Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois

Climb the MacIntyre Range in one day from Heart Lake over three 46er peaks including the 2nd highest in the state
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 14 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Although a bit strenous this loop climb up the MacIntyre Range is one of the most beautiful climbs in all the High Peaks (might be a... more »

Tips:  Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead:
From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Adirondack Loj Heart Lake Trailhead

Parking here is $10 per day. Head on down the most traveled trail towards Marcy Dam after signing into the register.

2. MacIntyre Range Trail Junction

This is where you will return to after you have climbed all the peaks of the MacIntyre Range. For now just continue on down the trail towards Marcy Dam.

3. Marcy Dam

From Marcy Dam look for the trail for Avalanche Lake. It should be well marked. If not you can always ask the ranger at the station for help with directions.

4. Lake Arnold Trail Junction

Here the trail for Lake Arnold and Mt. Colden departs from the trail to your left. Ignore this and continue on towards Avalanche Lake.

Take your time and enjoy how awesome this area is as you traverse the lake on wooden ladders and bridges bolted to the cliff faces. You can look up the massive trapdike towards the summit of Colden far above with all its slides.

6. Trail to Algonquin

This trail starts right at a bridge over a pretty stream on the blue Lake Colden Trail and heads up the stream. This trail is very beautiful with waterfalls along the way and views back across Avalanche Pass towards Colden. It is also one of the steepest trails in the High Peaks which is why I recommend ascending this loop hike from this... More

7. Junction with the MacIntyre Range Trail

To the left you will first ascend over the small Boundary I and II bumps on the ridge towards Iroquois. Iroquois has no official trail but you are above treeline now and the path should be very obvious. The pictures here show the Boundary Peaks you will have to cross over to get to Iroquois (they are just bumps, really) from a little higher up... More

8. Iroquois Peak Summit

Here you are at 4,849 feet and should have spectacular views north towards the massive dome of Algonquin and across Colden Lake to Colden with Marcy beyond. Also, look south and down to check out the knob of rock called the "shepard's tooth". If you want feel free to scramble down the path to go check it out. Further south over the pass is... More

9. Algonquin Peak Summit

At 5,155 feet you are at the 2nd highest point in New York State (only two above 5k) and also at the highest point of the MacIntyre Range. You should have incredible views in all directions, especially over the slide-streaked Colden to the east towards Mt. Marcy, the state high point. If it's nice out spend some time relaxing up here in the... More

10. Wright Peak Trail Junction

Head right up the trail to the bald summit rocks of Wright Peak.

11. Wright Peak Summit

At 4,587 you are the top of the northernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. Look around the summit for a plaque commemorating the lives of people who went down in a plane near the summit. You may even find some wreckage still if you poke around. Again, great views everywhere, especially up towards Algonquin. Head back the way you came and then... More

12. Optional Side Climb

As you descend you'll pass by a face of rock that looks interesting on the left side of the trail. Feel free to scramble up this for some unique views towards the top of Wright and towards Algonquin. Be careful with ice or if the rocks are wet. If not just head on down the trail towards your vehicle.