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ADK4K - Wright, Algonquin, & Iroquois (EXTREME)

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 6:00 AM

Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all of the questions that are part of the RSVP process. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk so consider this before you decide to participate.


What We're Doing

The plan is to climb three of the Adirondack 4,000 Footers - Wright (#16 @ 4,580'), Algonquin (#2 @ 5,114'), and Iriquois (#8 @ 4,840'). While we have hiked these peaks in summer this will be our first time during the winter. If you haven't spent any time hiking in the Adirondacks the one thing that you need to know is that most of the trails are steep.

Group size is limited to ten people since we will be traveling within a designated wilderness area.

We will approach from the Adirondack Loj and use sections of the Van Hoevenberg Trail, Algonquin Trail, and the Wright Spur Trail to reach the first peak (Wright). From there we will return to he Algonquin Trail and con tune following to the our second summit (Algonquin). We will then drop down the west side of Algonquin to follow an unmaintained trail to do an out-and-back to Iriquois. Instead of re-climbing we will instead drop down to Colden Lake and exit via Avalanche Pass.

Guests are not permitted. Dogs are not permitted. 

Trip Summary

On this moderate winter pace (~1.5 MPH) trip we will hike about 13.5 miles and climb about 4,000 feet. It should take about 13 hours to complete this trip. This event is considered to be EXTREME because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions - there is no guarantee we will complete the entire event as described here.

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

You need to become self-reliant by learning about the route and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Use these links for more information about these peaks:




What to Bring 

You will need snow shoes and mountaineering crampons (e.g. microspikes or hillsounds can be brought as back if you want). I will update the this a few days before the hike when I know more about what we can expect to encounter out on the trails. Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - if you have any questions about what to wear and/or what to bring let me know.

Use this link for a list of items needed for a winter day hike: 

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip. 


Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.

Use this link for the current weather forecast:


We will meet at the Adirondack Loj which is located off of the west side of Route 73 a few miles south of Lake Placid, NY. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is 305 miles from Boston and it should take about 4 hours and 59 minutes to drive there.

Use this link for customizable driving directions:

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses (gas and tolls).

Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Monica

    sensory overload on the hike, from windy, icy first summit, sunny second and third summit and awesome sledding :)

    February 24, 2014

  • Michael B.

    After sitting out a day because it was pouring rain the group was itching to get back out on the trails. The weather forecast improved so instead of going with a backup plan to protected summits we ventured out on our original plan - three exposed summits. We barely made it to the first one as we were tossed around by "damaging winds". We got back to the junction and scrapped the plans of spending more time above treeline and instead went back to the parking lot, ate some lunch, and then went out and got two different peaks - Street & Nye. A VERY steep climb along an unmaintained trail - the snow covered the ground but there were plenty of blowdowns that created climb overs and duck unders.

    February 24, 2014

  • Monica T.

    Great hike. Even though we never made it to Algonquin and Iroquois, Street and Nye was a good substitute. The sledding down the trails were great fun too.

    February 23, 2014

  • Kimball

    February 20, 2014

  • Nancy

    I am set to go and life says, No. Safe travels.

    February 17, 2014

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