Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack High Peaks
Heart Lake, from Adirondack Loj Rd.
Length: a 7 mile round trip
Algonquin is the second highest peak in New York at 5114 feet (1559 meters) and one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.
Algonquin is quite popular with hikers, accessible from the busy Adirondak Loj trailhead near Heart Lake outside of Lake Placid for a day trip. While shorter than nearby Mount Marcy, it is steeper; requiring almost as much vertical ascent in a considerably shorter distance.
Less frequently, the mountain is approached from the southeast via the steep, narrow, 2.1-mile Boundary Trail from Lake Colden. This trail is also dangerous because of the poor markings and steep, slippery slides that streams have formed on. This document includes the more popular approach from Heart Lake only.
The shortest direct route is via the blue-blazed Van Hoevenberg Trail 0.9 miles to its junction with the yellow-blazed MacIntyre Range Trail. The latter is then followed for the remaining nearly 3 miles to the summit, during which the route gets progressively steeper and rockier, going over many steep rock chutes called "slides". You will be above the timberline and must remain on the marked trail or bare rock to protect the fragile vegetation. The trail is marked with cairns and yellow point blazes.
The view from the summit is spectacular. Round trip is 6-9 hours.
Not recommended for children or out of shape hikers.
Information compiled from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin_Peak and www.summitpost.org