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Climbing Algonquin


Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

8 miles with 3000 feet of gain
  • Algonquin (5114 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     On the list of mountains that Mike has wanted to hike in winter, Algonquin was one of them. So, we looked ahead for the weather and found a weekend that looked very promising. We stayed at the Cascade Inn the night before, whose wonderful accommodations always provide us with a nice and refreshed start the next day. We packed up our gear and started from the HPIC at around 7. On snowshoes, we made our way to the base of the mountain and stopped only a few times for rest and snacks. We made it to the sign that warns of severe weather and decided that it was a good time to layer up. Which was a good choice as the wind did pick up as we moved on. There was a group of 2 and a solo hiker sharing the job of breaking trail with us so we all had some time to work and rest. There were a few steep sections with slippery snow and Mike was forced to clip in his tails to his snowshoes to avoid sinking in. Before we left the shelter of the trees to the final push to the top, we put on balcavas and snow goggles to protect our faces from the wind. We made it to the top and took some pictures. The day was beautiful! Blue skies, great views, but very windy so we had to take pictures quickly before the wind started to blow around the snow to obscure our views. We descended quickly and took off our protective layers when we had made it back to the trees. We took a lunch break at the col between Algonquin and Wright and then started on our way down. We met a nice guy who had skied all the way up and was going to ski down Wright. We were so impressed that he had skied up the whole trail that we almost missed the dog in his pack! Apparently, it was only 4 months old and got tired when they got to the base of the mountain. His wife was a few minutes behind him and not only was this her first trip backcountry skiing, but also hiking up on skis! (She didnít look very thrilled.) Our way down was uneventful and we made it back to the car in good time. We changed our clothes in the H-Pick and stopped at the Deli in Saranac for some food for the ride home.

      By Nicole

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Awesome Views
A partially broken trail
Above treeline hiking
No spruce traps

The Bad:

Blisters on my toes
Swimming in snow for a ways

The Drive

Got a nice ticket on my drive home


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