MacIntyre Range for the W
Submitted By Nathan Stokes
The Mountains & Stats
People On The Trip
Yesterday we set out for a trip up Algonquin and Iroquois to get the first for one member, the January tick for another and a good time for the rest. We left the HPIC parking lot about a quarter after 7am. The trail is well broken out all the way to the summit though we had fresh tracks for the day all the way from the trail junction at the split to Marcy Dam. Algonquin was under cloud cover when we started out, but it cleared off as we gained elevation and we were greeted with glorious views as we reached tree line. It was quite windy on the summit so we only hung around long enough for summit shots. We then beat feet down the backside to seek respite from the wind and layer up for the traverse to Iroquois. The trail all the way to Iroquois was broken out but not well consolidated as we headed over. Our party of 9, rectified that situation and there is a good trail over and back. We were back on the summit of Algonquin by 12:30 and found a great spot along the cliffs on the Colden side just below the summit to take a break in and enjoy the sun, views and some lunch. It was a balmy -10 in the sun. We only encountered 3 other people out hiking the range that day, and 5 skiers. There was great sliding from the tree line to the wright junction. We were back at the junction by 1:30 and decided to bag Wright since we were there, had energy and it was such a great day. The trail that is broken out on Wright above the tree line contours to the Algonquin side and runs through the alpine vegetation. It appears that significant damage is being done by this route and should be abandoned for something on harder surfaces, or in deeper snow. After a short stop on Wright we headed down and out to the parking long and were back at the car by 4pm with big smiles and tons of pictures.|
The Good and The Bad
The views, views and views. Did I mention the million dollar views?
-30 windchill on the summit. Never gotten a headache from windchill before.
|Easy, PegMacs to the HPIC and back, what could be easier|