The Adirondaks: Mount Algonquin

Algonquin is the second highest peak in the Adirondacks and the only other 5000 foot mountain. It is the higest peak in the MacIntyre Range and sits across from Mt. Colden, which gives you a spectacular view of the slides on that peak. Mt Marcy is a little further away and on a clear day you can see Giant Peak beyond that.

Algonquin is a popular weekend hike. It's a little more difficult than Marcy because the route follows a mountain stream.

Trail Info:

Check out the Department of Environmental Conservation for NY's Trail Info for the High Peaks page or for the general Adirondak Trail Information page.

No user fee. There is a charge for use of the parking lot. If you stay at the Lodge or the lean-tos around Heart Lake, there is also a fee.

Camping Permits: Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more in Wild Forest lands requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. The following information must be provided to the forest ranger to obtain a camping permit: Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Vehicle License Plate Number, Telephone Number, Date of Birth, Number in Group, Camping Dates, and Location of Campsite.

Camping is allowed in many areas. There are may lean-tos around Heart and Colden Lake. The popular ones tend to fill up quickly during the Summer and Early Fall so book early.

Backcountry Campsites: Camping at designated campsites in the backcountry is done on a first come, first served basis. There is no reservation system for these primitive campsites. Campsites in popular areas fill up quickly on weekends so plan accordingly.

Bears: There Bears so hang your food. In certain areas of the high peaks such as Marcy dam, they require a bear can, and sometimes even a specific type. Check before hand.

The General rules for the Adirondacks:

1) No Camping above 4,000 feet
2) No camping withing 150 feet of a stream or other water source except at a designated campsite.
3) No soap or washing withing 150 feet of water
4) Pack it in Pack it out is the rule for garbage
5) Only dead and down wood can be used for fires and set in a proper fire pit. ( local etiquette is to use a stove and not a fire)

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