Wright Peak is one of the easier Adirondack 46ers – it was my first at age eight! Predictably, it’s great for families with younger kids and is an enjoyable hike with good views throughout. Near the summit, there is a plaque marking the site of a 1962 plane crash, and you can sometimes still find debris scattered nearby.
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation: 4,580 ft
Ascent: 2,400 ft
Starting at the Adirondack Loj, follow the Van Hoevenberg trail for 1 mile, where you will meet the junction for the trail to Marcy Dam to the left. Continue straight towards Algonquin on a gradually upwards trail for .4 miles until you reach the turn-off on the left for Whale’s Tail. Stay straight here and continue as the trail climbs upwards for .9 miles, at which point the trail veers right and steeply upwards to a waterfall view. Continue up across alternatingly steep and level sections for another .7 miles until you reach the junction for the trail up Wright at 3.1 miles. Take the left towards Wright. At 3.3 miles the trail will break above the treeline and the trail will be marked by cairns the rest of way to the top. After another 0.2 miles you will reach the summit and be able to take in a view of the neighboring peaks.
Directions to Adirondack Loj:
From Lake Placid, take route 73 towards Keene, turning right onto Adirondack Loj Road, which you will follow to the end. There will be a tollbooth at the entrance where you will have to pay a $10 parking fee.
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