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The light breeze was coming from the west, so we took shelter on the sunlit east side of the summit block. It didn't really warm us up all that much, however, and we were not encouraged to make an extended stay on the spot. We formed up for some summit shots, admired the scenery around us, and then began our descent down at about 7:45 a.m.
Algonquin Peak
Snowy Face Closeup
Starting Descent
A quick descent of the open slabs brought us back to treeline, where we crunched down the satisfyingly grippy snow to the main trail, and from there back down towards the ADK Loj area. We began to encounter the first of the "normal" morning hikers, heading up for their own summit adventures. Two became four, then four became eight, and soon eight became many more. Over the course of our descent, we encountered quite a large number of people coming uphill. Pent-up outdoor enthusiasm on a clear, cold weekend morning in January.
Steep but dry
Descending to Junction
Tricky Step
Macintyre Brook Falls
Winter Views
Today is a Microspikes Day
Continuing to encounter groups of people - both large and small - going in the opposite direction, we crunched our way back to the trailhead. In the morning light, we noted how little snowpack there was down at the 2000-foot level. In places, there was simply bare ground.

We arrived back at an extremely early 9:58 a.m. - one of the earliest day-hike returns I've done in a long while. We celebrated a successful outing with a stop at Simply Gourmet & Big Mountain Deli in Lake Placid, where we had a post-hike brunch. They have a "46 Sandwiches" selection available, and in honor of our recent summit, I had #16 - the Wright Peak sandwich (minus the cucumber).
Low elevations, low snow
An early morning return
Hiker Hordes
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Wright Peak - click map to view
Wright Peak - Hike Data
Start Time: 4:42a.m.
End Time: 9:59a.m.
Duration: 5h16m
Distance: 11.56 km (7.19 mi)
Average Speed: 2.2 km/hr (1.4 mph)
Start Elevation: 2206ft (672m) *
Max Elevation: 4653ft (1418m) *
Min Elevation: 2056ft (627m) *
End Elevation: 2166ft (660m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 2623ft (799m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 2655ft (809m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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