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Hike Algonquin & Iroquois Peaks (16 km, 1,400 m elev.), then swim in Heart Lake?

Sport, Action + Challenge Yourself! (SPACY)
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Sep 16 6:45AM - 7:45AM

Algonquin is the tallest peak along the MacIntyre Mountain Range in the Adirondacks and the second highest in New York State. While the climb to the summit is only just over seven kms, much of the route is steep and becomes progressively steeper as one approaches the summit. A bald summit with spectacular views is one's reward for the effort. Algonquin also is home of several species of rare and endangered alpine vegetation; we will be obliged to tread lightly and stay on bare rock. Algonquin is blessed with a 360 degree view from its bald summit with amazing views, in particular the face of Mount Colden.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 2 on the list.

But that's not all as we will extend our hike to Iroquois Peak after our lunch and sightseeing break at the top of Algonquin.Iroquois Peak is 8th highest peak in the Adirondack Mountains.Iroquois is also blessed with a 360 degree view from its bald summit with amazing views, as you can imagine, with the best views of Wallface.

On the way back to our cars, we can add a short side trip to Wright Peak; this is optional and depends on the time already spent hiking and our fatigue levels.

Ascent: Total elevation gain is around1,400 m (plus Wright), making this a moderately difficult hike. If you have not recently hiked more than 14 km, this hike is not for you.

Distance is about 16 km which will take us about 8 hours to finish including lunch. If we can manage a faster pace, then Wright Peak will be a great dessert, while still completing the entire hike in 8 hours, leaving us plenty of time to swim in Heart Lake (if it is still sunny). Bring dry clothes and a towel. (Heart lake is private -- if we cannot easily swim there, we will find an alternative.)

Below is the route from Montreal to the trailhead where we will park the cars and start the hike. There is a US$10 parking fee per car, the driver will pay the fee as he/she is getting cash contributions from the riders.

Route to trailhead: Click here

Please print this trail map -- our planned route will be explained at the trailhead.

Plan to join us for dinner in Plattsburgh after our hike (and swim)!

The pink route will be ours.


1.You are responsible for:

Passport and/or U.S. visa;U.S. cash may be necessary, most places take credit cards

Your backpack containing 3 liters of water, a tasty lunch, snacks and energy bars. Please do not underestimate your need for water, this is a long hike and 2 liters may not be enough.

Extra dry clothing due to changing weather at different elevations.

Sunscreen, bug spray, first aidkit and maybe sunglasses and a hat.

We will be leaving the Lionel Groulx metro station at 6:45am to avoid border traffic and to get good parking spots at the trailhead. Please arrive at 6:35am.

2.Drivers: Please respond to the question asking how many riders you can take.

3.Passengersrequesting a ride must email drivers directly to secure a spot.Please do it through direct email (click on the driver's name and you will see his/her profile details page; under his/her name you will find 'send email', send the driver your message directly). Please avoid asking for rides in the comments to avoid comments congestion. Once you get a lift confirmed, then please comment "I have a lift with xyz." People without any driving arrangement on Thursday 2pm will be removed from the Going list without notice.

4.Ride sharing: Meet at the Lionel-Groulx metro stop by 6:35am. There is plenty of free parking close by, We will leave at exactly 6:45am. Please do not be late or you may be hiking on Mount-Royal alone. Drivers,please email your cell No. to your riders and to me.

5.Cost sharing:$25/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have three riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be two, or sometimes four; the contribution remains the same, $25/rider.

6.Waiting list: I will manage the waiting list manually.

7. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST change your RSVP to No before 6:45pm Thursday. This will give somebody on the Waitlist enough time to arrange to join the group.

8. There are two questions when you RSVP; please answer them. If you do not answer the questions then you risk being removed from the hike without warning.

How to find us:Look for happy people with backpacks in front of the metro entrance.

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