Elevation

4,580 ft / 1,395 m

Prominence

270 ft / 82 m

Summits

172 summits

Top climbing months

August   17%

July   17%

June   16%

Most climbed route

Wright Peak Trail

Highlights

  • Wright Peak is in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Park of New York and the northernmost peak in the MacIntyre Range.
  • Known to have one of the windiest summits in the park.
  • The usual approach to Wright Peak is from the Adirondak Loj up the Van Hovenberg Trail to the steep MacIntyre Range Trail to the junction for Algonquin Peak; a left turn takes the climber up the last few hundred feet of elevation through the alpine zone.
  • Wright is often hiked in conjunction with Algonquin and sometimes Iroquois Peak by pursuers of the ADK 46ers challenge. Many of these pursuers search for B 47 bomber wreckage and the bronze plaque just north of the summit, which memorializes the four airmen who lost their lives in the crash.
  • Backcountry skiing is popular on Wright Peak.
  • There are long slides from the summit that lead to Marcy Dam and are often skied in winter.
  • Also, the Wright Peak Ski Trail, cut by the CCC in the 1930s, descends the northeast side of the peak in a series of switchbacks.
"Climbed up to the ridge from Lake Colden and made the traverse across the Macintyres. Summitting Boundary, Iroquois, Algonquin and Wright and taking in the gorgeous views all along the way. " - Right-On, Jun 16, 2018
"One of my most enjoyable hikes so far. Perfect conditions, hardly anyone around, no insects. Took my time and just enjoyed the journey. Reaching the top of Wright and spending some time at the summit out of the wind was lovely. Was very pleased to have enough energy to tackle Algonquin as well and this felt like a real achievement. Will have to head back up at some point to bag Iroquois! " - rhinteractive, May 8, 2018
"Très belle journée avec Mélanie. Nous avons fais un bon 22km avec Wright, Algonquin, Bouandry et Iroquois. Le retour c'est fait par Avanche Pass. Beaucoup de glace pour monter. Les crampons furent nécessaire. Très boueux en descendant. " - fsoucy76, Nov 4, 2017
"I actually had no intention of doing Wright today, but as I came down from Algonquin with another gentleman, we decided to do it despite the day getting on and my overwhelming fatigue already. My only wish is that I'd had time to look for the wreckage. Also my camera died, but my hiking companion took a pic and said he'd send it to me." - MarkEarle67, Aug 14, 2017
"Came in from ADK Loj. We started late, around 11:30. It's not too bad on the way up. Definitely tougher after the trail breaks for the .4 to the summit. windy doesnt even describe the top and Algonquin looks enormous! It was cloudy but still had gorgeous views." - bbergman, Aug 6, 2017

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