We’re on a roll. With the long weekend last week we headed up to camp and hit another of the 46 High Peaks. This time around our goal was Algonquin Peak, but like many of the High Peaks, hiking Algonquin gets you close to several others. We made our attempt at those as well.
Starting out up Algonquin we were once again in the rain, but we knew it was going to break before noon and that we’d have great weather at the summit(s) and after. Sure enough about halfway up the weather turned and we got our first glimpse of blue sky. Unfortunately this was just before we made it into the clouds. That’s right, we were above the cloud cover. Although the hike was exhilarating and we experienced some fine views on the way up, we ate lunch at the top in the clouds and without a view.
After a short stay on the top we started our descent so we could begin our climb up Wright Peak. About halfway down to the Y in the trail the cloud coverage broke and the sky opened up. It was beautiful. One of the best views from any mountain we’ve climbed. Since we didn’t know how long the view would last, we just sat and enjoyed it for a while. Then as it seemed like it would last we continued the hike.
After summiting Wright Peak, the view and the weather only got better. We had 360 degree beautiful clear sky the rest of the day. Wright peak is a hard rock summit with views in all directions. You can see many of the other 46 from the top and we were able to pick out our next goal, Mount Colden.
We did miss Iriquois Peak, a 3rd peak just a short hike (through a valley) past Algonquin, but we were already tired and concerned we might not be able to complete Wright so we left it off this time around.
The hike down was equally pleasant. What an amazing day/hike!
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