Adirondack Hiking and Camping

Photographs by Shaun O'Boyle

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Algonquin, being the second tallest peak in the Adirondack High Peaks is probably the second most climbed peak. It is a great climb, I've done it three times, twice in winter where the weather at Heart Lake was fine and the conditions at the summit were total white outs. I finally got a clear view on a summer hike as this panoramic photograph above shows, Mt Colden is in the foreground, Marcy is the tallest peak behind Colden, Lake Colden is on lower right. Helping Algonquins popularity is its proximity to Heart Lake and the Adirondak Loj, the round trip hike from Heart Lake is about 8 1/2 miles and about a 3000 ft climb.

On Pyramid near the summit of Gothics, on Memorial Day. It's very unusual to have this much snow still on the peaks on Memorial Day. We struggled through knee and hip deep snow up the trail from Lower Ausible lake to reach Pyramid, a huge effort.

Charlie on the trail from the Feldspar brook lean too to Lake Arnold where we camped for the night. We climbed Mt Colden from there.

Barry on the Great Range trail between Armstrong and Gothics. The Great Range trail is one of the premier hikes in the Adirondacks, but you had better harden yourself a bit before you take this one on, there are many summits and col between summits so that the actual climbing can total many thousands of feet.

Saddleback from Basin on the great range trail, you can see the decent that is required before the ascent of saddleback can begin.

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