Following up on our enjoyable hike to Phelps Mountain the day before, we rose a bit earlier to hike Wright Peak. As a holiday weekend for both the US and Canada, we knew that the trails would see more traffic than usual. Surprisingly, we pulled into the parking spot nearest the Adirondack Loj trailhead — a lesson that 7:00am is the right time to start hiking when in season!
Wright Peak is a slightly lower summit on the way up to the popular Algonquin Peak in the MacIntyre Range. Looking for another relaxing day (and having summited Algonquin twice previously) it was chilly as we started, but not nearly as cold as the previous day.
The warmer weather melted almost all of the ice, so the trip up the rocky trail was uneventful. The open summit offered expansive views and spring sunshine, but came with a whipping wind. Kathy and I sheltered as best we could, but even absent the strongest gales we cut our relaxation short on the top.
The clouds rolled in and even briefly sprinkled on our way back, but it turned into a perfect, warm spring day. We were back to an overfull lot and overflow parking on the Adirondack Loj road like we’ve never seen before. The stream of hikers going up to Algonquin as we were descending hinted as much to us.
We were fortunately done early enough to enjoy a relaxed lunch at the ADK Cafe, where we talked with some friendly aspiring 46ers. Another picture perfect day in the Adirondacks.