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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Algonquin Peak - High Peaks Wilderness - 12/25/2018

Our 2018 Christmas gathering was not on Christmas Day this year.  Too many conflicts with everyone's schedule.  Leesa and I chose to get out and climb a high peak.  It was cold and windy but sunny.  We opted for Algonquin Peak.

We got a pretty early start so there was only one set of footprints on the trail ahead of us.  The was a dusting of new snow that amounted to about 2 inches.  We started in snowshoes figuring the snow would get deeper, but we later switched to microspikes.  The middle portion of the trail was still mostly wet from heavy rains the previous week.

We thought about grabbing Wright Peak on the way up but the wind was fierce and we let it be for another day.  

As expected the trail was quiet on this Christmas Day.  We didn't see anyone until noon or so and perhaps only 10 people all day.

The Algonquin summit was sunny and beautiful, but the wind kept us from lingering up there for long.  Still it was great to get away from the holiday eating and get some exercise!     

Newly frozen...

The Wright Trail junction

Looking back at Wright Peak

Lake Placid down below

Ah, yes... 

I don't get tire of this summit...

Wright Peak again

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  ~ 8 miles
Hike Time:  5 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  ~3100'

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