Enjoy a challenging Slide Climb up one of the Adirondack High Peaks. With every step your views get more amazing.

Parking is at the popular High Peaks Information Center (Adirondack Loj).  There is a fee to park here for the day $10.00 non-member and $5.00 members.  The trailhead is located at the back of Lot 1.  The first 2.3 miles is a fairly gentle rolling walk into Marcy Dam.  From here you will be able to look at the Slides you will ascend.  You then follow a short trail that leads to several lean-to's.  At the last lean-to (Memorial Lean-to) you will begin a short bushwhack until you reach the base of the slide.

The first part of the slide is mostly clean rubble, white rocks of varying sizes.   Early on you have to maneuver around downed trees occasionally, but overall the hiking is enjoyable.  Approximately a quarter-mile up the slide you will pass through a small canyon with twenty-foot-high walls.

After a little under a half-mile, the slide splits.  I suggest starting up the left slide as it is much cleaner.  Shortly after a short trek through open woods brings you to the right slide.  After a short distance, the forks join, creating a wide slab of steep bedrock.  The right half of the slab is fairly clean.  The next 0.3 miles, to the top of the slide, you will gain 650 feet in elevation.  Your views will open allowing you to see several other high peaks.

Once you reach the top of the slide you will then have to bushwhack about 0.5 miles to the summit.  The bushwhack is steep and dense in spots.  If you are lucky near the top you will locate a herdpath that brings you along an area of debris from a plane wreck.  This herdpath will bring you to the summit.

The summit is large open rock.  Algonquin Peak (New York's 2nd largest peak) will tower in front of you.  You will see the many grand slides on Mount Colden!   The summit of Wright Peak can be very windy most of the time.

Once you take in the views enjoy the trail down.  From the summit you will take the marked 0.4 mile trail to the junction.  From here turn right and follow the 2.4 mile marked trail to your last junction.  This trail will pass by MacIntyre Falls.  The last junction will bring you back to the first mile you walked in on to complete your loop.

As always make sure you sign in/out of the trail register and leave no trace.

Also if attempting in winter make sure you are very experienced and have all the proper winter tools and gear.  This is also a popular backcountry ski slide. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map & Compass
  • Headlamp
  • Windbreaker
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RT Distance 7.8 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking


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