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Intro to the Highpeaks (Mt Colden loop)


Submitted By Nathan Stokes

The Mountains & Stats

13 miles with 3000 feet of gain
  • Colden (4714 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     Loop hike of Colden from the HPIC. John Walthour's first Adirondack hike, adding another asipring 46er to the ranks. Warm up hike for uber finish in a couple weeks. HPIC to Marcy Dam through Avalanche pass, down the East shore of Lake Colden. Up the Mt. Colden trail to the summit. Down the Porter trail to Lake Arnold trail to Avalance Camp trail to Marcy Dam and out to HPIC via Van Hovemberg.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

3 hour summit stop with naps on Colden. Nice weather, Avalance pass scrambling. Talking to the summit steward. The nice ascent of Mt. Colden via Lake Colden.

The Bad:

Boot sucking mud, sloppy slabs,

The Drive

Outbound via northern route. Dinner at Shorty's place in Watertown. Back via Route 8 and 12 through speculator and HP.


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