4,714 ft / 1,436 m


876 ft / 267 m


121 summits

Top climbing months

September  17%

August   17%

June   10%

Most climbed route

Lake Arnold


  • Mount Colden is in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, New York.
  • Known for its distinctive Trap Dyke, a large crevice running up the center of the mountain which can clearly be seen from Avalanche Lake.
  • There are two maintained trails up Mount Colden: 1) The first approaches from the northeast, passes by Lake Arnold and crosses over several false peaks before ascending to the summit. 2) The second trail, which is steeper, approaches from the southwest, starting from Lake Colden. Both approaches are reached from the popular Adirondak Loj trailhead.
  • Finally, the summit of Mount Colden can also be reached by climbing the infamous Trap Dyke from Avalanche Lake. This approach leads to a long slide and a short bushwhack to the summit. It doesn't follow a maintained trail, is extremely steep in places, and should be taken with caution. The Trap Dyke is also a challenging backcountry ski descent only in the right conditions.
"RAIN all the way up, until we came out on top in the clouds. Just as we left the summit the cloud cover started to break and we got a couple glimpses of the scenery, but otherwise not much to see on this day." - cbp5800, Aug 5, 2017
"Hiked with Kellie, Kim, and Chad. This was the final mountain for Kellie's 46er finish. Hiked from the Loj up to Lake Arnold and to the summit of Colden. Weather was nice, but overcast. No winds and not very cold. Only thing missing was the views. Still enjoyed the hike and celebrated with a couple beers and some food at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery after the hike was completed. " - LGH-Tom, Mar 25, 2017
"Joined Kellie for her 46er finish along with Tom and Chad. We started out later than normal from the Loj, around 9am. Weather wasn't very cold at all, but it was overcast. We were just glad we didn't experience any of the rain/wintery mix that was in the forecast. Took our time on this hike and it was a very nice day. Celebrated Kellie's finish at 1:30pm and after hanging out on the summit for a while with two other groups we made our way down and back to the car. " - Kim-Stilson, Mar 25, 2017
"46er finish! On my 29th birthday! Tommy, Kim, Chad & I started out from the Loj around 0900, and took our time up the trails which were all pretty nicely broken out. We did encounter a couple of other groups of hikers and quite a few skiers during the day. Around Lake Arnold the snow became a little bit greasier. The weather was nice with hardly any winds, temps were in the mid 30's all day. The false summits were definitely not enjoyable. Unfortunately due to low consistent cloud cover, we didn't have great views, but at exactly 13:30, we popped out on the true summit and I became a 46er.. fi" - kellieirene, Mar 25, 2017
"A cold, damp and snowy day as Deb and I decided to summit Mount Colden via Lake Arnold. The trail was very wet, muddy and icy with a dusting of snow almost the hole way but footing was still good enough that micro-spikes weren't needed. Views were none as overcast was bad above 3000 feet and we couldn't see nothing from either North and South Summits. Still very enjoyable, got some nice pictures of snow and ice and things we saw on the trails." - hbotc, Nov 6, 2016



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