Mount Colden via the Trapdike

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Mount Colden via the Trapdike is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

12.0 miles 3402 feet Loop




nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers



old growth



washed out

A very unique climb up a trapdike to the the top of a beautiful Adirondack 46er. This is a difficult and steep climb up a trap dike to the summit of Mt. Colden. There is no maintained trail and negotiating the boulders and trees within the trap dike will take some hand over foot scrambling. Emerging out onto the massive west facing slides on Colden you will be in for some calf-burning steep climbing on slabs of granite. You can do this climb without rock climbing gear but if you are not used to exposure on steep slabs of rock i would pass on this climb. The hike into Avalanche Lake is worth is and I have another guide for that if you feel more like something easier. The descent route will take you on a variation past Indian Falls for a loop hike back to Marcy Dam.

4 months ago

Mt. Colden offers you Algonquin and Marcy on the either side when you reach the summit. Colden has two peaks. The lower one is bold without the tree blocking the view.

5 months ago