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Mt. Colden is the gift that doesn’t stop giving. It actually starts off pretty easy as far as high peak hiking is concerned. Do yourself a favor and ascend through avalanche lake/avalanche pass then come down through the loop. There are tons of ladders and quite a bit of scrambling up rock on the way up, but you’ll be glad you went up this way and not down as it is very very steep. We hiked it after the region experienced two straight days of rain so everything was wet and slippery. Even still it took us 10.5 hours round trip, and I imagine if it had been dry we could have done it in about 9. It is a fun trail though with all of the technical spots and quite beautiful on the way up. Avalanche lake was my favorite spot. We went through 4 liters of water each plus two gatorades. This was our second peak, Marcy being our first and the wife and I both agreed that it was easier and more fun than Marcy. Be prepared for the scramble at the end, there are some hand and foot holds to go off and it’s a short section but if exposure isn’t your thing maybe try to hit some other peaks first to get used to it

hiking
5 hours ago

It was a tough climb, but we had awesome views most of the way up, we also added RPR. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/giantandrockypeak/

Go in the morning to avoid late walkers. Hiking poles will benefit but not essential. Great views.

Absolutely beautiful! Lots of scrambling! Lots of birch trees and ferns and moss.

hiking
1 day ago

A beautiful hill walk or hike. Great view of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks. I did not find the trail difficult to follow.

This hike was amazing. It was only 1.8 or 2.0 miles and it only took an hour or a little bit more to hike. The views were amazing! Would totally recommend it!

Great hike.the views from the top are awesome.

Not as easy as the local reviews say it is! Definitely a challenge, but so worth it!

This hike was so much fun! Parked at Shelving Rock Falls Lot #1 and took about an hour to get to Calf’s Pen. Then my 11 and 13 yo sons jumped off the cliffs and had a blast. Hike back was the same. I would not call this difficult since there isn’t a ton of uphill but it is dangerous because the trail is right next to the water and at one point my 11 year old slipped off the trail and actually fell in! Luckily it was only 3-4 feet down and we pulled him out unharmed. Be careful!!

Great overall hike for some perfect views! Take this recommended Loop and you wont be disappointed. No part of this trail is too hard that a family cant do. We got to the top in 45min, & continued on to bushwack to Erebus (that takes some planning). Feel free to send me a message for best recommended route. Enjoy!

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

Fantastic trail. Hiked with 8 & 9 year old, they did great. Beautiful view.

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Use the “short” at least for half the hike.

My son and I did Porter first, which was muddy in spots, but otherwise a really nice detour before going up Cascade. The views from Porter were better than expected. Cascade was spectacular! The rock scramble at the end was a good time. We stayed longer on Cascade, and had some food. The path from the trailhead is uphill from the start, with only a few very short level areas. It is also very rocky, and on the trek down this was a bit of a challenge. There were people of all ages and skill levels on the trial, and most people were very friendly and encouraging on the way up and down. The parking areas around the trailhead were packed by 10:00am, so get there early. We spent about 5 hrs on the trail, 4:19 minutes of actual hiking time. Two of my apps agreed on mileage, 7.1 for Cascade and Porter. Great hike and amazing views!

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

Great, steep hike, fun rock scramble at cascade, porter was super muddy

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

This is a great hike with a great view and fire tower at the top. Not too difficult for a Saranac 6 peak. Great trail and rewarding.

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

We had a great day to hike catamount. Perfect half day hike. Agree with Elocin the last .8 is challenging. But fun.

Always a favorite. Great with my kids. We went early to beat the crowds and was worth it.

All in all a beautiful hike. We stayed true to Cascade. If you are new to hiking ( like many we passed as we made our way down) preparation is key. It’s definitely a hike, not a stroll. Wear appropriate footwear! I’m incredibly proud of our 4.5 year old son who made it to the summit and back with no assistance. Took us 4 hours car to car, with a nice break at the top and a few on the way up. We cruised down with ease. Parking was not an issue for us as we arrived early enough. View at the top was beautiful.

Love this hike. Dislike the crowds.

If you heading to see shelving rock falls, be sure to do this quick hike to catch some summit views of lake George too. Very easy hike for any age or active level.

My husband and I did this hike on a beautiful Saturday. We started earlyish (8am) and saw about half a dozen people on our way up, about twenty at the summit, and a handful on the way down. All this to say we liked how less traveled this trail was! The first mile and a half are very easy hiking, it's the second half of the hike that really goes up up up! It took us about an hour and a half to summit. The fire tower at the top was awesome and the views were breathtaking. I would do this hike again!

My husband, son and I hiked this trail up and back in 1.5 hours. Took the short trail up and long trail back. Small summit, but still beautiful. Our almost 5 year old had no issues at all navigating the climb. We avoided the crowds by starting out around 4PM on a Saturday. Nice hike overall. Enjoyed the quiet and views of the trail throughout.

Great great hike. Completed on 8/11. Pretty rocky on the way up (and down), but the views from Cascade are otherworldly and the rock scramble at the end is really fun. Lots and lots of people up there on a good weather Saturday. The trail to Porter was pretty muddy in places, but there are some nice, though less spectacular views at the top and along the way. Two of the 46 down!

Have not been up cascade in 10+ years so when I decided to make a trip up I made sure it was a Wednesday to avoid the crowds that clog up this trail on the weekends. Hit porter first so I could sit and enjoy myself longer on Cascade. View from Porter was pretty stellar. Took me about 20 mins to get to Porter from the trail junction and vice versa to get to cascade. Cascade summit is gorgeous with 360 degree views.

Began at the Hogtown parking lot and did the trail to the summit, then the pond and back. We take our time so it took all morning. First time that we had done a mountain summit and it was incredible! Plan on going again in the fall as the view must be wonderful then.

Start early and the crowds will be fine. Brought my beagle-basset and we had a blast.

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