Mount Colden via the East Slide

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Mount Colden via the East Slide 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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.0 miles
3116 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

rock climbing





wild flowers



A fun calf-burning climb up a newly formed slide in 1990. A great alternative to the popular traditional routes. This is a very challenging climb up the 1990 Southeast slide on Mt. Colden. Mt. Colden is one of the most popular climbs in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks but this hike will take you up a route where you may not find anyone else. You will follow the usual trail to Lake Arnold but instead of heading up the trail you will continue down the trail from the Lake towards the base of the slide. You will have to negotiate a lot of debris (not a joke) by either scrambling through it/up it, or following the woods along the side of the slide. Once you get past the debris you'll be climbing up bare bedrock which will test the strength of your calf muscles! From the top you will have amazing views in all directions across the High Peaks and will then take a much easier and more gradual descent back down to Lake Arnold.

8 months ago

Easy at first as you head toward marcy dam. Then gradually muddy and rocky. Last mile very muddy. Got a little rain on way up to make it interesting. Superb views at summit. 7h to complete at good pace

9 months ago

Even though this was by far the rockiest and wettest/muddiest hikes I have ever done it was one of the most rewarding. Getting to the top made it all worth it. Well over half the train is walking on or navigating rocks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We actually came in through Henderson Lake and Indian Pass. Camped the night next to the Opalescent River and the bride that crosses over the Opalescent River. A great hike to the top with a few stretches that steep. Great views but not 360 and still worth it. I did the same hike through Avalanche Pass which is slightly better because of Avalanche Pass. One of our favorite hikes with fantastic view.

2 months ago

7 months ago