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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3195 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

snow

washed out

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 would pass on this climb. The descent route will take you on a variation past Indian Falls for a loop hike back to Marcy Dam.

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2 months ago

Pretty awesome views and exposure on this hike. I went up the newer slide at the very top of the dike. The descent down was rough though. Very eroded trail down Arnold's lake trail

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 07, 2016