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Mount Colden via Van Hoevenberg Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

Length 12.3 mi Elevation gain 2,824 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

Washed out

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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.

There is a 10 dollar per day parking area near the Adirondack Loj, or take State Truck Road.

Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead: From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj Road and continue 5 miles to the Loj and the parking area. There is a $10 fee to park here for the day.

From exit 30 take Route 73 toward Lake Placid for about 26 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj Rd and continue 5 miles to the Adirondack Loj and go to parking area. There is a $10 fee to park here for one day.

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Rebecca Groff
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Sam C.
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked March 26. Pretty easy hike from the Loj up to Indian Falls, a few inches of fresh snow on top of well packed down snow. Didn't posthole too much, and hiked in just microspikes. Broke trail on the Lake Arnold-Indian Falls crossover trail, with 5" of snow. Hike up from Lake Arnold to the summit was a little tricky since the snow was sticking to my microspikes and causing a few slips. Overall snow depth of 3+ ft, but very do-able in just spikes.

Hireni P.
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HikingSnow

January 4th was cold and cloudy on Mt Colden summit. Lots of fresh snow on the trail, trees were fully covered with snow. It was a winter wonderland!

Seth Sevier
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HikingSnow

Beautiful day, some clouds but the visibility was still great. Wind was totally still and I could even hear people on the nearby summits. The trail was well packed up to Lake Arnold but from then on snowshoes were essential, very deep snow from start to finish this time of year. The trail as described by the map is NOT the trap dike, instead it is a gradual (for a high peak) ascent towards Lake Arnold, becoming steeper up to the false summit, and then a small traverse to the actual summit. Easily one of my favorite peaks, the trail was pleasant and the mountain has great views of Marcy and the Macintyre Range.

Justin Elwell
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HikingSnow

Winter Hike January 10th. The starting temp at 8:00am at the Loj was -8F, and it never went above 0F until late in the day. It was 13F when I got back to my car. Snowshoes all day. Most of the trail was broken, except for the last 1/5 mile to the summit. Half of that was 5” to 8” of fresh powder. The last half was 2’ to 3’ of fresh powder and snowdrifts. After 6 miles the legs were feeling it. Absolutely no wind on the summit, and I could hear people talking on the neighboring summits...yes, I wasn’t the only crazy person out there. After descending most of the mountain I realized that my ice ax had detached from my pack. Where could it be? Well, about 50 yards from the top. Where was I? 50 yards from Lake Arnold.. So a second climb it was. The exit seemed to take forever. Stopped at a lean to for a break, which I usually don’t do. Even with as cold as it was all day, and as damp or sweaty as I was, I was never chilled or cold. My gear did it’s job. Wool and microfiber garments are a must, and in the ADK cotton kills in the winter, literally. This is not a novice winter hike.

Justyn Sage
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John Top
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Hiking

Tried this on Sat Jan 11. Had to turn around right before Lake Arnold because of too much water. Some crossings we were almost up to our knees in the water. I guess some other guys still did it, but none kept dry feet :)

Robert Garbeck
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Mount COLDEN

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Jenna W.
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Hiking

Now on the list of one of my favorite high peaks. Beautiful view and scenery. Had a gorgeous, unseasonably warm day. Some mud near Lake Arnold, but not horrible. Would like to do the Avalanche Pass loop someday.

Tessa Davis
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Nancee Keh
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Robert G.
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Hiking

Lake Arnold trail was great. It is not tremendously steep but lots of rocks and boulders that makes it fun. When you hit junction at Lake Arnold (nice spot for a water break although Lake is kind of small) to start ascent to summit, there is some mud for first 1/4 mile in the lake Arnold area. Once you get passed the mud area, trail is fabulous/fun/moderate challenging to the first false summit with incredible view. You then hike down steeply and back up steeply (few built in ladders) to the true summit. This out and back approach to Mount Colden is easier than the counter clockwise loop via Avalanche Lake. I will definitely hike this approach again. Views at top were great!

Catherine Larose
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Mt Colden

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Tracy Little
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Long hike. Beautiful views.

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Victoria Dilorenzo
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Hiking

Took me about 8 hours to do this and that was with taking my time on the top and relaxing at lake Arnold. I met a friendly pine marten on the way down when I decided to soak up the beauty of lake Arnold and meditate for a bit. I did this hike in mid June and was surprised at the lack of bugs. The view at the top was great! Overall a long but easy hike.

Robin A
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Hiking

Long.Long.Long hikr for us but great views

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Joseph Sessock
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Hiking

Did this yesterday 2/10/19. Long easy walk for 4 miles. Then the climb begins. Good and steady up. When you get to a rocky peak you are not there. 10 to fifteen minutes more you will have arrived. Sky cleared just before I summited. Trail was all packed down. 7 1/2 hours in and out.

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