Mount Colden via Van Hoevenberg Trail

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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.

12.3 miles
2,824 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers



old growth



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.

17 days ago

Great hike and this route, though a long approach (like every ADK loj hike), is probably the “easiest” route up. Took me 2 hours to get to the Colden trail split at Lake Arnold, and 1 hour to summit. Nice rocky summit with outstanding views everywhere. The lake Arnold trail is a long, gradual but very steady climb so by the time you get to the Colden trail you’ve already ascended quite a bit so that trail is quite simple. One false summit so be aware of that but a great hike albeit long to get to, but makes for a solid day and has loop potential as well if you go down the Lake Colden trail.

11 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

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.

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