Explore the most popular camping trails near North Elba with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Marshall is a typical unmaintained trail along a brook. Tons of roots, goes in, out, and next to herb brook on both sides (look for cairns) with a fully wooded summit and summit sign. A boring hike that unless going for all 46 high peaks I wouldn’t recommend it. I paired it with Mt Colden, starting/ending at the ADK loj. This mountain took me 1:15 up and about the same coming down.

Amazing hike and breathtaking view at avalanche lake! Very rock scramble-y and rough terrain the last mile or so. The maltidas are awesome and all the trail build-ups like ramps and ladders are well maintained. Now my fave hike I’ve done in adk! There are places you can easily access swimming and in aug it’s not too cold! Took me and my 60 yo dad ~ 8 hrs

We did both Avalanche Lake and Colden Lake. It took 7 hours with stops and around 21 km.
Awesome trail! Beautiful moss cliffs just before the Avalanche Lake. Fantastic lake vies and a path along it. Though it is very cold to swim and there are a lot of mosquitos and black flies. Colden Lake is not so beautiful. If you want to take photos of Avalanche Lake, you'd better do it in the morning because afternoon it is too shadowy.

Bonne rando, superbe vue en haut du Algonquin, pas fait Marshall qui a priori n’a pas un grand intérêt et n’est pas très bien entretenu (commentaires de randonneurs croisés sur la route). Tour du lac Colden assez sympa, montée et descente de algonquin assez raide! Randonnée en 7h30

Beautiful views from each of the summits (weather permitting). The trail from Algonquin over Boundary Peak to Iroquois is fairly easy (If you've gone to the effort of climbing Algonquin, go get Iroquois while you're there!).

Fantastic trail. Rocky on the climb but not bad. Only a bit of snow/ ice at the pass as of 5/23, but slippery.

Awesome little trail. Stayed at lake colden under my tarp for a quick in and out overnighter, it rained the whole time but it was fun nontheless. I definitely have no idea why this trail is rated hard though, there's a few rock scrambles that kids or older people (maybe some smaller dogs) might have trouble with at avalanche lake, but other than that it's mostly flat.

GREAT trail! I especially liked the bouldering along the lake. Started at the Adirondak Loj/Heart Lake. We camped at the tip of Lake Colden to try out some gear for a backpacking trip. Beautiful hike and mostly flat, just have to negotiate some large rocks. Definitely want to get back out on this one.

Beautiful views and some of my personal favorites in the Adirondacks. The trail between Algonquin and Iroquois isn’t spectacularly maintained and can get pretty muddy and thin. Overall a great hike and I would absolutely recommend it.

Accidentally took this trail at first, but we stuck with it and turns out it was very worth it! The lake was frozen over, we walked the entire length of it over the ice through the valley. We passed the dike walls, and the steep rocks while crossing the lake. Was surreal views. I plan on visiting this trail in the summer to see the lake when it is actually water! Would recommend to see this in the winter (even if you don’t walk across the ice).

Algonquin and Iroquois are great, but Marshall is a lot of added distance/effort for very little payoff.

Difficult hike with spectacular 360 views at the summit. Worth the climb for sure

Good trail. The conditions are muddy, so be prepared to get dirty. If you are planning on camping, it's worth to continue hiking towards Colden Lake, as the Adirondack's Club very particular about camping sites in that region. Also, no campfires allowed, so bring propane stoves. Bears are very active in the region, so bring a canister or rent one out from the lodge.

Good loop trail. Like every trail this year it's wet, but definitely still hike-able.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Avalanche Lake Trail Closure 8/15-8/25, no thru access along Avalanche Lake.

During this time the DEC and SCA Adirondack Corps will be working on the Hitch-Up Matildas and hikers will not be able to pass thru Avalanche Lake. Access thru Avalanche Pass to the head of the lake and from Lake Colden to the outlet will be possible. Signage will be posted at Avalanche Camps and Lake Colden, as well as Upper Works, ADK Loj and South Meadows.

Please plan ahead for trips during this time period. Also note that the trail from Feldspar to Lake Arnold has some flooded portions of the trail that are worsened with rain.

Great hike. Beautiful all around.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great view at the lake. Black flies chased us out after trying to eat lunch. Ended up at about 12 miles total round trip back to LOJ parking.

Was an excellent hike... my brother, nephew, son and myself did this hike... up and back from the Adirondack Loj... took us about 7 hours round trip... but we sat at the pass for about 2 hours exploring... would definitely do again!!... guess I should give my nephew credit... he ran down and was done in like 5 hours!!

Completed this trail as part of the Marcy Dam, Avalanche Pass, Avalanche Lake out and back (about 11 miles total ). I rate this trail as a 'Moderate' trail for experienced hikers.The trailhead can be a little tricky to find (hint: its at the far end of the parking area adjacent from the Ranger Station at the Adirondack LOJ). Fairly level hiking until the fifth mile leading to Avalanche Lake. Most of your elevation gain happens there. Be sure to take the trail to the far end of the lake... its worth the extra half mile or so!

This trail offers a lot of character with the wooden ladders and bridges throughout. This is a must hike trail if you are exploring the ADKs, even without a summit. The trail can be very muddy and tick/mosquito prevention is a must (common sense in the ADKs, I know). We experienced a lot of gnats in the final three miles coming down past Marcy Dam (they loved our eyes), plan ahead for those. Also, sturdy hiking boots are a must as the trail becomes rocky when you get past Marcy Dam.

As far as trail markings, don't expect Blazes throughout the trail. However, the trail junctions are marked clearly (see pics) and the trails are heavily travelled and well maintained. It would be difficult to lose the trail at any point. Kudos to those that maintain this area. Well done!

Did this hike on April 12th. Simply a gorgeous, amazing, breathtaking hike. If you hike in April, be prepared for a mostly snowy/icy trail with several muddy spots. We started at Adirondack Loj, and they required snowshoes at 18 bucks a pop to do the Avalanche Lake trail. They were definitely needed! I would imagine into May, you'd have little snow left. Took 2.5 hours to get to the Lake, spent an hour there, and only took about 1.75 hours to walk back, although we are fast walkers! Once you come out of the woods through the pass and onto the lake, you will stop in awe at how magnificent it looks. Will definitely drive up here in the summer to do this hike again!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Really great hike to do if you don't want to climb up a mountain, though pretty popular. Didn't go on the lake as the ice wasn't thick enough, so took the trail on its west shore to get to the other end. The trail is pretty rugged along the lake; lots of boulders, ladders, catwalks and the "hitch-up-matildas". If you're taking the trail instead of going on the lake when visiting in the winter, be careful as there's a lot of places to slip and fall and there's holes that can be covered in deep snow.

Friday, January 06, 2017

I enjoyed snowshoeing this trail. The trail was packed down except for certain parts of "Misery Mile". The snowshoeing on Avalanche Lake was nice and certain sections had snow drifts across the ice. The view of the Trap Dike was nice from the lake.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

This was a nice trail to do. The usual route up to Marcy Dam was pretty much cut out, but when I went onto the Avalanche Pass trail, the trail was cut out but not packed down. The very last mile is where you gain your elevation and I had to cut the trail due to the snow drifts that was happening. I didn't make it all the way to the lake, but I made it pass the Avalanche Pass Slide and down into the "shoot" before I turned back around. This trail crossed over several skiing trails, and I met a lot of cross country skiers heading towards the lake. I want to do this trail in the summer.

Beautiful trail. First trail I completed in the Adirondacks and it stole my heart. Took some time to swim in the lake. Very cold in early June but well worth it. Not a terribly difficult hike but worth it!

cross country skiing
Thursday, September 03, 2015

One of the most iconic hikes in the High Peaks and a must-do cross-country ski tour.

Monday, August 03, 2015

This is rated hard, but as far as ADK trails go it is not hard. Absolutely beautiful though. Hope to climb the trap dike to Colden someday.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Went through from an overnight at Marcy Dam on our way to Algonquin. A great area, the bridges and ladders only add to the fun in this area. Will definitely be going back again.

Hiked in for an overnight in early June with a 16 month old and a 9 year old. Made it just past Marcy dam. Awesome trail, friendly people, mutant hungry black flies and mosquitos. Too much for the kids so we humped it outta there and spent the night at the Comfort Inn Plattsburgh. Definitely going back when the flies aren't so hungry. Bug dope didn't help.

Monday, September 09, 2013

This trail is difficult, steep, and utterly amazing. So rewarding. Breathtaking sights. The avalanche debris, Mt. Colden, the lake--all are incredibly beautiful and awestriking. Worth it.

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