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Mt. Colden

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Mt. Colden Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,714'
Location: 44.12813, -73.95962 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rafiki on Nov 20, 2007  with updates from fearofflying
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Mt. Colden is the 11th highest mountain in New York State. This is a unique high peak for the Adirondacks considering the number and size of exposed slides on its west face. While these slides can be skied or scrambled, an easy trail to the summit also exists. The mountain doesn't see as much traffic as higher peaks like Algonquin or Marcy which is surprising. The summit of Mt. Colden offers excellent views of Lake Colden/Avalache Lake, Flowed Lands and puts you between the state's highest 2 mountains.

The west face of the mountain dramatically drops off into vertical faces surrounding the dramatic Avalanche Lake. It is on these faces where great rock and ice climbs can be found as well as the best route to the summit, The Trap Dike.

Getting There 

Get yourself a High Peaks map.
There are several different ways to approach the mountain.

A short hike from Mt. Colden is Lake Colden, the most popular camping area in the High Peaks. While a beautiful area to camp at, it's crowded and the black bears are worse than subway beggars. I once had a bear walk up to to me and snatch my entire food bag. For these reasons, bear canisters are now mandatory for the High Peaks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Colden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Colden:
Trap Dike (summer)   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, 2000'   
Southeast Slide   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, 2000'   
California Flake   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 870'   
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Featured Route For Mt. Colden
Rock Climbing Photo: Party on California Flake

California Flake 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Mt. Colden
Spectacular route in an incredible setting. The California Flake is a striking left-rising flake system that rises from the shore of Avalanche Lake. Pitches 1 and 2 climb this Yosemite-like feature and offer both great movement and some incomparable positions. The following pitches are less easily protected, but are means of continuing your adventure on clean slabs with tremendous views of both the lake and opposing cliffs of Avalanche Mountain. Pitch 1 (5.9-) PG: Begin on a small patch of grass...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Mt. Colden Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the Trap Dike, the left edge of Mt Cold...
Looking at the Trap Dike, the left edge of Mt Cold...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Colden's west face
Mt. Colden's west face

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By Brian Aitken
Mar 20, 2008
FYI: If you click on "Aerial Photo" and zoom all the way out you'll realize the aerial photo isn't of Mt. Colden... but somewhere in south Kazakhstan (Placement on map is approximate +44° 7' 36.84", +73° 57' 37.08")

By Charlie S
From: Ogden, UT
Mar 21, 2012
The proper coordinates are: 44.1269, -73.9603. The positive 73.9603 throws you into the wrong hemisphere.

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