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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

For the High Peaks Region area.

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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Trap Dike (summer) 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Mt. Colden
On a summer day in 1850, two workers from the McIntyre Iron Company (Now the Upper Works trailhead) set out to stand on top of the unclimbed Mt. Colden, an Adirondack High Peak named after an investor of the Iron Works. Since no trail existed, the pair started up the only weakness in the Mountain, a large dike on the west side that spilled into Avalanche Lake. They followed the dike up the mountain until the walls disappeared. They soon found themselves ascending an exposed slide into the unknow...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Mt. Colden Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: David on the start of our 24 mile day trip up the ...
David on the start of our 24 mile day trip up the ...
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...

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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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