Mt. Colden's west face
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.
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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.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
4 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Colden:
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Wine Bottle Slide 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Like Colden Slide, the Wine Bottle offers spectacular climbing on exposed technical terrain. The climb is reportedly better, steeper on some pitches and considerably more diverse than Colden Slide. I’d rate it as one of the top three expert-level slides in the Adirondacks.This was first documented by as a solo climb so pitches aren’t delineated into rope lengths, but many parties might prefer to simul-climb, belay the few short sections of difficulty, or even to pitch out the climbing.Footwall (...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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David on the start of our 24 mile day trip up the ...
Looking at the Trap Dike, the left edge of Mt Cold...
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.