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Mt. Colden

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Mt. Colden  

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Elevation: 4,714'
Location: 44.12813, -73.95962 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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 

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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Colden:
The Trap Dike(winter)   WI2 Easy Snow     Ice, Snow, 2 pitches, 2000'   
Trap Dike (summer)   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, 2000'   
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Looking up Trap Dike from the middle of Avalanche ...

The Trap Dike(winter) WI2 Easy Snow  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Mt. Colden
The Trap Dike and the North face of Gothics are THE classic winter mountaineering ascents in the Adirondacks. Though most parties will only rope up for a couple for a couple of pitches, the Trap Dike provides a fun, exposed, and fairly continuous line directly to the summit of Mt Colden. From the base of the dike, climb one pitch of stepped ice(usually). The belay used to be just above the ice on some fixed tat from bushes/trees. I am not sure if the belay is still there since Irene*. After the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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David on the start of our 24 mile day trip up the ...
David on the start of our 24 mile day trip up the ...
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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