Mount Colden

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Mount Colden
Mount Colden, Marcy Group, Adk High Peaks.JPG
Mount Colden as seen from Wright Peak
Highest point
Elevation4,715 ft (1,437 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Prominence876 ft (267 m) [1]
ListingAdirondack High Peaks
Coordinates44°07′37″N 73°57′36″W / 44.1269976°N 73.9598674°W / 44.1269976; -73.9598674Coordinates: 44°07′37″N 73°57′36″W / 44.1269976°N 73.9598674°W / 44.1269976; -73.9598674[2]
Parent rangeAdirondacks
Topo mapUSGS North Elba
First ascentUnknown
Easiest routeHike from the Adirondak Loj
Mt. Colden, Caribou Mt., and Lake Colden as seen from the southwest. From Joel Tyler Headley's The Adirondack; or Life in the Woods (1849)

Mount Colden is the eleventh-highest peak in the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, New York, United States. The peak was named after David S. Colden, an investor in the McIntyre Iron Works, in 1836. The peak was briefly renamed "Mount McMartin" the next year, but the older name persisted. The mountain is known for its distinctive Trap Dike, a large crevice running up the center of the mountain, which can clearly be seen from Avalanche Lake.

There are two maintained trails up Mount Colden. The first, which approaches from the northeast, passes by Lake Arnold before ascending the summit after crossing over several false summits. This trail was laid out in 1966 to replace a steeper trail which ascended the southeast face of the mountain and which was abandoned by 1975.[3] The second trail, which is steeper, approaches from the southwest, starting from Lake Colden. Both approaches can be reached from the popular Adirondak Loj trailhead. After hiking from the Loj to the Avalanche Lean-Tos, climbers can head southwest through Avalanche Pass and past Avalanche Lake to reach Lake Colden and the trail to Colden from the southwest. Alternatively, they can head southeast to reach Lake Arnold and the northeast approach. Lake Colden and the southwest approach can also be reached from the Upper Works trailhead. Finally, the summit of Mount Colden can be reached by climbing the Trap Dike from Avalanche Lake. This approach leads to a long slide and a short bushwhack to the summit. This last approach does not follow a maintained trail, is extremely steep in places, and should be used with caution.



  1. ^ a b "Mount Colden, New York". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  2. ^ "Mount Colden". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  3. ^ Guide to Adirondack Trails, eighth edition, Adirondack Mountain Club, 1975, p. B6-17.

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