Distance

11 Miles

Activities

Snowshoeing

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic

Walk through some of the most scenic spots in the Adirondack high peaks region! 

This hike starts from the large parking area for the Heart Lake Program Center (adjacent to HPIC) it is $5 for ADK Mountain Club members and $10 for nonmembers to park.  Do not forget to sign into the trail register before beginning your hike.

The first 2.1 miles is fairly gentle rolling terrain which takes you to Marcy Dam.  This alone is worth the trek.  Here take a moment to view the slides on Wright Peak.  You will also see Mount Colden looming in the distance.  The next 1.1 mile will lead you to your next trail junction.  Here you will take the trail into Avalanche Pass. You will also gain a bit of elevation in the next mile or so.  Avalanche Pass is an amazing sight.  You will see the sheer rock cliffs of Mount Colden and Avalanche Mountain as they meet Avalanche Lake.  You can also access the Colden trap dyke here for those who are experienced in rock and slide climbing!  

Continuing through Avalanche Pass  in a short distance you will reach Lake Colden.  Lake Colden is approximately 41-acres and sits at 2764 feet at the western base of 4,714-foot Mount Colden.  To the northwest towers the MacIntyre Range.  Snowshoe directly across the lake to the dam then retrace your steps.

For backcountry information for the high peaks region check: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/...




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Distance

11 Miles

Activities

Snowshoeing

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Winter

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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