Monday, July 2, 2012

Cold Winds On Colden

 New bridge over Marcy Brook
 Mount Colden
 Avalanche Lake
 Hitch-up Matilda
 View off of Colden
Top of Colden

This weekend we hiked Mount Colden. We decided it would be our first camp out of the year. We started around 6:30 on Saturday from the ADK Loj. We hiked into Avalanche Camp and set up camp before our long day. We continued and headed into Avalanche Pass which was very rugged and slow going. We finally made it around Avalanche Lake which was gorgeous and onto to Lake Colden which wasn't nearly as rugged. The climb up Colden was extremely steep and slow going. We had to gain 2000 feet in 1.6 miles. Once we were on open rock the trail was hard to follow and we had to experiment going different ways to get to the top. We reached the summit around 1:30. The winds on top of Colden were strong enough to knock you off your feet. We ate our lunch and headed down the Lake Arnold trail which wasn't nearly as hard. It was moderately steep all the way down and was very easy. We reached camp at 5:00 and went to bed early. We started our hike out around 9:00 the following morning and got back to the ADK Loj around 10:30. It was a good first camping trip.
-ADK Gurl

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