OUTSIDE THE BOX
MT. COLDEN LOOP HIGH PEAKS WILDERNESS, NY
DISTANCE 14 mi. DAYS 2 ELEVATION CHANGE 4,594 ft.
NEW YORK HIKERS recognize the view of 4,715-foot Mt. Colden’s scalped west slope. But not many visit its lonely east side, which offers a new take on its wooded flanks, as well as an up-close view of 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy, a mile east. Circle Colden on a 14-mile lollipop-loop linking the Van Hoevenberg, Avalanche Pass, Lake Colden, Feldspar Brook, and Lake Arnold Trails. Overnight at any of the first-come, first-serve lean-tos along the way.
Trailhead Adirondack Loj Season May to November Permit None Climb Mt. Colden Lake Arnold Trail (class 1); 2,900 feet in 6.1 miles from Adirondack Loj Contact bit.do/adks-high-peaks