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Once below the 4th class step, it is easy scrambling down to the base of the dike. The small delta of trees at the base of the dike has been recently wiped out - victim to last winter's avalanche in the trap dike. Well, the access to the base of the dike is now easier!
Avalanche damage
Lakeside bushwacking
The Dike
From here, it is an easy walk along the shore of Avalanche Lake to where we interesect the Avalanche Lake trail. It has taken us a little longer than we anticipated to descend the dike, and we're hoping to get back to Ottawa to see the Canada Day fireworks, so we hoof it back at full speed towards Adirondack Loj.
Hitch-up and Dike
Heading back
Avalanche Pass
A last look at our playground for the day

Interactive Trackmap & Photo Points - Colden Slides - Click map to expand
Colden Slides
Start Time: 9:00a.m.
End Time: 5:29p.m.
Duration: 8h29m
Distance: 19.76 km (12.28 mi)
Average Speed: 2.3 km/hr (1.4 mph)
Start Elevation: 2216ft (675m) *
Max Elevation: 4753ft (1449m) *
Min Elevation: 2128ft (649m) *
End Elevation: 2216ft (675m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 3185ft (971m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 3227ft (984m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Elevation profile over distance
Elevation profile over time
Canada day Fireworks #1
We manage to make it back to Ottawa just in the nick of time, and make it downtown to the Fireworks with minutes to spare. Here's a few pictures of the fireworks and of the huge crowd downtown. Lots of fun!
Canada day Fireworks #2
Canada day Fireworks #3
Canada-day throng
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