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Final climb!
Here, our group makes its way up the final bit of slope to the true summit. [enlarge]
Final climb!
Here, our group makes its way up the final bit of slope to the true summit. [enlarge]
Shannon and Balanced Boulder
The famous balanced boulder near the summit of Mount Colden. [enlarge]
courtesy _markus
Summit Photo
Mt Colden Sub-summit
The north/northeast flank of Colden has a rocky sub-summit, visible in this picture. [enlarge]
Looking back from sub-summit
This is a shot taken from the sub-summit, looking back at the summit of Mt Colden [enlarge]
Avalanche Junction Lean-to
Tired, and for some, a bit cold, we have a quick food break at the Avalanche Junction Lean-to. As you can see, it gets dark early in January. [enlarge]
Avalanche Junction lean-to
Getting ready for the final 1.5 hour hike back to the cars. [enlarge]
Nearing the trailhead!
Bryan lusts for the trails end, which he knows is just ahead! [enlarge]
Bryan, thankful for surviving the day's ordeal, and glad as hell to be finished, kisses some frozen H20 in thanks. [enlarge]
courtesy _markus
Sign out
Signing out at 6:50pm.... important to do, so that officials don't think we are lost up in the mountains! [enlarge]
courtesy _markus
Well-deserved meal.
The Pizza Hut in Saranac Lake satifies our cravings for a quick and filling hot meal. [enlarge]
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Mt Colden Winter Loop - click map to view
Mount Colden Loop - Hike Data
Start Time: 8:54a.m.
End Time: 6:50p.m.
Duration: 9h56m
Distance: 21.12 km (13.12 mi)
Average Speed: 2.1 km/hr (1.3 mph)
Start Elevation: 2325ft (709m) *
Max Elevation: 4774ft (1455m) *
Min Elevation: 2090ft (637m) *
End Elevation: 2196ft (669m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 2936ft (895m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 3063ft (934m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
Annotated Topographic Map of route
This is a topographic map of the area in which our hike took place. Overlaid on top of the map is a GPS-derived tracklog of our exact route. Each dark blue tick along the track represents 30 minutes of elapsed time.

Hike Specifics: Start 08:50; End 18:50; Total Distance: 21.5-22.0km; Start Elevation: appr 2200 feet. Max Elevation: 4715 feet. [enlarge]
Elevation Profile Over Distance
This is a GPS-derived elevation profile of the day's hike, plotted over distance. Distance was just under 22 kilometres. [enlarge]
Elevation profile over time
This is a GPS-derived elevation plot of the day's hike, plotted over time. Took us just under 10 hours. [enlarge]
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