Route Climbed: LOJ to Macry dam to Lake Colden (Down past Lake Colden) Date Climbed: 8/20/02
Took my 11 y/o son on this 14+ mile jaunt to the summit. Just a boy and his dad, you can't ask for anything more. Perfect day (clear and low 70's) made for a spectacular view. One of the nicest summits I've been on, plus it is fairly easy to get to. Spent over an hour all by ourselves on the summit. Not bad for a summer weekday.
Plan on going up this one again with the wife and daughter (9 y/o).
Lake Arnold sucked for me too. I was stuck in a three day rain and sleet storm that forced me to cut my plans short from climbing Mt. Marcy and other mountains. The view from Mt. Colden was excellent, but the view from the nearby false summit was even more impressive. The best part in an otherwise disasterous trip.
Amazing expierence. Totaly out of this world. Only complantent was being laughed at by several DEC employees at the Noonmark Diner when we told them we were doing the dike. Also, my dad (who dosent rock climb) didn't have the greatest time on the waterfall.