Third summit, second from the Dyke. Yee-haw!
11 hour round trip from the LOJ. we had a lazey 8am start and were out under glow of head lamp 630-7
we only encountered deep snow (waist high) in the dike, but once on the slide it was mostly wind packed snow or verglass.
My two friends and I climbed via the trap dyke. It is my favorite hike in the ADK High Peaks. However, we failed to cut over to the rock slide at the correct point and thus we ended up in a horrible bushwhack to the summit. We did not find the slide until we reached the summit. I will climb this route again the correct way!
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.
Lake Arnold sucks. Its a bug infested mud hole with a bad trail. But the views from Colden are unbeatable. Well worth the mud.
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.