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Old 03-11-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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Crossing Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden

Hey All,

We are headed down this weekend for a few days of hiking. If one of the days turns out to be sunny I would like go for a hike across Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden as all the pictures make it look incredible. It may be self evident once we get there, but I was wondering if there is an obvious spot where you get on and off the lake.


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Old 03-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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I haven't been recently -- but I think you'll see an obvious set of tracks, so I would suggest just following those. Otherwise, avoid inlets/outlets.

This site has some occasional updates on ice/lake crossings: Scroll down, last update I see for Avalanche/Colden is dated 3/5.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:56 AM   #3
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I did the ski from Loj thru Avalanche Lake to Lk Colden Monday. Conditions were near perfect. Solid cover and we benefited from several inches of fresh snow.

The trail descends from the pass to Avy Lake at the N end. Make your way to the S end, and to the left (east) side you'll see a trail marker that will take you towards Lake Colden. After a short distance, you'll see a trail register, & 4 way intersection. The summer hiking trail to Flowed Lands heads right. The ski/SS trail (winter only) goes straight, and to the left is the trail up Mt. Colden. The winter trail will take you to the N end of Lk Colden. Go a little way out to get a good view of snow capped Algonquin & Iroquois.

We had high winds on Avalanche lake and don't be surprised if you don't see any tracks. (expect hard pack). There may be places to get out of the wind. It was totally calm on Lk Colden. Photo hopefully attached.
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