Colden, Tabletop


Topographic map courtesy of

October 2009

Mt. Colden as seen from Algonquin. Note: this photo was taken more recently than the trip described below. There is a newer slide shown starting at the summit, and pointing down and to the left, towards the trap dike. This slide is a result of the heavy rains from tropical storm Irene.



For our early fall hike, we decided to tackle Mount Colden (11th highest at 4714 ft.), and Tabletop (19th highest at 4427 ft.), as a 2-day hike. The first day, we departed the Adirondak Loj and hiked in the 2.3 miles to Marcy Dam area, where we ditched our full packs for lighter day packs at a lean-to. We then continued on and did the 11.3-mile mountain hike, before returning to the lean-to just as it was getting dark. After cooking dinner, we hit the hay, and hiked back to the Loj in the morning.



(Part of my Original 46er quest)