Lake Arnold is a small body of water located at almost 3,800 feet in elevation, making it one of the highest bodies of water in the Adirondacks. If one were so inclined they could possibly throw a rock to the opposite end.
This is a great snowshoe outing and the trail can be counted on as being broken out. Expect heavy snow accumulation, especially above 3,000 feet in elevation.
The hike follows along the busy Marcy Dam Trail before forking off toward Avalanche Camps. Once at Avalanche Camps you should be prepared for a steady and rather steep ascent over rocky terrain. The trail follows a very picturesque brook to a very tight-knit balsam/spruce forest.
There you will find Lake Arnold nestled at the base of Mount Colden, near the top of a high mountain pass, deep in the heart of the High Peaks Region.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for 3.25 miles to Adirondack Loj Road on the right – this is the first right after the Olympic ski jumps. Follow Adirondack Loj Road to its end at Heart Lake. There is a fee for parking.
Distance: 4.7 miles
Ascent: 1,582 feet
Elevation: 3,750 feet
Read our blog post about this area!