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.
Be sure to wear sturdy boots for rock protection.
Lake Arnold 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 ($10 as of 2013) for parking.
9.4 miles RT, steep ascent of 1582', Elevation 3750'
Time in hours:
Family with Young Kids: not recommended
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 3.0 Round Trip: 6-7 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: not recommended