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Avalanche Lake Via Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake

This is a wonderful hike into a beautiful cliff-lined alpine lake deep in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks Region
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.5 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  This is a wonderful hike from Adirondack Loj to Avalanche Lake in between Mt. Colden and Algonquin. You'll climb along ladders and... more »

Tips:  Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead:
From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Adirondack Loj Hear Lake Trailhead

Parking here is $10 per day. Head on down the most traveled trail towards Marcy Dam after signing into the register.

2. Marcy Dam

From Marcy Dam look for the trail for Avalanche Lake. It should be well marked. If not you can always ask the ranger at the station for help with directions.

3. MacIntyre Range Junction

From here you will see a trail head off to the right towards Algonquin. Ignore this trail.

4. Lake Arnold Trail

A trail here heads off to the left towards Lake Arnold. Ignore this trail.

You are at your destination! From here have fun following the wooden ladders and bridges bolted to the cliff walls above the lake and make your way to the south end of the lake.

6. Trapdike

You are now at the end of your hike far below Mt. Colden at the south end of Avalanche Lake. You'll have great views of the trapdike running up the face of Colden above you. Relax for a bit at the lake then head back the way you came.