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Old 09-24-2018, 12:39 PM   #1
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Winter descent from Iroquois

I apologize if this has been previously discussed, but I have been unable to locate the information that I am hoping to see.

I would like to do a winter summit of Wright, Algonquin, and Iroquois this winter. My plan is to leave from the Loj pre dawn, and be on wright by sunrise. I would do the next two summits after, and then would like to descend down to colden lake and hike out through avalanche pass.

I would be doing this with my wife - both of us are experienced hikers, with some winter summits under our belt already. We will carry snowshoes, spikes, crampons, and a mountaineering axe. (in addition to the regular gear). My question is to the difficulty of the descent down from Iroquois to Colden Lake. I have done it in the summer, so I know it is steep. Is it just one giant ice fall down the descent that will required ropes? Or is it just a steeper trail that requires a little more caution?

Any input would be appreciated!
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Old 09-24-2018, 01:42 PM   #2
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You will not need axes or ropes. And, depending on the conditions it is highly possible that only snowshoes will be required.

The trail between Lake Colden and the Alg. - Iro col is not at all heavily traveled in winter. I have descended it several times in deep snow and it is a real blast to do so. (I would never plan on ascending that trail in winter unless I needed to lose 5 pounds in one day.)

Knowing the conditions before you go is the trick. Besides following the weather forecasts, you might want to follow the trip and trail conditions reports that are posted on our sister forum. ADKHighpeaks.com
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Old 09-24-2018, 01:52 PM   #3
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Thank you for your quick reply and good advice!
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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The trail down to Lake Colden is very steep. Plan on extra time for this, unless there is lots of snow.
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:43 PM   #5
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Though reclimbing Algonquin may seem a chore it is the shortest route. Unless your really wanting to cross Avalanche Lake reclimbing Algonquin is also faster. That's my experience.

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Though reclimbing Algonquin may seem a chore it is the shortest route. Unless your really wanting to cross Avalanche Lake reclimbing Algonquin is also faster. That's my experience.

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This is quite true. I only go down that trail if I'm going to do some other peak(s) such as Colden.
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