Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack High Peaks
Length: 13.2 mile roundtrip
Elevation: 4057 ft. Elevation change: 3033 ft.
Mount Colvin is the 39th highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. Mount Colvin offers excellent views of a number of other Adirondack High Peaks, most notably the peaks that comprise the Great Range. High Peaks that are readily visible from Colvin include Giant, Rocky Peak Ridge, Upper Wolf Jaw, Lower Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Sawteeth, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Tabletop, Marcy, Haystack, Redfield, Allen, Nippletop, Dial, and Blake. 1
The mountain is named after Verplanck Colvin, an explorer of the Adirondacks and the director of the survey, which mapped the region. After naming many other peaks and geographic features, he chose this less-prominent mountain to name after himself.1
The normal route is to come from the east through the Adirondack Mountain Reserve down Lake Road and then head up just before reaching Lower Ausable Lake. This is the normal day hike route and is not strenuous, but can be long (8-12 hrs roundtrip). But the trail is normally in excellent shape and there are a lot of nice waterfalls along its length. The trail can be a little disheartening as one passes the trail to Nippletop, there has to be about 10 false summits before Colvin.2
*As a warning, there is no fresh water along the Pinnacle Ridge and none to be had until well off the other side of Colvin, be prepared and bring lots of water. 3