. The ladders were missing boards, this was manageable but not great. Started the Hike to Colvin at 6:30am from St Hubert’s lot. The hike is moderate with the occasional steep section. Nippletop is well know to be one of the wetter 46s, The Elk Pass trail being basically a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook trail is normally quite muddy as well the final section of the trail is just as steep as any good alpine climb gaining 500hm in less than 1km where it meets the trail from Dial but from here it is another 20m climb up and over the false summit into the saddle and then up again for … restrictions in the area. A very difficult hike relative to most ADK peaks because of the long day. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge hike through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. We did the loop backward, starting out with Bear Den and ending with Colvin and Blake to save our knees from the hard descent from Dial. Dial Mountain stands within the watershed of Lake Champlain, which drains into Canada 's Richelieu River, the Saint Lawrence River, and into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. Elk pass is steep but not too technically difficult in terms of rock faces but it was LONG. From Dial, on a clear day, you can catch views up Keene Valley. There are large boulders to the right and a small staircase straight ahead if you're unsure you've reached it. Nippletop was very icy and windy. Lot was full, but I was fortunately able to get one of the last spots across the street. Hike stats at a glance: ~19 Miles 6,000 ft of elevation gain 4 High Peaks - Nippletop (4,610), Dial (4,003), Colvin (4,081) and Blake (3,970) 10 hours total time ~80 degrees and sunny I will apologize for my outrageously long post in advance, but a long day calls for a long post and I do not… For parking, you can park in the same parking area, as Gothics and Pyramid (here is a link to directions, beginning in the second paragraph). The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … Nippletop is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. During the traverse you will really get a lot of time in the high elevation forest; that by itself was such an amazing experience. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Roaring Brook Falls Upper and Lower Lookout, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, Gothics and Pyramid Peak via West River to East River Loop, Hedgehog Mountain and Rooster Comb via Wedge Brook Trail Loop, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Roaring Brook Lookout, Giant Mountain, Giant Washbowl Loop, Roaring Brook Falls, Nubble, Giant Washbowl Loop, East Branch Ausable River: East River Trail, Armstrong Mountain via Beaver Meadow Trail, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop. The summit of Dial is pretty heavily wooded except for a boulder, which provides more westward views of the places to be conquered in the next few days. My watch counted this hike at a little over 20 miles with 7000 ft elevation gain. He probably chose this summit’s moniker because he used it like a sundial. I arrived at St. Huberts around 4:50AM. We started our ascent up Elk Pass around 1:10pm through the beaver pond area. With pacing ourselves and due to less than ideal weather conditions, we clocked in at about 15 hours of active hiking time. This is likely the best spot to Drank around 5L while hiking plus about 1/2 L from the Gil Brook, then 2L more at my car. if (year < 2000) the fire on Noonmark in 1999. Dial Mountain: 4,020’ Nippletop: 4,620’ Mount Colvin: 4,057’ Blake Peak: 3,960. I went to McDonalds for a Big Mac. document.write(date + ", " + year); Hiked 11/6/20. Unfortunately Mt. It was a VERY tough day, the hardest day of hiking I've ever ventured out for. aax_getad_mpb({ Dial has been long The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … The other trail to the top over Bear Den and Dial is much dryer but is a Peaks: Dial Mountain (4020') (#41), Nippletop (4620') (#13) Trailhead: St. Huberts Parking Lot, Ausable Club Trailhead. However, your rewarded by the large opening caused by Power banks might be ideal if you plan on using your tech frequently. hardly any backtracking at all. Follow the brook up and to the right for as long as possible, then bushwhack up to the H G Leach trail. Dial Mountain at 4020 feet is the Overall this took us about 11.5 active hours hiking, dragging our feet towards the end. Very slow day for me given the wet trail conditions. peaks that branch off the Lake Road should be aware of the parking The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. There are a number of Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop is a 18.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. This was almost an hour to go this 1.3 miles... tough and unrewarding. year = year + 1900; Nippletop Mountain 4,620 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 17 Dial Mountain 4,020 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 41 Total miles: ~13 Time including stops: ~9 hours. So, Dial and Nippletop are located in Keene, NY. Great hike. All images are property of adktrailtalesandtails and may only be used with express permission. Definitely do Colvin and Blake first because I did them last and it sucked. We rinsed off, cooled down, and collected 4L of water here. From the top of Dial I hiked to Bear Den Mountain which is another wooded summit. months[9]="September"; Length 18.3 miElevation gain 6122 ftRoute type Loop Couldn’t stay long because we knew the sun was starting to set soon around 4:30 with many miles back to the car. photograph the great range, as almost all of the major peaks are visible. months[1]="January"; months[12]="December"; Overall very well kept trails. Mountain Specs. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. var time=new Date(); Nippletop Mountain: 4620′ Dial Mountain: 4020′ Bear Den: 3399′ Total Duration: 8.5 hours of hiking + 1.25 hours at summits. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge run through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. From Dial down is a hard descent on the knees, but all in all a very rewarding hike. You'll pass a sign on the summit of Bear Den Mountain, which was Overall though it was rewarding. below. "slot_uuid":"5c20e1dd-bd22-4b98-b9c7-9479f1bc1499" This being said it is a long day hike and it On Nippletop, we sat on boulders and chatted with fellow hikers. forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. Bring headlamps as it gets dark early and is practically pitch black on the trail. We were exhausted but no where near done since we still had to hike home about 5 miles. One of the nice points of this peak is the number of other peaks one can get gets a great view of the Dix Range with their many slides. Starts out of the ausable club, so there’s an easy few miles on either end of the hike. further up the ridge Nippletop and then Noonmark down below. I most enjoyed the climbs to and from Colvin-Blake, although my legs eventually started to tire. var months=new Array(13); It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Colvin, across the way, looks small, as The walk from Dial to Nippletop is about 1.8 miles; you will first drop 100′ of elevation and then gain about 720′. Mileage: 21. Was a long and consistent, steep hike for majority of the hike in to those first two peaks. great trail! Don’t do Blake unless you’re going for your 46. From Nippletop we could see all of the Colvin Range and Elk Lake all the way to the left. However, trails to the Colvin Range and most other AMR trails, including those leading to the Great Range, […] This was a great hike. At 1:08 p.m. the arrival of Dial Mountain happened! This spot is 3 mi. Did this a couple months ago. PROHIBITED on AMR land. only a few butt slides and grabbing onto rocks. Around mile 17 we reached the junction for the Elk Lake-Marcy trail, with 5 more miles to Elk Lake Lodge. I had decided to do the clockwise loop because of the lack of water sources in the Dial - Nippletop area. It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Beautiful views!! At the bottom of the Pinnacle Ridge trail is a stream, a small "waterfall", and a campsite that we were prepared to use if needed. a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook Trail is I decided to hike up Dial first, though people often approach the loop in the opposite direction, from Elk Pass. The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. We reached Nippletop finally at 2:45pm and were rewarded with beautiful sweeping views. Though not a bald summit it is a very steep one and when looking down to Elk I left the summit of Nippletop and hiked northeast down the ridge past Dial Mountain (4020') and Bear Den Mountain (3399') as well as the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain before descending back to the Lake Road. enforced for over 100 years. The naming of Dial is a story in itself let alone the question, “will the real Dial please stand up?” Where the name comes from is a little bit of a mystery it was first conferred on Nippletop by someone in the Emmons’ survey of 1837 but this name conflicted with the local name of the peak. Nippletop Mountain Photos. I had my shoes off, clothes changed, and Powerade in hand by 9 PM. From here it is about 0.5 of a mile hike west along the gravel road and The top of Dial Mountain (4020 ft). The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. Amazing views from both so well worth it. peaks visible in a line across the entire northern horizon. The loop can also be done counterclockwise, by going over Elk Pass first. Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our first vista of the day, and it reveals that there’s a cloud ceiling hovering around 4000 feet, which means we will not have a view from the top today, bummer! We reached Blake at 11 am!! Incredibly muddy and slick from rain the day before- bring extra socks and wear gaiters if you have them. Tough, but fun. Going from Blake to Colvin and then back down Colvin was the worst part of the day. usually missed by hikers on the way up or down. We collected water for him; he'd already finished 1L. We began at 4 AM at the Round Pond trailhead and then followed the trail for Dix Mountain, making really good time until we reached Gravestone Brook. Here's an alternative route for anyone hiking these 4 peaks with a dog. From Bear Den, I hiked over to the Noonmark Shoulder. From Noonmark’s shoulder A small, steep down followed by a relatively long uphill were the longest 0.8 miles of the day, ultimately reaching the summit of Dial Mountain, our 20th peak. Climbing photos at Nippletop uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com I didn’t stay long and made my way to Dial Mountain. . The ladders were missing boards, this was manageable but not great. Started the Hike to Colvin at 6:30am from St Hubert’s lot. The hike is moderate with the occasional steep section. Nippletop is well know to be one of the wetter 46s, The Elk Pass trail being basically a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook trail is normally quite muddy as well the final section of the trail is just as steep as any good alpine climb gaining 500hm in less than 1km where it meets the trail from Dial but from here it is another 20m climb up and over the false summit into the saddle and then up again for … restrictions in the area. A very difficult hike relative to most ADK peaks because of the long day. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge hike through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. We did the loop backward, starting out with Bear Den and ending with Colvin and Blake to save our knees from the hard descent from Dial. Dial Mountain stands within the watershed of Lake Champlain, which drains into Canada 's Richelieu River, the Saint Lawrence River, and into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. Elk pass is steep but not too technically difficult in terms of rock faces but it was LONG. From Dial, on a clear day, you can catch views up Keene Valley. There are large boulders to the right and a small staircase straight ahead if you're unsure you've reached it. Nippletop was very icy and windy. Lot was full, but I was fortunately able to get one of the last spots across the street. Hike stats at a glance: ~19 Miles 6,000 ft of elevation gain 4 High Peaks - Nippletop (4,610), Dial (4,003), Colvin (4,081) and Blake (3,970) 10 hours total time ~80 degrees and sunny I will apologize for my outrageously long post in advance, but a long day calls for a long post and I do not… For parking, you can park in the same parking area, as Gothics and Pyramid (here is a link to directions, beginning in the second paragraph). The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … Nippletop is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. During the traverse you will really get a lot of time in the high elevation forest; that by itself was such an amazing experience. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Roaring Brook Falls Upper and Lower Lookout, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, Gothics and Pyramid Peak via West River to East River Loop, Hedgehog Mountain and Rooster Comb via Wedge Brook Trail Loop, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Roaring Brook Lookout, Giant Mountain, Giant Washbowl Loop, Roaring Brook Falls, Nubble, Giant Washbowl Loop, East Branch Ausable River: East River Trail, Armstrong Mountain via Beaver Meadow Trail, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop. The summit of Dial is pretty heavily wooded except for a boulder, which provides more westward views of the places to be conquered in the next few days. My watch counted this hike at a little over 20 miles with 7000 ft elevation gain. He probably chose this summit’s moniker because he used it like a sundial. I arrived at St. Huberts around 4:50AM. We started our ascent up Elk Pass around 1:10pm through the beaver pond area. With pacing ourselves and due to less than ideal weather conditions, we clocked in at about 15 hours of active hiking time. This is likely the best spot to Drank around 5L while hiking plus about 1/2 L from the Gil Brook, then 2L more at my car. if (year < 2000) the fire on Noonmark in 1999. Dial Mountain: 4,020’ Nippletop: 4,620’ Mount Colvin: 4,057’ Blake Peak: 3,960. I went to McDonalds for a Big Mac. document.write(date + ", " + year); Hiked 11/6/20. Unfortunately Mt. It was a VERY tough day, the hardest day of hiking I've ever ventured out for. aax_getad_mpb({ Dial has been long The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … The other trail to the top over Bear Den and Dial is much dryer but is a Peaks: Dial Mountain (4020') (#41), Nippletop (4620') (#13) Trailhead: St. Huberts Parking Lot, Ausable Club Trailhead. However, your rewarded by the large opening caused by Power banks might be ideal if you plan on using your tech frequently. hardly any backtracking at all. Follow the brook up and to the right for as long as possible, then bushwhack up to the H G Leach trail. Dial Mountain at 4020 feet is the Overall this took us about 11.5 active hours hiking, dragging our feet towards the end. Very slow day for me given the wet trail conditions. peaks that branch off the Lake Road should be aware of the parking The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. There are a number of Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop is a 18.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. This was almost an hour to go this 1.3 miles... tough and unrewarding. year = year + 1900; Nippletop Mountain 4,620 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 17 Dial Mountain 4,020 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 41 Total miles: ~13 Time including stops: ~9 hours. So, Dial and Nippletop are located in Keene, NY. Great hike. All images are property of adktrailtalesandtails and may only be used with express permission. Definitely do Colvin and Blake first because I did them last and it sucked. We rinsed off, cooled down, and collected 4L of water here. From the top of Dial I hiked to Bear Den Mountain which is another wooded summit. months[9]="September"; Length 18.3 miElevation gain 6122 ftRoute type Loop Couldn’t stay long because we knew the sun was starting to set soon around 4:30 with many miles back to the car. photograph the great range, as almost all of the major peaks are visible. months[1]="January"; months[12]="December"; Overall very well kept trails. Mountain Specs. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. var time=new Date(); Nippletop Mountain: 4620′ Dial Mountain: 4020′ Bear Den: 3399′ Total Duration: 8.5 hours of hiking + 1.25 hours at summits. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge run through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. From Dial down is a hard descent on the knees, but all in all a very rewarding hike. You'll pass a sign on the summit of Bear Den Mountain, which was Overall though it was rewarding. below. "slot_uuid":"5c20e1dd-bd22-4b98-b9c7-9479f1bc1499" This being said it is a long day hike and it On Nippletop, we sat on boulders and chatted with fellow hikers. forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. Bring headlamps as it gets dark early and is practically pitch black on the trail. We were exhausted but no where near done since we still had to hike home about 5 miles. One of the nice points of this peak is the number of other peaks one can get gets a great view of the Dix Range with their many slides. Starts out of the ausable club, so there’s an easy few miles on either end of the hike. further up the ridge Nippletop and then Noonmark down below. I most enjoyed the climbs to and from Colvin-Blake, although my legs eventually started to tire. var months=new Array(13); It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Colvin, across the way, looks small, as The walk from Dial to Nippletop is about 1.8 miles; you will first drop 100′ of elevation and then gain about 720′. Mileage: 21. Was a long and consistent, steep hike for majority of the hike in to those first two peaks. great trail! Don’t do Blake unless you’re going for your 46. From Nippletop we could see all of the Colvin Range and Elk Lake all the way to the left. However, trails to the Colvin Range and most other AMR trails, including those leading to the Great Range, […] This was a great hike. At 1:08 p.m. the arrival of Dial Mountain happened! This spot is 3 mi. Did this a couple months ago. PROHIBITED on AMR land. only a few butt slides and grabbing onto rocks. Around mile 17 we reached the junction for the Elk Lake-Marcy trail, with 5 more miles to Elk Lake Lodge. I had decided to do the clockwise loop because of the lack of water sources in the Dial - Nippletop area. It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Beautiful views!! At the bottom of the Pinnacle Ridge trail is a stream, a small "waterfall", and a campsite that we were prepared to use if needed. a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook Trail is I decided to hike up Dial first, though people often approach the loop in the opposite direction, from Elk Pass. The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. We reached Nippletop finally at 2:45pm and were rewarded with beautiful sweeping views. Though not a bald summit it is a very steep one and when looking down to Elk I left the summit of Nippletop and hiked northeast down the ridge past Dial Mountain (4020') and Bear Den Mountain (3399') as well as the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain before descending back to the Lake Road. enforced for over 100 years. The naming of Dial is a story in itself let alone the question, “will the real Dial please stand up?” Where the name comes from is a little bit of a mystery it was first conferred on Nippletop by someone in the Emmons’ survey of 1837 but this name conflicted with the local name of the peak. Nippletop Mountain Photos. I had my shoes off, clothes changed, and Powerade in hand by 9 PM. From here it is about 0.5 of a mile hike west along the gravel road and The top of Dial Mountain (4020 ft). The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. Amazing views from both so well worth it. peaks visible in a line across the entire northern horizon. The loop can also be done counterclockwise, by going over Elk Pass first. Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our first vista of the day, and it reveals that there’s a cloud ceiling hovering around 4000 feet, which means we will not have a view from the top today, bummer! We reached Blake at 11 am!! Incredibly muddy and slick from rain the day before- bring extra socks and wear gaiters if you have them. Tough, but fun. Going from Blake to Colvin and then back down Colvin was the worst part of the day. usually missed by hikers on the way up or down. We collected water for him; he'd already finished 1L. We began at 4 AM at the Round Pond trailhead and then followed the trail for Dix Mountain, making really good time until we reached Gravestone Brook. Here's an alternative route for anyone hiking these 4 peaks with a dog. From Bear Den, I hiked over to the Noonmark Shoulder. From Noonmark’s shoulder A small, steep down followed by a relatively long uphill were the longest 0.8 miles of the day, ultimately reaching the summit of Dial Mountain, our 20th peak. Climbing photos at Nippletop uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com I didn’t stay long and made my way to Dial Mountain.

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Leach trail from Nippletop to Dial Mountain was actually soft and easy underfoot. Exhaustion kicked in around here because the trail ascends AGAIN and not just a little bit, close to 1000 feet. false summit into the saddle, then up again to the summit. The journey to Dial and Nippletop began with a 5:30 am drive through a snowy and blustery Cascade Pass, descending down towards Keene and Keene Valley. very do-able. The walk from Dial to Nippletop is about 1.8 miles; you will first drop 100′ of elevation and then gain about 720′. Dial is located centrally along a very long ridge which requires the hiker to summit either Nippletop first (primary trail) or the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain and Bears Den Mountain (secondary trail). It is was a long day, but a good one. Colvin was a steep rocky mile incline. Dial Mountain at 4020 feet is the forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. var lmonth=months[time.getMonth() + 1]; Sat. . The ladders were missing boards, this was manageable but not great. Started the Hike to Colvin at 6:30am from St Hubert’s lot. The hike is moderate with the occasional steep section. Nippletop is well know to be one of the wetter 46s, The Elk Pass trail being basically a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook trail is normally quite muddy as well the final section of the trail is just as steep as any good alpine climb gaining 500hm in less than 1km where it meets the trail from Dial but from here it is another 20m climb up and over the false summit into the saddle and then up again for … restrictions in the area. A very difficult hike relative to most ADK peaks because of the long day. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge hike through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. We did the loop backward, starting out with Bear Den and ending with Colvin and Blake to save our knees from the hard descent from Dial. Dial Mountain stands within the watershed of Lake Champlain, which drains into Canada 's Richelieu River, the Saint Lawrence River, and into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. Elk pass is steep but not too technically difficult in terms of rock faces but it was LONG. From Dial, on a clear day, you can catch views up Keene Valley. There are large boulders to the right and a small staircase straight ahead if you're unsure you've reached it. Nippletop was very icy and windy. Lot was full, but I was fortunately able to get one of the last spots across the street. Hike stats at a glance: ~19 Miles 6,000 ft of elevation gain 4 High Peaks - Nippletop (4,610), Dial (4,003), Colvin (4,081) and Blake (3,970) 10 hours total time ~80 degrees and sunny I will apologize for my outrageously long post in advance, but a long day calls for a long post and I do not… For parking, you can park in the same parking area, as Gothics and Pyramid (here is a link to directions, beginning in the second paragraph). The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … Nippletop is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. During the traverse you will really get a lot of time in the high elevation forest; that by itself was such an amazing experience. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Roaring Brook Falls Upper and Lower Lookout, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, Gothics and Pyramid Peak via West River to East River Loop, Hedgehog Mountain and Rooster Comb via Wedge Brook Trail Loop, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Roaring Brook Lookout, Giant Mountain, Giant Washbowl Loop, Roaring Brook Falls, Nubble, Giant Washbowl Loop, East Branch Ausable River: East River Trail, Armstrong Mountain via Beaver Meadow Trail, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop. The summit of Dial is pretty heavily wooded except for a boulder, which provides more westward views of the places to be conquered in the next few days. My watch counted this hike at a little over 20 miles with 7000 ft elevation gain. He probably chose this summit’s moniker because he used it like a sundial. I arrived at St. Huberts around 4:50AM. We started our ascent up Elk Pass around 1:10pm through the beaver pond area. With pacing ourselves and due to less than ideal weather conditions, we clocked in at about 15 hours of active hiking time. This is likely the best spot to Drank around 5L while hiking plus about 1/2 L from the Gil Brook, then 2L more at my car. if (year < 2000) the fire on Noonmark in 1999. Dial Mountain: 4,020’ Nippletop: 4,620’ Mount Colvin: 4,057’ Blake Peak: 3,960. I went to McDonalds for a Big Mac. document.write(date + ", " + year); Hiked 11/6/20. Unfortunately Mt. It was a VERY tough day, the hardest day of hiking I've ever ventured out for. aax_getad_mpb({ Dial has been long The plan was to arrive at the Noonmark Diner for their 6 am opening (per Google) and then scarf down some eggs before hitting the … The other trail to the top over Bear Den and Dial is much dryer but is a Peaks: Dial Mountain (4020') (#41), Nippletop (4620') (#13) Trailhead: St. Huberts Parking Lot, Ausable Club Trailhead. However, your rewarded by the large opening caused by Power banks might be ideal if you plan on using your tech frequently. hardly any backtracking at all. Follow the brook up and to the right for as long as possible, then bushwhack up to the H G Leach trail. Dial Mountain at 4020 feet is the Overall this took us about 11.5 active hours hiking, dragging our feet towards the end. Very slow day for me given the wet trail conditions. peaks that branch off the Lake Road should be aware of the parking The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. There are a number of Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop is a 18.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. This was almost an hour to go this 1.3 miles... tough and unrewarding. year = year + 1900; Nippletop Mountain 4,620 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 17 Dial Mountain 4,020 ft elevation High Peak Rank: 41 Total miles: ~13 Time including stops: ~9 hours. So, Dial and Nippletop are located in Keene, NY. Great hike. All images are property of adktrailtalesandtails and may only be used with express permission. Definitely do Colvin and Blake first because I did them last and it sucked. We rinsed off, cooled down, and collected 4L of water here. From the top of Dial I hiked to Bear Den Mountain which is another wooded summit. months[9]="September"; Length 18.3 miElevation gain 6122 ftRoute type Loop Couldn’t stay long because we knew the sun was starting to set soon around 4:30 with many miles back to the car. photograph the great range, as almost all of the major peaks are visible. months[1]="January"; months[12]="December"; Overall very well kept trails. Mountain Specs. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until November. var time=new Date(); Nippletop Mountain: 4620′ Dial Mountain: 4020′ Bear Den: 3399′ Total Duration: 8.5 hours of hiking + 1.25 hours at summits. Continuing on from Nippletop, backtrack on Leach Trail as you enjoy a two-mile ridge run through pine growth and exposed rock until another steep, but rapid, ascent to the peak of Dial Mountain. From Dial down is a hard descent on the knees, but all in all a very rewarding hike. You'll pass a sign on the summit of Bear Den Mountain, which was Overall though it was rewarding. below. "slot_uuid":"5c20e1dd-bd22-4b98-b9c7-9479f1bc1499" This being said it is a long day hike and it On Nippletop, we sat on boulders and chatted with fellow hikers. forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. Bring headlamps as it gets dark early and is practically pitch black on the trail. We were exhausted but no where near done since we still had to hike home about 5 miles. One of the nice points of this peak is the number of other peaks one can get gets a great view of the Dix Range with their many slides. Starts out of the ausable club, so there’s an easy few miles on either end of the hike. further up the ridge Nippletop and then Noonmark down below. I most enjoyed the climbs to and from Colvin-Blake, although my legs eventually started to tire. var months=new Array(13); It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Colvin, across the way, looks small, as The walk from Dial to Nippletop is about 1.8 miles; you will first drop 100′ of elevation and then gain about 720′. Mileage: 21. Was a long and consistent, steep hike for majority of the hike in to those first two peaks. great trail! Don’t do Blake unless you’re going for your 46. From Nippletop we could see all of the Colvin Range and Elk Lake all the way to the left. However, trails to the Colvin Range and most other AMR trails, including those leading to the Great Range, […] This was a great hike. At 1:08 p.m. the arrival of Dial Mountain happened! This spot is 3 mi. Did this a couple months ago. PROHIBITED on AMR land. only a few butt slides and grabbing onto rocks. Around mile 17 we reached the junction for the Elk Lake-Marcy trail, with 5 more miles to Elk Lake Lodge. I had decided to do the clockwise loop because of the lack of water sources in the Dial - Nippletop area. It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. Beautiful views!! At the bottom of the Pinnacle Ridge trail is a stream, a small "waterfall", and a campsite that we were prepared to use if needed. a tramp though a vertical swamp and the Gill Brook Trail is I decided to hike up Dial first, though people often approach the loop in the opposite direction, from Elk Pass. The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. We reached Nippletop finally at 2:45pm and were rewarded with beautiful sweeping views. Though not a bald summit it is a very steep one and when looking down to Elk I left the summit of Nippletop and hiked northeast down the ridge past Dial Mountain (4020') and Bear Den Mountain (3399') as well as the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain before descending back to the Lake Road. enforced for over 100 years. The naming of Dial is a story in itself let alone the question, “will the real Dial please stand up?” Where the name comes from is a little bit of a mystery it was first conferred on Nippletop by someone in the Emmons’ survey of 1837 but this name conflicted with the local name of the peak. Nippletop Mountain Photos. I had my shoes off, clothes changed, and Powerade in hand by 9 PM. From here it is about 0.5 of a mile hike west along the gravel road and The top of Dial Mountain (4020 ft). The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. Amazing views from both so well worth it. peaks visible in a line across the entire northern horizon. The loop can also be done counterclockwise, by going over Elk Pass first. Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our first vista of the day, and it reveals that there’s a cloud ceiling hovering around 4000 feet, which means we will not have a view from the top today, bummer! We reached Blake at 11 am!! Incredibly muddy and slick from rain the day before- bring extra socks and wear gaiters if you have them. Tough, but fun. Going from Blake to Colvin and then back down Colvin was the worst part of the day. usually missed by hikers on the way up or down. We collected water for him; he'd already finished 1L. We began at 4 AM at the Round Pond trailhead and then followed the trail for Dix Mountain, making really good time until we reached Gravestone Brook. Here's an alternative route for anyone hiking these 4 peaks with a dog. From Bear Den, I hiked over to the Noonmark Shoulder. From Noonmark’s shoulder A small, steep down followed by a relatively long uphill were the longest 0.8 miles of the day, ultimately reaching the summit of Dial Mountain, our 20th peak. Climbing photos at Nippletop uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com I didn’t stay long and made my way to Dial Mountain.

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