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. They helped us on the descent when we weren’t working as hard. document.write(lmonth + " "); Dial Mountain. The other trail to the top over Bear Den and Dial is much dryer but is a Very very wet from rain the previous day. Andy stands proudly in … hardly any backtracking at all. 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… This spot is 3 mi. 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! 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 … The temp was a crisp 34° at the base and was really frigid and windy on top. We got to Elk Lake as the sky was really changing colors and while it was pretty, we still had over 2 miles to walk on gravel road as the lodge is closed for 2020. From here it is about 0.5 of a mile hike west along the gravel road and far between. Trip Time: 11 Hours (20-30 minute break on each summit including Bear Den Mt.) 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. Did this loop today, starting with Dial and Nippletop over Bear Den. The mountain is part of the Colvin Range. as any good alpine climb gaining over 1000 feet in less than one mile where it . Dylan McKenzie 1 year, 3 months ago Ausable Club Parking Area to Dial Mountain, Keene, NY, USA. very do-able. The loop can also be done counterclockwise, by going over Elk Pass first. to while still keeping it a day hike. The trails on this ridge were very dry the day we hiked. We started our ascent up Elk Pass around 1:10pm through the beaver pond area. 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. We gazed out at Mount Colvin and Blake Peak, two wooded summits that offer poor views and have grumpy reputations. Mountain Specs. There were several feet of snow on Nippletop’s ridge (actually, all the way to Dial Mountain) so the trail sat higher than normal and … We have also been asked to mention that dogs are absolutely year = year + 1900; From Bear Den, I hiked over to the Noonmark Shoulder. This is a bald summit offering nearly 360 degree views. meets the trail from Dial but from here it is another climb up and over the 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). Nippletop is a mountain located in Essex County, New York. 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. I most enjoyed the climbs to and from Colvin-Blake, although my legs eventually started to tire. Going from Blake to Colvin and then back down Colvin was the worst part of the day. This is not a new rule, but one that has been The Dial and Nippletop Adirondack high peaks are generally reached from the Ausable Club. I really wanted to go backcountry skiing, but the rain earlier in the week ruined that. Leach trail from Nippletop to Dial Mountain was actually soft and easy underfoot. there is no parking allowed anywhere else in the area except at designated past the golf course to the start of the Lake Road and the trailhead. does Blake Peak. months[2]="February"; longer uphill slog. As usual we left Albany at 5:30 with our goal of hiking Dial and Nippletop. 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. photograph the great range, as almost all of the major peaks are visible. Just when I thought the views at Nippletop couldn’t get any better, I was wrong! The trail will continue to lead you towards Nippletop (4,620 ft), … Layer up and bring hand warmers. After that we continued in the direction of Pinnacle. This was a great hike. The top of Dial Mountain (4020 ft). Drank around 5L while hiking plus about 1/2 L from the Gil Brook, then 2L more at my car. 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. Pretty great views on Dial, Nippletop, and Colvin. Hiked 11/6/20. aax_getad_mpb({ This was a good choice for me because I ended up refilling a water bottle from the Gil Brook on my way out. Aug 1. First, after summiting Nippletop you have to drop all the way back down and then head up to Colvin then over to Blake then come back and that col between Colvin and Blake wore me … We reached Blake at 11 am!! 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. Round Trip Distance: ~14 miles. It’s just a messy trail with lots of blowdown mud and some latter sections. The amount of daylight, the temperature, the distance, and the weight of your pack will all be working against you. A welcomed change for this girl! My second solo hike. This is a loop hike that takes you up a long and steep ascent over Bear Den Mt., up Dial, over to Nippletop, and down a shorter and steeper descent through Elk Pass. peaks visible in a line across the entire northern horizon. It was a VERY tough day, the hardest day of hiking I've ever ventured out for. Our thought was to get the steep incline over first and have a easier end to the day. Did this a couple months ago. 73 opposite the parking lot for the Roaring Brook Trail. Dial has amazing views! It was evident immediately that not many people hike this trail. The Lake Road in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve has reopened to the public to give hikers access to trails to the summits of Nippletop and Dial Mountain, two of the High Peaks, in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. var date=time.getDate(); south of the High Peaks sign in Keen or 5.9 mi north of the junction of US 9 and NY 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. Overall this took us about 11.5 active hours hiking, dragging our feet towards the end. We were running low on water but got some from the stream on the way out. Dial Mountain (4,020 feet), which lies northeast of Nippletop, was also named by Old Mountain Phelps, who had a reputation for calling peaks something obvious. It’s 0.9 mile to Bear Den’s summit, 2.1 to Dial’s summit, and 4.2 to Nippletop’s summit. This is likely the best spot to It is a hard hike physically, but it was definitely more mentally challenging than anything. As usual we left Albany at 5:30 with our goal of hiking Dial and Nippletop. The ladders were missing boards, this was manageable but not great. Nippletop at 4620 feet is lucky 13 in height and this peak offers perhaps one of the best views of any of the high peaks. Very slow day for me given the wet trail conditions. Quick trek to colvin, blake was very muddy. the fire on Noonmark in 1999. Follow the brook up and to the right for as long as possible, then bushwhack up to the H G Leach trail. that overlooks Elk pass with an impressive view of Mt. Good views but not an enjoyable hike. I got some incredible pictures and the of course the bragging rights. 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. Mileage: 21. Incredible, but difficult long day. Definitely do Colvin & Blake first, then hit Nippletop & Dial. People often make a loop by going over Bear De... Allen Mountain - Adirondack High Peaks - … normally quite muddy as well. Colvin was a steep rocky mile incline. //]]>. var year=time.getYear(); During the traverse you will really get a lot of time in the high elevation forest; that by itself was such an amazing experience. 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 … Two of those, Nippletop (4,620 feet) and Dial (4,020 feet), can be summited from that trailhead in a nice lasso loop. forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. Colvin and the rest Challenging hike, fantastic views. This is the way to do it, doing Blake last would be demoralizing. Peaks: Dial Mountain (4020') (#41), Nippletop (4620') (#13) Trailhead: St. Huberts Parking Lot, Ausable Club Trailhead. The normal route is to head in from the Ausable Club and either climb the It’s a pretty easy out and back unless you’d like to pair it with additional peaks. 7 hours about round trip from car. The things we will do for our fur baby! What I Wore Ice breaker merino wool baselayers (top and bottom), socks EMS zip off hiking pants Long sleeve tech top Columbia Snow-pocalypse Omni-heat jacket Vasque Snowblime boots months[3]="March"; Hiking stats at a glance: ~14 miles ~4,000 ft elevation gain 2 High Peaks – Nippletop 4,620 ft and Dial 4,020 ft 9 hrs (Parking lot to Parking lot) Now that the holidays are officially over my weekends are free once again, and what better way to ring in the new year than with… From Dial, on a clear day, you can catch views up Keene Valley. Blake has no views at all. During the traverse you will really get a lot of time in the high elevation forest; that by itself was such an amazing experience. 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