Nippletop and Dial Mountain Loop is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
A great loop hike that descends a long ridge with fantastic views of the Great Range while also ascending two 46ers. This is a great 15 mile loop hike that will take you down a beautiful Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake and then climb to the top of two 4,000 foot peaks. From Nippletop you will have great views towards the Great Range over Colvin and descending the ridge over Dial and then the smaller Bear Den you will also get glimpses of Dix Mountain before returning back to the trailhead.
I was a beginner hiker when I climbed these mountains and although it was challenging at times, I had a blast. The summits were well worth the challenge. It took us about 12 hours, including the hour break at the summit. Bring plenty of water, we brought 3 liters and a few water bottles and ran out.
Long challenging trail with amazing views. So worth it!
Please Note: This hike is NOT dog friendly. In fact you can not take your dog on this hike at all and will be stopped by the rangers at the Lake Road trailhead. I drove 300+ miles to get there only to be told this.