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Blake Peak and Mount Colvin Trail is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Length 13.7 mi Elevation gain 4,048 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Muddy

Rocky

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No dogs

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This is an out and back trail which will get you two more ADK 46'er mountains. It is very easy to follow and marked the entire way. There are lots of great views of waterfalls, and on the summit of Colvin you will have great views. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching the large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

Ausable Club parking for hikers is just down the road from the golf course and there is a porta-john. It is free to park.

St. Huberts Trailhead: The parking area is just off of Rte 73 just 7.5 miles west from exit 30 off of I-87. You'll then need to walk up the golf course road to the beautiful wooden gate marking the entrance to the Lake Road which you will follow for several miles until veering off on the Gill brook trail. There are no fees to park here.

St. Huberts Trailhead: The parking area is just off of Rte 73 just 7.5 miles west from exit 30 off of I-87. You'll then need to walk up the golf course road to the beautiful wooden gate marking the entrance to the Lake Road.

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Rick K.
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Cristi Wells
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

First high peak of the season. Not bad until heading from Colvin to Blake and back.. like everyone else says Blake isn’t special so unless you need it..lots of mud there

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Colin Tauck
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

The views at the top of Colvin make everything about this hike completely worth it. That being said the hike itself is not for the faint of heart. You really shouldn’t hike this unless you are a veteran hiker. Lots of very technical climbing including a lot of steep rocks that take some scrambling to climb up. I did it with 3 of my friends all in great shape and 23 years old and they had a lot of trouble. That all being said that hike was epic and everyone was feeling great afterward. Very rewarding. The hike from Colvin to Blake was very muddy and technical. The summit of Blake is not too great. I would take some time to look back as you are approaching the summit for good views. There is also a lookout point about 5 minutes into the hike from Colvin to Blake that is the best view of the whole day.

Dan Studt
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Dial, Nippletop, Colvin and Blake on day one. Sawteeth day 2.

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Ian Weykamp
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Nippletop and dial 5 stars, Colvin and Blake 3

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Carly Connor
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Hiked 6/1, snow and ice had all melted so trail was very muddy but no micro spikes needed. Actual mileage total is about 17.7 miles. This includes 3 pretty flat miles from the parking lot to the trail head each way. Took us 3 hours to the top of Colvin and about another to Blake. Total trip took 8 hours for average hikers. Awesome views on Colvin, Blake does not have quite so much of a view. About 2 minutes into the trail from Colvin to Blake is a lookout point on the right, so worth stopping at if you're not going to Blake.

Kelly Seibold
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IcyMuddySnow

Parts are packed snow and ice, parts are really sulshie. Definitely recommend microspikes That mile between Colvin and Blake is a killer, with not much of a view on Blake, but the view from Colvin was awesome. It's probably a little longer than the all trails length, as some of the distances on signs were not adding up.

J Mac
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. Hikes 6 months ago. Easy day hike to do both.

Raphael Buyo
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked this itinerary on 2/5/2020. Trails were packed down nicely, switched from microspikes to snowshoes at the Elk Pass/Colvin Trail junction. Blake Peak has a bad rep for its terrible views, but the snow adds enough charm where the top was worth it. Some pretty precarious butt slides on our way back, slide with caution. Signed in at 520am and signed out at 230pm.

Steve Vanderkloet
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I hiked Blake and Colvin solo Jan 14th 2020 after rain, thaw and subsequent freeze. it was icy!! I did the entire hike in katula spikes but should have wore full crampons and ice axe would have helped many steep sections. This climb is tough because you have to summit Colvin, then when summiting Blake you hike deep into a col before coming back up. Then because it's an out and back you have to summit Colvin a second time before returning. I logged over 4000 ft of ascent and hike time was 9 hours from AMR. St huberts lot. I cant speak to the views as the day was foggy.

E T-D
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

So much mud. Also, so many scrambles. Beautiful views on Colvin of Indian Head and the river, but the climbs were arduous. Blake's summit only had an ad-hoc sign and no view. This is not a hike I would repeat. Ended up doing 15.1 miles total, having to park on 73 due to all the tourists.

Zach Pontari
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Katie Braymer-Hayes
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HikingMuddyRocky

Colvin is a great peak. Absolutely beautiful views, decent trail (though fairly muddy in early July) and a rock scramble on the top. I would hike Colvin again. Blake though.... Blake is extremely muddy, and you will have to descend 1000 feet in a mile to reascend 1000 feet in a mile, and you will be rewarded with absolutely no views. Don’t do Blake unless you want to be a 46-er.

Chris Van Woert
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HikingMuddyPrivate propertyRockyScramble

this is a fantastic hike, but is no joke! The 3-mile hike in and Hike out along Lake Road is very easy but I have to say annoying. The fact that the Ausable Club doesn't let you get dropped off or take a bicycle or any other mode of transportation to get to the trailhead just makes for a long day. The initial hike once you get into the woods is arguably one of the easiest in all of the high peaks that I've done so far. It's beautiful going right along the stream and very peaceful. There are very few obstacles and the grade is very gentle. Once the trail divides and you start heading towards Colvin it getssteep for a short period then levels out again. However the last several tenths of a mile up to the summit are very steep with several very difficult walls that you have to navigate. This portion of the hike is not for the faint of heart. I would not want to bring my kids on this hike! Going down from Colvin and up to Blake is much of the same. Several steep long walls that are difficult. They very much slowed us down on our hike. All in all we did this in just under 16 miles. The mileage on alltrails is not the most accurate.

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Stephen janowski
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Emily B.
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