Blake Peak and Mount Colvin Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews
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Blake Peak and Mount Colvin Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4048 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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nature trips

trail running

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forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

8 days ago

Mid-May ice and snow on the paths (particularly bad between Colvin and Blake) made this longer and more difficult than expected—didn’t have microspikes so a good bit of slipping and sliding. A good 10 hours out and back. Still, the views from Colvin were great and very rewarding, and the lack of foliage in early spring meant we had some good views even from the forested trails.

1 month ago

Definitely need crampons. Very icy. Wanted to do both peaks, but I got a late start. I began going down Blake and decided best to turn around. Still took a solid 10 hours..

hiking
6 months ago

not the easiest with icy conditions , beautiful waterfalls on the way up to the main trail.

hiking
7 months ago

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 he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a fairly easy (for the 46ers) hike. Blake has splendid views, you just have to go a few hundred yards beyond the summit to get them - Don't miss out!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Despite what some reviews had said (including off alltrails), I would have to wholeheartedly agree with a gentleman that I had met in the Blake/Colvin col: The ascent/descent of Blake after Colvin isn't nearly as bad as people are making it out to be online. Perhaps it is more difficult on a muddier afternoon? It felt no different to me than the Sawteeth/Pyramid+Gothics col scramble.

I will say temps at elevation have now become a bit on the cooler side (esp. with the wind) felt much more so on descents.

This trail write up says there is no summit marker. There were 2 different spots for a possible Blake summit-both of which had minor identifiers. The first (possibly a false summit?) had a big "B" carved into 2 trees. Not necessarily believing this was the actual summit I continued a bit- first descending about 20 feet then back up. The 2nd possible summit had the trail distance signs near it (which the AMR tends to do on or near summits) and there was a cairn sitting on top of a boulder- This I would assume is the actual summit.

hiking
8 months ago

This was my second time hiking this trail. The views on top of Mount Colvin are nice as you can see the The Range from there. The views on Blake Peak were minimal.

11 months ago

Colvin was gorgeous. Blake was simply miserable. No lies here.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

I gave this 4 stars because the view from Colvin is impressive. Not a moderate high if you're doing both. Pretty steep in between mountains. Trail still has a lot of ice and snow and it's pretty unstable due to melt. Micro spikes a must and watch your footing. Lots of 2-4 foot potholes from stepping inches of the snow/ice pack

Friday, February 24, 2017

A lot of people hate on Blake, but I enjoyed this hike a lot! It could have had a lot to do with the conditions, though. 45 degrees, sunny and the trail was packed out and easy to follow. We started out at 6:00 AM and followed Lake rd to start and watched a Barred Owl fly across the trail. We made great time to the summit of Colvin to some beautiful views. A few slick, steep areas leading up to Colvin. Lots of snow!

After a quick snack and some pics we headed on to Blake with no troubles. I was a little intimidated at the first ladder we encountered because of the icy snow and the drop off surrounding it. It's a lot more comfortable going up than going down. My fear of heights kicked in a little bit.

I enjoyed a second chance at the summit of Colvin and it's beautiful views. It was a strenuous hike at times due to the steepness, but nothing too out of control. The overall trip took us 10 hours, but we spent a lot of time at the summits, which was nice! It's been a few months since the weather was agreeable enough to hang out for any length of time!

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Another couple and my wife and I reached trail head at about 7:30 am. It was lightly raining and the temps were around the low 40s. The rain stopped within the first hour. A cool hike until we reached Colvin's base. There the temps started going down and the wind really picked. Started getting light snow. Hike up to Colvin's peak was moderately difficult. Great views with about 1/4 inch of snow and blowing snow. Hiked down Colvin's backside and then back up Blake. Very slippery because of coating of snow. Got to top of Blake around 2:30. Seemed like a very long mile. Hike back to Colvin and then down. Reached base of Colvin and started using headlamps. Saw some campers off to sides of trail just outside of AMR lands. Reached Lake Road and snow was gone. Partly cloudy and almost full moon to guide us back. Got back to cars by 6:30pm. Good time, no one got hurt on slippery trail and didn't pass anyone.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Hard climb out and back wet and muddy

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

This was an easy trail until you reached the last 1.1 miles to Mount Colvin. This is where you gain your elevation and there's some rock scrambling to do. The views from Colvin's small summit were nice. The trail to Blake Peak was a tedious one that offered really no views from it's wooded summit. If you walked down the trail a little further you could see Upper Ausable Lake.

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Colvin and the cliffs were amazing, Blake was difficult without any view. highly recommend this trail to anyone!

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

great peaks; colvin is an easier high peaks, Blake is steeper and tougher. beautiful weather and a great day to be out!

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trail was easy to follow. Beautiful waterfalls! Did Blake thinking it would be a quick 1.1mile additional hike yet it was difficult! No view on Blake. Not sure I would do that part again. Slightly slippery rocks after rain all weekend. Great high peak. Took us 9 hours.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous views, went out on the perfect day, a little muddy, finished Colvin but not Blake because we went to Indian head before heading up to Colvin, still a beautiful easy hike, one of my favorite views in the Park

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fun hike, weather was awesome. Views on Blake aren't very good, but Colvin has some good views of the great range.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Beautiful trail up to Colvin, but a good challenge to Blake Peak

hiking
Friday, September 18, 2015

This was an easy trail to follow. Fun, lots of good views, however, Blake had no marker and no views. It was easy, perfect day weather. Plus lots of other nearby trails. No dogs allowed on AMR property.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Everything about this map was spot on. No issues.

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