Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop

HARD 4 reviews

Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December.

DISTANCE
16.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
4 days ago

11 hours total car to car with around 40 minutes of summit breaks total.
- I started at 4:30am at St Hubert’s parking, signed in at 4:45am. Walked to the leech trail where I went to Dial first. The trail starts out going up up up gaining a ton of elevation quickly and getting the heart beating from the start. Immediately climbing for quite a while until reaching the top of noonmark shoulder (some good views). Then the trail continues up to the Bear Den wooded summit after passing through some cool spots of aspen trees and a fun and unique stretch of trail. The leech trail goes over Dial to nippletop. Dial summit is a Boulder with no summit sign, decent view. Getting to nippletop wasn’t bad and has great views but another small summit with no sign. From nippletop I took elk pass down to the Colvin trail which was very steep getting down. Trail leveled out once going between two ponds. Colvin trail up wasn’t too bad, pretty gradual. Once at Colvin (another small summit with good views and no sign) the trail down Colvin to Blake was brutal. So steep. The “down Colvin, up blake, down blake, up Colvin” portion of the hike was the worst part of the day. Took an hour over to Blake’s wooded summit (a trail sign pointing to Colvin marks the summit), and then an hour back. Blake is totally wooded and a worthless trip other than having to bc it’s a 46’r. After getting back to Colvin from Blake I went down the gill brook trail to the lake road, using the cut off trail to get to the road as fast as I could completing the loop. The lake road made for a mellow but long walk out (like always). This entire trail is marked extremely well, so many signs pointing you in the right direction with mileage, a real treat. A long, challenging, and rewarding day in the woods.

hiking
8 months ago

actually closer to a 19 mile loop, and 6000ft cumulative elevation change. account for 10 hours. you will be hiking up Colvin twice. dogs are not allowed through the AMR.

hiking
16 days ago