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Mount Colvin and Blake Peak Trail is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 13.7 mi Elevation gain 4,035 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Scramble No dogs
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theresa barry
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Very quiet hike ( 7 other hikers all day) likely secondary to the weather and being a Tuesday. Ease into the hike with a few miles on Ausable Lake Road. Gil Brook Trail on way up, on way down we chose to use Lake Road Cutoff. .9 hours total with some breaks. Large portion of the ascent was slow and steady climbing. Windy at top of bothpeaks clouded summit with fog. Unfortunately rain picked up for 2nd half of hike. Luckily, not too muddy. Towards the top of both peaks a few large rock scrambles that were doable but a little tricky with wetness.

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Taylor Cooke
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Phil Felicia
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Trail was good. Parking was full by 6am

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Travis Olivera
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Michael Bailey
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mike riccio
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HikingMuddy

Took the Gil Brook to Elk Pass on to Colvin. Well marked as you just follow the red trail markers the whole way. The ascent to Colvin was steep but doable. A front moves in so no views at the summit of Colvin. It is small as well. I sat there in the clouds for awhile. Was the only one there though so it was peaceful. The decedent on the way to Blake was steep and somewhat muddy. The summit at Blake is confusing. You get to a sign that points to Pinnacle and Marcy Trail but that is not the summit. Go a little bit further and you will come to a clearing on your left. Someone left a stone with the words Blake carved into them. I am average hiker and it took me 9 hours with some rest breaks.

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Jordan Carter
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Great views on Colvin. The traverse between Colvin and Blake is pretty daunting. Tough hike.

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Jeffrey Peltz
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Tracy Little
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Rebecca Thomas
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Carolee Ploof
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Colvin was beautiful, Blake was fine. The best part was getting the last parking spot at 5:40am. No bugs or mud made for an enjoyable hike.

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A Loomis
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Kevin Nelson
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Anna Borovitcky
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Patrick Wu
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Chaitanya Afle
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Anna Lehmann
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Great day for a hike! Colvin is super mild until the last mile or so, just a lot of flat lake rd waking and then a few miles of gradual up. Cool unique view of the lower range from the top! Based on all the reviews I was expecting Blake to be way worse than it was, it honestly was not that bad and actually pretty enjoyable! It was relatively dry today though and I can definitely see that trail being very wet and muddy on a different day. Reminded me a little bit of Couchsachraga minus the bog, just go into it with the right mindset and you should be fine! The signage is a little confusing, the sign at Colvin says Blake is 1.3 miles but then there is another sign a little before the summit of Blake that says Colvin is 1.4 miles but you actually need to go a little past that sign down and then up again to get to the top, there is a sign for Colvin and Pinacle with no mileage when you are there. There is no Blake sign but the word "Blake" is carved into a dead tree.

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Nick Viviano
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Hiked 8/31/20. From Lake Rd., I walked about three miles until the cutoff to Colvin, Nippletop, and Indian Head. The trail up to Colvin was very scenic and enjoyable. A pleasant surprise as the ascent was a healthy mix of steep and moderate terrain. Nothing too bad at all. Summiting Colvin was an awesome experience. The views were incredible. Awesome outlooks of the Great Range, Lower Ausable Lake, and Indian Head. The worst part was descending down Colvin, and then back up Blake. Pretty challenging and the last .5mi is VERY steep. All doable, just be prepared. Blake is a wooded summit, but it’s another peak to cross off. Good luck!

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Andrew Waltzer
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Tara Case
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David Schutze
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Allison Defibaugh
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First car in the lot at 4:30am. Eroded trail, some slick rocks. We passed the Gill Brook Trail on Lake Rd and took the Cutoff over. Faster. Steep climb up to Elk Pass, and it didn’t get more level after we started up for Colvin. Enjoyable climb, pretty woods. Lots of views of Nippletop. Some slab climbs some bouldering but nothing terrible. Colvin’s views are lovely. The lower Great Range was just beautiful viewed from this spot. And from the lookout just beyond the summit on the way to Blake. Very pleasant ridge walk starts the trip over to Blake and then it goes down in a hurry. Stepping down off boulders into mud basically the whole way. Some ladders, couple of missing rungs. At the bottom, there’s a junction where heading to the right takes you down the Carry Trail (elevator shaft) but we headed left and up Blake. It’s nice that you can see Blake ahead of you when you’re coming down Colvin and Colvin behind you when you’re going up Blake. The steep (600’?) col between the two and the steepness of the route you’re on is very clear. Makes you feel better about yourself for the tired muscles. Some slabs on Blake’s climb that were pretty fun to defeat. Once at the top it’s not clear which “summit” is correct. One marked by a cairn is 3977 one marked by marker spelling out Blake on a stone is 3970. You decide! Back out over Colvin sucked. Long walk out to the St Huberts lot also long and not difficult but tiring. Overall, Colvin is a lovely climb but I can skip Blake forever. And the Ausable club and their no dogs policy are the worst!

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